Celebrating St. Francis

As you see from this weekend’s bulletin, we are preparing our annual St. Francis Celebrations. I invite you to come to our special Transitus Commemoration—the Passing of St. Francis, on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Mission Church.  This is a very moving ceremony recalling the final hours of St. Francis life. Then, […]

Transitus: A Story of Compassion

On October 3rd, 1226 at the age of 44, St. Francis of Assisi lay dying in the humble Porziuncola, the first church of the Franciscan order.  He not only was in the loving presence of his brother friars; at this time of his ‘Transitus,’ he was also lovingly cared for by a dear friend and […]

Organist Emma Whitten in Concert

A musical Celebration of Creation has been added to the St. Francis Festival at Old Mission San Luis Rey on Saturday, October 5. At 10 am and 1 pm in the Mission Church, organist, Emma Whitten, will play a half-hour organ recital featuring music inspired by God’s Creation – cats, swan, cuckoo, squirrel, flowers, and […]

Lazarus is at Your Door

Today’s second reading invites us to lead “a life of righteousness, piety, faith, love, patience, and meekness”, on the other hand, both the first reading and the Gospel offers us the total contrast: people accustomed to party, to enjoying life with passion and impulse, with no other reference than his/her appetite for new and more […]

Bulletin for 9-29-2019

INSIDE: Today’s second reading invites us to lead “a life of righteousness, piety, faith, love, patience, and meekness,” on the other hand, both the first reading and the Gospel offers us the total contrast… (Fr. Oscar – pg. 3)

Evening With the Friars Tickets

Tickets now on sale online, and after masses, and in the parish office! Enjoy a Social Hour in Serra Gardens and Dinner with a drink and food from many regions of Italy in the Serra Center, as well as entertainment and Friar Connections. About this Event Friar Connections: Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM, Br. Henri Djojo, […]

Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

   All are invited to join our Filipino Community to celebrate San Lorenzo Ruiz, on Saturday, September 28, beginning with assembly at 4:00 p.m. on the pathway to the Serra Center, then a Procession and Rosary at 4:15 p.m., continuing with 5 p.m. Mass in Serra Center and a pot-luck reception afterward in the Parish […]

What Evil Can Teach Us

Evil must be overcome, but we must also learn from evil, what evil can teach us. In short, such is the message of this Sunday’s readings. The first reading is a prophetic denunciation, taken from one of the great prophets of what we would call today in favor of “social justice.” This is Amos, a […]

Bulletin for 9-22-2019

INSIDE: The most interesting part of today’s passage is that it uncovers the strategy of all who want to be bandits, but without being noticed, that is, within a certain margin of “legality.” — (Fr. Oscar – pg. 3)

Fall: The Perfect Season for a Recommitment to Stewardship

Summer’s end brings with it nostalgia for carefree days, long nights, lazy weekend afternoons, reunions with families, and summer road trips. But in our parishes, autumn brings a burst of new life that makes September and October feel almost like spring. Why? For the Christian steward, fall brings a renewed sense of commitment. Literally, many […]