Serving the poor, caring for creation and building a just and compassionate world.

Fight Against Hunger

As part of our Social Outreach and Advocacy ministry, parishioners at San Luis Rey have come together to feed the poor in our Oceanside community through bi-weekly meal preparation and restaurant-style serving at a local homeless shelter, Bread of Life.  Parishioners can join one of our “Serving Teams” that sets up a unique menu and […]

Social Outreach Update

SOCIAL OUTREACH CHRISTMAS BASKETSJoin us in putting together our Christmas Food Baskets! We will be meeting on Saturday, December 15th at 10 a.m. in the Loretto House to put together our wonderful Christmas baskets for families in need. Please join us! If you registered to receive a food basket for Christmas time, you can receive it […]

Thank you from Fr. Vince

Thank you for filling a huge U-Haul with much needed supplies for those who are in need from the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA area.  The Salavation Army and  Hope Center in Oroville received your donations. I wish to thank all of you for your generous support in the face of the tragic fires which took […]

We are all searching for Peace. Relief. Refuge.

Recently, the global migration crisis has been making the headlines and understanding what our Christian response to this should be is often difficult.  As part of our Share the Journey Campaign, explore this complex issue in a prayerful and mindful way.  If you have questions or want to learn about the problems facing thousands of […]

I started the day with a heavy heart…

It’s Tuesday morning.   I started the day with a heavy heart.  I received yet another complaint about how much we are “spending on the poor” and our parish outreach ministry.  In fact, the unsigned message I received stated that the person is cutting his or her parish donation because I am “wasting [his or her] […]

“As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You.”

How do our Franciscan Brothers respond to Christ’s command to be sent into the world? October 21 – World Mission Sunday, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and giving. As described by Saint John Paul II, it is “an important day in the life […]

St. Luke and the Joy of Generosity

 “The essential point that Luke makes in his  New Testament writings points to the generous love and compassion of Jesus Christ.” We know that Saint Luke is the author of the third Gospel and was a companion of Saint Paul. According to reliable tradition, he was a Syrian physician from Antioch who wrote his Gospel […]

Pope Francis invites us to ‘Share the Journey’

November 10th at 9am starting at the Mission San Luis Rey Parish Serra Center Pope Francis launched the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign to transform the culture of indifference that exists about the 65 million migrants and refugees fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and injustice – to a culture of encounter. Fr. Vince Mesi, OFM, pastor of […]

Why, in a world of plenty, do millions go to bed hungry?

During our Stewardship month, we are reminded to ask ourselves a question — why,  in a world of plenty, do millions go to bed hungry each night?  Is poverty the only answer?  How does unemployment, household assets, and even demographics make it difficult for everyone to have food every day?     Today on World Food […]

God’s love is generous, sacrificial, life-giving, and forever.

Through the Church’s teaching, God invites us to a fuller, richer, deeper way of life and love. October 7 – Respect Life Sunday kicks off a month-long celebration of human life by our family of faith in the United States. Respect Life Month proclaims the immeasurable value of every person from conception to natural death. […]