I Am With You Always

From the Pastor’s Desk: My brothers and sisters, today we celebrate the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I would like to share some words from a letter from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for this celebration: Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers, Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is […]

Come Away to a Deserted Place

From the Desk of the Associate Pastor “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture.” These are very strong words coming from the Prophet Jeremiah in our first reading this Sunday. He directed this message mainly to Zedekiah, the King of Judah. Against Jeremiah’s warning, Zedekiah allied himself with the […]

Trust the Power of God

While our ministry is different in many ways from that of the Apostles, we too are sent as His representatives and any power we have is power that He works through us. –Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM. Today’s first reading and Gospel are about being sent by God to bring good tidings, but for some people, […]

Our Eyes Are Fixed on the Lord

Let us listen more to the voice of the Holy Spirit and not to our own voices or those of the world. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to increase our faith so that we do not waver in our arid and stormy times. –Fr. Alberto Villafan, OFM. As we listen and meditate on the […]

The Mercy and Love of Our God…

The following letter is on behalf of Bishop Robert McElroy to the communities of San Diegoand Imperial Counties regarding the Holy Obligation for Sunday Eucharist, originally published on June 18, 2021. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As Catholics, the COVID pandemic brought home to us in a powerful way two realities of our […]

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

We, as Christians, are called to welcome our new neighbors with the same love and compassion we would want ourselves to be shown in a time of persecution. Fr. Sam Nasada, OFM, Associate Pastor For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. (Mt. 25:35) Last month, I was invited by an organization called Border […]

Surrender to God’s Plan

Let us…surrender to God’s plan and not be so caught up with our own. Let God use us as he sees fit in the building of His kingdom of peace, justice, and love. Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM If we pay attention to today’s Gospel and first reading, there is a common theme, which is when […]

We Are What We Eat

Your membership in the Body of Christ does not stop when Mass is over and you step out of the church. Instead, we must continue to be Christ’s body for the world. Fr. Sam Nasada, OFM When we hear the words “the Body of Christ,” perhaps we immediately think of the transubstantiated host that we […]

Unconditional Love

God’s love is so great, that he wants us all to be saved by his Son, and his Son did not come to condemn us, but to save us and take us with him so that where he is, we are also all with God for all eternity. Fr. Alberto Villafan, OFM This Sunday, May […]

Happy Birthday, Church!

The Spirit is like the air we breathe, the light that goes on when we have an idea, the fire that burns in our heart. Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM Pentecost is one of the three most important feasts of the Church year. We celebrate Christmas and Easter (resurrection), but the third one: Pentecost, the birth […]