Why We Love MSLRP

This talk was given by Lucille Fortunato during Gratitude Weekend on November 17, 2019. Good Morning! My name is Lucille Fortunato and I’m here with my husband, Tim Lee, and Mom, Rose Fortunato. They’re sitting in our reserved seats over there. We’ve been parishioners here for about 15 years ‘collectively’. In the spirit of Gratitude […]

At the Service of the Poor

One of our Holy Father’s urgent concerns is how the poor of the world are being treated. “Money must serve, not rule!” This is how Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, put the emphasis on one of seven major themes in his pastoral letter, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The pontiff’s letter, formally referred […]

Embracing a Steward’s Mindset for the Coming Year

Christian stewards may very well interpret the greeting “Happy New Year” to mean: “I hope and pray for you a joyous year ahead in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ!” If we are to interpret this cheery salutation in that way, should we not consider similar greetings throughout the year? “Happy New Day!” In […]

Meet the Dios Family

This article is taken from a talk given by Benny and Tessie Dios during our Stewardship reflections in October. Hello! I’m Benny de Dios. I am married to Tessie de Dios. We have two daughters and a beautiful grandbaby girl, Marty. We are a military family, lucky enough to have had the opportunity to move […]

Christmas Angel Tree

Social Outreach announces that the 2019 Christmas Angel Tree benefiting needy children in our community is available in Serra Center. The process for giving is simple: Take an ornament from the tree Return a new, unopened gift by Sunday, December 15th Attach the ornament to the gift Don’t forget, taking an ornament is a commitment […]

Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Over the past two years we have invested over $230,000 in significant repairs and maintenance on our Parish buildings. We’ve put new roofs on the Parish Center, Loretto House, St. Francis Hall. We also had to fumigate the Parish Center. These projects were all funded from our Parish Building Fund, which used up a large […]

Thoughts on the Joy of Gratitude

Mission San Luis Rey Parish has been a part of our lives since 1991.  We are forever grateful for the many gifts we received from so many people and ministries, including the Religious Education Programs, RCIA, Pastoral Council, Fundraising Opportunities, and Eucharistic Ministers.  We consider the Mission our home, full of spiritual parishioners who daily […]

Transform Your Thanksgiving

Very soon Americans will celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays; a time where so much is devoted to sumptuous meals highlighted by turkey and pumpkin pie, traveling to and from the ancestral home, enjoying family, feasting on leftovers, seeing a Thanksgiving Day parade and watching football. For many of us, Thanksgiving Day is so full of activity […]


Gracious and loving God, as the autumn season continues its transformation; and the days become shorter, the earth cooler; as we anticipate joining family and friends in joyful celebration on Thanksgiving Day, we pause to give You thanks and praise for the abundant blessings You have bestowed upon us: For life and health, safety and […]

Gratitude – A Spirit-Filled Principle

Through the practice of gratitude, St. Francis of Assisi experienced the original blessing of God, which is that we are created whole and perfect. Gratitude is the natural response to the abundance of God’s love and is essential to life as a Christian. St. Paul says: God desires that our thanksgiving be more than an […]