Living bread gives us strength for our mission: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Peace and all good!

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We continue with the “Bread of Life” Gospel of John. Today we hear Jesus develop his relationship with the Father and the role of the Father in drawing believers to Jesus. Jesus teaches those gathered around him that eternal life comes to those who believe. He is the Bread of Life and the “living bread.” This promise of Eternal Life is not the only reason we come to the table. The living bread gives us strength for our mission to love and serve one another.

Next Wednesday, August 15th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. On this solemnity, we profess our belief that Mary has gone before us, body and soul, into heaven. This feast also marks our hope of our own resurrection. We rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promise to her, as we turn to her to guide us to the side of her risen son who reigns in heaven. See the next column for the schedule of Masses, included adjusted locations.

Our Religious Education programs will be starting in September. Parents, don’t forget to sign up your children before the 31st of August. Adults who wish to be received in the Church or complete your sacraments, you may stop by the RCIA tables aŌer the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Mass on August 19th and 26th.

Upcoming at the end of this month is our great feast of our patron saint, San Luis Rey. Mark your calendars! On August 24th we will have a spirit‐filled evening, that will include a Solemn Bilingual Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Mission Church, followed by a night of entertainment, food, and fellowship. The evening will also include the great procession of the saint along with fireworks to close the night.

With sadness, I announce that Sandra Dominguez, our Religious Education Administrative Assistant, will be leaving us at the end of the month. We take this opportunity to thank her for her love and support in assisting in the faith formation of our children. We will miss her, but we wish her the best. Our prayers and blessings go with her as she enters a new chapter of her life.