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Mariachi Night

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We welcome Fr Joe Kim, OFM Conv. to OLG

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Scripture Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

CALLED TO ACT IN GOD’S NAME

“Let all the nations praise you!” (Psalm 67:4) today’s psalm response exclaims. In the psalms and other Hebrew scriptures, this kind of invocation is actually an invitation to God to act, to intervene in human lives in a manner that will cause everyone—not just the Chosen People—to give praise. Stated a bit more strongly, it is something of a “put up or shut up” challenge to God, the sort of strong statement the psalmists of Israel, trusting in their intimate and loving relationship with God, were not afraid to make. The Gospel has its own exclamation, announcing the appearance of the Canaanite woman with “Behold!” (Matthew 15:22) “Behold!” is a scriptural flag that tells us that God is about to act or announce something through an individual or a situation. In the case of Jesus, God was going to act through this woman, whom nobody among Jesus’ followers would have believed to be an agent of the divine will. Like the psalmists, we might passively inform or perhaps even actively challenge God to do something so that everyone will come to belief, but God will always turn the tables on us. It becomes our calling, our duty (as it was for Jesus) to behold the situations and persons of our daily lives so that God can act through us, so the Kingdom can be announced through our living.

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Adoration – Tuesdays

Did you know that every Tuesday our parish has 3 hours of Eucharistic Adoration. During this time, many people come and spend a few moments with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Our parish has been blessed abundantly because of these Holy Hours. Please come and join us each Tuesday in the Eucharistic Chapel. We begin at 4PM and continue until 7PM.

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Take Up and Read

The Take Up and Read Scripture Study invites you to come and listen to and reflect on God’s Word by using Catholic approaches to scripture study and reflection. The sessions take place the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month and are held from 7:00PM to 8:30PM, the next Scripture Study will be on Monday, August 18, in the St. Joseph of Cupertino House (aka the Coop). The Coop is located at 234 Prospect Ave, the second house from the corner of Prospect Ave and Massey St If you have any questions, please contact Carlos Diaz at: olgtakeupandread@yahoo.com.

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Pot Luck Farewell Dinner for Fr. Lazaro

Bring your best crowd-please creation for Fr. Lazaro’s Goodbye Party, Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 6pm – 10pm at the OLG Church Hall. If you would like to give a donation to Fr. Lazaro, please bring it in an envelope. Call Luisa at 310-697-6629 for any questions.

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Give the Gift of a Mass

The practice of giving Mass cards for the living is a wonderful tradition of the church. Giving the gift of a Mass is a wonderful way to celebrate a variety of occasions in the lives of your family and friends. Please call the Parish Office for more information and available dates.

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A Letter from Fr. Joe

Hello everyone! I’m writing this note having just dropped off Fr. Ray at the airport on his way to spend some time with his family and then off to his new ministry in Scotland. I personally want to thank all of you for all the love and support you have shown not just Fr. Ray the past eight years, but to all the friars throughout the many years here at OLG. I know at times we friars have been difficult to live with, but I hope you have discovered that we all have something unique and special to share – either through laughter or tears.

This is what I would like to make my years at OLG about – RELATIONSHIP. It is by our being in relationship, not just the times we are happy or want to be in relationship, but also those times (perhaps especially those times) that we do not feel like it or want to be in relationship that invites us to a deeper conversion and opening of our hearts. In these moments of grace, we find ourselves changing, becoming more patient and open toward other. We find ourselves more accepting of the flaws and faults of others, while making us more aware of our own. We find ourselves discovering the gift we are as Church, as brothers and sisters which in turn allows us to discover the joy of living the gospel; the joy of being the One Body of Christ. It is my hope we can make this our focus in the coming years. We can begin by opening our hearts to forgiveness. If there are people we have hurt, perhaps we can begin by asking for forgiveness – it does not matter what they have done, but we ask for forgiveness for the hurt we have cause by our words and actions. If people come to us asking for forgiveness, perhaps we can respond with openness and charity.

I invite you to join me at the beginning of my new ministry and life here at OLG by reflecting on your relationships and committing to start again. Let us all pray that we have the grace and courage to build/rebuild our RELATIONSHIPS with one another, so we can truly be one family in Christ.

PS – Every time we have an opportunity to greet each other or talk, please keep telling me your names – I hope to learn all your names by December… Unfortunately, God did not grant me the gift of memorizing names!

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

According to the belief of Christians of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and the Anglican Communion, the Assumption of Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus. This belief is known as the Dormition by the Orthodox. In the churches which observe it, the Assumption is a major festival, commonly celebrated on August 15. This is a Holy Day of obligation Masses will be at 8:00AM & 7:00PM on Friday, August 15

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Know someone that wants to become Catholic?

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation) is the way to become Catholic. Adults approach the church for a variety of reasons and bring with them a personal history and richness of life experiences.
The OLG RCIA Team responds with both information about the church and a formational process that introduces the individual to the message of Jesus, prayer, community, and service to others. The process invites participants to embark on a journey. There are stages on the way, crossroads, and crisis, rest stops, guides and companions who lead the way to the final destination. These companions are team members and sponsors, people from the parish who want to share their faith and walk with others as they discover what it means to be Catholic. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information, please the parish office (310) 372-7077 .

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