Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
After the apparitions of the Lady of Lourdes to Sister Marie Bernarde (St Bernadette) and while living in a convent of the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, war had broken out throughout the north of France. Prussian led German armies marched towards Paris with the intention of taking the whole country.
The Culture Wars: Threats to our Religious Freedom. Homilies from our priests
Every once in a while it is good to have an update on the efforts of the Church to create safer and safer environments for her people. There is no question that the last years have seen great strides taken by the Church in this country to combat abuse in all her ranks. Pope Francis recently spoke on the subject saying, “The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibility. No one has done more, and yet the Church is the only one that is being attacked.”
Recently, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) made an official visit to St. Cecilia’s parish school. Every school goes through an evaluation of its policies, education standards, systems and their ability to accomplish their educational goals. “The capacity of any organization to improve is directly related to its ability to recognize, acknowledge, and act on its identified strengths and limitations. The accreditation process is a vehicle that enables schools to improve student learning and school performance based on an analysis of those strengths and limitations. Participating schools must meet rigorous, research-based standards that reflect the essential elements of a quality and effective school, but again, must also be able to demonstrate engagement in as well as capacity to provide continuous school improvement.” WASC website.
Report on March 22nd and 23rd Meatball Ministry Fundraiser
Those who purchased one of our Dinners in March received a special Lenten Reflection written by our pastor, Father Al. This new addition will accompany every Meatball Ministry Dinner sold. We hope that this will add a Spiritual Dimension to your meal experience (besides the benefit of you not needing to cook dinner on Saturday or Sunday).
On the financial side, we are pleased that $1,853 was raised. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to prepare the dinners. Our crew included Father Al who personally made several dozen meatballs and sold dinners after the masses. We are also very grateful to our generous Sponsors that included Rose & Andy Schiller and The Abraham James family. Sponsors donate funds that cover the cost of food ingredients and supplies. And lastly, Thank-You to those that purchased a dinner . . . we look forward to seeing you the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27. Mark your calendar.
Meatball Ministry: Dinners-to-Go - April 26th & 27th
Look for Father Al's Special Spiritual Note in our Meatball Dinners-To-Go, sold outside of church right after the Saturday 5pm and 6:30pm Vietnamese mass, and at the Sunday 9, 11, 12:30 Spanish, and 5 pm masses. Each dinner includes 6 handcrafted meatballs, sauce from scratch, and pasta . . . it will serve 2-3 people. Leave the cooking to us and enjoy a traditional meal. The suggested donation is $10.
We also want to thank our April Sponsors . . . the Randy & Anne Fiorentino Family, and two anonymous sponsors. If you'd like to sponsor our Meatball Ministry events, please contact George Horvath at 949-400-3474.
Quinn's Old Town Grill Fundraiser
Please support our ongoing anyday/anytime fundraiser with
Quinn's Old Town Grill
20% of the food amount donated to the Church
Some restrictions apply – See Coupon
Coupon also available in the Church office
St. Cecilia Dining Fundraisers
Thank you to all the Parishioners supporting our monthly dining fundraisers. This is new to our Parish but is proving to be something positive that we can all join in doing. The restaurants truly love hosting the dining events as it helps generate continued support from the community as well as generate new business. There is real interest from these restaurants to continue a lasting relationship with St. Cecilia’s.
Plan to attend the monthly dining fundraisers as it helps to support the church in addition to having an opportunity to see others from our Parish. The dates and restaurants are listed in the weekly bulletin.
Stay tuned for information on our next monthly dining fundraiser.
The Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux
A great gift shared with all of us at the Annual Bishop’s Prayer Breakfast were the relics (see below) of St Therese! Those attending were invited to write personal prayer petitions that would later be placed within her little desk. In life, St Therese used this to write her famous “Journal of a Soul.” It is said she would kneel while writing the journal upon this wood desk.
Holy Family Services
Holy Family Services, is a state-licensed 501 (c)(3) agency established in 1949 that provides full adoption services for adoptive and birth parents. HFS has free counseling and adoption services for women and teens in unplanned pregnancies. HFS is currently in need of adoptive parents for infants, older children and short term foster parents. Please call for Orientation times, at 1-800-464-2367. If not you, then who? Thank you for thinking of Holy Family Services, Adoption & Foster Care, when you care enough to consider adoption!
Chanted Liturgy of the Hours
Every Wednesday we have Sung Evening Prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 7pm to 8pm in English. (Except on the 1st Wednesday of the month when we celebrate the Perpetual Help Novena) This will be accompanied by organ. Adoration will then continue as usual from 8pm to 8:30pm in Vietnamese and 8:30 pm to 9 pm in Spanish. Please join us for a beautiful experience of traditional chant in front of the Blessed Sacrament!
Prayer and Remembrance Candles
- The Church has upgraded the Church Alcoves (Sacred Heart, Joseph, and Mary) to now provide candles for prayer and remembrance.
- The candles will last 5-6 days and will only be available through the Office.
- The price per candle will be: $4 (includes all applicable taxes)
- Candles are to be placed in an empty globe in the particular Alcove you desire, and then lit.
-------Lighting A Candle-------
Is a SIGN of our prayer and the offering of our lives
Is a REMINDER to us and others of the Saints
Who have shone as lights of the world and
Who pray for us
Is a WITNESS to all who pass by
that this is a place of prayer