Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
This past month, we celebrated in the Church throughout the United States, World Marriage Day. Part of our celebration was to renew marriage vows after Holy Communion time. In all the Masses it was a powerful and tender moment. I think I had the best seat in the house as I watched the many couples in our church renew their promises.
The Culture Wars: Threats to our Religious Freedom. Homilies from our priests
We have been so blessed to have a thriving devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in our parish. Certainly, in Sunday Mass we see great love for the Lord and in our weekly Masses the numbers climb steadily.
The Bishop of Worcester, Robert McManus recently wrote a pastoral letter to his people encouraging families to arrange funeral Masses for their loved ones after a passing. He gave an interesting mediation on what the different pieces of a Catholic funeral mean.
Lenten Soup & Salad is Back!
Every Friday during Lent (March 7th through April 11th), we will serve a meal in the Church Hall from 5 pm through 7:30 pm. This will coincide nicely with Stations of the Cross. The meal will include 2-3 soups, salad, roll, mac-n-cheese, desert, lemonade and coffee. Suggested donation: $6 and $3 for children under 12.
We are also looking for volunteers to prepare and serve food. Please contact the church office at 714-544-3250 to sign-up! This is an excellent opportunity for service hours or a great way to perform a special Lenten service. Volunteers also have lots of fun and eat for free.
Holy Week Schedule
April 7: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
April 8: 9:00am - 10:00am
April 9: 9:00am – 10:00am
English/Spanish Penance Service
April 9: 7:00pm
Vietnamese Penance Service
April 8: 7:00pm
Holy Thursday, April 17
8:30am Solemn Morning Prayer
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
5:30pm Lord’s Supper (Vietnamese)
8:00pm Lord’s Supper (Spanish/English)
Good Friday, April 18
8:30 am Solemn Morning Prayer
12:10 pm Solemn Stations of Cross (without Communion)
3:00 pm Good Friday Service (English)
5:30 pm Good Friday Service (Spanish)
8:00 pm Good Friday Service (Vietnamese)
Holy Saturday, April 19
No Confessions in the morning
8:30am Solemn Morning Prayer
5:30pm Easter Vigil (Vietnamese)
8:30pm Easter Vigil (English/Spanish)
Easter Sunday, April 20
7:00 am Church
7:10 am Parish Hall
9:00 am Church
9:10 am Parish Hall
11:00 am Church
11:10 am Parish Hall
12:45 pm Church (Spanish)
5:00 pm Church (Vietnamese)
Meatball Ministry - Dinners-to-Go - March 22nd & 23rd
We are keeping with our new format from February! Meatball Dinners-To-Go will be sold outside of church after the Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 9 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 5 pm masses. This time we hope we don't run out like that we did in February. Each dinner includes 6 handcrafted meatballs, homemade sauce, and pasta . . . it will serve 2-3 people. Leave the cooking to us and enjoy traditional Sunday meatballs, pasta and sauce. Dinners come in a freezable container so pick up an extra one for the month. The suggested donation is $10.
Would you also have the below added to this weekend's slides?
Saturday & Sunday, March 22nd & 23rd
Sold outside Church after the Sat 5pm, Sun 9am, 11am, 12:30pm & 5 pm masses
Handcrafted meatballs, sauce and pasta
Serves 2-3 people
Suggested Donation - $10 per Dinner
Friday, March 7th through April 11th
Friday Lenten Soup & Salad
5 pm - 7:30 pm
2-3 Soups, Salad, Roll, Mac-n-Cheese, Desert, Drinks
Suggested donation - $6, Children under 12 - $3
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.
Report on February 16th Meatball Ministry Fundraiser - New Dinners-To-Go!
We are thrilled to report that the new "Dinners-To-Go" format for the Meatball Ministry Fundraiser on Sunday, February 16th was a huge success, raising $2,200. We sold all of our available dinners after the 9 am and 11 am masses. Based on the positive response and feedback, we will be expanding the mass coverage at our next event slated for the weekend of Sunday, March 23rd. Details to follow...
We want to thank our three wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly in the kitchen to prepare the Dinners: Rachel McCarry and her two friends Tiffany and Yakelin. In addition, we are very grateful to our generous Sponsors: Market Timing Resources owned by Jerry Cennamo, PhD (please see MTR's company information below. You may want to consider working with them... ), and two Anonymous Sponsors. We also want to say a special "thank-you" to Father Al Baca who tirelessly sold dinner after dinner on Sunday. We appreciate his strong support of meatballs and this ministry.
Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to selling you Dinners-To-Go on the weekend of Sunday, March 23rd! Stay tuned.
Your Meatball Ministry
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(714) 437-9955 Fax (714) 437-995
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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