Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
When I was a young teen I remember lying in bed listening to music with my earphones and happening upon Classical USC for the first time. As I lay in the dark my eyes welled up with tears and I wept – I was listening to the Ave Maria.
We believe that mortal sin is destructive and soul threatening and this is so. The Lord knowing our propensity to sin gave us the gift of the Sacrament of Penance or Confession to remove the darkest of sins, restore us to peace and restore us to grace and unity with Him.
I think one of the unfortunate and common sins of any parish is gossip. The Pope has spoken on this on numerous occasions. Even Padre Pio had to endure the gossip of good Catholics for years when he was unjustly accused of being a womanizer.
Msgr Sammon’s Corner of the World
St. Cecilia's Parish has an extensive Mission Ministry. Begun by Msgr. Sammon 50 years ago, the program is still thriving due to the dedication of members of our parish who use the blue envelope every month to donate money. We sincerely thank all of you who are so generous. Whether you give a dollar or more is not so important as the fact that you care. We know that all missionaries around the world pray for you and your loved ones. They in turn ask for your prayers as well as donations. Prayer is the strength of the missionary's life. Click here for more.
Capital Campaign Update
Thank you to all who have pledged/donated to the Capital Campaign. We encourage those who have not yet made a pledge to contact the Church office.
To date we have received $852,025 capital campaign pledges/donations on behalf of St. Cecilia.
So far, $183,777 (22%) of the pledged amount has been received. This exceeds our annual PSA Diocese commitment by $56,777 of which St. Cecilia will receive $14,194 (25%) most likely in October 2013.
Click here to read the full Capital Campaign Update.
Archbishop Oscar Romero – Martyr for the Faith
"We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work." - Romero The Violence of Love
Servant of God, Oscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr
Born: August 15, 1917
Ordained a priest: April 4, 1942
Ordained bishop of the Diocese of Santiago de Maria, San Salvador: 1974
Ordained Archbishop of San Salvador: February 1977v Martyred while offering Holy Mass: 1980
St. John Paul II bestows the title of Servant of God in 1997
Pope Benedict XVI gives approval for canonization process to proceed in 2013
Pope Francis decrees his beatification on Feb. 3, 2015
Arzobispo Oscar Romero - Mártir por la Fe
"Nunca hemos predicado violencia, excepto la violencia del amor, que Cristo izquierdo clavó a una cruz, la violencia que debemos cada uno hacer a nosotros mismos para superar nuestro egoísmo y tales desigualdades crueles entre nosotros. La violencia que predicamos no es la violencia de la espada, la violencia del odio. Es la violencia del amor, de la fraternidad, la violencia esa quiere batir las armas en las hoces para el trabajo." - Romero La violencia del amor
Criado del dios, Oscar Romero, obispo y Martyr
Nato: 15 de agosto de 1917
Ordained a sacerdote: 4 de abril de 1942
Obispo Ordained de la diócesis de Santiago de Maria, Salvador de San: 1974v Arzobispo Ordained del Salvador de San: Febrero de 1977
Martyred mientras que masa santa de ofrecimiento: 1980
St. John Paul II concede el título del criado del dios en 1997
Papa Benedict XVI da la aprobación para que el proceso de la canonización proceda en 2013
Papa Francis decreta su beatificación el febrero. 3, 2015
Our New Priests
As the time of transition nears here is a small look at our new priests.
Father Bao Thai will begin his ministry here at St Cecilia’s as administrator. This is now the normal track for new pastors. After a year he will be evaluated by the Diocese as to readiness for pastorship. I expect this will be an easy evaluation! Father Bao is a wonderful priest, enthusiastic, warm and engaging. He was ordained in 2003 and most recently has been the parochial vicar at Our Lady of La Vang Church in Santa Ana. Father is also the priest director of Magnificat in this region. Father is tri-lingual making him a great fit for St. Cecilia’s.
Father Agustín Escobar was ordained in Colombia in 1987. He has most recently has been the parochial vicar at St. Norbert Church in Orange. Father speaks English and Spanish and will be largely in charge of the Spanish language community. He is warm and personable. Most people comment on his smile and his wit.
Both of these priests are great communicators of faith and love what they do and who they are as priests. They will join Father Wayne as the new team of priestly leadership for St. Cecilia’s July 1.
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
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