February 8, 2015 - St. Catherine Church, Santa Catalina Island

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church
on Santa Catalina Island, California, USA
PO Box 735 (800 Beacon St.) Avalon, CA 90704
Phone: 310-510-0192 Fax: 310-510-8360
Email: [email protected]
Pastor: Reverend John Nghi Tran
Hispanic Ministries: Deacon Alfonso Castillo
Secretaries: Lynda Poindexter, Pat Vlcan and Martha Flores
Parish Council: Michael Ponce
Financial Committee: Charles Wagner
Hispanic Choir: Veronica Bueno
Youth Coordinator: Steve Hall
Religious Education: Lynda Poindexter
Hermida Hernandez (Spanish)
Weddings: Lisa Gelker – [email protected]
Saturday 5:15 PM (English) Sunday 9:00 & 11:00
AM (English) and 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM (English)
CONFESSIONS: Saturday 4:30-5:00 PM
BAPTISM: Contact Parish Office at least ONE month
before the desired baptism date.
MARRIAGES: Contact Parish Office at least SIX
months before the desired wedding date.
SICK: Contact the Parish Office
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Prayers Requested for the Dead: Ruben Chavoya,
Margarito Mulgado, José Carmen Bravo, Maria Elena Soto.
Congratuations: David Castro –Jimenez & Hannah Kern
on the baptism of their son Troy Julius Jimenez-Kern.
Memorial Mass: A memorial mass will be held at St.
Catherine’s for islander, Bob Johnson on Saturday, March
14th, at 11:30 a.m.
Lenten Retreat: Bishop Sylvester Ryan returns to Avalon
on Saturday, February 28th to present a Lenten Retreat,
focused on reconciliation. The morning retreat will begin
with Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a potluck breakfast in the
Parish Hall. Bishop Ryan’s presentation will begin after
breakfast. All parishioners are invited to attend. Marty
Ashleigh has offered to provide music and is assembling a
choir for this special event. The first choir practice will be
Wednesday, February 11th at 11 a.m., in the church. If
you would like more information about the choir, call
Marty at (310) 510-1809.
St. Catherine’s College Scholarship: Applications are
available in the Parish Office for students interested in
applying for the 2014-2015 scholarship awards. To be
eligible for the scholarship, students must have attended
Confirmation Classes or participated in parish ministries as
an altar server or lector; provide proof of full-time college
attendance in 2014 and provide proof or registration for
full-time college enrollment for spring 2015. Completed
applications must be received by April 13, 2015.
Together in Mission: For 23 years, millions of people
throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara
counties have benefited from Together in Mission’s
unique and impactful program. In 2014, Together in
Mission supported 80 parishes and 63 schools from every
region of the Archdiocese – and we remain the only
Annual Appeal in the country that dedicates all proceeds
to directly assisting parishes and schools. Your gift
provides parishes and schools with the resources needed
for ministry of the sacraments, a quality education, hope,
stronger families & communities. In today’s readings, we
are told “He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by
name”. Though we are many, we are one Church. God calls
each of us by name to offer our time, talents, and treasure
to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Everything we
have is a gift from God, which we are called upon to share.
When we give generously, our life is most like His. You are
the one who can provide parishes and schools with the
resources they need. Your gift can be the one that allows a
priest to serve communities in need. It can help a school
make essential repairs for the safety of their students. It
can enable parishioners to have a place to celebrate Mass.
Your contribution, large or small, is the one that matters.
Called to Help God calls each of us by name to support and
care for one another. Answer the call and give generously
to Together in Mission Appeal next weekend. Please take
home an envelope in the pews and bring it back next
Unidos en Misión: A lo largo de 23 años de existencia el
programa ha beneficiado a millones de personas a lo largo
de los condados de Los Ángeles, Ventura y Santa Bárbara,
gracias a su alto impacto y su carácter único. Este año
Together in Mission ha apoyado a 80 parroquias y 63
escuelas de todas las regiones de la Arquidiócesis. Además
seguimos siendo la única colecta anual en el país
totalmente dedicada a la asistencia directa de parroquias y
escuelas. Su donación provee a parroquias y escuelas con
todos los recursos necesarios para el ministerio de los
sacramentos, una educación de calidad, esperanza e
inspiración, además de familias y comunidades más fuertes
y consolidadas. Se nos dice en las lecturas de hoy que “Él
sabe el número de las estrellas; llama a cada una por su
nombre.” A pesar de que somos muchos, somos una sola
Iglesia. Y Dios nos llama a cada uno por nuestro nombre
para ofrecer nuestro tiempo, talentos y otros tesoros a
nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo. Todo lo que
tenemos es un regalo de Dios, que estamos llamados a
compartir. Cuando damos generosamente, nuestra vida se
parecerá a la suya. Tú puedes ayudar a las parroquias y
escuelas con los recursos que necesitan. Tu regalo puede
ser lo que permita a un sacerdote servir a las comunidades
en necesidad. Puede ayudar a una escuela a hacer las
reparaciones necesarias para la seguridad de sus alumnos.
Puede permitir a los parroquianos tener un lugar donde
celebrar la misa. La fuerza de la Iglesia no está en los
números, sino en el amor. Tu contribución — ya sea grande
o pequeña — es lo que importa. Llamados a ayudar Dios
nos llama a cada uno por nuestro nombre para ayudarnos y
preocuparnos los unos por los otros. Si hoy escuchas su voz,
por favor, responde. Dona generosamente a la Misión.
Have you ever thought about becoming a Sister? Single
Catholic women ages 18 - 40 are invited to a Religious
Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Daughters of Charity
of St. Vincent de Paul April 10-12, 2015 in Los Altos Hills,
California (Bay Area). If you would like to know more about
attending this prayerful and reflective discernment retreat,
contact Sister Lisa Laguna, D.C. at (650) 949-8890, (213)
210-9903, or email us at [email protected]. Find us on
Facebook at: Daughters of Charity Vocations U.S., follow us
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Pope: Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual
abuse - Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Presidents of
Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of
Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to ask for
their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission
for the Protection of Minors, in order to insure that
everything possible is done to rid the Church of "the
scourge" of the sexual abuse of children. Pope Francis said:
“At my meeting in July with persons who had suffered
sexual abuse by priests, I was deeply moved by their
witness to the depth of their sufferings and the strength of
their faith. This experience reaffirmed my conviction that
everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the
scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open
pathways of reconciliation and healing for the abused.
Pope Francis to Address a Joint Session of the U.S.
Congress - The Holy See Press Office has confirmed that
Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of the United
States Congress on 24 September 2015 during his pastoral
visit to the U.S.A. The Speaker of the House of
Representatives, John Boehner, made the announcement
earlier on Thursday. In his statement, Mr. Boehner said the
Holy Father’s “historic visit” would make him the “first
leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of
Congress,” adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope
Francis has accepted our invitation.” Mr. Boehner noted
that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s
message of compassion and human dignity has moved
people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers,
and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple
things and our obligations to one another.” A statement
from the Archdiocese of Washington described the
announcement as “a great honor and tremendous joy to
welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese
of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the
United States in September 2015.”