November 2021

Happy Advent! Well… It’s here again – that season of grace we call Advent! It’s a season of “joyful hope,” expectation, patient waiting, and preparation that is like a double edge – in that, we are anticipating both the celebration of Christmas and the Parousia, the second coming of Christ. Spotlighting the season with the light of symbols and customs, you might keep an Advent Calendar. You might light the candles of an Advent wreath. You might take up a new devotion

Please join us in helping homeless men and women on their journey to employment and housing. If you feel called to serve in the spirit of our brother, Francis of Assisi, SHIP provides an opportunity to offer compassionate, tangible aid to our brothers and sisters who are striving to turn their lives around. This weekend we are taking sign-ups after all the Masses. We seek parishioners to provide dinners and donate breakfast/lunch foods and supplies for the SHIP guests we are hosting

Dear Lord, on this Thanksgiving Day, we lift up our hearts to You in prayer. We give You thanks for all You have done, mostly for the gift of Jesus Christ, Your Son. For beauty in nature and gifts of abundance, in which we see Your hand, for joy and health, friends and family all gathered here. For our daily sustenance, mercy and loving care, these are the blessings You lavishly share. So today we offer this blessing prayer and thanks with a

The SSJ Advent Calendar which offers reflections, activities, and prayers to enrich your Advent journey with a focus on those in our community we can help. A hard copy of the Advent Calendar is available after every Mass in Mondor Plaza. Click here to view the Advent calendar. Saints Simon & Jude – Advent Outreach What is SSJ Advent Outreach: As a part of our on-going parish practice to serve and pray for others in our community, the SSJ Advent Outreach program is

In our present times, media outlets hold a significant role in spreading information. Whether information pertains to a specific person or a specific event, news media and social media are powerful conduits in communication. Naturally, when we receive information from various media, we need to be very careful to confirm the accuracy of that which is being communicated. In order to confirm the accuracy of shared information, we filter the news with reliable sources, look at evidence and survey databases.

“Are we there yet?” Before there were TVs or phones or tablets in cars, this was a constant question from children on long car journeys because, no matter how often we were told to “look at the beautiful scenery,” riding in a car was boring. Today’s readings are asking the same question with regard to our earthly journey. Like children in a car, we have absolutely no idea when we will be personally called “home” to God or when Jesus

Blessings and peace to you! One beautiful weekend, a young man decided to go hiking. While walking near the edge of a cliff, he tripped and fell into an abyss. Luckily, he was able to grab hold onto the roots of a big tree. He clung tightly to the roots as he hung between life and death. He called out for help: “Is anyone up there? Please help me!” From the sky, a voice responded: “I am your God. I am

Join SSJ Youth on Wednesday, November 24, from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm to serve at the Cantlay Food Bank (Catholic Charities of Orange County). Service includes packaging and distributing food items. This is a great way to serve as a family right before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cantlay food distribution center provides individuals and families with food and other everyday necessities. It is open three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and is currently serving approximately 600 families per day at a drive-thru distribution. Please

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