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Author: Kevin Murray

Today I am doubly blessed: last year I was ordained to be a spiritual father; twenty-seven years before that I became a father to my son, John. Most fathers would agree that there is no sacrifice too great for their children. Yet, I know that the way that I feel about my son is only a small and imperfect representation of the infinite and perfect love that God our Father feels for each of us. There is no comparison between our

Please think about a couple of Bible verses today - “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. This is a familiar verse from Psalm 118. It was one of the first Bible verses I learned as a kid. Maybe that’s true for you too. Even if you’re not much of a biblical expert, you’ve heard this verse frequently because it shows up in our liturgical celebrations often. That’s apropos since Psalm 118 is a

Have you ever asked why we have the special feast of the Body and Blood of Christ although we have the Eucharist every day? As I looked up the history of the feast, I discovered an interesting story of how the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus came into being. In 1263, there was a priest named Peter of Prague who was having doubts of faith about the real presence of the Holy Eucharist. He couldn’t believe that the

Friday, August 20, 2021 Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa   Event Details Registration - 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Shotgun Start - 12:00 p.m. Post Tournament Social at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church - 5:30 p.m. Dinner Gala, Awards, & Auction at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church - 6:00 p.m.     Join Us for Dinner A catered dinner will be served following the tournament at the Gala. Non-golfers and spouses are welcome to join us for dinner. Additional dinner

This Monday, our nation celebrates Memorial Day which commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of our country, particularly those who died in battle. Although the concept of honoring fallen soldiers began after the Civil War, Memorial Day did not become a national holiday until 100 years later in 1971. By then, the day had long since been dedicated to all members of the armed forces who had lost their lives in any of our

Pentecost Sunday is here again. On this day, Roman Catholic Christians remember back to that scene described in Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2. That’s always our first reading at Mass on Pentecost Sunday. So, it’s familiar to us. But please allow me to add a little backstory. To set the scene, Jews are gathered in Jerusalem from everywhere to celebrate a harvest feast. And Jesus’ disciples were together in “one place”. They had been instructed by Jesus, just before He

Are you looking for a Young Adult community where you can meet new people and grow in your relationship with Jesus? We are forming a Young Adult Ministry at Sts. Simon & Jude that will seek to build community through fellowship, prayer, discussion, and service. If you are a Young Adult interested in participating in this ministry we would love to hear from you! Please contact Andrew Watson (awatson@ssj.org) for more information.

Happy Feast of the Ascension! Today’s celebration marks the fortieth day after Easter Sunday which commemorates the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. Tradition designates Mount Olivet near Bethany as the place where Christ left the earth. The proper feast falls on Thursday. It is one of the Ecumenical feasts ranking with the feasts of the Passion, Easter and Pentecost among the most solemn in the liturgical calendar. The Ascension is an

We tend to throw around the word “love” rather casually these days. We “love” pizza; we “love” the Dodgers or the Angels; and, of course, “love” is what makes a Subaru a Subaru. There are hundreds of popular songs with the word “Love” in the title or in the lyrics. At a higher level than pizza or sports teams or cars or music is the love that we have for our Lord, our spouse, our children, our parents, and our

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