Saint Junípero Serra Parish

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Pastoral Staff

Fr. Leo A. Dechant, C.S.J., D.Min.—Pastor Fr. Sylvan Schiavo, C.S.J.

Fr. Giampietro Gasparin, C.S.J. Deacons Gary, Paul, Rito; Marvin

Sacraments & Devotions

First Friday adoration OLC: 11:00 AM to 6:15 PM

Sacrament of Penance (Confessions): Sat 3:00 PM—4:30 PM (church), Fri 7:00 PM (chapel) and by Appointment Ministry of the sick: Request a visit from a priest to anoint a person, person who is seriously ill or is sched‐ uled for surgery. Holy Communion can be taken to the homebound by lay ministers of Holy Communion every week after the priest’s visit.

Marriage, Baptism & Quinceañera: Please visit our web‐ site for basic information. Call the office to meet with a priest for more information.

Baptism Prep/Clases para Bautismo: No English class in December. Las platicas en Espanol por Diciembre fue el primero.

Jesús Fuente de Misericordia: Asamblea de Oración lunes de 7:15 a 9:15 pm en el salón parroquial.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph December 30, 2018

Saint Junípero Serra Parish

A Catholic Faith Community

A Parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

42121 60


Street West

Lancaster, CA 93536

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Administered by the Congregation of St. Joseph

Schedule of Masses in Parish Church Daily: Monday‐Saturday 7:00 AM; M & F 6:30 PM

Sunday Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM (Saturday) Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM (Spanish)

Holy Days: 7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon & 7:30 PM Parish Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM—8 PM Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM—4 PM

Saturday 10 AM—4 PM Sundays ‐ Closed

St. Elizabeth Mission


13845 Johnson Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532

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MASS: Sunday 10:00 AM

Confessions by Request Before and After Mass Mission Statement Declaración de Nuestra Misión

Saint Junípero Serra Parish is an evangelizing Catholic Faith Community committed to moving forward always as missionary disciples for the Kingdom: attentive to the Word, to Sacrament, to Service and to Faith Formation. Modified September 23, 2015

La Parroquia de San Junipero Serra es una Comunidad Católica Evangelizadora de Fe comprometida a seguir siempre ade‐

lante como discípulos misioneros para alcanzar el Reino de Dios; por medio de la Palabra, los Sacramentos, el servicio y la in‐

strucción de la Fé Modificado el 23 de septiembre 2015

Mission Statement Declaración de Nuestra Misión

Saint Junípero Serra Parish is an evangelizing Catholic Faith Community committed to moving forward always as missionary disciples for the Kingdom: attentive to the Word, to Sacrament, to Service and to Faith Formation. Modified September 23, 2015

La Parroquia de San Junipero Serra es una Comunidad Católica Evangelizadora de Fe comprometida a seguir siempre ade‐ lante como discípulos misioneros para alcanzar el Reino de Dios; por medio de la Palabra, los Sacramentos, el servicio y la


Parish Director of Music: Sharon Rohaley

Coordinador de Música en Español: Alfonso Alvarado

Coordinador de Ministerios Litúrgicos en Español: Maria J. Castillo Coordinator of Lector Ministry: Mike Purnell

Coordinator of EMs of Holy Communion: Jim Hart Scheduling of English Lectors & EMs: Anne Trabold Children’s Lit. of the Word: Cassandra Ortiz

Altar Servers: Joanne Lacson

Bereavement: Maureen Kubli ( Communion to the Homebound: Diana Sipes Comunión a los enfermos: Dcn Marvin Castillo

Contact Fr. Leo or main office who will forward your request for Home Visits after a priest has visited your home.

Keep the legacy of faith and ministry

moving forward always—Remember

St. Junípero Serra Parish in your will!


Community Council Chairperson Jerry Lindaman - 661 270-0495

Altar Society President Joanne Melfi-724-0314


Altar Flowers—Mary Borjon -947-6032 EMs of Holy Comm.—Soliman Villapando-262-6090

Hospitality—Jerry Lindaman - 270-0495 Lectors—Soliman Villapando - 262-6090

Sacristan—Janet Donoho -724-2067

Phone System

The main office phone number is 661-943-9314. The Office of Faith Formation (Religious Education, Confirmation Preparation and Youth Ministry) is 661 -943-5912. Mission Bell Preschool Cell Number is 661-802-6375.

When the office is closed, you can leave voice mails using the following extensions:

• Vicki White/Guadalupe Castellanos #100

• Daniel Ortiz—FF Clerk #101

• Fr. Sylvan #102

• Fr. Leo #103

• Cheryl Espinosa, Mission Bell #106

• Mike Gass, Facilities Coordinator #107

• Interim Finance Data Entry Clerk #108

• Michele Simpliciano, Pastor’s Sec. #109

• Cassandra Ortiz, Dir. Faith Formation #110

• Dorieth Castillo, FF Admin. Assistant #116 Be sure to press the # sign before the numeral!


Holy Catholic Families come in all sizes and config-urations.

Pope Francis has said several times that there are three things which members of a holy family have to learn to say to each other, and really mean:

• I’m sorry.

• I forgive you.

• Please and thank you!

Pope St. John Paul II taught that the family is where children learn forgiveness—to ask for it and to grant it.

Do you see the common thread in this teaching? The holy Catholic family, as a domestic Church, is the locus of mercy and forgiveness. Just as hatred and prejudice are learned, so is mercy and forgiveness. One of my late aunts would listen to her children complain about someone. Once they had vented, she’d insist that they say three good things about that same person. Although it was not what they wanted to hear, they did learn that they could find those three good things to say even about someone with whom they were furious.

There is no such thing as “pure evil”—the day on which evil seems to have been most successful, the day Christ was crucified, is called Good Friday! There is way too much “demonization” of others go-ing on in our world—not only in civil society but within the Church. One of our late confreres, long-time pastor of St. Peter Church in San Pedro, was quite vocal at Chapter meetings when he disagreed with someone. He would debate the point thorough-ly. Notwithstanding this firmness of conviction, he was always friendly and most hospitable with those same confreres outside of the meeting time. We were brothers with differing opinions, not enemies! Love and forgiveness are opposite sides of the same coin. Love is a decision to do the good for the other person habitually, whether reciprocated or not. For-giveness is also a decision. A decision to “untie” the other from their bad behavior towards us. It does not deny the wrong or the hurt, much less simply

dis-miss it, but it does pass it forward to the Lord. Give

it forth is one way of looking at forgive.

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart & cools the sting.


Please pray for the recently deceased. May

they and all the faithful departed, through the

mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Pray for our ill Parishioners…

Stella Acorda Emmanuel Audencial Paul Bozigian Paul Burkman Tito Collantes Lucio Celeste Maryann Davidson Pat Defusco Jean DeLaVara Marilyn Elias Theresa Farrey Marie Fernando Mario Galvan Claudio Gormaz Heidi Gray

Patrick Guzman Alex Guillermo Bob Henderson Lily Honeycutt Dan Hodgens Sonny Huerta Helen Kaniewski Betty Knolls Manuel Lopez

Jo Meister Agustina Mendoza Michelle Moklebust Karen D. Newman Stefan Nowicki Colton Oschmann Sera-Lisa Ortiz Christina Padilla Jane Pesce Gary Poole Jacob Raellano Allen Ralph Wilfredo Repuyan Jack Rich William D. Robinson Roberto Rosales Thomas Russell Charlie Shea Jonathan Sherman Franco Stanco

Madison Taylor Richard & Cecila Tirre Jay Valerio Grace Watson Gene & Cristina Wheeler


SATURDAY, 29 December

7:00 AM OLC Caden Alindogan

5:00 PM † Maria Milagros Cornejo de Melara SUNDAY, 30 December, The Holy Family of JMJ 7:30 AM † Rachel Arviso

9:30 AM † Francisco Tito Navas 10:00 AM SEM † For the Deceased of the C S J 12:00 PM † Abelina Deleon

2:00 PM Español For the People of the Parish MONDAY, 31 December

7:00 AM OLC † Armisticia Abapo

6:30 PM Church Richard Alindogan (Vigil of Mother of God) TUESDAY, 01 January, Mary, Mother of God

7:00 Church † Phoenix Anderson

WEDNESDAY, 02 January, Sts. Basil & Gregory 7:00 AM OLC Rhys Alindogan

THURSDAY, 03 January, The Most Holy Name of Jesus

7:00 AM OLC † Andy Gavel

FRIDAY, 04 January, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 7:00 AM OLC † Barbara Creedon

SATURDAY, 05 January, St. John Neumann 7:00 AM OLC † Corrine Barbara Mantini 5:00 PM For the People of the Parish

SUNDAY, 06 January, The Epiphany of the Lord 7:30 AM † Bernovidino Giusto

9:30 AM † Maria Theresa Evangelista 10:00 AM SEM Vocations to the CSJ 12:00 PM † Jaime Cabrera 2:00 PM Español † Francisco Saenz

Readings for the Week of December 30

Monday: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1 -18 Tuesday: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21 Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28 Thursday: 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34 Friday: 1 Jn 3:7-10; Ps 98:1, 7-9; Jn 1:35-42 Saturday: 1 Jn 3:11-21; Ps 100:1b-5; Jn 1:43-51 Sunday: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 11:00-6:00 in Our Lady’s Chapel,

Janu-ary 4th.

ROSARY FOR LIFE EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH—in Our Lady’s Chapel right after the 7:00am daily. Please come for at least part of the time!


Fingerprinting will be done here at St. Junípero Serra Parish on Saturday, January 12, 2019. By appointment only—please call the parish office at (661) 943-9314. You must bring photo I.D. with you. Mandatory ONLY for those adults 18 and older who work/volunteer near or with chil-dren at Church and Schools of the L.A. Archdio-cese.

The USA-Mexico Vice-Province of the CSJ has its Provincial Chapter in Mexico City next week. This time laypersons who work with us are participating. Fr. Giampietro, Cassandra Ortiz and I will be going there January 1 to 4, 2019. Please pray for us to be open to the Holy Spirit.


Knightly News

Events and happenings sponsored and or supported by the Knights of Columbus, St. Murialdo Council 10667. For more information, questions or comments, call 661-PRO LIFE (776-5433).

If you or someone you know can be a Knight of Co-lumbus, call 661-776-5433 to find out more.

One Life LA - The Sacred Heart Respect Life Com-mittee and the Lancaster Knights of Columbus would like to offer anyone interested in attending ONE LIFE LA “FREE” Metro Link tickets.

A Requiem Mass for the Unborn at the Cathedral will

follow at 5 pm. If you choose to ride the Metro Link train to ONE LIFE LA on January 19, 2019, then you may leave anytime you want according to the Metro Link schedule.

If you are interested and want more information re-garding this event, then please go to One Life LA website. While at this website please register. The link is:


Happy 2019 from all of us at Mission Bell!

If you’re looking for, (or know someone who is,) a totally Catholic early childhood experience read the following: Save the date and tell a friend: Friday, February 1, 2019

MBPS Annual Open House 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Bring your little one with you! Meet the awesome MBPS Staff! Tour our facility!

Enjoy a fun snack!

Interactive activities for your little one!

Meet and chat with current MBPS families. They love to share of their experience with us!

Priority registration for the 2019-2020 school year given to Saint Junipero Serra Parish families this night!

We can’t wait to meet you! You are a friend we haven’t met yet!

Merry Christmas Blessings! Miss Cheryl


Always keep your blind spots in mind

Each week, more than 50 children are killed or in-jured when a driver backs up the car. In an over-whelming number of those cases, a parent, relative, or close friend is behind the wheel. It’s devastating to think that a simple action could cause such harm to your child, but it happens far too frequently. Be aware of your ‘blind spots’ when you’re behind the wheel — those areas you know are there, but can’t see clearly from your mirrors. Check out what’s hap-pening around your vehicle before you get in. Make sure you know where your children are be-fore you start your car. For a copy of the complete VIRTUS® article, “A Preventable Accident,” vis-it Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx.

Dear Tea Hostesses,

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your energy, imagination, and com-passion in doing such a great job as table host-ess. I would also like to thank you on behalf of the Women of Grace and St. Serra Parish for your generosity and that of your friends.

I pray that you are all blessed with a beautiful Christmas and a most Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you next year.

Diana Sipes

Tax-Wise Year End Giving Options

Gifts from an IRA

If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a tax-free gift directly from your IRA account to the parish. This law allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 annually directly to a quali-fied charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. The transfer does not generate taxable income or a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemized your tax deductions. Your gift can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of appreciated assets such as stock are an excellent way for you to make a charitable gift.

Stocks may be transferred directly to the Archdiocese for the benefit of parish, school or favorite Catholic ministry. These gifts will not affect your cash flow, and they provide the follow-ing tax benefits:

• A possible charitable deduction to help you save on taxes

• Bypass of federal and state capital gains taxes

• Avoidance of the tax on net investment income

From a tax perspective, a gift of appreciated assets makes good sense. You can make the capital gains taxes optional, achieve significant tax savings and support our pro-grams.Please contact Brooke Glazer at 213-637-7381 or

Have you remembered your parish, school or ministry in your will or trust? Our legal title is The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, A Corporation Sole, for the Benefit of (parish, school, ministry). For more information, please call Kimberly Jetton at 213-637-7512.


Rincón del Pastor

Las familias católicas vienen en todas formas y tamaños.

El Papa Francisco ha dicho varias veces que hay tres cosas que los miembros de una sa-grada familia tienen que aprender a decir uno al otro de gran significado:

· Lo siento. · Te perdono.

· ¡ Por favor y gracias!

El Papa San Juan Pablo II enseñó que la fa-milia es donde los niños aprenden el perdón, aprenden a pedir y a otorgar.

¿Ven el procedimiento común en esta ense-ñanza? La sagrada familia católica, como igle-sia, es el lugar de la misericordia y el perdón. Así como el odio y el prejuicio son aprendidos, también lo es la misericordia y el perdón. Una de mis tías ya mayor, escuchaba a sus hijos quejarse de alguien. Una vez que ya se habían desahogado, ella insistía en que dije-ran tres cosas buenas sobre esa misma perso-na. Aunque no era lo que querían oír en ese momento, entendieron que podían encontrar y decir esas tres cosas positivas de alguien con quien estaban furiosos.

No existe tal cosa como el "mal puro" — el día en que el mal parece haber sido el más exito-so, fue el día que Cristo fue crucificado, se lla-ma Viernes Santo! Hay della-masiada "demonización" de otros que están sucedien-do en nuestro munsucedien-do, no sólo en la sociedad civil sino en la iglesia. Uno de nuestros her-manos, pastor de St. Peter Church en San Pedro, hace tiempo fue muy vocal en las reun-iones del capítulo cuando no estaba de acuer-do con alguien. Él discutiría el punto a fonacuer-do. A pesar de esta firmeza de convicción, él era siempre amistoso y más hospitalario con esos mismos hermanos fuera de la hora de la re-unión. Éramos hermanos con opiniones diferentes, íno enemigos!

El amor y el perdón son los lados opuestos de la moneda. Normalmente el amor es una de-cisión de hacer lo bueno para la otra persona, o reciproco. El perdón también es una deci-sión. Una decisión de "desatar" al otro de su mal comportamiento hacia nosotros. No niega el mal o lo herido, simplemente lo des-carta, pero lo pasa frente al Señor. Dar es una forma de perdonar

El perdón significa que le dan otra oportunidad para hacer un nuevo comienzo.

Desmond Tutu


Siempre tenga en cuenta sus puntos ciegos

Cada semana, más de 50 niños son asesinados o resultan heridos cuando un conductor retrocede en su automóvil. En un número abrumador de esos casos, un padre de familia, pariente o amigo cercano está detrás del volante. Es devastador pensar que una acción tan sencilla podría causar tanto daño a su hijo/a, pero sucede con demasiada frecuencia. Sea consciente de sus “puntos ciegos” cuando esté detrás del volante, esas áreas que se sabe que están ahí pero uno no puede ver claramente desde sus espejos retrovisores. Verifique lo que está sucediendo alrededor de su vehículo antes de subirse al mismo. Asegúrese de saber dónde están sus hijos antes de encender su automóvil. Para obtener una copia del artículo completo de VIRTUS®, “A Preventable

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El primer domingo después de la Navidad cele-bramos la fiesta de la Sagrada Familia. Los latinos somos un pueblo muy unido en familia. Para noso-tros es más que un pequeño grupo compuesto de pa-dre, mapa-dre, hijos e hijas. La familia para nosotros los latinos es un conjunto grande de abuelos, abuelas, tíos, tías, primos, primas, compadres, comadres, sue-gros, suegras y otros más además del padre, la madre y los hijos. Para los latinos una fiesta que celebra la familia de Jesús es la cosa más natural del mundo.

Extrañamente esta fiesta no es muy antigua. En realidad es una celebración que data de comienzos de la época moderna en el siglo XVII. Antes de estas fechas la familia de Jesús casi siempre era entendida como compuesta por Jesús, María y Ana (la madre de María). Se daba por hecho que José estaba por allí. Pero en el siglo XVII muchos perdieron sus pa-dres pues tenían que ir a las fábricas a trabajar. Por eso el magisterio instituyó la conmemoración de la Sagrada Familia de Jesús, María y José para recordar a los padres cristianos su deber ante sus hijos y su esposa.

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Eucharistic (Year 2) Retreat

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