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The following is from our visiting priest, Fr. Martin Henry:

Dear Friends,

Last Friday was the Feast of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the secondary patron saint of the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  St Patrick lived more than 1500 years ago, and, not surprisingly, it’s difficult nowadays, through the haze of the intervening centuries, to see what he was really like.

So much, that we might take for granted about him is actually relatively new in historical terms. Even his association with the color ‘green’ is seemingly a recent enough development..  Up until the end of the 18th century, the color associated with St Patrick was blue!  And his Feast Day on 17th March only goes back to the 17th century.

But maybe even more important for us is to take a closer look at the traditional picture of St Patrick as the saint, who was the first important Christian missionary and early organizer of church life in Ireland. This is not to see the full picture of his life, or even perhaps its most important aspect. For Patrick wasn’t always a missionary.

The young Patrick grew up in what was then the Roman province of Britain, in a fairly privileged environment: his father held prominent positions in both Church and state.  Although baptized and raised as a Christian, Patrick apparently didn’t take his religion too seriously in his early years.  Being a Christian would, in his world, have been the normal, socially acceptable, unexceptional thing to be.

It was only when the young Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave and had to work as a shepherd in the north of Ireland, thus losing the privileged conditions of his early years—it was only then, that he began to take his life and the meaning or direction of his life more seriously.  It was only then that his Christian faith became real for him; we might say, so that, after finally escaping from captivity, he eventually decided to return freely to Ireland as a missionary.

In other words, it was his experience in Ireland that ‘converted’ Patrick, and impelled him subsequently to try to ‘convert’ the Irish.  This is surely a potent illustration of the old truth that only if our own minds are changed by the Christian gospel, will we ever have a chance of changing anyone else’s.

                                                                                       Fr Martin Henry

 

 


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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
             2017

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Communal Penance Service 
Saturday, April 8 - 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available after Morning Prayers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

MASSES
PALM
SUNDAYApril 8/9, 2017, Masses 5:00 p.m. (Saturday) 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00, 5:30 p.m. (Sunday) Solemn Procession and Blessing of Palms before all the Masses

HOLY THURSDAYApril 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:30 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration until Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY April 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
12:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
1:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:30 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

HOLY SATURDAY April 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass including Rite of Christian Initiation

EASTER SUNDAY April 16, 2017
Masses 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 a.m.
12:00 & 5:30 p.m.

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Saturdays:   8:30 am; 5:00 pm
Sundays:  7:00, 8:30, 10:00 am;                       12:00 & 5:30 pm

Weekdays:  6:30 & 8:30 am (Monday  through Friday)

First Fridays 6:30 & 8:30 am                    (also 11:30 am October through June)

Vigils of holy days: 7:30 pm

Holy Days:  6:30, 8:30 am; 7:30 pm

Confessions                                             Saturdays:  3:30 to 4:30pm & anytime by appointment

 

 

 

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