The liturgy of Palm Sunday puts these words on our lips: “Swing back, doors, higher yet; reach higher, immemorial gates, to let the king enter in triumph!” Anyone who barricades himself in the citadel of his own selfishness will never come down onto the battlefield. But if he raises the gates of his fortress and lets in the king of peace, then he will go out with the king to fight against all that misery which blurs the eyes and numbs the conscience. “Reach higher, immemorial gates.” The fact that Christianity requires us to fight is nothing new. It has always been that way. If we do not fight, we will not win and if we do not win, we will not obtain peace. Without peace human joy is illusory, fake, barren, and it is not translated into service of men, or works of charity and justice, of pardon and mercy, or the service of God.
Thanks to all who participated in this weekend’s OneLife LA event in Los Angeles!
Over 50 St. Sebastian parishioners were joined by other Ventura parishes, Vincentians, Knights of Columbus, and an overall estimated assembly of 10,000 who were united in celebrating the dignity of every human life from conception until natural death.
Archbishop Gomez offered thanks and presided over the day’s events, where nationally recognized speakers confronted a host of contemporary threats to life including abortion, suicide, human trafficking, and unjust poverty.
OneLife LA also marked the local commencement of the U.S. Bishops’ national Nine Days for Life Campaign Novena, which all are still invited and encouraged to join.
Saturday 20 December 4-5 PM, 7:30-8 PM
Tuesday 23 December 7 PM, Penance Service
Wednesday 24 December 5:30 PM, Vigil Mass
Thursday 25 December 0:00, Midnight Mass
(Christmas Carols w/ Choir before Midnight Mass begin at 11:15 PM)
Thursday 25 December 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
No Evening Mass on Christmas Day
Solemnity of Mary
Thursday 1 January 9:00 AM
Happy Father’s Day!
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11 : 25-30)
If you have a smart phone, you have apps. Some are for games, others for social media. What if there was an app that could save lives every day? Archbishop Gomez invites you to download and use the App for LIFE! This prayer app alerts users when women call for help with an unintended pregnancy. Your prayers at the time of her decision send grace at the moment she needs it. We are already seeing lives saved from abortion and women given the help and resources to choose parenting or adoption. The App for LIFE is available in the Apple App Store and Google
Play or at www.optionsunited.org. Make the choice for life today with the App for LIFE!