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ADMINISTRATOR PRO TEM: REV. STEVE CORREZ

Third Sunday of Lent– March 3, 2013

ASSOCIATE PASTOR: REV. Adalberto Blanco

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Wednesday, March 13th, 12:00 noon

PASTOR EMERITUS: REV. MSGR. DONAL MULCAHY DEACONS: REV. MR. DAN BOJORQUEZ REV. MR. MIKE BURNS REV. MR. RAUL GONZALEZ REV. MR. DON HUNTLEY REV. MR. PHIL JOERGER REV. MR. ED MILLS REV. MR. CHARLES WESSLER SENIOR DEACONS: REV. MR. RODGER ADAMS REV. MR. JAMES M. FARLEY SCHEDULE OF MASSES: Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM 5:15 PM (1st Friday) Saturday: 8:00 AM, 5:15 PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM 12:30 (Spanish Mass) 5:15 PM CONFESSIONS: Monday: 8:30-9:00 AM Tuesday: 5:30-6:00 PM Wednesday: 5:30-6:00 PM Friday: 8:30-9:00 AM Saturday: 8:30-9:30 AM 4:00-5:00 PM LITURGY OF THE HOURS: Monday - Saturday before 8AM Mass ROSARY: Monday - Saturday after 8AM Mass EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: WEDNESDAY 9AM UNTIL SUNDAY 9AM IN ST. JULIE’S CHAPEL OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION PARISH SCHOOL: 3169 Telegraph Road Mrs. Patricia Groff, Principal School Office: (805) 642-7198

See page 8 for registration form Deadline to sign-up is March 8th

Knights of Columbus Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 9th

See page 10 for details

The Mission Statement of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish We, as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, create, nurture, and maintain a community of love through worship, reconciliation, healing, formation, education and service. Through Word and Eucharist, we seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit, embracing the love of our Creator in each thought, word, and action. As humble servants of God, we remain faithful to the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, waiting in joyful hope for our Lord’s coming.

3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003 Phone: (805) 642-7966 Fax: (805) 642-7635

www.olaventura.com


Parish Directory / Directorío de la Parroquia ADULT SPIRITUALITY: Patrick Rivera, 642-7966 ext. 114 ALTAR SERVERS: Deacon Michael & Lauren Burns, 642-7966 ext. 145 ARCHDIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Bernice Critchfield, 339-0480 A/V MINISTRY: David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 BEREAVEMENT: George and Jan Standing-Roberts, 648-1782 BOY & CUB SCOUTS: Kathy Ellison, 658-6844 BULLETIN: Sherie DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 128 or bulletin@ola-vta.org BUSINESS MANAGER: Lauren Burns, 642-7966 ext. 101 CATHOLIC CHARITIES: 303 N. Ventura Avenue, 643-4694 CATHOLIC DETENTION MINISTRY: Margaret Oberon, 794-0267 CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT: Mary Kielas, 650-7870 CHILDRENS CHOIR: Cheryl Kewley, 816-2252 CHILDRENS STRING ENSEMBLE: Peter Shuere, 642-9998 PeterShuere@yahoo.com COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND: Irene LaCommare, 750-8793 i.lacommare@sbcglobal.net CONFIRMATION: YOUTH: Karen Reynolds, 642-7966 ext. 121 Adult: Dn. Dan Bojorquez, 642-7966 ext. 146 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: Vincent Dominguez, 642-7966 ext. 122 END OF LIFE MINISTRY: Mary Ellen Farley, 643-5262 EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Elizabeth Wurts, 644-8395 Mary Ann Decaen, 644-2160 EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Deacon Don Huntley, 642-7966 ext. 123 ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY: Ofelia Haynes, 644-3508 Ana Miller, 659-5547 EVENT COORDINATOR: Diane Frantela 642-7966 ext. 133 FAMILIES OF NAZARETH: Phyllis Crews, 643-5361 FAMILY TO FAMILY: Mary Braitman, 647-5278 Albert & Janet Karian, 644-0660 FINANCE COUNCIL: Mike Coulson 642-7966 FOOD BASKETS: Jerry Deal, jd347@yahoo.com FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext. 118 GRUPO GUADALUPANO: Rosario Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149 HEALTH MINISTRY: Dottie Rowins, rowins-1@lafn.org HERMITS OF ST. GILES: Mark Andrew Dextraze, 647-9089

MEN’S MINISTRY: Patrick Rivera, 642-7966 ext. 114 MIDDLE SCHOOL (THE EDGE): Zach Eckert, 642-7966 ext. 125 MINISTRY TO THE SICK: Contact the Parish office, 642-7966 MOM’S GROUP: Jeanine Walker, 648-4244 M.O.M.S. MORNINGS: Jamie Kuske, 351-5327 MOTHER’S PRAYER: Lisa O’Brien, 659-5307 NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING: Aaron and Lee Ann Sanchez, 650-6734 NURSERY: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext.118 OLA CLASSICS: Mary Kielas, 650-7870 PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Dan McGrath, irishdanman@hotmail.com Spanish Contact (en Español): Tony Altorre, taltorre@clinicas.org PARISH PRAYER CHAIN: Juanita Trine, 644-5967, Gusatjed@hotmail.com RCIA: Deacon Don Huntley 642-7966 ext. 123 or RCIA@ola-vta.org RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext.118 RESPECT LIFE: Patty Berry, 642-4928 or coastalpatty@gmail.com Dea Boehme, dea.boehme@att.net RETROUVAILLE REDISCOVERY: Paul & Marisa Montgomery, 642-4023 RIDES TO MASS: John Stebbins, 644-4674 ROSARY MAKERS: Aurora Gonzales, 654-0316 SACRISTANS: Deacon Phil and Mari Joerger, 642-7966 ext. 148 SAFEGUARD THE CHILDREN: Dea Boehme 642-7966 OLAsafeguard@ola-vta.org ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: 642-4104 SECULAR FRANCISCAN: Pauline Riendeau, 339-9446 SPANISH BAPTISM PREP. Deacon Raul Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149 ST. BONAVENTURE HIGH SCHOOL: 3167 Telegraph Road Mr. Marc Groff, Principal. School Office: (805) 648-6836 STEWARDSHIP: David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 SUNDAY SCHOOL: Jenny Elliott at 642-7966 ext. 124 , SundaySchool@ola-vta.org USHERS: Ric Ruffinelli, 642-8797 David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 VICTIMS ASSISTANCE: Suzanne Healy, LMFT 213-637-7650 sdhealy@la-archdiocese.org VOCATIONS: Father Steven Correz, 642-7966 ext. 106 VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 or ddevillers@ola-vta.org WELCOME COMMITTEE: Sherie DeVillers at 642-7966 ext. 128 or sholaway@yahoo.com WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Kati Escallier, KEscallier@ola-vta.org or 642-7966 ext. 142 YOUNG ADULT (FRASSATI): Sarah Kern at ca_girl_87@hotmail.com.

HISPANIC MINISTRY (MINISTERIO HISPANO): Rosario Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149

INFANT BAPTISM PREPARATION: Pre-baptism instruction required. English: Deacon Phil Joerger, 642-7966 ext.148 Spanish: Deacon Raul Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Jose Rodriguez, 207-4371 LECTORS: Deacon Dan Bojorquez, 642-7966 ext. 146 LIVING MATRIMONY: Patrick Rivera, 642-7966 ext. 114 MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Russ & Jeanine Walker, 648-4244 MARRIAGES: To schedule date & meeting with priest or deacon, 642-7966

YOUTH MINISTRY: Karen Reynolds, 642-7966 ext. 121 YLI-CATHOLIC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION: Maria Fielding 256-7570 - 2-


Calendar of Upcoming Events Date

Event

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March 9

Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

10

March 13

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show

8

March 15-17

Women’s Retreat

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Parish News Year of Faith Weekly Prayer Prayer for Priestly Vocations Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood. Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son. Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people. We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen

WELCOME! If you are visiting or are joining us for the first time, we are glad you came! All are welcome at OLA and received with love. If you are ready to join our parish, we encourage you to fill out the Registration Form and bring it to the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please come by the Parish Office, the Welcome Table at Friendship Sunday, or call us at 642-7966

Our Lady of the Assumption Church Parish Office Hours Monday through Friday 8:30am to 8:00pm Saturday 8:30am to 12:00pm Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm

Mass Intentions

Weekly Offerings

Monday, March 04 6:30 Frank Skowron (D) 8:00 Sheila Morgan (D) & Beverly Ruiz (D)

Thank you for your continuing support of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. For the fiscal year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013, our parish budget calls for $22,474.62 to be donated weekly at the Sunday collection. The collection for Sunday, February 24, 2013 was $15,483.29. The collection is not only used for operating expenses each week, but also for any ongoing repair work, upgrades, etc. to our parish facility. There are many ways to contribute; credit card and automatic debit are available.

Tuesday, March 05 6:30 Ann Julia & Henry Joseph Wibbelmann (D) 8:00 Charles Dussing (D) & Eucharista Johnson (L) Wednesday, March 06 6:30 Edward Skowron (L) 8:00 Nelson Del Aguilas (D) & Tedesco Family (L) Thursday, March 07 6:30 Jannine Hernandez (D) 8:00 Soon-Ae Kim (D) & Katrina Schaefer (L)

For more information please contact Lauren Burns, business manager at 642-7966 ext. 101.

Friday, March 08 6:30 Sr. Danilla Spina (D) 8:00 Phyllis Richardson (D) & Juan Mera (L)

Bulletin Deadline March 17 bulletin—due by March 8

Saturday, March 09 8:00 Ernesto Joaquin Serrano (L) & Margaret Gaura (L) 5:15 Mike Roeder (D) & Jose Trazo (D)

Please send all bulletin submissions to bulletin@ola-vta.org or use the Bulletin Announcement Submittal form on our website at http://olaventura.com/bulletin_form.html

Sunday, March 10 8:00 Piza Family (D) & Flaviano & Cresenta Casabar (D) 9:30 Mass for the People 11:00 Laura Klausen (D) & Clifford Pruitt (D) 12:30 Misa Para La Gente 5:15 Dell Mercer (D) & Elizabeth Hurtley (L)

Pulpit Announcement Deadline March 10 Masses—Due by March 7 at noon Please send pulpit announcements to schedule@ola-vta.org - 3-


The Pastoral Letter

Seasonal Schedule of Events Lent/Easter 2013

‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. f not you can cut it down.’”

University Series Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Assumption Hall March 4th, 7th, 14th, 18th 21st (dark on March 11th)

During this season of Lent, perhaps one of the most identifiable symbols for us as a people of faith is that of the Cross. We remember it especially during our devotion of the Stations of the Cross. Yet, as Catholics our symbol of faith is not just the Cross, but rather the Crucifix. What is the difference? As human beings, the experience of suffering is not a question of if; it is a question of when. However rather than dread the day of experiencing this suffering, we as followers of Christ are prepared to take up our crosses and follow Him. In the acceptance of the cross that our Lord invites us to offer up, we recognize that it is an opportunity to witness His unconditional love. Yet, for so many of us, the cross is not something we choose to embrace but rather to endure. Our Lord is inviting us to accept our crosses in life. Nevertheless, for many of us, we may consider our crosses to be reminders of pain and misery, rather than to be invitations of love and holiness. It is then that the symbol of the Crucifix takes on its greater significance. For it reminds us of the ultimate goal in our suffering, the glory of eternal life. In the symbol of the Crucifix, you can’t see the hope of the Resurrection physically, only through the eyes of faith, just as you can’t always see the glory of Heaven in the suffering that we offer. Much of the value of the sacrifice is made by our attitude, and its acceptance. Do we embrace our suffering or rather just simply endure it? Perhaps so many of us in the midst of our suffering pray for patience, rather than ask God for perseverance. What is the distinction? When we ask God for patience, we are asking Him to endure the suffering, hoping that it will end soon, not appreciating its significance. In contrast, when we ask God for perseverance, we are asking Him to supply us with the grace, to have the strength and understanding to make the most out of the sacrifice. Asking for perseverance does not make the suffering any easier but it makes it more meaningful, because it gives it significance. When we make sacrifices for others, knowing that they will benefit and aid the other person, they are more acceptable to offer. Do we have to wait for that big moment of suffering to experience this? No! During this season of Lent, we are constantly invited to make sacrifices. Some of them are big and small. Yet, the real value of the sacrifice is not in the severity of the suffering, but rather with the intention and the attitude of the person who is willing to offer it up. Sometimes to other people, the sacrifice we make may not seem very important or worthwhile. It may appear as though there is no physical change or difference than before the sacrifice is offered. It is then that our Lord invites to not have patience, but to practice perseverance. Not just endure the cross, but to embrace the Crucifix and to see not with our eyes, but the eyes of faith. Take care and God bless, Fr. Steve Correz

Stations of the Cross March 1st – March 22nd (no Stations during Holy Week) Monday – Thursday at 6:00pm in the church (Wednesday Spanish) Friday at 7:00pm in the church (English) and in St. Julie’s Chapel (Spanish) No 5:15 Mass on weekdays during Lent except First Friday

Lenten Soup Suppers Fridays at 6:00pm in Assumption Hall March 8th, 15th, 22nd Food Baskets March 20th-24th Assumption Hall (Delivery Date March 24th) Bilingual Communal Lenten Penance Service Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm in the church NO Confessions Monday March 18th Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th Palm Sunday March 24th (Masses at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:45pm (Spanish) and 5:15pm Blessing of the palms will take place 10 minutes before Mass except at 8:00am and 11:00am Chrism Mass Monday, March 25th at the Cathedral (time TBA) Holy Thursday Thursday, March 28th 8:00am Liturgical Celebration of Morning Prayer (no distribution of the Eucharist) 7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday Friday, March 29th 12:30pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 2:00pm and 6:00pm Living Stations 7:30 pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday (Spanish) NO Confessions Holy Saturday Saturday, March 30th NO morning Masses, Confessions or 5:15pm Mass 7:30pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter 12:30pm Blessing of the Easter Baskets, on the front steps of the church. Easter Sunday Sunday, March 31st Masses at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:45 pm (Spanish). NO 5:15 Mass (LifeTeen Band will play at 11:00am Mass) Divine Mercy Sunday Sunday, April 7th - 4-


Happy Anniversary!

Safe Environment Safeguard The Children

Ismael & Juana Martin

35 Years on March 4

The establishment of the Office of Safeguard the Children in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the formation of Safeguard the Children Parish Committees in the parishes were mandated by Cardinal Roger Mahony in 2002. The Office of Safeguard the Children assists these permanent Parish Committees in implementing child sexual abuse prevention education, Safe Environment policies, procedures and resources.

Larry & Linda Johnson Paul & Lori Caron

41 Years on March 4

10 Years on March 1

To list your anniversary, please email bulletin@ola-vta.org by the Friday of the week before you wish it published.

Click on http://www.archdiocese.la/protecting/ for more information.

Education

All volunteers working with or around children must be fingerprinted through the Archdiocese and certified in the Safeguard the Children Program Protecting God’s Children. Information for both fingerprinting and Safeguard Classes are listed below. The Virtus training must be updated every 4 years. However, instead of the 3-hour Protecting God's Children program, people can recertify by completing the 1.5 hour Keeping the Promise Alive program. Fingerprinting does not need to be repeated.” Contact: Dea Boehme at 390-1260 or OLAsafeguard@ola-vta.org.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults The topic for this week will focus on Small Groups Q & A / Trinity / Creed / The Lord's Prayer. Any member of the parish is welcome to attend. We invite those who are interested in the Catholic Christian community and the Catholic way of life to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Contact: RCIA@ola-vta.org or call 642-7966 x123.

The EDGE-Junior High Ministry

Fingerprinting Schedule

Wednesdays 7-8:30pm in Assumption Hall

St. Mary Magdalen 2532 Ventura Blvd. Camarillo

Life Teen Youth Ministry Service

Our Lady of Guadalupe Saturday, March 23 500 N. Juanita Ave 10:00pm-1:40pm & 3:20pm-4:20pm Oxnard For appointment call (805) 483-0987

Join us the 1st Monday of the month to make lunches for the homeless, 7-8pm in the Parish Center Kitchen.

BreakOut! Tuesday nights in the youth room from 7-8:30pm

Appointments are necessary as schedules fill up rapidly. Please call in advance to cancel if necessary .

Confirmation Year 1 Sunday, March 3 – 5:15 Mass and small group

Did You Know? Charter for Protection of Children & Young People marks 10 years

Confirmation Year 2 Sunday, March 10 - 5:15 Mass and small group

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the US Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter contains practical and pastoral steps that address allegations of sexual abuse, prevent future abuse, and help abuse victims through the healing process. Over the past decade, more than 100,000 adults and children have undergone abuse awareness and prevention sessions in archdiocesan parishes and schools. More than 5,000 VIRTUS® sessions have been conducted, making access to this important training easily available. Additionally, the archdiocese continues to be one of the largest private organizations in California to fingerprint employees and volunteers (more than 100,000 to date) who work with our children.

College Fellowship Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 at Karen’s House, 33 North Dunning St. All are welcome. Questions—Contact Karen at 642-7966 ext. 121

OLA School - Save the Date Join OLA School for an “Evening of Dreams” on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard. This is a wonderful night of music, laughter, friends, food and fundraising. It will be a night where dreams will come true. There will be tables reserved for OLA School Alumni and parishioners. Contact Kerry Murphy or Karen Berry, Auction Co-Chairs at 805/637-2377, via email at olaschooldevelopment@gmail.com or visit the OLA School Website’s Auction Tab at http://www.olaventura.org/auction/ for more information. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 21 12:00pm-3:40pm & 5:20pm-7:20pm For appointment call 484-0532

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For particular help, you may call Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.


“The Joy of Believing” “If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.” Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our Lady of the Assumption Church ~ Women’s Retreat ~ Friday, March 15th, 5:30 pm - Sunday the 17th, 2013

At Forest Home Retreat Center 655 Burnham Road Oakview, CA 93022 Cost is $175 ~ Includes Meals & Lodging

Guest Speaker Michaelann Martin

and Music Worship Leader Kelly Pease

Come refresh your soul and renew your faith; in fellowship and prayer with other women. The weekend will include Mass, Confession, Adoration, Talks, Quiet Time for Reflection and Group Activities. Registration available at the parish office or download a form on the website at www.olaventura.com (women’s ministry) Please consider sponsoring someone with a full or partial scholarship donation. Contact Kati Escallier at Kescallier@ola-vta.org or 642-7966 ext. 142 for more information. -6-


Parish Spirituality & Fellowship The University Series This Week

Rosary Makers Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13th at 9:30am in the Parish House located at 21 N. Dunning For more information or to have a rosary fixed, please call Aurora at 654-0316.

All Classes 7:30 – 9:00P.M. in Assumption Hall

Frassati, Married & Single Young Adults For additional information, please contact Sarah Kern at ca_girl_87@hotmail.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 La Espiritualidad de los Jóvenes Adultos: SP-13

See http://www.facebook.com/groups/FrassatiOLA/ or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/frassatiyoungadults/

P. Paul Velazquez

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Science, Theology, & Religion: FS-02

Support Groups at OLA Church

Janice Daurio, PhD. See the full schedule at www.theuniverityseries.org or pick up a copy of the catalog in the vestibule or at the Welcome Table.

Together in Mission - Annual Appeal Campaign Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s Together in Mission Annual Appeal Campaign« To date we have 283 pledges totaling $64,264 towards our goal of $128,991. The Together in Mission Campaign gives us an opportunity to provide funding for ministry, education and services in the 35 parishes and 52 schools that will receive financial support from Together in Mission this year. We are holding our follow-up In-Pew collection next weekend, March 9th and 10th. We are asking for a commitment/pledge that can be paid over a 5 month period. If you received a direct mail envelope at your home, please bring it with you next week. If you have not had the opportunity to contribute in the past, pledge envelopes are available in the pews for you to fill out and drop in the collection basket during mass. All monies collected over our goal will be returned to the parish. If we do not meet our goal, we will receive a bill from the Together in Mission office for the remaining amount which we will be obliged to pay from our operating account. Thank you again for your continued support of our parish. If you have any questions please contact Lauren Burns, Business Manager at (805) 642-7966 ext. 101.

DivorceCare Support Group: New series of DivorceCare began on February 18. The DivorceCare support group is open to all men and women who are divorced or separated. Whether your loss is recent or many years old, we encourage you to join us for support and to work through issues such as; anger, loneliness, single parenting and moving on. We meet in the San Miguel Room, Parish Center from 6:30 to 8pm. Next Meetings: March 4 & 18, April 8 & 22 GriefShare/Bereavement Support Group: New series of GriefShare began on February 19. This group is open to any adult who has lost a loved one through death, whether your loss is recent or many years old. We invite you to join us to find support and help in working through the grief process and transforming the pain into healing. We meet in the Parish HOUSE (21 N. Dunning St.) from 6:30 to 8pm. Next Meetings: March 5 & 19, April 9 & 23 Cancer Support Group: The OLA cancer support group is for adults living with cancer and their caregivers or adult family members. The group format is made up of alternating weeks when the group meets together and other sessions when the caregivers and those living with cancer meet separately. We meet in the Parish house located at 21 N. Dunning St. from 6:30-8pm. Next Meetings: March 6 & 20, April 10 & 24 These support groups are facilitated by Veronica Marchese, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Veronica254@sbcglobal.net or 665-7511

Relay for Life

Faith at Home Questions

May 18th & 19th from 10am to 10am

Adults and Teens: What can you do this week to really spend time alone with God, listening with your heart?

Children: What is one way that God helped you this past week? -7-

Relay for Life will be held this year at the Ventura State Beach so we can “Wipe Out” cancer. Please consider sponsoring or becoming a walker. You can register for our OLA team at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/ola


Parish Spirituality & Fellowship Respect Life Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A PRO-LIFE CHURCH

Explore knitting or crocheting as a prayer experience! Devotions and instruction is provided at each meeting. Donations of yarn, knitting and crochet supplies are welcomed and appreciated.

Contact Patty Berry 642-4928 or coastalpatty@gmail.com or Dea Boehme at dea.boehme@att.net LOCAL RESOURCES: Defenders of Life: Parish House- 4:00 every 3rd Wed. Ventura County Pregnancy Centers: 648-3301 Tender Life Maternity Home: 653-7474 or Dea Boehme at dea.boehme@att.net Life Centers of Ventura County: 486-2721 (800-973-7334, 24-hour hotline) M,T,W,F from 12-4:00pm Thurs. 11-4 (free ultrasound) Pregnancy Testing and all services, FREE & Confidential. 522 North "A" Street, Oxnard, 93030 Please stop by to visit and drop off donations. Wish list: diapers, formula, baby clothes baby toiletries, pack/play (no car seats or big cribs) Donations can also be left at the Rectory for Patty Berry who will deliver them for you to the Center. Foster Home or Adoption – ASPIRANET – 289-0120 St. Joseph’s Pantry – 2nd & 4th Wed. MaryAnn- 644-2160 Rosary at Planned Parenthood - Wed. at 7:30am &10:00. Fridays at 3:00pm—contact Ana at 218-3093. Prayer for the Unborn at St. Julie’s Chapel - Thursdays at 5:00pm. Contact Gloria at 644-4726.

Book Club A great way to widen our perspectives and keep our minds open is to read a good book and discuss it with others. The Book Discussion Group invites you to join us in reading I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, by Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll be meeting on April 8, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in Hurley Hall. We hope to see you for the discussion! Call Mary Ann Bognar at 647-0462 for more information.

Our next meeting is on Saturday, March 9th. Thank you all who have donated yarn and supplies. They are very much appreciated. Please call Jan Parrone at 658-1904 for further information. Or visit www.shawlministry.com To request a shawl for someone in need of prayers, comfort, or in celebration of a birth, please contact David DeVillers at 642-7966 ext.109 or

Secular Franciscan Order St. Francis established the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, now the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), for those men and women, single or married, who were unable to leave their families and occupations, but still wanted to be affiliated with St. Francis and a religious life. We meet the third Sunday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We share in prayer, discussions of spiritual and secular material and fellowship. We also work on individual and group service projects. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in the Parish Center and welcome visitors to any of our gatherings! Our next gathering will take place on March 17th For questions or more information please contact Pauline Riendeau at (805) 339-9446

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Wednesday, March 13th, 12:00 noon Please complete this form and return along with payment to the OLA rectory office by March 8th

Families of Nazareth Movement God Is The ONE WHO IS “The two pillars – contrition and gratitude – situate us on the foundation of the truth that we are those who, in and of ourselves, are not, while God is the ONE WHO IS.”

Please make checks payable to OLA Cost is $20 per person and includes a delicious lunch with wine, fashion show and door prizes!

S.C. Biela, The Two Pillars, (Ft.Collins, CO: IAMF, 2006), 85

Families of Nazareth Movement (FNM) consists of parish based faith-sharing groups whose emphasis is on helping Catholics live out their call to holiness in the midst of the very real challenges of family life today. Tuesday morning group meets @ 9:30 am at the Parish House. Contact Lyla Alexander at 644-5795 for info. Wednesday evening group is @ 7:30 pm in the San Miguel Room at the Parish Center. Contact Phyllis Crews at 805-643-5361 for more info. You may seek additional information at: http://www.familiesofnazareth.us/

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Name________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Name_________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Method of payment: check # ________________ Cash ______________ Total $______________ For more information contact Darlene Holaway at 642-7966 ext. 118


Parish Spirituality & Fellowship Hermits of St. Giles Greetings to You, Soteriology, or God's salvation plan for each of us, is just that, a plan. Each of us makes plans. We make daily plans, weekly plans, and even plans for our future. Do we ever consider in these plans that God too has a plan for us? This plan usually turns out to be what is best for us, where we will find the most happiness and peace. When we begin to develop our relationship with God we become more in tune with God's ideas for us. No matter what age we are, God is attempting to renew us and teach us these new plans for our salvation. With this in mind, the Lenten Season is a wonderful time to renew our commitment with God and His plan in our salvation. Let your heart be filled with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Have a most blessed week. Your brother in Christ, Mark Hermits of St. Giles The Hermits of St. Giles is a lay association of disabled men and women who are homebound because of chronic illness and disability. Their ministry to the church is to offer their sufferings for all through prayer.

Eucharistic Adoration St. Julie’s Chapel

Adorers are always welcome. Would you be able to commit weekly to any of the times listed? Wednesdays 3-4pm and 5-6pm Thursdays 9-10pm Fridays 1-2pm We REALLY need substitute adorers! If you are able to commit to one of these, contact Mary Ann at 644-2160 or Elizabeth at 644-8395

Easter Food Baskets NON-PERISHABLE FOOD items are needed for the Easter food baskets. Food items can be placed in the food box in the church vestibule. When you are doing your shopping please pick-up some extra items for the food baskets. All non-perishable food items are always accepted, but this week’s featured items are Cereal and Cookies. Please check labels for expiration date. If you wish for us to do the shopping for you, you may make a donation to OLA Food Basket. Thank you for your support. Contact: Jerry Deal 339-0260.

Health Ministry Blood Pressure Sunday March 17 Nurses from our health ministry will be available to take blood pressures one Sunday a month after the 8:00 and 9:30am Masses. We can use additional volunteers to help in this ministry who are able to take blood pressures, provide some coaching when needed & are an RN/LVN. Questions, please contact Dottie at drowins@lafn.org- 9 -

CARTA PASTORAL "Señor, déjala todavía este año; yo cavaré alrededor y le echaré estiércol, a ver si da fruto. Si no, la cortas". Durante esta temporada de Cuaresma, quizás uno de los símbolos al que más identificamos como pueblo de fe, es el de la Cruz. La recordamos especialmente durante nuestra devoción al Vía Crucis. Sin embargo, como Católicos, nuestro símbolo de fe no es solo la Cruz, sino el Crucifijo. ¿Cuál es la diferencia? Como seres humanos, sabemos que hay sufrimiento, lo que no sabemos es cuando sucederá. Como seguidores de Cristo debemos estar preparados para tomar nuestras cruces y seguirlo y no vivir con el miedo del día en que experimentemos el sufrimiento. Al aceptar la cruz que nuestro Señor nos invita a ofrecer, reconocemos que es una oportunidad de ser testigos de Su amor incondicional. Pero, para muchos de nosotros, la cruz no es algo que elegimos abrazar, sino solo tolerarla. Nuestro Señor nos invita a que aceptemos las cruces de la vida. Aun así, para muchos de nosotros, podemos considerar que nuestras cruces solo nos recuerdan el dolor y la miseria, y no la invitación al amor y la santidad. Allí es donde el símbolo del Crucifijo toma su gran significado. Nos recuerda que la gloria de la vida eterna es la meta de nuestro sufrimiento. En el símbolo del Crucifijo, no se puede ver físicamente la esperanza de la resurrección, eso solo se ve con los ojos de la fe, así como no siempre podemos ver la gloria del Cielo en el sufrimiento que ofrecemos. El gran valor del sacrificio esta en nuestra actitud, no en la aceptación. ¿Verdaderamente abrazamos nuestro sufrimiento o solo lo soportamos? Quizás muchos de nosotros en medio de nuestro sufrimiento oramos para tener paciencia, en vez de pedirle a Dios poder perseverar. ¿Cuál es la distinción? Cuando le pedimos a Dios paciencia, le pedimos soportar el sufrimiento, con la esperanza de que pronto termine, sin apreciar el significado. Al contrario, cuando le pedimos a Dios perseverancia, le pedimos que nos de la gracia de tener la fuerza y el entendimiento de sacar lo que podamos del sacrificio. El pedir perseverancia no hace que el sufrimiento sea más fácil, sino que le da significado. Cuando hacemos un sacrificio para los demás, sabiendo que se beneficiarán de el y que ayuda a otra persona, es mas aceptables ofrecerlo. ¿Es necesario esperar el gran momento del sufrimiento para sentir esto? ¡No! Durante el tiempo de Cuaresma, constantemente se nos invita a hacer sacrificios. Algunos grandes y otros chicos. Pero, el verdadero valor del sacrificio no esta en la severidad del sufrimiento, sino en la intención y la actitud de la persona quien esta dispuesta a ofrecerlo. Algunas veces para otras personas, el sacrificio que hacemos no parezca muy importante o significativo. Pueda aparecer como que no hay un cambio físico o diferencia de lo que había antes de que se ofreció el sacrificio. Allí es donde nuestro Señor nos invita a tener paciencia, y practicar la perseverancia. No solo aguantar la cruz, sino abrazar el Crucifico, no ver con los ojos físicos, sino con los ojos de la fe. Cuídense y que Dios los bendiga. Padre Steve Correz.


Ministerio Hispano

In The Community Saint Patrick Day Dinner – March 9th

Bienvenidos a la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Horario de la Oficina Parroquial

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Saint Patrick Day Dinner, On Saturday March 9th, from 5 to 11 PM, donation $20/person. Tickets are available after Masses today, just locate a Knights of Columbus member at Friendship Sunday. All proceeds go to Catholic Charities of Ventura. Event includes Irish dances by Claddagh, bagpipe music by Joe Thayer, performance on fiddle by Harvey Girls, silent auction and an Irish stew dinner. For more information call Pat Cunningham at (805) 650-9492.

Lunes a Viernes ~ 8:30 a.m. a 8:00 p.m. Sábado ~ 8:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Domingo ~ 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.

Oración para el Año de Fe Oración por las Vocaciones Sacerdotales Padre, en cada generación le provees a Tú Iglesia ministros de Cristo. Te pedimos que llames a más hombres para el servicio ministerial del sacerdocio en nuestra Arquidiócesis. Danos sacerdotes que sean líderes y guías de tu santo pueblo, unido por la Palabra y el Sacramento. Bendícenos con las vocaciones sacerdotales para que sigamos siendo una Iglesia verdaderamente Eucarística, fortalécenos para ser discípulos de Jesucristo, tu único Hijo. Te pedimos que alla hombres que sean generosos en su servicio, dispuestos a ofrecer sus vidas y todos sus dones por la gloria y por el bien de tu pueblo. Hacemos esta oración en la presencia y el poder del Espíritu Santo, por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amen

Maui Raffle Tickets are still available in the Rectory office! Cost of $25 ticket will help feed a homeless person for a week.

Catholic Adult Diners’ Club An opportunity for Catholic adults (singles and couples, 20s to 50s) to gather in an upbeat and lively social setting in order to meet other Catholic adults and discover culinary delights. The restaurant pick for Saturday, February 9th, 7:00pm is: Mimi's Café 400 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks Please call Deanna at 805/409-7411 by March 6th for additional information and reservations.

Grupo de Oración de la Divina Misericordia Están invitados a este grupo de oración. Las reuniones son el primero y tercer lunes del mes. Nos reunimos en la Capilla Santa Julia a las 7pm. Este grupo de oración abre las puertas a todas aquellas personas interesadas en acercarse a Dios y gozar de las promesas del Señor a Sor Faustina con el rezo de la coronilla de la Divina Misericordia.

Sugerencias para esta Cuaresma 1. Asistir a las clases de La Universidad: La Lectio Divina (Feb. 18) y La Espiritualidad de los Jóvenes Adultos (Marzo 4) 7:30pm Salón Asunción

2. Asistir a la oración del Vía Crucis los Miércoles a las 6pm en la Iglesia y los Viernes ante el Santísimo a las 7pm en la Capilla Santa Julia 3. Pasar una hora ante el Santísimo (el Santísimo esta expuesto desde el Miércoles a las 9am hasta el Domingo a las 9am)

¿QUÉ ES LA CUARESMA? Parte 3 Si tenemos la gracia de seguir felices en la casa paterna como hijos y amigos de Dios, la Cuaresma será entonces un tiempo apropiado para purificarnos de nuestras faltas y pecados pasados y presentes que han herido el amor de ese Dios Padre; esta purificación la lograremos mediante las prácticas recomendadas por nuestra madre Iglesia del ayuno, la oración y la limosna.

Shroud of Turin Talk Cal State University Channel Islands' Catholic Newman Club presents The Crucifixion and the Shroud by Chris Knabenshue. Experience the Passion like you never have before! All are welcome, March 6th, 7 p.m., Malibu Hall 100 Channel Islands University, $6 for parking. For more information email csucinewmanclub@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunity The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is looking for a few good people! If you are semi-retired or retired your lifetime of experience can be turned into service for others. IVC will match your interest and talents with the needs of nonprofits, schools or parishes serving those in need. If you are looking for a meaningful way to volunteer and share your knowledge, skills and compassion IVC is for you. This Jesuit affiliated ministry invites you to assist those in need, work for a more just society and grow deeper in your Christian faith. Join us for an information meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo. For more information please contact Anne Hansen at ahansen@ivcusa.org or call 310338-2358.

Bridges to Contemplative Living Series Using the writings of Thomas Merton we embark on a journey toward deeper Faith and a more contemplative peace-filled life. We learn to share our personal Faith and to listen with the heart. Classes are 1:30 2 Saturdays a month; or 2 Mondays at 10 am. Please call Anne Vanoni - 10 - at 672-0920 to register.


3-3-13 Bulletin