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The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord– May 12, 2013

ASSOCIATE PASTOR: REV. Adalberto Blanco 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 AM Tuesday: No Confessions Wednesday: 5:30 PM Friday: No Confessions Saturday: 8:30 AM 4:00 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

Today we also celebrate the Lord’s Ascension! 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

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 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 COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND: Irene LaCommare, 750-8793 CONFIRMATION: YOUTH: Karen Reynolds, 642-7966 ext. 121 Adult: Dn. Dan Bojorquez, 642-7966 ext. 146 Defenders of Life: Anna, 218-3093 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 Faith Community Health Ministry: 642-7966 ext. 154 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 FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext. 118 GRUPO GUADALUPANO: Rosario Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149 HEALTH MINISTRY: Dottie Rowins, HERMITS OF ST. GILES: Mark Andrew Dextraze, 647-9089 FOOD BASKETS: Jerry Deal,

MARRIAGES: To schedule date & meeting with priest or deacon, 642-7966 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, Spanish Contact (en Español): Tony Altorre, PARISH PRAYER CHAIN: Juanita Trine, 644-5967, RCIA: Deacon Don Huntley 642-7966 ext. 123 or RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext.118 RESPECT LIFE: Patty Berry, 642-4928 or Dea Boehme, 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 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: 648-6836 STEWARDSHIP: David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 SUNDAY SCHOOL: Jenny Elliott at 642-7966 ext. 124 , USHERS: Ric Ruffinelli, 642-8797 David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 VICTIMS ASSISTANCE: Suzanne Healy, Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist 213-637-7650, VOCATIONS: Father Steven Correz, 642-7966 ext. 106 VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: David DeVillers, 642-7966 ext. 109 or WELCOME COMMITTEE: Sherie DeVillers at 642-7966 ext. 128 or WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Kati Escallier, or 642-7966 ext. 142 YOUNG ADULT (FRASSATI): Sarah Kern at

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

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

Calendar of Upcoming Events Date


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June 3

Taize Prayer Service


June 11

Jesse Manibusan Concert


June 14

Parish Appreciation Dinner


June 22-23

Book and Media Sale


Parish News WELCOME!

Year of Faith Weekly Prayer Prayer for Respect Life

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. Registration forms are available at the Parish Office or on the church website

Heavenly Father, You gave us the gift of life so that we may come to know your love through our experience on Earth. We pray as a community for the right to life for everyone so that we may receive your full blessings, from the time of conception to our natural passing. Please especially bless those who are charged with making decisions for the dependent. We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen

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

Fr.Beto will be away on vacation from May 27-June 22, to spend time with his family and friends. Please keep him in your prayers for an enjoyable time and a safe trip.

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, May 13 6:30 Hal Braly (D) 8:00 Donald Sullivan (D) & Frances Jurski (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, April 28, 2013 is $20,662.08. The collection is not only used for operating expenses each week, but also for any ongoing repair work, upgrades, etc. to our parish facility. The collection for St. Vincent de Paul is $6,261.17. There are many ways to contribute; credit card and automatic debit are available. For more information please contact Lauren Burns, business manager at 642-7966 ext. 101.

Tuesday, May 14 6:30 Manuel Chavez (D) & Mini & Alex Chavez (L) 8:00 Virginia Serrano (L) Wednesday, May 15 6:30 Souls in Purgatory 8:00 Robert Cunningham (D) & Nelson Del Aguilas (D) Thursday, May 16 6:30 Lee Gennel (D) 8:00 Barb Alphilbert (L) Friday, May 17 6:30 Genaro Larios Larios (L) & Nick P. Larios (L) 8:00 Nelson Del Aguilas (D)

Bulletin Deadline May 26 bulletin—due by May 17

Saturday, May 18 8:00 Resi Papp (D) 5:15 Ed & Pat Lyon (L)

Please send all bulletin submissions to or use the Bulletin Announcement Submittal form on our website at

Pulpit Announcement Deadline May 19 Masses—Due by May 16 at noon Please send pulpit announcements to

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Sunday, May 19 8:00 Dr. Richard Mahoney (D) & John Fielding (L) 9:30 Mass for the People 11:00 Rod Brown Family (D) & Cindy Alexander (L) 12:30 Misa Para La Gente 5:15 Dell Mercer (D)

Happy Anniversary!

The Pastoral Letter I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

Bob & Patty Berry

49 Years on May 9

One of the most sure things that I could count on when I lived at home with my parents, was that no matter what time I returned home at night, whether it was early or late, my mother would be there waiting for me. Especially if I was counting on coming home late, I would plead with my Mother not to wait up for me, but despite my protests my Mother always would. This did not just happen when I was living at my parents’ house. Last year, I went down to Orange County to help a priest friend with confessions. Anticipating that the confessions would take a few hours and go deep into the night, I asked my parents if I could stay at their house rather than drive all the way back up to Ventura the same night. My parents told me to come at anytime. Knowing how my Mother could be, I asked her not to wait up for me since I would be late. Despite my request to her, when I got to my parents’ house very early in the morning, I found my Mother waiting up for me. I told her that should not have waited up for me, since I was doing confessions; I was with a brother priest, that there was nothing to fear about my safety. She told me, “I am your Mother and that is what I do!” Despite the protests that I sometimes made to her to not stay up and wait up for me, in all honesty it was reassuring to have someone who was thinking about me. As we celebrate this Mother’s Day, we think of all the beautiful reminders of those women in our lives who we call Mother, who remind us of God’s love for us. During this month of May, we traditionally honor our most special mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perhaps as we celebrate Mother’s Day, there may be some people who sadly do not have a good relationship with their mothers. As we honor Mary, our Mother, we are reminded of the ideal model of Mother in our lives. Not just for us to remember, but for us to have and be in relationship to. How is your relationship with the Blessed Mother? Often Protestants will accuse Catholics of worshipping Mary. We do not worship Mary, but we certainly honor and respect her. We are invited to have a special place in our hearts for her. I must admit my relationship with the Blessed Mother has grown over the years. I use to admire the people who could pray daily the Rosary. When I first became a priest, I struggled to carry out this discipline. I soon found however that when I would promise people that I would pray for them, I would be overwhelmed of finding the time to do so. I would also find it difficult to remember all of their names or requests. It was then, that when I turned to praying the Rosary that I would offer my prayer requests and all the people who had asked for prayers. When I was a kid growing up, I would often find that when I needed something I would go to my Mother for help. Why? Not because my Dad didn’t care, but rather because my Mother was more sympathetic and compassionate. When we are looking for comfort, we know that God is there for us, but we sometimes are looking for that special motherly compassion. That is when we realize that God has provided it for us, with our Mothers, and especially our Blessed Mother Mary. Take care and God bless, Fr. Steve Correz

Jim & Diane Ellis

45 Years on May 17 Edmund & Aurora Gonzales

28 Years on May 11 To list your anniversary, please email by the Friday of the week before you wish it published.

Education The EDGE-Junior High Ministry Wednesdays 7-8:30pm in Assumption Hall Questions—Contact Zach at 642-7966 ext. 125

Edge Summer Camp EDGE Summer Camp will be Friday June 7th-Sunday June 9th, at Forest Home Ojai Valley Camp in Oak View. The cost is $145 per student. Weekend includes swimming, hiking, human foosball, great food, friends, and growing in faith! Students can be registered at the main office with a deposit of $50 to hold a spot. As always, contact Zach with any questions!

Life Teen Youth Ministry Service

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 Confirmation Year 1 Sunday, May 19 - 5:15 Mass and small group Confirmation Year 2 Confirmation Mass on May 18 at 10:00am College Fellowship Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 in the Youth Room. All are welcome. Questions and to find out about summer trips— Contact Karen at 642-7966 ext. 121 or see the website at - 4-

Safe Environment Fingerprinting Schedule

Did You Know?

San Buenaventura Mission Thursday, May 16 211 E. Main St. 12:00pm-3:40 & 5:20-7:20pm Ventura For appointment call 805-643-4318

Is Your Family Prepared for a Natural Disaster? A news report on last month’s earthquake in Southwest China demonstrates how important it is to have a family preparedness plan in case of a disaster. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers the following recommendations to all families potentially impacted by a natural disaster: Know where your children are at all times; Stay together; Take photos of your children with you when evacuated; Give children identification information to carry with them, including the child’s name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, etc.; E-mail digital photos of all family members to extended relatives and/or friends; Photocopy important documents and mail to a friend/relative in a safe location; Make a plan with your children, so they know what to do if your family becomes separated during an evacuation. For more information please visit the website: disasters

St. Paschal Baylon Saturday, May 18th 155 E. Janss Rd. 10:00am - 1:40pm & 3:20pm - 5:20pm Thousand Oaks For appointment call (805) 496-0222 x.101 Appointments are necessary as schedules fill up rapidly. Please call in advance to cancel if necessary .

Safeguard The Children 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.

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship OLA Classics Friendship Friday is June 7th in the Santa Cruz Room following Mass. Join us for coffee, snacks, and great company!

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Saints and Salad Bar Part 2 of "Pius XII" will be shown May 15th at 11:00 am, in the Santa Cruz Room. Join us for this extraordinary film, learn the truth about this important figure. A fresh salad bar will be provided. Cost is $5.00. Seating is limited. Questions? Call Mary at 650-7870

VIRTUS –Protecting God’s Children Thursday, May 30, 2013 (Change of date) 6 pm – 9 pm 8th Grade Classroom, Our Lady of the Assumption School This program is the initial training required for all volunteers whose ministry brings them into contact with children and for all parish employees. The 3-hour session focuses on the impact of child sexual abuse and provides effective tools to prevent this tragedy. All adult members of the parish are invited to attend. For questions, call Dea Boehme at (805) 390-1260.

VIRTUS-Keeping the Promise Alive Recertification Program Thursday, June 13, 2013 6 – 7:30 pm 8th Grade Classroom, Our Lady of the Assumption School This recertification program is required for those whose initial VIRTUS training was in 2009 or earlier and have not attended a training session since. The program covers the requirements for an effective prevention program and shows specific examples of the use of these best practices to prevent child sexual abuse. For questions, call Dea Boehme at (805) 390-1260.

Natural Family Planning Learn Natural Family Planning! Discover a safe, healthy and effective way to plan your family. Encouraged by the Church, Natural Family Planning is based on modern scientific research and can help married couples to achieve, postpone, or avoid pregnancy. It can be used by all women throughout their fertile years, regardless of cycle regularity. Among couples who use NFP, many find that it brings a new dimension to their relationship, making an already good marriage even better. A course will be offered at Our Lady of the Assumption starting May 19th. For more information call Rob and Annie Devericks 650-9872 or to register for a class go to Cost is $135.00.

Bundle Sunday

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The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store truck will be at our parish on Sunday, June 23rd from 92:00. Please start saving your gently used items (clothing, small appliances) to donate on that day. Thank you!

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship St. Bonaventure Drama You have heard the buzz, “a book is not judged by its title and neither is a musical”. Come see St. Bonaventure Drama Dept. perform URINETOWN THE MUSICAL. May 16, 17, 18 7pm each night. $10 adults/ $8 students. Special luncheon performance: Sunday May 19th $25 adults/ $15 students/children (Includes Garlic Parmesan Chicken lunch with all the trimmings). Lunch served at 1:30pm in Assumption Hall. Buy tickets at the door, from any cast member or at the SBHS office (Parish Office for Sunday Performance)

Parish Appreciation Dinner If you are a volunteer in any capacity at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, you and a guest are cordially invited to our Annual Parish Appreciation Dinner Friday, June 14, 2013 Saint Bonaventure High School Athletic Center 5:30pm Cocktails and Conversation 6:00pm Tri-Tip Dinner, Entertainment by the RJ Root Quarter and Raffle Please RSVP to Diane Frantela at Please include the first and last names of each person who will be attending.

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 May 19th For questions or more information please contact Pauline Riendeau at (805) 339-9446

Beyond the Choir Loft Our Music Ministry here at OLA is very proud to present our new OLA Music Concert Series! This Concert Series will be throughout the year and will feature our very own music ministers as well as special guests. To kick off our inaugural concert for 2013, we are thrilled to be bringing Jesse Manibusan to our parish on Tuesday, June 11th. Jesse is an international Catholic songwriter and entertainer known for songs such as “Give Us Your Peace,” “Gracious God,” and “Open My Eyes.” Summer Coffeehouse Nights on Fridays are back! These open mic nights are free. Last year, we had wonderful music, dancing, poetry reading, and story-telling on stage. To sign-up as an act or to donate desserts, call (805)6427966 x122. Coffeehouse Nights are June 28, July 19, August 9, and August 23. All begin at 7:00pm. Please join us for our summer Taizé Prayer on Monday, June 3rd at 7:00pm. Take some time to begin your summer with quiet reflection, prayer, Scripture, and song. Our Music Ministry is looking forward to an exciting summer of music, with a concert by Jesse Manibusan, Taizé Prayer, and upcoming Coffeehouse Nights! Please save these dates and join us for an event filled summer! For more information regarding these events or about how to get involved in music ministry, please contact Vincent Dominguez at (805)642-7966 ext. 122 or

Tender Life Baby Bottle Drive Coins weighing down your pockets or collecting on your dresser? How about donating them to Tender Life? The annual baby bottle drive starts May 18-19. Look for bottles at the doors of the church and at Friendship Sunday. No donation is too small or too large—Tender Life Maternity Home, where courage and compassion meet to change lives.

Book Club Book & Media Sale & Collection

Expand your horizons«read a book that will make you think about your faith and discuss what you have read The sale will take place on June 22nd and 23rd. with other like-minded people. The Book Discussion Books and tapes and CDs of all kinds (in good condition) Group invites you to join us in reading the novel At Home are now being collected for the annual sale. Please bring in Mitford, by Jan Karon. We’ll be meeting on May 13, in any items you have to donate by June 10th to the ves2013, at 7:00 p.m., in Hurley Hall. We tibule of the church. hope hear your thoughts and ideas! Call Thank you, Book Sale Committee Mary Ann Bognar at 647-0462 for more -6- information.

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship Support Groups at OLA Church

OLA Women's Ministry

DivorceCare Support Group: The May 13th meeting has been moved to May 20th. 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, 6:30 - 8pm.

Save the Date! "Healing Our Heart" A Day of Inner Healing and Prayer - with Fr. Mike Barry - July 13th 10:00am 2:30pm in Assumption Hall. This event will be open to all parishioners. More info to come! Contact Kati Escallier or 642-7966 ext. 142

Next Meetings: May 20 & 27, June 3 & 17

GriefShare/Bereavement Support Group: 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: May 14 & 28, June 4 & 18

Cancer Support Group: Are you a cancer survivor or a caregiver? Do you need to lighten the burden a little? Come to the Cancer Support Group meetings and receive a boost to keep you going. We share feelings and concerns related to living with cancer and being a caregiver for someone with cancer. Most of all we share how the journey has strengthened our relationship with God. We hope you will join us to find a community that supports and walks with you on this journey. The group meets once a month on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8pm. The meetings are held in the Parish House located at 21 North Dunning Street (Please enter through the back or side gate not the front door). Next Meetings: May 15, June 19

These support groups are facilitated by Veronica Marchese, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. or 665-7511

Families of Nazareth Movement The Apostles Were Not Alone After The Ascension “Mary was among them as an example of faith and perseverance in prayer, an example of looking for the Holy Spirit to come.” Tadeusz Dajczer, The Gift of Faith, 3rd. ed. (Ft. Collins, CO: IAMF, 2012),193

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:


Rosary Makers Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 12th 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.

Together in Mission Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Annual Catholic Appeal “Together in Mission”« 2013 Annual Appeal – Together in Mission Parish Goal: $ 128,991.70 Amount Pledged: $ 104,894.00 Amount Paid: $ 69,919.00 Balance: $ 59,072.70 It’s not too late to participate in this important campaign. Pledge envelopes can be found in the vestibule of the church and in the rectory office. Thank you again for your consideration, Lauren Burns, Business Manager

Hermits of St. Giles Greetings This is a little update to let all those who are home bound in our parish that they are always invited to join this beautiful parish ministry the Hermits of St. Giles. Anyone who knows someone who is a parish member and are home bound are welcome to invite them to this ministry to the Church. Our ministry is to pray and to offer to God your sufferings for the parish and for all in our world. There are no meetings or special papers to fill out. Just call Mark at 647-9089 and say "Hey Mark, please sign me up. I would love to be a member of this great ministry." Thank you all for your continued prayers for us. We'll be praying for you. Have a blessed week. Peace and Goodness, Bro. 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.

Respect Life Ministry THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A PRO-LIFE CHURCH FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH As a Church, we have many opportunities through our ministries to show respect for life. Please choose an area from the following list that you feel called to. Contact the person listed for that ministry and volunteer. You are wanted and needed. For the Pre Born Defenders of Life: Anna 218-3093 Area Coordinator Carol 647-5345 OLA Scribe Foster Home or Adoption: ASPIRANET: 289-0120 Life Centers of Ventura County: Lisa Gelinas 300-3890 Denise McElvogue, Nurse Mgr. 698-9315 Tender Life Maternity Home: Dea 653-7474 Respect Life Parish Coordinator: Patty 642-4928 Ventura County Pregnancy Center: 648-3301 For Families: Faith Community Health Ministry 642-7966 x154 Nurses provide information and assistance. Living Matrimony: Patrick 642-7966 x114 Natural Family Planning: Aaron & Lee Ann 650-6734 Families of Nazareth Movement: Phyllis 643-5361 Family to Family: Mary 647-5278 and Albert & Janet 644-0660 For Those in Need Juvenile Detention Ministry: Margaret 794-0267 Visits the jail for juveniles. Many Meals: David DeVillers 642-7966 x109 Serves those in need. OASIS Catholic Charities: Anita 987-2083 x 103 Assists the frail and the elderly. Catholic Charities Office: 643-4694 Various needs. Holiday Food Baskets: Jerry For those in need at holiday times. St. Vincent de Paul: Dennis 642-4104 Assists those in need St. Joseph’s Pantry: Mary Ann 644-2160 Helps the poor with groceries. Victims Assistance: Suzanne Healy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (213) 637-7650 For the Sick and Dying Eucharistic Ministry: Irene 750-8793 End of Life Ministry: Mary Ellen 643-5262 Bereavement: George & Jan 648-1782 Prayer Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood: Anna 218-3093 Eucharistic Adoration at St. Julies Chapel Elizabeth 644-8395 and Mary Ann 644-2160 Respect Life Mass: Every month 1st Fri. 5:15pm Prayer Chain: Juanita 644-5967 Random thoughts from Pope Francis: Jesus gave power to Peter. Three times he said "Feed my lambs". Embrace humanity, the poorest and the hungry. Serve these with love.

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship Defenders For Life Several parishes in the Ventura area are represented in The Defenders of Life group. The May meeting will be on Wednesday May 15th at 4:00 pm in the Parish House at 21 No Dunning. Please use the south side door. All are welcome.

Attention Eucharistic Ministers The Eucharistic Minister schedule can be found on the website at If you are unable to be at the Mass you are scheduled for, please request a substitute through the online system.

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 1-2pm Fridays mornings midnight –1am 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

Many Meals Update Many Meals serves our parish family as well as the community as a whole. Our guests come for a hot meal as well as wonderful fellowship. We are blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers doing many different types of jobs to provide this meal service every week. For those who might not be familiar with how the program works, we have a crew who cooks the meal in our kitchen at Assumption Hall. All of the ingredients for the meal are donated by our generous parishioners. The meal is then transported catering style, to the meal service location where there are several groups of volunteers who set up the hall, do all the kitchen prep, greet and serve our guests, assist them during the meal and clean up. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Many Meals program, please email David DeVillers at We will add you to our distribution list and you will receive a weekly email with the work crew and food donations needed for that week. The program is set up to be very flexible for our volunteers. It is not necessary to make a long term commitment. You simply respond to the email with what you would like to donate or which crew you are available to work with for that particular week. We would like to thank our parishioners for their generosity and continued support of the Many Meals ministry. Please keep this ministry in your prayers. For more information please contact David DeVillers - 8- at (805) 642-7966 ext 109 or Diane at ext. 133

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship World Wide Marriage Encounter

Carta Pastoral Les he dicho esto mientras estoy con ustedes. El Defensor, el Espíritu Santo que enviará el Padre en mi nombre, les enseñará todo y les recordará todo lo que les he dicho.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will help you enjoy life with a new closeness to each other and God. Come join us for a weekend which gives you the time and tools to revitalize romance, deepen communication, and nourish the spirituality in your marriage. The next WWME Weekend is July 12-14 both in Chatsworth. Apply on line at or call Jeanine and Russ Walker: 805-648-4244.

Cuando vivía con mis padres podía contar con que mi madre me esperaba cuando llegaba, fuese la hora que fuese, día o noche. Especialmente si sabía que llegaría tarde, le rogaba a mi mamá que no me esperara, pero aun así, mi mamá siempre me esperaba. Aun cuando ya no vivía en la casa de mis padres esto seguía pasando. El año pasado, fui al Condado de Orange para ayudar a un amigo sacerdote con las confesiones. Anticipe que las confesiones durarían varias horas y terminaríamos tarde, les pedí a mis padres quedarme en su casa para no tener que manejar hasta Ventura de noche. Mis padres me dijeron que llegará a la hora que fuera. Conociendo a mi mamá, le pedí que no me esperara porque iba a llegar tarde. Pero a pesar de mi pedido, cuando llegue a la casa de mis padres de madrugada, encontré a mi mamá esperándome. Le dije que no me hubiera esperado, ya que estuve ocupado con las confesiones y estaba con mi amigo sacerdote, así que no había que temer por mi seguridad. Ella me dijo, “¡Soy tu madre y esto es lo que hago!” A pesar de protestar que no me esperará y se desvelara, la verdad es que me sentía confortado al saber que alguien estaba pensando en mí. Al celebrar este Día de las Madres, pensemos en todos los recuerdos bonitos de esas mujeres en nuestra vida a quienes llamamos madre, quienes nos recuerdan el amor que Dios nos tiene. Durante el mes de Mayo, tradicionalmente honramos a la madre más especial, la Santísima Virgen María. Pueda ser que al celebrar este Día de las Madres, haya personas que no tienen buena relación con su madre. Al honrar a María, nuestra Madre, recordamos el modelo ideal de la Madre en nuestra vida. No solo para recordar, sino para tener y estar en esa relación. ¿Cómo es tú relación con la Santísima Madre? Los protestantes nos acusan a los católicos de adorar a María. No adoramos a María, pero si la honramos y la respetamos. Se nos invita a tener un lugar especial en nuestro corazón para ella. Debo admitir que mi relación con la Santísima Madre ha crecido al pasar de los años. Admiraba a las personas quienes rezaban diariamente el Rosario. De recién ordenado, batallaba con esta disciplina. Pronto encontré que cuando le prometía a alguien rezar por ellos, me costaba trabajo encontrar el tiempo para hacerlo. También me costaba trabajo recordar sus nombres y peticiones. Fue entonces que empecé a rezar el Rosario para ofrecer mis peticiones y las de las personas que me habían pedido pedir por ellas. Cuando era niño y necesitaba algo, se lo pedía a mi madre. ¿Por qué? No porque a mi papá no le interesaba, sino que mi madre era más comprensiva y amable. Cuando buscamos alivio, sabemos que Dios está allí por nosotros, pero en alguana ocaciones buscamos la compasión maternal. Es cuando nos damos cuenta de que Dios nos dio a nuestras madres y de una manera especial a la Santísima Madre María.

Parish Blood Drive Sunday, June 2nd 9-2:00 Located in the bloodmobiles next to Hurley Hall To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call 654-8104 or go online to And enter the sponsor code: Assumption Or stop by the Welcome Table at Friendship Sunday

Relay for Life May 18th & 19th from 10am to 10am 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 For more information about Relay for Life, purchasing luminarias, or participating in the Survivors Lap, please contact Lois at

Jobs...One Person at a Time Hello my name is Eddie Velasquez, I specialize in Concrete Work with over 25 years experience. I also have a Handy man service, general labor, Landscape, Janitorial, Painting, Hauling, Moving, Pressure washing. I am dependable and hardworking. Call Eddie at (805)302-4746.

Cuídense y que Dios los bendiga, Padre Steve Correz -9-

Ministerio Hispano

In The Community Saint Catherine May Procession

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

You are invited to attend a May Procession at Saint Catherine by the Sea Convent, 1931 Poli Street, Ventura, on Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. The procession will be followed by light refreshments. For more information, please call Pat Bullough (805-641-0952).

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.

Married Couples Retreat Oración para el Año de Fe

June 21-23 at the Serra Retreat House in Malibu. This retreat will help you identify your core values and discover, as a couple, the beauty that is available to you and your partner when you bring greater awareness and value -guided behavior to your relationship. Each session will explore a key issue, such as patience, fidelity, and the balance between dependence and independence. Contact the Serra Retreat House for more information at 310-456-6631.

Oración por el Respeto a la Vida Padre celestial, nos has dado el regalo de la vida para que podamos conocer tu amor por medio de nuestra experiencia en la Tierra. Como comunidad, te pedimos por el derecho a la vida de toda persona para que podamos recibir todas tus bendiciones, desde el tiempo de la concepción hasta nuestra muerte natural. Por favor bendice especialmente a los que tienen el cargo de tomar decisiones por un dependiente. Te lo pedimos por tu Hijo Jesucristo. Amen


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.

¿Sabía Usted? ¿Está Preparada Su Familia Para Un Catástrofe Natural? Noticias sobre el terremoto del mes pasado en Sureste de China demuestra cuán importante es de tener un plan familiar de la preparación en caso de un desastre. El National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ofrece las siguientes recomendaciones a todas las familias potencialmente afectadas por un desastre natural: Saber dónde están sus hijos en todo momento, mantenerse unidos, llevar fotos de sus hijos con usted cuando sean evacuados, darle a los niños información de identificación para que lleven con ellos que incluya su nombre, fecha de nacimiento, domicilio, número de teléfono, enviar por correo electrónico fotografías digitales de todos los miembros de la familia un pariente o amistad, envíe fotocopias de documentos importantes por correo a un amigo o pariente que se encuentre en un lugar seguro, haga un plan con sus hijos para que sepan que hacer si su familia se separa durante una evacuación. Para más información, por favor visite el sitio:

The Ventura District of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the parish to a day of prayer and fellowship with other Catholic women of the area. Every Catholic woman is a member and there are no dues. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 10800 Henderson Rd., Ventura CA 93004. Deadline for reservation is Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Reservations may be made by sending a check, for $12, made payable to Rosalina Lugo, and mail to 186 Sheppard Rd., Santa Paula CA 93060. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and coffee. The program includes speaker, Fr. Steve Correz on “Becoming Holy”, Mass, lunch and ends at 1:30 p.m. For information call Rosalina Lugo (805) 525-8709 or (805) 625-3001.

Retrouvailles Marriage Saving – the Weekend Phase – During the weekend phase of Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) a series of presentations are given by a team of three couples and a priest. The team presents a technique of communication that enables you to take a good look at most areas of your relationship. After each presentation you have time in the privacy of your room to discuss the previous presentation. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on May 31- Jun 2, 2013 call 661-257-7980 or email: or visit the web site at

Tridentine Mass The weekly Extraordinary Form (Tridentine Latin) Mass of the Roman Rite has recently moved from Mission San Buenaventura to St. Mary Magdalen Chapel. For information on Mass times and more, check the webpage at: or if you have questions, - 10 - email to:

5-12-13 Bulletin  
5-12-13 Bulletin  

Weekly Bulletin for Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura, CA