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PASTOR: REV. STEVE DAVOREN ASSOCIATE PASTOR: REV. STEVEN CORREZ PASTOR EMERITUS: REV. MSGR. DONAL MULCAHY DEACONS: REV. MR. RODGER ADAMS REV. MR. DAN BOJORQUEZ REV. MR. MIKE BURNS REV. MR. RAUL GONZALEZ REV. MR. DON HUNTLEY REV. MR. PHIL JOERGER REV. MR. AURELIO MACIAS REV. MR. ED MILLS REV. MR. CHARLES WESSLER REV. MR. BILL WILSON SENIOR DEACON: REV. MR. JAMES M. FARLEY SCHEDULE OF MASSES: Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM 5:15 PM (1st Friday & Lent) Saturday: 8:00 AM, 5:15 PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM 12:30 (Spanish Mass) 5:15 PM CONFESSIONS: Monday: 8:30-9:30 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

First Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2011

“A SPA FOR YOUR MIND AND SOUL” Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Join us for 8:00 am Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church 3175 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA. 93003 followed by hospitality, retreat & lunch in Assumption Hall Cost: $20/woman (lunch included) Please register by 12/7. See insert for more information & Sign-up form 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 BEREAVEMENT: Ofelia Haynes, 644-3508 Deacon Rodger Adams, 642-7966 ext. 116 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, 805-647-9998 CHRISTIAN SERVICE: Kath Wurts, 648-7012 CONFIRMATION: ADULT: Deacon Bill Wilson 642-7966 ext. 108 YOUTH: Karen Reynolds, 642-7966 ext. 121 END OF LIFE MINISTRY: Mary Ellen Farley, 643-5262 EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Elizabeth Wurts, 644-8395 Mary Ann Decaen, 644-2160 EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Deacon Bill Wilson, 642-7966 ext. 108 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 FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext. 118 GRUPO GUADALUPANO: Blanca Macias, 642-7966 ext. 129 HEALTH MINISTRY: Dottie Rowins, HERMITS OF ST. GILES: Mark Andrew Dextraze, 647-9089 HISPANIC MINISTRY (MINISTERIO HISPANO): Rosario Gonzalez, 642-7966 ext. 149 INFANT BAPTISM PREPARATION: Pre-baptism instruction required. English: Deacon Rodger Adams, 642-7966 ext.116 Spanish: Deacon Aurelio Macias, 642-7966 ext. 129 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Jose Rodriguez, 207-4371 LECTORS: Deacon Charles Wessler, 642-7966 ext. 126 LIVING MATRIMONY: Patrick Rivera, 642-7966 ext. 114 MAJOR CHOIR DIRECTOR: Vincent Dominguez, 642-7966 ext. 122 MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Russ & Jeanine Walker, 648-4244 MARRIAGES: To schedule date & meeting with priest or deacon, 642-7966 Wedding ceremony coordinators: Sherie DeVillers, 415-0639 and Jeannie Hernandez, 815-2025 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. MORNING: Maria Lawson, 665-8112 MOTHER’S PRAYER: Lisa O’Brien, 659-5307 NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING: Leslie McGiven, 650-4878 NURSERY: Darlene Holaway, 642-7966 ext.118 OLA CLASSICS: Mary Kielas, 650-7870 PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Krisztina Heimann, 818-469-3973 or Spanish Contact (Contacto en Español): Javier Zapata, 654-8875 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 Aurelio Macias, 642-7966 ext. 129 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 , USHERS: Ric Ruffinelli, 642-8797 VICTIMS ASSISTANCE: Suzanne Healy, LMFT 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): Jenny Murray, YOUTH MINISTRY: Karen Reynolds, 642-7966 ext. 121 YLI-CATHOLIC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION: Maria Fielding 256-7570


Please email all bulletin announcements by FRIDAYS AT 5PM (10 days before the bulletin is distributed) to Thank you!

Calendar of Upcoming Events Date


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December 4

Christmas Boutique


December 5

Virtus Recertification


December 10

Women’s Mini Retreat


December 13

Men’s BBQ


Stewardship Prayer

Parish News

Heavenly Father - in Baptism, You called me by name. You blessed me with time, gifted me with talents, and provided me with treasure. Bless me with Your guidance to become the person You created me to be. Amen

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

The office will be closed December 26

Eucharistic Ministers

———— Bulletin Deadline ————

If you were unable to attend the most recent EM meeting on October 25th and have not received a copy of the minutes via email, you are not on the EM email address list.

December 11th bulletin—Due by December 2nd

To receive a copy of the minutes and future communications, please email Deacon Bill Wilson from the email that you want us to use to communicate with you at or

Announcement Submittal form on our website at

Please send all bulletin submissions to or use the Bulletin

—— Pulpit Announcement Deadline —— November 27th Masses—Due by November 23rd at noon

Your return email address will be added to our mailing list and copy of the minutes will be sent to you. Also please place January 17, 2012 6:30pm in the Church to your 2012 calendars as that is the date of our next "all hands" EM meeting. Please email you current email address to Deacon Bill at or as soon as possible. We are trying to keep everyone updated through emails and we are also trying to start posting ahead of time masses that scheduled ministers are unable to serve.

Please send pulpit announcements to

Happy Anniversary! Larry & Joanne Lipman

Lester & Ann Dent

62 Years on November 24

42 Years on November 21

Russ & Jeanine Walker

23 Years on November 23

Parish News —————WEEKLY OFFERINGS————— Thank you for your continuing support of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. For the fiscal year July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012, our parish budget calls for $21,751.00 to be donated weekly at the Sunday collection. The collection for Sunday, November 13, 2011 was $23,742.01 in addition to approximately $1,948.75 which is donated weekly in November via automatic debit. The collection is not only used for operating expenses each week, but also for any ongoing repair work, upgrades, etc. to our parish facility.

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Don & Evelyn Knapp

Ray & Leticia Sosa

70 Years on November 28

18 Years on November 27

Jack & Luana Tingstrom

54 Years on November 28 William & Elpidia Sanchez 40 Years on November 26 To list your anniversary, please email by the Friday of the week before you wish it published.


Mass Intentions Monday, Nov 28 6:30 Marian Rybarczyk (D) & Aurora A. Rimando (L) 8:00 Dan Mulcahy (D) & Sarah McKeown (D)

——–The Edge - Jr. High Youth Ministry —— Who: All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders Where: Assumption Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 29 6:30 Ann Julia & Henry Joseph Wibbelmann (D) 8:00 Dan Mulcahy (D) & Msgr. Donal Mulcahy (L)

When: Wednesdays 7-8:30pm Why: Friends, fun, food, & to grow radically in your faith!

Wednesday, Nov 30 6:30 Ambrosio Nonog Andrada (D) & Sabina A. Igarta (D) 8:00 Heriberto Bello (D) & Remigia A. Renira (D)

Questions? Call Zach 642-7966 ext 125

Thursday, Dec 01 6:30 Ambrosio N. Andrada (D) & Mauel Tan Andrada (D) 9:00 Eleonora Baffert (D) & Tessie Edrada (L)

—————Life Teen Youth Ministry————BreakOut! Tuesday nights in the youth room from 7-8:30pm

Friday, Dec 02 6:30 Emiliana Tan Andrada (D) 8:00 Dennis Maine (D) 5:15 Maria Coleta Castillo (D)


Join us the 1st, 3rd & 4th Mondays to make lunches for the homeless, 7-8:00pm in the Parish Center

Saturday, Dec 03 8:00 Rose Pointer (D) & Amiliana Tan Adrada (D) 5:15 Frank & Pat McCallick (D)

Confirmation Year 1

Sunday, Dec 04 8:00 Rosario Serrano (D) & Jesus (D) & Esther Mera (L) 9:30 Mass for the People 11:00 Gerry Steed (D) & George Nicastro (L) 12:30 Misa Para La Gente & Emiliana T. Andrada (D) & James A. Rimando (L) 5:15 Chano Rios (D) & Bill Gundelfinger (D)

Education —————— Adult Bible Study —————— Fr. Steve’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study at 9:00am in the Santa Cruz Room with the study of First Corinthians. Tuesday Evening Bible Study at 7:00pm in Hurley Hall. No registration required to attend either group. NEW members can join each week. All are Welcome! Tuesday morning Bible Study will not be held on December 13th. For more information please contact Fr. Steve at 642-7966.

RCIA – Right of Christian Initiation of Adults This week’s RCIA experience will center on the Sacraments of Reconciliation & The Anointing of the Sick. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Santa Cruz Room of the Parish Center. Any member of the parish interested in this topic is welcome to attend. Here at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish we have a warm welcome for anyone looking for a faith-filled Christian community within the Roman Catholic tradition. 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. To learn more about this experience email us at or call (805) 642-7966 x123. - 4-

Sunday December 4th – 5:15 Mass and small group.

Confirmation Year 2 Sunday December 11th -5:15 Mass and small group. Contact: Karen Reynolds at 642-7966 ext. 121

———— From the Desk of Darlene ———– First of all, we want to wish our Parish Family a Thanksgiving weekend filled with peace....and... joy...and knowing how much we are loved here at O.L.A.!! Our Religious Education Children are ready to pray for, and to bring toys for, the Mixteco Children in Oxnard, which will be taken December 17th! On November 29th and 30th we will gather for Praise and Pep Rallies to pray and to light our first Advent Candle! We will also prepare for our special Advent Masses which will be held on December 6th & 7th! All our families are invited! On December 13th and 14th we will put our shoes outside our classroom doors in hopes that St. Nicholas might be stopping by! And last but not least I want to tell you that our R.E. Congress Registrations books are in!! This annual Congress will be held March 22-25, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center! It is the biggest, and best, Congress in the U.S. if not the world and it is right here in our backyard!! We also have rooms reserved at the Candy Cane Inn ~ very close to the Convention Center! If you would like a Registration Book or a room, please call me at 642-7966 ext. 118!! Our love and blessings to each of you......


Service and Outreach

—–——— Safeguard The Children ——–——

———— Fr. Steve’s Annual Toy Drive ———

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 Mahoney 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.

This year we invite you to join us in taking toys to the Mixteco community in South Oxnard as they celebrate with a fiesta on December 17th. We are collecting NEW, UNWRAPPED toys for the Mixtecos and for the needy children of our community. No battery operated toys please. Dolls, cars, art and craft sets, sports equipment, and games are all popular items. Drop off in the back of the church on weekends and in the rectory office during the week. If you would also like to provide a local family in need with a tree and a Christmas meal please pick a stocking from the Faith at Home room and contact Krisztina. Thank you for your generosity. Questions? Please contact Krisztina at 818 469-3973 or

Click on for more information. All volunteers working with or around children must be fingerprinted through the Archdiocese and be 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 3hour 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.”

——–———— Many Meals ——————— We have fed 1649 people since June 20th.

What we do: Serve a free home-cooked meal every week.


Why: To help those struggling to make ends meet. When: Monday nights at 6 to 7 p.m. in Assumption Hall

Monday, December 5, 2011 from 7- 8:30 pm in the 8th Grade Classroom, Our Lady of the Assumption School

For more information or to volunteer, please contact David DeVillers at 642-7966 ext. 109 or

This recertification program is required for those whose initial VIRTUS training was in 2007 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.

- Christmas Food Baskets NON-PERISHABLE FOOD items are needed for Christmas food baskets. Food items can be placed in the food box in the church vestibule. When doing your shopping, please pick-up some extra items for the food baskets. All non-perishable food items are always accepted, but this week: Tuna is highlighted. 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 275-2290.

For questions, call Dea Boehme at (805) 390-1260 or **See page 10 for the current “Did You Know” article**

———–-— Fingerprinting Schedule ——–— Padre Serra Saturday, December 17th 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo 10:00pm - 1:40pm & 3:20pm - 5:20pm For appointment call (805) 482-6417 Appointments are necessary as schedules fill up rapidly. Please call in advance to cancel if necessary so that others can be given the opportunity to be fingerprinted.

——— Volunteers Needed for One Stop ——

Faith at Home Questions Adults and Teens: What is one thing you can do each day this week to remind yourself of Jesus’ coming?

Children: What can you do each day this week to get ready for Jesus coming into your heart?

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One Stop Shopper Needed! The One Stop meal program needs a volunteer or two to help with purchasing the supplies used to make 100 bagged meals for the One Stop program. The items will be purchased using parish funds, usually at Smart & Final or Vons. This includes bread, bananas, cases of water, fruit, snacks, etc. We are looking for someone to help out every other Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. If this is something you may be able to help with, please contact David DeVillers at (805) 6427966 ext.109 or

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship ————— OLA Book Club —————

—————Women’s Ministry—————

The Book Discussion Group, which normally meets the second Monday of every month, has cancelled its meeting for December. The next meeting will be January 9, 2012. Please call Mary Ann Bognar at 805-647-0462 for more information. Please watch the bulletin for an announcement of the next book up for discussion. We would love to have you join us!

1/2 Day Mini Women’s Retreat


Make Advent a joyful one by joining us for a "Spiritual Spa" for our mind and soul. Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, M.Div., M.F.T., Catholic therapist and popular speaker will share practical and inspirational ways to live the REAL LIFE that God wants for each of us-one of balance, peace, and joy - not the stressed out, time starved, sleep deprived one we often find ourselves living! Enjoy warm fellowship, delicious hospitality & lunch and an inspirational seminar! Join us for a women's 1/2 day mini retreat on Saturday, December 10th, 9:00am - 12:30pm in Assumption Hall. We will begin with 8:00am Mass in Assumption Church, followed by hospitality, retreat and a catered lunch. Cost is $20. Please register by 12/5/11 by returning the form below to the rectory office.

Please continue to PRAY for the Unborn and vulnerable Elderly. Your PRAYERS CAN change hearts and minds!

For more information on this and any Women's Ministry event, please contact Kati Escallier at, or 642-7966 ext. 142.

————— Parking Reminder ————— Please park in the extra parking available at St. Bonaventure if you are unable to find a marked parking space.

—————– Respect Life Ministry —————

Contact Patty Berry 642-4928 or or Dea Boehme at LOCAL RESOURCES: Ventura County Pregnancy Centers: 648-3301 Tender Life Maternity Home: 653-7474 Life Centers: 486-2721 M,T,W,F from 12-4:00pm (800-973-7334, 24-hour hotline) Foster Home or Adoption – ASPIRANET – 289-0120 St. Joseph’s Pantry – 2nd & 4th Wed. MaryAnn- 644-2160 Tender Life – Dea Boehme at Rosary at Planned Parenthood - Wednesdays at 7:30am and Fridays at 3:00pm—contact Ana at 218-3093. Prayer for the Unborn at St. Julie’s Chapel - Thursdays at 6:30pm. Contact Gloria at 644-4726. Free Local Services: All services, FREE & Confidential, Pregnancy Testing, and Ultrasound Exams (866) 216-4443

————— Eucharistic Adoration ————— St. Julie’s Chapel

St. Julie’s Chapel is open from 8am to 9pm DAILY. You do not need to be signed up for an hour of adoration to stop by the chapel to pray and enjoy some personal time with God. Please stop by anytime to pray for a few minutes or as long as you like!

We continue to need adorers for the following times: Thursdays Fridays

Save the Date OLA Women's Annual Retreat is set for March 23-25, 2012 at Forest Homes Retreat Center in Ojai! More information will be available in the next few weeks! OLA WOMEN'S MINISTRY Mini Retreat Saturday, December 10th, 9:00-12:30 Please complete this form and return along with payment to the OLA rectory office by 6 pm Monday Dec. 5th. Please make checks payable to OLA Women's Ministry. Cost is $20 per person and includes catered lunch.

Name________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email________________________$20_______ Name_________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email________________________$20_______ Name_________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email________________________$20_______ Method of payment: check # ________________ Cash ______________

—–—–——— Men’s Ministry ——————-

9:00-10:00am, 3:00-4:00pm & 5:00-6:00pm 3:00-4:00am & 9:00-10:00am 6:00-7:00pm

Also Needed: Substitute Adorers

Wednesday mornings at 5:45am in Assumption Hall. The next Men’s BBQ is scheduled for December 13th at 6:30pm

Contact Mary Ann at 644-2160 or Elizabeth at 644-8395.

For more information contact Patrick Rivera at 6427966 ext. 114.



Parish Spirituality & Fellowship First Sunday of Advent 2011 The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. We transition from the Gospel of Matthew to the Gospel of Mark. The liturgical colors change from the predominance of green to purple. We go into preparation mode, both in Church and in our neighborhoods and stores. We see signs of the coming season which brings joy, excitement and a new cycle to our salvation journey. Throughout the year, our work and our goal is to grow together as a community of friendship, of relationships and of faith. It is a communal and participatory effort. It includes individuals, families, all age groups and all ministries. In essence, it is an outcome of the cross-generational people of God living and Growing In Faith Together. It is our G.I.F.T. to our God, to our families and to our neighbors. Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Community actively encourages and makes available many activities and opportunities to keep us Growing In Faith Together. During this liturgical season, at the start of each entrance procession for Sunday Mass, we carry the banner, "Growing In Faith Together". It is a visual reminder of our goal for this liturgical season of preparation for the coming of the Christ child. By focusing on our goal, we can overcome tremendous personal and social obstacles, and prepared for the birth of the Child, Jesus. As the parents of Jesus prepared, we are to prepare. We are to prepare ourselves, our families; we are to share our preparation with our community. The theme for the Gospel this Sunday is "be watchful, be prepared". It is direction for us to become involved in the unfolding of the story of Jesus, which requires preparation and participation in our faith community, to grow in faith together, to share our gift of faith. We are to share our salvation journey. People grow in faith through encountering and receiving Christ in the Word and the Eucharist, and from one another. Families and faith communities pass on and share their faith. It involves a partnership of generations, of individuals and families within each community. Ultimately, our faith is not just about what we do, but about what God does in and through us. At the heart of our Growing In Faith Together is God's unconditional gift of grace, and our response as individuals, families and community.

———————–————— Advent Wreaths for Sale ————–———–———— Advent wreaths and candles are now for sale. They can be purchased today after Mass in the front of the church or in the Parish office during the week. Wreaths and candles = $10 Candles only = $5

—————–————— Advent Prayer Angels —————–———— This year we will once again offer our parishioners the opportunity to pray for one another through the presence of our Advent Prayer Angel Tree. On the first Sunday of Advent, Angel ornaments will be distributed at each Mass. Each person will be asked to write their personal intentions on the Angel ornament and place them in a basket on the altar. On the second Sunday of Advent, the ornaments will adorn the Prayer Angel tree in the sanctuary. All will be invited to visit the tree and choose an Angel or Angels to take home with them and pray for the particular intention written on the ornament. Blank Angels will also be available so that additional Angel intentions may be added to the tree as the season progresses. The tree will remain and we will continue to pray for all the Angel intentions throughout the Advent season. Please consider giving and receiving the powerful gift of Prayer as we await the coming of our Lord. - 7-

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship ——— Eucharistic Ministry to the ——— Sick & Homebound

————— Hermits of St. Giles —————— Greetings to You, Wow! The First day of Advent-unbelieveable. Where has the time gone? We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with good times and love. Advent is the beginning of a whole new Church year. We should celebrate like its New Years Day. For that’s truly what it is. Perhaps, as we await the coming of the baby Jesus, we can think of some new resolutions and to thank God for all the love He has given to us this year.. Have a most blessed week. Love and prayers, Bro. Mark Dextraze, Hermits of St. Giles, 647-9089,

Do you know anyone that is unable to come to Church and would like to receive communion at home? Please contact the church office at 642-7966.

—–——- Greeters at Mass Needed ———— Greeters are needed for the 5:15pm Mass on Saturday. If this is the Mass you attend and can come a few minutes early, please consider sharing the gift of hospitality then. Please contact Darlene at 642-7966 ext. 118.

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.

—–— Families of Nazareth Movement ——–

———————— Bingo ————————–

Meetings are Tuesday mornings at 9:15am & Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.

Bingo will not be held in the month of December Contact Sylvia Barnes at 648-7040

Keeping Watch "God desires that you will hand yourself over to Him in every aspect of your life and await everything from His merciful love." S.C. Biela, Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock, page 46

——— Support Groups at OLA Church ———

For additional information, please contact Lyla Alexander at 644-5795.

For Divorced and Separated Adults: The Divorce Care support group is open to all men and women who are divorced or separated. The group meets in the San Miguel Room of the Parish Center from 6:308pm. New members are welcome at each session.

————— Frassati, Young Adults ———— Bible Study

2011 Dates for DivorceCare: Nov. 28 and Dec. 12

Wednesdays: the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month What: Bible Study, reflection on the Sunday readings When: 7:00-8:00pm in the Youth Room New members welcome any time!

GriefShare: Bereavement Support This group is open to any adult who has lost a loved one through death. The group meets at the Parish House at 120 Dunning Street from 6:30-8pm. New members are welcome at each session.

For additional information, please contact Jenny Murray at See frassatiyoungadults/

2011-2012 Dates for GriefShare: Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and Jan 3

Coming Soon: NEW Cancer Support Groups

——————– OLA Classics ——————–

Thank you to everyone who submitted survey information for the planning of our new cancer support group. If you would like to give input or have suggestions for this group, please contact Veronica Marchese. We are making final preparations for the groups and will begin offering them in early January 2012. We will offer a group for those living with cancer and one for their caregivers.

Please join us each First Friday following the 8:00 Mass for Friendship Friday-great coffee and conversation. Next time: December 2nd What is Christmas without Carols? Join us around the piano on Wednesday, December 21, from 2-4 pm for a Holiday Party with Carol Singing. We will share a variety of desserts and the pleasure of your company. For more information call Mary Kielas at 650-7870 -8-

CONTACT INFORMATION: These support groups are facilitated by Veronica Marchese, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. For the latest information on meeting dates & locations of these groups, please join our email list by contacting Veronica at or 665-7511

Parish Spirituality & Fellowship —————– Christmas Boutique ———— Sunday, December 4th 8 am to 2 pm Over 40 Crafters, great gifts for Christmas and a great Raffle. Bring an unopened pkg. of Diapers (sizes 3, 4 or 5) and receive 10 free tickets for the Raffle. All Diapers will be donated to the Ventura County Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Come and get a start on all your Christmas Shopping by buying that special someone a homemade item. All proceeds will benefit the Ventura Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. For more details on the organization you can visit the website at

Ministerio Hispano Bienvenidos a la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Horario de la Oficina Parroquial 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 de Corresponsabilidad —–— Padre Santo, en mi Bautismo, me llamaste por mi nombre. Me consagraste dándome tiempo, regalándome talentos, y me proporcionaste un tesoro. Bendíceme y guíame para poder ser la persona que quieres que sea. Amen

¡Novenario y Celebración en Honor a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe! Novenario, 7:00 PM cada noche:

—————–- OLA 5K —————— Father Steve Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast Save the Date - 3rd Annual OLA 5K/Fr Steve Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast Saturday, January 28, 2012. Early bird registration is open - go to This is an event for anyone - Runners, Walkers, Kids all will have fun at this event. This year we are pleased to help kick off Catholic School Week! If you want help, please contact Andrew VanConas at or 794-6333.

Sábado Diciembre 3, 2011 Iglesia Domingo Diciembre 4, 2011 Iglesia Lunes Diciembre 5, 2011 Capilla Santa Julia Martes Diciembre 6, 2011 Iglesia Miércoles Diciembre 7, 2011 Salón Santa Cruz Jueves Diciembre 8, 2011 Salón Santa Cruz Viernes Diciembre 9, 2011 Iglesia Sábado Diciembre 10, 2011 Iglesia Domingo Diciembre 11, 2011 Iglesia Celebración, lunes 12 de diciembre: Mañanitas 6:00-6:30 AM en la iglesia. Misa bilingüe 6:30 AM. Convivencia en Hurley Hall después de misa Danzantes 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Misa con mariachi 7:00 PM Recepción en el salón Asunción después de Misa con Ballet Folklórico Bell Arts. Para mas información comuníquese con Blanca Macias (805) 642-7966 x129

————— Rosary Makers ———————

Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos

Day & Location Change for December

¿Desea ser Católico? ¿Es usted un adulto que aún no ha recibido los sacramentos de Primera Comunión y Confirmación? ¿Desea aprender más sobre la fe Católica? Lo invitamos a que participe en el proceso de RICA. Nos reunimos cada martes de 7-9 pm en el Salón San Miguel, el tema de este martes es: La Santísima Trinidad y el Credo

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7th at 9:30am in the Parish House located at 120 Dunning St. For more information, please call Aurora Gonzales at 654-0316.

— Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration — All are invited on Monday December 12, 2011 to a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mañanitas 6:00 am, Bilingual Mass 6:30 am (reception in Hurley Hall after Mass), Danzantes 6:30 pm, Mass with Mariachi 7pm followed by reception in Assumption Hall with entertainment provided by the the Ballet Folklorico Bell Arts.

Para más información, comuníquese con Rosario González al 642-7966 ext. 149

———-————Many Meals—————–-—¿Cuándo?: Lunes a las 6:00pm Para más información o para ser voluntario, - 9 - Contacto: 642-7966

Ministerio Hispano

In The Community

————– Colecta de Juguetes 2011 ———

————– Advent Day of Reflection ————

Este año el Padre Steve nos invita a que llevemos juguetes a la comunidad Mixteca del Sur de Oxnard en una celebración con ellos el 17 de Diciembre. Estaremos juntando juguetes NUEVOS Y SIN ABRIR para esta comunidad y para los niños necesitados de nuestra comunidad. Favor de no traer juguetes que requieran baterías. Los juguetes más populares son muñecas, carritos, sets de arte, equipo deportivo y juegos. Deje los juguetes en la parte de atrás de la iglesia los fines de semana y en la oficina parroquial durante la semana. Si desea donar un árbol navideño y una cena de Navidad a una familia necesitada llévese un calcetín del cuarto Fe en Casa.

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps invites you to take a respite from the busy holiday season. Join Bishop Sartoris, Auxiliary Bishop, retired from the San Pedro Pastoral Region, for prayer and reflection on the joy and mystery of the meaning of Christmas on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00-2:00 at Loyola Marymount University, Collins Center. Lunch is included. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is a program combining service and reflection in the Ignatian tradition for women and men over 50. For more information contact: Anne Hansen, Regional Director at 805-987-9807 or for reservations.

Gracias por su generosidad.

————– Small Group at the Mission ———

Comuníquese a la oficina al 642-7966

"The Bridges to Contemplative Living Series" from the Thomas Merton Institute. This is a small group which offers deep meaningful dialogue, personal Faith sharing and listening with the heart. It leads participants on a journey toward deeper Faith and a more Contemplative, peacefilled life. It will be held at the San Buena Ventura Mission on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10am to 12noon. We will begin classes on January 14th. For information and to register, please call Anne Vanoni at 672-0920.

Did You Know? ¿SABÍA USTED? Denunciar el abuso infantil Sacerdotes, diáconos, personal docente y los administradores y otros miembros del personal en nuestras parroquias y escuelas han sido designados como los informantes obligatorios bajo la ley de California. Cuando una de estas personas recibe información que conduzca a una "sospecha razonable" de que un niño está siendo abusado o descuidado, él o ella debe hacer un informe a la agencia apropiada para la protección de los niños o a la agencia del orden público. Para información sobre cómo responder a una acusación de abuso infantil, por favor visite por el Internet la página web de la Oficina de Protegiendo a los Niños de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles:

—————- Always Our Children ———— The Catholic support group for parents of Gay and Lesbian Children from the Santa Barbara and Ventura area will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7:30PM. This is a safe and comfortable environment where you can share your feelings and fears, and ask questions. The meetings are informal and confidential. For more information call Joe & Kathie Schneider at 805/687-4338.

—— Worldwide Marriage Encounter ——

Para obtener ayuda, llame a la Oficina del Ministerio de Ayuda al (213) 637-7650.

Just as we celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering together with family -- Why not celebrate your Marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend? It’s a positive, simple, common sense, private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes your marriage. Make your reservation now! The next WWME Weekend will be January 20-22, 2012 in Woodland Hills. Call Jeanine and Russ Walker to register: 805-648-4244.

DID YOU KNOW? Reporting child abuse Priests, deacons, school faculty and administrators and other staff members in our parishes and schools have been designated as mandated reporters under California law. When one of these persons receives information leading to a “reasonable suspicion” that a child is being abused or neglected, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency. For Information on responding to an allegation of suspected child abuse, please visit the Archdiocese’s Safeguard the Children webpage: For particular help, you may call Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.

—–—-———— Help & Hope —————–--— Out of Work & Out of Ideas? Come join us! Wednesdays from 7:30—8:30pm at Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo in the San Miguel Room of the Serra Center Contact: Bill at 482-6417 ext. 259 or

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11-27-11 Bulletin  

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

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