Parish Retreat Update

Blessed Sacrament Parish Retreat

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

in the Church

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Theme – “Beloved Journey”

Meditations using Scripture, symbols, visual media, art, and shared reflection.

Presenters

Fr Joe Miller, SVD – Divine Word Missionary  & Director of Diocesan Missions Office

Esther Delao (Mother, retired nurse) – Certified Spiritual Director at Mt St. Mary’s & BA (Cal State Fullerton)

Schedule

Friday, Mar 24 (7:00 PM) “The Gift of the Cross”

Saturday, Mar 25 (10:00 AM– 3:00 PM) “Mary, the Cause of our Joy” & “Gifts of the Spirit” (COMPLEMENTARY LIGHT LUNCH 12:00 – 1:00 PM)

Homily at all Weekend Masses: “Restored Sight to the Blind Man”

–Opportunity for Spiritual Direction after Presentations–

Dec 25, 2016

From Jan 2 until Jan 11 2017, I will be away giving an “Interculturality Workshop” to the leadership team and the formators of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (CSSP) at one of their formation houses in Benin West Africa. Religious Orders—especially missionary orders—are today becoming extremely multi-cultural. Because we are from very different cultures, our preferences, the kinds of foods we like, our customs, our behaviors and the ways we look at things can be very different. Since we are required to live together in small communities our differences make this very challenging. We need to be open and more sensitive to other ways of doing things, and not judgmental. We need to be more adaptable, and learn how to take on new and unfamiliar behaviors. Developing these new skills requires goodwill, persistence and some initial training. This training is done through interculturality workshops like the ones I’ve been giving to members of religious orders. But of course here in the USA, and especially in S. California, we are also becoming very multicultural and it is becoming quite clear that we are also in need of these new skills. Having them is becoming a requirement for our situation of extreme diversity. This is something that is also becoming important for our Catholic parishes and, as time goes on, I hope to be offering some of this training right here at BSP.

Jubilee Year of Mercy

December 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent

In proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis proclaimed his desire that this Holy Year be “steeped in mercy,” as we disciples “go out to every man and woman,” bringing the “balm of mercy” to “believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!” (Misericordiae Vultus, 5). In her visitation of Elizabeth, Mary beautifully presents just such an image. Despite the perils of her pregnancy, not to mention her preoccupations as a young unwed mother, Mary instantly, unselfishly, “goes out” of herself, hastening far and over dangerous terrain, to “bring the balm of God’s tender mercy” in assistance rendered to her older relative. Since baptism and the Eucharist have made us, in a way, bearers of the living Christ within as Mary was, such selfless “going out” of ourselves to be of loving service to others in mercy should especially mark our Christmas season this Jubilee Year.