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 Palm Sunday – April 9 Masses: 8am, 10am & 6pm

Parish Penance Service – Tuesday April 11: 7:00pm

Anointing of the Sick: Wednesday April 12 (following 8am Mass)

Holy Thursday – April 13: Mass of the Lord’s Passion 7pm  (No 8am Mass)   Adoration until midnight

 Good Friday – April 14:  The Lord’s Passion 1pm & 7pm (No 8am Mass)

 Holy Saturday – April 15:  Easter Vigil 8pm  (No 8am Mass or Confessions)

 Easter Sunday Masses – April 16:  8am, 10am, & 6pm

Parish Retreat Update

Blessed Sacrament Parish Retreat

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

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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.