In our contemporary age, Christianity seems like a sensible and straightforward religious option among others. It is often viewed as compatible with the values and priorities of our society, politics, cultures, and other interests. And yet, the Gospel itself offers a very different set of insights, challenges, and inspiration.
This year's parish mission is an invitation to explore the radical foolishness of Christianity as a positive force for change and conversion in the face of division, discrimination, and violence in our world. Looking at the Scripture with new eyes, journeying with wisdom figures like St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, we will reflect on ways to overcome our tendency to 'water down' or domesticate our faith and the message of the Gospel, so that we can respond to Christ's call to be foolish according to the logic of the world and become wise in the eyes of God.
What is a parish mission?
We take our cars in for periodic oil changes. We see our physicians for an annual physical or wellness check. The same is needed for our spiritual lives, individually and as a faith community, and we can't always get away for a retreat. So a parish mission is that "shot in the arm", that energizing renewal of our personal faith as Jesus' disciples and our parish community's commitment to the Body of Christ.
Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Janice Daurio will facilitate a 4-week series giving college students and college aged young adults the opportunity to share opinions and hear from others on life’s most important questions.
We’ll discuss what’s real, what’s true, what’s right and what God is.
Every Tuesday morning
San Juan Capistrano room
We’ll get together to read, study and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s readings. Bring your bible and preferred beverage.
Fall 2017 Session
Discover your spiritual gifts and learn how best to use them in life and in ministry.
Spiritual Gifts Discovery is a multi-day workshop that fosters spiritual and personal growth. Through teaching, prayer, and faith sharing in pairs, you will come to understand more fully whom God created you to be and what God wants you to do with your life.
Each session builds on the previous so commitment to the journey is key.
$20 per person.
Materials, refreshments and lunch provided.
Pre-registration is required. Visit us in the courtyard September 2-3, 9-10.
It's what Jesus said!
Seven themes of our Catholic Social Teaching:
For further reading and understanding of these themes, click here for a link to the US Bishops website.
LAUDATO SI: ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME · Read Pope Francis' encyclical.
10:00am - 12pm
San Fernando Room
“We gather. We pray. We write.”
(805) 389 · 1337
New members are welcome anytime to our friendly group. We explore and practice different types of writing and read our work to one another each week. Some days we do “free writing” for ten minutes on a chosen topic. Other weeks we read our prepared pieces (up to 500 words) on a designated subject. Our topics are not overtly “religious,” but give us an opportunity to express the concerns of our souls. Many consider the experience to be healing. We encourage humor and playfulness; we laugh a lot. We inform each other about writing resources, and we share equally the responsibility for the successful working of the group.
This is as much a faith sharing group as it is a writing group. We pray together. We take care of one another. Our comments on one another’s writing are constructive and honor the deep feelings that are expressed.
A yearly retreat at St. Andrew’s Abbey enables us to work more intensely on our craft. We reach out to others by reading our work to groups such as The University Series and the Padre Serra Seniors.
Our published anthology was delivered to veterans at the hospital in Los Angeles where we spent time reading and visiting with the residents. Copies of the anthology are still available for purchase ($10).
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