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News from Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Oxnard, California PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 14:21


CORPUS CHRISTI—On June 22nd, an outdoor procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, took place at Mary Star on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The friars and the faithful journeyed to the five stations on the lot, with the priest placing the monstrance on decorated tables for a brief period of adoration and praise after the recitation of each of the Glorious Mysteries.

Corpus Christi 2014


PERSONNEL CHANGE— Fr. Antonio Palos, OAR, began his new ministry at Mary Star as Associate Pastor, effective July 15, 2014, on the Feast of St. Bonaventure. He immediately reviewed the Ordo Domesticus and his new parish assignments with the friars.

FIESTA BONANZA—The three-day Parish Fiesta began on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th, and closed on Sunday August 17th. An abundance and variety of food, music and rides were enjoyed by all the parishioners, visitors and friars. Information Booths from the Ventura County Behavioral Health, Catholic Cemeteries, the Cesar Chavez Law Group and an outreach to Mixteco-speaking persons, participated in the Parish Fiesta.

FATIMA AT MARY STAR—The statue of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima visited Mary Star from Saturday, September 13th, to Sunday, September 14th. Led by the Friars in this two-day celebration, the faithful celebrated the Crowning and Veiling, the Act of Consecration and the Mass Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There was also an outdoor procession and recitation of the Rosary, with the Pilgrim Statue being carried by the faithful. Following these, the Friars and the faithful took turns in an all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of Our Lady of Fatima inside the church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was also celebrated by the Friars, including Fr. Domingos Machado, OAR, and Fr. Frank Wilder, OAR, of St. Augustine Priory. At 3:00 on Sunday morning, the bilingual chanting of the Divine Mercy chaplet began before the Blessed Sacrament. Various English and Spanish choir groups sang to Our Lord and Our Mother during these two days. In addition, an invited mariachi group and the danzantes matachines of Mary Star also performed in the mananitas before Our Lady of Fatima during her farewell.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 14:37
News from Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Santa Ana, California PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 November 2014 23:25


On July 8th, the parish celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the priesthood of Fr. Jose Luis Martinez, OAR. The celebration began with Mass at 7pm, presided over by Fr. Jose Luis. In his homily, Fr. Jose Luis spoke of his various assignments, experiences as a religious priest throughout these years and expressed gratitude for all of the support received from the faithful. Several concelebrating priests, deacons, representatives from parish groups and community were present. After the Mass, the celebration continued in Santa Monica Parish Hall where several parish choirs sang during the evening meal.

Father José Luis Martínez, OAR, celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood.


On July 11-12, the community was blessed to have the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Zapopan, from Zapopan, Mexico, come to our parish. The image was accompanied by the Franciscan Friars of Zapopan. The faithful came to pray before the image seeking her intercession and to thank her for favors received.


On July 21-22, the Relics of Santo Toribio Romo came to our parish. Santo Toribio, a Mexican martyr, was canonized on May 21, 2000, by Saint John Paul II. Many immigrants have a special devotion to him. The relics were accompanied by Fr. Martin, custodian of the relic, from Jalostotitlan, Mexico, who celebrated the Holy Eucharist one night and spoke about the life and virtues of the saint. The faithful had an opportunity to venerate the relic, part of his right ankle, to pray for his intercession and thank him for favors received.

On September 10, Feast of Saint Nicolas of Tolentine, Fr. Eliseo González, OAR, presided over the Holy Eucharist, spoke of Saint Nicolas, blessed and handed out the traditional bread for this feastday.

Blessing and distribution of the bread of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.


-- Fr. Eliseo González, OAR



Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 23:35
News from Saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:38

May 31st -- With sadness St. Benedict Parish had to say goodbye to Fr. Juan Jose Guzman, OAR, as he was transferred to his new assignment at Cristo Rey Parish in Glendale. We thank him for the short ten months he was with us. In that brief time, he won the hearts of the faithful here. We wish you the best in your new assignment Father! We know you'll be a great blessing to the people of Cristo Rey.

Fr. Juan José Guzman, OAR, with his family.

June 14 -- Flea Market - The summer couldn't begin without St. Benedict's Flea Market bringing together parishioners and non-parishioners alike to enjoy a time together under the bright summer sun in support of the Parish's refurbishment project. We had a good turnout of sellers and buyers and spent a nice day building friendships. We thank all those who came out to support us!!

August 18 -- The parish school started its new school year with over 550 students. Pupils and staff alike happily began the new year in which they will continue to learn and share under the watchful eye of St. Benedict. Welcome back everyone!

August 27/28 -- St. Monica and St. Augustine -- The Secular Augustinian Recollects and the Augustinian Recollect Friars of Montebello showed the great Augustinian spirit permeating their hearts as they prepared the parish for a great celebration on the occasion of the feastdays of St. Monica and our Father St. Augustine. Beautiful flower arrangements adorned their images and a large and joyous gathering followed the solemn Mass on the 28th in the parish hall where the SAR's and parish groups prepared a festive meal for all.

Fr. Francisco Sandoval, OAR, celebrating the Mass for the Solemnity of our Holy Father Saint Augustine.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:47
News from Saint Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 22:22

The Secular Augustinian Recollect Chalice

In the Monastery Chapel on October 1, a very special Mass took place during which a new chalice was blessed. The chalice was given to the Monastery by Antoinette D’Archi, a gift in memory of her husband, Virgil, a cousin of one of the SARs, Gloria Fernandi. This family has long been a part of the Monastery. Wakes of two of the members and a wedding reception of another were held on the grounds in the early days of the Monastery.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was attended by several members of the family, five priests of the Augustinian Recollect Order: Fr. Joseph Gallardo, OAR, Provincial, Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, Provincial Secretary, Fr, Frank Cregan, OAR, Provincial Procurator, Fr. Charles Huse, OAR, Fr. Jorge Alberto Niño, OAR, several SARs, and friends.

Following Mass, a warm and tasteful reception was held in the Monastery dining room.



Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 22:36
News from Cristo Rey Parish, Los Angeles, California PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:03

THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the foundation of Cristo Rey served as the impetus for several projects in the church which including necessary electrical work, interior painting and the replacement of the air conditioning unit. The first event in the anniversary year was a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner hosted by Frs. Michael Stechmann, OAR, Juan Jose Guzman, OAR, and Dcn. Ascencion Esqueda, OAR, and attended by close to 100 persons representing catechists, choir members, ushers, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and various volunteers. Those in attendance were delighted to be the first to view the Apostolic Blessing which will be presented to the parish.

Fr. Michael Stechmann, OAR, presents the Apostolic Blessing to the parish community as Fr. Juan José Guzman, OAR, looks on.

A series of monthly meetings with thirty members of the Anniversary Committee has been beneficial in planning for the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 23 and the pastoral visit of Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Archbishop realizes the space limitations in our church and after the 12:30 pm Mass, he has generously agreed to participate in the procession of the image of Christ the King through the streets. All of the parish groups will be represented at the Mass and will carry their banners for the procession which will be led by members of the banda, Nueva Ilusion. The presence of the banda always generates a tremendous enthusiasm throughout the neighborhood.

Other activities throughout the year include the distribution of a parish history, a concert in the church and a Parish Mission during Lent. All parish groups are working to increase membership with evangelization as a major focus.

FR. MICHAEL STECHMANN, OAR, was invited by the Sisters, Servants of Mary to be the homilist for the 50th anniversary of Mary, Health of the Sick Convalescent Hospital in Newbury Park, CA, on June 28. Archbishop Jose Gomez presided at the Mass with several Augustinian Recollects concelebrating and over 600 guests present for the outdoor Mass and reception.


Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:57
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