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News from Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Oxnard, California PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 June 2014 13:49


OUR LADY OF GRACE AND THE DIVINE MERCY—The two statues in the plaza of the church were restored by a local artist, Lisa Kelly. Lisa and her crew restored and painted the statues with masonry paint from January 12 to the 17th. The sharp colors and detailed designs added a distinct beauty to these statues of devotion.

SINULOG, SANTO NINO—The annual celebration of the Infant Jesus on January 19, which has its roots in the island of Cebu, Philippines, began at 12 PM with a Mass, then a social gathering and singing/dancing with the Infant Jesus, with traditional Filipino foods served. A Novena to the Santo Nino preceded the festive Sinulog celebration.

PILGRIMS PROGRESS—A group of faithful pilgrims from Mary Star traveled to the Shrines of Italy from March 14th – 28th accompanied by their Spiritual Director, Fr. Eric Crelencia, OAR. The Spirit led them to Venice, Padua, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Ancona, Loreto, Lanciano, San Giovanni Rotondo and Rome. They also visited the hills of Medjugorje, Bosnia and the seaport town of Split, Croatia. The pilgrims celebrated with a thanksgiving prayer in Oxnard.

Father Eric Crelencia, OAR, visiting the friars at the OAR General Curia in Rome, last March.

Pilgrims from Mary Star of the Sea Parish led by Fr. Eric Crelencia, OAR, at the Vatican grounds, last March.

CARRY THY CROSS—On Good Friday, the faithful of Mary Star prayerfully reenacted Jesus’ walk to Calvary. The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem was the church parking lot, marked with the sturdy concrete crosses—the 12 Stations of the Cross—and the presence of Jesus among the faithful, especially the men, women and children who carried a heavy wooden cross throughout the Via, were solemnly enacted and prayerfully meditated under the scorching sun. The carrying of our life’s own crosses, the silence and desolation of Christ’s death on Holy Saturday were overwhelmed by the victorious triumph of Christ’s resurrection, celebrated on Easter Sunday.

CHAPLET OF MERCY—The priests, deacons and parishioners sang the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in adoration of our Lord before an Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Chaplet was sung in both English and Spanish alternately. A short bilingual talk was presented by Fr. Frank highlighting the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Refreshments followed in the Parish Hall.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION—The Saturdays of the month of May were filled with the celebrations of First Holy Communion. Two English and three Spanish Masses were devoted to the celebrations of this important Sacrament. More than 30 young students of catechism received our Lord in Holy Communion in each of the five masses. The masses were celebrated in a festive atmosphere with all the parents, godparents, relatives and friends.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 14:05
News from Saint Augustine Priory, Oxnard, California PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 June 2014 14:16

St. Augustine Priory has been blessed with a large group of very dedicated volunteers, including the members of the Guild and the Third Order. On the Feast of St. Joseph, the Priory was host to over two hundred families and friends at the Mass of Gratitude and dinner.

During the Triduum of Holy Week, the members of the Priory community attended the parish celebrations at Mary Star of the Sea Church. The two communities joined at the Priory for dinner on Holy Thursday. A Pot Luck Dinner was held at the Priory on Holy Saturday evening for the two communities, Officers of the Guild and their families.

For Holy Week, the chapel of St. Augustine Priory was decorated with magnificent flower arrangements, a gift of the Gloria Schuck Family.

Father Domingos Machado, OAR, was the celebrant at the Mass at the Servants of Mary Convent in Newbury Park, CA, on the Feast of Mary Health of the Sick, May 8. Concelebrants were Father Jose Luis Jimenez, OAR, and Father James Brown, OAR.

Father Fidel Hernandez, OAR, and Deacon Ulises Feliciano, OAR, left for the Philippines for their month-long Renewal Course on April 26.

On May 3, St. Augustine Priory was host to thirty-five Cursillistas from Artesia, CA, for a Special Ultreya Day of Recollection in the Portuguese language. Father Domingos Machado, OAR, served as Spiritual Director of the day.

St. Augustine Priory Chapel resembled a rose garden for Mother's Day and the Feast of St. Rita due to the very generous donation of white and red roses by Mr. Enrique Flores.

On May 25, the Priory was host to the 90th birthday celebration of Maria Mota who, together with her daughter Delores, has been a longtime friend of the community. Father Domingo was the celebrant of the Family Mass. A reception followed.

The Annual Retreat for the members of the Province of St. Augustine stationed on the West Coast was held at the Priory, May 26-30, Father Samson Silloriquez, OAR, of the Order's Curia in Rome, was the retreat master.

Fr. Samson Silloriquez, OAR, retreat master, Fr. Domingos Machado, OAR, and Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, during the annual retreat in Oxnard, California.


--Father James Brown, OAR


Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 14:24
News from Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 19:54

Ministry of Reader. Fras. George Valdivia and José Arredondo joined 15 other candidates to receive the Ministry of Reader at Redemptoris Mater, the seminary for the Neo-Catechumenal Way in Kearney, New Jersey, on February 23. Archbishop Bernard Hebda, new coadjutor of the Newark Archdiocese, presided at the Mass and the installation of Readers; Frs. Michael Rafferty, local prior, John Gruben, vice prior, and Felix Daganta, prefect of students, concelebrated along with many other diocesan and religious priests. After the ceremony all enjoyed light refreshments in the dining room of the seminary.

Ministry of Reader (l to r): Frs. John Gruben, OAR, Felizardo Daganta, OAR, and Michael Rafferty, OAR (back), Fras José Arredondo, OAR and Jorge Valdivia, OAR, with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, February 23, Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance, 2014. The Pius X Guild sponsored its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance on the evening of March 8 in the Tagaste Guild Hall; there were some 140 people in attendance. Traditional Irish-American fare was prepared by the Celtic Kitchen of New Milford, New Jersey. Guild president Peggy Evans coordinated the evening. There was a grand cake to celebrate the March birthdays of Fr. Charles Huse, as well as (in absentia) Br. Joseph Joly, and guild member Antoinette Martucci. Music was provided by the house “music man,” Mr. Joseph Nappo.

Vocational Retreat. The Tagaste community hosted a vocational retreat weekend for four candidates who have expressed interest in the Augustinian Recollects, March 28-30. The four young men, who hailed from places as close as the neighboring town of Spring Valley, New York, and as far away as Miami, Florida, arrived on the evening of March 27. The retreat opened the following morning with words of welcome from Fr. Michael Rafferty. Retreatants joined the community for common prayer, meals, and recreation. Presentations were given by Fr. John Oldfield on the “Charism of the Order,” and by Fr. John Gruben on the “Constitutions and the Liturgy of the Hours.” Fr. Michael gave a personal testimony and conducted individual interviews along with Fr. Felix Daganta. The professed students also shared their vocation stories with the retreatants. Over the weekend the community along with the retreatants enjoyed a new movie on the life of Pope Francis, followed by a lively discussion. Fr. Fredric Abiera joined the community for dinner on Friday evening, and Fr. Joseph Gallardo, Prior Provincial, was present for Evening Prayer and dinner on Saturday. The retreatants also participated in Lenten Stations of the Cross, Sunday Liturgy, and a Holy Hour with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament conducted by Frs. Michael and Felix that brought the retreat to a close. After a final lunch together, the retreatants departed. Fr. Michael contacted each of the retreatants after they returned home and found that all had enjoyed their weekend at the Monastery and the experience of Augustinian Recollect community life.

Tagaste Vocational Retreat (1 to r): Frs. John Gruben, OAR, Michael Rafferty, OAR, Felizardo Daganta, OAR, and John Oldfield, OAR, with retreatants, March 28-30, 2014.

Admission to Postulancy/Novitiate. Fr. Provincial, Joseph Gallardo, formally admitted Andrés Lopez to the postulancy in an evening prayer service at St. Cloud Monastery on April 3. Afterward Fr. Provincial treated the members of the Tagaste and West Orange communities to a wonderful dinner. On April 14, he admitted postulant Andrés to the novitiate for 2014-15.

Father Provincial, Joseph J. Gallardo, OAR (c), assisted by Frs. Michael Rafferty, OAR, and Felizardo Daganta, OAR, admit Andrés Lopez (l) to the postulancy at St. Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey, on April 3.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:35
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:21


May 26-30, 2014



June 2-4, 2014


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:26
News from Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Santa Ana, California PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:19

40 Days for Life

On March 1st at 12pm, Bishop Kevin Vann, Ordinary of the Diocese of Orange, presided at the Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of the Pillar to pray for the dignity of human life and the protection of the unborn. This Mass was organized by the Diocese of Orange and marked the beginning of the annual prayers for human life during the 40 days of Lent.

In his homily, the bishop invited the faithful to pray for the end of abortion, in particular during the 40 days of Lent. He encouraged those present to go out into the abortion clinics and pray peacefully for the protection of the unborn. The silent witness of the faithful in those abortion clinics is a powerful witness of our faith and a constant reminder that life is to be protected.

After the Holy Eucharist, the bishop spent a few moments with the faithful taking pictures and preceded to the parish rectory for lunch.


Cause of the Servant of God, Bishop Alfonso Gallegos

On May 30, Frs. Samson Silloriquez and Eliseo Gonzalez, traveled from Oxnard to Sacramento. On May 31st, they celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento and prayed before the tomb of the Servant of God, Bishop Alfonso Gallegos. They later proceeded to meet with Bishop Jaime Soto, Ordinary of the Diocese of Sacramento, updating the bishop on the progress of the cause of Bishop Gallegos. They presented him with a copy of the Positio Super Virtutibus, the documentation on the life of Bishop Gallegos, to be presented to the Congregation for Causes of the Saints in Rome on June 25.

Bishop Soto was pleased to hear of the progress made with the cause of the Servant of God. He also sent his greetings to the community of Augustinian Recollects.

Fathers Samson Silloriquez, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, present the Positio Super Virtutibus to Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento.

Fathers Samson Silloriquez, OAR, and Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR, before the tomb of Bishop Alfonse Gallegos, OAR.

Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez, OAR


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:30
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