Weekly Bulletin - Saint Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Parish
24252 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637
(949) 837-1090; FAX (949) 837-9510; www.st-nicholaschurch.org
School of Religious Education: (949) 837-7676
Our Parish Mission Statement
St. Nicholas Parish is a Catholic community, celebrating our faith
through the Sacraments, Liturgy, Prayer and Service. We strive to nurture family life
and to create one body out of many in the Lord.
We share the Good News with people of all ages, cultures and faith backgrounds.
Senior Priest:
In Residence
Visiting Priest
Visiting Priest
Visiting Priest
Visiting Priest
Spanish Deacon
Pastoral Intern
Rev. Richard Delahunty
Rev. Michael Mai Khai Hoan
Rev. Timothy MacCarthy, Retired
Rev. Msgr. Colm Conlon
Rev. Msgr. Lawrence Gibson
Rev. Msgr. John Campbell
Rev. Gerald Walker
Wayne Thompson
Luis Gallardo
Phuong Nguyen
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M. in Spanish
Sunday: 7:30 A.M., 9:00 A.M., 10:45 A.M., 12:30 P.M.,
and 5:00 pm in Vietnamese.
Monday through Friday: 7:00 A.M., and 9:00 A.M.
Saturday at 9:00 A.M.
Filipino Mass: 5:30 P.M. First Saturdays, October-June.
Holy Days: 4PM Vigil; 7AM, 9AM, 12PM, 6PM, and
7:30PM (Vietnamese)
Saturday 9:45-10:15 A.M., and 3:00-3:45 P.M.,
or by appointment.
Fourth Sunday of the month at 2:00 P.M.
Arrangements must be made a month in advance.
Parents must attend two preparation sessions.
Arrangements must begin at least three months in
advance with a priest of the parish.
Call Parish Office in an emergency.
Special Service celebrated in fall/spring as announced.
At the death of a family member, please call the
Parish Office at your earliest convenience to plan
for the Mass of Christian Burial.
24-hour adoration begins the second Wednesday
of the month at the 9:00 A.M. Mass.
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Benediction.
Parish Office Hours: Sunday: 8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Monday through Friday: 9A.M. -12 Noon; 1P.M. - 4:30P.M.;
6P.M. - 8P.M. Saturday: 9A.M. - 12 Noon
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal
THIS WEEKEND—March 21—22
There are 88 home mission dioceses in the United States.
These dioceses are unable to fund basic and essential
pastoral works such as catechesis, seminary formation,
and lay leadership training, and are unable to attend to the
unique needs of the communities they serve. Home
mission parishes often struggle with priest shortages,
parishioner poverty, unemployment, difficult or isolated
terrain, religious hostility, and other circumstances that
impact the practice of faith.
With your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal
helps to ease the struggle and form vibrant communities.
Please help strengthen the Church at home through your
generosity to this Appeal.
St. Nicholas Parish Unity Group to Host:
LENTEN DINNER in the Parish Center
Friday, March 27th at 5:30PM to 7:15PM
There will be a Baked Potato Bar and light beverages.
The Lenten Meal is followed by
Living Stations of the Cross in the Church at 7:30PM
with the St. Nicholas Youth Ministry.
Donations are welcome and will support the
St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.
The St. Nicholas Hispanic Group is selling
Tamales in the Parish Center
on Saturday, March 21st after
the 4PM and 7PM Masses
and after the Sunday Masses
on March 22nd.
Parish 50th Anniversary Event Calendar
through June 2015
Saturday, April 18—A Day of Renewal. Topic: Vatican II
and its impact in our daily lives.
Saturday, May 16—The Taste of St. Nicholas: Ethnic foods,
games, Ministries Faire, upscale silent auction.
Saturday, May 30—Fr. Dick’s 50th Anniversary Ordination
Mass at 4PM.
Saturday, June 27-Sunday, June 28 —50th Anniversary
Receptions after all Masses.
Sunday, June 28– 50th Anniversary closing Liturgy at 3PM
with Bishop Vann. Reception following Mass.
Easter Lily Donations...
will gladly be accepted to help
decorate the Church for Easter.
Please bring the plants to the
Parish Office by
Thursday, April 2nd.
All you have to do is vote!
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This advertising can help us create awareness and let
people know of the great things we are doing.
You can help us get our share of free advertising.
Go online to the address below and vote for
us every day in the month of March.
The more votes we receive, the more
advertising we get!
For Parishioner and visitor convenience,
extra Easter envelopes will be available
in the pews for Easter.
Stewardship of Treasure
“Stewardship is not about our generosity; it is our response to God’s generosity.”
March 15
52-Weekly Required Budget
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Parish Calendar This Week
7AM Pat Evleth (d)
9AM Helen and James Beattie (d)
7AM Francisco Enrile (d)
9AM Naomi Black Burn
7AM Peter and Agatha Jung (d)
9AM Kevin Farrell (d)
7AM Frank Kinnie (d)
9AM Violet and Bill Huffman (d)
7AM In Thanksgiving
9AM Mary Mallon (d)
9AM Enrique Adame (d)
4PM For the Parish
7PM Orquidia Perez (d)
7:30AM Luis de Guzman, Jr. (d)
9:00AM Richard Laferty (d)
10:45AM Leandro Clavijo (d)
12:30PM Teresita Nitafan Encarnacion
We Remember
Olga Greco
who entered her new and eternal life
in Christ. Our parish condolences
are extended to her family.
Grant her eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Sewing Group, Small Hall, 8AM
Religious Education for Elementary, Parish Center, 4:15PM
Opera Rehearsal, Small Hall, 6:30PM
Faith Alive, Room C, 7PM
Hispanic Rosary Group, Church, 7:30PM
Religious Education for Elementary, Parish Center, 4:15PM
Spanish Tallers Oracion, Room B, 7PM
7th & 8th SRE Classes, Parish Center downstairs, 7PM
Confirmation II, Parish Center upstairs, 7PM
St. Nicholas Chorale, Small Hall, 7:15PM
Living Stations - 7 & 8 grades, Church, 7:30PM
ESL Classes, Rooms B & C, 9AM
Charismatic Prayer Group, Room A, 10AM
Library is open, Room C, 2PM
Religious Education for Elementary, Parish Center, 4:15PM
Devotions & Benediction, Church 7:30PM
Filipino Choir, Small Hall, 8PM
St. Vincent de Paul, Room C, 7:30AM
Faith Alive, Room A, 10AM
Youth Group-Living Stations Rehearsal, Church, 6PM
Hispanic RCIA, Room B, 6:30PM
Hispanic Council Meeting, Room C, 6:30PM
RCIA, Rooms 201-204, 7PM
St. Nicholas Choir, Small Hall, 7:15PM
Lenten Penance Service, Church, 7:30PM
Little Company of Mary, Small Hall, 10AM
Fr. Dick, Bible Study, Room 201, 9:45AM
Divine Mercy, Room C, 1:45PM
Unity Group Lenten Dinner, Parish Center, 5:30PM
Ushers Training, 2nd floor Parish Center, 7PM
Living Stations of the Cross-Youth Group, Church, 7PM
Hispanic Bible Study, Small Hall, 7PM
Adult Confirmation Class, Room A, 10AM
Hispanic Choir, Room C, 4PM
Hispanic Group Coffee and Bread, Small Hall, 6PM
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
I will make a new covenant; I will write my law upon
their hearts.
Parish Library is closed on Palm Sunday.
``Hungering for a Healthy
Harvest”…CRS Rice Bowl
Psalm 51: Cr eate a clean hear t in me, O God.
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Christ learned obedience and became the source of
eternal salvation.
Gospel: John 12:20-33
If a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it
produces much fruit.
CRS Rice Bowl brings our
Lenten Journey back to Africa this
week, to the Democratic Republic
of Congo. We join our fasting in
solidarity with people who go hungry, and we remember
in prayer the importance of building a community that
is willing to support those most in need.
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
School of Religious Education
All Elementary Classes will meet this week
March 23—March 25 at 4:15PM in assigned classrooms.
Check us out on Facebook!
Coming Events/Important Dates:
Parents & Students: Please remember to fill your Rice
Bowls with your change and return to your SRE class
before Easter. Your sacrifices will make a great
difference in the lives of those who are starving
throughout the world. Thank you and God bless you!
Living Stations of the Cross:
Friday, March 27
at 7PM
7th & 8th Grades and Confirmation II: will meet on
Tuesday, March 24th, in assigned classrooms.
Confirmation II Candidates: Rite of Acceptance
during the 4PM Saturday, March 28th Mass.
Families and sponsors are invited. Dinner
immediately following in the Parish Center.
SRE’s 50 Acts of Kindness in Celebration of St.
Nicholas’ 50th Anniversary: During the month of
March, we are collecting gently-used clothing and
household linens to donate to the Pediatric Cancer
Research Foundation. PCRF is dedicated to improving
the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with
cancer. Please bring items to SRE Class or SRE Office
NO later than Wednesday, March 25th. THANK YOU!
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no SRE Elementary,
Junior High and High School Confirmation classes
during the weeks of Mar 29th and April 5th.
We are CLOSED on March 22; CLOSED on March 29
We are open the first & third Sunday of the month.
We have books on Lent & Easter—come see!
FREE book cart, pamphlets, rosaries, prayer cards!
The Library Hours: Sunday 10AM to 12:30PM &
Wednesday, 2PM to 4PM. W e need volunteers!
The Library is located behind the Parish Office in Room C.
For Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the Bulletin publishing
company has REQUIRED that our bulletin information be
submitted earlier than normal. If you have any articles that
you need in the bulletin during the months of March/April,
please note the FINAL SUBMITTAL DATES below:
Bulletin Date
Article Due Date to Parish Office
March 29
Was due by Tuesday, March 17th by 10AM
April 5
Due by Monday, March 23rd by 12 PM
The dates of rehearsals and performances are:
Tuesday, March 24—7:30PM SRE performance
Thursday, March 26 at 6PM in Church Rehearsal
Friday, March 27 —7:30PM performance
Teen Family Mass on Saturday, March 28th
at 4PM with dinner immediately following
in the Parish Center.
APRIL 11-12 and 18-19
We need volunteers after all Masses
on the weekends of
April 11-12 and April 18-19
to help us to sign up volunteers to assist at the
Taste of St. Nicholas Celebration
which is on Saturday, May 16th.
Please call Chuck Wieser at 949-240-0242
or SRE Office 837-7676.
More information about the Taste of St. Nicholas
Celebration will be in upcoming Bulletins and
on our St. Nicholas Church website.
You are invited...
will preside at a Mass for
The Unborn & Closing Mass for Forty Days for Life
on March 23 at 7PM at St. Kilian Church
26872 Estanciero Dr., Mission Viejo.
Reception following Mass with brief presentation by
Keith Cotton from Obria Medical Clinics
(formerly known as Birth Choice Clinics).
Sponsors: the Knights of Columbus & Respect for Life
For information contact:
Ron Gryzanowki: 949-380-7972
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt by the act of abortion, please accept this invitation to
conversation with a minister especially trained in this very sensitive area of ministry.
All calls are confidential. Please call our help line at 800-722-4356.
Our Church cares about you and we are here to help.
Coming in May…“A Taste of St. Nicholas”
On May 16th, our Parish will have a Festival Event
called, “A Taste of St. Nicholas.” This event will
combine Ethnic Foods, Carnival Games and a Ministry
Fair. Additionally, we will have a Silent Auction which
will be the main fund raising activity for the entire
50th Jubilee Celebration!
We need donations for this Silent Auction, such as:
♦ A boat for an afternoon/evening cruise for 4 to 6
people with the owner
♦ A Resort Hotel, Vacation Cabin or Condo for a
weekend or a few days
♦ Tickets to a Sporting Event
♦ Round of Golf for a foursome
♦ Tickets for Special Events: Concerts, Pageant of the
Masters, etc.
♦ Dinner for 2 or more at a nice Restaurant
♦ Free sitting at a Photography Studio
♦ Discount on Lasik Surgery, Free Dental Services,
Gift Baskets, Valuable Ceramics or Art Work
If you are able to help with the donation of an item or
service, please contact Marie Thomas—949-460-0525
or [email protected]
Proud to be Catholic—Living Our Faith
Thank you to the families who have already pledged
to support the mission of the Church to teach,
preach, minister and serve in the name of Jesus
through their financial contribution to the
2015 Pastoral Services Appeal.
We will have updated information in the next
bulletin. Please prayerfully consider joining these
families in support of the PSA. No amount is too
small or too big! If you have not received your pledge
envelope and brochure, you may obtain one from the
Parish Office or from the tables in Church.
Thank you and God bless you!
Don’t forget! The Knights of Columbus
are again sponsoring a “40 Cans for Lent”
Food Drive during the 40 days of Lent.
Barrels are outside the Church entrances each
weekend! Thank you!
Dignity and Courage at the End of Life
A Compassionate and Faith Filled Response
to the Push for Assisted Suicide in California
April 11th—9AM to 3PM
at Servite High School (Theater),
1952 W. La Palma Av., Anaheim. Call: 714-774-7575
Food/Refreshments provided.
Following a groundswell of community response to the
tragic death of Brittany Maynard, a young women
diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who travelled to
Oregon to end her life, several state senators have
introduced the End of Life Option Act (SB128) that would
allow California physicians to prescribe life ending
barbiturates to assist patients in committing suicide.
Join fellow community and faith leaders as we discuss a
compassionate response to this current legislative push to
legalize physician assisted suicide and as we seek to educate
and form Catholics with regard to approaching the end of
life with humility, courage and love. Speakers will include
healthcare professionals and physicians as well as clergy
and theologians. Registration is FREE of charge but space
is limited.
St. Nicholas Parish Ladies Weekend Retreat
Sacred Heart Retreat House—May 22—24
Theme: “Lord, I was born for you.”
Retreat Master: Fr. Michael O’hanete
Call Julie Landgard, 949-466-9103 for information or
reservations; or Dottie Neuland at 949-830-3998.
40 Days For Life—February 18th to March 29th
This Lent we invite you to participate in the 40 Days for Life worldwide Campaign. We will pray the Rosary outside of
the Planned Parenthood facility located at La Paz Road, at the corner of La Paz and Chrisanta, Mission Viejo. Our
parish will host this weekly prayer each Thursday at 12 noon from February 19 through March 26. Please join us!
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Palm Sunday Masses—March 29
Reconciliation (Confession)
Saturday, March 28—4:00 PM [Vigil]
with Teen Choir
(Blessing of Palms and Solemn Procession in front of
the Parish Center at the 4PM Vigil Mass.)
Our Parish Penance Service will be held on
Thursday, March 26 at 7:30PM in the Church
with 10 to 13 Priests
7:30AM—with Cantor
Saturday, March 28—9:45AM and 3:00PM
9:00 AM—with Choir
Monday, March 30—9:45AM to 10:15AM
10:45AM—with Choir
12:30PM—with Cantor
Tuesday, March 31 —3:00PM to 4:00PM and
7:30PM to 8:30PM
5:00PM—Vietnamese Mass
No Confessions on Holy Saturday, April 4th
9:00AM—Morning Prayer
6:00PM—Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Vietnamese)
8:00PM—Mass of the Lord’s Supper (English)
With procession to and Adoration at the Altar of Reposition until Midnight
9:00AM—Morning Prayer
1:30PM—Celebration of the Passion of the Lord (English)
3:00PM—Stations of the Cross
6:00PM—Celebration of the Passion of the Lord (Vietnamese)
9:00AM—Morning Prayer
8:00 PM Easter Vigil
6:15AM Mass —with Cantor
7:30AM Mass—with Cantor
9:00AM Mass—with Choir
10:45AM Mass—with Choir
12:30PM Mass—with Cantor
5:00PM Mass—Vietnamese
Please consider carpooling with a Catholic neighbor or walking to Church
to help relieve the traffic congestion on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Thank you!
Good Friday Holy Land Collection—April 3rd
Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are
also especially aware of the Holy Land. Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy
Land. As a Pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for
parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. When you donate, you are supporting Christians in the
Holy Land. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and
education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry.
The Good Friday Collection is requested by the Holy Father. Be as generous as your abundance allows.