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. CLERGY Pastor: Senior Priest: In Residence Visiting Priest Visiting Priest Visiting Priest Visiting Priest Deacon 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 MASS SCHEDULE 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) RECONCILIATION [Confession] Saturday 9:45-10:15 A.M., and 3:00-3:45 P.M., or by appointment. BAPTISM Fourth Sunday of the month at 2:00 P.M. Arrangements must be made a month in advance. Parents must attend two preparation sessions. MARRIAGE Arrangements must begin at least three months in advance with a priest of the parish. ANOINTING OF THE SICK Call Parish Office in an emergency. Special Service celebrated in fall/spring as announced. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS At the death of a family member, please call the Parish Office at your earliest convenience to plan for the Mass of Christian Burial. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION DAY 24-hour adoration begins the second Wednesday of the month at the 9:00 A.M. Mass. DEVOTIONS & BENEDICTION 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 TAMALE SALE—TODAY! 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! We need your help! The Orange County Register is giving nonprofit organizations throughout OC up to $2 million of free advertising. 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! VOTE FOR US TODAY! ocregister.com/go/vote 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 2015 2014 $17,968.16 $16,732.64 52-Weekly Required Budget $22,987.00 March 22, 2015 Fifth Sunday of Lent Parish Calendar This Week Monday: 7AM Pat Evleth (d) 9AM Helen and James Beattie (d) Tuesday: 7AM Francisco Enrile (d) 9AM Naomi Black Burn Wednesday: 7AM Peter and Agatha Jung (d) 9AM Kevin Farrell (d) Thursday: 7AM Frank Kinnie (d) 9AM Violet and Bill Huffman (d) Friday: 7AM In Thanksgiving 9AM Mary Mallon (d) Saturday: 9AM Enrique Adame (d) 4PM For the Parish 7PM Orquidia Perez (d) Sunday: 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. MONDAY 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 TUESDAY 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 WEDNESDAY 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 THURSDAY 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 FRIDAY 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 SATURDAY Adult Confirmation Class, Room A, 10AM Hispanic Choir, Room C, 4PM Hispanic Group Coffee and Bread, Small Hall, 6PM SUNDAY TODAY’S READINGS 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. THE PARISH LIBRARY 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. PLEASE NOTE and PLAN AHEAD… ARTICLES FOR THE BULLETIN 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 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... BISHOP KEVIN W. VANN 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 HOPE AND HEALING AFTER ABORTION (aka PROJECT RACHEL) 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] THANK YOU!! 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 HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND 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 GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD 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) HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH 9:00AM—Morning Prayer 8:00 PM Easter Vigil EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH 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.
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