1 17 5 July May 2015 The Ascension of the Lord 14 June th Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy. Psalm 123 Sunday Mass Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM Sunday AM: 6:30, 8:00, 9:45, 11:30 Sunday PM: 1:15 (Español), 5:00 (Teen Mass), 6:30 Weekday Mass Monday Friday: 6:30, 8:30 AM Wednesday: 7:00 PM (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena) (Tagalog Mass every 4th Wednesday of the month) Saturday: 8:30 AM Adoration Weekly: Fridays 9:00 AM 5:00 PM Monthly: 13th of the month 9:00 AM 6:00 AM (on the 14th) Penance Monday: 6:00 PM (English & Spanish) Friday: 6:00 PM (English & Spanish) Saturday: 3:30 PM or by appointment (English & Spanish) Pastor Fr. Patrick Moses Parochial Vicars Fr. Martin Nguyen and Fr. Rudy Alumam Permanent Deacons José Campos, Del Davis, Steve Germain, Gerald Pyne School Principal Monica Hayden Parish Office Hours 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM* Monday & Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM* Tuesday, Thursday and Friday *Closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 PM CLOSED SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sunday New Hope Crisis Counseling Hotline Hot Line (24/7) NEW-HOPE or Evergreen Avenue, Cypress, CA
2 For too many Americans, the Fourth of July is just another summer holiday, albeit one that usually features fireworks. For Christians, the issue of patriotism is always complicated by our citizenship in two realms, one earthly and one heavenly. The Bible teaches that we have duties to our earthly nation, including obeying laws, paying taxes, and honoring our leaders (Romans 13:1-7). At the same time, we are subjects of the eternal kingdom of Christ. Jesus said, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar s, and to God the things that are God s (Matthew 22:21). This dual citizenship presents serious complications when the civil and the divine authorities strongly conflict. This was the situation the early believers faced in Jerusalem, resulting in their persecution. Peter told the Jewish leaders, We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29), and for his disobedience he was beaten and later threatened with execution (Acts 5:40; 12:1-6). While our two kingdoms citizenship always warrants biblical reflection, the situation facing Christians in America today demands special wisdom and grace. Throughout our lifetime, there have been two competing Americas, one theistic and the other atheistic; one which more or less respects our Christian heritage and upholds general biblical values, and one which aggressively opposes biblical morality and a godly outlook on life. As we reflect on the what is means to be free this fourth of July, may we all give thanks to God that we can live in a country that is free and that we all have been given freedom as well in Jesus Christ. Happy Fourth of July! With my prayers in Christ, Fr. Patrick Parish Office Business Administration Steve Germain, Business Manager Tony Kulassia, Office Manager Sherri Nelson, Admin. Secretary Margie Mendez, Secretary Lisa Giacomi, Bulletin Adult Formation Rebecca Soto, Director Ministerio Hispano Sr. Maria Teresa Salceda, Director Humberto Arreola, Coro Hispano Health Care Ministry Sr. Rita O Connell, Director Worship Kimberly Wargo, Director of Music Stewardship Carlos Ramirez, Director Youth Formation Ruth Bradley, Director Elaine Brewster, Secretary Renee Lloyd, Secretary Youth Ministry Laura Benoit, Director Denise Gonzales, Secretary Parish School Monica Hayden, Principal Infant Baptism It is necessary to attend a Pre-Baptism Information Evening. Register in the Parish Office at least two months prior to the proposed Baptism date. Sacraments To complete sacraments or to become Catholic, adults contact the Parish Office; children and teens contact Youth Formation. Marriage Contact the Parish Office. Six months preparation is required. Anointing of the Sick In case of serious illness or surgery, contact Health Care Ministry.
3 Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.'... He was amazed at their lack of faith." (Mark 6:4, 6) Some might call it a "chance" encounter - our paths intersected in the middle of the school parking lot. One day earlier she had asked me to "hold her accountable" for what she was going to do following the homily that she had just heard. I wrote myself a note on a "yellow sticky" praying that I would not forget.... From the Catholic Dictionary: The biblical term prophet (nabi), means one who speaks, acts or writes under the influence of God. From our Catechism: Christ, high priest and unique mediator, has made of the Church "a kingdom, priests for his God and Father." The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood through their participation, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet, and king. (1546) From our Parish Family: Thankfully, I remembered to ask her! The homilist had challenged the assembly to consider praying the rosary each day in response to our bishops' plea for prayer during the "Fortnight for Freedom" that ends this weekend. She took the suggestion a BIG and BOLD step further! She told me that she got a bunch of rosaries and took them to a family gathering. She gave them out to each person present with the admonition that, "even if you don't pray it, put it someplace where you can see it and throw one up when you look at it...." Wow! The readings this weekend remind us that we are all called to be prophets. As you know so very well, this calling often takes great courage, especially in our native place and among our own kin and in our own house. I think that Jesus is very pleased with the woman in the parking lot and with so many of you who live this calling every day. Thank you! Deacon Steve PS. Due to an early deadline for this column, I am not able to report on last week's collection. However, I will ask for some help. If you have an engineering and/or construction background and would be willing to help us discern project priorities, please contact me. Thank you. MONDAY LAY APOSTLES: Please join us in praying the Rosary on the first Monday of each month after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the crying room. Everyone is welcome. PENANCE: 6:00 p.m. in English and Spanish. WOMEN S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Youth Faith Formation workroom. If you are a cancer survivor, newly diagnosed or dealing with treatment, your presence will be most welcome. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month. If you would like to attend, please contact Terry Arenz, our WCSG Facilitator/Parish Nurse, at TUESDAY MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS: Please join us in praying the rosary every Tuesday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the crying room. WALKING FOR HEALTH: 9:15 a.m. Meet in front of the Ed Bldg for a 1/2 hour walk. CAPACITAR: 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Education Building. CATHOLIC FAITH CONVERSATION : 7:30 p.m. (please note time change for this month only) at Virginia Kelly s home, 5386 Vista Sierra, Cypress. We meet the first Tuesday of the month. We are a small group of Catholics who discuss our faith beliefs... helping us to learn more from each other; helping us to grow closer to God; and share our faith with others with greater faith and conviction. Everyone contributes (no matter how small) which becomes a chain reaction, as one person's input draws another on to thought and speech. This month s topic is: "How the Church Tells Us About Sister Death and How We Feel About Our Own Death. The Legion of Mary sponsors and facilitates the meeting. For more information please call ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETING: 7:30 p.m. in the Hall conference room. For more information please call Jay Conklin at AL-ANON MEETING: 7:30 p.m. in Room #7. For more info call Betty at WEDNESDAY MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP NOVENA: Join us in the crying room after the 8:30 a.m. mass. ROSARY FOR HUMAN LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM each Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. (after the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena following the 8:30 a.m. mass, at approx. 9 a.m.) in the Crying Room. With or without us, please pray for the only civil institution that unites kids with their moms and dads -- and the First Amendment right to promote the life-saving value of men and women marrying before having children. Children who are not raised with their own married mom and dad are from four to 11 times more at risk for abuse. [ccgaction.org/uploaded_files/quickfacts_breakdownofmarriagefamily.pdf] They are also more likely to be aborted. [womenspeakforthemselves.com/wp-content/ uploads/2014/08/risk-compensation-fact-sheet-final.pdf] NEW HORIZONS SUPPORT GROUP: 7:00-8:30 p.m. in classroom #14. Planned social activities for single, separated, divorced or widowed, ages 50+. Meets the second Wednesday of each month. Contact: Alicia DeAnda at or Gerry Terpening at FRIDAY LEGION OF MARY: 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Modular Unit. For more information please call Grace at PENANCE: 6:00 p.m. in English and Spanish. CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING: 7:30 p.m. in classroom 6. We are blessed to have Father Martin Nguyen as our guest speaker. All are welcome. Thank you. SATURDAY PENANCE: 3:30 p.m. in English and Spanish.
4 We welcome to St. Irenaeus our new parochial vicar, Fr. Rudolph Rudy Alumam. Fr. Rudy was born in Takoradi, Ghana on June 23, He is the second of three surviving children (two boys, one girl) of his parents. His father, Ayuure Alumam, passed away two years ago (2013) and his mother lives with his brother in a village called Vea in northern Ghana. Fr. Rudy grew up in this village until he went to a boarding high school within the same state in Desiring to become a priest, he was admitted to St. Victor s Major Seminary in 1985 to study Philosophy and Theology, and was ordained priest on July 20, 1991 for the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga. He was assigned to be chaplain and spiritual director in a high school seminary where he also taught Geography and Religious Studies. In 1999 Fr. Rudy and another priest were asked to begin a post-high school formation program to prepare seminarians for philosophical studies. After two years of ministry in this seminary, Fr. Rudy traveled to California to study Psychology at the California State University, Eastbay and Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. During his time in California he lived and served at St. Bede Church, Hayward, CA. He returned to his country, Ghana, in 2005 and has since been working in the provincial major seminary as teacher and formator. After ten years of ministry in the seminary, Fr. Rudy is looking forward to a ministry with the parishioners of St. Irenaeus. WATER RESTRICTIONS - DIRTY SIDEWALKS & PATIO No doubt you know that we are all affected by the current drought and obliged to conserve. Although we are free to wash our cars, the Golden State Water Company has thus far refused our requests to allow us to wash down our patio and school eating areas. Please be patient and understanding. (If you can help research and prepare an appeal, please contact Deacon Steve) WELCOME, FATHER RUDY! Damos la bienvenida a San Ireneo a nuestro nuevo Vicario Parroquial P. Rudolph "Rudy" Alumam. Padre Rudy nació en Takoradi, Ghana el 23 de junio de Es el segundo de los tres hijos sobrevivientes (dos chicos, uno niña) de sus padres. Su padre, Ayuure Alumam, falleció hace dos años (2013) y su madre vive con su hermano en un pueblo llamado Vea en el norte de Ghana. El Padre Rudy se crió en este pueblo hasta que fue a una escuela secundaria de internado en el mismo estado en Deseoso de ser sacerdote, fue admitido en el Seminario Mayor San Victor en 1985 para estudiar Filosofía y Teología y fue ordenado sacerdote en julio 20, 1991 en la diócesis de Navrongo- Bolgatanga. Fue destinado a ser director capellán y director espiritual en un seminario de la escuela secundaria, donde también enseñó Geografía y Estudios Religiosos. En 1999 se pidió al Padre Rudy y a otro sacerdote que comenzaran un programa post-escuela secundaria de formación para preparar a los seminaristas para los estudios filosóficos. Después de dos años de ministerio en este seminario, el P. Rudy viajó a California para estudiar Psicología en la Universidad Estatal de California, Eastbay y Espiritualidad Cristiana en la Graduate Theological Union en Berkeley. Durante su tiempo en California vivió y sirvió en la Iglesia de San Beda, en Hayward, CA. Regresó a su país, Ghanain en 2005 y desde entonces ha estado trabajando en el seminario mayor de la provincia como profesor y formador. Después de diez años de ministerio en el seminario, el P. Rudy está a la espera de un ministerio con los feligreses de San Ireneo. SATURDAY/SUNDAY, JULY 11/12 PARISH MISSION APPEAL Founded in 1955, the Lay Mission-Helpers Association trains, sends and supports lay people (single, married couples, families) to serve in overseas mission dioceses for a minimum of three years. They serve in a professional capacity such as teachers, nurses, administrators, etc., and witness their faith by how they live their lives. Mitch Tolbert, who is representing LMH, served for nine years as a Lay Mission-Helper in Guatemala.
5 HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY $10 LOCK IN Friday, July 9:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 8:00 a.m. Meet at the Parish Hall All participants must sign up prior to the event by turning in their permission slip to the Youth Formation Office. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 23rd. NO EXCEPTIONS! If the Youth Formation Office is closed, you may drop your form off in the mail slot. (Permission slips are available in the Youth Formation Office and the vestibule of the church.) Games Food Fun Friends St. Irenaeus High School Youth Ministry or
6 JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH MINISTRY Grades 7 & 8 PEACEMAKERS is on summer break. Registration for next year is beginning now. Have a great & safe summer! HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY Grades 9-12 SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE is on summer break keep an eye on this page for summer activities! CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION Registration for high school students wishing to begin Year I of Confirmation preparation is going on now. Contact Laura at or A copy of your student s baptismal certificate is required for registration and must be turned in with the form. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! HIGH SCHOOL LOCK IN..July 31st from 9 p.m. 8 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Flyers are in the vestibule or the Youth Formation Office. CHILDREN S MINISTRY Pre-school-6 th Grade (and Sacrament Preparation for older students) REGISTRATION FOR 2015/2016 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEGUN and will close on September 11, If your child is in the program this year, a telephone call or can re-register your student(s) after June 1. If your child was NOT in classes this year, please come to the Youth Faith Formation Office to register. SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It would be good to call before you come REFLECTION Having a tough day? Our prophets and preachers can relate. Ezekiel is rejected by Israel. Paul has a thorn in the flesh, (2 Corinthians 4:7) some kind of difficulty that keeps him humble. Jesus cannot work miracles in his hometown because the people lack faith. The people in today s Gospel who reject Jesus (and so cannot benefit from his teaching and healing) think they already know who he is, but they ve judged him without really knowing him. Have you ever been rejected or felt judged? It can be a pretty bitter experience, especially when it comes from people you expect to accept you. Or sometimes someone decides that you are not worth their time because they see you as different in some way. To help break down the preconceived notions we can have about each other, in youth ministry we sometime use the sentence starter, If people really knew me they would know that.... As people fill in the blank they often find they have a lot more in common than they thought, even with people who are different from them. ACTION Get to know someone this week maybe someone you had decided wasn t worth your time at first glance. Overcome the boundaries or preconceived notions you had about them and break the ice with some basic get-to-know-you questions. Stretch your comfort zone a little, you may be surprised or challenged in some really great ways. JOURNALING QUESTIONS Have you ever had what seemed like a personal weakness turn out to be a good thing? What s the most challenging leadership role you have ever had? God s Word, Your World! 2014 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Written by Nora Bradbury -Haehl; resources by Julie M. Krakora. Permission to publish granted by the Most Reverend Francis J. Kane, dd, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on January 7, 2014.
7 St. Irenaeus Parish School learning, believing, and serving together ST. IRENAEUS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR In 1978 the Sr. Margarita Perpetual Student Athlete of the Year honor was first given to outstanding 8th grade athletes. It was named after the school s Principal at the time, Sister Margarita. Since it s inception, the award has been given to athletes that have played on two sports in one year and displayed outstanding Christian Citizenship and Academic Excellence. This years recipients were Christopher F. and Alyssa L. We are proud of all our athletes for their outstanding efforts and teamwork! We also want to thank all of our coaches that dedicate hours of their time to our sports teams. Thank you for all that you do. HELP US EARN BRAIN POWER POINTS OVER THE SUMMER St. Irenaeus Parish School will once again be a part of the Brain Power Mania Program sponsored by the Buena Park Mall in the fall. Over the summer, we can earn points every time a St. I supporter goes to a summer concert or free movie Tuesday. The Krikorian Theater offers a FREE movie every Tuesday at 10am and 12:30 p.m. If you take your ticket stub immediately after to customer service our school earns 500 points. Limit 500 points per person, per day. The movies for July and August are: July 7 - Boxtrolls July 14 - Annie July 21 - The Book of Life July 28 - Rio 2 August 4 - Paddington August 11 - Penguins of Madagascar August 18 - Dolphin Tale 2
8 St. Irenaeus Catholic Church is hosting Dr. Bill Creasy and his weekly series on The Bible. Dr. Creasy draws on more than 20 years of teaching The English Bible as Literature at UCLA. This multi-year series, which examines the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, is $85 per semester (10-weeks: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer). Want a preview or more information? Watch Dr. Creasy s seven-minute Bible Blasts or forty-five minute lessons at Acts of the Apostles Tuesdays beginning July 21 st 10:00 am in the Church
9 TO PRAY FOR THE SICK PARA PEDÍR POR LOS ENFERMOS Estela Aguirre Margaret Akong Rick Anderson Aleisha Andreasen Roxie Bassett Rose Chavez Anne Cortes Graziella DeLuca Maria Diaz Reina Duncan Adelina Duran Lauro Escobedo Ralph Galindo Mary Hall Carol Huff Agnes Jacob Theresa Kholoma Martin Kirk Nathan Manier Jean Martella Donna McCoy Steve McCoy Anika Nielsen Pablo Ninofranco Pete Palacpac Nick Rabanera Ava Rances Mary Ritenhour Rose Ritenhour Luisito Salvador Verne Schuster Alex Terrazat Migdalia Tomeu Jerard VanDieren Teiya VanMeter Lydia Vizcarrondo Pauline Vonderharr Bertie Yerga W e R e m e m b e r O u r D e c e a s ed Alice Bañez Norene Beardsley Fr. Peter Coffey Frank Cota Giovanna Cracchiolo Edward Crowley Maria Socorro Diaz Charlotte Fiola Irene Godinho Garcia Veronica Gonzalez Marc P. L. Gutierrez Rosalie Hallum I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one Who believes in Me will never die. John 11:25 Dr. Donald Hemphill William Lateulere Richard Lea Terry Lyle Michael Magaña Janet Marasigan Bill McCormick Theresa McQueen Roberto Mejia Mejia Benjamin Nicasio Margarita Oviedo Dora Vergara READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY 12 JULY 2015 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Amos 7:12-15 Eph 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13; L104B Sharing Questions: I am summoned by Jesus to The mission is so urgent that The authority of Jesus that I have is I act out of this authority when Compartiendo Preguntas: Estoy siendo llamado por Jesús a... La misión es tan urgente que... La autoridad de Jesús que tengo es... actúo con esta autoridad cuando... Leo Buscaglia. PhD, author and motivational speaker. A gift is something given willingly without an expectation of payment; a present. A gift in scripture had three general meanings: gifts men gave to men; sacrificial offerings presented to God; gifts God gave to men, especially in connection with salvation and grace. What are your gifts from God? What did he give you so willingly as a present? A few St. Irenaeus parishioners took a Called and Gifted Workshop last month to help discern our God-given gifts, or charisms. We learned that a charism is a spiritually gratuitous gift given by the Holy Spirit to all baptized Christians. Each of us has one or more charisms. Charisms are used for the benefit of others and the service of God. When we use our charisms they energize us. Why discern your charisms? Knowing your charisms can help you live a more joyful life, fulfilling the purpose to which God has called you. You can simplify your life and decide what you should pursue in terms of a vocation and volunteering. Because we have different charisms, we cannot do it all. We need the help of others and their charisms to build an enterprise. The larger the enterprise, the more people/charisms are needed to make it succeed. What enterprise is larger and more worthwhile than the Church, the Body of Christ? ( Now you are Christ s body, and individually parts of it. 1 Cor 12:27) What is our gift to God for the charisms we have received from the Holy Spirit? By knowing our charisms we can better interact with our family members, decide what parish ministries could best use our charisms, perhaps find a more fulfilling job, glorifying God when we use our charisms. For more information on charisms, see the St. Catherine of Siena web site (http://www.siena.org/called- Gifted/called-a-gifted) or contact Carlos at the Parish Office ( , ext. 112;
10 Para muchos estadounidenses, el Cuatro de Julio no es más que otro día de vacaciones del verano, no obstante, un día que por lo general se caracteriza por los fuegos artificiales. Para los cristianos, la cuestión del patriotismo es siempre complicada por nuestra ciudadanía en dos reinos, uno terrenal y otro celestial. La Biblia enseña que tenemos deberes para con nuestra nación terrenal, incluyendo obedecer las leyes, pagar impuestos y honrar a nuestros líderes (Romanos 13: 1-7). Al mismo tiempo, somos súbditos del reino eterno de Cristo. Jesús dijo: "Dad al César lo que es del César y a Dios lo que es de Dios" (Mateo 22:21). Esta doble ciudadanía presenta complicaciones graves cuando lo civil y las autoridades divinas entran fuertemente en conflicto. Esta era la situación a la cual los primeros creyentes se enfrentaron en Jerusalén, lo que resultó en su persecución. Pedro les dijo a los líderes judíos: "Es necesario obedecer a Dios antes que a los hombres" (Hechos 5:29) y por su desobediencia fue golpeado y luego amenazado con la ejecución (Hechos 5:40; 12: 1-6). Si bien nuestra ciudadanía de "dos reinos", siempre merece reflexión bíblica, la situación que enfrentan los cristianos en América hoy, exige sabiduría especial y gracia. A lo largo de nuestra vida, ha habido dos Américas, que compiten una teísta y la otra ateísta; una que más o menos respeta nuestra herencia cristiana y defiende los valores bíblicos generales y otra que se opone enérgicamente a la moralidad bíblica y la actitud piadosa hacia la vida. Al reflexionar sobre lo que es el significado de ser libre en este Cuatro de Julio, podemos todos darle gracias a Dios de que podemos vivir en un país que es libre y que a todos se nos ha dado la libertad en Jesucristo. Feliz Cuatro de Julio! Con mis oraciones en Cristo, Padre Patricio Encíclica Ecológica del Papa Francisco: ALABADO SEAS 1. MIRAR LA REALIDAD CON SINCERIDAD Describe de un modo bastante realista lo que la inmensa mayoría de expertos ya sabe: la contaminación que provoca muertes prematuras; - el calentamiento global, que va de la mano del crecimiento del nivel del mar y de eventos meteorológicos extremos; - cada vez menos personas con acceso a agua potable y segura; - desaparecen especies vegetales y animales necesarios para la alimentación y la cura de enfermedades. Se trata procesos causados o al menos favorecidos por el hombre. PAUL O'CALLAGHAN Teólogo de la Creación "No puedes pensar: 'Bueno, no decimos nada sobre este tema hasta que estemos seguros de que es culpa del ser humano'. No puedes porque quizá sea demasiado tarde. Si hay altas probabilidades de que estemos haciendo un daño irreparable a la atmósfera y al mundo, tenemos que asegurarnos de pararlo a tiempo. ESTA SEMANA EN NUESTRA PARROQUIA LUNES ROSARIO POR LA PAZ Y LAS FAMILIAS a las 6:30pm en la Iglesia. MARTES REUNION DEL EQUIPO COORDINADOR DE JOVENES PARA CRISTO en el salón Modular a las 7pm. JUEVES GRUPO DE ORACION a las 7pm en el salón #7. PRACTICA DEL CORO HISPANO a las 7pm en el salón #16. VIERNES JOVENES PARA CRISTO, grupo de adultos, temas de reflexión y crecimiento espiritual. Se reúnen a las 7pm en el Edificio de Educación.