Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

Fellow Parishioners, This past Wednesday, 13 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Mission Church. The celebration was beautiful: the altar adorned with candles, the angelic music, the eloquent homily- every element of the Liturgy mirrored the sanctity of the sacrament. Bishop Barron made a few points in his homily that I’d like […]

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Pentecost Celebrations

Dear Friends, For over 50 years Father Virgil Cordano OFM embodied the spirit of Pentecost here at Old Mission Santa Barbara. The reforms of the Second Vatican Council, his doctoral studies at Catholic University, and his long and rich experience of pastoral ministry and community service shaped his vision of life. A Franciscan friar for […]

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Dear Friends, The Gospel for the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord carries the twofold dynamic of Jesus going up and his disciples going out. They – we – are sent, as the gospel of Mark has it, “into the whole world”, “to every creature” to proclaim the Gospel. The Greek word that captures […]

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“He’s our best P.R. man and he doesn’t even know it.” That’s how a wise fellow Franciscan once described Father Christian Mondor OFM who died last week, two days short of his 93rd birthday. For long-time residents of Santa Barbara, I would put it like this: Father Christian was the Father Virgil of Huntington Beach. […]

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Stay With Me on This

Dear Friends, Pilgrims and Visitors, Peace and all good be yours! Jesus says to his disciples and to us: Remain in me, as I remain in you. In John’s Gospel the meaning is more like – stay connected, or stay with me, or better still, stay with me on this (“this” being life itself!). However […]

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Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Friends and Visitors, Parishioners and Newcomers, A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who made last Sunday’s celebration so meaningful and festive. I am grateful! One week later, we find ourselves at Good Shepherd Sunday. Interesting. As we embark on a new journey together here at Mission Santa Barbara, we are the Franciscan missionaries of […]

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Third Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends, As I write this, I’m trying to absorb the fact that Bishop Barron will be visiting the parish this weekend to install me as Pastor of this wonderful parish. Now, it’s one thing to be about the business of pastoring – as I have been with so much support, encouragement, and assistance over […]

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Second Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Friends, and Visitors, Two weeks ago, I spoke to a fellow priest about our efforts here at the parish to become more vibrant as a center of Franciscan evangelization. One of the challenges, I told him, was defining the word “evangelization.” He responded with an insight that fits well with this Second Sunday […]

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Easter Sunday Gospel

Dear Parishioners, Friends, and Visitors, Our Lenten journey culminates this weekend with an Easter Sunday Gospel text that might not quite meet the expectations of those of us conditioned by block- buster cinema and the stories of superheroes defying all odds with outlandish feats of strength. In John’s account, Jesus’s victory over sin and death […]

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Palm Sunday

Dear Friends, On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we embark on Holy Week and begin to see and experience the full drama behind the words from last Sunday’s Gospel text: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of […]

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