Collect Prayer

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This past week we had a most enlivening and inspir-ing gathering of our liturgi-cal ministers who serve our parish at our Eucharistic celebrations, and in the “sending forth” in our faith response and com-mand of love given to us in Christ through our worship of faith. This coming […]

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I Say to You Arise

Dear Friends, Thank you for responding so generously to Fr. Bosco and his appeal last weekend on behalf of the church in Rwanda. The call to support the global church challenges us to live the virtue of solidarity and the equality St. Paul talks about in this week’s second reading. Writing to the Corinthi-ans about […]

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Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! In last week’s Gospel we heard Jesus attempting gently to pry open the imaginations of his listen- ers through parables. This week’s divine pedagogy is a little more drastic: the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, struck dumb by the angel of the Lord, regains his voice […]

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Today our readings speak to us of the ways the Kingdom of God is brought forth, as a seed that is sown and spread upon the ground, and then, where it takes root and grows. The process of growth and regeneration appears as a great mystery that happens […]

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Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! Our series honoring the legacy of Franciscan great Father Virgil Cordano, OFM concluded this week with a presentation led by Fr. Larry Gosselin and Dr. Roger Bergman, who became Catholic here at the parish 35 years ago under the tutelage of Fr. Virgil. With support from the […]

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Dear Friends, On today’s feast, I couldn’t help dipping into the Franciscan sources to explore the connection between Eucharist and our Mission. St. Bonaventure, a major architect of the Franciscan tradition, presents the “big picture” of Eucharist like this: “History is a process through which God becomes ever more intimately present to created reality, not […]

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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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