Participation and Belonging

Dear Friends, On this second Sunday of Advent, our scripture readings are charged with hope.  The prophet Baruch, the missionary Paul, and the highly skilled gospel writer Luke are sounding a single and strong invitation to us: step into the story of salvation! Baruch is writing to a people who have been exiled to Babylon. […]

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Virgil Cordano Center

Dear Friends, As Advent begins this year, so does the Father Virgil Cordano Center.  The Center was the brainchild of the Daughters of Charity at St. Vincent’s in conversations with the friars here at the Mission.  The question had come up of how to connect more directly with our brothers and sisters living on the […]

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Thanksgiving…

Dear Friends, For Thanksgiving, here’s a word from our dear friend and brother, Father Alex Manville.  Father Alex served as principal at Bishop High School and was later Pastor at Sts. Simon and Jude where his bulletin letters were treasured by many parishioners long after his death in 2016.  In 1990, he wrote: “I woke […]

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Time is Precious….

Dear Friends, Some years ago, a friar who knows me well observed that I’m the kind of person who tends to view time as though it were a delicious pie. Life is exciting and tasty!  The problem, he pointed out, was that I also have the mistaken belief that I can slice that pie into […]

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Safety First….

Dear Friends, This past week, we saw great signs of the growing power of the Spirit at work among us.  Our thanks go out to Sandi Hirsch and the many volunteers who gave so generously to the family welcome after the 9am Mass last Sunday.  We thank our many community partners from around the city […]

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Dear Friends, Peace and all good! This weekend we extend a special welcome to our parish families. Alex Turcios, who oversees our parish programs of faith formation and sacramental preparation for children, has been working diligently over the past several months to shape a program for families that places liturgy at the center. Every other […]

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Journey of Love

Dear Friends, Our bulletin cover last week pictured “holy hikers,” the group of parishioners who set out across Moore Mesa to reflect on and experience the fragile beauty of creation under the banner of Pope Francis’s wake up call to all of us to care for our common home and for one another. The cover got […]

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Enduring in Peace…

Dear Friends, This past week, our time around the Mission has been dedicated to discernment around how most constructively to respond to the vandalism attack on the Mission church, which took place early in the morning of Wednesday, October 10.  Expressions of support from the greater community of Santa Barbara and beyond have come to […]

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Call to Hope

Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! The challenge that Jesus presents in the Gospel for this week could not be more focused and unsettling. St. Francis left his father’s house and set out on a long road to “perfect joy”. By contrast, the man who meets Jesus in the Gospel experiences a loss […]

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Gratitude List

Dear Friends, As we celebrate St. Francis with our Franciscan Fiesta this week, I’m aware of so many gifts received.  Here’s my latest (partial) list of what I’m grateful for: The Gospel of Jesus Christ and its call to love, and our Franciscan tradition flowing from it, especially as Our Lord reveals himself as meek […]

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