Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! Last weekend, on Saturday, about 175 people gathered at Serra Hall for the panel seminar “How We Heal: Listening for the Good”. The event represented a collaborative effort, with the Old Mission and the parish teaming up with Cottage Hospital in order to make possible this important […]

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Second Sunday of Lent

Pasa Por Aqui by Larry Gosselin, o.f.m. Standing upon this peak of glory Among the temples of hope Seeing the saving grace "Pasa por Aqui" White light Of radiant dawn. Casting brilliance upward and downward, Leading in the footprints of His steps, Knowing glory will be revealed From the mountain of vision. Spoken to the […]

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FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

Dear Parishioners, Visitors – Friends from near and far! As we began the Lenten season on Wednesday, two images struck me as appropriate “visuals” for the next forty days. They are really two gestures: first, the motion of turning – could be our head, could be our whole body; second, the opening of a fist […]

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Dear Friends – Parishioners, Visitors, One and All, Peace and all good be yours! We concluded last Sunday’s liturgy with the following prayer: O God, grant us, we pray, so to live that, made one in Christ, we may joyfully bear fruit for the salvation of the world. As I spoke those words into the […]

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Dear Friends, Visitors, and Parishioners of St. Barbara Parish, In an effort to maintain good communication and transparency at our parish, I wanted to provide an update about our parish finances to you at the six-month mark in our fiscal year. We had anticipated a $50,000 operating deficit at this point. While we do have […]

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Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In today’s Gospel reading we read that Jesus’ teaching “made a deep impression on the people, because, unlike the Scribes he taught with authority.” How did Jesus’ words have such recognizable authority, and make such a great impact on his listeners? Because Jesus spoke from a place that […]

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners, Peace! Over President’s Day weekend, 6 of our confirmandi will be travelling up to San Francisco to work the Free Clothing Program at St. Anthony’s Foundation. St. Anthony’s is run by the Franciscan Friars and offers help to the homeless and low imcome residence of the San Francisco Area. Our confirmandi volunteer at […]

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Visitors, Pilgrims, Brothers and Sisters of the Parish of Mission Santa Barbara – Peace and all good be yours! As I write this, the impact of the horrific devastation brought on by the mudslides is still unfolding. We have been hearing from and praying with families and friends of those who’ve lost loved ones and, […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners, Friends, and Visitors, As I write this I hear a sound outside that’s become familiar over the last week: the chop-chop of a helicopter. It’s Friday, ten days before Christmas and no one can say for sure how strong the wind will blow this weekend, or in what direction. I do know that […]

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Last week, and this week we are given some very difficult personal issues to reflect upon from our liturgical readings. Last Sunday we had the issue of fraternal correction, and we were told how we are obliged and encouraged to bring truth into one anothers lives in a […]

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