Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, We have just passed through our National Presidential Election, and this time and experience has carried with it many and much emotions. Now, we are called to set our sights on the future and to build in faithfulness the attributes of our greatest aspirations. Faithfulness calls us to hopefulness. […]

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Dear Friends, May the Lord give you peace! This past week the Church celebrated the Solemn Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed we call All Souls Day. Two very special days of prayer and remembrance. A saint is someone who with courage and perseverance walks the journey of life with […]

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Dear Friends, May the Lord give you peace! Fr. John had a magnificent funeral at the Mission on Thursday and Friday of last week. The Minister General of the Franciscan Order came from Rome to preside at the Requiem Mass. We were joined by Fr. John’s family, his friends, and many friars from the Province […]

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parish Community, Peace! This week, I’m writing to you to inform our Parish community about the growth, changes, and events taking place in our Religious Education, Confirmation, and Young Adult ministries. For those of you who may not know me, my name is Alex Turcios and I’m entering my fourth year of ministry here […]

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Dear Friends, The Lord give you peace! Last Monday, in the early hours before the dawn, Sister Death came to bring our beloved brother, Fr. John Vaughn, OFM home to God. Fr. John had been unwell for some time and since the feast of St. Francis on October 4th we noticed a steep decline in […]

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Dear Friends, May the Lord give you peace! It is good to be back again after two weeks in Ireland. My mom is doing well and we had some good time together. She lives alone, is fiercely independent, cooks, plays Bridge and is a faithful Eucharistic Minister at her local parish. Not bad for 86! […]

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Our readings today speak to us of faith, and no matter how “small” or “large” it may seem to us, faith is still unsurmountable in its affectivity and effectiveness. Our first reading from the Prophet Habakuk is part of a dialogue between God and the prophet. Habakuk is […]

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I have just returned from being in Italy with our group on pilgrimage, most of whom are from our parish community, joining many others in the blessed opportunity of attending the canonization ceremony of Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta. What a truly special and sacred experience this was […]

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Peace and all good! Many of you know me as the Director of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library and as a member of the St. Barbara Parish faith community. I appreciate that Fr. Adrian has invited me to share with you a bit about my new role as Executive Director of Old Mission Santa Barbara […]

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