Who doesn’t like to celebrate baby showers and birthdays? These are exciting events, full of joy and expectation for the future. This is what Christmas is like, but in a more consequential and profound way.
Christmas commemorates the incarnation or birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel (Is 9:6). This was made possible through the power of the Holy Spirit and the participation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. No matter if one is rich or poor, noble or lowly, faithful or sinful, everyone is given in equal measure God's love, mercy, joy and hope because Christ is “God with us” who promised “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20).
Therefore, let us worship the King. Let us adore and rejoice in Christ our Savior in season and out of season, for although he is the Son of God, he is also the son of Mary and member of our human family. Welcome Him into your home, your mind and your heart.
Saint Irenaeus, one of the Fathers of the Church, fought against heresy, supported the Papacy, and even helped define Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as the four Gospels. He was born probably about 125 to Christian parents living in Smynra, Asia, which is now Izmir in Turkey, an area that was home to many Christians.
Faith is the impulsive love that walks on water, runs after the lost sheep and welcomes the Prodigal Son home. Faith is the reckless release of what we find comfort in holding onto while we are being held back from God.
We, citizens and residents of the United States, celebrate the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, a federal holiday which marks our nation’s independence. If we were to survey St. Irenaeus parish, it is quite possible that half of our parishioners were born in another country. Many of us learned about American history and civics early on in school, in literature, or when we became a naturalized U.S. citizen, but now it is appropriate to recall our lessons in history, our rights and obligations as U.S. citizens, particularly in light of what is happening in our nation today.
Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia!
Those who attend the Easter vigil service witness the blessing of the new fire and the paschal candle outside the church. Following the blessing, this Easter candle is carried solemnly into the church with the words “The Light of Christ” sung by the minister.
Then the gathered community listen to the Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet:
Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!
Easter is about exulting in the triumph of Jesus, our mighty King, who rises from death. It is the joyful song that we sing here on earth together with the hosts of heaven since time immemorial. To Christ belongs the fire that lights our way out of sin and darkness. To him also belongs the power and glory fit for the King.
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
The Advent and Christmas Seasons are about hope and joy. They are about discovering or rediscovering how God fell in love with us; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16, NABRE). Jesus Christ is the Word incarnate, the Emmanuel, and his coming brings joy to our hearts, joy to the world. He is the reason why we get out of bed, why we believe in love and fall in love, why we have Noel Nights and sing Christmas carols.
Trim your trees, don your Christmas sweaters, and open your hearts this holiday season! Fall in love with Jesus again. Let your imagination run wild!
May God bless you and your loved ones this Advent and Christmas Season!
I cannot believe that we are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as we approach the 2021 Easter celebrations. It seems as if we were on a prolonged Lenten journey, one that makes abundantly clear the fragility of our world. Thus, the imperative to “repent, and believe in the Gospel” and “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” remains vitally important for us.
Summer has officially started and for many of us—children included—it is a time to break from the mundane activities of school and work in order to recharge our energy and to refresh our spirit. It is normally a time for vacations, beach outings, summer camps, and poolside BBQs.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am happy to inform you that we are ready to reopen our church for public Masses beginning the weekend of June 13-14 on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi!
GARDEN GROVE, CALIF., (May 22, 2020) – The Diocese of Orange announced today that public masses can begin in Orange County on the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 14 (including Saturday June 13 Vigil Masses) in a phased-in approach with measures in place to safeguard public health.
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