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    February 14, 2016



    D? N S? CH NH? NG NGÔI ? ?N

    © 1305, Giotto - Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy

    March 4, 2018

  • What happens when you go to church and discover that al l sense of respect and reverence for God, people and sacred space is being abused and violated? If you are Jesus in the Gospel, you get angry and start cleaning things up. He arrived at the temple to begin the celebration of Passover. What began as a service to the people, the sel l ing of animals for the ri tual observances, turned into a ci rcus. Merchants were over charging the people and cheating them in making change. Al l sense of decorum and respect for the temple was gone. So Jesus cleared everyone out (John 2:13-35).

    The Gospel invi tes us to consider the temples that may need cleaning in our l ives. For starters, where do we need to do some cleaning in the temples of our personal l ives? Maybe arrogance needs to be cleaned out as we are sure we are the only ones who have i t r ight. How about our att i tudes about people? Has some prejudice about others crept in? In l ight of recent violence, might we be giving up on the goodness of humani ty? How about our mindsets about money and accumulating things? Have we become intent on amassing more and more? What might be holding us back from loving the way we could, or receiving somebody else?s love?

    How about the temple of the world? Maybe we need to clean out a mental i ty that sees human beings only through the eyes of someone?s usefulness to us. We increasingly prize pol i t ical victory over the common good. The loudest voice or whoever gets in the headl ine fi rst is more important than wise counsel that is everywhere i f we wi l l just l isten.

    Why clean these and other temples? To make room for the redeeming power and presence of God in our world. Sometimes things sound fool ish and naive, l ike a world that renounces the violent solution, respects the digni ty of human l i fe and promotes a more equal distribution of the world's goods. But then again, a supposed Messiah hanging dead on a cross sounded fool ish too (I Cor. 1:22-25). Unti l he was not dead anymore. Unti l the power of God?s love raised him up victorious over sin and death. Sounds l ike i t is t ime to get cleaning.

    Together in fai th,

    Rector?s Column CLEANING TEMPLES

    Very Reverend Christopher Smith, Rector

    Thank you f or your gener osit y! Sunday Col lect ion Food Service Church in Lat in America Ash Wednesday

    02/18/18 $ 33,199.64 N/A $ 6,561.58 $ 8,831.50

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    JUSTICE AND PEACE Next weekend, March 10 and 11, after al l weekend Mass t imes, there wi l l be a table outside of the Arboretum wi th representative from the Justice and Peace Ministry. Please stop by thei r table to sign a letter that wi l l be sent to Governor Brown asking him to commute the sentences of those prisoners currently l iving on death row to l i fe in prison wi thout the possibi l i ty of parole.


    JOY MINISTRY If you are 55 or over, please join JOY Ministry on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck dinner and talk by national ly known author and speaker, Kathleen Beckman. The topic wi l l be ?Heal ing the Body of Christ.? Invi te your friends and join us on the thi rd floor of the Cultural Center for an evening of fun, fai th and friendship.

    BLESSING OF THE CARS Fr. Christopher Smith along wi th the Knights of Columbus invi te you to join them on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the fi rst Blessing of the Cars at Christ Cathedral Parish. Join the fun, enjoy some hot dogs and chi l i wi th the music of the Rocking Neptunes Band! From new cars to antiques, al l cars are welcomed, and al l wi l l be blessed by Fr. Christopher individual ly at noon! For more information, please contact Harvey Castel lon at (714) 757-5164 or Benny Vargas at (714) 740-1713.

    THE 5 Jamaican TENORS concer t Father Ho Lung and friends presents "Rejoice My Soul" featuring The 5 Jamaican Tenors in concert on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arboretum . Tickets: $15 (adults), $10 (chi ld) and $30 (fami ly of up to 5 members). Al l proceeds go to aid the work of the Missionaries of the Poor. To purchase t ickets, please visi t the parish office or visi t : https:// f ivetenors.eventbri

    "24 Hour s f or t he Lor d" Friday & Saturday, March, 9 & 10, Bishop Vann invi tes al l communi t ies in the Diocese of Orange to part icipate in the worldwide ini t iat ive ?24 Hours for the Lord? cal led for by our Holy Father, Pope Francis. He invi tes al l people to receive the mercy of God through Eucharist ic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconci l iat ion. Below is the schedule: Friday March 9, 2018

    - 3:00 p.m. Mass of the day in Arboretum fol lowed by Procession wi th Blessed Sacrament to LG - 3:30 p.m. Confessions begin - Large and Small Gal leries - 5:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross in Vietnamese - Arboretum - 5:30 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese - Arboretum - 6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross in Engl ish - Arboretum - 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish - Arboretum - 7:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross in Spanish - Arboretum - 9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament transferred to Arboretum from Large Gallery. - 9:00 p.m. Young Adult Adoration - Arboretum

    Saturday March 10, 2018 - 2:00 a.m. Confessions conclude, adoration continues - Arboretum - 6:00 a.m. Confessions resume -Arboretum - 10:30 a.m. Reconci l iat ion Service for fami l ies -Arboretum - 2:30 p.m. Benedict ion and conclusion - Arboretum

    AN EVENING WITH FR. CHRISTOPHER SMITH AND SINGER AND SONGWRITER, DANIEL NAHMOD Wednesday March 21, Cultural Center, 3rd Floor, beginning at 6:30 p.m. wi th pot-luck dinner, 7:00 p.m., program. Using words and music, wi l l accompany Jesus as he meets a Samari tan woman at a wel l , gives sight to a man born bl ind and cal ls his friend Lazarus from the tomb. Come and see how the gi fts of l ight and l i fe continue to bless us today. Presented by Fr. Christopher Smith and Daniel Nahmod, singer and songwri ter.

    A NIGHT OF WORSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS Andrew Laubacher ?ALOB? has a clear cal l ing from God to help bring the freedom and love of Christ to the world through worship music and the preaching of the Gospel. Spi ri t Fi l led Hearts Ministry and the Diocese of Orange are exci ted to bring a night of music and worship to the Freed Theater in the Cultural Center. Lead by ALOB and his band on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. Don?t miss this evening of music, fai th and inspi rat ion! For t ickets please visi t : alob.eventbri

  • MINISTERIO ALEGRÍA (JOY) Si t ienes 55 años o más, te invi tamos a que te unas al Ministerio de Alegría (JOY) el 15 de marco a las 6:30 p.m. para una cena esti lo pot-luck y una charla (en inglés) por autor y conferencista conocido en todo el país, Kathleen Backman. El la estará hablando sobre ?Sanando el Cuerpo de Cristo.? Invi ta a tus amigos y acompañen

    nos en el tercer piso del Cultural Center para una noche de diversión, fe y amistad.

    PAZ Y JUSTICIA El próximo fin de semana, 10 y 11 de marzo, después de todas las Misas de fin de semana, habrá una mesa afuera del Arboretum con representantes del ministerio de Paz y Justicia. Por favor de pasar por su mesa a fi rmar una carta que será enviada al Gobernador Brown pidiéndole que cambie las sentencias de los que viven en prisión con la pena de muerte a vida en prisión sin ninguna posibi l idad de l ibertad condicional.

    ¿Qué sucede cuando vas a la iglesia y descubres que todo sentido de respeto y reverencia hacia Dios, la gente y el espacio sagrado está siendo abusado y violado? Si ustedes son Jesús en el Evangel io, se enojan y empiezan a l impiar las cosas. Llegó al templo para comenzar la celebración de la Pascua. Lo que comenzó como un servicio a la gente, la venta de animales para las celebraciones ri tuales se convi r t ió en un ci rco. Los vendedores cobraban más de lo indicado a la gente y los engañaban en el cambio. Todo sentido de orgul lo y respeto por el templo se había ido. Así que Jesús despejó a todos (Juan 2:13-35).

    El Evangel io nos invi ta a considerar los templos que pueden necesi tar l impieza en nuestras vidas. Para empezar, ¿dónde necesi tamos hacer algo de l impieza en los templos de nuestras vidas personales? Tal vez la arrogancia necesi ta ser l impiada, ya que estamos seguros de que somos los únicos que t ienen razón. ¿Qué hay de nuestras acti tudes sobre la gente? ¿Se ha colado algún prejuicio sobre otros? A la luz de la vi

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