Two priests on Sundays
In Father Nathan, Our Lord has gifted us with a greatly increased opportunity to receive the graces He pours out through the life and ministry of the ministerial priesthood. Father Nathan and I began praying about and discussing Our Lord’s Will for this double portion last week when we took a three day retreat at a Byzantine monastery in Northern California. We will continue to share the fruits of this prayer and discussion, but we’d like to implement one of these opportunities right away. Starting this weekend, one of us (we will alternate) will celebrate a Divine Liturgy in Camarillo for what may become an “Outreach” community with St. Mary’s as its mother parish. This priest will then hear confessions during the beginning of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning in Sherman Oaks. He will conclude the confessions just before the Gospel, then will preach either the children’s or adult homily (again, we will alternate).
After the homily and the Litany of Fervent Supplication, he will be available to host any non-Catholic (or fallen-away Catholic) guests you may bring, buy them coffee and a pastry, and answer any questions they may have. Your guests can then rejoin the community for our usual Sunday potluck. We hope that this will encourage you to invite to liturgy those who you may have hesitated to bring because of the length or foreign-to-most-Americans style of our beloved Divine Liturgy. They are more than welcome to join our community for the entire liturgy if they would like, but many will likely have a lot of questions that one of us can answer after the homily. If one of us is traveling and so we are not able to provide this opportunity, we will let you know ahead of time. -Father Michael
Upcoming Online Lecture Series:
The Godbearer Institute is offering two seminars (See flyers or weekly email for further information)
o The first is an evening of reflection on the Mother of God and the Mystery of Christmas led by noted speaker, author, and EWTN personality, Mike Aquilina, Monday December 14, at 7 p.m. CST.
o The second is an online retreat for medical workers featuring Dr. Paschal Bastien and myself, Saturday December 19, at 9 a.m.–noon CST.
Wednesday, November 25 –