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Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

in Ramona, CA


Maybe you grew up Catholic.
Maybe you think of yourself as Catholic.
Maybe you haven’t been to church in a while.
Or, you are worried that you won’t be welcomed here.
And maybe it feels awkward and scary to take that first step.
Question. Doubts. Yearning, but not sure for what.

We get it. We’ve been there. Now we are here.
Maybe God is calling you, too. Just as you are!

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Movie Night

Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting and movie night will be held next Saturday, De- cember 15th on the patio after the 5:00 pm Mass.

Following the lighting, a movie "The Star" will be shown in the Social Center. (sponsored by the K of C)

Light refreshments will be

served and it's IHM Christmas gift to you.

Please join us for a fun night!


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  • Sun, Nov 18th



Looking for beautiful Catholic Christmas gifts and goodies? We're here for you! The Divine Mercy Cenacle's annual Christmas bazaar will take place today before and after 7:30AM and 9:30AM masses. A Beautiful Christmas-themed Quilt is being offered through an opportunity drawing. Come and support our church!







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WHEN: March 2, 2019 12pm-6pm WHERE: Cathedral

Catholic HS WHO: All Junior Youth are lnvited

COST: $15 (November 1-December 31) 2018

$20 (January 1- 31)

$25 ( February 1- March 1)

Please Contact Katia Perach-Owens at (619) 887-2017

for more information


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We Need Catechist

Our Faith Community Needs You





Our IHM Faith Formation Program is looking for Catechists. Currently we need a 4th Grade Catechist and Co-Catechist or Assistant for Wednesday or Thursday.

If you are interested or feel called to help, please contact Tammy Mansir at (619) 851-5428. If you would like more information about helping with our Junior Youth Program please call Katia Owens, Junior Youth Coordinator at (619) 887-2017; or for High School Youth call Veronica Brewster, High School Youth Coordinator, at (760) 484-3246

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

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After China deal, two underground bishops step down at Vatican's request

Beijing, China, Dec 14, 2018 / 07:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).-

Two underground bishops in China have agreed to step aside in favor of bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, in the wake of a deal signed between the Holy See and the Chinese government.

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A 'clericalist and apostate state:' Why Jacob Rees-Mogg wants out of the EU

London, England, Dec 14, 2018 / 02:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).-

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament for North East Somerset, is one of

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Pakistani province announces plan to protect religious minorities

Lahore, Pakistan, Dec 13, 2018 / 12:40 pm (EWTN News/CNA).-

A Pakistani official announced this week a new "Minorities Empowerment

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Faith Formation of Children & Youth

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All Faith Formation Programs have now started!




 Youth Group for High School:

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Junior Youth News


Our IHM Junior Youth Group is off to a great start!

The Junior Youth Group provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic com- munity, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experi- ence Jesus in a profound and personal way.

All Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited!

Junior Youth Group meets Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the Social Center.

Please Contact Katia Perach-Owens at (619) 887-2017 if you have questions.


 Faith Formation for Grades 1 through 5:

Classes are 6pm- 7:30 pm Wednesday/ Thursday and meet at the Social Center before separating to the classrooms.



 Has your teen ever asked: "Why do I have to go to Mass?"

There is an answer to this question of "why." Altaration helps our teens understand the relevance of our most sacred Eucharist. The goal of Altaration is not to fill teens' heads with information, but to pierce their hearts with transformation. The sessions are designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire young souls to a deep and lasting love for the Mass. Join us for ALTARATlON!!!!!

Call the Faith Formation Office for more information at (760) 789-6151.

We are blessed to be able to offer this to our youth and are excited to see them there!



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IHM Youth Choir invites all youth in Grades 6-12

to join us on Thursdays at 5:00 pm in the church for Youth Choir practice.

Come and sing in preparation for the Youth Mass, learn new and current worship music, and enjoy the fellowship of friends.

Call Veronica Brewster, Youth Coordinator at 760-484-3246 if you have questions.



All Registration forms are available at the Seton Center. Please come visit us at the office or call Carmen at 760-789-6151 if you have questions.



Please call the Faith Formation Office to register for faith formation and to set up a parent meeting.


Hours for the Faith Formation Office

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am-3pm, and 4-8pm: Seton Center Friday 8:30-11:00 am at the Parish Office

Call Carmen Hayes at 760-789-6151 with questions.





Youth Group for High School:  Tuesday  December  18 Christmas Celebration 6-8 pm in the Seton Center. Please Contact Veronica Brewster at (760) 484-3246 for more information.

Jr. Youth Group for Grades 6, 7 & 8 : Tuesday Dec. 18

Christmas Celebration 6-8 pm in the Social Center. Please contact Katia Owens at (619) 887-2017 for more information.

Wednesday, December 19: Faith Formation for Grades 1- 5 :

6:00- 7:00 pm in the Social Center. This week's theme is Prayer, Celebrating God's Love, Celebrating the Liturgy (Chapter 9 in Be My Disciple) and also Christmas.

Thursday, December 20: Faith Formation for Grades 1- 5 :

6:00- 7:00 pm in the Social Center. This week's theme is Prayer, Celebrating God's Love, Celebrating the Liturgy (Chapter 9 in Be My Disciple) and also Christmas.


** Christmas Break for Faith Formation is December 21, 2018- January 7, 2019. ** Youth Groups return on Tuesday, January 8th. Grades 1-5 return on

Wednesday, January 9th; and Thursday, January 10th.







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Youth Group Volunteers Needed! We Need You! Yes You!

What you do matters! Jesus smiles when he sees your ministry. You pass on faith and hope to a future adult . You change the world one teen at a time. Teens are counting on you. If not you, then who? God has called you. Sign up TODAY to use your gifts to serve our Lord, and our teens through IHM Youth Ministry. An excellent Youth Ministry requires volunteers. Volunteers needs are wide range of gifts     and skills (administrative, chaperones, drivers, fundraising, hospitality, help with small group discussions/projects and ect…). For additional information and sign up contact:

Veronica Brewster at (760) 484-3246.

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Gaudete Sunday

John the Baptist is often thought of as a stern, grim figure.  But as a matter of fact, he could be the patron saint of joy!  Maybe that’s why is is the focal point of the gospel for Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  Joy comes only through humility and repentance. Reflection on the Mass readings for [...]

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When You’re Too Busy for Advent

Last week, we looked at making a plan for Advent. So often our spiritual preparation gets lost in the midst of our preparation for the temporal demands of the season. Advent is now half-over, and you may be thinking it’s too late to make a spiritual plan. Quite possibly the demands on your time have ramped up as Christmas approaches, [...]

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Simplify Your Life

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this [...]

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Young Adult Help!!!!!

Young Adult Volunteers are needed!

If you are graduated from high school, you are invited to work with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, please call Katia, Junior Youth Coordinator at (619) 887-2017; or the Faith Formation Office at (760) 789-6151.

Adults over 21 years of age are also needed!

Are you thinking of becoming Catholic?

The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in our Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith, as they witness to those engaged in the initiation process, prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

 The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in our Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith, as they witness to those engaged in the initiation process, prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.  Contact Tammy Mansir at (619) 851-5428.

Please consider advertising with us?

If you are interested in learning more about placing an ad in our church bulletin or directory, please contact Travis Lawmaster at 760.270.8545, or by email at tlawmaster@4Lpi.com. Placing an ad raises visibility for your business in the community, and functions as a charitable donation to the parish also, which helps us tremendously. We thank all of our current and future advertisers for their support, and encourage our parish members to patronize their businesses.”

Word of Fire by Bishop Barron

St. John of the Cross’ Advice on Conquering Self-Love

The “dark night” dismantles the machinery of self-absorption.

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Why Would Christians Want the World to Love Them?

The world not being “nice” to us is precisely the gig we signed on for.

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Bishop Barron on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bishop Barron reflects on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization, whose feast we celebrate today.

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Plan Ahead

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?


What?        A four part series on Advent & the Bible

When?      Friday, Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, 2018

@ 7-8:30 pm

Where?     Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Ramona, Ca.

Who?         Fr Michael Guinan, OFM, Professor Emeritus of Scripture, Franciscan School of Theology, Oceanside, Ca.

Cost?         None, but the basket will be passed after each session, and if you don't put something in, everyone will stare at you!

More details to follow.


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Learning About The Priesthood

The Diocese of San Diego hosts “Explorer Day” for those men who are interested in exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood. The day is held at St.Francis Center on the campus of the University of San Diego from 8:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. If living a life of service for Christ and the people of God is attractive to you, take advantage of the opportunity to attend Explorer Day. Call Fr. Lauro Minimo at St. Francis Center at (619) 291-7446 for more information.



Catholic Relief Services

Volunteering With Farmer to Farmer—A Family Affair

by Ryan Ringuette Volunteering has (accidentally) become my family’s tradition. Both my father and mother are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (Morocco and Nepal), and both my sister and I are current Peace Corps Volunteers (Paraguay and Uganda). Additionally, my recently retired father volunteers with the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program (F2F). F2F leverages the expertise of US […]

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Prayers for Peru

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Peru as they endure hardships brought about by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides. Light a candle and join us in prayer at the CRS Virtual Votive Chapel.         There are significant needs in the Diocese of Chulucanas (Province of Piura)—made worse by the continuing rain. A […]

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The Visual Aids of Salvation

By The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski Editor’s Note: At the recent meeting of the CRS Board of Directors—the USCCB-appointed group of bishops, religious, and laity tasked with governing and supporting the work of CRS—Archbishop Thomas Wenski (Miami) celebrated mass for his fellow bishops, board members and CRS staff.  What follows is his homily.  The “Charmaine” he […]

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Daily Meditations

December 15, 2018 – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

The Coming of Elijah Matthew 17:9A, 10-13 Jesus tells the disciples that John the Baptist’s mission did in fact fulfill the expectations of those looking for Elijah to return, but he was not recognized. In the same way, the Son of Man is not recognized and will suffer and die like John. Prayer: Lord, I am thankful to see you in your Word and sacrament. I pray to be able to see you in others, especially those who choose not to see or hear, whose hearts are hardened.

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December 14, 2018 – Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Jesus’ Testimony to John, cont’d Matthew 11:16-19 Jesus is frustrated by the hypocrisy of the people. He tells the crowd their behavior is like that of petulant children. John is judged and rejected for his ascetic ways, and Jesus is rejected for keeping company with the people, especially those shunned by society. In the end the ways of both John and Jesus will prove to be pleasing to God. Prayer: St. John, you said that we will be judged on how well we have loved in our lives. Pray for me that I love always in a way pleasing to God.

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December 13, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Jesus’ Testimony to John Matthew 11:11-15 Jesus reminds the crowds that John is the greatest of all the prophets. He is the prophet who announces the fulfillment of the Kingdom and at the same time the herald of one greater. The crowds are rejecting the Kingdom through their opposition. Jesus warns them that they must listen. Prayer: Perhaps I am not being honest with myself in thinking I would in no way reject Jesus. St. Lucy, pray for me that I might be more aware of what I do and say. I hope to light the way for all I encounter.

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St. Christina the Astonishing

Christina was born in Brusthem, Belgium in 1150. When she was just three years old she was orphaned. At 21, she reportedly had something akin to an epileptic fit and appeared to have died. When Mass was being said for her, her body suddenly soared to the top of the roof of the Church. When the priest ordered […]

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The Fatima Visionaries and the Eucharist

Moving closer to the end of the second week of Advent, we focus on the Eucharist. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. . . . He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As I live because of the Father, so he who eats me […]

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Scripture Speaks: Gaudete Sunday

“Rose” Sunday in Advent calls us to rejoice, even in a penitential season.  Will our readings show us how? Gospel (Read Lk 3:10-18) Traditionally, Catholics observe the third Sunday of Advent as “rose” Sunday, or “Gaudete” Sunday, which is Latin for “rejoice.” This is a beautiful reminder that although our preparation for the coming of the Lord […]

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Catholic News from the USCCB

U.S. Bishops Approve $1 Million in Funding for Leadership Development and Pastoral Support in Africa

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa has approved 33 grants totaling $1 million in funding to support pastoral projects for episcopal conferences and dioceses across the African continent. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 11 in Baltimore.

Projects slated to receive funding through the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa include the following:

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U.S. Bishops Approve $4 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America, Including Funding for Youth Ministry, Catechesis and Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded over $3.2 milllion in funding for 173 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $800,000 toward seven grants for recovery and reconstruction projects in areas devastated by earthquakes in Haiti and Mexico and Hurricanes Matthew, Maria, and Irma. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 10, 2018, in Baltimore.

The Subcommittee approved funding for several projects in many countries of the region. For example, projects supporting lay formation and leadership were funded in Cuba and Ecuador; evangelization and catechesis projects were supported in Uruguay and El Salvador. Other projects were funded to support to indigenous populations in Brazil and Venezuela.

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U.S. Bishops Approve $4 Million in Aid for Ministries in Central and Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved $4 million in funding for 143 projects at the Subcommittee's meeting on November 11, 2018, in Baltimore.

Central and Eastern Europe projects receiving funding include:

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11:30 am (Spanish)

Monday - Friday 8:00 am
Fourth Thursday 6:30pm (Spanish)

Lauds (Morning Prayer): Tuesdays at 7:40am

Holy Days:
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7pm (Bilingual)

Saturday at 3:30 pm or by appointment*

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