Advent

What is Advent?

Advent is all about waiting for Jesus Christ. The Gospel readings of Advent make us mindful of three ways we await Jesus—past, present, and future. First, we remember and accompany Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus. Second, we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth this Christmas, so that the day doesn’t pass us by with just sentimental words and short-lived presents. Third, we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ, who will come in power and glory and establish his kingdom of peace and justice on earth.  

Remember Advent isn't about shopping, stressing, planning or buying but about expecting, waiting, hoping and praying.  

What can I do this Advent to prepare for Christmas?

There are so many ways to have the best Advent ever - to slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season.  Explore the resources below and find some that work for you and the whole family.  

  • Daily emails - from Dynamic Catholic that include short inspirational videos, practical tips and real-life encouraging stories. 
  • Resources from the USCCB - including blessings for your Advent wreath, Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene as well as Lectio Divina for Advent 
  • Videos, movies, podcasts and more from FORMED for the whole family
  • Advent Calendars - go digital this year with an Advent calendar from USCCB or Busted Halo
  • Advent Article  titled The journey of Advent: to hasten towards God's love 
  • Here are some suggestions of how to add some meaning to your Advent waiting:
    • Help serve a meal to the homeless
    • Spend some extra time in prayer
    • Be patient with your family
    • Speak kindly to strangers 
    • Go to Mass as a family.

 

 

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Welcome

 

Welcome to

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!

Welcome

 

Bienvenido a Iglesia Católica del Inmaculado Corazón de María en Ramona, CA

Quizás creciste católico. Quizás te consideres católico. Tal vez no has estado en la iglesia por un tiempo. O bien, le preocupa no ser bienvenido aquí.

Y tal vez se siente incómodo y aterrador dar ese primer paso. Pregunta. Dudas. Anhelo, pero no estoy seguro de qué. Lo entendemos.

Hemos estado allí Ahora estamos aqui. Quizás Dios también te está llamando. ¡Justo como tú eres!

Bienvenido

 

Mass Times

Saturday, 5:00 pm
Sunday, 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am in
Spanish
Holy Days, 8:00 am and 7:00 pm
Reconciliation:
Saturday at 3:30 pm or by appointment*
*To make an appointment, please contact the Parish Office 760-789-0583.

Office Hours

Main Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday
8:30 – 11:30 am
Closed on holidays

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Word of Fire by Bishop Barron

St. John of the Cross, Teacher of Prayer

Tomorrow’s feast of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) turns our attention to one of the greatest masters and teachers of prayer in the history of the Church. His writings about the topic have depth and beauty but also a simplicity that ensures that his insights are accessible to us who try to pray and to pray better. There is so much of St John’s teaching on prayer that we could highlight. Here I would like to focus on one profound but simple insight that is found in his masterpiece Spiritual Canticle. The message of what John teaches here is about intercessory prayer and how to interpret our human needs or lacks – not as inconveniences but as opportunities for prayer and deeper trust in the God of love. Bear in mind that John wrote his Spiritual Canticlein the confinement of his cramped prison cell in Toledo, Spain at a…

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St. John of the Cross, Teacher of Prayer

Tomorrow’s feast of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) turns our attention to one of the greatest masters and teachers of prayer in the history of the Church. His writings about the topic have depth and beauty but also a simplicity that ensures that his insights are accessible to us who try to pray and to pray better. There is so much of St John’s teaching on prayer that we could highlight. Here I would like to focus on one profound but simple insight that is found in his masterpiece Spiritual Canticle. The message of what John teaches here is about intercessory prayer and how to interpret our human needs or lacks – not as inconveniences but as opportunities for prayer and deeper trust in the God of love. Bear in mind that John wrote his Spiritual Canticlein the confinement of his cramped prison cell in Toledo, Spain at a…

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George Bailey, Meet Thomas Merton

George Bailey, the hero of It’s a Wonderful Life, is not a simple, good-natured cornpone from upstate New York; he is a man carrying a real bitterness within, that shows itself in little ways. A man who has had to cast aside every dream in order to do “the right thing,” the thrill-seeking Bailey is — thanks to an old injury — denied even dubious adventure of soldiering during World War II. Watch him spit in disdain at himself and his situation, after he has responsibly handled a blackout drill in his neighborhood. When the big man from the small town comes beeping by in a slick, shiny car and an even shinier woman, see George Bailey’s lip curl, not because his wife is wearing a baseball cap and sitting in his old clunker, but because she is so clearly content with the cap, and the clunker, and with trapped old George,…

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Eucharistic Adoration

 

Our next Eucharistic Adoration opportunity will be held  Friday, December 6th  in the Daily Mass Chapel.

It will begin after the 8:00 am Mass

and last until 10:00 pm. Please sign up to spend an hour with your Lord.

You will be glad you did.

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DIVINE MERCY MEETS AFTER MASS

Divine Mercy Cenacle group of IHM wishes to remind our parishioners of First Friday mass (8:00AM) benediction, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, November 1st, from 8:30AM until reposition at 10:00PM that night.

Please come and spend some time with Jesus.

 

He's waiting for you!

 Divine Mercy will hold its regular meeting in the Mothers' room.

All are invited.

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National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day Highlights the Meaning of Marriage

February 7, 2019

WASHINGTON—February 7-14 marks the annual celebration of National Marriage Week USA. World Marriage Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. This year, World Marriage Day is Sunday, February 10.

National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities for “building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to his brother bishops. Click here for more

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Matt Maher - Because He Lives

Hillsong Band - At The Cross En La Cruz Spanish-Espanol Worship and Praise Song

Chris McClarney - Breakthrough (Live)

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2019 ACA

The 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal celebrates “Responding to God's Grace.”  Each year, our Annual Catholic Appeal provides each of us with an opportunity to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to build the Kingdom of God in San Diego and Imperial Valley counties. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, our dedicated bishops, priests, deacons, religious men and women and lay faithful unite in the communion of serving our Lord through acts of grace, mercy, charity and love, and works of care and compassion with your generous financial help.

Note: For your convenience, you can create a secure account with the Diocese of San Diego, which makes it easier to make online donations or view your giving history. Click here to Access

 

Stewardship

In biblical usage, “Stewardship” is the management of whatever a person is entrusted with, not only to preserve but profitably administer for his master, ultimately for God. Christ proposed the faithful steward as model for the responsible Christian (Luke 12:42). The Apostles are chosen stewards of the divine mysteries (I Corinthians 4:1-2), and every Christian is a steward of the mysteries of God (I Peter 4:10). Jesus praised the unjust steward of the parable, not because he was dishonest, but because of his foresight, since "the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light" (Luke 16:1-8). This is the ultimate lesson of stewardship: that a human being is not owner but only custodian of God's gifts in this world, to use them and produce with them the fruits of eternal life.
(Etym. Old English stigweard, "keeper of the hall": stig, hall + weard, keeper.)

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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.

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EWTN NEWS

‘A Hidden Life’ brings story of Bl. Franz Jaggerstatter and his wife to the big screen

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2019 / 05:27 pm (CNA).- A new film opening this weekend tells the story of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, whose refusal to fight for the Nazis in World War II led to his imprisonment and death.

Franz was beatified by the Catholic Church in Austria in 2007. His wife, Franziska, was present at the beatification. She died in 2013 at the age of 100.

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International pro-choice groups launch abortion hotline for Poles

Warsaw, Poland, Dec 12, 2019 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- A coalition of abortion advocacy groups has launched a hotline service to inform Polish women on how to procure abortion inside and outside of the largely pro-life country.

“Abortion without Borders” was released Dec. 11 by a collaboration of six pro-abortion organizations, including Abortion Dream Team, Kobiety w Sieci, and the Abortion Support Network.

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German bishops commit to 'newly assessing' Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and sexual morality

Munich, Germany, Dec 12, 2019 / 02:10 pm (CNA).- The German bishops’ conference has committed to “newly assessing” the universal Church’s teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general, as well as the sacraments of ordination and marriage. The commitment comes at the beginning of a controversial two-year “Synodal Process” by the German hierarchy.

Following consultations in Berlin last week, the chairman of the Marriage and Family Commission of the German bishops’ conference declared that the bishops agreed that homosexuality is a “normal form” of human sexual identity.

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LIFETEEN News and Reflections

What’s Wrong With Saying “Too Blessed to be Stressed” & Other Thoughts on Anxiety

Anxiety can be a heavy subject. But somehow, GIFs make everything feel a little more light. So here’s a serious article about anxiety and some tips on how to manage it, with a lot of GIFs to make it a little happier.

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10 Things Every Catholic VSCO Girl Needs

Do you find yourself saying things like “sksksk” more often than should ever feel natural? How about your social media? Are you constantly posting, especially if something has the least bit of an artsy aesthetic? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you just might be a VSCO girl!

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Homemade Christmas Gifts You Can Make That Your Friends Will Love

Reflecting on this reality, as the season of Advent approaches (and, of course, the season of Christmas to follow), you might perhaps consider what gifts you might give to those you love and how best to receive with gratitude.

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Integrating our Catholic Faith with our Daily lives

St. Lucy’s Reminder in Advent

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5) There are ways to enter into this special time of year and celebrate Advent without jumping the gun and celebrating Christmas prematurely. Rather than celebrating Christmas, we should incorporate into our lives the feasts and rituals that the Church gives us, such as the Solemnity [...]

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Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. [...]

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Gareth Calway.                                                                                                 [...]

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Catholic Daily Reflections

Purification by the Fire of God

December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent Readings for Today John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. ... Read more>>>

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Repent of Your Sins this Advent

December 14, 2019 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent  Readings for Today Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor—Memorial “I tell you that Elijah has ... Read more>>>

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Overcoming Harsh Words

December 13, 2019 Friday of the Second Week of Advent  Readings for Today Saint Lucy of Syracuse, Virgin and Martyr—Memorial “For John came neither eating nor drinking, ... Read more>>>

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Catholic News from the USCCB

Statement of U.S. Bishops Chairman on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs on Antisemitism

WASHINGTON— Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, issued the following statement:

“The recent attack on a Kosher Market in Jersey City, alongside many other recent hateful and at times violent actions, have highlighted the importance of, once again, publicly condemning any and all forms of antisemitism whether in thought, word or action. The past has taught us silence and passivity can result in the advancement of the worst crimes humanity can commit.

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U.S. Bishops Applaud Legislation Protecting Immigrant Farmworkers and U.S. Agricultural Industry

WASHINGTON— Two bishops who chair committees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded the passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5038). Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, spoke in support of this legislation, which would improve conditions for immigrant farmworkers and their families, as well as ensure the stability of the U.S. agricultural industry.  

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was written in an effort to make a better system for both the farmer and the farmworkers and to create a more effective and humane agriculture industry. The Catholic Church has long recognized the dignity of work of both citizen and immigrant farmworkers and growers alike and welcomes changes in the law to help ensure greater protections,” said Archbishop Coakley.

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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Funds Catholic Biblical Literacy and Interpretation Projects

WASHINGTON- This fall, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) has awarded $107,896 in grants to fund six projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation. These grants are funded by royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works, which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes, and distributes.

 

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Integrated Catholic Life News and Reflections

St. Lucy’s Reminder in Advent

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5) There are ways to enter into this special time of year and celebrate Advent without jumping the gun and celebrating Christmas prematurely. Rather than celebrating Christmas, we should incorporate into our lives the feasts and rituals that the Church gives us, such as the Solemnity [...]

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Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. [...]

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Wall-painting of St Christopher emerging headless from Reformation whitewash

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Gareth Calway.                                                                                                 [...]

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 HOW TO REGISTER CHILDREN AND YOUTH FOR FAITH FORMATION

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.

 

CONFIRMATION/ SACRAMENTS:

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.

Veronica Brewster at (760) 484-3246.  


 

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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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Youth Choir

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IHM Youth Choir invites all youth in Grades 6-12

to join us on the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the month at 4:00 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.

Catholic Exchange

St. John of the Cross

The man we have come to know as St. John of the Cross was actually named Juan de Yepes y Alvarez and was born on June 24, 1542, in Old Castile, Spain. His father hailed from a wealthy and noble family, but was disowned by them when he married John’s mother, who was a weaver’s daughter. Therefore, […]

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Become Transformed for Freedom and Joy in Advent

During these last two weeks of Advent, each of us should pray for God’s grace to forgive someone who has harmed us, whether they know it or not. As Christ’s disciples, we will find freedom and joy in that.

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Our Gaudete Joy in the Gospel

This Sunday, we celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday. Our Gospel gives us John the Baptist in prison as our meditation. Isn’t that a bit downbeat? Gospel (Read Mt 11:2-11) St. Matthew tells us that John the Baptist “heard in prison of the works of the Christ” in Galilee, undoubtedly from his own disciples. He sent those […]

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Vocations

 

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.

 

 

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