David Kinnaman’s book is based on nationwide study

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The author of a new book on why young Christians are leaving the church will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University.

David Kinnaman of Ventura will discuss his book “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church … and Rethinking Faith,” which was released in October. In it, he uses research to show how pastors, church leaders and parents have failed youth and why this will have long-term consequences for young adults and churches. With the help of contributors from across the Christian spectrum, Kinnaman offers adults ideas for passing on a lasting faith and provides young people with suggestions for developing and maintaining faith throughout their lives.

Based on a new nationwide study conducted by the Barna Group of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background, the book counters persistent myths about young dropouts. Kinnaman is the president of Barna.

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Palm Sunday at Saint Francis of Assisi - All are welcome on; Saturday 5PM Sunday 9:15 and 11:15 AM Domingo 7AM 1 & 6PM

For the Palm Sunday Gospel, we return to the Gospel according to Mark. The account of the Passion takes up nearly one-third of Mark’s entire Gospel and, of all the evangelists, he is the one who presents the details most graphically. He depicts the humanity of Jesus most intensely, describing his sufferings thoroughly. Mark portrays Jesus as a complete fulfillment of the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah, the obedient, humble slave dying on
a cross of whom Paul speaks in Philippians. But it is important to remember that we call this “Holy Week” and not “sad week” or “suffering week,” for each of the readings today, even the lamentations of the psalm, end in the promise of the strength and hope that is granted by God to those who faithfully give of themselves in love. As we enter into this week through these readings, we must reflect deeply on the sufferings of Jesus, but still be confident in the joy of risen, eternal life that awaits all of us who faithfully walk with him through these days.

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TONIGHT AT 6PM - We will have Eucharistic Adoration during confession. Various priests will hear individual confession. Bring your friends and family. Mass in Spanish will follow.

This Sunday at 3PM Father Peter Banks a Capuchin Franciscan will offer us an afternoon Lenten reflection in the church. Hospitality will follow either in the the courtyard or parish hall. Fr Peter is a wonderful speaker, everyone is invited to be inspired on this Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Easter Eggs
Could you help with our Easter egg hunt? We are in need of plastic filled eggs that are sealed with scotch tape. Bring them to the Pastoral Center or to the box in the sacristy. In the Name of our Parish Children. Thank you.

 


 
A Castle Playhouse Opportunity Drawing

Westlake Village, CA — Habitat to the Max, one of the outreach ministries at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village, will host their Annual Fundraising Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions and Opportunity Drawing on March 31, 2012 to raise funds for their fifth Habitat for Humanity home. Dinner tickets are on sale for $50 each. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.

This year, Habitat to the Max’s very special Opportunity Drawing Prize is an amazing castle playhouse for children. It was designed and built by members of Habitat to the Max Ministry and Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The castle was sponsored by ServiceMaster Clean Disaster Restoration Ventura County Franchisees (Todd Russell and Bruce Mason of ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, and Hayko Aldzhikayian of Service Master by C2C Restoration).

The winner of the Opportunity Drawing will receive the castle playhouse, along with three sets each of the prince and princess costumes, all handmade furniture, accessories, moving and set up within a 50 miles radius of Westlake Village, CA.

Opportunity Drawing tickets are on sale until the drawing on March 31. You can purchase a single ticket for $10.00, 3 tickets for $25.00, 7 tickets for $50.000, 15 tickets for $100.00, and 100 tickets for $500.00. You do not have to be present to win. The winner will be notified by phone. Contact Mary at 818-970-8121 to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Keynote presentation at CLU is open to public

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to the keynote presentation of a higher education conference at California Lutheran University that is part of a national initiative to explore the idea of vocation on college campuses.

The Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will discuss “Vocation and Reflection” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Samuelson Chapel.

The talk will kick off a two-day conference for NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. The regional gathering, one of seven being held throughout the country in 2011-2012, will focus on vocation as it relates to experiential learning. Presenters will discuss civic engagement, study abroad and service learning.

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SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ACADEMY

St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 2012/2013. This is a Pre– K program (must be 4yrs. by December 1st 2012). Program is from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. For applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306

SAINT SEBASTIAN SCHOOL SERVES 3 PARISHES AND OURS IS ONE OF THEM.

We are enrolling now for the 2012-2013 school year. If interested, please call us for more information or stop by any time to visit a classroom. Applications are also available for tuition assistance from CEF (Catholic Education Foundation). Applications can be picked up at our school office and are due back to our office by Friday, March 3. Telephone 525-1575

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Event offers learning, fellowship for Lutheran adults
Julia Fogg
Julia Fogg

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Senior Fest 2012 will cover topics ranging from computer basics to community gardening at California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

With the theme of “Loving God When We’re Well & Loving God When We or Someone We Love Is Ill,” the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks university. Senior Fest brings Lutheranstogether for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives.

Keynote speaker Marva J. Dawn, an internationally renowned theologian and author, will make presentations at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Dawn leads the nonprofit Christians Equipped for Ministry in its mission to prepare professionals and lay people for deeper Bible study and more active involvement in Christian life and ministry. A popular speaker for people of all ages, the Washington resident has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies and universities throughout the world. She continues despite severe health issues, including a leg amputation that she discusses as a way to share her faith and convictions. Dawn has written more than 20 books, several of which have wonawards and been translated into languages including Chinese, Korean and Portuguese. She is a teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver and holds four master’s degrees and a doctorate.

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St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now accepting applications for the school year 201/2013. This is a Pre-K program (must be 4years by December 1st 2012) Program is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. From September 2012 to Mid June 2013. for applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306.

 
Performers include new CLU Gospel Choir

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free gospel concert for the first time at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Samuelson Chapel.

The new CLU Gospel Choir, which formed in September, is one of the acts performing at the “Black History Concert: The Sunday Morning Experience.” The show will feature a variety of soloists, choirs and groups singing both traditional and contemporary gospel music.

V3, an Oxnard- and Los Angeles-based group, will sing traditional gospel music. The group’s director, Brandon Binder, also conducts the CLU Gospel Choir. Other featured performers will include William Johnson and the gospel group Purpose.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at 805-493-3489 or lawrenc@callutheran.edu.

 
Peace Pole ceremony to follow in rose garden
2011 Peace Pole ceremony
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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will honor Martin Luther King and others who promote peace and social justice with chapel and Peace Pole services on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The chapel service will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Samuelson Chapel. It will feature gospel and inspirational music highlighting the idea of starting within oneself to make a change in the world. Students and members of the staff and community will recite the “I Have a Dream” speech given by the late civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Following the service, the university will affirm its commitment to peace and challenge attendees to do the same at the CLU Peace Pole in the chapel rose garden.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.

The Office of Campus Ministry, Black Student Union and Multicultural Programs are sponsoring the free event. Call 493-3489 for more information.

 
 

Fr. Artur is back from his sabatical. Welcome Back ! Fr Salvador who was substituting for Fr Artur has moved to Santa Maria. to minister to their growing community. Thank you Fr Sal for your help and ministry. God Bless.

Please take a look at our January socials on the last page of this Sunday’s bulletin. Our socials are great opportunities to catch up on visits with old friends or make a new friend this new year. SMILE ! Please don’t forget to send in your together in Mission envelope for January. This will end our commitment for the year and allow many Parishes and schools in our archdiocese keep their doors open for service and ministry.

Free Catholic Calendars and Boxes of Offering Envelopes for the Year are available in the hall before and after Mass. If you would like to begin using offering envelopes, please pick up an un marked box. Thank you and God Bless YOU !

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Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Fillmore, and
Her Parish Mission San Salvador, Piru, Christmas Worship
Tradition tells us that Saint Francis of Assisi put together the Nativity scene in the square of the village to show us that Christ really came to dwell among HIS people. We rejoice in knowing that we are God's chosen people! Today our Saviour has been born HE is Christ the Lord.
On behalf of Fr. Barney our Pastor, Fr Salvador our assistant, Deacon Ramon and the staff of this parish we at Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore and her parochial mission San Salvador in Piru, We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
All are welcome to Come Home and join us for worship. Here is a list of our Worship Schedule
Christmas Eve, December 24th
5 PM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
7 PM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
10 PM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
12 Midnight Mass Bilingual, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
Christmas Day, December 25th
7 AM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
8:15 AM Spanish Mass, San Salvador, Piru
9:15 AM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
10:15 AM English Mass, San Salvador, Piru
11:15 AM English Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
1 PM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore
6 PM Spanish Mass, Saint Francis of Assisi, Fillmore

 

St. Stephens Anglican Church will hold a Christmas Day Communion Service at 9:00 a.m. at the Fillmore Methodist Church, 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore. For more information please call Fr. Bob Hammond 524-1697. Thank you and God Bless you all. Merry Christmas!

 

We will have an old fashioned Fiesta to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe this Sunday December 11th at 2PM. We will have music, great homemade food and dancers for all of our parishioners. Bring your family.
TODAY YOU CAN HELP CHRISTIAN FAMILIES IN THE HOLY LAND

This Sunday we will have a sale of rosaries, nativity scenes and other religious items all hand carved out of olive wood and made in Bethlehem. The proceeds from this sale will go towards Christian families living in the holy land. The items make very nice Christmas presents.

PASTORELA
Deacon Fernando from Sacred Heart Church in Ventura will present “La Pastorela” with actors from Sacred Heart. The presentation in Spanish on Sunday, December 18th in the Parish Hall following the 1PM Mass. Everyone is invited to attend this theatrical presentation. God Bless.

Our Christmas Tree Farm
Please invite your family & friends to support our Christmas tree farm. The Christmas tree began as a reminder of the tree of life and the life-giving cross of Jesus Christ. When you see the evergreen Christmas tree you will also see the life-giving tree of life on which Jesus hung as our crucified savior.

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers –there will not be a December meeting. We will resume in January
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This Sunday, December 11, at 5 PM, the Bardsdale United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present its annual Christmas Vespers program in its historic Sanctuary.

Originated over 50 years ago by Choir Director Emeritus John Brothers, this gift to the community will feature regular and guest choir members and musicians playing and singing a variety of seasonal numbers that will put everyone in the spirit of the season. Choir Director Marsha Porter promises a program that tells the Christmas story with a mixture of tunes, melodies, and instrumentals that range from the familiar to non-traditional pieces.

There will be refreshments downstairs in LeBard Hall following the one-hour program.

The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 

Written By JULIE PACE

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.

In a memorandum issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.

"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.

Secretary of State Hillary... http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_GAY_RIGHTS?SITE=AP&SECTI...

 
one morning a group of fundamentalist Muslims could decide to build a mosque where the Holy Sepulchre stands"

Cardinal Tauran has thus called attention to the very real possibility in the future that Christian sites may be used for blackmail as a bargaining chip against Israel and the West, and that their security cannot be guaranteed by Palestinian governance. Indeed, one will recall the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in 2002, with Muslims seizing the site for 39 days, devouring the food supplies, and using Bibles as toilet paper:

Catholic priests in the church... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/cardinal-lets-suppose-that-tomorrow-pa...

 

The Daily Mail headline goes straight for the elephant in the room: this is largely a phenomenon within Muslim communities in Britain. Indeed, Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide; honor killings are encouraged by Sharia's inconsistency on whether parents can be held accountable for the death of their child. There is also the letter and spirit of Qur'an 4:34, which makes violence (yes, violence) an acceptable recourse for dealing with "disobedient" women.

Apologists are bound to point out that domestic violence exists in all societies, including the U.S. and Britain. That is true, but here is the difference: in those societies, it is actively denounced and combated, not covered over, denied, and excused, or even praised. In the report below, it is noted that the culprits are hailed as heroes in their communities.

The report, and reports about it, are sure to be denounced as "Islamophobic," even though it was an Iranian and Kurdish women's organization that compiled it. "Alarming rise of Muslim 'honour attacks' in the UK as police reveal thousands were carried out last year," from the Daily Mail, December 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Nearly 3,000 so-called... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/uk-police-report-alarming-rise-in-hono...

 

UPDATE: The AFP piece below appears to be a mistranslation. Bougrab actually said "There is no such thing as a moderate Islamism": il n'existe pas d'«islamisme modéré». So back down the rabbit hole we go. (Thanks to Tom.)

Bougrab: Wonder of wonders, a truthful politician

Jeannette Bougrab is quite right. There are people who identify themselves as Muslims who are not interested in waging jihad against non-Muslims, but there is no form of Islam recognized as authentically Muslim by mainstream Islamic authorities that does not teach that the Islamic community has a responsibility to wage war against and subjugate unbelievers.

"A French minister of Arab origin says ‘there is no such thing as moderate Islam,’" from AFP, December 3:

A French minister said... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/12/french-minister-of-arab-origin-there-i...