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Christ Our Light “Exultet”: The Easter Proclamation by Reverend Troy Schneider

Mother Church teaches us that belief and liturgy are tied up together: “The Church’s faith precedes the faith of the believer who is invited to adhere to it. Therefore, when the Church celebrates the sacraments, most profoundly as she celebrates the Easter Vigil, she confesses the faith received from the apostles from where we received the ancient saying: “The law of prayer is the law of faith”, that is to say, the Church believes as she prays. Liturgy is a constitutive element of the holy and living Tradition” (Catechism of the Catholic Church §1124).
The Easter Vigil is not merely an evening

Holy Week Celebrations

Waving palms, aromatic oils, washing feet, kissing the cross, holding the fire and singing praise are some of the most poignant gestures in the movement of worship that we embark upon together next week. I urge you to participate in the unfolding of the mystery of our salvation this Holy Week by joining us for Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the glorious Easter liturgies. Each day contains within it special significance.
On Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) the Church enters upon the mystery of its crucified, buried and risen Lord, who by his entrance into Jerusalem, gave a glimpse

Poverty of Spirit

Spiritual reading is a wonderful way to enrich your life during the season of Lent. I have two short books to recommend. The first, Poverty of Spirit, by Johannes B. Metz, makes a deep impression.  He writes, “In the final analysis, men and women have one of two choices; to obediently accept his or her innate poverty or to become the slave of anxiety.”
Metz writes about what he calls the “concrete shapes of poverty”: the poverty of the common place, the poverty of neediness, the poverty of uniqueness, the poverty of our provisional nature as human beings and the poverty of finiteness and

Our Town, Our Health, Our Future

Santiago Friday Night Live Youth Leaders are hosting a Town Hall meeting on the problems of underage drinking on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 6:30pm - 8pm in the parish hall.
Everyone is welcome especially parents and students, community partners, educators, business leaders, faith based leaders, and local city council members. There is no charge and parking is free and accessible. Refreshments will be served and resource tables will be available.
Speakers include Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Alcohol Beverage Control, National Council on Alcoholism, Health Care Agency of Orange County, and the