Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church

151 W. Alejo Rd.

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-3816


Our parish is staffed by 

the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.) 


July 14, 2024

  Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

14 de julio de 2024

  Decimoquinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

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Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to

send them out two by two and gave them

authority over unclean spirits. 

 

 

En aquel tiempo, llamó Jesús a los Doce,

los envió de dos en dos y les dio poder

sobre los espíritus inmundos.



Reflection on Sunday’s Readings by Fr. Luis and Fr. Rajesh

Reflexión sobre las lecturas dominicales de P. Luis y P. Rajesh 

DECIMOQUINTO DOMINGO DEL TIEMPO ORDINARIO 2024

 

Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en el Evangelio de este domingo, tomado de Marcos, Jesús envía a 72 discípulos delante de Él para proclamar "que el Reino de Dios está cerca". Les dice que "la mies es mucha, pero los obreros pocos", y les invita a rezar al dueño de la mies para que envíe más obreros a su mies. Los envió de dos en dos, sin muchas provisiones, para que nunca olvidaran su misión: ser Mensajeros de la Paz, quedarse en la misma casa, comer y beber de lo que les dieran, curar a los enfermos y decir a todos que el Reino de Dios está cerca. Jesús también les advirtió que habrá lugares donde no serán bien recibidos, pero los invitó a no preocuparse y a no desanimarse por estos rechazos, sino simplemente sacudirse el polvo de esa reacción negativa y continuar con su misión. Déjenme decirles que hoy Jesús se ha fijado en cada uno de nosotros y nos invita a cooperar en su misión de evangelizar a los pueblos y a las gentes. Nos invita a unirnos a él en tres misiones:

 

La primera misión es la de r ezar por las misiones y los misioneros. Hoy, como ayer , la mies es abundante y los obreros son pocos, por eso que necesitamos rezar para que más personas se unan a la misión de Jesús como religiosos, sacerdotes y laicos y quieran dedicar parte o su vida a la misión.

 

La segunda misión es la de apoyar económicamente a nuestr a Iglesia según nuestr as posibilidades, es decir, contribuir económicamente al sostenimiento de tu iglesia y a la Evangelización de los pueblos. En otras palabras, ayudar a los misioneros con los recursos necesarios para que puedan ir a lugares lejanos a llevar el evangelio de Jesús.

 

La tercera misión es la de par ticipar activamente en la vida de nuestr a Iglesia. Nuestra parroquia te necesita; necesita tus talentos, tus dones, tus capacidades. tu inteligencia, para ponerlas al servicio de Dios y de tus hermanos y hermanas.

 

Hoy quiero invitarte para que consideres la posibilidad de participar activamente en alguno de los ministerios y servicios de nuestra parroquia de la Soledad. Por ejemplo, necesitamos Ministros extraordinarios de la Eucaristía, que ayuden a los demás a recibir el Cuerpo de Cristo en la iglesia y a llevarlo a las personas que están enfermas y no pueden venir a la iglesia. Necesitamos Lectores, que lean la Sagrada Escritura en la Misa y comuniquen audiblemente la Palabra de Dios a la asamblea.

 

Necesitamos Monaguillos, que sirvan en el Altar con el Sacerdote y par ticipen en el Rito Sagr ado de la Santa Misa. Necesitamos ujieres, que saluden a los que lleguen a la iglesia y les den la bienvenida para que se sientan en casa y además, que recojan las ofrendas del pueblo. Necesitamos Catequistas personas que quieran compartir su fe con aquellos que se están preparando para sus sacramentos. Necesitamos personas que nos ayuden como sacristanes a preparar todo cuanto se necesita para la santa eucaristía, así como también, abrir y cerrar la iglesia Necesitamos gente que cante para unirse a nuestro Ministerio de Coro, gente que le guste alabar a Dios están invitados a unirse al grupo de oración, manos de María y manos de Dios, estén seguros mis quer idos hermanos y hermanas que aquí tenemos un minister io o servicio esperando para cada uno de ustedes.

 

Los invito a no ser meros espectadores cuando vengan a misa en nuestra parroquia, sino a descubrir la gran misión que los está esperando.

 

Imagina lo feliz que estará Jesús de ti, cuando sigas sus pasos y te involucres más en tu iglesia. No olvides que en Cristo como dice el apóstol Pablo a los Efesios, hemos sido bendecidos por el Padre, quien nos eligió para ser santos, pidamos a Jesús que nos ayude a poner todas esas bendiciones al servicio de su iglesia. Amén

 

-P. Luis

 

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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2024

 

My dear brothers and sisters in this Sunday's Gospel, taken from Mark, Jesus sends 72 disciples before Him to proclaim "that the Kingdom of God is at hand." He tells them that "the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few," and invites them to pray to the owner of the harvest to send more workers to his harvest. He sent them two by two, without many provisions, so that they would never forget their mission: to be Messengers of Peace, to stay in the same house, to eat and drink from what they were given, to heal the sick and to tell everyone that the Kingdom God is near. Jesus also warned them that there will be places where they will not be welcomed, but he invited them not to worry and not to be discouraged by these rejections, but simply shake off the dust of that negative reaction and continue with your mission. Let me tell you that today Jesus has noticed each one of us and invites us to cooperate in his mission of evangelizing the towns and people. He invites us to join him in three missions:

 

The first mission is to pray for the missions and the missionaries. Today, like yesterday, the harvest is abundant and the workers are few, that is why we need to pray so that more people join the mission of Jesus as religious, priests and lay people and want to dedicate part or their life to the mission.

 

The second mission is to financially support our Church according to our possibilities, that is, to contribute financially to the support of your church and the Evangelization of the people. In other words, help missionaries with the necessary resources so that they can go to distant places to spread the gospel of Jesus.

 

The third mission is to actively participate in the life of our Church. Our parish needs you; It needs your talents, your gifts, your abilities. your intelligence, to put it at your service of God and your brothers and sisters.

 

Today I want to invite you to consider the possibility of actively participating in some of the ministries and services of our parish of Our Lady of Solitude. For example, we need extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, who help others receive the Body of Christ in the church and bring it to people who are sick and cannot come to church. We need Readers, who read the Holy Scripture at Mass and audibly communicate the Word of God to the assembly.

 

We need Altar Boys, who serve at the Altar with the Priest and participate in the Sacred Rite of the Holy Mass. We need ushers to greet those who arrive at the church and welcome them so that they feel at home and also to collect the people's offerings. We need Catechists, people who want to share their faith with those who are preparing for their sacraments. We need people to help us as sacristans to prepare everything that is needed for the holy Eucharist, as well as open and close the church. We need people who sing to join our Choir Ministry, people who like to praise God are invited to join To the prayer group, hands of Mary and hands of God, be sure my dear brothers and sisters that here we have a unique ministry or service waiting for each of you.

 

I invite you not to be mere spectators when you come to mass in our parish, but to discover the great mission that is waiting for you.

 

Imagine how happy Jesus will be for you, when you follow in his footsteps and become more involved in your church. Do not forget that in Christ, as the apostle Paul says to the Ephesians, we have been blessed by the Father, who chose us to be saints, let us ask Jesus to help us put all those blessings at the service of his church. Amen

 

-Fr. Luis

 

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We are Called and Sent on a Mission…


Today’s Gospel passage narrates the moment Jesus sends the Twelve [Apostles] on mission. After calling each of them by name “to be with him”, listening to his words and observing his gestures of healing, he now calls them again to “send them out two by two” to the villages he was going to visit. It is a sort of “internship” of what they would be called to do following the Resurrection of the Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Gospel passage pauses on the style of the missionary which we can sum up in two points: the mission has a center; the mission has a face.

 

First of all, the missionary disciple has his center of reference who is Jesus himself. The narrative indicates this by using a series of verbs which have him as the subject — “He called to him”; he “began to send them”; he “gave them authority”; “he charged them”, “he said to them” so that the going out and working of the Twelve appears to be radiating from a center, reaffirming the presence and work of Jesus in their missionary actions. This demonstrates that the Apostles have nothing of their own to proclaim, nor any abilities to manifest, but rather that they speak and act as “emissaries”, as messengers of Jesus.


This episode of the Gospel also applies to us and not only to priests but to all baptized people called to witness to the Gospel of Christ in the various spheres of life. And for us too, this mission is authentic only in so far as its unchanging center who is Jesus. It is not an initiative of faithful individuals nor of groups and not even of large gatherings. It is the mission of the Church, inseparably united to her Lord. No Christian proclaims the Gospel “on his/her own”, but is only sent by the Church who received the mandate from Jesus himself. Indeed, it is Baptism that makes us missionaries. A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to proclaim Jesus, is not a good Christian.

 

The second characteristic of the missionary’s style is, so to speak, a face, which consists in the poverty of means. Indeed, the Twelve have the order to “take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts”. The Teacher wants them to be free and unhampered, without reserves and without favors, certain only of the love of the One who sends them, strengthened only by his Word which they go to proclaim. The staff and the sandals are the gear of pilgrims because that is what the messengers of the Kingdom of God are, not omnipotent managers, not irreplaceable officials, not celebrities on tour. Many saints of our times were not officials or business people, but rather humble workers of the Kingdom. This was the face they had. And to this “face” also belongs the way the message is received: it can happen that one is not welcomed or listened to. This too is poverty: the experience of failure. The experience of Jesus who was rejected and crucified anticipates the destiny of his messenger. And only if we are united to Him, who died and Rose, can we find the courage to evangelize.

 

May the Virgin Mary, the first disciple and missionary of the Word of God, help us to convey to the world the message of the Gospel in a humble and radiant exultation, beyond any rejection, misunderstanding or tribulation. [Synthesized from Pope Francis Angelus, 15 VIII 2018]

 

-Fr. Rajesh

Deacon John's Homily 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday – Cycle B - 2018


My friends – I especially like this part of our Second Reading (from Ephesians):

"God adopted us – in accord with the favor of his will." 

When St. Paul wrote this – in Greek – he used the word “Eudokeo.” 

 

If this were to be written today – in English – it would be interpreted as:

"God adopted us – because he got a kick out of it."

Because he got a kick out of it ! 

He got a kick out of making you !  He got a kick out of making me !  How awesome is that ??

 

It's like when Jesus told us to call God, our "Father" – he used the word,  "Abba" – which means, "Daddy."  Totally different meaning…

 

My friends – our gospel today is a continuation from last week – where Jesus was ineffective in his home town of Nazareth.  So – he and his Apostles left that place – and he taught in other villages in the vicinity…  Today – Jesus sends his Apostles out two by two – to preach and drive out demons. 

 

Interesting – our gospel tells us – the first thing Jesus did before sending his Apostles out – was to give them authority over unclean spirits – demons – devils...

 

Did you know – that a survey revealed that 40% of the people in the United States do not believe in demons ?  

Most said that a demon or devil was just an idea - and not a real person… 

 

This is what Pope Francis has to say about demons: 

“This generation has been led to believe that the devil is a myth – a figure – an idea – the idea of evil.  But don't be fooled.  The Devil is not a myth – but a real person.  And his greatest achievement in these times has been to make us believe he does not exist.”

 

In our gospel – this was the first time Jesus allowed others to minister on his behalf – to share in his ministry. 

He sent them out two by two:  For companionship and support of each other.  But – most importantly – because ministry is something that needs to be shared.  Jesus shared his ministry and demands that we do the same.

 

One of the greatest things that came out of the Second Vatican Council was the allowing and encouraging of the laity to be involved  at Mass.  Prior to the Second Vatican Council – the priest did everything.  With the exception of Altar Boys – the priest did all the readings and was the only one to distribute Holy Communion.  There were no Hospitality Ministers – just men who took up the collection and maybe seat people.

 

Now we have Altar Servers – boys and girls – men and women.

·        Now we have Hospitality Ministers – to welcome people to the celebration of Mass.

·         Now we have Lectors – to proclaim the Readings.

·         Now we have Cantors – to sing the Responsorial Psalm and lead us in singing.

·         Now we have married Deacons to assist the priest at Mass, proclaim the Gospel and preach.   

·         Now we have Eucharistic Ministers to help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ.

 

So – at our Masses – for the Liturgy of the Word – we now have:

·          A Lector to proclaim the First Reading

·         A Cantor for the Responsorial Psalm

·         A second Lector to proclaim the Second Reading

·         And, a Deacon to proclaim the Gospel

·         Four additional people sharing in the ministry of the Word

·         PLUS 2 or 3 Lay Ministers sharing in the Ministry of the Eucharist

 

....Jesus sent his Apostles out sparse"Take nothing for the journey – only the clothes on your back, the sandals on your feet – and a walking stick.  Stay at whatever house welcomes you.”  Don't be looking for better  accommodations.  No social climbing allowed.  This is about the ministry of God – not building one's ego…"    

 

When the apostles preached – it wasn't their message.  They brought the message of Jesus.  They didn't tell people what they believed.  They told people what Jesus taught them. 

 

In his Encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium – Pope Francis said:  "It would be wrong to see our ministry as a heroic individual undertaking.  First and foremost it is the Lord’s work.  The primacy always belongs to God – who has called us to cooperate with him." 

 

So, my friends – so many ministries to share and cooperate with Jesus.  Some are here at Church; some are at hospitals and nursing homes. 

 

But - one of the saddest things is when people in hospitals and nursing homes feel abandoned by their Church because no one from their Church comes to visit them and bring them Holy Communion. Fortunately, we have a few dedicated Eucharistic Ministers who go to hospitals, nursing homes and individual homes of people who are unable to go the Church.  However– their numbers are small – and the need is great !

 

My friends – everyone is called to share in the ministry of Christ Jesus.

 

Some ministries are helping family, friends, neighbors.  Some are right in our own home. 

 

But all ministers are connected with Jesus – in loving our God – and loving our neighbor…

“Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart.”    –Francis of Assisi

“Antes de hablar de paz, primero debes tenerla en tu corazón”.   –Francisco de Asís

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 Rev. Luis Segura M.S.C. – Pastor

Rev. Jos Rajesh Peter M.S.C. – Parochial Vicar