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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time August 26, 2012

As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.-- Joshua 24:15b

First Reading -- It was the LORD, our God, who protected us along our entire journey (Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b). Psalm -- Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 34). Second Reading -- Christ nourishes and cherishes the church because we are members of his body (Ephesians 5:21-32 [5:2a, 25-32]). Gospel -- We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:60-69).

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.




AUGUST 26, 2012



Patty O'Dell Fr. Michael Fr. John Fr. Richard Fr. Phien Bob Alma John Blanquita Pat Romer Kathy Keller John S. Jessica Glenn Sister Norma

Mass Intentions for the Week

(858) 271-0207 SUNDAY / AUGUST 26 7:00 Ladislao & Francisco Oarga 8:30 Doris Spallding 10:30 Felicidad Labuton 12:15 Loreto "Jun" Villar 5:00 Teresita Cabaltica 7:00 For the People of Good Shepherd MONDAY / AUGUST 27 8:30 Candida de la Cruz 5:30 Frank Perry TUESDAY / AUGUST 28 8:30 Mariela Rivas 5:30 Buenaventura Vallar WEDNESDAY / AUGUST 29 8:30 Ernesto Cuevas 5:30 Charles Smedley THURSDAY / AUGUST 30 8:30 Rainier Quiogue 5:30 Ron Eicher FRIDAY/ AUGUST 31 8:30 Wilfredo V. Rivamonte 5:30 Laura Rae Bates SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 1 8:30 Mamerta Alvarez 5:00 Geri Gagliardi

Receptionist ext. 201 Pastor ext. 202 Associate ext. 203 Senior Priest ext. 204 Associate ext. 299 Business Manager ext. 205 Bookkeeper ext. 206 Liturgy & Music ext. 210 Bereavement ext. 211 Youth Ministry ext. 212 Parish Events & Music ext. 215 Wedding Coordinator ext. 217 Director of Development ext. 252 Elem. & Jr. High F.F. ext. 230 D. C. M. ext. 232 Hisp. Ministries Coord. ext. 253 (858) 271-8769 (858) 271-4128 (858) 693-1522



SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Come to the Parish Office to fill out a Baptismal form and get class information. SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Nine months preparation required in the Diocese of San Diego. Call the Parish Office to pick up a Wedding Info Packet before making an appointment with a priest. SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Confessions) Saturday - 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or call the Parish Office for an appointment SACRAMENT OF THE SICK Call the Parish Office to make arrangements for anointing, or to arrange for a home visit or communion. FIRST COMMUNION and CONFIRMATION Call the Faith Formation Office at 858-271-8769.

Special Intention Masses for the Week

Carlos & Consuelo Alvarez, Buenaventura Vallar, Visitacion Dinzon, Modesto Balino, Canh Ngu, Bernanrdino Denila, Francisco Araño, Filemon Hontucan, Fely Schwechlen, Arnold Barcena, Joseph Lam Trac, Francis Belvis, Fr. Michael Robinson, Eddie Sy, Flora Madrigal, Phaolo Truong V. Luong, Roberto Capino, Heidi L. Antigueva, Paul S. Thibeaux, Sedeno Family, Petra Dacquel, Manuel R. Sitay, Zenaida Salamnca.

Parish Office will be closed Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.



AUGUST 26, 2012

From The Pastor's Desk

These past few years reality television has become very popular and there are more and more "reality" shows that are being aired. There is even a whole cable network that airs only reality television. The measure of "reality" that these reality shows offer is somewhat questionable. If the networks were to offer a true view of the reality that many people have to persevere through I doubt that very many people would find that sort of television entertaining. People are interested in reality but they can only handle small doses of reality at any given time. Even our political candidates today have to hedge on what measure of reality they want to offer the voters. If we really knew the "reality" of what we were facing for the future and the affairs of government, foreign policy, terrorist threats, economic outlook and other relevant areas that affect our lives then we would be very disturbed indeed. Better that we don't know, or so we are told. We don't want things to get too real. When faced with true reality we might find it too much to stomach. In these past few weeks we have been listening to the Bread of Life discourse that Jesus is sharing with his disciples. During this discourse, Jesus has been giving his disciples a very heavy dose of reality. He has been discussing with them what real life is about. It is becoming very clear that entrance into real life requires a tremendous amount of faith. If we are to go forward into eternal life with God the Father and deal with the reality of sin and death then we must follow in faith the way of Jesus. We cannot retreat from reality and hide behind rites and symbols from the past. We can't be looking for an easy way. We have to listen carefully to the words of Jesus, words of life, and follow where those words take us. In our first reading we have Joshua, the leader of the people of Israel, also challenging the people of Israel to new realities. They are about to enter into the promised land and begin a new life among foreign peoples. The people have a decision to make before they enter into their new life. They must be willing to live in a real relationship with God, who is the only "real" God. The foreign nations that they will be living among will be offering to them other ways of worshipping gods, gods that are not real and do not have a real relationship with their people. These new ways will seem easier, safer and more appealing than living with the Living God who has revealed himself to them at Sinai and who has led them through the desert to this promised land. The people will be asked to make a decision before they cross the river into this new land and begin a new life. They must be committed to living according to the Covenant that God has set before them and following his way that has been outlined in the Covenant and the Book of the Covenant. In this way their faith and their relationship with God will become a real way of life and lead them into real life. God will be their leader and it is Him that they must answer to through the response of a life of holiness. Joshua makes it very clear to them when he says, "If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Only the Lord can offer to them real life and that real life is not always going to be easy to live. Jesus tells his disciples today that the words that he has shared with them about the Bread of Life are real words and require a real commitment of faith. He tells them, "The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe." If the disciples are not yet ready to live a real life in the Spirit of the Lord then they are not yet ready for true discipleship. Many of the disciples are responding, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" The reality that Jesus offers is too hard for them. They are looking for an easier way. The talk about the Bread of Life that comes down from heaven being real flesh and the drink he offers being real blood is a little bit too real for them. After this discourse many of the disciples will leave Jesus. He doesn't change his words to suit the masses and make them more acceptable, he just sadly turns to his apostles and asks them if they are going to leave him also. Peter responds with words of faith, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God." He recognizes that only Jesus offers a real way to life. It may be difficult to accept and even more difficult to live but there is no other way to attain eternal life with the Father. Today we still find the words and teachings of Jesus that are handed down to us in the teachings of the Catholic Church to be too hard to accept and to live. We are still often looking for an easier way. The words of eternal life are not some fantasy or escape from reality but place us before the truth of God's real presence in our lives. It is not easy to live in the presence of the Living God but is there really any other way to live?



AUGUST 26, 2012

Pray for the Sick

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick in our community: Emeterio Aquino, Ana Helen Ascherfeld,

Socorro Avila, Aurora Aspacio, Gumaro Arroyo, Leon Amican, Winston Jake Abiaro, Luis Andrade, Bob & Luth Antipuesto, Familia Anglin, Marcela Alcantara, Rey Abrenica, Arnaldo & Marvin Bernardo, Karla e Ivan Bejarano, Marciana Baluyot, Donald Brewer, Sylvia Byrne, Clyde Bruce, John Bloom, Wanda Brown, Oscar Binuya, Zenaida Betts, Christian Brown, William Bolyn, Beatrice Batac, Leon Ide Canonizado, Arnoldo Castro, Efigenia Cruz, Leo Caproni, Helen Clarin, Adelaine Cura, Eduardo Corona, Dally Calvo, Paula Corpuz, Lilibeth Corpuz, Bobby Casey, Delfina Clarck, Victoria Cariño, Hayden Chin, Flora Chavira, Jose Chacon, Alvina Cruz, Connie Criag, Norma de la Cruz, Teresita Cristal, Clarence de Peralta, Mellie de Peralta, Monique Ryan Domingo , Dan Daly, Petra Dacquel, Teresita DeGuzman, Ariana de la Cruz, Leticia Dumaguing, Lilly Dayton, Don & Anthony DiMartini, Tere de Santigo, Rose Flora, Familia Diaz, Nilda de Guzman, Crispin Guerrero, Erno Galambos, Sr., David Delaodao, Mary Ann Edrington, Josefina Escobedo, Jimmy Espina, Marcelino S. Ergino, Veronica Ellorin, Rene Escobedo, Clemencia G. Elog, Ima Escamilla, Jordan Fowler, Susie Flores, Noeli Fuentes, Teresa Gopez, Myrna Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Lourdes Gozo, Familia Gallardo-Regalado, Rodolfo Gemeniano, Gloria Ganzon, Silvia Garza, Gilberto Galvan, Sr., Gilberto Galvan, Jr., Kathy Jackson, Lucy Kelly, Theresa Kinjo, Marcus, Kauler, Jerson Kantala, Winnie Kacsor, Kerneth Kaczor, Dorothy Krug, Imla Nguyen, Georgina Lyons, Gabriel J. Llamas, Georgia Langhost, Flora Limbos, Tom Leon, Collen Luke, Michael LeStage, Thomas Lamb, Roland Llarenas, Jimmy Lee, Maria Hai Le, Rene Lopez, Rosa Emma Lazaro, David Levine Kaden Michel, Ma. Luisa Muro, Elizabeth Meneses, Jose Merin, Joan Mauser, Jian Mauser, Annie Manglona, Gavin Marquez, Maria Concepcion Medina, Juana Mendez, Juliann Sebastian, Shirley Medina, Mary Mc Atee, Annie Manglona, David Montalvo, Filomena Melegrito, Jose Merin, Jose Antonio Medina, Rowena Mejia, Bernardina Morales, Laureana Mataban, Tricia Mariscal, Thelma Marquez, Phyllis Mique, Marisol Meza, Noemi Payongayong Mullins, Rev. Mario Mendiola, Kathy Meas, Yen Nguyen, Thao Nguyen Jesse Noriega, June Ocampo, Francisco Ojeda, Jorge Isaac Ortuno, Jorge Ortuño, Sr., Alejandro Ortuño, Art Pfankuch, Bonifacio Parcon, Huyen Pham, Maria Theresa Piad, Eusebio Pacano, Camilo Parolino, Maria Isabel Parrero, Adelaide Panganiban, Maria Palma Hernandez, Rosalie Paige, Shea Palu, Jodi Porter, Kassidy Pechulis, Fe Perez, Huong, Quach, Paula Roth, Ruben Roque, Familia Ruiz, Nathalie Ramirez, Juliana Ravarra, Enrique Rodriguez, Remigio Ramos, Mariano Rosano, Francisco Ragudos, Roseller Salta, Ericka Sanchez, Emet Salindong, Josefina Sicat, Elva B. Salanga, Sister Ann Marie, Carlos Suarez, Kul Schunck, Amado & Flor Sanchez, Kim Tranh, Rose Tajalle, Mia Torell, Mary Thiem, Tateko Tyler, Lena Vanasse, Teresita Viado, Ignacio Vasquez, Jace Watrous, Lorraine Wethern, Kristy Wood, Dalora Yapco, Audelia Zavala, Gaspar Zavala.



When a company recruits top management the process is detailed and thorough. No company wants less than the best. Contrast this with today's Gospel. Jesus asks his disciples who they say he is. Peter exclaims, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). Peter is a good Jew, but an illiterate fisherman, not exactly high on the social ladder. Nevertheless, Jesus saw what this man could become. "You are Peter, and upon this rock [in Greek, petros] I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). The future of our Church, now 1.5 billion people worldwide, lay in Peter's hands. With the power of God, Jesus promised that ultimate evil would never defeat it. Nevertheless, the Church is made up of flawed human beings who sometimes fail. Even Peter himself, Jesus' chosen "rock," failed spectacularly by denying Christ three times. Let's not walk away from failure but strive more to live a faithful Christian life. Copyright © 2010, World Library Publications.

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Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12; Mt 23:13-22 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17; Mt 23:23-6 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18; Mk 6:17-29 1 Cor 1:1-9; Mt 24:42-51 1 Cor 1:17-25; Mt 25:1-13 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 25:14-30 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 2123


There is an axiom that states, "Not to decide is to decide." This saying was popular in the turbulent times of the Vietnam War. It urged us not to allow others to answer the moral questions raised by our nation's involvement in that terrible conflict, but to decide for ourselves. Making such choices is never easy. Avoiding them is common. Jesus, for his part, was not only a gallant risk-taker, but a clear decision-maker. As he pursued the mission to which the Father called him, he continually decided for us and for the Father. He worked hard to lay out a scenario that would enable others to make similar choices. Never did he make decisions for others or force others into decisions, even decisions that had eternal ramifications. Jesus is inviting us to make such decisions today. We won't be absolutely sure. What is sure, however, is the command that issues from God's word: Take the risk. Decide! Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

In Memoriam

Zenaida Rivera Araza Corazon Monteforte

Parish Life

APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER/ SACRED HEART 2nd Saturday of the month After the 8:30 am Mass in Room 4. BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE COUPLES FOR CHRIST Fridays at 7:00 PM in Room 8. DIVINE MERCY GROUP Second Saturday - quarterly. FIL-AM COMMUNITY MEETING 1st Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm in Conference Room. FILIPINO CURSILLO GROUP Friday at 7:00 pm in Room 6 of the school. HISPANIC CHARISMATIC PRAYER Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Room 8 in School. HISPANIC COMMUNITY MEETING 2nd Monday : 7:00 pm in the Conf. Rm. HISPANIC YOUTH ADULTS GROUP Friday at 7:00 pm in Room 4 HISPANIC YOUTH GROUP Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Room 4 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. SQUIRES meet at 6:30 pm in Room 12. LAY CARMELITES 1st Saturday at 9:30 am in Conference Room VIETNAMESE CHOIRS Ca Doan Giang Sinh Saturdays at 4:30 pm in the Conference Room LEGION OF MARY Ca Doan Magnificat Sundays at 10:00 am Rm 4 Fridays at 7:00 pm in & 5 & Friday 6:30 pm in the Room A. Conference Room. LOP MISSION VIETNAMESE LEGION OF MARY Last Saturday at 7:00 pm in Saturday after morning Mass Room 7 in Rooms 7 & 8 MARIAN ROSARY GROUP Every Tuesday @ 9:30 am VIETNAMESE MOTHERS in the Conference Room 1st Sunday at 3:00 pm in Room 8 PERPETUAL HELP DEVOTIONS After Masses on Tuesday. VIETNAMESE SACRED HEART 2nd Sunday at 3:00 pm in SPIRIT OF GOD PRAYER Room 8 GROUP 2nd & 4th Wednesday at VIETNAMESE RELIGIOUS 7:00 in Room 7. EDUCATION TRADITIONAL CHOIR Saturday at 5:00 pm. Call Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the Religious Education Church Office at 271-8769. VIETNAMESE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP WOMEN'S CLUB Wednesdays at 7:15 PM in Last Monday at 7:00 pm in Room A Room 12.

2nd Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room of the Parish Hall.


Thursday - Doors open at 5:00 pm. dinner available. Early Bird starts at 6:45 pm. Must be over 18 years old to attend. Tuesday at 7:15 pm in the Mothers' Room



For adults who wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church, call 271-0207. Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Church




AUGUST 26, 2012

Parish News & Announcements SAN LORENZO RUIZ CELEBRATION

Good Shepherd Parish will be hosting the San Lorenzo Ruiz Fiesta on Sept. 8, 2012, at 10 am. The event will begin with a Mass. Reception will follow immediately in the Parish Hall. Everyone is invited to celebrate the Feast Day of the First Filipino Saint. Novena will begin on Friday, August 31st after the 8:30 am and 5:30 pm Mass. The Filipino--American Community needs your helping hands. Their next meeting will be today Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 pm in Room 6. For more information please contact Baby Arigo at (858)231-0528 or Danny Fernando at (858) 531-8806 or (858) 780-9343.

Donut Social will be Sunday, September 9 after the 7am to 12:15 pm Masses. Please stop by to enjoy some donuts, OJ, coffee or just say "hi" to our donut team. This ministry's goal is to give our parishioners an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other. If you would like to JOIN our FUN "Donut Social" team, please stop by and sign up! We are always looking for more helpers. It is only once a month! Please call Cristina at 858.566.3240 if you want to join the team.


OCCUPANCY The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon the way we occupy that place.

--St. Thérèse of Lisieux


August 26, 2012, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Reflection question:

What has God promised to me?

Collect text from the English translation of The Roman Missal, © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Company, Inc.



AUGUST 26, 2012

Fall faith formation classes begin September 23rd. Come to the faith formation office to register now!

Monday through Thursday from 12 - 6 pm

Elementary & Middle School Faith Formation Fees: 1 child $80, 2 children $100, 3+ children $120 Sacramental Preparation Fee $40 per child Confirmation and Pre-Confirmation Fees: 1 youth $120, 2 youth $200

Call for Catechists

Are you interested in helping the children of our parish grow in their faith and love for the Lord? Do you have just 1.5 hours to spare each week to proclaim the teachings of Christ? We are searching for faithful and committed Catholics to serve as catechists and assistants for the 2012-2013 Faith Formation Year. No experience necessary, we will train you! All materials provided. Several day and time slots available, including mornings, afternoons and evenings. We will provide volunteers with a discounted registration for their children. If you are called to catechetical ministry, please contact Jessica at (858)271-8769 or

[email protected]

Saint Monica - August 28

The feast of St. Monica occurs the day before the feast of her son, St. Augustine. Her tears, prayers, and sacrifices over many years helped bring about his conversion. It is only proper that their feasts are celebrated close together. Monica was born in North Africa. Monica was raised a Christian, but was given in marriage to a pagan official named Patricius. They had three sons. A year before Patricius died, he was converted--due to Monica's powerful example. Another source of worry for Monica was her son Augustine. This brilliant and gifted young man rejected the faith his mother had taught him. Augustine lived an immoral life and had a son although he was not married. Monica was ready to disown Augustine, but in a dream it was revealed to her that eventually he would come back to the faith. She prayed and fasted for her son and stayed close to him, following him to Rome and Milan. In Milan, she met Ambrose, the bishop, who became her spiritual director. He promised her, "Surely the son of so many tears will not perish." It was Ambrose who finally converted Augustine. Together, Augustine, Monica, Augustine's son, and some other devoted people moved to the country to pray and write. From there they began a journey back to Africa. Monica died on the way. The day before she died, she and her son had a beautiful conversation about the joys of heaven.

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AUGUST 26, 2012

Even though Good Shepherd Catholic School is on summer vacation, feel free to leave messages with the school office as necessary. All messages will be returned in a timely manner. The school office will re-open on Monday, August 13, 2012, 9:00 am to noon, Monday through Friday. First day of the 2012-2013 school year is Tuesday, September 4.

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

Now enrolling grades K-8 for the school year starting September 2012 For more information about our school:

Call us at (858)693-1522 Email us at [email protected]

Around the Diocese

Save the Date: El Carmelo Women's Retreat-October 12-14, 2012. Join us for the annual retreat at the lovely and peaceful El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands. Retreat theme: Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila. Carpooling available. Contact: Therese Davis, (858) 663-7620, for more information and registration form.

Calling ALL PRIESTS, DRE, RCIA Coordinators, Catechists, Youth Ministers, Parish Staff, Volunteers, etc FREE Leadership In-Service; " Enhancing your Ministry: Mentoring for the Future" with Joan Weber Thursday, Oct 4th at 9:15-3pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center

Joan Weber comes to us from the Center for Ministry Development with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry. She comes to us with a challenge for all those who work in Parish Ministry--How do you not only

enhance your ministry but reach out and mentor young adults in your parish to assist you in ministry, to continue their own growth in ministry through education and experience and how can you successfully mentor to young adults to take on ministry for the future. Young

adults are vital to the vibrancy and continuity of parish life, yet they are usually the most neglected segment of the parish population. This in-service is designed for all leaders in the parish, including the pastor, staff and volunteers whose ministries can be enhanced by incorporating and mentoring to young adults, incorporating them into parish ministries, especially YOURS! For more info go to This is a FREE event and promise will be well worth your time!! Please RSVP to Erika at 858-490-8230 by Sept 27th



AUGUST 26, 2012

Ground Blessing Ceremony Sunday, August 19, 2012 with Bishop Cirilo Flores & Fr. Michael Robinson Thanks to all who attended the wonderful celebration in preparation of our New Parish Center. A special thanks to those who have pledge to the Capital Campaign Fund. May God continue to bless you and your families.



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