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    Congratulations, Royal Court The Fiesta Committee is pleased to announce the

    coronation of the 2016-17 Fiesta Royal Court. Our Queen is Jailyne Cruz Guerra of Gabrielino High School. Our princesses are Citlali Sanchez and Alex Sanchez from SG Mission High School. They received their crowns at the Blessing and Coronation Festivities last Saturday. Thank you to all the parishioners, minis- tries, organizations, and community groups who partic- ipated.

    Volunteers Still Needed We need your help for Fiesta. If you can help for a few hours this weekend or on Clean Up Day – Monday (Labor Day), please stop by the Fiesta Headquarters located in the Foyer of the Parish Center. Thanks for your support!

    Scrip Tickets! We are using scrip tickets for all food booths and most beverage and game booths. Scrip booths are located around the festival grounds near the ride ticket booths. Scrip tickets are in denominations of 50 cents a ticket. Please purchase your scrip tickets before proceeding the Fiesta Booths. If you have questions regarding this new program, please see Dan Burrola or Jeff Gonzalez of the Fiesta Committee around the grounds.

    Shop the White Elephant There is an interesting collection of merchandise in our White Elephant Booth. Check it out. Make an offer. Eve- rything from Annuals to Zinger Tots can be found there. Shop early. The best collectables and jewelry will go fast. The booth is conveniently located at the south entrance of the Fiesta.




    SNACKS, SWEET, & CONFECTIONS Something for Everybody!






    Monday: 1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-7, 12; Lk 6:6-11, or, for Labor Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Bless ings of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911 Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 6:12-19 Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-17; Lk 6:20-26 Thursday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 [18-23] Friday: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3-6, 12; Lk 6:39-42 Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18; Lk 6:43-49


    Lunes: 1 Cor 5:1-8; Sal 5:5-7, 12; Lc 6:6-11, o las lecturas de la Misa “Por la santificación del trabajo” Martes: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Sal 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lc 6:12-19 Miércoles: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Sal 45 (44):11-12, 14-17; Lc 6:20-26 Jueves: Mi 5:1-4a o Rom 8:28-30; Sal 13 (12):6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 [18-23] Viernes: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Sal 84 (83):3-6, 12; Lc 6:39-42 Sábado: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Sal 116 (115):12-13, 17-18; Lc 6:43-49

    FIESTA PHONE 626-457-3034


    FRIDAY: FIESTA OPEN 6 P.M. - 12 MIDNIGHT 6 p.m.—Blessing of the Fiesta (Main Stage) 6:15 p.m.—Ringing of the Bells (Plaza Park) 7:30 p.m.—Big Daddy T (Main Stage) 9 p.m.—Susie Hansen Band (Main Stage) SATURDAY: FIESTA OPEN 12 NOON - 12 MIDNIGHT 9 a.m.—Children’s & Pet’s Costume Contest (Main Stage) 10:30 a.m.—Blessing of Animals 6:30 p.m.—Birthday Cake Celebration (Main Stage) 7:30 p.m.—Mestizo (Main Stage) 9:30 p.m.—ACE (Main Stage) SUNDAY: FIESTA OPEN 12 NOON - 12 MIDNIGHT 9:30 a.m.—Founder’s Memorial Mass (Old Mission Church) 7:30 p.m.—Shades of LA (Main Stage) 9:00 p.m.—Balance Band (Main Stage) 11:30 p.m.—Major Awards Prize Drawings (Main Stage)

  • Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The family that prays together stays together Page Three

    From the Pastor

    Dear Friends,

    The main theme of today’s gospel is the cost of disci- pleship. In today’s gospel Jesus is followed by a “huge crowd.” Most likely the people in the crowd had different motivations in following Jesus. Perhaps some were just curious; others may have been looking for miracles; still others were genuinely interested in what Jesus taught and did. Jesus stops and addresses to them the cost of disciple- ship. What Jesus demands is complete loyalty. To make sure the crowd understood clearly the level of loyalty he expected, he placed it against the loyalty to family. In all cultures loyalty to family is held as the highest expression of love and honor. Yet, Jesus places loyalty to him and the Kingdom as something higher than loyalty to family. How are we to understand this cost of discipleship, especially when the word “hate” of family and self are used? These words of Jesus must have been like cold water to the crowd. Most likely after these words the “huge crowds” began to thin out. If we take this gospel out of context we can easily find these words of Jesus very difficult to accept. When we are faced with the cost of discipleship or the demands of love, mercy and compassion we can easily lose heart if we for- get that it is God who makes discipleship possible in us. We are unable to accept the demands of discipleship unless there is a prior experience of having been touched by God’s grace and Spirit. It is the experience of having been forgiven, healed and loved by God that makes discipleship possible. Religion is always a response to the initiative of God. Although it is common to hear from people who have had a religious experience that they have found God, it is actually God who has found them. God was not lost, they were. Religion and spirituality is the pursuit of that “something” that has awakened the person to some greater reality. But then the gospel has Jesus using some very disturb- ing words. “If anyone comes to me without hating his fa- ther and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Are we to take this literally? Is it either Jesus or my family? The answer is “no.” Jesus is not anti-family; if he was he would be violating the commandment to honor father and mother. Yet, there are situations when faithfulness to Jesus and the Kingdom will place us in conflict even with fami- ly. The word “hate’ in this gospel has to be understood in relationship to love of God. Love of God has to be above everything else, even family. It is the love of God that can make love of family even stronger. The word “hate” in this gospel simply means to love family less than loving God. But the slogan, “my family (or country), right or wrong,” can never be the slogan of a Christian. When family (or country) encourages unjust, hateful, racist, divi- sive and violent behavior discipleship to Jesus will force us to make difficult decisions. Fr. Tony Pastor

    Queridos Amigos,

    El tema principal del evangelio de hoy es el costo del discipulado. En el evangelio Jesús es seguido por “una gran muchedumbre”. Es muy probable que esta muchedumbre siguiera a Jesús por diferentes motivos. Algunos quizás lo seguían por curiosidad; otros buscando algún milagro; y de seguro otros tenían un interés genuino en lo que Jesús enseñaba y hacía. Jesús se detiene y les habla sobre el cos- to del discipulado. Lo que Jesús espera de sus discípulos es leal- tad incondicional. Para asegurar que la muchedumbre entienda bien a lo que se refiere lo compara con la lealtad a la familia. En todas las culturas lealtad a la familia es la mayor expresión de amor y honor. Sin embargo, para Jesús lealtad a él y el Reino esta por encima aun de la familia. ¿Cómo hemos de entender el costo del discipulado, particularmente, cuando El pone esta op- ción en tal radical forma? (En algunas traducciones el evangelio utiliza la palabra “odiar” a familia y a uno mismo.) Esta exigen- cia de Jesús es muy probable que haya espantado a muchos y esto haya disminuido la “gran muchedumbre”. Si sacamos el evangelio fuera de su contexto es muy fácil encontrar dificultad en aceptar las palabras de Jesús. Cuando nos topamos con las exigencias del discipulado y Reino, particular- mente las demandas del amor, misericordia y compasión, fácil- mente podemos perder entusiasmo si nos olvidamos que es Dios quien hace posible el discipulado. No somos capaces de aceptar las demandas del discipulado si no se tiene una experiencia con- creta de la gracia y espíritu de Dios. La experiencia de encontrar- se uno amado, perdonado, sanado por Dios es lo que hace posible el discipulado. La religión siempre es la respuesta a la iniciativa de Dios. Es común escuchar a personas que tienen una experien- cia religiosa decir que han encontrado a Dios. La realidad es lo contrario; es Dios quien los ha encontrado. Dios no estaba perdi- do, sino ellos. La religión y la espiritualidad es la búsqueda de ese “no sé qué” que ha despertado a la persona a una realidad más grande. Pero en el evangelio tenemos a Jesús usando palabras que nos desconciertan. “Si alguno viene donde mí y no odia a su padre, a su madre, a su mujer, a sus hijos, a sus hermanos/as, y hasta su propia vida, no puede ser discípulo mío.” (Biblia de Jerusalén) ¿Hemos de tomar esto literalmente? ¿O es Jesús o mi familia? La respuesta es “no”. Jesús no está en contra de la familia. Si lo estuviera co