Catholic parishes thrive when people leave their private comfort zones and reach out to the church and world to form community and offer loving service. Since the Second Vatican Council there has been a wonderful explosion of lay “ministries” in the Catholic Church. Faith increases, friendships form, community deepens, the neighbor is served… and God is glorified. St. Margaret Mary is blessed with many liturgical, prayer and service-oriented ministries. Come join us!
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Discover how you can help mothers facing unexpected pregnancies and save lives all from the safety and comfort of your home! Due to Coronavirus concerns, Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center had to quickly convert our in-person fundraising event into an online fundraising event. The annual Gala is mission-critical to our lifesaving work. Had the “Touch a Life” Gala been canceled, it would have been devastating to our ability to serve mothers and save babies. To help in this crucial time, please register and attend the online event (if you have a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection, you can easily join us) ” and spread the word to everyone you know!
What: Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center Online Touch A Life GalaWhen: May 9, 2020 @ 4PM PDT (6PM Central Time, 7 PM Eastern Time)REGISTER TO ATTEND AT:Register Here for FREE
By attending, you’ll be …
INSPIRED by testimonies from those we serve and volunteers who are blessed by serving…sustaining a legacy of 15 years and counting! EDUCATED about the powerful impact that an ultrasound reveal can have on a fearful mindset and the life changing mission and vision of the Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center. EMPOWERED to make a life-saving impact in your community, where BOTH mother and child are loved and protected. What could be more rewarding than knowing that you helped to save the life of a precious baby? MOTIVATED to become a voice for the voiceless by offering prayer and partnership donations toward medical conversion.
… And you’ll experience a joyful evening upholding the dignity of HUMAN LIFE!Register now to attend this important online event by visiting:Register Here for FREEFEATURED PRESENTERDr. Curt Bouma M.D. will be our keynote speaker show you first hand the impact an ultrasound can make in the life of a pregnant mother. I hope you can join me on this important webcast on Saturday, May 9th at 4PM Pacific (7PM Eastern). Please share with everyone you know! This fundraising event is mission critical to our center to keep our doors open and continue to save lives and to ”Touch a Life”, every life, with help and hope. For Life,
Barbara Engel Director, Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center
Good Afternoon – I hope you are all doing well, staying safe and healthy. We are attempting to gather some information for our Bishops on the impact of the livestream Masses that are being provided at the both the diocesan and parish level. Below are links to a short survey in both English and Spanish. If you can please forward the links to your various publics and ask them to take it I would be grateful.
ONLINE LEARNING INSTRUCTIONS – LESSON #1 Step 1: Watch the video
Step 2: Answer the small group questions.
– What is one thing that stood out to you in the video? – Who are some of your role models, heroes? – What is it about them that you want to imitate? – Do you ever feel pressure to be a certain way, or achieve a certain goal? – Where do the pressures come from? – How does it make you feel that Jesus did not ask for the best of the best to become his disciples, he just asked ordinary people? – Finally, is there anything you need prayer for?
Step 3: Discuss the small group questions with your confirmation teacher by sending them an email.
How would you define love? What does that look like in your life?
What is your reaction when you hear the words, “God loves you”?
Nick shared this quote from Pope Benedict: “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or lofty idea, but rather the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” Have you ever had an experience of that sort of encounter?
What does it mean when he quoted the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, describing God as good, but not safe? How does that sit with you?
Is there anything you need prayer for this week?
Step 3: Email your answers to the small group questions to your teacher.
Chika ended with a quote from St. Pope John Paul II. It began, “it is Jesus whom you seek when you dream of happiness.” What Makes you happy?
Why might Jesus fulfill our desire to be happy? Why might it be difficult to believe that Jesus is really what we seek?
Chika shared a quote, “Jesus suffered unto death not that we might not suffer, but that our suffering might be like his.” How can our suffering be like Jesus?
Saint Paul calls all things “Trash” compared to what he has gained in Christ. What is something you cherish very much? Why does St. Paul call even the items we love “Garbage”? If you don’t know or understand this question, ask you teacher.
ONLINE LEARNING INSTRUCTIONS – LESSON #4 (Final Lesson – Should be completed by May 15th) Step 1: Watch video #4
Answer the small group questions:
What stood out to you in the video?
Chika made a reference saying that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Who are the people you spend the most time with? Do you notice the similarities between you and those 5 people?
Chika talks about how connected we are via our phones, the internet, etc., but nearly half of Americans describe themselves as lonely. Why do you think this is? Who in your life knows you best?
Chika described 3 types of friends; friends of utility, friends of pleasure, and friends of virtue. Friends of virtue are the types of people who call us to be great. What are some qualities of a friend of virtue? Do you have friends of virtue?
Why do you think friends of virtue are necessary when it comes to faith?
difficult time, it is important to stay connected with our Church and with each
other. Even with Social Distancing it is
possible to stay in touch with the body of Christ. Fr. Mike, Joe Chiuppi and myself are looking
for ways to continue the Faith Formation of our children and their families.
Publisher of the books we use is:
Sadlier – We Believe series
In response to the possibility that Faith Formation classes may be cancelled for the remainder of the school year, we have created several resources on our website to help parents and young people feel connected to their parish family. Over the past week, we have spent hours researching tools that can be shared with you that are meaningful and offer a virtual classroom. With this in mind we hope to offer faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet… in both English and in Spanish in the very near future.
For now, here is a great video from Father Mike Schmitz:
Some questions to ponder:
1. How has it been adjusting in such little time?
2. What are the easiest things to get used to right now?
3. What are the most difficult things to get used to right now?
4. What has your daily life been like since everything has happened?
5. What do you think you can do during this time to stay connected to God & to our faith?
Note from Nancy, our DRE, and Joe our Confirmation Coordinator:
Hello St. Margaret’s Families,
During this unique time, we hope to communicate clearly with
you the changes, cancellations and important information concerning the
confirmation program and faith learning classes for younger students.
Rest assured, we know the importance of our loved ones, so every decision will
have the safety of our community as our top priority. As a result we are
Cancelling all faith formation classes (1st
through 8th grade) and confirmation classes until Monday, April 6th.
This includes first communion, RCIA, youth ministry gatherings, special
events, service projects, etc.
Also, we are giving year 3 students extra time to complete
their requirements (e.g. service hours) before our confirmation ceremony in
As more information is released concerning the coronavirus
we will update you via email and text. Finally and most importantly, know
that our parish staff and team are praying for you and our community during this