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God's call

Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the “good news” of the gospel, which is that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15). Consider also that Mark portrays Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom coming not only as a gift ("good news"), but also with a demand ("repent").



Feast of the Baptism of Jesus

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings my dear Holyrood family.

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 12, when we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we will also enter our Annual Meeting as a vigorous and revitalized church.


Seeking for Jesus with perseverance

I wonder what the Magi saw in the sky that first night. What was it that got them thinking? What was it that motivated them to pack and begin a journey to who knew where? Something had been revealed to them. But what was it? Was it in the sky, in their mind, in their heart? We don’t have much historical information about these wise people and their journey. But the interesting thing is that challenging all obstacles came to meet Jesus;

They looked for him and found him.



Community - Eucharist Mass

Good morning, blessings and happy Saturday my dear family of Santa Cruz. Tomorrow Sunday we will have our Community - Eucharist Mass at 10:00 am in English and ASL and in Spanish at 1:00 pm. We will also have the visit of our Parish Board, particularly the two Guardians, who will explain, along with me, the rationale for the decision taken to move the elections of the Annual Assembly, from January to March 2020. And we will also be celebrating the traditional liturgy of the Day of Kings / Queens.


The Gospel for today

The Gospel for today (Luke 2:36-40) is the story of Anna the prophetess. It might seem like a bit too much to ask a person to be praying day and night. This is the case only if we have a very limited vision of prayer, namely that prayer is recitation of devotional formulas in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There is far more to prayer than this. Our whole life ought to be one long prayer to God.



The empty tomb

First, the Gospel tells us that a woman, Mary Magdalene, was the first witness of the resurrection of Jesus because when the rest of the disciples hid because they were afraid or too entertained with the affairs of the daily life , she did not lose faith and went out to meet the risen Jesus. And here the invitation for today is that we don't lose faith, that is, don't let them discourage us. That is why today I want to find the resurrection of finding heaven here on earth. That is, to live this transformation you don't have to die, you just have to learn to live.



Celebration of Kwanzaa

Good morning, happy Thursday and blessings my dear Holyrood family.  Today we begin our celebration of Kwanzaa.


This is a gathering to celebrate Afro-descendant cultures and held between December 26 and January 1, with each day focused on one of the seven core values ​​or “'Nguzo Saba”, a candle is lit every day. 


Today I invite you to meditate in the first Kwanzaa candle and let’s meditate in the principle or value Umoja (Unit). And let’s recognize the need we have as individuals and as a church in general to cultivate Unity in diversity.



Compassion over pain and shame

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings my dear Holyrood family. I remind you that tomorrow Sunday we will have our Community Masses and Eucharist ‪at 10:00 am‬ in English & ASL and in Spanish ‪at 12:00 pm‬. 
During the sermon I want to take a moment to consider the faithfulness of Joseph. We hear a lot about Mary, and rightly so. She was, after all, the mother of Jesus, the only person constant in the life of Jesus from the cradle to the grave. But what do we know about Joseph? So, in the sermon we are going to take just a moment to give Joseph his due.