Saint Anne - St Anne's

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Saint Anne - St Anne's

Msgr. Mike Heher, Pastor

pastor@stannesealbeach.org

Fr. Duy Le, Parochial Vicar

pv@stannesealbeach.org

Fr. Robert Vidal, Pastor Emeritus

Deacon Gary Mucho

Sr. Samuel Marie Settar

Director of Religious Education

sr.sam@stannesealbeach.org

SCHEDULE

MASSES

SATS: 5:00 pm;

SUNS: 8:00, 10:00 am, 12:00

DAILY (incl. Sat.): 9:00 am

HOLY DAYS: as Announced

PENANCE

Weekdays: 8:30-8:50 a.m

Saturday, 4-4:45 pm;

or by appointment

T HE GIFTS OF THE

H OLY SPIRIT ARE:

W ISDOM

U NDERSTANDING

WONDER AND AWE

RIGHT JUDGEMENT

K NOWLEDGE

C OURAGE

R EVERENCE

CONTACT US

OFFICE: 340 10th Street

Seal Beach, California 90740-6402

Monday—Friday 9:45am—5:00pm

Saturday by appointment only

Website: www.stannesealbeach.org

PARISH: (562) 431-0721

stannesealbeach@yahoo.com

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: (562) 431-8524

sr.sam@stannesealbeach.org

YOUTH MINISTRY:

ym@stannesealbeach.org

27 MAY 2012 PENTECOST

Saint Anne

A ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH OF THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

SEAL BEACH


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WHAT EVERY COMMUNITY NEEDS, INCLUDING OURS

the day that Francis di Bernardone was

praying in a broken down pilgrim’s chapel. The

Christ on the cross spoke to him. We do not

know how, whether he heard a voice with his ear or

in his soul. It told him: “Rebuild my church.” So the

young man begins to fix up church buildings. He repaired

the church of San Damiano, refurbished a chapel

dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, and then restored the

now-famous little chapel of St. Mary of the Angels

(Santa Maria degli Angeli), the Porziuncola, on the plain

below Assisi, where Christ had once spoken to him. In

time, Francis realized that he might have been given a

vocation, not a task, that he

was being called to renew the

faith of the people in his time

and place: he came to believe

that he was to call them to repentance.

As a lay person, he

had no license to preach but

that was only one of his many

challenges.

By all accounts, Francis

had a charismatic personality

which attracted others to his

calling. For them he wrote a

very simple rule (Regula primitiva,

“Primitive Rule”) drawn

from passages in the Bible calling

upon them “To follow the teachings of our

Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.” Unaccountably

he won backing for his “Friars Minor” from

Pope Innocent III, even though others at the Vatican felt

that the mode of life Francis proposed was unsafe and

impracticable. Too much poverty. Too much simplicity.

Too little structure. Pope Innocent was said to have

had a dream in which a poor man from Assisi was holding

up the Lateran, the cathedral of Rome and thus the

center of Christendom and it was indeed coming to pass:

the church was being rebuilt in spirit by Francis and his

community. Francis and his friars were soon traveling

from church to church preaching the good news in ways

that their hearers could respond to.

In time, however, the earlier concerns proved prescient.

Although everyone loved and admired Francis, he

was not much of an administrator. His inspiration need-

ed a more workable form. He appointed Peter Catani as

his vicar to handle the order’s practical affairs but the

Franciscan mode of life was so loose, no one was quite

sure who was in charge and how their growing community

could best remain united and focused on their mission.

Francis submitted a revised rule—known as

the Regula secunda (“Second Rule”), or Regula bullata

(“Rule with a Bull”)—to Pope Honorius III, who

approved it. It added regulations for discipline, preaching,

and entry into the order. Then Francis withdrew

to a hermit’s life of prayer and fasting and things came

to a critical point. In time, it was Saint Bonaventure,

who had the theology and the administrative

skills that Francis

lacked, who gave the religious order

Francis founded the form it

needed.

The Franciscans have had their

ups and their downs over the

years. Some friars veered impractically

toward the mystical like

Francis himself and others became

religious “bean-counters” who,

like the Pharisees of old, thought

that the form was more important

than the spirit of Francis which

inspired it, crushing the creativity

and energy that is essential to a

spiritual mission.

I am not suggesting that we become Franciscans but

we can learn something about any community with a

spiritual mission. Without inspiration, we have no reason

to participate; we might as well roll over and go

back to sleep. Without form, the call cannot take the

shape it needs; it will remain nothing more than good

intentions or an interesting idea. But the structure, no

matter how well suited it may be, will die without contact

with the original inspiration. It’s like a ship in the

doldrums without a breeze. This is worth considering

on this Pentecost. All of us need to keep connected

with the Christ who speaks in the depths of our hearts

and the Spirit which inspires us to give our lives to impractical

things like simplicity, service, sharing the good

news and maybe even poverty and chastity.

Msgr. Mike


Pentecost Page Three

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

The Knights of Columbus invite Parishioners to join us

for a fun night at Angel Stadium to see the Angels play

the San Francisco Giants. The date is Wednesday, June

20th. The price for preferred field seat, plus Bus transportation

to and from St. Anne’s parking lot, plus a hot

dog and small soda is only $43.00 per person. Tickets

are limited due to the number of seats on the bus, and

will be sold on a first come first served basis.

We will leave St. Anne’s parking lot at 5:30 for the 7:05

game, and normally return by 10:30. Don’t miss out on

this fun, family event.

For tickets, please contact

Al Hentges 562-494-7037.

MONTHLY MEETINGS/MEMBERSHIP

St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus invites every Catholic

Man in our Parish to join our Council. We generally

meet the 1st Monday of each month

at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The next meeting is Monday, June 4th. Contact John

Campbell at (310) 529-5713 for additional information.

WOMEN’S GUILD

“COME WINE A BIT”

On June 25th we will have an evening of Bunco and other

games, with wine and light appetizers. If you don’t know

how to play our hostesses will be glad to teach you. The

evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and there is a $5.00 fee

at the door for prizes. RSVP by June 20th to Paula

562-493-4624 or Christa 714-799-0168.

Don’t delay, space is limited!

Saint Anne

PLEASE PRAY FOR

Robert Bell, Geoff Barnard, Claire

Brunone, Sandy Plante, Lee

Swearingen, Charles Castagna, Jodie

Dietenbeck, Ron Flores, Esther Delgadillo,

Madeline Watkins, Jim and

Georgia Crowley, Fr. Sy Nguyen,

Kathleen Kastner

8TH ANNUAL “HELPING THE

FAMILIES OF OUR

WOUNDED WARRIORS”

Please join me in providing funds for the needy families of

our Military Wounded Warriors (Service Men & Women).

Many families fly in from out of the area to be with

their wounded loved one at the Naval Hospital Camp

Pendleton. The Pastoral Care Services need the funds and

convenience of providing them with their needs during the

duration of their stay, with food certificates, hotels, transportation,

etc. This will ease the financial struggles and

trying times that these families face. Your financial support

will be much appreciated by them. Please be assured

that it is tax deductible (their tax ID# is 330484411). If

you have any questions, email me at dprogar@cox.net or

call me 949-525-7092. Please make check payable to:

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton—Food Fund. Mail to:

Mrs. Deana Progar, c/o St. Edward Church, 33926 Calle

La Primavera, Dana Point, 92629. Thank you in advance.

Saint Anne ARE YOU REGISTERED?

SEAL BEACH

Many people come to church here at Saint Anne’s but never get around to registering. Are you one of

them? Registration has its privileges. Ours is a small cozy church with a just long enough aisle, the

kind that attracts brides and others. But we try to limit its use so it will be available to our parishioners

and the members of their families when they need it. How do we know you are a regular? By your

registration. It doesn’t cost anything and we send you the schedule of services for special occasions

and other special events. It’s your way of letting us know that you belong. To register just stop by the

parish office during the week or call Katie so she can get your information over the phone.

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