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Papal Easter Message - "Urbi Et Orbi"

VATICAN CITY –  The following is the text of the Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' Easter Sunday `'Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for `to the city and to the world') read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

`'Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel's message to the women: "Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised . Come, see the place where he lay" (Mt 28:5-6).

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Holy Thursday at St. Matthew

Holy Thursday: Passover and Washing of the Feet Commemoration
Along with Washing of the Feet for SMYLE JR. Ministry

St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ceres-Ca

img 9308Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me." John 13:8

Photos and Summary by: St. Matthew Catholic Church Media Team

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, the faithful of St. Matthew Parish gathered to commemorate the Holy Thursday. Blessed once again by our beloved Fr. Peter Georgis, whose reflection on the Gospel reading of The Holy Thursday was both powerful and passionate. His words pierced the hearts and minds of many of us, as he took us through the events of The Last Supper, and as the drama was unfolded, we were given a glimpse of the life of our Lord, Who Himself Is The Master of the servants.

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Holy Thursday at the Cathedral

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded...

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Consecration of Oils

IMG 6724On Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014, His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo performed the rite of the Consecration of Oils. This ceremony is only done once every three years where the oils used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Annointing of the Sick. The Bishop invited all the clergy in San Diego, including the Seminarians of Mar Abba and the religious sisters, Daughters of Mary Immaculate Conception and the Workers of the Vineyard. All who were present gathered around the altar to witness the consecration. 

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Lenten Dramatization

img 6654Ascending with Jesus and Descending with Mary

On Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15, 2014 St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael's Church lead the people in a lenten dramatization of the Lord's passion. The theme of the event was a meditation on God's love and mercy toward his people. The St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael's choirs joined together to provide the event with beautiful music. The melodies and songs were able to lift the people up and meditate more deeply on Christ's sacrifice. The dramatization took place in three parts, the first was the journey to Calvary with Jesus, the second was arriving at Calvary with him and witnessing his death, the final part was descending Calvary with Our Lady. 

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Palm Sunday at St. Mary's

St. Mary parish celebrated Palm Sunday on April 13th, 2014. A special prayer was also said on behalf of our recently deceased beloved Patriarch, Mar Emmanuel Delly. After the Mass, the faithful gathered in the church hall for the Easter bazaar.

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Palm Sunday at St. Matthew

img 9027Palm Sunday Celebration at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ceres-Ca

"The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest." Matthew 21:9

On April 13th, 2014, the faithful gathered at St Matthew Parish to celebrate Palm Sunday. The celebration began with the blessing of Palms by our Pastor, Fr. Awraha Mansoor, and was followed by a procession into the Parish to celebrate the Holy Mass. In his sermon, Fr. Awraha reflected on the Gospel readings for Palm Sunday; he elaborated on several great points from which we can learn many good lessons; and he emphasized on the importance of relying on our Lord in our lives and not on ourselves or others. Following the Mass we went to the Parish hall where Daughters of Mary Ministry of our Parish held their beautiful annual Spring Bazaar once again.

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Palm Sunday at the Cathedral

IMG 6573 (1024x683)April 13, 2014 - "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass." The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" ~Matthew 21:5-9

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Diocesan Clergy Retreat

IMG 3016The clergy of St. Peter Diocese gathered at the Benedictine Monastery, the Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside for a spiritual retreat. The group of 13 priests and 2 Bishops gathered at the Abbey from Tuesday, April 8 to Thursday, April 10. The retreat was based on Micah 6:8, "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" The retreat was a great opportunity for the clergy to gather with Christ and enjoy one another's company. It was also a great way to prepare for Holy Week, often the most strenuous week in the life of a priest. 

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Concluding the Funeral Service for Deceased Patriarch

IMG 6478The funeral service for His Beatitude, Patriarch Emeritus and Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, ended with a procession out of the Cathedral. The procession was lead by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, and accompanied by the clergy of St. Peter Diocese and the faithful. The body will be moved to Michigan where funeral services will be held at Mother of God Cathedral in Southfield. He is to buried at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery.

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