South Park – North Park – Golden Hill

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Saint Patrick Sunday Bulletin - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Sunday Bulletin


Every Saturday and Sunday, we baptize a goodly number of children and young people. We celebrate the sacrament by individual family rather than in large groups of multiple families. It is labor intensive, but it is much better than the way I did it in my earlier years as a priest.

In those days, I worked in a parish on the weekends where I would perform the ceremony in a chapel filled with approximately 35 families. If one child started to cry, it seemed that all the rest joined in creating disharmony. I would anoint 45 children with the Sign of the Cross, symbolizing the parents’ desire to teach their children who Jesus is and why He came into the world like we all did, as an infant. Every part of the sacramental ritual was repeated 45 times, one by one.

At the end of doing that every Sunday, I thought to myself, it would be easier to turn the hose on them all at once and just get it done. This was the way the parish wanted to celebrate baptisms, so I just did it. But in my mind, when I could decide how to do it, I would prefer one family at a time rather than large groups of families. It would be more personal and less chaotic.

What a world of difference! Labor intensive for sure, but it is respecting the sacredness of the sacrament.

God Bless, Fr. Michael, O.S.A.

We, the church of Saint Patrick, in the community of North Park, of the Roman Catholic Diocese and City of San Diego, declare this to be our primary mission:
to come together to celebrate the Eucharist, hear God’s word proclaimed, give praise and thanksgiving to God, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that by freely sharing our faith, talents, and treasures, we discover Christ’s presence among us and bring Him to others. We have a strong desire to give and receive love, service, peace, support, and fellowship, within our families, our parish, our community, and the world. Open to the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue this mission faithfully and lovingly.

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