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Donate Your Stuff | Fiesta Country Store

Posted on April 10, 2014


Here is your opportunity to clean out your closets and garage this spring and donate all your unwanted items!  Please set aside household items, clothing, electronics, or other wares to donate for our Fiesta County Store.  Look for future notices with drop off times beginning the weekend April 26 & 27.


Done articulos de segunda mano para la fiesta 2014

Si usted tiene artículos que quisiera donar, tráigalos a la iglesia de San Eduardo:  Aceptamos ropa, artículos para el hogar, Electrónicos etc., abra un contenedor en el estacionamiento donde usted podrá depositarlos esto será a partir del 26 y 27 de abril.



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Fiesta 2014 | Booth Sponsorships Opportunities

Posted on April 8, 2014

Fiesta is May 16 – 18 this year.  Get your  Booth Sponsorships now!

St. Edward the Confessor’s Fiesta is an important annual fundraiser that benefits the students at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School as well as our entire parish community. This wonderful community event offers sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations to advertise at 4 levels:  Monarch Gold @ $1,000, Full Booth @ $500, Half Booth @ $300, and Quarter Booth @ $200.  Monarch Gold Sponsors will be offered special considerations at the Fiesta to ensure they receive high visibility. All donations are tax-deductible and the funds raised will go toward our parish’s faith formation program and our school’s ongoing efforts to keep Catholic education affordable for all families.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Guild, Fiesta Underwriting Chair, or (949) 337-3145

Sponsorship Deadline: Friday, May 2nd


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Food Drive for Our Christian Service Ministry | April 5 & 6

Posted on March 30, 2014


During this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, you are invited to help care for neighbors in need of life’s most basic necessity — food. Help stock the Christian Service food pantry with a bag or two of groceries. Monetary donations are also much appreciated and will help us provide assistance to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Food distribution to the poor and needy is administered by our Christian Service Ministry with the on-going support of our St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Donations from parishioners of canned goods and other food items supplement regular purchases of food from the Society’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

Our Christian Service food bank is located in front of Knight Hall and is open Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30  p.m.  In addition to providing food, Christian Service and St. Vincent de Paul provide material assistance to parishioners and families in Dana Point and Capistrano Beach such as funds for rent and mortgage payments, car repairs, medical and dental bills, etc.


Canned meats: tuna, chicken, salmon, spam, meat stews

Canned spaghettios and ravioli with meat

Soups and top ramen

Canned corn

Pasta and pasta sauce

Macaroni and cheese 

Peanut butter and jelly

Canned fruit and juices

Unsweetened cereal

Baby diapers

Laundry soap



*Please do not donate items that are past their expiration dates.

Thank you for your generosity.


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An eye on Parish Finances

Posted on March 21, 2014

Parish Financial Update $ Sunday Contributions

Year to Date through January 2014

Actual:  $1,194,184

Budget:   $1,228,260

Variance:   ($34,076) ← oops – that’s a negative number


Last Year - Year to Date Through January 2013

Actual:  $1,203,245

Budget:  $1,175,000

Variance:  $28,245

Donate to St. Edward the Confessor



For Christ Forever, Diocesan Capital Campaign for Christ Cathedral

Allocation Goal: $2,756,627

Pledged: $2,623,899

Paid: $1,619,701

Donate to the For Christ Forever Campaign



PSA 2014 – Proud to be Catholic ~ Sent to Serve

Donate to the 2014 Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA)


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The Three Pillars of Lenten Observance

Posted on March 4, 2014


The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism.  The season of Lent has its origins in the Baptismal catechumenate, and is the time when we look closely at our lives, just as the Catechumens are doing, to see where we need to change in order to draw closer to God and to others. It is about being for Christ and for others.

To this end the Church gives us three helps, the three “pillars” which support our Lenten journey and help us to focus on God and others:

• Prayer

• Fasting

• Almsgiving

These pillars are found in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt 6:1-18). They are meant to help us to be ready and available to center on Christ and on the needs of others, for we meet Christ when we reach out in service to others.


More time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord. We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully. We might pray for the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support their conversion journey by our prayer. We might pray for all those who will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with us during Lent that they will be truly renewed in their baptismal commitment.


† Talk with God about your life, work, sufferings, and relationships.  Ask God to help you in all areas of your life and to see what could be better.

† Along with your regular, familiar ways of prayer try a different way to pray during Lent: meditation, music, drawing, sacred movement or:

* Soul Walks on the Beach

* Labyrinth – Contemplative prayer walk

* The little black book- 6 minute daily reflections

† Use devotional prayers that lead you closer to God:

* Rosary (Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. and first Saturdays after 8:15 a.m. Mass)

* Stations of the Cross: We are blessed to have both indoor and outdoor Stations of the Cross.

      • Mornings and Fridays evenings
      •  Living Stations (school) March 12 & 26 and April 9th from 12:30 -2:00 p.m.

* Eucharistic adoration in front the Blessed Sacrament: first and third Mondays.

* XLT (praise, worship and adoration) on March 16

† Attend daily Mass.

† Join in prayer for 40 Days of Life.

† Participate in a Lenten penance service, retreat, or event:

* St. Edward Lenten Penance Service is Monday 3/24 @ 7 p.m.

* St. Edward Lenten Event:  Pilgrimage of the Heart: The Wisdom of the Christian Mystics.  Monday, April 7 through Thursday April 10.  9:30 – 11 a.m. and repeated at 7:30 –9 p.m.

* St. Edward on-line retreat @

* Women’s Silent Retreat @Mater Dolorosa 4/4-6

* For adults @ Heart of Jesus Retreat Center on 3/11 and 3/12


Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent. Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control. It is often an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. Fasting is linked to our concern for those who are forced to fast by their poverty, those who suffer from the injustices of our economic and political structures, those who are in need for any reason. By our Baptism, we are charged with the responsibility of showing Christ’s love to the world, especially to those in need. Fasting can help us realize the suffering that so many people in our world experience every day, and it should lead us to greater efforts to alleviate that suffering.


† Give up a favorite food, coffee, or beverage and donate the money not spent to the poor.

† Cut back the time you spend on the computer, watching TV, playing video games and texting, or some other form of personal entertainment; and instead spend time visiting or helping family members, friends, neighbors, the elderly, the sick or the lonely.

† Give up complaining, whining, judging, gossip and other negative behaviors. Instead express thanks and be grateful for your blessings and burdens.  Lift someone up rather than tear someone down. See Christ in all and treat all as Christ.

† Reflect on what is keeping you away from Christ.  Consider what can you do instead that will draw you closer to Christ?

Give Alms

Almsgiving, or giving of financial aid to those in need, is also linked to our baptismal commitment. It is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given to us. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.


† Share some of your income or allowance:

* To provide food and assistance to parishioners and those in need in our Dana Point and Capistrano Beach communities through our St. Edward Christian Service and St. Vincent de Paul ministries. Our collections on Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday will be given to support these ministries’ efforts.

* To support the mission effort in your school (Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl)

† Give your time and talents to visit the sick, elderly, lonely, imprisoned and home-bound.

† Contribute your time, talent, money or food to feed and provide services and support for the homeless, at-risk, and working poor in our communities through:

*  iHOPE (Interfaith Homeless Outreach Project for Empowerment)

      • Attend the Hearts for the Homeless Dinner and Silent Auction on Wed., March 12

* Welcome Inn Interfaith Needs Network  ( )

* Family Assistance Ministry (FAM)

View the Ash Wednesday schedule HERE

View Lenten activities HERE

Donate to St. Edward the Confessor and San Felipe de Jesús


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Catholic Social Justice Ministry | OC Tavern on March 12th

Posted on February 25, 2014


3rd Annual Hearts for the Homeless Dinner & Silent Auction

Wednesday March 12, from 6-9 p.m.

OC Tavern Grill & Sports Bar, San Clemente (OC Tavern will donate 20% of food & beverage purchased at the event to IHope)

Donate to the silent auction – electronics, gift cards, services, gifts, etc.

Call IHope for more details: 949-388-3633

Learn more about iHope HERE

Learn more about St. Edward’s Social Justice Ministry HERE


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2014 PSA Weekend

Posted on February 22, 2014


Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) Touches Home and Reaches Out

Every day in Orange County people of all walks of life encounter Christ and the Catholic through our outreach  programs.  Pope Francis tells us that “a church that does not go out of itself…sickens from the stale air of closed rooms”.   PSA is a powerful way in which we go beyond our parish “rooms” and let the fresh air of Christian charity enliven the lives of others and our church.  Beginning the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd each of us will have the opportunity to participate.

In November, Rafael, from Garden Grove, was unable to pay his rent because of unexpected travel expenses related to the care of his son’s inoperable brainstem tumor.  Catholic Charities of Orange County paid his rent and bought his son a Christmas present.  Last year alone, Catholic Charities fed 157,607 individuals, counseled 2,693 people, helped prevent eviction and utility cut-off for over 170 families and provided many homeless individuals with temporary housing who would otherwise have to sleep in the cold streets.

Fluent in American Sign Language, Fr Steve Correz and the Catholic deaf community are grateful to those who contribute to PSA because they make it possible for them to participate in Mass, community events and religious education programs in sign language.

Our parish recently celebrated the diaconate ordination of long-time parishioner Deacon Al Scaduto.  Now Mike Stock counts on our support as he completes his training to become a deacon. The education and ongoing formation of our 34 seminarians, 105 deacons and nearly 126 diocesan priests is made possible by our PSA contributions.

$1,000,000 in PSA grants assist more than 6,000 children who would not otherwise be able to attend Catholic elementary school. Parishioners Bertha Cárdenas and Socorro Flores from San Felipe de Jesus received PSA grants which enabled them to take adult formation classes so that they can enrich our parish by teaching the Catholic faith to others. PSA even allows us to enter doors that are otherwise locked. Parishioners Barbara Brabeck and Michael Joerger are two of more than 300 Catholic volunteers who provide spiritual formation and sacramental life for our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated.

These are just some of the ways that PSA touches home and enables us to reach out and serve others. You may have the means to contribute our entire parish assessment of $234,000 or only $10 a month over the next year but we are all called to give proportionally according to our means.  Every dollar over our PSA goal will be used exclusively for outreach ministries that will serve the poor of our community.

Please review the material and make sure to attend Mass February 22nd or 23rd to meet some of the people we served last year through PSA. PSA is truly one of the reasons I’m proud to be Catholic.

Be proud and please pledge.

Fr. Brendan Manson, Administrator

CLICK HERE to find answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information, please visit the OC Catholic Foundation website HERE



Campaña para los Servicios Pastorales 2014 (PSA)

Todos los días toda la gente de todos los ámbitos del Condado de Orange reencuentran Cristo y la Iglesia Católica a través de nuestros programas de ayuda. El Papa Francisco nos dice que “una iglesia que no sale de sí misma…enferma con su propio aire a las habitaciones cerradas”. El PSA es una forma poderosa en la que vamos más allá de nuestras parroquias “habitaciones” y dejar que el aire fresco de la caridad cristiana anime la vida de otros y de nuestra iglesia. A partir del fin de semana del 22 y 23 de febrero cada uno de nosotros tendremos la oportunidad de participar.

En noviembre, Rafael, de Garden Grove, fue incapaz de pagar su renta a causa de los gastos inesperados relacionados con los tumores del tronco cerebral inoperable de su hijo. Caridades Católicas del Condado de Orange pagaron sui renta y le compraron a su hijo un regalo de Navidad. Sólo el año pasado, Caridades Católicas alimentaron a 157,607 personas, ofrecieron consejería a 2,693 personas, ayudaron a evitar el desalojo y el corte de sus utilidades de más de 170 familias y proporcionaron muchas personas sin hogar con vivienda temporal, que de otra manera tendrían que dormir en las calles frías.

El Padre Steve Correz domina el lenguaje de señas y para la comunidad sordomuda católica agradecen a aquellos que contribuyen al PSA, ya que hacen posible que ellos participen en la misa, eventos de la comunidad y programas de educación religiosa para las personas con esta discapacidad.

Nuestra parroquia ha celebrado recientemente la ordenación diaconal del feligrés desde hace mucho tiempo el Diácono Al Scaduto. Ahora Mike Stock cuenta con nuestro apoyo mientras trabajaba en su entrenamiento para convertirse en diácono. Se hace posible la educación y la formación permanente de nuestros 34 seminaristas, 105 diáconos y cerca de 126 sacerdotes diocesanos por nuestras contribuciones al PSA.

$ 1.000.000 en becas PSA para ayudar a más de 6,000 niños que de otro modo no podrá asistir a la escuela primaria católica. Feligreses Bertha Cárdenas y Socorro Flores de San Felipe de Jesús recibieron subvenciones de PSA que les permitió tomar clases de formación para adultos, para que puedan enriquecer nuestra parroquia por la enseñanza de la fe católica a los demás. PSA incluso nos permite entrar en las puertas que están cerradas. Feligreses Barbara Brabeck y Michael Joerger son dos de más de 300 voluntarios católicos que proporcionan la formación espiritual y la vida sacramental para nuestros hermanos y hermanas que están encarcelados.

Estas son sólo algunas de las maneras en que el PSA toca en casa y nos permite alcanzar y servir a los demás. Es posible que tenga los medios para contribuir a toda nuestra evaluación parroquia de

$234.000, o sólo $10 al mes durante el próximo año, pero todos estamos llamados a dar proporcionalmente de acuerdo a nuestras posibilidades. Cada dólar más de nuestro objetivo de PSA se utiliza exclusivamente para ministerios de alcance que sirvan a los pobres de nuestra comunidad.

Por favor revise el material y asegúrese de asistir a misa el 22 de febrero o el 23 para cumplir con algunas de las personas que servimos el año pasado a través de PSA. PSA es verdaderamente una de las razones por las que soy Sea orgulloso y por favor prometer.

Siéntase Orgullos y Contribuya.

Padre Brendan Manson, Administrador

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para encontrar respuestas a preguntas frecuentes.

Para obtener más información, por favor visite el sitio web de la Fundación Católica OC AQUÍ


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Blood Drive February 23rd | Knights of Columbus

Posted on February 16, 2014


Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Location: Red Cross Bloodmobile at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church

  • Walk-ins are welcome!
  • To schedule appointment or for information contact Stanley Yost (949) 374-9255 or email:
  • Sign up online at - use sponsor code: Edwards

All participants will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to select Anaheim Ducks Hockey games.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus


Read more about the Knights on our Ministries page, HERE

Read the February 2014 Knightline newsletter,


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Donate Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

Posted on February 14, 2014


SLEEPING BAG DRIVE FOR HOMELESS NOW thru February 14th.  Please help our local homeless folks as our weather turns colder. Bring in a new or slightly used sleeping bag to Gloria Fetta, Faith Formation office at school. YOU CAN make a difference in someone’s life!  Many are homeless, cold and hungry.


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Save a Life | Donate Blood on February 23rd

Posted on February 3, 2014


Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Location: Red Cross Bloodmobile at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church

  • Walk-ins are welcome!
  • To schedule appointment or for information contact Stanley Yost (949) 374-9255 or email:
  • Sign up online at - use sponsor code: Edwards

All participants will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to select Anaheim Ducks Hockey games.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus


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One Warm Coat | Thank You for Your Generosity

Posted on January 27, 2014


Thank you to all the parishioners who contributed to the Welcome Inn Coat Drive on January 11 & 12.  The drive was a big success!  We collected over 325 coats for the homeless and needy.

You can still donate…

If you wanted to donate a coat but forgot to bring it, please contact  Joe O’Connor (949) 499-1468.


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