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Silence & Solitude

Posted on April 15, 2014

Spring Retreat with the Carmelite Sisters of The Most Sacred Heart


This year the women of St. Edward have the opportunity to attend an additional retreat May 23 – 25th for those who can’t attend in the fall or those who would like the quiet time away twice a year. This May retreat is in addition to our regularly scheduled retreat in October.

If you would like to attend a quiet weekend in prayer led by the sisters, please contact Julie Landguard (949) 466-9103. For more information or questions about the retreat, please contact Judy Claypool at (949) 493-6617.




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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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Serenity Day Retreat | March 4, 2014

Posted on February 24, 2014


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Women’s Silent Retreat | April 4-6, 2014

Posted on February 19, 2014


Attention Ladies!

St. Edward Women’s Silent Retreat at Mater Dolorosa in the foothills of Sierra Madre will be held April 4 -6, three weeks before Easter, perfect timing.
This year’s silent retreat’s theme is “The Road to Emmaus…Companions on the Journey”. St. Luke’s Gospel tells of Jesus’ encounter with two very discouraged disciples who were returning to Emmaus after Jesus had been so brutally crucified. Their hopes were dashed but on the way home they met the resurrected Jesus who walked with them. In that encounter their whole understanding of Jesus’ mission and their future in it was renewed. In many ways, we are like them. In difficult times, in tough circumstances, we’re bent over, downcast, walking in darkness and feeling alone. This year’s retreat will explore the companions in or lives who reveal to us God’s loving presence and who give meaning to our lives. The men in our parish who attended this year’s men’s retreat say that the Passionist team again has done an awesome job in making this weekend one of spiritual enrichment and growth! This year’s requested donation is $215, which includes the non-refundable deposit of $50. Please email or call fellow parishoneer and Team Captain Liz Mojica if you have any questions and/or to make your reservation.
(949) 422-1241


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Magnificat Prayer Breakfast | February 22, 2014

Posted on February 11, 2014


Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, February 22

9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Kathy Marchetti, “Finding the Endless Font of God’s Loving Mercy and Forgiveness”

Registration includes a full-plated breakfast and speaker’s program.

Mail registration to: Magnificat Ministry:

PO Box 4381, Orange, CA  92863

Registration by mail before Feb. 15:  $28/person

Registration at the door:  $33/person

Embassy Suites Anaheim—South

11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove

Please visit for a flyer and registration information or contact Denise at (949) 583-7380 of


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Faith Formation at St. Edward the Confessor

Posted on February 9, 2014

Where are you on the journey of faith?

Whether you have always been a faithful Catholic or have recently returned to your faith, whether you went to Catholic school or went to “CCD” classes as a child, there is still so much to learn about Catholicism! The spiritual journey is an on-going and life-long chance to grow in the knowledge and love of God and to sustain our faith for a lifetime.


ADULT BIBLE STUDY | You are invited to come to our Servants of the Word Bible Study. There are 2 opportunities:  Tuesday mornings, 9:00 AM  in Knight Hall or Wednesday evenings,  7:00 PM  in the parish school.

SERENITY DAY | A half-day quiet retreat designed to deepen our relationship with God through directed conferences, reflection time, and prayer.  COMING UP: MARCH 4, 2014.

SPIRITUAL SNACKS | Do you need some spiritual nourishment  but just don’t have time for a gourmet meal?   Taste our SPIRITUAL SNACKS, short, inspiring thoughts for every day written by friends and parishioners.

Download daily to your phone at

Read them online at

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 FYI | You can get an adult update on important Catholic topics by listening to the digital recordings of our RCIA classes on Seeking Faith.

Detailed Information about our adult, youth and children’s programs are all at your fingertips on our website and mobile app…. or just call us: 949-496-6011



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Beginning Experience Weekend

Posted on February 2, 2014


Join in a retreat for Widowed, Separated or Divorced on March 14-16,  2014 .  If you are grieving the loss of your marriage through death, divorce or separation, join us for a weekend retreat.  A trained team leads participants through a healing and growth program to help participants move through grief into hope and a new beginning.

For more information, please contact:  Rosa Diaz (bilingual) (714) 860-4182 or  Larry  (714) 227-9550

The retreat cost is $225, which includes the program, materials, lodging. Five meals, beverages, and a follow up reunion event.  The location: ProSanctity Center, 205 S. Pine Drive in Fullerton. The next retreat will be October 3-5.


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Parish Ministries | Join, Call, Support!

Posted on January 24, 2014


Our Lady’s Blue Army

Join us after the 8:15 a.m. Mass on First Saturdays (next is February 1st) and every Tuesday from 6 -7:00 p.m. to honor our blessed Mother’s requests for personal conversion, the daily Rosary for world peace, prayers and sacrifices for sinners.

H.E.L.P. - a support group for those with chronic illness and/or caregivers.

Monday, February 3rd @ 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please join us in the church meeting room to pray together and discuss practical treatment and issues. If you need information regarding referrals or home or hospital visits, please call Maggie Prendiville, RN, MS at 496-7312.

Moms In Prayer

Tuesdays  @ 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  You are invited to join Moms in Prayer on Tuesday mornings from 8:00—9:00 a.m. in the Parish Meeting Room of the school.  For more information call Diane Meaglia (949) 291-3328.

Greeter’s Ministry

Help greet people arriving for Mass at the front entrance to our church. It’s fun, it’s an expression of your love,  it’s rewarding, it’s unity, it’s belonging, it’s familiarity, and it requires very little of your time. You can choose any Mass convenient for you. Please contact Larry Parker:  800-799-1119 or

Tijuana Ministry

Every Thursday after the 8:15 a.m. Mass volunteers make approximately 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which are taken to Tijuana on Friday and distributed to jail inmates, the homeless and needy. If you can make a monetary donation or donate the peanut butter and jelly, please contact Suzanne Luke at (949) 496-7209 and or drop it off at the Parish Office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Fridays  @ 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry comes together every Friday to knit, chat, and pray for the sick, the homebound and those in need of comfort who receive its prayer shawls and lap blankets.  New members, even those interested in learning how to knit, are invited to join this ministry on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Church Meeting Room.

Stephen Ministry - “Christ Caring for People through People.”


That’s what Stephen Ministry is.  Everything a person tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strict confidence.  People are often afraid that if they tell someone what is troubling them, word will get around and others will look down on them.  But a Stephen Minister keeps everything a care receiver shares confidential, and through the sharing God works miracles of healing and peace.  To learn more about the Stephen Ministry, call (949) 496-1307 x 2503 or email us at

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction can help you grow closer to God while experiencing the joys and sorrows that life presents.  By sharing your spiritual journey in a confidential one-on-one experience with a spiritual director you grow more attune to the divine call.  Jane O’Connor, a licensed Spiritual Director, offers free one-hour monthly sessions.  If you would like more information, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Jane at (949) 499-1468.

Learn about all our Ministries, CLICK HERE


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Endow Ministry for Women

Posted on January 8, 2014

Catholic women studies explore our God-given dignity and vocation. Bring your faith to life by discovering the truth and beauty of who God made us to be. Enjoy faith and fellowship; there is no homework! Which upcoming course speaks to your heart?


The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering (Salvifici Doloris)

Mondays, Jan. 27th – March 17th

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How do I find consolation and purpose in life when things go wrong?

Suffering is something we will all experience in our lives. When we suffer in union with Christ, it can be a source of innumerable graces and blessings, a powerful means through which our lives are transformed and made holy. For more information, contact  Carey Ware (949) 661-9156.

Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth

Mondays, Jan. 27th – March 24th

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Who was Edith Stein and how did her quest lead her to the Truth of Jesus Christ?

Upon entrance into religious life, Edith took the name Teresa Benedicta a Cruce (Teresa, Blessed of the Cross). Many Endow women would identify themselves as seekers on a quest for truth, just as she was. For more information, contact  Charis Williams (949) 481-6194.

Letter to Women

Tuesdays, Jan. 28th – March 18th

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What is the New Feminism and what does the Church’s teaching about being a woman mean for my life?

In Blessed Pope John Paul II’s 1995 Letter to Women, he upholds their special place in the family, the Church and the world. Letter to Women is the introductory study for new Endow groups and sets the stage for all the courses offered. For more information,  contact Kathy Eisele (949) 933-8019.

To register for a group, contact the ladies above or visit


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Ministries in Action

Posted on January 6, 2014


Our Lady’s Blue Army


Join us January 7th after the 8:15 a.m. Mass and every Tuesday from 6 -7:00 p.m. to honor our blessed Mother’s requests for personal conversion, the daily Rosary for world peace, prayers and sacrifices for sinners who have no one to pray for them, and reparation to the Eucharistic  Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Our Lady of Fatima Statue

The Blue Army has a beautiful traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is available to visit parishioners’ homes for a week at a time, from Tuesday to the following Tuesday. Please contact Carol Harris(949) 493-0794 to schedule a visit.

Moms In Prayer

Tuesdays  @ 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  You are invited to join Moms in Prayer on Tuesday mornings from 8:00—9:00 a.m. in the Parish Meeting Room of the school.  For more information call Diane Meaglia (949) 291-3328

Inviting Married Couples

Thursday January 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Join us for an evening of “Living Catholic Marriage”, a series of topics to enrich marriage by helping husbands and wives communicate better and grow stronger in their faith.  We will meet inSt. Edward’s School, 2nd floor Parish Room.  For more information, call Bob and Mary Dausch at (949) 481-1102.

Stephen Ministry 


“Christ Caring for People through People.”

YOU can play an important role . . .because you may know of a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is going through a difficult time.   This person you know could benefit from the focused care, encouragement, and support of a Stephen Minister.  Help us connect and explain the Stephen Ministry to them.  It’s a great way for you to show how much you care.  Call  Stephen Ministry at (949) 496-1307 x 2503 or email us at


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Spiritual Conference & Healing Mass

Posted on December 30, 2013


 The Servants of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph present:

A Spiritual Journey:

The Holy Family, The Trinity, The Communion of Saints

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. Edward the Confessor, Knight Hall

With Fr. George Reynolds, Fr. John Struzzo and Fr. Jerry Thompson

Music by Judith Storey Langford

$20 Registration includes Gourmet Luncheon.

Lunch guaranteed with registration received by Jan. 7, 2014. To register or for more information, please call Rosalie (949) 443-4079


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