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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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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

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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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Annual Men’s Retreat | Jan 31 – Feb 2

Posted on January 9, 2014

Theme:  The Road to Emmaus - Companions on the Journey

St. Edward the Confessor retreat for men will be held at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center on the weekend of January 31/February 1 & 2.

Join your fellow parishioners for this weekend of spiritual enrichment and growth.  Many men who have attended in the past repeat each year. Ask one of them, why they keep coming back, they will tell you that the peace they “feel” there is like nothing else. Come join us, seek peace, turn the craziness of everyday life off for a few hours and RECHARGE!

The retreat begins Friday evening with a buffet dinner and concludes Sunday at noon. Requested donation is $215. No one is turned away if they cannot pay. You can sign up online at or by contacting one of the retreat captains, Rob Wagner, (949)842-2277,;   Greg Wise, (949)240-1080,; Tom Phelan, (714)648-2482,



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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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Retrouvaille…a lifeline for Marriages

Posted on December 26, 2013


 A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.
 Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
 Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
 Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
 Have you thought about separation or divorce?
 Does talking about it only make it worse? … Retrouvaille provides marriage help!

DATES: January 17-19, 2014
Airport Holiday Inn
Registration Fee: $250.00
Questions via Email:
Contact: Glenn & Sharon Du Bruyne
(714)349-5226 or (714)392-2952


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Annual Men’s Retreat | Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center

Posted on December 18, 2013

Theme:  The Road to Emmaus - Companions on the Journey


St. Edward the Confessor retreat for men will be held at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center on the weekend of January 31/February 1 & 2.

Join your fellow parishioners for this weekend of spiritual enrichment and growth.  Many men who have attended in the past repeat each year. Ask one of them, why they keep coming back, they will tell you that the peace they “feel” there is like nothing else. Come join us, seek peace, turn the craziness of everyday life off for a few hours and RECHARGE!

The retreat begins Friday evening with a buffet dinner and concludes Sunday at noon. Requested donation is $215. No one is turned away if they cannot pay. You can sign up online at or by contacting one of the retreat captains, Rob Wagner, (949)842-2277,;   Greg Wise, (949)240-1080,; Tom Phelan, (714)648-2482,


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Women: Illuminating and Protecting Faith | Save the Date!

Posted on December 13, 2013


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Enliven Your Advent

Posted on November 28, 2013

“The four weeks of Advent focus on waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord in glory with remembering His first coming in history.  In this way Advent is a preparation for Christmas.  But the primary emphasis is on looking forward to the Lord’s final coming at the end of time.  This focus is geared to awaken the believer to a recognition of the Lord’s daily advents into life now in what are often referred to as grace-filled moments.

This focus of Advent is made clear in the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and The Calendar issued in 1975 by the Sacred Congregation of Rites:  “Advent has a twofold character:  as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.  Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.” (# 39)  Following the Star by Reverend Mark Boyer


We invite you to deepen your relationship with Christ by participating in one or more of the following.

† An Advent Wreath can enrich your Advent prayer time. All that is required is a wreath of greenery adorned by four candles; three violet and one rose. The circular shape of the wreath is a symbol of eternity, and the greenery symbolizes hope and renewal. The candle colors symbolize penance and joy, respectively. Each week, the light becomes brighter and stronger as we wait with anxious anticipation of the coming of the Savior.

† Put a Nativity scene front and center in your home. Set out your Nativity scene at the beginning of Advent with the manger empty until Christmas Eve when Baby Jesus arrives. This sets up a mood of anticipation; everything is in place — but He has not yet come. Families can “prepare the manger” each evening by allowing the children to place a single piece of straw for each good deed done during the day. By the time Christmas Eve comes, Jesus will have a soft bed to lie in.

† Receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. On Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a Family Penance Service at St. Edward.

† Read and pray with the Little Blue Book.  Read a Scripture passage each day and let God speak to you through the words, guiding you to reflections.  These books will be in Church on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

† Visit the Blessed Sacrament in Church. Come to Eucharistic Adoration at St. Edward on December 2 & 16.

† Follow our Spiritual Snacks and Spiritual Morsels.  Download our Parish WebApp: Get them delivered to your phone, tablet, computer, or go to our Parish Facebook page, or view the Parish Instagram, or go to the Faith Formation Seeking Faith website:

† Make and pray with a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus’ birth. Adorn your Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God.

† Attend Mass on Monday, December 9th to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Masses are 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

† Participate in the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)  Mass will be held at St. Edward at 8:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Spanish)

† Read, study and pray the Bible. Attend Fr. Dave Gruver’s Bible Study on the Letter of James on Thursdays December  5, 12, & 19 at 7:00 p.m.

† Pray the Rosary.



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