Saint Mel Catholic Church / Norco, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor:    Gerardo Mendoza Became Pastor on July 1, 2013 /  First term completed

June 30, 2019.   2nd term approved by Bishop Barnes.

See staff page for staff members

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St Mel - On Line Giving

A Convenient and secure way to Give from the safety of your home!

At St. Mel, we offer our parishioners the opportunity to make donations online through We Share.  You can schedule regular recurring donations for your tithes,  DDF donations, etc., or arrange one-time donations for these or for things like second collections or major projects.

Simply click on the We Share link below and follow the prompts to register as a donor, then set up your user name  and password to manage your donation(s), date(s) and amount(s).

If you need any help with getting set up with We Share, their Customer Support number during the COVID 19 lockdown is 800)  950-9952, then choose #3, then #2 to connect to a customer service representative.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to being able to join together again as a community to celebrate mass, Christ and each other!  Stay home, stay safe, stay well.

WE  SHARE 

St Mel ON-LINE GIVING  (Tithing)

Link:      https://stmelnorco.churchgiving.com

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St Mel Donaciones en-línea computadora

¡Una manera conveniente y segura de dar desde la seguridad de su hogar!

En St. Mel, ofrecemos a nuestros feligreses la oportunidad de hacer donaciones en línea a través de We Share. Puede programar donaciones periódicas para dar su diezmo, donaciones al DDF, etc., u organizar donaciones únicas para estas o para cosas como segundas colectas o proyectos importantes.

Simplemente haga clic en el enlace We Share a continuación y siga las instrucciones para registrarse como donante, luego configure su nombre de usuario y contraseña para administrar su(s) donación(es), fecha(s) y cantidad(es).

Si necesita ayuda para configurar We Share, el número de Atención al cliente durante el bloqueo de COVID 19 es 800) 950-9952, luego elija el # 3 y luego el # 2 para conectarse con un representante de servicio al cliente.

¡Gracias por su apoyo, y esperamos poder reunirnos nuevamente como comunidad para celebrar la Santa Misa en presencia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo! Quédese en casa, manténgase a salvo, manténgase bien.

WE  SHARE 

St Mel ON-LINE GIVING  (Tithing)

Link:      https://stmelnorco.churchgiving.com

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Click Here to  Download Novena Prayer----

Novena Prayer to the Holy Spirit

(English and Spanish)

Start Novena on May 27th (the day after Ascension Thursday) --  this is a preparation for Pentecost Sunday which is May 31st.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

 "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack" Psalm 23:1

April 1, 2020

My Dear Parishioners,

We know that this pandemic has changed the way we are able to practice our faith. Because of public health agency directives and genuine concern over the potential spread of coronavirus, all public masses in the Diocese, including our parish, are suspended. Likewise, the Sacraments of Confession and Baptism are not available, and First Communion and Confirmation programs are also suspended until further notice.

Nothing could be more painful for me and for Bishop Barnes than to have to suspend the Sunday Mass and these other fundamental elements of our faith. It is a cross we will carry together in this Lenten Season. Remember, the Passion is the way of the Resurrection. We hope and trust in God that these sacrifices will benefit the common good in protecting our people from serious illness or even death.

Our parish office is maintaining limited operations so that we may remain connected to you and your families. Although we cannot receive the public due to health directives, a staff member will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to answer phone calls and emails. Sadly, we know the crisis will affect our financial health as a parish. As your pastor I want to thank all of you who are sending in your weekly donations, even though we are not having church services at this time. Also please consider the option of online giving, which you can sign up for on our parish website stmelnorco.org.  As a parish, we will be taking immediate steps to limit expenses.

In the midst of this crisis we may be tempted to isolate ourselves in fear. Please remember that our Catholic faith calls us to continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, take this time to strengthen the bonds of your family, show extra compassion and care for the poor, and never lose hope and trust in Our Lord Jesus. Please keep your family's faith alive by viewing the Mass online, reading the Sacred Scriptures daily, and take time to pray the Holy Rosary and grow in your Catholic faith as a family.

Fr. James and I have been praying for all of you. Our Bishop will be offering Holy Week Services. Please access our Diocesan website sbdiocese.org for mass schedules. Also please remember that EWTN offers daily mass services. Please make your Spiritual Communion with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The coronavirus may frighten us, but it will not defeat us. May Our Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, guide us together in the days and weeks ahead. God loves you!

Yours in His service,

Fr. Gerardo Mendoza, Pastor

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UNA CARTA IMPORTANTE DE NUESTRO PASTOR

“El Señor es mi pastor, nada me falta.” Salmo 23,1

1 de abril de 2020

Mis queridos feligreses,

Ya sabemos que la actual pandemia ha cambiado la forma en que podemos practicar nuestra fe. Debido a las directivas de las agencias de salud pública y la preocupación por la posible propagación del coronavirus, se han suspendido todas las misas públicas en la Diócesis, incluyendo nuestra parroquia. De igual manera, los Sacramentos de Confesión y Bautismo no están disponibles, y los programas de Primera Comunión y Confirmación también se han suspendido hasta nuevo aviso.

Nada podría ser más doloroso para mí y para el Obispo Barnes que tener que suspender la misa dominical y estos otros elementos fundamentales de nuestra fe. Es una cruz que cargaremos juntos en este tiempo de Cuaresma. La  Pasión es el camino de la Resurrección. Esperamos y confiamos en Dios que estos sacrificios beneficiaran el bien común, para proteger a la gente de enfermedades graves o incluso la muerte.

Nuestra oficina parroquial mantiene operaciones limitadas para que podamos permanecer conectados con usted y sus familias. Aunque no podemos recibir al público debido a las directivas de salud pública, un miembro del personal estará en la oficina los lunes, miércoles, y viernes para poder contestar llamadas telefónicas y correos electrónicos. Lamentablemente, sabemos que la crisis afectará nuestra salud financiera como parroquia. Como su pastor, quiero agradecer a todos los que envían sus donaciones semanales, a pesar de que no tenemos servicios en la iglesia en este tiempo. Por favor, considere la opción de donaciones en línea, a la que puede inscribirse en el sitio web de nuestra parroquia stmelnorco.org. Como parroquia, tomaremos medidas inmediatas para limitar nuestros gastos financieros.

En medio de esta crisis, podemos sentir la tentación de aislarnos en el miedo. Recuerde que nuestra fe católica nos llama a continuar proclamando el Evangelio de Jesucristo. Por lo tanto, tómese este momento para fortalecer los lazos de su familia, muestre una mayor compasión y cuidado de los pobres, y nunca pierda la esperanza y la confianza en Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Mantenga viva la fe de su familia viendo la Misa en línea, leyendo las Sagradas Escrituras diariamente,  rezando el Santo Rosario y  practicando la paciencia con los demás.

El padre James y yo hemos estado orando por todos ustedes. Nuestro Obispo ofrecerá servicios de Semana Santa por nuestro sitio web diocesano sbdiocese.org empezando el domingo de Ramos. También recuerde que EWTN ofrece misas diariamente. Por favor, haga su Comunión Espiritual con nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

El coronavirus puede asustarnos, pero no nos derrotará. Que Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, el Buen Pastor, nos guie juntos en los días y semanas venideros. ¡Animo, Dios nos ama!

En el amor de Cristo,

Rev. Gerardo Mendoza, Párroco

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FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS AND MASS  ---   Cancelled until further notice

Join Fr. James every First Saturday of the month for at 8am in the Chapel
in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.  Everyone invited.

PRIMER SABADO MISA Y DEVOCIONES

Acompaña al P. James todos los primeros sábados del mes para las 8 de la mañana
en la Capilla en honor a nuestra Señora de Fátima. Todos invitados.

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Bishop Barnes to Lead Diocese for Additional Year

Bishop Barnes will continue to shepherd the Diocese of San Bernardino past his 75th birthday next June he announced.  "I will be staying on one more year" he told priests on Advent day at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish.   "It was a big shock to everybody," he said.   Everyone was thinking  the new Coadjutor would take over in June next year.  Bishop Barnes will be submitting his letter of resignation on his 75th birthday in June.

 

 

Coadjutor Bishop Alberto Rojas

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced on Monday, December 2, 2019 that Pope Francis has named Bishop Alberto Rojas as the Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino.
Bishop Rojas, 54, will work alongside Diocesan Bishop Gerald Barnes until his retirement and then become the third Ordinary Bishop in the 41-year history of the Diocese of San Bernardino.
Bishop Rojas is a native of Aguascalientes, Mexico has spent his entire ministry as a priest and Bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  He will begin his ministry as SB Diocese Coadjutor in February.   "I have so much to learn", he said.   "But with an open mind, I am looking forward to working with all of you, my brother priests, deacons, religious men and women, the youth, parish leaders, eclesial movements, and all people of good will in this diocese."

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Divina Misericordia

See Events

 

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  Our Catholic Faith and God's gift and purpose  of life is explained so beautifully by Fr Muller.   Take a little journey with Fr Muller as he shows us how and why we ought to live in Christ.   It will be worth a few minutes of your time to see and hear this story which all us should replay daily in our hearts.  Click on the URL below and enjoy the message in full color.

https://manifestooffaith.com/?fbclid=IwAR245pkL2ATZSCBivxYpZ8VewlACfTcSmi3At-yG92pGoKapUBT54keeaeM

 

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Encuentro de Evangelizacion y Sanacion
Vea Eventos / Anuncios

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Daily Bible Readings:  Go to Devotions under Worship menu

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Catholic Daily Reflections
https://catholic-daily-reflections.com/daily-reflections/
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Go to bulletin section of this web for more info

Check bulletin for info on:
Youth Ministry, Healing Retreats, World Youth Day

See below for location of our church + map,   contact us phone and other info

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Diocesan Development Fund Campaign Progress

Diocese Goal: $64,100.00
Pledges Made: $68,140.00
Gifts Received: $41,885.45
Donors: 185
Percent of Goal: 65.34 %
As of: May 21, 2020 9:37PM

Demographics

Registered Families: 2748

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR MISSION

We the people of St. Mel's Catholic Faith Community, a rural, diverse, and inviting parish baptized into the body of Christ, formed by the Word and Sacrament, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, seek to evangelize God's people to be a visible sign of God's love.

NUESTRA MISION

Nosotros el pueblo de la comunidad de fe de San Mel, una parroquia rural, diversa y acogedora, bautizada en el Cuerpo de Cristo, formada por la Palabra y Sacramento, y fortalecida por el Espíritu Santo, busca evangelizar al pueblo de Dios para que sea un signo visible del amor de Dios.

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HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OUR PARISHIONERS OF ST. MEL CHURCH.

THE LORD HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD.      ALLELUIA

IT IS WITH JOYFUL HEARTS THAT WE WANT TO ANNOUNCE TO OUR PARISHIONERS THAT STARTING SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020

 Fr. JAMES AND I WILL BE LIVESTREAMING 2 MASSES DURING THIS PANDEMIC. 10AM SPANISH AND 11:30AM ENGLISH.

 Fr. JAMES AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS HELPING US WITH THESE SPECIAL CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST.

Click Here for ---

U-Tube Catholic Mass at St Mel

Facebook Catholic Mass at St Mel

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Click Here for Daily Masses on EWTN (On-Line Mass)  ---

EWTN Daily Mass

EWTN Daily Mass and Readings, Daily Readings, & Catholic Readings

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FELIZ PASCUA A TODOS NUESTROS PARROQUIARIOS DE LA

IGLESIA   ST.  MEL.

EL SEÑOR HA RESUCITADO DE LA MUERTE.   ALELUIA

ES CON CORAZONES ALEGRES QUE QUEREMOS ANUNCIAR A NUESTROS PARROQUIARIOS QUE COMIENZAN EL DOMINGO 19 DE ABRIL DE 2020

Fr.  JAMES Y YO VIVIREMOS 2 MASAS DURANTE ESTA PANDEMIA. 10AM ESPAÑOL Y 11:30 AM INGLÉS.

Fr. JAMES Y YO QUIERO DECIR GRACIAS A TODOS NUESTROS VOLUNTARIOS QUE NOS AYUDAN CON ESTAS CELEBRACIONES ESPECIALES DE LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA.

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English --  Message from the Bishop (April 24, 2020):
To my dear friends in Christ

Spanish --  Mensaje del Obispo (24 de abril de 2020)
A mis queridos amigos en Cristo

 

ALERT !!!

ATTENTION ALL ST MEL PARISHIONERS -  Suspension  of all Masses

Msgr Gerard M. Lopez has published a notice on March 17th to all diocese parishioners including St Mel Catholic Church.  Below is his response  statement regarding the COVID-19 known as  the Corona Virus:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
After much  prayer to Our Lord Jesus and reflection with the People of God, and in light of the new developments, Bishop Barnes has provided us with the following authoritative guidance and protocols on our Diocesan response to the ongoing public health crisis.  Pleae review these points carefully.  All of these points go into effect in the Diocese of San Benardino IMMEDIATELY and UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE---

  1.   Effective immediately, all Masses the Diocese of San Bernardino are suspended as to public celebrations.  This means ALL daily and weekend Masses at all parishes, missions, chapels, hospitals and any and all outdoor Masses anywhere in the Diocese, including the Diocesan Pastoral Center.  This suspension is effective immediately and will continue until further notice.
  2.  Communion by Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion  only to those legitimately on the sick list.
  3.  Individual confessions and communal Penance services are suspended immediately.
  4.  Confessions are allowed only for those in danger of death.
  5.  Anointing of the sick and Holy Communion are allowed for parishioners who are ill in their houses, but sick calls must be in accordance with any health department directives in place.
  6.  Baptisms are all suspended except those in danger of death.
  7. Weddings are postponed to a later date if possible.
  8.  Funeral services are suspended except Rite of Committal (graveside) but no more than 10 persons may attend.
  9.  First Holy Communions are on hold but decision will be evaluated on April 1st.
  10. Confirmations are all on hold and a decision will be evaluated on April 5th.
  11.  Holy Week and Triduum Services decision will be made on April 1st on whether these services will be celebrated by parishes.
  12.  Religious Education classes, Stations of the Cross, formation classes, prayer groups, Eucharistic adoration, retreats, Quinceaneras, all festivals, fiestas, carnivals and all parish activities are suspended on-site and off-site.  No exceptions.
  13. Food Pantries will remain open at the usual times.
  14. Soup Kitchens and sit down meals at Church must be closed immediately.
  15.  Chrism Mass decision will be made on April 1st regarding the Chrism Mass.  The Ecclesial ?Dinner is cancelled.
  16.  Parish offices will be closed to the public but phone line and email service will be open

Please note that this comprehensive Diocesan Response is intended to be our Church's contribution in our local community response to the ongoing Corona Virus crisis.  As an important member of the Inland Empire community, we must take effect and dedicated steps in dealing with this crisis, while keeping our Catholic Faith alive here in the Diocese of San Bernardino.

May Our Lord bless you with strength and good health.  May Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Saint Bernardine of Siena intercede for us from Heaven.

Msgr Lopez

Note:   St Mel Sunday Masses may be seen  On-Line by clicking on this Link:

 Facebook Page (click here)

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Photos of Alpha Event on Jan 15

What Is Alpha?

Alpha presents itself as "a basic introductory course to the Christian faith."

  • It provides a clear and non-threatening way to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people from all walks of life
  • It helps lead people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, within the context of the parish
  • It is ecumenical in that it covers the basic Christian truths shared by all traditions
  • It may be the most effective form of direct evangelization in common use today.[1]

The program consists of ten weekly meetings including a meal, a talk, and small group reflection; there is also a retreat and a celebration dinner, which serves as the introduction for the next cycle of the course.  Bring the kids.   They will be cared for during the event.

If you missed this event, you can email the Alpha Leaders below for the next Alpha event.  You owe it to yourself to come closer to God.

  The Alpha Leaders at St Mel:       rvillanueva40@yahoo.com

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Pro-Life Prayer Group

See my picture before and after my birth.   This is my Body

Join us to pray the rosary for the Unborn on all first Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Church (south side)

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Also go to front of church for free pamphlets and prayer cards

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Bishop Barnes with Fr Mendoza, St Mel staff, and some ministers 
earlier last year.

 

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Catholic Marriage Encounter new schedule.
See events / announcements

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NEW DIOCESAN OFFICE OF MARRIAGE AND
FAMILY LIFE ESTABLISHED

Mario and Paola Martinez will be heading up a new Diocesan ministry which will
focus on everyday realities of marriage, Natural family planning, Parenting,
Mental Illness, and divorce and separation.  Although there are ministries that
address these issues in part, this new ministry will serve as an information resource,
and a hub to reach out to those experiencing these issues and realities.

NUEVA OFICINA DIOCESANA DE MATRIMONIO Y
VIDA FAMILIAR ESTABLECIDA

Mario y Paola Martínez encabezarán un nuevo ministerio diocesano que
se centran en las realidades cotidianas del matrimonio, Planificación familiar natural, Crianza,
Enfermedad mental, divorcio y separación. Aunque hay ministerios que
abordar estas cuestiones en parte, este nuevo ministerio servirá como un recurso de información,
y un centro para llegar a aquellos que experimentan estos problemas y realidades.

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MINISTRY LEADERS
You are invited to add any announcements and events to the St Mel web
Please call or email Gil Bastien
H (951) 734-5125
gbastien3@ca.rr.com

WHAT'S NEW AT ST MEL

* Young men's youth group now starting-see events
* West parking lot additional parking space under construction
* Library in Hall in planning
* Free Pamphlets and prayer material (entrance to church)

LÍDERES DEL MINISTERIOS
Se le invita a añadir cualquier anuncio y evento a la web de St Mel
Por favor llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Gil Bastien
H (951) 734-5125
gbastien3@ca.rr.com

NOVEDADES

* El grupo juvenil de los jóvenes ahora comienza a ver los eventos
* Estacionamiento oeste plaza de aparcamiento adicional en la planificación
* Biblioteca en Hall en planificación
* Folletos gratuitos y material de oración (entrada a la iglesia)

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