ALL SOULS DAY VIRTUAL ALTAR 2020

ALL SOULS DAY VIRTUAL ALTAR 2020

ALL SOULS DAY

VIRTUAL ALTAR 2020

ALL SOULS DAY NOVENA

ALL SOULS DAY NOVENA

ALL SOULS NOVENA

NOVEMBER 2, 2020 - NOVEMBER 10, 2020

We invite you to begin submitting the names of your loved ones for the All Souls Day Novena.

All names will be offered up in prayer during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The deadline to submit names for first day of the Novena is on October 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Any names submitted after the deadline will be added the following week and throughout the month of November. 

Because of COVID-19, we are unable to distribute envelopes, so we are asking you to submit the names through our online forms below.

We invite you to post a picture of your home altar  and share with us virtually.  We will share them on our Facebook page or you may email your pictures to info@stlinus.org or tag us on Facebook.  

HOW TO SUBMIT NAMES OF YOUR LOVED ONES

Please follow the link here, to our secure donation site.   All names submitted will be remembered during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass beginning on All Souls Day.

The deadline to submit names of the Faithful Departed is on October 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm.  Any names submitted after this date will be added the following week and remembered throughout the month of November.

SUBMIT YOUR FATHER’S DAY VIDEO – ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

SUBMIT YOUR FATHER’S DAY VIDEO – ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

Want to wish your dad a Happy Father's Day in our Mass & Livestream Mass?

Now is your chance!

Next Steps

How to record and submit your video.

Step 1

Grab your smartphone.

Step 2

Find a relatively quiet location

Step 3

Film a 10 second video on your smartphone.
Make sure it is LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION (horizontal, not vertical). 

Pray

  


Record just like this!

“If you then who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.”

Matthew 7:11

Step 4

Follow this simple script

1) Happy Father’s Day!

2) Thank you for …

3) I love you dad!

Step 5

Fill out the submission form (super simple)

Step 6

Send us your video file on the link provided! (keep them high res, don’t compress or resize). 

Your 10 second video clip will be played at the end of our Father’s Day Livestream Mass on June 21st

Video submission deadline is on June 19th!

Late video submissions cannot be accepted.

INPUT THE INFORMATION FOR YOUR VIDEO HERE

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CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR DONATION 

and for video upload instructions 

To be re-directed to our secured
donation site.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SISTER JOSEPH ANN KOSTKA, ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SISTER JOSEPH ANN KOSTKA, ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of Sister Joseph Ann Kostka. She ministered at St. Linus for 30 years (1983-2013) and made many beautiful memories with many of us. We ask that you keep her family and her soul in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Online condolences: www.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com

Celebrating the life of Sr. Joseph Ann Kostka as an act of thanksgiving for her service in our parish, we are putting a collage together in her honor. Please send your pictures with Sister to ralvarez@stlinus.org and if you have any questions please contact Rafael Alvarez at (661)200-7232

Thank you and God Bless!

FR. ADRIAN’S CORNER, MAY 3, 2020

FR. ADRIAN’S CORNER, MAY 3, 2020

The “Mary” Month of May

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans.

It’s also the month of Mary! My early childhood memories include honoring Mary during May.  I know a number of Catholics who see May as the Month of Mary and we all get the same question from time to time: Why is May Mary’s month?

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May but the entire month! The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florales or floral games at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms. In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1st was considered the start of new growth. During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or “30-Day Devotion to Mary,” came into being. Also called, “Lady Month,” the event was held from August 15-September 14 and is still observed in some areas.

The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to Baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May, Mary month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary. It was in this era that Mary’s month and May were combined, making May the month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the 19th century and remains in practice until today.

The ways Mary is honored in May are as varied as the people who honor her. It’s common for parishes to have a daily recitation of the Rosary during May and many erect a special May altar with a statue or picture of Mary. Additionally, it’s a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary during May – a custom known as May Crowning. Often, the crown is made of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue. It’s also a reminder to the faithful to strive to imitate our Blessed Mother’s virtues. May Crowning, in some areas, is a huge celebration and is usually done outside of Mass, although Mass may be celebrated before or after the actual crowning.

But May altars and crownings aren’t just “church” things. We can and should be doing the same in our homes. When we echo the customs and traditions of the Church in our homes – our domestic churches – we participate more fully in the life of the Church.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to erect a prayer corner in your home. No matter how fancy or simple it is. The main point is that it’s a place designated for God, and more specifically, for spending time with him. Just as you need proper atmosphere to sleep, you also need proper atmosphere to pray.

For May, give Mary a special spot in your prayer corner, especially Our Lady of Fatima whose feast we celebrate on the 13th. And this year 2017 is the centenary of her apparitions in Portugal. Plus, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta, two of the three shepherd children seers, will be canonized on the same date. Sister Lucia dos Santos, the eldest of the three, passed on February 13th (again 13!) in 2005 at age 98. She is now in the process of beatification.

Make your prayer corner appealing and a real tribute to her beauty and virtue. Then, crown Mary. You can give her an actual or spiritual crown and you can make it a subtle gesture or ornate ceremony of your own device. The meaning is far more important than the action. You can do it in the beginning, at the end of May or anywhere in between.

Why? Not just because it’s a long-standing tradition in the Church, although it is. Not because there are any special graces connected to it, although there is.

No, do it because Mary is Mother – your mother, my mother, everyone’s mother – and because she cares for all of us day-in-and-day-out without fail, interceding for us in even the tiniest matters. For that, she deserves an entire month in her honor.