St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Parish
We are Catholic Christians striving to love beyond all boundaries and to continue the mission of Christ.
6:30, 8:15 AM; 7 PM (Bilingual)
Followed by all night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel.
24-hr on first Fridays of month
Rosary (in chapel):
Monday - Fridays after the 6:30 and 8:15 am Masses.
Martes (espanol) 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena Mass:
First Wednesday of month 7:00 p.m. (other Wednesdays novena at 7:30 pm)
Sacred Heart Novena Mass:
First Friday of month, 7:00 pm
Saturday RE (9-10:30am)
Sunday RE (8:30-9:30am)
Jr. High RE (6-7:30pm)
High School Conf 1
High School Conf 2
Safeguard the Children (Virtus)
On behalf of myself, the parish staff and the parishioners I welcome you to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish Website. I am glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our parish family. We hope you find warmth and hospitality here. Click below to find a calendar of our upcoming events. As you explore this website, you will become more familiar with what St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish has to offer. As you become more acquainted with us, you may find an area in which to share time and talent with us. The success of our parish depends on the work and cooperation of all of us.
Lomita is a growing community and so are we. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish is presently serving about 5,000 families. As a community, we would like to rejoice with you in times of joy, and sympathize with you in times of sorrow. We would like to be your center of worship and we hope you will find it nourishing and enriching, both spiritually and emotionally.
While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but only a glimpse. To fully understand us, come join us for Mass, a ministry night or community group and feel the up-close, in-person fellowship that comes when people share time together with the Holy Spirit present. Once again, welcome to Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish.
Advent 2013 Message from Fr. Paul
Dear Families and Friends of St. Margaret Mary’s:
Towards the end of each calendar year we observe the season of Advent. Advent begins the Church’s liturgical year. The world is remembering another ending while we Christians look to a new beginning. The world of nature lies dormant in winter, waiting fornew life. Advent is a time of waiting for us too—a time of preparation for the new life of Christ’s coming at Christmas. Advent remembers Christ’s first coming but it also directs our minds and hearts to His Second Coming and to the fact that He is always coming to us. Thus, Advent is a period of prayerful hope and expectation.
As early as the 300s, Catholics marked some period of time before Christmas as a time of preparation. Four weeks were usually set aside, three with the subdued purple decorations that symbolized the penitential spirit of the season, and one with rose-colored (not pink!) decorations symbolizing the joy that the long-promised Savior was drawing near. Today, these same colors are used, especially in the Advent Wreath, along with appropriate scriptures highlighting the meaning of the season.
Advent is good for us. It allows us to be children again, and to prepare with childlike trusting hearts for the great feast of Christmas—the greatest event in human history—the incarnation of God made Man.If He never came to us we would still be living in “darkness and the shadow of death.” But thanks to God, He became one of us in order to hand over His body on the Cross to pay for our sins.
So let us remember that Jesus is the only reason for the season. At a time when atheists are scrambling to erase every sign of God from our culture, we need to stand firm in our beliefs. Don’t let the materialism of the masses keep you from celebrating the “Christ Mass” reverently and joyfully. Don’t allow the mass media to bully you into marking merely worldly “happy holidays” when you should be experiencing a blessed and a “Merry Christmas.” Are you ready to receive Jesus once again into your heart and into your
With prayers and best wishes,
About Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul grew up in Illinois and New Jersey before moving out west where in 1978 he received a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the California Institute of the Arts.
After several years working in the public sector, he joined the Comboni Missionaries in 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1993. Soon after he began mission assignments in the Philippines, Mexico and Los Angeles. He then spent three years as chaplain for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Alhambra, CA. After beginning his incardination into the Los Angeles Archdiocese, he spent three years as an Associate Pastor at San Antonio de Padua and Asuncion parishes in Boyle Heights. He was pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Santa Maria, CA, which is in the Northern reaches of the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 2012-13.