Our Re-founding!

December 12, 2014

decree-refounding We have been absent for several years because of the process we have been going through with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Now we are happy to be able to update you on our community!

We were erected in 1989 and re-founded on December 12, 2013 as a Public Association of the Faithful in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Stay in touch for future posts!

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Advent and Christmas Greetings 2014

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Praise be Jesus Christ!

Click here to read our Advent-Christmas Letter_2014.

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July 2011 Month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus

+JMJ We are now in the Ordinary Time of the Church year and the full swing of summer time! We have taken this month away from the parish in order to complete work on the outside of our convent home, which continues to be under construction interiorly. The painting of the side fences has been completed, the back fence torn down and a concrete curb installed in preparation for the new fence, which will be installed in the coming week. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped us get all of this done. May the Lord bless them for their generosity in time and manual labor! We hope by the end of the month to have sprinklers installed in the back and front yards and ready for lawns to be planted.

Sister Mary Rose will be leaving for World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain August 11th with the Ventura pilgrimage group of local parishes. Sister Mary Joseph will remain in Ventura uniting in prayer and keeping vigilance over the convent construction. If any of you have prayer intentions that you would like remembered in the World Youth Day Pilgrimage, please email them to Sister Mary Rose at the Handmaids email address: handmaidsjmj@gmail.com Also, any donations you may be inspired to give towards this WYD Pilgrimage may be made to and sent to: The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, PO Box 2957, Ventura, CA 93002, USA.

We continue to pray for all who ask for our prayers and unite them with our Lord in the Paschal Mystery of the Mass celebrated today and everyday throughout the world, throughout all time, together praying the Mystical Mass Prayer and our hour of Adoration with the Mystical Rosary daily. May this month of July be a time of spiritual renewal as we continue to turn to “the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages… consubstantial with the Father.” United in love and prayers…

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June 2011 Month dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus

+JMJ The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is usually celebrated during the month of June. However, it will be celebrated on July 1st since this year Easter was celebrated the latest possible date in the liturgical year in April. Easter Season will end with Pentecost on June 12th, Trinity Sunday on June 19th and Corpus Christi on June 26th. These Feasts remind us time in the midst of finalizing the school year and graduations to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, Who is the Resurrection and Life, Who with the Father will send us the Holy Spirit anew in our hearts and lives!

This month we have the time to complete Sacramental records, sort through the accumulation of papers from the catechetical year and prepare for next year by beginning registrations this month for the children and the youth. We have welcomed new candidates in our RCIA process, who help us to remain enthusiastic in sharing our Faith. We will be taking a summer break in July and August and hope that more will join our RCIA process in September when we resume.

The progress on the construction of our convent continues to be slow. We have focused on doing some work on the outside yard now that the unusual rainy weather is coming to an end. The new fence installed in March has been in need of painting and sealing so we have begun and hope to complete it soon! The back fence needs to be replaced and the front and back yards need to be replanted. So as we patiently wait for our convent construction to be completed we will proceed forward with the work on the outside next month. Please join us in praying that we can move back in soon, God willing!

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May 2011 Month of Mary, Our Spiritual Mother

+JMJ Mother’s Day we express our appreciation to our biological mothers so let us also reflect upon and grow in appreciation of our spiritual Mother given to us by our Lord Jesus at the foot of His Cross. Let us call upon her intercession as we continue in prayer and meditation on the life of Jesus and Mary in the mysteries of the Rosary.

We will be bringing the catechetical year to an end during this month for the children and the youth. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will continue through the end of June as we invite new interested adults inquiring in the Catholic Church and Catholics needing to complete their initiation.

No new photos on the re-construction of our convent since progress has slowed to a crawl. We can only stay in contact with the contractor to ask what will be happening each week.

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