St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436














From the Desk of Father Mac

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 02nd, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

This week we celebrate Independence Day, our nation’s birthday, recalling the day when Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This watershed document would pave the future of what would arguably become the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.

How are we as Catholics and American citizens supposed to celebrate this great day? John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, wrote this: The Fourth of July “ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with shews, games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

How are we doing in celebrating the Fourth of July in the manner Adams envisioned? We have the parades, the pomp and parade, and the sports. We have the bonfires and illuminations. But the Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty? Most of us probably don’t live up to that calling on the Fourth of July.

But as John Adams reminds us, we owe God more than anyone else for what occurred 241 years ago. In fact, the most famous part of the Declaration of Independence explicitly points to God as the source of our freedom: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Not our parents, or politicians, or government, is the source of our most important rights. Only God. As the source of our rights, he deserves the highest praise, honor, and glory on Independence Day (and every day).

There are many ways to honor God on Independence Day. Perhaps you can read a passage from the Bible with your family to kick off the festivities, or you could pray a family rosary with special intentions for our political leaders and our country’s future. You could take turns naming a right or a freedom for which you are grateful and giving thanks to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on our nation.

On behalf of the clergy and staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Parish I wish you and your family a Blessed, Happy, and Safe Independence Day.

In Christ,



For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234



St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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