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

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 30th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Last weekend we had a wonderful farewell celebration for our beloved Deacon Charles Balamaze and this weekend he returns to Uganda to make final preparations for ordination to the priesthood. It has been a privilege for our parish community to host Charles during the past several years while he completed his studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo.

I want to thank the good people of Saint Cyril’s for your warm hospitality to Deacon Charles. As you can imagine, it has been difficult for him to be so far away from home and separated from family and friends. But the pain of separation was lessened because you welcomed Charles and made him feel at home.

I want to thank Deacon Charles for his service. During his time with us, he has assisted at the altar, distributed the Eucharist, preached the Word of God, baptized children, comforted the sick and the dying, visited our school students, visited many parishioners, and invested himself in the life of our community and its members. Above all, he has shared the joy of his faith and his deep love for Jesus Christ with us. He has touched many lives and inspired us by his joyful spirit!

It has been a deep privilege for us to be part of Charles’ journey to the priesthood. We are very proud of him and overjoyed as he prepares to be ordained a priest! This is also bittersweet for us because it means we have to say goodbye to Charles. He has been a gift to us and now we offer him back to God as gift.

Deacon Charles, during your time with us, you have been more than just a seminarian studying for the priesthood; you have been a member of our family! We will remember you always. Know that you are always welcome at Saint Cyril’s and will always have a home here. We hope you can come back and visit us and celebrate Mass one day!

We congratulate you on your impending ordination to the priesthood and we ask almighty God to bless and strengthen you as you prepare to begin your priestly ministry and prepare for your first priestly assignment. We send you forth with our prayers and our blessings.

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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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