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

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
August 13th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

This week marks the centennial of the birth of one of my personal heroes, Blessed Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was martyred while celebrating Mass in 1980 and was beatified by Pope Francis in 2015. August 15th would have been Romero’s 100th birthday. Blessed Oscar Romero was a tireless advocate for the poor and critic of violence and injustice in his native El Salvador. Since his death he has become an international hero and will likely soon be canonized a saint.

Coincidentally, the anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s birth coincides with the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a statement, the Archbishop Oscar Romero U.S. Centennial Commission said: "Romero found great inspiration in Mary and called her 'the first Christian' and 'ideal of the church,'" adding that Romero used the Assumption of Mary "to help us understand the knowledge of our heavenly destiny, which we will one day enjoy in glorified bodily form like Mary."

In his 1977 homily for the Feast of the Assumption Romero said: “The Church, like Mary, serves humankind by affirming the fact that every man and woman is a child of God, a sister and a brother that must be attended. Mary continually protects her children and with outstretched arms of a mother and queen, she guides us along the paths that lead to heaven. The earthly Church is doing the same thing. She encourages men and women to fulfill their obligations, to put aside their sinful ways and to live their true dignity as children of God. Mary points out to humankind their eternal destiny. Thus, from this light in heaven, she illuminates the dignity and the rights of the human person. For this reason, she is steadfast in defending the dignity, freedom and the rights of the human person, because she knows that men and women are not puppets, but are destined, like Mary, for the kingdom of Heaven.”

The Assumption of Mary and the words and example of Blessed Oscar Romero remind us that we have an eternal destiny in the Heavenly Kingdom. That knowledge should affect the way we live our lives here and now. We live in profound hope, we seek the conversion of the world, and we work to eradicate the violence, turmoil, and injustice of this world, always keeping our eyes fixed on our true Home in Heaven!

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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