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

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
September 24th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

From September 27th to November 05th, Saint Cyril’s will participate in the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign. 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: 1) Prayer and fasting; 2) Constant vigil; and 3) Community outreach.

The mission of 40 Days For Life is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

How can you participate? The first thing you can do is Pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

The next thing you can do is Fast throughout 40 Days for Life. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God. We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Keeping VIGIL is the visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life, through a focused, 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a single Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community. It is a peaceful and educational presence. Those who are called to stand witness during this 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility. During the 40 Days for Life campaign here in the San Fernando Valley, a peaceful prayer vigil will be maintained outside the following location:

Family Planning Associates (FPA)
10200 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 200
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818- 893.6949

The Legion of Mary of St. Cyril’s Parish has graciously committed to keep vigil 2 hours per week outside FPA during the Fall campaign on Mondays from 9am to 10am and Saturdays from 9am to 10am. All parishioners are invited to join in either of these shifts or any other time you can make it. To learn more or sign up for a vigil hour visit If you would like to join one of the two parish shifts you can phone the parish office at 818- 986.8234.

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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