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

Share the Journey
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 08th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched a two-year global campaign to support immigrants and refugees around the world called “Share the Journey.” In conjunction with the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in the month of October, the bishops in the U.S. are asking Catholics around the country to help kick off this campaign by taking part in a week of prayer and action on behalf of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and around the world from October 7-13, 2017.

Immigration remains a difficult issue in our country and it is made even more difficult by the polarization of our politics. There is no denying the hard truth that comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system is sorely needed. The basic outlines of immigration reform as proposed by the U.S. Catholic Bishops are easy to understand:
Security: We need to secure our borders and establish an orderly and fair system of verifying who can enter our country and how long they can stay. We also need a non-invasive way to keep track of people once they enter this country.
Visa reform: The best border “wall” we could build is a well-functioning visa system. We need a system that enables us to welcome workers with the skills we need to meet the realities of the global economy.
The undocumented: There is broad public support for granting the 11 million undocumented persons living among us a generous path to regularizing their status and even citizenship — provided they meet certain requirements, such as learning English, paying some fines and holding a job that pays taxes.

During this week of prayer and action we can join Pope Francis and the Church around the world, and share the journey with fellow children of God by:
• Learning about their journeys. Read stories, watch videos, and pay attention to news that can help sensitize us to their reality.
• Joining the #sharejourney campaign on social media! Meeting immigrants and refugees.
• Contact your local Catholic Charities agency to learn how you can join or support their programs that serve immigrants and refugees.
• Saying a daily prayer for all people, and especially children, who have fled their homes in search of peace and safety.
• Supporting the work of local and international Catholic agencies, like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, who help to care for the needs of immigrants and refugees in the United States and around the world.

Learn more about and get involved in the “Share the Journey” global migration campaign at

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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