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

Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
November 19th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy master who entrusts his possessions to his servants while he goes away on a journey. The master stands for Christ. The servants stand for us. Do we think of ourselves as servants, as dependent on God? In today’s world, most people tend to think of themselves as the center of the universe.

But this parable is very clear: we aren’t God; we aren’t the center of the world; we’re dependent on God and our task in this life is to know him, love him, and serve him and love and serve others. Only by doing that will we find true happiness because that is what we were created for.

The parable tells us how we are supposed to do that. God has given each of us certain "talents." In Greek, the “talents” referred to a large sum of money but, Jesus is speaking about more than just money; it’s about all the abilities and blessings we have received from God. The first two servants in the parable invested well the talents the master gave them and were rewarded. God has given “talents” to us, and we are free either to squander our gifts or to use them as Christ would have us, which is the secret to happiness in this life and in the life to come.

There are three steps we must follow in order to invest our gifts well - from a supernatural perspective. The first step is to identify our gifts. We should always thank God for all of His countless blessings, but we should also reflect on the one or two strong characteristics, traits, or talents that God has given us personally.

The second step is to get right with God and stay that way. The third servant in the parable left his mission unfulfilled because he didn't have a good relationship with his master. We’ll follow his tragic path unless we get to know the Lord and Savior and stay connected to him; unless we do that, our talents will bear no fruit.

The third step: put our gifts at the service of others. Be like Christ! He left us his new commandment - to love one another as he has loved us. And he showed us what love really is: to give our lives for others. We give our lives by putting our talents at the service of those around us instead of just serving ourselves.

We have a unique opportunity to put our gifts at the service of others with today’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across our country. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and work on the margins.

On behalf of the clergy & staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, I wish you and your family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

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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