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

June 10, 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Life is filled with challenges and activities, whether at work or school. Many struggle to find time to even share a meal with their families. Time is at such a premium that often the important relationships in our lives (including our relationship with God) take a back seat to the pressures of the day. When forced to juggle so many obligations something has to give and for some of us, our faith life gets pushed aside and we can end up feeling distant from God.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ young ministry is faced with many of the same challenges that face us. The scene in today’s Gospel is one of chaos, of crowds so demanding the disciples find it impossible “even to eat.” Jesus’ family, concerned with how his actions reflect on them, claim he is out of his mind. The scribes, fearful of the growing crowd, say Jesus himself is possessed.

And how does Jesus respond? As he so often does, with a parable; with a story meant to guide the listener to look at life from another perspective. To look at life’s challenges, not from society’s norms, but from the perspective of the Father’s love, one that calls us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be his children.

Jesus says “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:25). How do we act when faced with challenge or stress in our life? How do we treat others, especially when our own beliefs are questioned? Sometimes when challenged, our actions are self-centered, borne out of stubbornness, selfishness, hurt or fear. We fail to act with compassion. It is at these times that we feel our “house” begin to collapse, to fall around us.

If we are to live as Christ taught us, to love one another, to help each other journey together, our house must be built with Christ at the center — built with humility, forgiveness, understanding, love. To build our lives, our house with anything less, is to invite disaster.

Summer is here and many of you will be taking vacation. We take a vacation from school or work, but we don’t take a vacation from our faith. I encourage you to keep Christ at the center during these summer months! Make the effort to attend Mass every Sunday even on vacation. After all, God doesn’t take a vacation from us! To find a Sunday Mass while traveling, download our OneParish Mobile App and use the Mass Times Finder to find the location of a Catholic church anywhere in the world.

I also gently remind you that you may take a vacation but our bills don’t! Your weekly donations are our main source of income. I humbly ask that you continue to support our parish during these critical summer months and accept my sincere thanks for your generosity in sharing your time, talent, and treasure to support Saint Cyril’s!

I pray that the summer months will be a time of refreshment and renewal for you in body, mind, and spirit!

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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