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Fondo Feature - Memories


8/15/2014 by John Erdag
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This week’s Fondo Feature message is about memories, and all of us making great ones from our ride, the OC Gran Fondo, on October 4th.
I once participated in a ride similar to the Gran Fondo. My two boys were 2 and 5 at the time, and I had them inside one of those Burley trailers attached to the bike – you know those yellow ...

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Fondo Feature - Participation


8/7/2014 by John Erdag
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  This week’s message is about Participation; because that’s what the OC Gran Fondo on October 4th means to all of  us at St John Neumann parish.

This event is more than a bike ride. It’s our way to connect with our neighbors in Woodbridge and throughout Irvine. It’s our way to give to the community; our
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME - Sunriver, Oregon


8/7/2014 by John Erdag
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Looks like Cameron & Nancy Jackson and their kids had a great summer vacation in Sunriver, Oregon. I’m sure there was a lot of hiking, biking and river play. But they also made sure to get to Mass at Holy Trinity Church which probably took some schedule planning considering the parish only holds Mass at 5:30pm Saturday and 8:00am Sunday. ...

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Home Away From Home - Paris, France


8/3/2014 by John Erdag
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This week’s pictures are from Paul and Peg Hartney who visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. Peg said there was a long line of sightseers waiting to get in but they were able to bypass it because they were attending the evening Mass. But with how moving and inspirational this church is inside and out, I’m certain many
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Fondo Feature - Celebrating Community


8/1/2014 by John Erdag
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This week’s message is about Celebrating Community; because that’s what this event is all about.

It’s about celebrating our individual family communities. With five various routes de-signed for all abilities, it’s a great way for the entire family to enjoy the day together. After the ride, spend the day in the park ...

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Fondo Feature - Honor Ride


7/23/2014 by John Erdag
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This week we’ll explain a little about the various OC Fondo rides. With everybody in mind, 5 different routes have been designed to support all ages and abilities:

  • OC Bambino Fondo is a 1 mile loop for the littlest riders. Perfect for tricycles, big wheels and little red wagons, this is a great route for young children to
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Home Away From Home - Rome, Italy


7/17/2014 by John Erdag
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This week’s pictures are from Barbara and Randy Mosten who visited this lovely little church in Rome, Italy. Apparently, the Bishop there likes to get out and greet the parishioners.

Let everyone see and hear about where you went this summer!  Please e-mail pictures of churches you visited to John Erdag at john.erdag@...

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Fondo Feature


7/13/2014 by John Erdag
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This week starts a new column dedicated to our parish bike ride, the OC Gran Fondo, which is scheduled to take place on October 4, 2014 at Mike Ward Community Park here in Woodbridge. Most of you are familiar with this event, but some of you may not be, so today’s article will explain the basics of what the Gran Fondo is.
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Home Away From Home - Germany


7/12/2014 by John Erdag
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Don’t we just love showing our summer vacation pictures to all of our friends? And since we’re going to Sunday Mass wherever we are, all of us could easily take pictures of the churches we’re visiting on our vacations. This fun bulletin section titled “Home Away From Home” has been created for all of us to share our ...

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Home Away From Home


7/12/2014 by John Erdag
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Don’t we just love showing our summer vacation pictures to all of our friends? And since we’re going to Sunday Mass wherever we are, all of us could easily take pictures of the churches we’re visiting on our vacations. This fun bulletin section titled “Home Away From Home” has been created for all of us to share our ...

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What It Means to be Catholic Today – Boy Scout Troop 691


7/1/2014 by John Erdag
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Hopefully you have seen the flag that is on the Announcement Board in the Church Vestibule. A few months ago, our Boy Scout Troop 691 led by Ryan Lantin worked hard to collect and deliver magazines, snacks and other personal articles to a US military squadron based in Afghanistan. That squadron was soon deployed into a successful combat ...

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What It Means to be Catholic Today – WORSHIP at the Stations of the Cross


6/11/2014 by John Erdag
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Another example of WORSHIP is meditating on the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that allows us to witness Jesus’ passion and death. At each station we prayerfully contemplate Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. We use the stations to help sense the sights, sounds, and smells of the scenes, as though...

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Stewardship Sighting – Mary's Shelter


5/29/2014 by John Erdag
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In early May, the Right to Life Ministry led by John and Tana Jimenez hosted a parish-wide baby shower for Mary's Shelter.  Our parishioners donated diapers, formula, blankets, clothing and cash to help care for the young mothers and babies in need. Last week we received a nice note from Christine Abedini, the shelter’s director ...

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Stewardship Sighting – Silverius M Leo


5/24/2014 by John Erdag
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Take a look at the above picture of Silver. Obviously done by an amateur. That’s because I couldn’t get him to take a picture of himself! Many of us know what a true artist Silver is as a photographer. He is also very generous in donating his time and talent to our parish any time there’s a need for pictures. And you’ve ...

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What It Means to be Catholic Today – Meditation Group


5/15/2014 by John Erdag
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There’s an old saying, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” Meditation is an effective form of WORSHIP that allows us to just sit with God. It’s about quieting the mind from our own distractions and allowing our hearts to open to God. There’...

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