To receive and share God’s accepting Grace, challenging Wisdom and transforming Love

STEDY, August 1, 2018

After months of begging, earlier this summer we drove to the Pasadena Animal Shelter where a tiny, orange tom cat reached for Alipio as soon as they opened the cage. It was love at first sight and little “Bagel”, as Alipio has named him, has taken over our home. Antonio, Alipio and I think this little guy is adorable, we laugh as he streaks through a room, often unable to stop himself before sliding into a wall. We giggle as he pounces on feet moving under the sheets and howl when he suddenly puffs into blowfish mode and hops on tiptoes out of the room. For us, Bagel has been a cuddly welcome into our lives, not so much for our two older cats who often look like Cinderella’s stepsisters as they sit in pure hatred and judgement. They clearly do not find Bagel’s antics or energy the slightest bit amusing and despite his constant efforts, they will not engage in any form of play. This does not deter Bagel, our house now resembles an African savannah as he stalks, waiting for opportunities to attack poor Fat Isha as she innocently gets a drink or take down Hemi as he climbs out of the litter box. Fat Isha has no patience for kids and so she shamelessly swats back with all nails exposed, often sending Bagel on his rump. Hemi is more of a gentleman, he refuses to fight back and instead howls pitifully as Bagel has his neck in his mouth. The water bottle is the only tool that will unclench Bagel’s jaw and we get about 30 seconds of peace before Bagel comes back for a second or third chomp.
Whenever he sees this happen, our son gets very upset. Even though Bagel shows no sign of even slight discomfort and often runs off to setting up his next piledriver move, Alipio hates to see his cat punished. This has led to some interesting conversations about being a parent and responsible for this creature you love more than anything and yet ultimately have no control over. It’s so hard when someone (or thing) you love keeps doing things that hurt others as well as themselves. It is so heartbreaking when they don’t seem to understand, want to stop or are perhaps able to stop. So often its more painful for the people watching than the person acting. There are so many times when I’m watching news or hearing about the things that we do to ourselves, each other, our planet and I wonder how much God aches. One of our focuses in these coming months will be to look at that question and to be aware that while what we say, do or post may be in fun, if it hurts someone or something than it hurts God as well.

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~ Upcoming Events ~

The Sunday school rule is whenever the temperature reaches 95 or higher, we bust out the Slip n’ Slide.
Temperatures are supposed to be around 96 this Sunday so be prepared to get wet, after Family Worship of course. Should temps reach 100, we lift the restriction against going in acolyte robe.

Sunday, August 5
Team 1 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Youth Group
5 pm -7 pm

Enjoy the last week of summer at Bowlmor in Pasadena where we will play arcade games, bowl and grab dinner.
The full menu as well as pricing can be found on their website.

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Thursday, August 9
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Come see John Williams’ iconic score performed
live-to screen on the Bowl’s big screens!
Hollywood Bowl
8 pm

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Sunday, August 12
Team 2 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Blessing of the Backpacks

Please bring your backpack or any other school supplies
to be blessed before the school year begins.

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Sunday, August 19
Team 3 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

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Sunday, August 26
Team 4 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Family Potluck and Welcome to Fr. Bill
5 – 7 pm
The Close

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Upcoming Events to Put on Your Calendar

Sunday, September 30
Mass on the Grass
The Angeloff’s

Sunday, October 7
Haunted Hayride
LA Zoo

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Sunday, October 28
Nightmare Before Christmas
El Capitan Theater

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Sunday, December 2
Wicked
The Pantages

Please feel free to contact Heather if you have questions.