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OceancaveIgnatianSpiritualityMay 18th was our last Spiritual Direction and the turning in of our last homework as Deacon Aspirants. We also spent the afternoon with Jerry Frumento who is a passionate instructor on the Old Testament.

Our last Spiritual Direction marked the completion of the 19th Annotation of the St. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. This, like so many other aspects of this year seemed so far away last September.  Each member of the Aspirancy Diaconate group met with their Spiritual Director, which was both a blessing and tearful moment, many of the Spiritual Directors had accompanied their counterpart for the entire year, sharing faith, spiritual guidance and the lessons of the 19th Annotation in our daily lives.

Candy’s Spiritual Director, Anny, has been with her since the very first session. The journey they have shared has been both moving and faith filled.  From the birth of our Savior, through his early life and then into his adult ministry, the lessons learned by Candy were amazing, seeing the growth in understanding of the gifts that were given by Jesus as well as the human side of him, helped Candy to see the true life, dedication and sacrifice that Our Lord and Savior so freely gave to this world.  It was a very tearful ending to an amazing journey, but as with all things, on this part of the journey a lifelong friend has been found.  The Spiritual Directors through the 19th Annotation are a true gift from God.  We know that the new Aspirancy Class will find their Spiritual Directors as inspiring as we have.

Learning this Ignatian form of prayer has improved our prayer life more than we could have ever expected. The ability to use ones imagination in scripture is the most amazing aspect of this process. It allows you to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the scripture. It provides the ability, to view all in scripture, even Jesus, as human.  To place yourself into the reading, to follow and speak to those who came in contact with Jesus, to watch him work his miracles and to be part of the crowd or perhaps a Disciple, gave the scriptures a new level of understanding, to have the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts and emotions, to place yourself in that place, making the passage come alive in your mind.

We have only two classes remaining this year. One in La Puente, which will be an all class Retreat and our last class will be held at Valyermo (aka St. Andrew’s Abby) in the high desert near Palmdale.

We look forward to no longer being Aspirants, but being accepted as a Candidate Couple in Candidacy Year I.

If you are interested in becoming a Deacon Couple, please contact:

Diaconate Formation Office
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241


If you have any questions about the Diaconate, please ask us or send us an e-mail to wyb@wyb.com.  We greatly appreciate your prayers and support and will continue to keep you informed of our journey.

Candy & Jay Krueger,

Aspirancy Year, Deacon Couple Formation,

Holy Family Parish, South Pasadena


50 years ago this month, Pope John XXIII presided over the opening of the Second Vatican Council, perhaps better known as Vatican II. The effects of this council are still being felt, nowhere more strongly than in our liturgy. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the changes that are part of the legacy of Vatican II, how these changes came to be and how they have affected our celebration of – not only the Eucharistic Liturgy – but our other liturgies as well.
When Vatican II began 50 years ago there had already been a tremendous amount of work done on what would be the first document promulgated by the council Sancrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. The reforms that would finally come to fruition in this document actually began many years earlier in the monastery of Mont César in the Louvain. A young diocesan priest, who had entered the abbey in 1906, Lambert Beauduin, would, three years later, in 1909, deliver a paper, “The Prayer of the Church”, at the National Congress on Catholic Works in Malines Belgium. There he met Godefroid Kurth, a Catholic layman, who, with the approval of the bishop of Brussels, would work out a plan to implement the reforms that Fr. Beauduin put forth in his paper. This series of event is, according too many Church historians, the beginning of the liturgical reform movement.
At first this was a movement of education and study and for the next 38 years, that was all it was.  In 1947 Pope Pius XII stepped into liturgical reform with the encyclical, Mediator Dei. This letter gave papal approval to the liturgical movement and enhanced the standing of this work. The Holy Father stated that “all the faithful should be aware that to participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice is their chief duty and supreme dignity, and that not in an inert and negligent fashion” but with “earnestness and concentration.” He also said that the people should offer themselves, united to the sacrifice of Christ. These ideas would later become key points in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
Pope John XXIII has garnered most of the credit for the liturgical renewal that came directly from Vatican II, and rightly so, but the work of many liturgists years before and the support of Pope Pius XII, paved the way for the work that would culminate in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

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Religious Education Congress Living the Call Workshop Slide Presentation


Here is the powerpoint presentation from the Living the Call Workshop at the Religious Education Congress this past weekend.Living the Call Powerpoint 2012

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Embracing the Desert


Many of us are struggling with the new economic realities of the past two or three years. Unemployment, and underemployment, figures continue to be gloomy. Countless people have been looking for work for months without success. Our faith can be challenged at times like this, and it can be hard to keep optimistic and cheerful […]

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Keep Holy Election Day

Parish Leadership Blog

Keep Holy Election Day As we enter into the run up to the next Presidential Election in November 2012, I have been thinking more and more about what it means to be an American citizen and a Catholic.  The 2012 election will be my first opportunity to vote for a US President since becoming a […]

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