Foreign & Domestic Missions: Vida Joven de México

Foreign & Domestic Missions: Vida Joven de México

One of the great joys of my life as a parishioner at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea has been my experiences visiting the children at Vida Joven de México. Since 2016, we as a parish have been proudly serving the orphanage, which provides a loving home for abandoned and...
Leading the Faithful in Worship

Leading the Faithful in Worship

On August 24th, I received an email from the Parish Communications Coordinator, Megan Stanton, asking me to write about the Worship Team. As an introduction, I would like to share with you how I became involved in this ministry. Step back with me to the early 1990’s...
Intentional Time

Intentional Time

While spending time with my family on the biggest feasting day of the year, Thanksgiving, I had an epiphany. I realized that even though my mother lived in San Clemente, and I at the time lived in Vista, we only saw each other a handful of times in the year. This...
Old vs. New Prayer

Old vs. New Prayer

I came to St. Michael’s in 2009. For the previous three years, I had been helping plant a conservative Presbyterian church in Alpine. St. Michael’s was a very different place! I went from the newest church in Alpine to the oldest church in Carlsbad. One difference I...
The Gift of Prayer

The Gift of Prayer

Over the years I have observed that many people are reluctant to pray. This is true especially regarding praying in front others as they feel unsure and think they “do not know how!” We must believe God is not concerned about how we pray, but just that we do pray. To...
Praying with the Psalms

Praying with the Psalms

I have been studying the Psalms over the last several months and have found them to be great sources of joy and comfort, as they explore the heights and depths of human emotion and model how to turn toward God in any situation. The Psalms teach us how to pray with...
The Love of the Father

The Love of the Father

Life – it can be a challenge at times! In this earthly journey we walk through the full spectrum of ups and downs, joys and disappointments. Life is fluid, ever-changing, and unpredictable. It can take unexpected turns and open our eyes to things we’d perhaps rather...
The Holy Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist

When I was growing up in Carlsbad in the 50’s (yes, I’m that old), St. Michael’s was located three blocks south, where the 7-Eleven ​m​ini-mall is now. ​You may have ​seen photos of what it looked like back then​: ​surrounded by a white picket fence​ ​with the entry...
Experiencing the Eucharist

Experiencing the Eucharist

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke give us a glimpse into what it was like during the Last Supper, where the Holy Eucharist was first celebrated. It is one of ​only ​two moments in Scripture where Jesus models a Sacrament​ for our sake – the other being his...
The Eucharist Outside Church Buildings

The Eucharist Outside Church Buildings

As the Assistant for Pastoral Care,​ I would like to ​build ​aware​ness ​of an unnoticed but important ministry here at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea. This ministry is aimed at reaching out to members of our Church ​family ​who cannot attend ​Mass​ ​due to​illness or other...