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Welcome to Santa Sophia parish website. We are Santa Sophia Church, a Roman Catholic faith community of loving, caring people dedicated to serving God and His holy people.

I invite you to visit us anytime, attend our parish activities, Mass or to light a candle to pray before the cross or spend quiet time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. I invite you to register if you are not already a member, and experience first-hand the richness of faith and friendship to be found in the Santa Sophia Parish community.

Rev. Devdas Masillamony

Santa Sophia Parish, 9800 San Juan Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-463-6629

Santa Sophia Academy Enrollment

Come and join our vibrant community! We are enrolling students in grades TK thru 8th for In-person learning.  At Santa Sophia Academy students seek wisdom, live virtue, and encounter Christ.  Students are encouraged to develop their God-given gifts and talents. In addition to  excellent academics and a highly qualified staff, we offer a plethora of extra  curricular activities, clubs and sports. 

Students at Santa Sophia Academy receive a Catholic education that includes daily religion classes along with a variety of faith-building activities and religious traditions. 

Call today to schedule a tour and meet our Santa Sophia Academy Family! 619-463-0488 or through our website www.santasophiaacademy.org

Reporting Sexual Abuse

Complaints about sexual abuse by a member of the clergy or by a parish or Catholic school employee or volunteer can be made by contacting Lisa Petronis, 858-490-8353 or at http://www.sdcatholic.org/.

Diocesan sexual abuse web page

GUIDLINES ON ATTENDING MASS
2022 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

Santa Sophia Bereavement Support Group

Next 7-week Meetings begin in the Fall of 2022 on Wednesdays

Call the parish office for more information

619-463-6629

WELCOME BACK

Please click the Button below to see Welcome Back Video

Mass Schedule –

Saturday – 4:30 pm (the Vigil)

Sunday Mases: 8:00 am & 11:00 am

Daily Masses Monday through Friday – 8:00 am

The dispensation from the normal obligation to attend Sunday Mass ended on July 1st .

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and by appointment

Anointing of the Sick: The First Saturday of every month, after the 4:30 pm Mass, and by Appointment. In an emergency call the parish Office 619-463-6629

Office of the Bishop May 9, 2022

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Bishop Robert Brom at his home this morning. Bishop Brom was pastor, teacher and servant leader of the Catholic community in San Diego and Imperial Counties for 23 years. He oversaw the building of many beautiful churches in our Diocese as well as the establishment of two magnificent high school campuses. He was a natural teacher who constantly labored to bring the ecclesiology of the second Vatican council into the heart of the Diocese of San Diego. This dedication to the Council also framed his life-long service in forming men for the priesthood.

Bishop Brom’s deep love for our parishes and pastoral vision were complemented by a keen administrative capability in guiding San Diego through years of joy and hardship.  In his retirement years Bishop Brom intensified the prison ministry that he began as Bishop and his service to the Missionaries of Charity.

Robert Brom was born in Arcadia, Wisconsin on September 18, 1938. He was ordained a priest of the Winona diocese on December 18, 1963. In 1983 Saint John Paul appointed him to be the bishop of Duluth, and then to be Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego on April 22, 1989. Bishop Brom became Bishop of San Diego on July 10, 1980 and retired on September 18, 2013. 

A Message from Pope Francis

My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine.  Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up.  Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern.  Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests.  I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.  I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.

And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike.  Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting.  May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.

CA Bishops’ Response to Roe v. Wade Leak

The leak of the draft Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs case triggered the governor and California legislative leadership to announce its intent to create a California constitutional amendment to protect the right to abortion. This will destroy lives, families, and significantly limit the ability of the Catholic Church in California to protect the unborn.

This is the moment for the Church and its 12 million Catholics to engage with their communities, actively and publicly oppose this amendment, and fulfill our baptismal responsibility to protect life at every stage, and at every opportunity.

Pope Francis established the Year of the Family with the desire to help strengthen faith and live God’s joy more fruitfully in family life. He emphasizes in his document “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) the deep crisis that the family and marriage are undergoing in the modern world and says that the family is “a new mission field for the Church.” He challenges families today to be witnesses to the world of love, fidelity, and service. In line with the document and Pope Francis’ call to strengthen family life, we will be introducing a few programs for our parish. Meanwhile, I would like to share with you 10 short videos on family. You may click this link to access the videos: http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia/iniziative-e-risorse/10-video-amoris-laetitia.html

A Family Prayer

Heavenly Father, you bless us with the gifts of life and love so powerfully present in our midst through families. In praise of your gifts, we offer you in return our commitment to love and care for one another as family – as our own family, as church family and as part of the great human family.

In whatever state of life, we find ourselves, whether married or single, widowed or divorced, clergy or religious, young or elderly or in complicated situations, may your love be real and deeply felt.

Bestow your blessings on mothers and fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers. Bless brothers and sisters. Embrace those who are alone and feel that they are abandoned. Make us one family for you are Our Father, and we your children. Make our home a dwelling place of love, respect, understanding, forgiveness, and support.

In sickness and in health, in poverty and plenty, in joy and in sorrow, may we never give up on each other, may we never give up on our families, may we never give up on your extraordinary gift of family life.

We ask the intercession of Mary, our mother and Joseph, her spouse, who cared for Jesus in Nazareth, who is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen!

Day of Reflection with St Joseph for Men

Santa Sophia Catholic men’s group sponsors: A gathering of men to strengthen, support and challenge your Catholic faith. All men invited. “…. workout your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12)

When: June 25th (9:00am-4:00pm)

Location: Santa Sophia DeMoor Room Cost:$25.00

(Scholarships available – Contact Felipe)

Lunch Included

For Registration information contact:

Felipe Ballon- fballon7@cox.net

UPDATE ON ATTENDING MASS

 June 17, 2021  

Dear Parishioners,  

On June 15th, the California Department of Public Health provided updated guidance pertaining to state and county regulations for the pandemic. In response to the latest news, Bishop McElroy sent a letter to all priests in the diocese, inviting us to share these guidelines with our parishioners.

In his letter, Bishop McElroy provided the following updates:

All of the restrictions on capacity and spacing for worship and all limitations on meetings and social activities are lifted as of today (June 17, 2021). 

Masks will be optional, recognizing that the CDC recommends the practice of wearing masks for those who have not yet been vaccinated. 

Distribution of the Eucharist will resume on the tongue and will continue in the hand.   The reintroduction of the communion cup will be determined sometime in the future. 

Because there is still no vaccine for children, those in formation processes under the age of fourteen should continue to wear masks, as will our students in Catholic schools. 

It is recommended that non-family members bringing Eucharist to the sick should be vaccinated. 

The dispensation from the normal obligation to attend Sunday Mass will end on July 1st of this year. 

I want to thank you all for your support, and I greatly appreciate your patience during this challenging time. I know we missed many things during this time, such as our social gatherings and being able to celebrate Mass inside the church, but we made the best of a difficult situation, of course, with your help and cooperation. Please know that I am thankful to you all and am encouraged by your support.     

Please continue to keep our families and parish community in your prayers. 
   
With prayers and blessings,      
Fr. Devdas         

VATICAN NEWS

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Vatican City, Jan 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect many people around the world, the beginning of a new calendar year is also a good time to look forward to joyful events to come.

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Pope Francis: Let us place the new year under the protection of Mary

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2022 / 09:35 am

On New Year’s Day, Pope Francis encouraged people to place their lives under the protection of Mary, the Mother of God.

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