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Three Persons, One Nature

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Octave of Pentecost is one of my favorite times of the liturgical year. During the past week, the Church has been relishing the Gift of the Divine Holy Spirit. The Church has been reflecting on the marvel and power of this Gift, Who is our Consoler and Strength. Here in Half Moon Bay, we even have the beautiful Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival to celebrate His descent upon Mary, the Apostles, the disciples, and the whole Church. How blessed we are!

The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us immediately aware of the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. St. Paul writes: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us one with God the Son in His Sacred Humanity, through which we have access in one Spirit to the Father! Thus, the Octave of Pentecost gives way seamlessly today to Trinity Sunday. Filled with the Spirit, aware of our Trinitarian life – to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit – we contemplate today in mystery the Three in One and One in Three. We confess the one true God, Who is three Divine Persons, not in the unity of a single subject but in a trinity of one substance. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. The only distinction among them is relation of origin. The Divine Persons have the same Divine Nature: they know with the one Divine Intellect, they love with the one Divine Will. They are not 1/3 of God, but all Three are entirely divine: They are each all that there is of God.

The Son is everything that the Father is, except that He is not the Father. The Holy Spirit is everything that the Father and the Son are, except that He is not the Father or the Son. Their relations among Themselves are all that distinguish them. Each Divine Person is in fact a Subsistent Relation. The Divine Persons are their Relations to Each Other!

In this sublime contemplation today, one beautiful truth emerges: God is Love. Trinity Sunday marks a new movement in the liturgical calendar. Until now, we have entered the mystery of Christ. Today, we enter the mystery of the Church’s life. She emerges entirely out of Divine Trinitarian Love, to Which she brings us by the power of her Divine Spouse.

Pray for me,
Father Joseph Previtali



Mass and Confession Schedules

 April 2017 – Celebrant Schedule

Regular Weekend Mass Schedule

Our Lady of the Pillar

Saturdays  8:00 am, 5:00 pm (vigil), and 8:00 pm* (vigil)
Sundays  8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm* noon, and 6:00 pm 

St. Anthony’s

Saturdays  6:00 pm*
Sundays   9:00 am

Our Lady of Refuge

Sundays  10:30 am


Regular Weekday Mass Schedule

Our Lady of the Pillar Only

Monday – Saturday  8:00am

Regular Confession Times

Monday (Lunes)   6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  &  8:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday (Martes)   7:00 am – 7:45 am
Wednesday (Miercoles)   7:00 am – 7:50 am
Thursday (Jueves)   7:00 am – 7:50 am  & 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday (Viernes)   6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  &  9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday (Sabado)   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

First Fridays   8:30 am – 6:30 pm 
(Concludes with First Friday Devotions and Solemn Benediction)

All Other Fridays   8:30 am – 12:00 pm (noon)
(Concludes with Benediction)

Daily Mass Reading (USCCB):

Click here to go to the USCCB webpage for daily readings which are available in text, audio and video.  

Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers Schedules

We are currently working on various areas of the website and hope to have this information available to our parish community shortly.  Please contact our parish office at (650) 726-4674 for assistance and updated information.  Thank you!

Pastors Corner


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Confirmation by promising it: “If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.” The Sending of the Spirit upon the Church at Pentecost is the Confirmation …


Weekly Parish Bulletins

Each edition includes the following information:

  • Weekly welcome message from Fr. Joseph Previtali, Parish Administrator
  • List of Our Parish Clergy
  • Parish Coordinators and Staff
  • Mass Times
  • Parish  Announcements
  • Prayers for the Sick
  • Parish Collections Report
  • Parish Organizations
  • Mass Schedule and Intentions

Current Bulletins:

June 2017 
June 4, 2017 
June 11, 2017 
June 18, 2017 
June 25, 2017

May 2017
May 7, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 21, 2017
May 28, 2017

APRIL 2017
April 2, 2017
April 9, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 23, 2017
April 30, 2017

MARCH 2017
March 5, 2017
March 12, 2017
March 19, 2017
March 26, 2017

February 5, 2017
February 12, 2017
February 19, 2017
February 26, 2017

January 1, 2017
January 8, 2017
January 15, 2017
January 22, 2017
January 29, 2017



Our Lady of the Pillar

Our Lady of the Pillar
400 Church Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-4674

Mass Schedule:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am
Sat: 8:00 am, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm*
Sun: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon*, 6:00 pm

Mission Churches

St. Anthony's

St. Anthony's
696 North Street
Pescadero, CA 94060
(650) 726-4674

Mass Schedule:
Sat: 6:00 pm*
Sun: 9:00 am

Our Lady Of Refuge

Our Lady Of Refuge
146 Sears Ranch Road
La Honda, CA 94020
(650) 747-9555

Mass Schedule:
Sun: 10:30 am