By STAFF     9/15/2022

St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa will be hosting an Alpha series exploring the Christian Faith beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The series will run approximately 11 weeks. Each talk looks at questions around our faith and is designed to spark conversations in an open and safe environment. Each week dinner will be provided, we will watch a video, share experiences, ask questions and meet new friends.

There is no cost to attend. Please contact Carol Nasr to register at 949- 439-0226.

The 43rd annual Dozynki Harvest Festival at the Saint John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda concludes Sunday, Sept. 18. Hours are from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Pope John Paul II Polish Center will be raffling off cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000, and many other prizes at this year’s harvest festival. The opportunity drawings for the cash prizes will be on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Winners need not be present. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 each.

Food and music go hand-in-hand at a harvest celebration. The Dozynki will feature Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes.

Please come and enjoy delicious Polish food such as freshly prepared stuffed cabbage, traditional pierogi, authentic Polska kielbasa and Polish beer.

Dozynki is a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to 16th century Poland. It remains a longstanding tradition in Polish communities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.

The Polish Center is located at 3999 Rose Drive in Yorba Linda. For more information, contact our office at 714-996-8161 or go to www.polishcenter.org.

St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Stanton will host the final day of its Family Festival on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Polycarp is promising to have a very exciting live entertainment program this year with lots of great food for families to enjoy. Come and celebrate the weekend and support St. Polycarp’s Fiesta!

The Province of the United States recommends to our fraternal prayers our dear brother, Patrick Philbin, priest, of the Lalanne House Marianist Community, Los Angeles, California, USA, who died in the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary on July 25, 2022, in Orange, California, at the age of 89 with 69 years of religious profession.

Patrick Bernard Philbin was born on July 10, 1933, in Akron, Ohio. He entered the novitiate at Marcy, New York, in 1951, and professed first vows there on December 28, 1952. He attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1955. He
began teaching English that autumn at Chaminade High School in Dayton and remained there for four years. He professed perpetual vows on August 15, 1956, in Dayton.

Fr. Pat taught in New York from 1959 through mid-1971. He earned a master’s degree in French from Western Reserve University in 1962 and a master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame University in 1972. He was ordained on November 25, 1972, in New York.

His calling brought him to California, and he served at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena for 13 years as a teacher, chaplain and eventually, principal. He also was the director of the Marianist community at Serra for several years.

Fr. Patrick earned a third master’s degree – this one in counseling from Loyola-Marymount University – in 1987 and concluded his tenure at Serra that same year. Following a year’s sabbatical, he was asked to become the Catholic chaplain at the University of California, Irvine where he ministered daily to Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korea, and Vietnamese students, as southern California became home to many leaving the ravages of war in Vietnam.

It was while he was working with the Vietnamese community in southern California that Fr. Patrick was invited through the Diocese of Orange and the auxiliary bishop of Ho Chi Mihn City to teach first-year seminarians and young nuns at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Mihn City. Beginning in 2000 he spent six months of each year in Vietnam for nearly two decades.
As he celebrated his 70th anniversary of profession and 50th anniversary of ordination in 2022, Father Patrick wrote of his work in Vietnam, “In retirement, this continues to be a joy beyond my fondest imaginings as a young Marianist religious.”

May he rest in peace.

Excerpt taken from Fr. Pat’s obituary as issued by The Marianists Province of the United States