Please join the pro-peace, pro-family rosary and procession on Saturday, March 21st, at Sheills Park, ending at Saint Francis of Assisi Church.
Please join the pro-peace, pro-family rosary and procession on Saturday, March 21st, at Sheills Park, ending at Saint Francis of Assisi Church.
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March 21st

YOU ARE CORDIALLY invited to a Rosary Rally recently organized for Fillmore to strengthen and celebrate the family as designed by our Creator.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 12 PM there will be a pro-peace and pro-family rosary and procession from Sheills Park to St. Francis of Assisi Church in the City of Fillmore. The participants will join in singing, and in the recitation of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, praying for the physical and spiritual health of members of their families, the community, the country and of the world.

To clarify, the procession will take place from the park to the Church, NOT from the Church as previously stated. Our apologies for any confusion. We hope to see you there at the park! For any further information, please contact Darlene Lorenz at (805) 524-9929.



Saint Francis of Assisi Parish News "A rest Stop for the Soul!" Holy Mass Schedule Sat at 5PM Sunday Vigil 9:15 and 11:15AM in English 7AM, 1 and 6PM in Spanish. At our Parochial Mission San Salvador in Piru, the Mass Schedule is Saturday Vigil at 7PM and Sunday at 8:30AM in Spanish and an English Mass at 10AM.

Father Norm will offer Two Amazing Lenten Reflections at Saint Francis. The first one is on Sunday March 22 at 4PM and the second one is on Monday March 23 at 7:30PM. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. We expect a packed church, please arrive early.

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ACADEMY—St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now
accepting applications for the school year 2015/2016. Pre– K program is for four-year-olds (must be four by December 1st, 2015). Class is very small and limited in size. Program is half day from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. For applications or more information, please come to the pastoral center

Good Catholic reading is free and available at the pamphlet rack here at your parish. Start your Lenten journey learning more about your faith in short and easy pamphlet form that will inspire, inform, and help you to evangelize others. Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Lenten Season !

Holy Week 2015 Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 2nd

8:30AM Morning Prayer

7 PM Bilingual Mass Adoration in the hall till 12 midnight. The Adoration Chapel will close at 6PM on Holy Thursday and re-open on Easter Sunday after the first Mass 8AM Candles for the Blessed Sacrament can be picked up before Mass starts.

Good Friday, April 3rd

Morning Prayer 8:30AM
12noon Children’s Stations

3PM Good Friday Service

Holy Saturday, April 4th

Morning Prayer 8:30AM

Vigil Bilingual Mass begins at 7:30PM in the

courtyard with the blessing of the new candle.

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ACADEMY—St. Francis of Assisi Academy is now
accepting applications for the school year 2015/2016. Pre– K program is for four-year-olds (must be four by December 1st, 2015). Class is very small and limited in size. Program is half day from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. For applications or more information, please come to the pastoral center
Fr. Norm will offer
Two Amazing
Lenten Reflections.
• Sunday March 22 at 4PM
• Monday March 23 at 7:30PM Both will be held in the church

1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA 93015 Telephone (805) 524-1306 Fax (805) 524-0784

Our Pastoral Center Office Hours:
Sunday 10AM to 3PM
Monday thru Thursday 10AM to 8PM closed for lunch from 1 to 2PM
Friday: 10AM to 1PM
Saturday: 9:30AM to 12:30PM



If you have a pre-school child at home at least three years of age, check out the Friday Morning Storytime at Bardsdale United Methodist each Friday morning from 10 am until 11:30.

Children hear stories and participate in other learning activities, enjoy a snack and have free play at no cost to their parent or grandparents who are invited to join the fun.

Call Grandma Sharon at 524-0587 or the church at 524-2070 for more information. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.



Written by Bill Wilson

NOTE: When writing about God and Jesus, The Daily Jot means YHVH as God and Yeshua Ha Mashiach as Jesus--the actual original names and the true nature and character of them.

What many Bible scholars overlook in their postulation about end time prophecy is that there was an empire that arose out of 670 years of battles, eventually conquering the Middle East and parts of Europe after the Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire, an Islamic Caliphate, benefitted from Muslim conquests beginning with Mohammad (circa 622) until it was officially formed in 1291. By then, Muslims ruled the Middle East, parts of Eastern Europe, and had advanced on Italy and Spain. The Ottoman Empire emanated out of Turkey, coalescing the Caliphate and uniting Islam from 1291 to 1922. It was ended with a severe, seemingly fatal blow, when Turkey became a Republic in 1922 and abolished the Caliphate in 1924.

From 1096 to 1291, seven Crusades responded to hundreds of years of Muslim attacks on Europe, threatening to eliminate Christianity from the world. Even in 1801, the Ottoman Empire's sanctioned piracy prompted America to commission a navy to fight. The Ottomans had required ransom of what amounted to 20% of the US government's revenue, yet were still taking our ships and enslaving our Christian citizens. Renown Crusade historian Thomas F. Madden of Saint Louis University writes: "Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them...From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword."

Madden continues: "With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed's death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt-once the most heavily Christian areas in the world-quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece...That is what gave birth to the Crusades."

Madden says the Crusades "were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense." Prophetically speaking, the Ottoman Empire met several criteria of what could rise again as the beast empire. For example, Ezekiel 38:12 says Gog (the antichrist, emanating from modern Turkey), attacks "To take a spoil, and to take a prey." If you are watching prophecy, keep an eye on Islam--it is an antichrist religious system and it seeks to reestablish world rule.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson


(l-r) (front row) Yetta Hurd (4th grade), Anna Walls (3rd grade), Viviana Ramirez (1st grade); (second row) Gabriel Lidikay (6th grade), Brenna Larson (2nd grade); (third row) ImaJoyZerrudo (5th grade), Ashley McKnight (7th grade), Sebastian Lidikay (8th grade).
(l-r) (front row) Yetta Hurd (4th grade), Anna Walls (3rd grade), Viviana Ramirez (1st grade); (second row) Gabriel Lidikay (6th grade), Brenna Larson (2nd grade); (third row) ImaJoyZerrudo (5th grade), Ashley McKnight (7th grade), Sebastian Lidikay (8th grade).
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On Friday, January 16, Fillmore Christian Academy sent 8 students to compete in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) District 6 Spelling Bee. They competed with other students from private schools in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. All of our FCA students did very well, and, in fact, our 8th grade student, Sebastian Lidikay, won first place not only in his own grade level, but in the spell-off for the top 16 spellers in grades 5-8 he also placed first and has earned the privilege to represent not only Fillmore Christian Academy but our whole ACSI district at the regional spelling bee on February 28 in Pasadena! Great job Sebastian and all the FCA students!

Cal Lutheran event also includes lunch, service project
Rabbi Belle Michael
Rabbi Belle Michael

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to learn about and discuss drought from different religious perspectives, share a vegetarian lunch and participate in a service project at California Lutheran University on Friday, Feb. 6.

“Hoping for Rain: Interfaith Day of Study and Service” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday marking the beginning of a new year for trees. Cal Lutheran Rabbi Belle Michael will discuss the holiday, which falls on Feb. 4 this year, at the start of the event.

The day will begin in Lundring Events Center, where Michael and three religion faculty members will each discuss drought and the hope for rain in relation to different faiths. Rose Aslan, an assistant professor, will cover the Muslim faith. Rahuldeep Gill, an assistant professor, will talk about Sikhism. Michael will discuss the Jewish faith. Sam Thomas, an associate professor, will explore the topic from the Christian perspective.

At 1:10 p.m., a vegetarian lunch will be served in the nearby SEEd (Sustainable Edible Education) Project Garden. A period of reflection will follow. Lunch is $8 for community members. To make a reservation for the lunch, go to

The event will conclude with a service project in the garden, where students and staff grow produce to support the campus’ sustainability efforts and the local food movement. Volunteers will participate in a variety of activities, including planting native, drought-tolerant plants and installing water-saving irrigation lines.

There is no charge or RSVP required for the lectures and service project.

Lundring Event Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the north side of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Campus Ministry and the Religion Department are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Michael at or 805-493-3644.


This Sunday, Bardsdale United Methodist Church is pleased to welcome to the pulpit Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

The first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church, Bishop Carcano oversees more than three hundred churches in Southern and Central California, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Guam and Saipan. She was appointed to this area in 2012 after serving in the same capacity for the Desert-Southwest Conference from 2004-2012.

Bishop Carcano is a third-generation Methodist and felt the call to ordained ministry as a child and was active in youth ministry. She was ordained an elder in 1979 and served as pastor of churches in Texas, California and New Mexico. Being also the first Hispanic woman to be appointed as a District Superintendent, she led districts in Texas, Oregon and New Mexico.

In 2013, she was one of fourteen religious leaders invited to meet with President Obama to discuss immigration reform and is the lead spokesperson for the UMC Council of Bishops on the the subject of immigration. She is married and has a daughter attending college.

Please come and hear her inspiring message beginning at 10 AM at the historic Bardsdale Church. It is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue. There is plenty of off-street parking behind the church.


On December 7th, 2014 the community of Fillmore began the celebration of our beloved Mother, the Virgen de Guadalupe, with a procession from Shiells Park to Saint Francis of Assisi Church. This celebration is important to because the Virgen de Guadalupe is a sacred saint who is deeply connected to the Mexican culture. It was a blessing to see hundreds of people be part of this procession and celebration and thank you to all community members, La Banda Mas Picosa, Las Guadalupanas, volunteers, familia Martinez and all the people who made this celebration possible!


This Saturday night at 5 PM, Bardsdale United Methodist Church's bell choir, The Orange Pealers, will present their annual Christmas dinner and concert, Ring Noel. This favorite holiday program directed by Marcia Heerema will provide sounds of the season and will be accompanied by a pasta dinner. Guests will even be allowed to ring bells with the choir. Tickets are $10 per adult and $25 per family. For more information or to buy tickets, call Marcia at 524-3674, Mimi at 524-1823 or the church at 524-2070. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.


The Bardsdale Church's annual Christmas Vespers concert will take place on Sunday, December 14 at 5 PM in the historical Sanctuary. This gift to the community by the church's choir tells the story of Christmas with traditional favorites as well as some not-so-familiar arrangements. Choir Director John Brothers first brought this event to life in the 1950's and was carried on by Bill Bartels. Marsha Porter currently directs the choir and has selected some wonderful music to highlight the group's talent and the festiveness of the season. Please bring a friend and enjoy this wonderful program. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.


Holy Cross Church of Moorpark is holding its 30th Annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 8th, 9am to 6:30pm, and Sunday, the 9th, from 8:30am to 3:00. Crafters, Grand Prize Drawing of $1,500 cash, homemade Burritos and baked goods. Have your picture taken with Santa on Sunday form 10am to noon. Address: 13955 Peach Hill Rd, off Spring Rd, and Science Dr/Miller parkway. Admission and parking are free.


A unique Holiday Boutique will take place on Sat., Nov. 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's/Emmanuel Church, 117 N. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA. Find unique gifts, holiday items, Christmas crafts, plants, jewelry and new and used treasures. Proceeds will benefit the community outreach programs of the church. For information please call Marilyn Harvey@805-647-5210.


Manassas, Va. – Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.

Saint Augustine Academy of Ventura, California has been named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Catholic Education Honor Roll -one of only two Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to receive such a distinction. The Academy also holds the distinction of being the longest ongoing member of the Honor Roll for California schools – achieving Honor Roll status every year since 2007. St. Augustine Academy, located in East Ventura, is a K-12 private Catholic Academy which features a classical curriculum, forming students in the classical liberal arts.

Headmaster of Saint Augustine’s Michael Van Hecke states:
"It is an honor for St. Augustine’s to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence in the United States. This distinction confirms our commitment to the mission of Catholic education. I applaud the parents,students, teachers, staff and supporters for their hard work and commitment to assuring that a strong Catholic identity grounds all we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both society and the Church.”

Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

This year’s Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, highly selective and those with open enrollment admissions policies, as well as a variety of tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.



Have you ever thought about becoming a Catholic?
You may have-or felt something inside calling you
to look into the Catholic Church. Don't wait! Respond
to God's voice inviting you on a journey of love...

Are you a baptized Catholic,
but have yet to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist
and /or Confirmation?

If you need answers, come to our inquiry night!
No obligations. Just come! We welcome you!
Wednesday, September 3rd
6:00pm room 7
For more information, please contact
the parish office (524-1306)
or call Marie Alviz at 509-0467


The Fillmore Church of Christ invites the public to a Food Share distribution each Monday, 4 to 5:30 P.M., 219 Mountain View at Highway 126, beginning July 7. Comida gratis, todos los lunes, 4:00 to 5:30 P.M., Iglesia de Cristo.


Time is running out to enroll your children, age 3 to grade 12, in Bardsdale Church's Vacation Bible School which is themed, "Workshop Of Wonders" based on Psalm 77:14a. The week's activities begin Monday, July 14, and concludes Friday, July 18, from 9 am until noon. The cost for five mornings of supervised fun is $15 per child and includes Bible stories, science, recreation, crafts, music and a nutritious snack. Each family also receives a CD of music.

The deadline to enroll a child is July 1. Don't delay because only the first 100 kids are guaranteed enrollment. Call Sharon at 524-0587 for more information or to request an application.

Activists accuse Communist Party of ‘barbaric’ campaign against Christianity after demolition teams and police descend on a church that became a symbol of resistance

Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday.

Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the "Jerusalem of the East", made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after plans for its demolition were announced.

Church members...


Written by Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency

JERUSALEM - The IDF has announced this week (Apr. 23) it will begin to send draft notices to all Christian Israelis, offering all Christian Israelis the option to enlist in the IDF voluntarily. Until this change in policy, only those who wished to enlist approached the IDF to be draft. This move comes as part of the conclusive draft law recently passed in the Knesset requiring all Israelis to serve in the IDF, including Ultra Orthodox Jews.

The new program makes information and voluntary drafting options available to the Christian population, and the IDF in coming weeks will begin to distribute to all potential Christian recruits voluntary enlistment forms. The IDF hopes that this new program will make the enlistment more accessible for this population, giving clear and coherent information regarding the voluntary enlistment process, and the different service options they may chose, including combat service or civilian National Service.

The recent change in protocol was implemented following IDF contacts with Israeli Christian community leaders, and with the authorization of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, and the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.

Since the service of the Christian population in Israel is not obligatory by law, potential recruiters are not required to respond to the invitation. Currently approximately 150 Christians serve in various positions and units in the IDF, 50 enlisting every year, and approximately 500 Israeli Christians are enlisted in National Service, an alternative to military service.

Head of the Human Resource Planning and Management Division, Brigadier General Gadi Agmon said: "This change will constitute another step in the integration and connection of the Christian population with the IDF. The purpose of this change is to make information regarding drafting to the IDF more accessible to the Christian population, and in doing so, enable them to enlist and carry out a meaningful service. We are actively working towards integrating all populations and see this as a very important step in that direction."

Not all Israeli Christians Arabs welcomed the venture. MK Basel Ghattas, A Christian Arab of the Balad party, called on the Israeli Christians to tear up the notices when they get them. He claimed the move was an attempt to create division within the Christian community. MK Issawi Frej, of the extreme left Meretz party ,sent a letter of protest the Chief of Staff Gantz attacking the program.

However, a number of Christian and Israeli groups and veterans have collaborated with the IDF on this project. The Israel Christian Recruitment Forum (ICRF) welcomed the initiative, lauding the attempt to make change and viewing the new program as a victory: "The Israeli Christians have proven to Israeli society, that under the leadership of Father Gabriel Nadaf, a change can be made if there is inner decisiveness, belief in our way and dedication to the cause. We are proud of the Christians in Israel who have finally arisen and have full heartedly decided to shape their own destiny, with a head held high, with a true desire to become part of Israeli society, serving ourselves and the society at large."