St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church

"A Drop in the Bucket"

Fr. Joseph a Gospel Reflection for April 4, 2020

April 5, 2020 

Passion Sunday

At the Procession with Palms: MT 21:1-11

“The Master has need of them.”

Responsorial Psalm: 

PS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Second Reading: PHIL 2:6-11

“Rather, he emptied himself...”

Gospel: MT 26:14-27: 66 or 27:11-54

“And gave up his spirit.”

“Bottoms Up!”

This Holy Week, let’s meditate on these two words which to me best capture the meaning of these holy days. 

The gospel reminds us of a Man who gave it all for us. To the last drop of his blood. Everything. 

He had a choice. He could have chosen to give but not all. He could have started. But not finish his mission. 

But give it all till the end he did. That’s the kind of love Jesus has for us. 

Are we, too, willing to “bottoms up” for Jesus?

My Drop in the Bucket for Today: 

What generous act will I do for Jesus this Holy Week?

A Drop Quote Take Away:

“There is no greater act of worship than giving God all of you.”


 COVID-19 UPDATE 3/20/2020

All regular scheduled Masses and Friday and Saturday  confessions will be canceled until further notice.

All parish events and meetings will be cancelled or suspended until April 20th.  We will re-assess the situation during this time to determine whether we need to continue suspending parish meetings and events after April 20th. 

Our parish offices will also be closed until April 20th, however our phone lines will remain open during the hours of 9am and 6pm Monday thru Friday if you should need assistance.

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We are a diverse faith-community that strives to conform ourselves into the image of Christ in and through the power of the Holy Spirit, and nourished by The Word, Sacraments and Tradition to give glory to God and to be a “light unto the nations."



Saturday - Vigil 5:00 pm (English)
Sunday - 7:00 & 11:00 am (English)
9:00 am (Spanish)
2:00 pm (Indonesian)
    Monday - Saturday  8:30 am       Friday  7:00 pm (Spanish)

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Saturday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
or on request


Nocturnal Adoration
2nd Friday of each month
8:00pm - 5:00am
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Wednesday - 6:30 pm
Luz del Espiritu Santo
Miercoles  7:00 pm


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         320 West Garvey Avenue              Monterey Park, Ca. 91754      

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9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Closed from lunch 1:00 pm - 2:00
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