Franciscan Spiritual Moments

St Francis StatueDuring this time, the Franciscan Friars and staff of Sts. Simon & Jude Parish wish to keep serving the spiritual needs of our faith community here in Huntington Beach. As part of that effort, we have developed a regular series called "A Franciscan Spiritual Moment." These videos are meant to help us all realize our continual call from God to live a life of holiness, no matter what the circumstances may be.  Click here to view the video introducting "A Franciscan Spiritual Moment".

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A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - The Call of Francis
Watch the story of how Francis of Assisi experienced God’s call, as portrayed by the friars and staff of Sts. Simon and Jude.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - A Different Way of Understanding the Meaning of Resurrection
Father Vincent shares his own experience of getting over his depressing – a different form of resurrection.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - Preacher Man
Using jokes and examples from Bernardine of Siena’s own sermons, Friar Ryan explains the importance of this Franciscan saint—then and now.  Click here to see the video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - An Empty Tomb, A Sign of Freedom
We are still living in the holy season of Easter. Join Fr. Vincent and look at an empty tomb! It is a sign of freedom.  Click here to see Fr. Vincent's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - The Meaning of Perfect Joy
Intended to complement “A Franciscan Spiritual Moment- The Story of True Joy,” this video discusses the meaning of this writing by St. Francis of Assisi as well as its retelling by the Friars and Staff of Sts. Simon and Jude Parish.  Click here to see Fr. Ryan's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - Our Blessed Mother in Cultural Arts
On the occasion of re-consecrate our country to the patronage of Our Blessed Mother, Father Vincent shares with us images of the Virgin Mary in different cultural views in visual art.  Click here to view the video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - St. Francis Preaches to the Birds
Fr. Daniel Barica, ofm, invites children and all the young at heart and lovers of nature to take a closer look at God’s winged creatures. Listen to the story of St. Francis preaching to the birds, as recorded in “The Life of St. Francis,” Book 1, Chapter 21, by Thomas of Celano, written soon after St. Francis’ canonization in 1228.  Click here to view the video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - The Story of True Joy
Among the writings of St. Francis of Assisi is “The Story of True Joy,” which is retold here by the Franciscan friars and staff of Sts. Simon and Jude Parish.  Click here to view the video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Father Vincent Nguyen, OFM: The Stigmata – The Sign of Intimate Love and Ultimate Glory
Father Vincent talks about the view of the wounds of Christ and the stigmata of Saint Francis through the lens of resurrection.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - Insights from the Mary Magdalene Easter Story for Today's Stress
In this video, Fr. Daniel Barica shares a discussion with Dr. Jeanne Michele, PhD, on how the encounter between Mary Magdalene and Jesus on the morning of the resurrection offers us 5 coping mechanisms for emotional stress.  Click here to view the video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - Fr. Christian Mondor, OFM
In this video, Friar Ryan Thornton along with Mr. Mark Purcell pay tribute to the Surfing Padre, showcasing a musical composition based on the friar’s last words, “Keep working.”  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - Resurrection Stories in Visual Art
As an artist and a Franciscan, Father Vincent has a very interesting sharing about the telling of Resurrection Stories in visual art. You will be surprised when you watch this sharing.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual FORMATION Moment
This short video clip includes a general message from Fr. Daniel Barica, ofm, Pastor, to the entire parish about spiritual formation.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment- Resurrected Life Insurance?
Friar Ryan partners with the Hudson Family to reflect on Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Fr. Daniel - 7 Weeks of Easter Celebration!
Join Fr. Daniel in celebrating the 7 weeks of  the Easter Season by focusing on one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit each week. This first week or Octave of Easter we celebrate the gift that traditionally is called, Fear of the Lord, otherwise known as, Awe and Wonder in God's Presence. Enjoy this musical meditation focused on the Spirit of God who comes to us in so many awe-inspiring ways. We also thank those in our parish involved in the Liturgical Arts of Music and Dance, the Quilt Group, Church Environment, our SSJ Campus that is bursting with flowers and birds, and all who connect to God in beautiful, artistic and wonderful ways.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment on the Triduum with Fr. Daniel
Take a brief walk through the meaning of the Sacred Three Days: The Triduum, which help us enter more deeply into the fundamental aspect of our faith, the Paschal Mystery.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Father Vincent
In this Holy Week, let us continue gazing upon the Cross with Father Vincent through visual art.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment - St. Clare and the Cross

In this video, Br. Rufino Zaragoza teams up with Fr. Ryan Thornton to discuss his musical composition “From the Wounds of Christ” and unpack the theological meaning of his source text, the second letter of St. Clare of Assisi to St. Agnes of Prague.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan and Br. Rufino's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Fr. Daniel

Reflecting on Christ’s Passion: In this reflection, Fr. Daniel invites us to enter into the story of Christ’s passion that will be proclaimed on Palm Sunday (according to St. Matthew) and Good Friday (according to St. John). Take some time during Holy Week to gaze upon a crucifix you have in your home to help you contemplate the depth of God’s love and what that love calls forth from you. Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Fr. Daniel
Reconciliation in the Absence of a Priest
In lieu of a parish communal rite of penance scheduled for today, Fr. Daniel offers a path for Catholics to be reconciled with God before Easter.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Father Vincent
“Don’t be afraid!” As the Holy People of God, we should not be afraid of danger because God Is With Us. We are traveling with Jesus to the Holy Week, when Jesus suffers and dies on the cross. And we believe that after the suffering of the cross is the glorious resurrection.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video

Reflection and Rosary with Friar Ryan
Friar Ryan introduces the Franciscan Crown, a way of praying the rosary done by Franciscans; he is joined by musician and liturgist, Br. Rufino Zaragoza.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.

SSJ Family Stations of the Cross
Fr. Daniel gives an introduction and an invitation for parishioners to watch the Family Stations of the Cross videos that will begin to be posted on the SSJ YouTube channel starting this Saturday and ending on Good Friday.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

Struggling, Surviving or Thriving: The Perfect Joy of St. Francis
A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Fr. Daniel.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

Where There is Sadness, Let Me Bring Joy
On his anniversary of priestly ordination, Father Vincent gives a joyful message about how to look at the half-full of a cup. Following his reflection is a fun clip of “How NOT to Watch Mass”. You shall not miss it.  Click here to view Fr. Vincent's video.

Saints for All Ages
Speaking to the children of the parish, Friar Ryan talks about St. Francis, St. Anthony, and the Franciscan way of life.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.

St. Joseph: Dreaming with God
On the Feast of St. Joseph, Fr. Daniel leads asks us to focus on how God wishes to speak to us in our dreams – during the night and during the day.  Click here to view Fr. Daniel's video.

A Franciscan Spiritual Moment with Mark Purcell
Be Not Afraid.  Saint Paul speaks to us during this difficult time, "Stand Firm".  Click here to view Mark's video.

Prayer and Reflection with Friar Ryan
During this time, the Franciscan Friars and parish leaders of Sts. Simon & Jude want to continue serving the spiritual needs of our faith community here in Huntington Beach. This video is the first of a series of "Spiritual Moments" aimed at helping us in our continual call from God to a life of holiness, no matter what the circumstances may be.  Click here to view Fr. Ryan's video.