July 27 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


What a joy to celebrate the outdoor mass with music. We so appreciate the Music Ministry at St. Elizabeth’s which includes our choir and our guest musicians: Sopranos Misty North, Carol Kimbal and Sue Tierney; Tony Madrid, John O’Connell and Noel Fahlen. Rebecca Brown, who taught Fr. Luis guitar years ago, travels from Rhonert Park; Winnie Myers (keyboard) comes all the way from Cotati; Steve Dunne, singer, comes in from Penngrove; Eric Lindenbusch, tenor is cantor and plays cornet; Sean and Therese Brown play cello and violin respectively. If you would like to show your appreciation, send a donation to St. Elizabeth’s marked for the music ministry. Mailing address is St. Elizabeth’s Church Music Ministry 14095 Woodland Drive Guerneville, CA 95446 Your donations will be greatly appreciated and help offset our expenses.

Since many of you are too busy to open the bulletin, here is the message from our Pastor, Fr. Luis Penaloza.

Pastor’s Desk

Like all great discoveries, legend has it that the scientific “Archimedean Principle” was hatched by the famous Greek mathematician while he was taking a bath! It seems that Archimedes had been given a problem to solve by King Hiero. The King had ordered a solid gold crown, but he had reason to believe that the person commissioned to fashion the crown was cheating him. He had paid for pure gold, but he suspected that the crown had been partially filled with something of lesser value.

Archimedes struggled unsuccessfully with the problem of how to verify the king’s suspicions until one day, as he was bathing, he came to realize that an object would displace its own weight in water. This discovery enabled him to conduct a test later in which, by immersing the crown in a vessel of water, it was established that the king was right: the crown had not been fashioned out of pure gold. The legend goes on to say that when Archimedes made the discovery, he shot out of his tub, and without even stopping to put on his clothes, went running down the streets of ancient Syracuse shouting, “Eureka! Eureka! I’ve found the answer!” We can only imagine the shock and surprise of those who witnessed this triumphant spectacle!

We are constantly reminded that man does not invent everything — not by a long shot. Like Archimedes’ revelation, so many things simply exist — only waiting to be discovered. Take for example mathematics. I may not be a genius when it comes to algorithms and geometric proofs, but even I can tell that 5×5 would equal 25, whether or not human beings came into existence. Stop and think about this for a minute. What this means is that an extremely large, accurate sub-system of can figure out, not only certain physical laws, but also project data well beyond our own sphere of understanding. The point is, mathematics existed before we did. So did fire, the mechanics of the wheel, even the fundamental principles of our most powerful computers. Humankind did not create themwe only discovered them. How amazing it is to stumble onto things so powerful and ordered as DNA, and the physical laws of the universe—and to contemplate the discoveries yet to made, both large and small—from the tiniest quantum particles, to the incompressible vastness of our universe.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, the “Parable of the Treasure” and the “Parable of the Pearl” are twin stories with the same message. In both cases, the discovery of something of immense value comes as a surprise—a complete shock. In both parables we detect the joy of an exciting discovery. In both parables, when the discovery is made it fulfills all of the finder’s hopes and dreams, so much so that compared to the new-found treasure, everything else is without real value and can be let go with a feeling of contentment. The Lesson is clear: the Kingdom or Rule of God is the all-embracing, totally-absorbing, ultimate Treasure in life. The value and the importance of this discovery takes precedence over everything else in life. Whether it comes as an unexpected find or as the sudden realization of a life-long search, the Kingdom is the supreme Treasure that eclipses all else. “Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?” the rich young man asked Jesus. “If you wish to be perfect,” Jesus answered. “go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow Me” (Mt. 20:16,21). “For where your treasure is,” Jesus said, “there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:21). He’s tells us, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found,” and “like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it” (Mt. 13:44,45).

When Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a hidden treasure, He is not saying that it is beyond our reach or hard to find. Rather, He is telling us that it is there for us to discover. We know, after all — and for certain — the Gospel Truth that the Rule of God is the Rule of Love; that our rule of life is to love; that doing well is to love well. And we learn to treasure it; we learn to treasure it enough to live it. And the more we learn about it, the more we realize the urgency of it.

Our fulfillment as human persons—our happiness, if you will—depends absolutely on our willingness to position ourselves right here and right now under the Rule of God—God’s Kingdom of Love!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis,

  1. S. People have been asking me how I’ve been. Each day I thank God for letting me have a chance to have taken care of my Mom for as long as I did. I know many who were not nearly as blessed as I, and I think of those who have survived a far greater tragedy losing their parents in an early age but most of all losing their children.

Each day I find solace to see the blessing and grace of God working in our parish, Mr. Bill Aguirre has fixed the broken stain glass window without charging us for his labor and parts,

The other day a homeless man came to the rectory and handed me the missing “Thurifer,” and he said he found it in the trash can, so we have the cruxifix and the thurifer back, we are only missing one item. I guess two out of three is not bad. Monday morning a young man introduce himself as ‘Nick,’ and reassured me that people are looking for the other missing item. God is good!

We apologize for the mispelling of the mass intentions for this Sunday: Correct spelling is

Fred, Lavern & Ruth Calonico + , requested Lucy Flaherty; Happy 90th Birthday Peggy Mylett, requested by Lucy Flaherty


video capture sent by Larry Ku today. Thank you Larry! And thank you to our musicians and choir for enhancing our mass.

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