Right before 9:00 AM mass Fr. Luis received tragic news that the grandson, Evan, of one of our parishioners had died. We ask that all of you pray for Evan and his family and loved ones during this time of grief.
Fr. Luis’ homily on today’s gospel (Matt 14:13-21) pointed out that this is one of most well known scriptures, recorded by each of the evangelists and used repeatedly during the year.Fr. Luis drew our attention to the dark beginning of the passage, in which Jesus learns of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist. Fr. said that bible-minded people will be reminded of all the Old Testament prophets who faced this constant threat from the hostile world, and the writing is a somber prelude to the death of Jesus. Jesus seeks to grieve alone, but is followed by a crowd of thousands. Jesus’ heart is moved with pity and he performs miracles of curing among them. This reminds us of the Israelites, wandering in the desert. As evening approaches, the apostles advise Jesus to dismiss the crowds.
Now I have heard this story probably thousands of times in my lifetime, but Fr. Luis points out something important that never struck me before: the apostle’s suggestion to disperse the crowd is sinful: “the movement of sin is always in the direction of dispersion.”
Fr. Luis also reminded us that with God all things are possible; small things can be multiplied. Our smallest acts of kindness can have many blessed ramifications even though they are small.
He also warned us that a directive that disperses our community is from Satan, not God. Jesus, Fr. Luis points out, is a God of communion; we are often overwhelmed by life’s circumstances, we do not see how we can feed our families, or pay our bills, but we must always remember to stay in union with our faith and our families. Fr. Luis said all of this far more eloquently and I apologize for slaughtering his wonderful homily!
In facing personal and societal problems let us not succumb to cynicism or the divisiveness of politics; let us remember that with God small things can be multiplied and accomplish great things!
With sad news hitting us again, after losing Cathy Gilligan and Fr. Luis’ mom last month, it was all the more consoling and uplifting to hear the beautiful music of the liturgy today. Thank you to our Music Ministry. Here are some videos of today’s mass, which we share in the hope it comforts and inspires you. It is so wonderful to have our Catholic community to pray with in times of sorrow.
On a brighter note, our Music Ministry had a special guest this morning. Beware a cuteness factor of gazillion here! Here is young Augustine Michelman (mom and dad are Christie and Kevin, friends of our choral director Rebecca Brown, visiting us from Rhonert Park) who was playing along with two sticks used as a violin and bow, and delighting everyone around him!
Make of Our Hands a Throne, Steven C. Warner (number 597 in the Word & Song hymnal)
Shall We Gather at the River, Robert Lowry, 1926-1899 And this is one of St. Elizabeth’s favorites! Located on the Russian River, this hymn always brings smiles to the faces of our parishioners as we “gather at the river.” This was our “gathering” song this morning as we started mass.
Taste and See, Text and Music James E. Moore This hymn is sung before communion, it invites people to receive communion in a holy and respective state of mind.
“Sing Hallelujah”composed by Paul Wilbur
Lord Hear Our Prayer
For people who are not Catholics I should explain this is not a hymn but rather part of the sung liturgy. It occurs after the reading of the gospel and the homily. It is always a moment of powerful communion as we pray together for personal, regional, national and worldwide problems. At daily mass, where we do not have a choir, we do not sing this but recite the refrain. If you would like to learn more about the Catholic mass, consider taking a Catholic Adult Education program. You can register by phone by calling the office (707) 869-2107. Please understand we are a tiny parish in a resort area so our schedules and staffing are seasonal.
Hosannah in the Highest
Lamb of God
We share this music with you not to show off or brag but to invite you to join us in prayer. We are deeply grateful to our choir and our musicians for their generous contribution to our mass. We also invite you to join us for our coffee service after mass which is free of charge. It’s an informal affair but we have delicious treats and friendly people! Please come say hello and enjoy a pastry or savorie!