Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 5, 2014

Pastor’s Desk
Life is a succession of high expectations and broken dreams. And
when hope grows dim at a very deep level of our being, often we
become desperate. Each day of our life with varying degrees of
intensity, the question gnaws at us: Why? Why does it have to be like
this? We want something better out of life than this. In our heart of
hearts we always are searching, desperately searching for the one big
definitive, conclusive answer to the question, “Why?” And the search
goes on —but what are we looking for? We are looking for love (with
a capital “L”), for God is love and, through our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ, we are fulfilled in love.
Stop and think! Stop and reflect! Stop and search deep within your
soul until you can clearly see the full implications of what it means to
love the Lord your God! Stop until your soul has grasped, as a matter
of Christian Faith, that love of God and love of neighbor are
inseparable.
Someone has said, “God wants spiritual fruit not religious nuts.” The
Lord has said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is the
spiritual fruit that we must produce. And as Jesus tells us in today’s
Gospel, the reward for producing this fruit is the very kingdom of God!
On a visit to Italy, a man drove out one glorious afternoon to a famous
monastery in the hills of Fiesole, a breathtakingly scenic town located
in the hills above Florence. He visited the beautiful 15th century
Church, examined the exquisite illuminated manuscripts, and viewed
the magnificent works of art, all as he said, “raised to the honor and
glory of the Lord.” Later, wandering into the monastery garden, he
discovered the greatest treasure of them all. There he fell into
conversation with an old man, a gentle soul, bent with toil and
rheumatism, yet still bright of eye. For more than 30 years he had
tilled that patch of earth, making work his constant prayer. The visitor
asked the caretaker, why at his age, he still worked so hard, cultivating
the land. The kindly old man pointed to the orchard and said, “I see
my cherry trees in bud, and then I see them in flower, and then I see
them in fruit. And then I believe in God.”
As disciples of the Lord, we are called to cultivate God’s love in the
people we see, in all seasons: in the new buds of forgiveness — in the
fragrant flowers of compassion—in the loving fruits of our Christian
ministry.
As disciples of the Lord, we are called to bear fruitful witness to the
Lord who is telling us, “You will recognize, by their fruits, the persons
whose trust in God’s love brings them under His rule. You will know
them by the difference this Faith has made in the way they live, for
“The kingdom of God will be given to a people who will produce its
fruit.”
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

Fr. Luis Penaloza, Pastor, St. Elizabeth's Guerneville and the Mission Churches
Fr. Luis Penaloza, Pastor, St. Elizabeth’s Guerneville and the Mission Churches

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Thank you to our Music Ministry for adding music to our liturgy. The parishioners gave applause at the end of the 9:00 AM mass in appreciation for the beautiful music.

Note: At the request of the Music Director, all videos of the choir have been removed due to concerns over copyright infringements.

Rummage Sale Sat Oct 4 Nine to Three; Sun Oct 5 Nine to Noon. Above: Margaret Mactee delivering her donations to the rummage sale.

Rummage Sale Sat Oct 4 Nine to Three; Sun Oct 5 Nine to Noon. Above: Margaret McAtee delivering her donations to the rummage sale.

RUMMAGE SALE: We got off to an early start Tuesday because Carlos Gonzales had set up all the tables for us before we arrived! Thank you Carlos! By Sunday we earned close to $2,900 but in truth, the greater value of the rummage sale is in helping people find warm clothing, socks, shoes, gloves and scarves for the winter. We apply a sliding scale to pricing and we have many customers who donate cash during the sale. For years Ila Donovan ran the clothing dept and her regular customers return year after year.

Something for everyone! The fun of a rummage sale is meeting people from the community and learning about their hobbies, needs and interests. It's a fun, face to face kind of experience that loses in translation when done on the internet!
Something for everyone! The fun of a rummage sale is meeting people from the community and learning about their hobbies, needs and interests. It’s a fun, face to face kind of experience that loses in translation when done on the internet!

Due to her recent accident that role is taken by Janis Brown, who does a meticulous job of picking through and finding just the right items for people. All clothing items are clean and in good condition, without stains or blemishes. Left over clothes are passed on to St. Andrew’s Church Closet in Monte Rio to be given out free of charge on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. (First and Third Tuesdays offer free dinners a 4:30.)

Saturday Morning of our Rummage Sale. Proceeds help defray operating costs of the church.
Saturday Morning of our Rummage Sale. Proceeds help defray operating costs of the church. Photo by Gina Asaro Busalacchi
Guys having fun with hats
Guys having fun with hats

Bedding and electronics are passed on to the Redwood Mission. They repair some of the electronic which provides training and employment through the Redwood Mission. Thank you to our very hard working volunteer staff who work all week prior and during the event. Volunteers and donors included Fran Korn, Guild President, Joe Torres, Janis Brown, Guild Vice President, Ken and Jean Koutz, Guild Treasurer, Mary Ann Gustafson, Patty Mannick, Zoe Manzo, Vera Bohan, Carlos Gonzales, Charlie Arata, Anna Maria Cabrina, Gina Asaro Busalicchi, Margaret McAtee, Irene Deem, and Joan Brown. Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone. Thank you very much to our donors – we had wonderful things to sell, very nice clothes, household items, etc. Finally, thank you to our customers! We are so grateful for your support of the rummage sale and we had a lot of fun serving you!

To our fellow parishioners we once again extend an invitation to join the Guild or to volunteer during our fund raisers! Our next event will be the Christmas dinner and we would love to have new volunteers participate!

St. Elizabeth's Guild Rummage Sale
St. Elizabeth’s Guild Rummage Sale

 

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2 thoughts on “Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 5, 2014

  1. Thank you so much, Irene for taking the time to film and post all of these videos of our music ministry from this past Sunday, October 5! I pray that all who watch them will be very blessed by God.

    We are starting to work on music for the Advent season and for Christmas, which will both be here before we know it! Also, we’re currently working on selecting and learning a new version of the Gloria (“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to people of good will…”). Since the Gloria is not sung during the Advent season, with (I think) the exception of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 (Fr. Luis will know for sure!), we are striving to have the new Gloria ready well before November 30, which is the First Sunday of Advent for the new liturgical year.

    Finally, for now, we’re preparing another special song to perform this coming Sunday, October 12 right after we receive our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. Thank you so much, Almighty God for Your gift of life! May we respect and cherish it from conception to natural death, and do all we can to help women with unplanned pregnancies as well as our seniors who are in poor physical health.

    God love you Irene, Fr. Luis and all of you! –Eric

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