First Sunday in Advent – November 30, 2014

PASTOR’S DESK

 

A young playwright was extremely gratified when an important New York critic agreed to attend the opening of his “Off-Broadway” play. The critic came to the opening as promised, but quickly fell asleep and remained in that condition throughout the performance. The playwright was heartsick. As soon as the play ended, he dashed down the aisle and said to the critic, “I’m sorry you couldn’t stay awake longer. You know how much I wanted your opinion!” The veteran play-goer rubbed his eyes and said, “Young man, sleep is an opinion.”

In the matter of our approach to the Advent Season, sleep is an opinion. Instead, if we are fully awake to message of the Advent message, and open ourselves up to let Jesus into our lives more fully, the awful coldness down there at the center of our beings gives way to the warmth of His Presence; the fatigue gives way to new physical strength; the fear and anxiety give way to peace and joy. This actually happens as we receive God’s Power and Love through Jesus Christ.

One Advent Season, the pastor of a big-city Church asked his congregation to conduct an experiment.  Go into each day and each situation claiming that Jesus Christ is walking beside you every single moment. Wherever you go, whatever you do, claim that Jesus Christ is walking with you. Then, when the difficult challenges arise, when the going gets tough, when the outlook is grim, ask Him for the power and strength — not only to cope with the situation, but also to have good come out of it.

Go into each day and each situation with this attitude and approach and you will find that the Living Christ will be with you and will give you the power and strength to be with others. You will find yourself not withholding love from the people you encounter. Rather you become fully present to them in the ups and downs, the good and bad times of their lives. You will find yourself becoming a channel of God’s power and God’s Love to them.

The season of Advent is not only about God sending His Son to us, but sending His Son through us to other people.

During this Advent Season, remember, sleep is an opinion. So stay awake . . .Stay awake to the possibility that Christ is coming to present you with a new opportunity to experience God’s unconditional love at the deepest level of your being.  Stay awake to the possibility that Christ is coming to present you with a new opportunity to love each member of your family unconditionally. Stay awake to the possibility that Christ is coming to present you with a new opportunity to carry the Spirit of Love, into a fearful, anxious world.

During this Advent Season, stay awake, for “The master of the house is coming!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director,
Rebecca Brown
Nov. 30, First Sunday of Advent
Today we begin our preparation for Christmas. The season of Advent is 4 weeks long, and the word “advent” means “waiting”. From the blessing of the Advent wreath, “Lord God, your church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior, who enlightens our hearts and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.” Our readings today plead with God to save us from our sins, and exhort us to be “watchful and alert, for you do not know when the Son of Man is coming’.”
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: Gathering Song For the Sundays of Advent
“Come, Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come and give us your peace.”
Psalm 80: Lord make us turn to you, let us see your face, and we shall be saved.
Preparation of the Gifts: Abba Father (BB # 543)
Communion Song: Remember Your Love (BB # 671)

Advent Wreathe
Advent Wreathe

ABOUT THE PARADE

Serendipitously, the theme of the Parade of Lights in Guerneville is “MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET” taken from a children’s movie about a Christian choir who want to sing Christmas carols in their town square, but are opposed by politically correct civic leaders. Since our presentation “Joy to the World” features our choir, our entry will have special meaning.

We have been waiting  to begin planning in earnest after Thanksgiving, and we are inviting all parishioners to participate. We especially need adults to walk along the sides of the truck and trailer to make sure no children dart out and get run over! We will start decorating around 5:00 PM at St. Hubert’s Hall. Hot chocolate and some snacks will be provided to our volunteers. It’s going to be lots of fun, and we encourage everyone to participate. For families with younger children, you may want to come around 6:45 and get in line. We line up at 6:00 on Fourth Street, but the parade doesn’t begin until 7:00 PM.

Raindate for the parade is the following Saturday, Dec. 13.

Things we need:

Angels, shepherds, wisemen; people walking with home made luminarias or candles or just walking; artificial flowers to decorate; Christmas decorations; lights, especially flood lights. We have the straw and the truck and trailer.

We need two people to walk ahead carrying our banner.

Please contact Irene Deem at (707) 486-9683 to let her know you are coming so we can plan. This is going to be a lot of fun, it’s a great parade and wonderful to have the churches represented. Thank you to Michelle Torr and Michael Collins for arranging for the generator and the banner. A huge thanks to the choir for volunteering to sing! It’s really going to add a very special presence to the parade and is a wonderful way to bring our faith to the Parade of Lights.

Screening of CATHOLICISM: Lesson 6 at Rio Theater

Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron
Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron

We screened Lesson 6 last Sunday to a small but appreciative audience at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio. It was a great experience to hear the beautiful music on their sound system and of course to enjoy the spectacular visuals that are a key feature of Fr. Barron’s epic series.

Here are some comments from our audience:

Mary Ann Gustafson: “A travelogue of Catholic beliefs explained candidly in laymen’s terms.”

Vera Bohan: “I enjoyed seeing Notre Dame – when we visited there we were lucky a mass was being said so we got to hear mass at Notre Dame.”

Ellen Strady: “A beautiful production and cinematography with solid theology. As we live in Paris part of the year it was a great joy to see Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame and of course Lourdes which we visit every year.”

Fr. Luis: “It was inspiring and very thought provoking.”

The series will be continued on Fridays at 11:00 AM at St. Hubert’s Hall during Advent. Admission is free but we recommend purchasing the study book – contact Irene Deem at 707-486-9683 to order one with a discount.

Special thanks to Rio Theater manager Linda Santa Cruz for her hospitality! The Rio is a community spirited organization – consider it for your next event!

If you would like to have this series at your parish, it is designed for lay persons to organize. It is a turnkey program with the DVD set, study books, promotional flyers, posters and leaders kit available for purchase on line. There is special Christmas pricing available now. Visit www.WordonFire.org.

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – November 23, 2014

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Psychologist Alfred Adler once put an ad in the paper for his Fourteen-Day Cure Plan. He claimed that he could cure anyone of any emotional or mental disorder in just fourteen days. One day, an extremely lonely woman came to him for advice. He told her that if she would do as he said, she would be cured of her loneliness in a mere fourteen days. “What do you want me to do?” she asked. Adler replied, “If you will do something for another person every day for two weeks, your loneliness will be gone.” The woman objected: “Why should I do anything for someone else?” To which the psychologist replied, “Well, in your case, it may take a month.”

 

Christ our Lord has given us a lifetime prescription plan, and it is the ultimate cure: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love, you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35).

 

We show the depth of our love for God in the depth of our love for one another. If our concern for our brothers and sisters is shallow, so too is our love for God. And it matters not how often we withdraw to Church and offer words of praise and thanks and love to God. Those words won’t mean a thing unless they are indicative of a change of heart toward our neighbor. For whatever may be troubling us, “Love one another” is our simple prescription this week, this month, and every year of our lives.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, the Parable of the Last Judgment, Jesus presents us with a vision of Himself that gets to the heart of what our life on earth is all about—How do we achieve wholeness of life? How do we get to know who we are and what we ought to be doing? How do we achieve fulfillment as human beings? How do we achieve a deep sense of our life’s worthwhileness and purposefulness?

 

Some years ago, the “Wall Street Journal” ran a full-page treatment which sounded very much like a modern-day application of today’s Gospel—How important are you?” the article began… “More than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. Kellogg minus a farmer equals no corn flakes. If the nail factory closes what good is the hammer factory? Paderewski’s genius wouldn’t have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn’t shown up. A cracker-maker will do better if there’s a cheese maker. The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient. Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein, you need someone and someone needs you.

 

Indeed, someone needs every one of us. And the sooner we get in on this prescription for living the good life, the sooner we will get the cure for whatever is ailing us. Truly, as we did it to one of the least of our brothers and sisters, we did it for our Lord. Right here and right now, Jesus is in our midst asking, “Do you love other people?” And then He says, “No, don’t bother telling Me how you feel about them. Tell me what you are doing for them. Love is something you do.” And that’s our Divine Prescription!

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!

Fr. Luis

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Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron
Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron

We hope we see you at the Rio Theater at 2:00 PM on Sunday as we screen Lesson 6: A Body both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Body of Christ and the Church, from the epic series CATHOLICISM by Rev. Robert E. Barron, Rector/President of Mundeleine Seminary in Chicago. Fr. Barron has taken a production team around the world and as he lectures us on the theology of our church, he illustrates the applications of this theology in cathedrals, churches, schools and festivals around the world. Fr. Barron invites us to a civilized argument about religion, and tells us not to be “beige” Catholics but rather to enjoy and celebrate the rich and colorful traditions of our faith as we evangelize to the world. The beautiful metaphor of the Tree of Life is seen above in the mosaic of the apse of the 12th century church of  St. Clemente, Rome. (source: http://deathofjesus.wordpress.com/weston/san-clemente/) Fr. Barron is a systematic theologian who is at ease with the art treasures of the church and illumens their meaning for us. It’s really a beautiful production to enjoy!

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 16, 2014

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Pastor’s Desk
Today’s Gospel story can be easily misunderstood as an endorsement of our modern-day achieving Society, or a lesson in holding on to your money. Actually, the Lesson has nothing to do with investing money or accumulating wealth. Jesus merely uses the analogy of money to make an important point about our lives as Christians. Jesus is telling us that each of us is expected to perform our Christian duty according to her or his individual ability. Each disciple of Christ is graced with unique power and capability to perform God’s Will. Each is expected to live up to that power and that capability. Moreover, the Lesson is clear that the power conferred on each grows with use, and withers with disuse!
I once went to my nephew’s band concert when he was in the 4th or 5th grad and it was their first Christmas Holiday concert. The youngsters took their places on the bandstand, adjusted their music stands, and tuned up their instruments. Then, with a touch of drama, the music teacher raised her baton. I sat back and for some strange reason expected to hear a beautiful symphony. To my surprise, I heard, instead, a horrid cacophony of squeaks, honks, upbeat notes on the downbeat, and a march that sounded like a forty-five r.p.m. record played at thirty-three. ‘This is terrible,’ I thought, as I shriveled inside. “And then I heard a gentle voice speak within me: ‘These are children; they are learning; they are doing very well.’ The voice, of course, spoke truth. I was judging at first according to my expectations, not accepting that they were all expressing according to their ability. And, at that moment, the music became so lovely to me that I sat back and enjoyed every remaining moment of the concert. And I think I cheered loudest when it ended.
“By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples” Jesus said (Jn.13:35). If we come to Church cheering loudly before one another — congratulating ourselves on performing up to our capabilities, that is a sure sign that we have not! When we begin to think we’ve done enough, that is a sure sign that we have not. The power conferred on Christ’s disciples grows with use and withers with disuse. There can be no standing still. There can be no stalling. There can be no “I’ve got it made” attitude. There can be no hoarding of God’s Grace. Either we are moving ahead or we are moving back! Either we are spiritually growing or we are spiritually withering. In a very real sense, therefore, we come to Church to acknowledge before one another and before Almighty God, that whatever it is we’ve done in Jesus’ name, we must do more. We have been given the responsibility for preparing this earth as the Kingdom, the Presence of God with His people. And, through the life and death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we have been given the freedom and the power to grow into the beautiful, unique persons God wants us to be, through love. Our spiritual beauty is enhanced only to the extent that we exercise our freedom and power to love one another; to see each other as having been chosen by God for fulfillment as a uniquely beautiful human person.
Many thanks for all those in our parish who have given their time to assist in making this parish function–for all those in the “Office Ministry,” ‘Gail, Katrina, and Dan. For our money counters on Susan, Matt/Larry and Julie/Vera/Sherilyn/ and for those who are involved at our liturgy our music choir lead by Rebecca, and our readers and Eucharist ministers; our Guild members as well as our financial committee members and our St. Vincent de Paul Society members who give their time and talent to serve you and the community.
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director,
Rebecca Brown
Nov. 16th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The readings today exhort us to fear the Lord, to walk as children of the light, to stay sober and alert, and to use the time, talents and gifts He gives us wisely.
During this month of November when we pray for all those who have gone before us, we can reflect on the shortness of this life and where we are going. What do we want our legacy to be? What do we want people to remember about us? Do we really believe in the promise of eternal life? Do we try to reflect the light of God in our everyday dealings with people? We hope the songs for today help us to reflect on these questions and declare our faith in Jesus promise of the resurrection of the body on the last day.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: We Shall Rise Again (song sheet)
Psalm 128: O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways.
Preparation of the Gifts: Lux Aeterna Litany
Lux aeterna, dona eis requiem
Communion Song: Journey For Home # 703
Recessional Song: Siyahamba (We Are Marching) # 678

All through the month of November we pray for the souls of our loved ones who have gone before us.
All through the month of November we pray for the souls of our loved ones who have gone before us.

Each Sunday at the 9:00 mass at St. Elizabeth’s the choir sings more of the names from the Book of Remembrance, a long list, sung at the offertory with “Lux Aeterna.” This is taken from the Catholic requiem mass, and is a prayer asking for eternal light to shine upon the deceased.

Pages from the Book of Remembrance
Pages from the Book of Remembrance
Envelopes for Book of Remembrance
Envelopes for Book of Remembrance

The names are provided by the parishioners in the envelopes located at the back of the church. If you have not done so, please enter the names of deceased loved ones so we can include them in our prayers. The names are also read at the weekly 9:00 am masses.

Nov. 16 Lux Aeterna Litany

Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron
Catholicism Lesson 6 Fr. Robert E. Barron

In preparation for the series “Catholicism” by Fr. Robert E. Barron, we are presenting a screening of Lesson 6: A Body Both Suffering and Glorious – The Mystical Union Between Christ and the Church” at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio on next Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 PM.

In this series Fr. Barron skillfully uses the beauty of the architecture and art of the Catholic church to illustrate and illumine the theology of the church. Specifically, in Lesson 6, he uses the beautiful mosaic from the apse of San Clemente. Described in CRISIS magazine (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/a-sign-of-contradiction-the-apse-mosaic-of-san-clemente)

The focal point of this stunning mosaic is Christ on the Cross, depicted as the Tree of Life, from which flow the four rivers of paradise restored. Sprouting from an acanthus plant at the base of the Tree of Life are numerous vines, which nourish a breathtaking variety of images: birds, hinds, baskets filled with fruit, putti (pagan cupids), a shepherd with his sheep, a peasant woman feeding chickens, and the Doctors of the Church, just to mention a few. Taken together, these images symbolize the fecundity of nature and culture (secular and sacred, pagan and Christian), which find their origin in the life-generating power of the Cross. The vine motif is echoed in the mosaic floor that extends up the central aisle of the nave, as if to extend the offer of paradise to all who enter the church.

Basilica of San Clemente
Basilica of St. Clemente

The half-dome, whose focal point is the Tree of Life, is set within a triumphal arch that tells the story of salvation history culminating in Christ, the eternal Logos, represented in the medallion set at the center point of the arch. On the right side of the arch, moving from base to top, we find the city of Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah, and Saints Peter and Clement. On the left we find Bethlehem at the base, the prophet Isaiah, then Saints Paul and Lawrence. Thus, just as the half dome depicts Christ crucified as the life-giving source of all things in nature and culture, the triumphal arch depicts Christ glorified, the eternal Logos, in whom nature and culture find their fulfillment and end.

This beautiful mosaic is used to illustrate the concept of the church as a body, a living organism, as described by John “I am the vine and you are the branches.” In Lesson 6 Fr. Barron discussses:

  1. The mystery of the church and the union of Jesus with his church, as Jesus said to Saul “Why do you persecute me?”
  2. Ekklesia: the world in communion with God; the unity of the Church contrasting with the disunity of the devil
  3. The Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

To get the most out of this series, please purchase the Study Guide which is $24.95 plus shipping and handling. You can purchase the study guide on line at http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/studyprogram/catholicism-student-study-guide-and-workbook/2372/. Contact Irene Deem at 707-486-9683 to get our code for a 15% discount on your order. You should also have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

We realize many people will not be able to attend all the lessons, but rest assured that each lesson is a stand alone lesson and even if you only attend one, the experience will inspire and emboldene your faith.We pray that you will open your hearts to this effort by Fr. Robert E. Barron, Rector/President of Mundeleine Seminary, to evangelize our culture.

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, November 9, 2014

PASTOR’S DESK

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome — the mother church. Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the Pope’s main church, but in fact it is St. John Lateran.

On the facade of the Basilica there is an inscription in Latin which reads, “the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world.” As the Pope is primarily a Bishop, a first among equals, St. John Lateran has a special and symbolic importance for the Church as a whole. And our celebration today is a way of expressing the unity of the whole Church with the Bishop of Rome — and the unity of all churches with Rome, and each other.

If today, we were asked to define what the Church is, what do you suppose most us of would say?  If we were to predictably define the church as a “house of worship,” the question for us would be: is it merely a building with walls and ceiling and floor and furniture to which we come for corporate worship? No! The church of Jesus Christ is not a collection of buildings.   The church of Jesus Christ is people. We are the Church!

We are a people who assemble regularly to give praise and thanks to the Lord for His creation, for His gift of life, for His love, for His mercy, for His pardon; a people who assemble regularly in the spirit of reconciliation and mutual forgiveness. And that’s how we should define church!

Our almanacs tell us that one of the signs of the coming of an extraordinarily harsh winter is that the berry bushes will produce more berries than usual — an example of the birds being provided for even though they cannot “sow or reap or gather into barns.” The birds of the sky will die, of course. And so too will we. Jesus didn’t say that birds do not have to die. He said they didn’t have to worry while they are here.

Hummingbirds are a fascinating species — so fragile, tiny and beautiful. There are actually 320 kinds of hummingbirds. The tiniest among them is the “Bee-Humming” bird. It is only 2 1/8 inches long and half of that is tail feathers and beak. It weighs only five grams — about the same weight of a few aspirins or vitamin pills. Yet that tiny creature can hover, fly up and down, sideways, and in and out with amazing grace and flexibility. It flaps its wings ninety times a second. And that little bird somehow knows that when it begins to get cold, for its own well-being it is best for it to leave Northern Canada and migrate down through the United States and the Gulf of Mexico, all the way to the Panama Canal Zone. And it knows just when to turn around and fly back. Just an accident of nature?  You might as well believe that if a big library blew up and all of its books went skyward, they would come down in alphabetical order by title!  Jesus points to the birds and says, “Look at God’s concern for those tiny creatures — and learn from that! God cares! Even for little hummingbirds! God cares for you!”

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Nov. 9, The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

The readings and prayers for today are rich in imagery and beauty: “I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband”.  (entrance antiphon);  “The waters of the river gladden the city of God” (psalm response).

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the earliest basilica in Christianity:  St. John Lateran, the mother church of Rome.   We are reminded that the temple is a holy, sacred space; that place where God dwells:  a church building, yes, but also the temple of our bodies.  In the Gospel today, Jesus prophesies His resurrection: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”.   During this month of November we continue to remember our loved ones who have died in the hope of the resurrection, remembering that we are all on the same journey, the journey for home.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  The Church’s One Foundation  # 659

Preparation of the Gifts:  Lux Aeterna Litany

“Lux aeterna, dona eis requiem”

Communion Song:  Journey For Home  # 703

Recessional Song:  City of God  # 691

NOTICE: We invite you to a screening of Lesson 6 of CATHOLICISM, the DVD series by Rev. Robert E. Barron, at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free. Lesson 6: A Body Both Suffering & Glorious – the Mystical Union of Christ & the Church will be shown. This is a preview of the series which will be started at St. Hubert’s Hall the second week of Advent. For more information see Catholicism

Catholicism Screening at Rio Theater Nov 23 at 2:00 pm
Catholicism Screening at Rio Theater Nov 23 at 2:00 pm

All Souls – Sunday, November 2, 2014

PASTOR’S DESK

The other day, Wednesday morning, I was sharing with a couple parishioners that it was hard to get up in the cold morning, I was telling them that my fingers were locking up in the morning. And they responded that it was part of getting old.

That reminded me of the story of the elderly gentleman who fell in love with a woman somewhat younger than he. The man decided to propose marriage. So he called on her, got down on his knees and said, “I love you, and I have two very important questions for you. The first is, ‘will you marry me?'” “Yes!” she replied. “Now what is the second question?” she asked anxiously. The elderly gentleman replied, “The second question is, ‘Will you give me a hand getting back up?'”

I think we all can relate to that, getting older, like so many other challenges in life can be humbling. Author Fr. Cedric Pisegna has coined an interesting term for this condition. He says our bodies are “Humilifiers.” And contrary to the tightly held ego identity of youth, that celebrates image and good looks, Fr. Pisegnas tells us that as our bodies grow older, the more humble we should become. And unless we accept this fact and embrace the aging process gracefully, we are bound to crumble.

Recently, we have seen some questionable examples of young athletes and celebrities who are so full of pride that they seem to place their physical abilities or their image above all else. Naturally, not all celebrities approach their success in this way. Having said that, we must realize that for those who see themselves as all good, it doesn’t follow that we should see them as all bad. Though we may cringe at their sense of entitlement (their weaknesses), we celebrate their talent and ability (their strengths). Furthermore, developmental psychologists, career coaches, and resume writers, among others, will say that there are some benefits to boasting about one’s abilities when entering the competitive world that we live in. But it is the rare individual who will, at a young age, approach this stage in life with humility. More likely it will be quite the opposite — and that may just be the way many of us are wired. But soon enough, we all know that the “outer-world” will serve us a heaping helping of humility to our “inner-world,” as we stumble along life’s journey.

Soon after Harry Truman became President of the United States, veteran politician Sam Rayburn took him aside to give him some advice. He said, “From here on out Mr. President, you’re going to have lots of people around you. They’ll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs. They’ll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you’re not.” Humility is the basis for completeness in life. If we truly believe Jesus’ assurance that a life disciplined in humility can grow, improve, change, forgive and love, then we are on the path to His New Life. Christian humility is a sweet spiritual blessing. As a community of loving servants of the Lord, let us get down on our knees and be “Humilified,” one and all!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

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On behalf of the parishioners I would like to thank Fr. Luis and the choir for the very moving LUX AETERNA LITANY in which the names of our deceased loved ones were sung. For those unable to attend, here is the cell phone video: 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director,

Rebecca Brown

Nov, 2:  The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

Today is All Soul’s Day, a day in which we remember all those who have gone before us, “marked with the sign of faith”.  We are not as those who have no hope, because we know that Christ died for us and has opened the gates of heaven. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has in store for those who love Him”.  Let us put our faith in this mystery, in these words of Jesus which are meant to console us and give us hope. During our “Lux Aeterna Litany” today, we pray, by name, for our loved ones who have died.  The words, “Lux aeterna, dona eis requiem” are from the funeral liturgy:  “Let eternal light shine upon them, and give them rest.”  All Soul’s Day doesn’t fall on a Sunday very often, and there is no Gloria today. The songs today remind us that Jesus has conquered death, and if we follow Him, we will live with Him forever. This is the good news!

Songs for 9am Mass:

Gathering Song:  We Shall Rise Again  (song sheet)

Psalm 23:  Shepherd of My Heart

Prep of Gifts: Lux Aeterna Litany

Communion:  I am the Bread of Life  # 562

Closing:  Sing With All the Saints in Glory # 814

Note: Saturday, Nov. 1: don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight!