Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 1, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK

Mark’s gospel marks the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry with a scene in which he demonstrates his teaching and his power over an “unclean” spirit.  Trying to grasp what they have observed, the gathered crowd describes the particular quality of his teaching:  he teaches as “one having authority.”  This teaching authority is matched by his authority over evil.  Yet, for all that, the crowd does not seem to be able to identify the source of this authority and power. The source is identified by an unlikely voice—that of the possessed man, who shouts out:  “I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”

Throughout the gospel of Mark, amidst the continual teaching and miracle-working of Jesus, the question lingers:  Who is this man?  This continues until, at the moment of his death on the cross, another unlikely voice reveals Jesus’ identity:  the Roman soldier who sees Jesus die calls out:  “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

We can admire the teachings of Jesus.  And why not?  They have had a major influence on the western world and much beyond.  We can marvel at the miracles described in the gospels.  But do we really grasp and abide in the truth of WHO HE IS?  Jesus, not merely a “good man” or the “best of men,” but the Holy One of God, the Son of God.

And what difference would that make?  If we could grasp in a consistent way the truth of who he is, would that change anything in our lives?

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and one of the best known American Catholics of the last century, experienced his conversion journey in stages.  One of the most important experiences of that journey occurred when he visited the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Rome.  As he gazed at the mosaic of Christ in glory which surrounds the altar, it suddenly dawned on him:  the Jesus spoken of by Christians is no mere “historical figure” but the Lord who is alive and who interacts with those who believe in and worship him.  This experience contributed powerfully to Merton’s conversion to a deeper Christian faith, then to the Catholic faith and eventually to his monastic vocation.

Have we encountered Jesus in this way, as someone alive and who is in relationship with us?  Or do we still relate to him as someone from “back then” and “out there”?  Pope Francis, in quoting words of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, reminds us: “Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

Jesus, draw us to know you in our hearts as you are:  the Holy One of God, the Son of God, our Savior and Lord, alive and in our midst!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Feb. 1, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.  (Psalm 95)

Today is my mother’s 91st birthday, and I am so grateful that she is still here with us to celebrate it, but it is bittersweet, because I lost my wonderful father just 8 months ago. Even though I didn’t see him all the time, I miss him every day. I could call him on the phone, and after inquiring about all of us and finding out that we were fine, he would always say, “Good, keep it that way!” He was hard of hearing, so we couldn’t have long conversations, but we would always end with, “I love you, Dad.”, to which he always responded, “I love you, too, Honey.”  When you love someone, don’t you just want to hear that person’s voice?  How often do we hear someone say, “I would do anything to hear his voice one more time”.  My father’s voice plays in my mind all the time: the stories about WW ll, the jokes and quips and especially his laughter.

The voice of a loved one has the power to soften hearts.  Let us not take for granted the power of the voice of the One who called all things into being, and who loves us more than any earthly parent can, for His voice has the power to heal, to restore, to drive out demons and to draw us to Himself for eternity!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 95:  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Preparation of the Gifts:  In This Place  (BB # 308 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!

 

 Suggested Reading:

Alice Von HilebrandeAlice von Hildebrand is a household name to many who know her from her countless EWTN appearances, her  books, and her extensive articles and essays. What is little known is the story of her life, notably the thirty-seven years she spent at Hunter College in New York City.
There, despite systematic opposition she left  a mark on a generation of students through her defense of truth with reason, wit, and love. By showing her students how truth fulfills the deepest longings of the heart, she liberated countless students from the oppressive relativism of the day, enabling many of them to find their way to God.

St.Blaise

“A native of Sebaste, Armenia (present day Sivas, Turkey), reported to have been martyred for the faith sometime in the early fourth century, Blasie has a wisespread cult. The medieval accounts of Blasise’s life present him as a physician-turned-biship who fled to a cave to avoid the Roman persecutions. he was discovered by hunters, captured, and eventually executed. While in prison, his prayers bought healing to a young boy who had a fish bone caught in his throat. Blaise is invoked for the healing of ailments of the throat through a blessing that dates to the sixteenth century.”

-from MAGNIFICAT for Tuesday, February 3, 2015 p 57.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 18, 2015

Somehow this post got lost, my apologies – webmaster

PASTOR’S DESK

 

The artist, Benjamin West, explains how his career as a successful and important painter began.  When he was still a boy, his mother went out on an errand and left him in charge of his little sister, Sally. It was then that young Benjamin discovered several bottles of his mother’s colored ink. He opened the bottles and proceeded to create Sally’s portrait.

Before long, a big mess had developed, with ink spilled everywhere. And when Ben heard his mother arriving back home, fearing the worst, he hid himself in a dark corner under the stairs. Ben’s mother looked at the awful mess and said nothing.

Then, with Sally’s portrait in hand she looked for Ben.  When she found him in his hiding place, she glanced at the portrait and said, “Why it’s Sally!” And then she kissed Ben. “And ever since that day,” said Benjamin West, “my mother’s encouraging kiss, in the dark made me a painter.”

What a lovely story of encouragement and love — and most of us wish we could be like that as a parent as well as a disciple of Christ.  Sometimes in our own life we tried to do good like the young Benjamin, but instead of getting encouraged we end up being put down or chastised.

I want you to look around in our PARISH and our COMMUNITY as an experiment and list down how often do you encouraged and how often you chastised, or how often do you build and how often you tear down people.  After a month of this listing you will know what person you are.  Are you a builder or are you a person that “tears down.”

It is ironic that whenever hear such story, as of young Benjamin, it lifts up our spirit, does it not?  Why, then don’t people do that?

Just a note of gratitude for those who cleaned and put away the Christmas decoration, you are just quite an angel!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

The Last Supper / Benjamin West
The Last Supper / Benjamin West

The Last Supper painted by Benjamin West, American painter 1738-1820. Commissioned by George III and presented by him in 1786 to Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor. Detroit Institute of the Arts.v

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan 18, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Entrance antiphon:  “All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to your name, O  Most High!”

Today we hear God calling to Samuel, who answers, “Speak, for your servant is listening”. In today’s Gospel, Andrew takes his brother Simon to see Jesus, saying, “We have found the Messiah”. Jesus renames him “Cephas”, which means “Peter”.  Peter became our first Pope in a long line of popes which is unbroken to this day, Let us not be afraid to respond to the call of Jesus to spread the good news throughout all the earth!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  All the Ends of the Earth (BB #554)

Psalm 40:  Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

Preparation of the Gifts:  Here I Am, Lord  (BB # 378 )

Communion Song:  Speak Lord  (BB # 603 )

Recessional Song: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing (BB #385 )

BB = Breaking Bread                            SS = Song sheets

  

Today we return to Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying / singing them together!

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 25, 2015

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Bravo St. Elizabeth’s choir and Director Rebecca Brown for this beautiful arrangement and rendition.

PASTOR’S DESK

 

On October 30, 1935, at Wright Air field in Dayton, Ohio, the U.S. Army Air Corps held a flight competition for airplane manufacturers trying to build the next-generation of long –range bombers.  A small crowd of Army brass and manufacturing executives watched as the Boeing Model 299 test plane taxied onto the runway.  It was sleek and impressive, with a hundred-and three-foot wingspan and four engines jutting out from the wings.  The plane roared down the tarmac, lifted off smoothly, and climbed sharply to three hundred feet.  Then it stalled, turned on one wing, and crashed in a fiery explosion.  Two of the five crew members died, including the pilot.  An investigation revealed that nothing mechanical had gone wrong, rather the crash had been due to pilot to attend to many new features and variables necessary to keep the craft aloft.  While doing all this, the pilot had simply forgotten to release a locking mechanism on one of the controls, and this resulted in the crash.

So a group of test pilots got together and considered what to do to prevent such accidents in the future.  They could have required Model 299 pilots to undergo more extensive training.  Instead, they came up with an ingeniously simple approach:  they created a pilot’s checklist, with step-by–step checks for takeoff, flight, landing, and taxing.  Its mere existence indicated how far aeronautics had advanced.  In the early years of flight, getting an aircraft into the air might have been nerve-racking, but it was hardly complex.  Using a checklist for takeoff would no more have occurred to a pilot than to a driver backing a car out of the garage.  But this new plane was too complicated to be left to the memory of any pilot, however expert.

With the checklist in hand, the pilots went on to fly the Model 299 a total of 1.8 million miles without one accident.  The Army ultimately ordered almost thirteen thousand of the aircraft, which it dubbed the B-17.  And to this day, in preparation for flight, every pilot, no matter how experienced, works his or her way through a detailed checklist before heading down the runway.

From the very beginning, Jesus clearly stated that His calls to us to follow His instructions and His appeal to us to transform our lives are inseparable.  And we must be constantly checking that we are conforming to His imperative.  To follow Jesus is to change your life, necessarily.  You cannot be the person He wants you to be apart from Him.  To be a follower of Jesus you must let go of everything you have crowded in at the center of your life that is not God-centeredThis is not a once-in-a-lifetime transformation Jesus is calling for.  It is an ongoing, continuing change, a process of growth and development that stretches over your entire life.  But to what degree have we actually followed the example of our Servant Leader?  To what degree have we made His concerns our concerns?  The apostle Paul had given us a convenient checklist of those concerns:

To “give encouragement to one another.”

To “to be at peace among yourselves.”

To “give courage to those who are apprehensive.”

To “care for the weak.”

To “be patient with everyone.”

To “make sure that people do not try to take revenge.”

To “think of what is best for each other and for the community” [1 Thes. 5:11, 13, 14-16]

I hope you reflect on this checklist this week and hope it will assist you in your own journey of faith and that your life be transformed to His will.

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Luis


LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER  by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan 25, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Remember that your compassion, O Lord, and your love are from of old”.  (Psalm 25)

In today’s first reading, God calls Jonah to set out for the city of Nineveh and give them a message to repent, or Nineveh would be destroyed!  Jonah did as God commanded and Nineveh was saved. There is much more to the story, of course, but what can we glean from it?  Obedience, perseverance, and answering the call of God amidst the most uncomfortable of circumstances?  The disciples gave up everything to follow Jesus.  Let us do the same! God has chosen us as well, to go out and spread the Good News, to share the Gospel, and to urge all people to repentance. Let us not be afraid to give up everything to follow Jesus.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  God Has Chosen Me (BB #379)

Psalm 25:  To you, Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God. (BB # 757)

Preparation of the Gifts:  Here I Am, Lord  (BB # 378 )

Communion Song:  Pescador de Hombres  (BB # 513 )

Recessional Song: All the Ends of the Earth (BB #554)

BB = Breaking Bread                            SS = Song sheets

  

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.  There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  We are looking forward to introducing them and praying and singing them together!


Fr. Luis’ homily today focused on the need to be careful in today’s society to recognize free will and original sin. Social sciences suggest that personal responsibility is not as important as society’s responsibility to the individual. The individual sin of a person affects society; all sin is social in nature. Conversely, the individual’s virtue affects society, and that is what Jesus taught: we are to make up a society of virtue by being virtuous ourselves. Fr. Luis also suggested we take this on in small stages, saying “Life by the yard is hard, but life by the inch is a cinch!”

From the Webmaster: if it bugs you that Fr. Luis asks us to sing, let me share with you one of the benefits of singing at mass. The tune of the song and some of the words will be in your heart and come floating into your mind later in the week. What a joyful thing to come out of mass with a song in your heart. Part of Fr. Luis’ homily was on how resistant we are to change, but that how necessary change is to life.

Try an experiment: Listen to the beautiful Psalm 25 and just memorize a few bars. See if it doesn’t come back to you, maybe you might find yourself singing it to a friend who needs to hear it at some time in your life. Or you might just sing it to yourself.

The purpose of our choir and of our liturgy – and this website/blog –  is to bring us closer to God. I pray that will happen to all who read this. Have a beautiful Sunday! 

Don’t forget Thursday Jan 29 is the next session for CATHOLICISM. We have a light lunch served, so please RSVP so we can include you. (707) 486-9683 or email irenedeem@comcast.net. Thank you to Nina LaGuidice for the delicious Irish Soda Bread we enjoyed and to Nina and Larry for bringing coffee! 

The bright yellow green mustard blossoms are a cheery promise of spring! Recipe below or Mustard Green Soup.
The bright yellow green mustard blossoms are a cheery promise of spring! Recipe below or Mustard Green Soup.

Recipe:

We are seeing the mustard blooming in the vineyards and some of the grocery stores and farm stands are selling mustard. You can make a wonderful soup of mustard greens using the Julia Child recipe for watercress soup, which was basically chicken broth, leeks (or onions or scallions), potatoes, cream if you aren’t on a low fat diet – if you are you can top it with non fat sour cream (it curdles, so just put it on after you remove from stove!) We will be having some Thursday with grilled cheese sandwiches, hope you can make it!

I would also like to share a great book for those of you who enjoy cooking – Fran Korn gave it to me and I just love it: “A Continual Feast – a cookbook to celebrate the joys of family and faith throughout the Christian year.” Written by Evelyn Birge Vitz, it has not only recipes but nice commentary and suggestions for traditions of Christian Hospitality, with recipes from all parts of the world and the universal Catholic church. Here is an example of the folklore: February 1 is the feast day for St. Brigid of Ireland who changed her bathwater into beer onc to quench the thirst of some ecclesiastical visitors! That story accompanies a recipe or Bairn Brack, a spiced yeast bread enjoyed with ale.

Cheers to all,

Irene

Funeral for Shirley Segar, Mother of Sherilyn Parmeter, St. Elizabeth’s Guild Secretary

Please join us in praying for the family of Shirley Segar whose funeral is Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Resurrection Church at 10:30. Shirley is the mother of St. Elizabeth’s Guild Secretary Sherilyn Parmeter.
Shirley participated in our Gelatina Workshop in November and it was a joy to meet her.
Here is the obituary for Shirley printed in the Press Democrat.

Press Democrat Obituary for Shirley Segar
Press Democrat Obituary for Shirley Segar

The Baptism of the Lord – Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Baptism of the Lord / Lorenzo Ghiberti / 1427 / bronze / Baptistry Doors
The Baptism of the Lord / Lorenzo Ghiberti / 1427 / bronze / Baptistery Doors

PASTOR’S DESK

 

The story is told of two holy men each of whom was making a case for belief in his own particular deity. “You should believe in my God because he made all things,” said one. Said the other, “You should believe in my God because he makes all things make themselves.”

And there is truth in both statements. God is the Creator Spirit who made the Universe. And God, the Creator Spirit, makes us His co-creators. God continues to create, using creatures like us who are ourselves in the process of being made. The Creator Spirit — the Holy Spirit of God — descends upon us and empowers us to share in His creative activity.

Every author who writes a story, every artist who paints a picture, every musician who plays a note, every architect who designs a building, every woman who has a baby, brings something into this world that was not there before. Not only are we ourselves unfinished, we live in a world that is incomplete.

God is Love. And it is in the experience of the Creative Power of God deep within our being that we open ourselves up to the Love that is new every day, the Love that makes it possible for us to do loving things; the Love that makes it possible for us to bring loving things into our relationships with one another; the Love that makes it possible for us to care, to share, to forgive, and to help bring out the best in one another.

Recently, there was a news account of what many would consider an extravagant example of unselfish love in action — and it goes directly to the heart of our Gospel message. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Raymond Burse was president of Kentucky State University from 1982 to 1989. He was known then for his hard-nosed management style, but he raised academic standards, improved finances, and oversaw $60 million in capital improvements. Burse resigned in 1989 and then returned to the University just this year, making national headlines.

As President of Kentucky State University, Burse forfeited nearly one third of his salarysome ninety-thousand-dollars in order to increase the salaries of the university’s lowest-paid workers. As a result, twenty-four employees who were making $7.25 an hour are now earning $10.25 an hour.

“Do God’s Will as I have revealed it to you,” Jesus said. Don’t just talk about it! Forget your good intentions! All the talk and good intentions in the world are no good unless you are willing to be living examples of His goodness. Jesus is telling you that obedience to God’s Will — actually doing what the Lord commands — is the only way to succeed in life. And this is our Divine Legacy!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

Bulletin11Jan2015 Note: Received these requests after printing:

  • from Julie LaPlante, request for prayers for her dad Don LaPlante who is ill
  • from Vera Bohan, request for prayers from Tom Joyce who is ill

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan 11, The Baptism of the Lord

“The voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”.

These are the words of the Father to us, powerful words that reveal Jesus to us as Son of God, and words that began Jesus’ public ministry.  These words echo the words of St. John the Baptist, “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God…I have baptized you with water, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  We know that Jesus is God, and therefore was not in need of baptism. He was setting an example for us! Not only does baptism make us children of God, but Jesus promises to give us the Holy Spirit!  Do we really believe this? If so, let us open our hearts to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  We Shall Draw Water  (BB # 828)

Responsorial:  Isaiah 42:  You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Preparation of the Gifts: Wade in the Water (BB # 661 )

Communion Song: The Light of Christ  (BB # 607)

Choir:  Down in the River to Pray

Recessional Song: All Praise and Glad Thanksgiving (BB # 717)

BB = Breaking Bread                                SS = Song sheets

  

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord officially ends the Christmas season. 


As we end the Christmas season we express our heartfelt thanks to the choir for the beautiful music that enhanced our worship and our community events! We appreciate the many hours of rehearsal and the generous appearances at the Parade of Lights, the parish Christmas Dinner and the visit to Mirabel Lodge. Bless everyone of you!


As winter now sets in here are some suggestions for reading and meditation:

Here is Fr. Barron on “The Theory of Everything”

Our series by Fr. Barron, “Catholicism,” will continue soon. We will post dates and times soon.


Enjoy a new story from Dan Demers “St. Damien’s Forgotten Helper”


Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
–Anton Chekhov

Our faith is better shown than told!


Sometimes after the Christmas season there is a feeling of quiet and reflection, perhaps a bit melancholy. May we suggest two great books for you at

Simply Sacred 

1791 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 528-7749

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    • BERGOGLIO’ LIST by Nello Scavo. For those of you who would like to understand Pope Francis in the context of his earlier career in Argentina, this is a fascinating read. As American journalists over simplify things by dividing between only two poles: conservatism vs liberalism, this books portrays the more realistic nature of political power and thuggery, and the perfidious, dangerous nature of man and his confusing selection of ideologies. The title is obviously taken from Schindler’s List (Schindler was a lapsed Catholic who developed heroic courage and compassion for Jewish refugees), the story is compelling; the philosophical and political writing is superb.

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    • ROMAN PILGRIMAGE The Station Churches by George Weigel, with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel. A perfect book for Lenten reading, a glorious tradition dating back to early Christianity, George Weigel and an art historian and photographer, take us on the tour of Romes’ churches. George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center (where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies) and Vatican news analyst for NBC news. Elizabeth Lev is an American-born art historian based in Rome, where she teaches art history at Duquesne University’s Italian campus and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is the author of The Tigres of Forli:Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de’Medici. Stephen Weigel is a professional photographer and the principal of Stephen Weigel Photography.

The book offers you meditative prayer, with daily readings, in the uniquely beautiful environment of the historic churches Rome, with thoughtful historical, philosophical and theological commentary. Perfect for Lent! Here is Fr. Barron’s review: “An astonishingly good book. George Weigel’s meditations on the liturgical texts of Lent and Easter are intellectually rich, spiritually alert, and rendered in beautifully crafted prose; Elizabeth Lev’s examinations of the station churches themselves are always informative, insightful, and witty. Equally impressive are Stephen Weigel’s artfully composed photographs. Roman Pilgrimage will delight your eye and feed your soul.”
– Fr. Robert Barron, Rector-President, Mundelein Seminary

If you haven’t been down to Simply Sacred recently you will be delighted to see they have expanded their store!

The Epiphany of the Lord – Sunday, January 4, 2014

Epiphany

The Christmas season continues until next week, ending with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, January 11, 2015. Again we thank Fr. Luis, the St. Elizabeth Choir and all the parishioners who contributed to our Advent and Christmas liturgy, festivities and community outreach. The photo above was taken in the foyer of St. Elizabeth’s shooting through the wreathes on the door and showing the brightly lit creche and festive decorations of the altar. May the hope and joy of this Christmas season remain with you throughout the year.

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Rohden-Franz-von-Geburt-Christi-Nativity-detail-w600

Image Source: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2014/01/deacon-bickerstaff-gods-search-for-you/

Pastor’s Desk

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, another year has passed and hopefully all of us are growing in faith and a better person that you can imagine, and if not the only person you can blame would be you.

Every year it is important to reflect how our life have been this pass year and improve ON what is needed to grow as in the Apostle Paul’s words, “… for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Ours is a faith that evokes an openness to the discovery of ever new insights in dealing with the question of who we are and what we ought to be doing in our lives. Ours is a faith that inspires us to rise above the ordinary. Ours is a faith that asks no less of us than to risk our life in the cause of things-as-they-ought-to-be. Ours is a faith that urges us to embrace Paul’s vision of newness of life, not just on New Year’s Day, but every day: “… the old has passed away, behold, the new!”

The Christian author C.S. Lewis loved books. Someone once asked him if there would be books in heaven. He replied that the only books in our heavenly libraries would be the ones we had given to others. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours,” he said. Our Lord believed this to be true not only of things we possess in life, but of life itself. It was He who told us that to have life we must be willing to lose it; to truly possess it we must fling it away.

Someone has said that love is a basket with five loaves and two fishes: it’s never enough until you start to give it away. And someone has written the fable of “The Old Man” in which a small boy, with arms full of books, is walking past a park. He sees an old man sitting on a cold bench, huddling under a flimsy coat. “How difficult it must be,” the boy thought,” to be old and sitting on a cold bench on a blustery day like today.” Then he turned to get a better look at the old man with the unshaven face and the battered cap. The old man saw him and, lifting his head, asked, “Yes?” The small boy stammered, “I just thought … I wondered … I mean do you need … you look so … I just thought … might I … can I help you?” The old man smiled a warm and friendly smile — a loving smile. ” You already have,” he said.

Whenever you ask your Heavenly Father to help you, it is well to remember that He already has.  The Good News about God is that He has first loved you, and that He wants you to rise above the mere average. He wants you to have life, and to have it abundantly. But He has given you freedom of choice — freedom to say “Yes!” or “No!” to His abiding love. You can come under His Rule or you can back away. You can obey His great commandment of love or you can disobey. You can follow Christ or you can follow the crowd. “He who obeys the commandments he has received from Me is the man who loves Me,” Jesus said. The consequence, or the fruit, of freely choosing to say “Yes!” to God is love. Doing God’s Will is learning how to love!

On these first days of the New Year 2015, don’t just talk about it! Forget your good intentions! All the talk and good intentions in the world are of no account if you’re not willing to get on with it. Do it! “Do God’s Will as I have revealed it to you,” Jesus said. But He doesn’t leave you hanging there. He continues to give you help. He holds before you the joy of obedience. He promises you that if you will follow Him you will experience wholeness of life. You will become the tree that bears rich fruit – rich fruit in abundance.

Have a wonderful year and may it be a peaceful one and a blessed one!

Fr. Luis

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Our creche today has the 3 kings and the star representing the Feast of the Epiphany.
Our creche today has the 3 kings and the star representing the Feast of the Epiphany.

Correction to bulletin: Caption under photo of Ila Donovan, CeCe Gannon is Ila’s neice, not her daughter.

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan 4, The Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany takes its name from the Greek epiphania, which denotes the visit of a god to earth.

After contemplating the staggering fact that God has become a human child, we turn to look at this mystery (of the Incarnation) from the opposite angle and realize that this seemingly helpless Child is, in fact, the omnipotent God, the King and Ruler of the universe.  His kingship extends to the whole world. The revelation of Christ to the three kings at Bethlehem is a symbol of His revelation to the whole of the Gentile world. Epiphany presents to us the calling of not merely a chosen few (the Jews), but all nations to Christianity.

During Advent, the world was in darkness; at Epiphany the Light bursts forth to all nations and the prophecy is fulfilled:  “The Gentiles shall walk in Thy light, and kings in the brightness of Thy rising.”

These words may be applied to us, upon whom the light of Christ has indeed risen, and who have the responsibility to radiate that light in the darkness of our own world.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  We Three Kings  (BB # 107)

Psalm 72:  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Preparation of the Gifts:  The First Nowell (BB # 105)

Communion Song: What Child is This   (BB # 110)

Recessional Song:  Joy to the World (BB # 80)

BB = Breaking Bread                 SS = Song sheets

   Our violinist, Therese Brown, has returned to school to continue her studies as a violin performance major.  We thank her for sharing her beautiful talents with and we keep her in our prayers.

   Our Christmas liturgies were truly beautiful and our choir would like to thank you all for celebrating with us!  Thank you to Fr. Luis for supporting our music ministry, and to all those who contributed to our music ministry expenses using the donation can in the back of the church. We appreciate your generosity! May God bless you.

Editor: Thank you to our choir for another beautiful mass today!

Kathleen Sheridan and CeCe Gannon (Ila's daughter and neice resp.), Ila, Eleanor Gerigk, Sue Tierney and Francine Korn at luncheon for Ila.
Kathleen Sheridan and CeCe Gannon (Ila’s daughter and neice resp.), Ila, Eleanor Gerigk, Sue Tierney and Francine Korn at luncheon for Ila.

Thank you to Sue Tierney for the lucheon for Ila Donovan on New Year’s Eve. We had delicious quiche and salad and wonderful cookies from LunaCakes. Ila had a grand time and enjoyed her visitors.

Here is Fr. Robert Barron on the Feast of the Epiphany. Fr. starts with a discussion of the modern claim to the superiority being “spiritual” rather than “religious”, running through the usual sources of this argument (the comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, Sir James Frazer “The Golden Bough”, etc.) and then points out that the magii had to consult the religious authorities of the time in order to find the messiah. Even though the were astrologers and astronomers and the most skilled of their time, it was only after consulting scripture that they could ascertain the location of the messiah. Fr. Barron shows us that the Jewish people were chosen for those who seek, for the nations. Finally he reminds us that God seeks us; that we need to open our hearts to allow that to happen – to not only focus on our egotistical execution of our search, but to allow God to shape and inspire us. Our perceptions alone will never reach into God’s mine and purposes. Only through his grace can we reach the more profound understanding of God and spirituality.

We will be continuing Fr. Barron’s series CATHOLICISM later in January when Fr. Luis returns.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1, 2015

Solemnity of Mary

What a wonderful way to begin the New Year – honoring the Blessed Virgin. Today Fr. Luis delivered a beautiful homily which I wish I could have recorded, reminding us that if we sincerely wish for peace in this world, we must each have peace in our hearts. We must really work hard to do this, as it is not our nature but rather requires great effort. Fr. Luis recommended that we replace competition with compassion and to resist getting caught up in the worldly process of winners who succeed at the expense of losers.

In contemporary society we tend to regard people who are devout with suspicion, as if they go overboard if they attend daily mass or do volunteer work. But think of working out: do you get results if you only exercise once a week? If you truly want to have peace, love, generosity, kindness and truthfulness in your heart, you have to work at it!

While intellectuals argue century after century over economic systems and social justice, the truth is no mere political system corrects the very selfish nature of humans. They are all doomed, and indeed, history consitently shows that, despite the rhetoric and promises. We can only overcome this by God’s grace, and we can only do that by starting with ourselves.

On Sunday Fr. Luis told us religion is not taught, but rather caught. If we start with establishing peace in our hearts through union with Jesus, we can hope to influence others who “catch” our way of living, who see the peace and justice in our words and actions.

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After 9:00 AM mass a group of us went up to the cemetery to pay respects and remember loved ones, Bern Gerigk, Bertrand (Buzz) Korn, Anita Bishop, and other family members of our parishioners. We prayed for all of our parish, living and deceased, and prayed for grace to build our parish up in spirit in the New Year. We especially would like to encourage volunteers to assist with ministries to the sick, elderly and disenfranchised members of our parish and our community.

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Here are some resources from Fr. Baron’s Word on Fire ministry on the Blessed Virgin.

http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/browse/topic/mary/

Wishing everyone a very Peaceful and Happy New Year!