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



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 

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(707) 528-7749


    • 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.


    • 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!

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