Third Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2015

Pastor’s Desk
Ramsay MacDonald, one-time Prime Minister of England, was discussing with another government official the possibility of lasting peace. The latter, and expert on foreign affairs, was unimpressed by the Prime Minister’s idealistic viewpoint. “The desire for peace does not necessarily ensure it,” he remarked cynically.
“Quite true,” admitted MacDonald. “Neither does the desire for food satisfy your hunger, but at least it gets you started toward a restaurant.”
“My peace is My gift to you,” Jesus said to His disciples, “a peace the world cannot give” [Jn.14:27]. The Gospel writers want us to understand that, in the through Jesus Christ, God is constantly giving to us. He is giving Himself, giving His love, giving His promise never to abandon us. He is giving His promise is ultimate, total fulfillment in that blessed peace of heart and mind and soul which the world can never give. And if your desire to receive the Peace of Christ is yet to be satisfied, at the very least, it gets you started in the right direction.
Jesus’ gift of peace is “Shalom.” In its deepest meaning, the gift of shalom can be described as the sense of your life’s wholeness and purposefulness. It is the understanding. At the deepest level of your being that you are somebody, that you are destined for greatness.
Being consciously aware of your own infinite value in God’s eyes is the first step in achieving wholeness of life. Being consciously aware of everyone else’s infinite value in God’s eyes, is the second step. When you have taken both steps, the true spirit of shalom becomes part of the very essence of your being. And you are empowered to reveal it, and share it. Then you become one of the Christ’s blessed peacemakers.
Peace and blessings!
Fr. Luis
Many thanks for those who have been very patient driving me around town and getting from once church to the other.

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

April 19, Third Sunday of Easter

This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it!

Last week a friend gifted us with free tickets to see virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell perform with the San Francisco Symphony. What a wonderful experience! Our seats were in the third row, center, and Joshua Bell was directly in front of us! We could see his every facial expression, every move, every fingering clearly. What struck me was not only his technical expertise, but the passion and emotion in every note that he played. As a musician, I know the hours of practice that go into preparing for a concert like this. As I was reflecting on this, I thought: what if we put that kind of preparation and passion into our faith? What if we took our faith so seriously that we studied it until we knew it inside and out, until it became part of our very being, and until we could defend it with boldness? Do we not have something even more valuable to share with the world? Don’t be afraid to share it! Jesus Christ is risen, and He loves you!!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: This Day Was Made By the Lord (BB # 574)

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.

Psalm 4: Lord, let your face shine on us.

Preparation of Gifts: Glory in the Cross (BB # 724)

Communion: In Christ Alone (BB # 414)

Recessional: Sing With All the Saints in Glory (BB # 622)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that we are stewards, not owners, of this earth.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that we are stewards, not owners, of this earth.

“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: Let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” Pope Francis

Josephina and Ben Robles celebrated their 45th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, April 11 with a beautiful mass and reception.
Josephina and Ben Robles celebrated their 45th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, April 11 with a beautiful mass and reception.
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal is the last week end in April.
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal is the last week end in April.

HUMOR:

> A Nun Grading Papers

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE NUN SITTING AT HER DESK GRADING THESE PAPERS, ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AND MAINTAIN HER COMPOSURE!

KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. THE FOLLOWING 25 STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED. INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN.

  1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS. GOD GOT TIRED OF CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH OFF.

  2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE. NOAH’S WIFE WAS JOAN OF ARK. NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

  3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIRE DURING THE NIGHT.

  4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HAD TROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.

  5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY A JEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.

  6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINES WITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES.

  7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA WHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREAD, WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS.

  8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TO MOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

  9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE APPLE.

  10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY.

  11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUA LED THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.

  12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS SON TO STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.

  13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE LIAR. HE FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

  14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700 PORCUPINES.

  15. WHEN MARY HEARD SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE MAGNA CARTA.

  16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY FOUND JESUS IN THE MANAGER.

  17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE CONTRAPTION

  18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD.

  19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO OTHERS BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU. HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY SWEAT ALONE.

  20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND MANAGED TO GET THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE.

  21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12 DECIBELS.

  22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.

  23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A TAXIMAN.

  24. ST. PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY ACRIMONY, WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.

  25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE. THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.

Aren’t Children great!!

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