Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday, May 31

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Greetings! It is great to see our summer parishioners back. I just wanted to thank John Biscordi from San Carlos for repairing our presiders’ chair.  I talked to him last week and he offered to repair the broken presider chair.  That same day, Sunday afternoon, he returned the fixed chair to the rectory, looks brand new.  Thank you John! And I would like to thank another, John, John Clifford for donating nice and comfortable five piece patio furniture for the rectory patio.  It’s great to sit in the patio late afternoon and enjoy the summer breeze.  Thanks!

 

Last week we had one of our St. Elizabeth matriarchs pass away, Ila Donovan.  You have heard her name often during mass; she passed away Monday night at Mirabel Lodge, with her daughter and niece with her.  I’m going to miss her.  I got to know her when she was at Apple Valley rehab in Sebastopol.  She was very insightful and dedicated to our Lord and most of all she had a very alert mind, may she rest in peace. 

 

Soren Kierkegaard was an influential Danish philosopher and a tireless critic of the corrupt state church. In one of his reflections he wrote:

“I went into church and sat on the velvet pew. I watched as the sun came shining through the stained glass windows. The minister, dressed in a velvet robe, opened the golden gilded Bible, marked it with a silk bookmark and read aloud, ‘If any man will be My disciple,’ said Jesus, ‘let him deny himself, take up his cross, sell what he            has, give it to the poor, and follow Me.'”

Have you sacrificed anything of late, solely for the purpose of drawing closer to Jesus Christ?  It has been said that following Jesus is like climbing a spiral staircase: Sometimes it seems as though we are just circling around, getting nowhere. But then we notice that the circle is getting bigger and bigger and that our perspective is getting wider and wider. Our perspective is becoming less and less self-centered and more and more other-directed. We are being guided by an unseen hand that enriches and enhances our lives even in the midst of suffering and setbacks.

As Jesus followers, we learn to deny our very selves. That is to say, we look beyond ourselves for the meaning and purpose of life. The discovery of our true significance lies beyond our feeble efforts to secure ourselves against the risks of suffering and death. In Jesus’ own words “anyone who wants to save his life will lose it.

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

 

May 31, The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

“Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come.”

Clement of Alexandria, a third century church father, wrote: “What an astonishing mystery!  There is one Father of the universe, one Logos (Word) of the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, everywhere one and the same. “Jesus revealed to his disciples the great mystery of our faith – the triune nature of God and the inseparable union of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates the mystery of the three persons in one God. It is one of the greatest mysteries in the Church.  As Fr. Luis said in his homily last Sunday, the Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son.  Jesus’ mission is to reveal the glory of God to us – a Trinity of personsand to unite us with God in a community of love.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: All Praise and Glad Thanksgiving BB # 717

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, Gloria!

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

Psalm 33:  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen, chosen to be his own.

Preparation of Gifts:  Holy Spirit  # 195

Communion:  Abba Father  # 543

Recessional:  Lay Down That Spirit (ss))

During the Council of Nicea in 325, the Church condemned the Arian heresy (which denied the full divinity of Christ) and asserted that Christ is equal with the Father and proclaimed the dogma of the Blessed Trinity. In 1334 AD, Pope John XXII made the solemnity of the Holy Trinity a universal celebration as we have it today.

History Project

Is anyone interested in gathering history of our churches here on the River? In John Schubert’s book “Guerneville Early Days” he says
First mention of a Catholic service was on Thursday, May 23, 1878 when mass was held in Taggart’s Hotel parlor. The next report was on Thursday, again, September 19, when mass was conducted by a Father Conway.(footnote 37) After these two events, the historical record jumps three years.
However, because of immigrating Italians and a few Irish during the late 1870s and thereafter, it seems logical to assume more Catholic services were held in Guerneville.
Three years after the first service, it was reported:
There were services at the Catholic church last Monday. – Scribbler, Guerneville, Nov. 28, 1881. (footnote 38)
This is confusing in that the first Catholic Church was built in town in 1905.
FN 37: R.R.F., May 27; September 23, 1878
FN 38: S.R.Rep., November 28, 1881 (“Scribbler” was Ellen Bagley)
Chapter XXVIII, page 205
Anyone have any info? Contact Irene Deem at irenedeem@comcast.net.

Pentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015

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Happy Birthday!  Today we celebrate Pentecost it’s the church’s birthday when the Holy Spirit came down to the disciples and ignited a burning fire in their hearts to proclaim the kingdom of God.  What an image we have in the readings of the Acts of the apostles;

And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”   -Acts 2:2-4

A room filled with exhausted people with wind and fire is almost impossible. This should have been a recipe for disaster, as people panicked and fled and injured themselves and others —a tragic end to a fledgling religion.

But that’s not what happened. Instead of people filled with fear, they were filled with God. They were given insights that allowed them to speak in other languages, literally, as we see by the crowd’s wonder when understanding the disciples’ words in multiple foreign tongues. But the disciples were also symbolically given the gift of speaking in “other languages” as we see in Peter’s speech. Peter, who had begged Christ not to go to Jerusalem, who had denied his Lord three times, who had sometimes displayed a little too clearly how fitting “Rock” was for his new name, suddenly had a clarity of God’s plan that was utterly unique. Indeed, Peter’s speech in Acts 2:14-40 is remarkable in that revelations were being shared by the flash on insight given by the Holy Spirit. Instead of fear or worry or doubt or denial, Peter was speaking an “other language”.

Pentecost painted by Tiziano Vicellio
Pentecost painted by Tiziano Vicellio

And the thing is, the Holy Spirit still moves among us, and still gifts us with these flashes of insight that allow us to speak another language. Those moments when suddenly we say just the right words of comfort to a friend, or offer council wiser than our ability, or find the courage to venture down a totally unfamiliar path, those moments when we act in ways larger and braver and kinder than ourselves, we are part of Pentecost.

We will never, in this life, actually hold the Divine Infant in our arms, nor will our lips kiss the bloodstained feet of the Crucified Lord. Our souls may, through prayer and meditation, however our bodies have to stay behind. But Pentecost offers us a chance to not simply observe, but actually participate, should we learn to be attentive to that wind and fire, and remain open the promptings of the Holy Spirit. God offers us a chance to speak a new language, if we keep our hearts and ears open to Him. Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful! That is my prayer for each one of you today.

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

May 24, Pentecost Sunday

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.”

The Feast of Pentecost officially ends the Easter Season.  The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in wind and fire. We celebrate the action and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

 

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Envia Tu Espiritu  BB # 455

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 104:  Lord send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Sequence:  Come, O Holy Spirit, Come  # 194 (Tune:  Ode to Joy)

Preparation of Gifts:  Holy Spirit  # 195

Communion:  We Are One Body (ss)

Recessional:  Lay Down That Spirit  (ss))

Fr. Luis’ Homily on Mad Max

Fr. Luis gave us  wonderful homily today on the new Mad Max movie and how it has affected his teen aged niece and nephew. He asked them if they expected the world to turn out like the world in Mad Max, and they said yes. He then asked them if it wasn’t better to believe in a better world, try to create a better world, rather than to resign themselves to chaos and violence. They told him he was idealistic and ideological, and that Mad Max is realistic!

Fr. then went on to tell us we should pray for our youth today and the influence of mass media upon them. He asked us all to pray for God’s help in evangelizing the youth of today.

Just wanted to share…

Lake County Passion Play – Sunday, May 17, 2015

St. Elizabeth parishioners Jose Benjamin Robles and Carlos Gonzalez have been acting in the Passion Play for 15 years. Another St. Elizabeth’s parishioner, Larry Poirier, built the impressive iron gates to the property. On Sunday a group of us drove up and even though it rained, it was a very beautiful and holy dramatization. Fr. Ryan produces the Passion Play every year and emphasizes that the play is not meant as a spectacle, but as a prayerful work of Christians. It is solemn but somehow very joyous to sit and watch from afar, as if you are looking back in time, to a hillside with mounted Roman soldiers, shepherds with real sheep, and costumed players looking convincingly like biblical characters. The scene evokes an early Italian renaissance painting, a landscape seen from afar, as the horses come down the hill in a serpentine pattern. The setting includes a  ‘Garden of Gethsemane,’ plus the ‘House of Caiphas,’ the ‘Last Supper’ stage, ‘Pilate’s Judgment Hall’ and ‘Herod’s Palace.’ The ‘Via Dolorosa’ is a 615 foot climb to the crucifixion scene.

Lake County Passion Play
The Lake County Passion Play is an inspiring two hour dramatization with music, narration and acting in a hillside setting. It is a very moving experience intended to bring you closer to God in your celebration of the Easter season.

Here are a few minutes of video but it doesn’t really capture the experience well.

Please consider making the trip next year, it is such a unique experience and difficult to describe. Admission is free; the mood is solemn but warm and welcoming. There is booth where you can make a donation. Fresh spring water is available in bottles as are programs in color. Fr. Ryan looks ageless and spry, sporting a daper Fedora, as he greets the audience, handing out programs. The production is wonderful, the sound system is clear, the narration is stately and well paced. The play is 2 hours, you are asked to bring your own chairs. No food, beverages or pets are allowed. Portapotties are available by the main gate. Highway Patrol assists with parking. It is handicapped accessible, and good views and sound from all locations. About 250 people attended on Sunday.

The initial scene is charming with a procession of horses and a chariot led by a beautiful grey Arabian horse. Then a herd of sheep come galloping down the hill and across the stage, and young children playing shepherds scamper across the hillside. The drama enfolds with the Last Supper, the prayers in the garden and the seizing of Jesus; all the awful, profound and redeeming events cascade, until the final death, resurrection and farewell. Even in pouring rain, with the audience retreated to their cars, the story still conveyed awe.

We took Hwy 20 home going North to Ukiah and thought it was well worth it, as the more direct route (Hwy 175) is a very mountainous, curvey drive, which would be a problem for anyone suffering from motion sickness. Do check the weather, bringing umbrellas for either sun or rain. On the way home we had a very enjoyable dinner in Cloverdale at the Train Station Bar and Grill, owned by former sherpas from Mt. Everest!

Visit on line at www.LakeCountyPassionPlay.org.

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Greetings, to all!  Just a quick advertisement for those who like to eat “Himalayan food,” Marigold in Sebastopol is having a fund raising for the victims of Nepal this Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite restaurants that served a great ‘Himalayan food,” especially their Chicken Tikka Massala, and great Basil and Garlic Naan bread with a Moroccan Ice tea goes well with that menu.  So, if you have a chance to assist the victims of Nepal and also experience their cuisine stops by Marigold in Sebastopol.

MARIGOLD INDIAN BISTRO
7225 Healdsburg Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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The story is told of a missionary’s gift of a Bible to a native on a remote island where the Bible was unheard of. In the missionary’s words:

I was very gratified at the native’s expression of gratitude for the gift. He just couldn’t thank me enough. Consequently, I was puzzled when I next saw him a few months later and he showed me the Bible which was almost completely destroyed. “I thought you would take better care of the Bible I gave you,” the missionary sighed. “I thought you would treasure it.” To which the native man replied, “It is the greatest gift I have ever received. It is such a wonderful gift that I gave a page to each person on the island.”

 

We might do well to think of that little story the next time we open our Bibles. Instead of reading as much as we can, let us share as much as we can. And I can think of no better place to start than right here in today’s Gospel: “As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18).

 

Proclaiming the Word of God, spreading the Truth about God and Creation, is now in our hands. It’s time to come out as Christians! If you belong to Jesus Christ in any way at all, you become His minister. It is not a matter of clergy and laity. It is a matter of all of us being in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Think about Jesus Himself for a moment! He said that He “did not come to be served but to serve” (Mk.l0:45).

And we understand Him as “The Man for Others” in this sense. What we don’t seem to understand is that when People came to Him to be His disciples, Jesus immediately began to shape them to be His ministers. They would come to follow Him for any number of reasons. He would feed them. He would heal them, spiritually and physically. But almost immediately, He would send them out: two-by-two; first the twelve; then the seventy; then others. Anyone who came to be a part of what He was doing had to understand that he or she had to be a full time minister.

On a visit to Rome and the burial place of St. Peter, Will Rogers observed, “I find it interesting that everybody wants to see where St. Peter was buried, but no one wants to live like him.”

 

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

 

May 17, Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

(I wrote this column last week for Mother’s Day, so my apologies that it’s a week late!) Reflections on Mother’s Day, and Mary, our Mother:  One of the happiest days of my life was the day I found out that I was pregnant with my first child.  “Are you sitting down?” the nurse asked me over the phone.  “Your test was positive!”   Being a mother was what I was created to be. I loved everything about it, because I love children.

Mary with Jesus by Daniel Bonhoffer circa 14yo
Mary with Jesus by Daniel Bonhoffer circa 14yo

May is the month of Mary, and this month we celebrated Mother’s Day, so what better time to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother?  Fr. Donald Calloway, in his book, Under the Mantle has this to say: “Imagine for a moment that you are the eternal Son of God. If you had the power to create your own mother, would you make her anything less than a masterpiece of feminine beauty and genius?  As her divine Son – if I were God –I would want her to have every privilege possible: sinless, immaculate, virgin, mother, queen, princess and pattern of human perfection.  Plus, if I were God, I would figure out some way of making her not just my mother, but the mother of everyone. Such a wonderful mother should be shared with everyone.” He goes on to say that the Eternal Word did just that.  And she is a masterpiece.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise  BB # 188

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 47:  God mounts His throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

Preparation of Gifts:  Alleluia, sing to Jesus  # 742

Communion:  Shepherd of My Heart (ss)

Recessional:  Lord I Lift Your Name on High  (ss)

From USCCB:

In honor of his beatification, an image of Oscar Romero with his quote:
In honor of his beatification, an image of Oscar Romero with his quote: “We know that every effort to improve society…is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.” —March 24, 1980.

BishopRomero – article on the martyred Bishop Oscar Romero by Rhina Guidos.

Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was born on August 15, 1917, in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1942 and appointed archbishop of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, in February 1977, at a time when reports of human rights violations by government troops and death squads were on the rise. A little more than a month after his appointment to San Salvador, Archbishop Romero’s close friend and minister to El Salvador’s campesinos, Jesuit Fr. Rutilio Grande, was assassinated. Later that same year, El Salvador’s right-wing government was overthrown, and civil war erupted. Following Fr. Grande’s death, and amid increasing violence against Salvadoran citizens, Archbishop Romero began to preachagainst the war and for the restoration of human rights. In February 1980, he sent an open letter to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, asking him to suspend U.S. military aid to the Salvadoran regime. On March 23, 1980, Archbishop Romero delivered a homily in which he asked Salvadoran soldiers to disobey orders to kill their
countrymen. The very next day, he was gunned down by an assassin while celebrating Mass in a hospital chapel in San Salvador. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints authorized the opening of Oscar Romero’s cause for sainthood in 1993. On February 4, 2015, Pope Francis declared Romero a martyr, opening the way for his beatication, which will take place on May 23, 2015, in El Salvador.
Image: CNS Photo/Octavio Duran

Sixth Sunday in Easter – May 10, 2015

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If you’re 50 and over, you may remember the hit song “Get Happy” which was recorded by a host of popular artists including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and others. The catchy little tune begins this way:

Forget your troubles and just get happy

                You better chase all your cares away

                Shout Hallelujah, come on, get happy

                Get ready for the Judgment Day

Those a bit younger are no doubt familiar with a much more recent song simply titled, “Happy.” Composer and vocalist Pharrell Williams’ widely acclaimed hit has been described by critics as “a happy affair with a cheerful beat and exuberant vocal.” (Sounds like a song we can get happy about, doesn’t it?). Mr. Williams recorded the song for a blockbuster animated film, and since its release, his number one song has sold nearly 7 million copies — a number which no doubt has made Mr. Williams very happy!

Shout Hallelujah, come on, get happy? That’s just a silly lyric we may say. That’s much easier sung, than done, we may say. But have you noticed how an exuberant, “happy” song can shake you out of a dark mood faster than seeing a three-year-old wearing a plate of spaghetti on his head? Indeed, the positive effect of music is one of those wonderful gifts that can touch us at the deepest levels of our being. And we are reminded on almost a daily basis how important a positive attitude can contribute to a healthy and happy life, and in the same way, how a negative attitude can have the opposite effect.

Just recently for example, a Time Magazine headline warned us that “Anger Can Raise the Risk of Heart Attack Eightfold.” And only a few weeks earlier another publication presented the results of a new study which focused on the other end of the spectrum — what makes us happy. For us, it should come as no surprise the study reported loving relationships at the top of the list of factors contributing to more healthy and happy lives. The research was presented along with the release of a new short film called “Happiest Moments” — featuring older couples passing on advice to a much younger generation. According to a spokesperson for the study and subsequent film, “the overwhelming message from those with the most life experience is that the key to happiness is to worry less, and live in the moment with the people you care about most.” He could have just as easily concluded, “Forget your troubles and just get happy!”  Or “Don’t Worry be Happy!” one of a Reggae style of song that came out during the late 90’s.

The late Eric Hoffer, San Francisco’s famous longshoreman/philosopher once wrote, “It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” And many of us will no doubt agree. In response to Jesus’ command in today’s Gospel, we find it easier to love in the abstract — “out there” somewhere — than to connect with our true source of happiness which is simply being with and loving the people we care most about.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, on the eve of His Crucifixion, Jesus is in the midst of preparing the Apostles for what lies ahead: a Divine pep-talk, so to speak. He is shoring up their courage. He is fortifying their faith. He is promising the Holy Spirit will be coming into their lives: the “Spirit of Truth.” And He is giving them some final instructions on how to be His witnesses in the world. “I chose you,” He reminds them, “and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask Him in My Name. What I command you is

“TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER” (Jn. 15:16,17).

Jesus’ design for living — Love one another! — has resounded through the Ages and will continue to resound in all the Ages to come. By God’s design, the building of His Kingdom is an affair of the heart.

By God’s design, the building of the Kingdom is a family affair.

By God’s design, His Kingdom will come to the extent that it is nurtured and developed in the hearts of His children and h

In today’s Gospel Lesson, on the eve of His Crucifixion, Jesus is in the midst of preparing theirs.

By God’s design, His Kingdom will come, Jesus assures us when we have learned to exuberantly “love one another,” as He has loved us. By God’s design, these are the keys to Genuine Happiness!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

May 10, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Entrance Antiphon: “Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: the Lord has freed his people, alleluia!”

More reflections on the Easter season, “rising from the dead”, and our own mortality,

   Last week I wrote a bit about our family’s recent scare with my husband’s cardiac episode in which his defibrillator kicked on and basically saved his life.  What can you do in a situation like that?  You feel very helpless; you call 911, you follow their instructions, and you pray. You pray like you’ve never prayed before, and you ask everyone else to pray. “Where two or three are gathered…”  Our lives are in God’s hands, after all, He created us, and if we really believe what our faith tells us we know that He has promised to be with us and never forsake us. Jesus taught his disciples to pray; He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He prayed from the cross: “Father, forgive them”.  Let us take our example from Jesus, praying with all our hearts, and trusting in his promises.

This is why Jesus died and rose for us, to give us hope in Him and in His promises, especially in His promise of eternal life.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Hail Holy Queen  # 205

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 98:  The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Preparation of Gifts:  Alleluia, Love is Alive  # 164   Angrisano

Communion:  Ubi Caritas  (Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.)

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman  # 703

Recessional:  Lord I Lift Your Name on High  (ss)

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015

Pastor’s Desk

Greetings, to all and especially those who are visiting us, enjoying this nice weather we are having. Welcome to the river! However, please keep praying for rain. I would like to ask for volunteers to assist Irene in doing the bulletin every week, just call the office and Irene would gladly inform you how you can assist her.

At age 67, the late John Chancellor, former commentator on “NBC Nightly News, looked forward to sharing a comfortable retirement with Barbara, his wife of 36 years. Instead, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer — a relatively rare, but aggressive form of malignancy. “There wasn’t a cloud on the horizon,” Chancellor said, “and then this.” Major surgery followed along with a torturous regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Then, happily, a period of remission.

At that point in his journey, Chancellor said, “It never occurred to me to declare victory. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that point. Next month it could start all over again… Every day I feel a little bit better and hope to get back to the life I had before I got sick. Cancer is the single most frightening thing that’s ever happened to me. But I’m not depressed by it as much as I am alerted by it. Cancer underscores your mortality — it’s a reminder of what a short leash you’re on.” Then John Chancellor spoke these telling words,

YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH?

TELL HIM YOUR PLANS!

“Not our plans Lord, but Your Will be done.” When sincerely prayed, these words become our affirmation that we are bringing our lives into harmony with God’s Will. Not, “I want what I want” but, “I want what God wants.” “If you live in Me … ask what you will … and you shall get it.” As a Christian community, this is our blessed promise of ETERNAL gratification!

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

May 3, Fifth Sunday of Easter,

I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people! (Ps. 22)

(Sunday, April 19, 9:25 pm)

We’re standing in the kitchen when my husband suddenly leans over the stove, then yells while putting his hand over his chest. His defibrillator is kicking on, like a “punch in the chest”, shocking his heart into starting. He falls to the floor, and while I’m calling 911 he turns blue. When the paramedics arrive he has started breathing again, but we have had a scare that we didn’t expect, and our whole world, our whole week, has suddenly changed. We call our daughter in Santa Barbara and she starts to cry. We spend almost three days in the hospital while he undergoes tests and procedures to determine what caused this latest episode. He has a bad heart, having undergone quintuple bypass and a series of stents over the years. But still, you never expect something to happen. We asked everyone to pray, and God did answer our prayers, but it made us painfully aware, again, of our own fragile hold on this life. We cannot control everything, so we must trust God. After all, what choice do we have?

We are grateful to each of you for your many prayers and give God all the glory for bringing him back to us in one piece!

“I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have been my Savior”.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: At the Lamb’s High Feast # 172

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 22: I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

Preparation of Gifts: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164 Angrisano

Communion: Taste and See (Moore) # 332

Recessional: Lord I Lift Your Name on High (ss)


NOTE: We are very sorry to announce we are having to withdraw our entry in the Stumptown Daze Parade. Our entry fee will be donated in support of the parade.