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



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.

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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)


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

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