Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday, May 31




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


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

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