13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 28, 2015

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Pastor’s Desk,

Greetings, to all and to all visiting us in this lovely place part of the world.
Pope Francis has a new Encyclical titled, “Laudato Si,” it is his first encyclical focus on the idea on “Integral ecology,” connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbors and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”.
At the heart of the Pope’s reflections is the question: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”. The answers he suggests call for profound changes to political, economic, cultural and social systems, as well as to our individual lifestyles.
In chapter 1 he sets out six of the most serious challenges facing “our common home”
• Pollution, waste and our throwaway mentality: “the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth”
• Climate change: “one of the principle challenges facing humanity in our day” but “many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms”
• Water: “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right” yet entire populations, and especially children get sick and die because of contaminated water
• Biodiversity: “Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species” and the consequences cannot be predicted as “all of us, as living creatures, are dependent on one another”. Often transnational economic interests obstruct this protection
• Breakdown of society: Current models of development adversely affect the quality of life of most of humanity and “many cities are huge, inefficient structures, excessively wasteful of energy and water
• Global inequality: Environmental problems affect the most vulnerable people, the greater part of the world’s population and the solution is not reducing the birth rate but counteracting “an extreme and selective consumerism”
This is just the summary of Chapter 1 of the encyclical and hopefully this will peak your interest in reading the encyclical which is available in the internet as well as at “Simply Sacred,” in Santa Rosa. I encourage you to read it and next week I’ll continue the rest of the chapter summary of this encyclical.
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 28, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“You changed my mourning into dancing!”
The first line of today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is important and true: “God did not make death… God formed man to be imperishable”. Death was never a part of God’s plan! Our own sin brought death into the world, but Jesus has power over sin, illness, and death. Yet we know we will all die, but we are not lost. If we follow Jesus, we will see Him and our loved ones again, and we will have everlasting life with Him in heaven.
Today we see Jesus healing people through His words and touch. He honored the faith of the synagogue official, whose daughter was at the “point of death”, and he healed the woman who had faith so strong that she believed, “if I but touch His clothes, I shall be cured.” Let us pray for that same faith, a faith so strong that we trust Jesus in everything!
“In every age, O God, you have been our refuge. In every age, O God, you have been our hope!”
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: This is My Father’s World (ss)
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 30: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Preparation of Gifts: You are Mine # 460
Communion: In Every Age # 469
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164

OUTDOOR CHURCH CLEANUP

Thank you so much to the volunteers who swept and raked and cleaned up the outdoor church today:

Joan Brown
Dan Bajone
Zeke Cissell
Chris Diner
Denise Goodwin
Kathy & Lyle Karnath
Jane Kolling
Larry Poirier
Harry Vogel
Buster

Thank you also to the Fire District for hosing down the pews.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 21, 2015

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Pastor’s Desk

Here is the summary of the first talk on Monday night. Hopefully, it gives you an idea how the week went during the “Clergy Week.”

In our lives, we wish people well often. “Have a nice day, be well, get well soon, God bless you” are all phrases that are spoken often to others. As disciples of Jesus, we don’t wish people well, we desire the best for others. The best does not mean the best things. We wish others the best as in wisdom….having a sense of what to do. The best as enlightenment, understanding, graciousness, refuge, patience, kindness and love. Things that we can see, touch and feel are easier access. Things of the heart and the soul are most difficult to access….and they are the most enduring.

When we think of our disposition towards others, often we think in terms of doing no harm. That is fine, but it is not complete. We also need to desire the best for others. This is what Jesus did. The beatitudes…. Piles and piles of happiness be upon you ….that’s what it really meant by being blessed. The blessings of the beatitudes are not cause and effect. They are Jesus saying I desire for your happiness in the midst of your poverty, meekness, insults, and thirst for holiness.

The best has to do with being in communion with the rest of humanity in their poverty, in tears and joys. Wanting the best requires a poverty of spirit that knows where we are lacking in order not to get overly confident in our self -sufficiency and therefore arrogant in our attitudes. Our call is not only to desire the best for each other, but also to be agents of the best for each other. As we want warmth, light, understanding, graciousness, love for somebody, we are called to BE that for each other. We take what we desire for others and become that for others. Pope Francis said, “Our commitment (to the poor) does not consist exclusively in activities or programs of promotion and assistance; what the Holy Spirit mobilizes is not an unruly activism ,but above all an attentiveness which considers the other in a certain sense as one with ourselves.

This loving attentiveness is the beginning of a true concern for their person which inspires me effectively to seek their good.” (The Joy of the Gospel #199) That’s what Mary did….the visitation …she not only wanted the best for her cousin Elizabeth…. As in strength, calm…she sought her good…. She wanted to be strength and calmness so she “went in haste” No one will ever know where Mary had to travel to get to her cousin, to get to her ‘yes’ to the angel. This is true of ourselves too…nobody will ever know where we really have had to travel in our lives to get where we are, we don’t know where the whole story of where each of us have travelled. Pope Francis in his book says, “One who accompanies others has to realize that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without.” (The Joy of the Gospel #172) How is it for you to think of yourself as an “Agent of the best “for others?
At this time, for whom is it difficult for you to desire the best?

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 21, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Who then is this whom even the wind and sea obey?”
It has been just over one year since I lost my precious father but it seems like yesterday. Today we celebrate Father’s Day, a day in which we honor our earthly fathers, living and deceased, and we thank God for their presence and gift in our lives.
Today, we hear God speak to Job about his power over the sea and all creation, and in our Gospel today Jesus calms the violent storm with just three words, “Quiet! Be still!” God the Father has traditionally been referred to as the creator, but since Jesus and the Father are one, so, too, Jesus was present at the beginning of the world. Jesus has power over all creation, revealing His divinity little by little to his disciples by his words and deeds.
Our gathering song today, “This is My Father’s World” speaks of God’s majesty, might, and power over all He has made. It is truly fitting that on this day, Father’s Day, we honor God our heavenly Father in a special way.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: This is My Father’s World (ss)
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 107: Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
Preparation of Gifts: This Alone # 403
Communion: So Beautiful
So beautiful, so wonderful, so beautiful your sacrifice.
Recessional: Lay Down That Spirit (ss

11th Week in Ordinary Time – Sunday, June 14, 2015

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PASTORS DESK
The Kingdom of God was the number one topic of Jesus’ teaching. The subject of Jesus’ first sermon when He came into Galilee was the “Kingdom of God”: the “Kingdom has come,” He said. From that time on, almost every parable of Jesus begins, “The Kingdom of God is like …” But many of us know very little about it, or we misunderstand it. We’re like the little boy in religion class who was asked, “What did Jesus say about people getting married?”
He answered immediately, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If someone should ask you, “What did Jesus say about the Kingdom of God?” your answer might well be as unenlightened as that little boy’s. Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is the most important thing in life. He told us to seek it first, before all things. He told us it’s the one thing needful. He told us it’s like a treasure hidden in the field that is so valuable if you ran across it you would sell everything you owned in order to possess it. He told us that it is the pearl of great price!
But that leaves us with a real problem. I want to ask you honestly now, in the average week how many times do you think about the Kingdom of God? How many times does it enter your conversation? How many times does it become a part of your decision-making? For most of us who claim to be His people, the Kingdom of God, which meant everything to Jesus, is not an important part of our lives at all. It doesn’t tie into the way we’re feeling, loving, laughing, and crying.
Here is a simple story that would illustrate how that kingdom of God be manifested in our world.
A bus was bumping along a back road. In one seat, an old man sat holding a bunch of fresh flowers. Across the aisle was a young girl whose eyes came back again-and-again to the beautiful bouquet. The time came for the old man to get off the bus. Impulsively, he thrust the flowers into the girl’s lap.
“I can see you love the flowers,” he explained, “and I think my wife would like for you to have them. I’ll tell her I gave them to you.”
The girl accepted the flowers, then watched the old man get off the bus and walk through the gate of a small cemetery. And for that young girl, it was a moment to remember — a moment in which she knew, in her soul, what God feels like. And she rejoiced in the experience of the Kingdom of God within her!
We are born for the Kingdom of God. We are living for the Kingdom of God. But like that kindly old man, what are we giving to the Kingdom of God?
As a community of Christians it’s time for us to get off the bus and share the transforming experience of the Kingdom of God that lives within!
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

There is no music director’s report this week as our music director is away attending her daughter’s graduation. We wish congratulations to Terese.

St. Elizabeth’s Guild Rummage Sale Report:

St. Elizabeth’s Guild enjoyed a very successful Spring Rummage Sale last week end. Conspicuously absent was our beloved Ila Donovan, whom we are burying this week end. For years Ila organized clothes and shoes at the sale. She took pride in knowing the needs, sizes and style of her customers, most of them elderly poor, whom she served with kindness and dedication. She organized individual collections of clothes in the correct size, season and style, outerwear, shoes, jammies, underwear, soaps and tooth brushes. They walked out with a year’s worth of clothes usually for less than $5.00. Ila was a kind and practical soul; as a teacher and volunteer, she had a special place in her heart for underprivileged people. Janis Brown took over the dept. after Ila’s accident, and this year Janis was unable to participate due to knee surgery. We pray for her recovery. This sale was especially poignant, with things from Ila’s estate, and there were many teary moments as we explained to our visitors that Ila had departed this world. We’re all certain Ila got a pass directly to heaven of course, but still miss her painfully.

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It’s been a hard spring for our parish, losing Frank Danzart II, Jeannie Torr, Ila and just this week Peg Canelis. It’s so hard for their families —please be sure to give a smile and an encouraging word to them. These individuals and their families have woven memories of such grace into our hearts, and we pray thankfully for them.

They pass the torch and leave works to be continued. We pray you will find it in your hearts to step up and continue the works of mercy required by our Catholic faith. Like the girl on the bus in Fr. Luis’s story, may you experience the Kingdom of God in your soul.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Sunday, June 7, 2015

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PASTORS DESK

 

More than sixteen centuries ago, St. Augustine wrote: “You are what you eat.” And you don’t need me to tell you that in today’s organic, raw-vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free non-G.M.O. society, that ancient maxim is now being taken more seriously than ever! Web sites are bulging with diet plans of every description — and there are usually two or three books touting the latest and greatest nutritional advice on the “Best Seller” lists. And from no less a source than the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel, we have this advice for healthy eating: “You must take then wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt; put them all in the same pot and make yourself some bread” (Ezekiel 4:9). Carrying forth the tradition, today, many health food stores stock a popular loaf called “Ezekiel Bread.” I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry!

Through the ages, when it comes to what we put in our mouths, there has been an ever-changing array of so-called expert advice. Of course, the clear consensus among the Scientific Community’s experts is that the path to better health necessarily includes exercise and a healthy diet. And some people are paying attention. Some people are shaping up. Some people are improving their physical condition — which is not to say, necessarily, they are improving their overall condition — their quality of life. In other words, despite our best efforts, some of us are still coming up with nothing.

Though we may be enhancing our physical life, the question remains: are we enhancing our spiritual life?  We may be living longer, but are we living better?  We may be enhancing our physical image, but are we enhancing our spiritual image? We may be achieving the vitality, energy and exuberance that the experts are promising — but are we achieving the vitalized faith, energized hope and exuberant charity that the Lord Jesus has promised?

Just recently a study was conducted on food waste in the United States. Surprisingly, the researchers concluded that the biggest offenders were not restaurants, institutions or grocery stores. No, the greatest amount of waste occurs in our homes, where nearly one-fourth of all food is being trashed!

The researchers asked us to imagine leaving the grocery store with four bags bulging with food — dropping one bag in the parking lot, and then just walking away. What a waste indeed! To illustrate the point, the researchers consumed only discarded food for six months. The result? Not only were they well-nourished while consuming only the forgotten food, but one researcher actually gained ten pounds during the course of the experiment.

The New Testament writers tell us, over and over again, that God, our Creator, loves us so much that He nourishes us at the center of our being with His own Living Presence. God Himself is present in us and around us. And as we identify with this reality, as we enter into union with God, we are nourished.

Of all the ways in which God feeds us, there is one unique way, one supremely valuable way — one especially nourishing way and that is through His Living Presence in the Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament writers are telling us that if we literally feed on this unique Bread of Life — if we sink our roots down deep in Christ, we will be nourished as in no other way.

Whether it’s next Wednesday or any other day of the week — and whether we realize it or not – we will be hungry for the Bread of Life that nourishes us in the most saving way possible. As you identify with Christ — as you let Christ give you life — as you abide with Christ and accept Christ at the center of your being, you are being nourished as in no other way possible. Through the Gift of His Body and Blood, Jesus is calling you to the table — to the supreme banquet of His New Life. Hear the Word of the Lord, inviting us: “Drink of My cup, filled to over-flowing with Love.” Let us go now, accepting His Blessed invitation!
Many thanks for our guild who are working day and night this week and weekend for our “Spring Rummage Sale,” please, stop by the St. Hubert’s Hall and support our guild’s effort for their fund raising.
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 7, The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
In this celebration we proclaim our belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We who have been given the Bread of Angels have His life within us, – the very life of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Feast of Corpus Christi follows the great Feast of the Holy Trinity in order to show this profound connection. For centuries, the red sanctuary light flickers in every Church in Christendom, reminding us of Christ’s true presence with us today. When we drop into the church and see the tiny flicker, we are reminded that in our prayer we are joining thousands of others also kneeling in adoration. More deeply it tells us that Jesus is alive and with us. He awaits us in every tabernacle and in every turn of our road through life.
(Catholic Online/ Youth 2000)
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: At the Lamb’s High Feast BB # 172
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 116: I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
Preparation of Gifts: So Beautiful (ss)
So beautiful, so wonderful, so beautiful your sacrifice.
Jacob and Matthew Band
Communion: The Supper of the Lord # 361
O Lord With Wondrous Mystery
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164
The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also called Corpus Christi, was instituted in 1264 by Pope Urban lV

The Funeral mass for Ila Donovan will be Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth in Guerneville. Lunch will follow at St. Hubert’s Hall.

IlaThank you NIna LoGuidice for the recent photo of Ila. Please pray for our families who have lost loved ones this spring, our parish has had many losses at this time.