18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 2, 2015

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St. Colmans Luncheon
Thank you to St. Colman’s Guild for the wonderful Annual Salad Luncheon. The salads and desserts were delicious and the laughter and conversations were great fun. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it possible. Thank you also to the generous donors of salads, desserts & auction prizes. Congratulations to Jeanine Grider who won 6 yards of Blue Shale from Bohan Canelis, shown above with her daughter McKenzie. Her son William assisted with Alexis Canelis in the auction. Also shown above volunteers Julie La Plante, William Grider,Mary Lou Porta and Vera Bohan. Not shown: Bette Camble and Diane Bei.

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all and hopefully everyone is enjoying this hot summer weather we are having, just remember to drink plenty of liquid, preferably water, especially in these scorching times.

A quick shout out to our ‘Angels,’ in our parish especially three parishioners who take care of the office, for Katrina, Dan and Gail and I know summer is tough to stay in the office and answering phone all day. Katrina who always monitors what we need in the office and things needed for the church and Gail, who often is concerned with the organization of the office as well as making sure we have things in order at the outside church. THANKS!!!

And for St. Catherine, one of the all time parishioner/ Sacristans had the initiative to get the path going up the church all cleared and manicured for our visitors and attendants to appreciate and enjoy the blessings we have here at Russian River churches. And by the way, if you look at the ambo or lectern at St. Catherine, Margaret has commissioned one of her friends to put a wooden face that compliments the altar table, if you would look closely that the ‘table of the Word,’ is similar with the ‘Table of the Eucharist,” now.

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. And that is what the Gospel writers are trying to tell us in today’s story — that 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 in and through His Living Presence in the Lord Jesus Christ. They are trying to tell 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.

We are placed here to be companions — a wonderful word that comes from the Latin “cum panis” (meaning “with bread”). We are here to share that bread with one another so that everyone has enough. There are many names for such sharing: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, the Communion of Saints. And while the goal is too vast to be realized solely on this planet, it is still our task to create foretastes of it on this planet — living glimpses of what life is meant to be. Indeed, we are here to share Christ our Bread with our brothers and sisters everywhere In Christ our Bread, may each of us be living glimpses of what the Good Life is meant to be.

Peace and blessings

Fr. Luis

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Aug. 2, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

 

Bread has traditionally been referred to as the “staff of life”.  Our readings for these Sundays in Ordinary time focus on the Gospel of John, chapter 6, where Jesus reveals Himself as the “Bread of Life”, that which “comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”.  He is so much more than food for our bodies. He is food for our souls.  In this Gospel Jesus prepares his listeners for the revelation that He will give Himself to us in the Eucharist.  The manna is good, yes, but He Himself is better. When you approach the Eucharist, do so with a reverent and thankful heart.  Praise Him for His deeds, thank Him for His provision, and seek Him with all your heart, and He promises that you will never hunger or thirst again. 

 

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Glory and Praise to Our God  # 547

Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 78:  The Lord gave them bread, bread from heaven.

Intercessions:  O God, hear us, hear our prayer.

Preparation of Gifts:  Seek Ye First  # 437

Communion: The Supper of the Lord  # 361

Recessional:  Sent Forth By God’s Blessing   # 385

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St. Colman’s Annual Salad Lunch – July 28, 2015

St. Colmans Luncheon

ST. COLMAN’S ANNUAL SALAD LUNCHEON

St. Colman’s Guild puts on one fund raiser per year and they do it right! This is always a fun event with families, delicious home made salads and desserts and exciting auction! It’s noisy, full of laughter and affection and great food.

A huge thank you to St. Colman’s Guild, especially Mary Lou Porta, Bette Cambell, Julie La Plante, Vera Bohan, Mike Nichols and all the others who cooked, donated, sold raffle tickets, and helped to make this annual fund raiser successful. Thank you also to youngsters William Grider and Alexis Canelis who handed out the winning auction items for auctioneer, Mary Lou Porta, ably assisted by Julie La Plante. Shown above is William’s mom, Jeanine Grider with toddler McKenzie Grider. Jeanine was thrilled to win 10 yards of blue shale from Bohan Canelis – Congratulations Jeanine and thank you to Bohan Canelis.

Thank you also to Fr. Luis who led the grace before lunch.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 26, 2015

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outdoo mass at St. Elizabeth's Guerneville
The outdoor mass is greatly enjoyed by the St. Elizabeth’s community from July 4th thru Labor Day.

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all! The summer is just moving a little faster than I anticipated it’s almost August. Again I just want to thank our ‘Angels’ who have been setting up and preparing our outside church celebration most people that visits us do not know how involved the preparation are. It takes dedication getting up in the morning every Sunday, bringing the necessary things to make our celebration happen. They set up the altar and the sound system. Larry, sweeps the area where we gather and clean up the pews [by the way the pews were sanded and coated on this year] and Chris and Carlos set up the altar.

Our guild makes a fresh pot of coffee and refreshments for our guest and all who join us in this nice place, after mass. For those who want to assist us and be part of this wonderful things we do here in this Mass please talk to me and call the office or yet call my private line 707 321-0528.
Every artist who has depicted the multiplication of the loaves and fish scene emphasizes the role of the disciples in distributing the bread. The disciples of Jesus Christ are sharers of Bread. They break the Bread and share it with the world. And our discipleship is incomplete if we are not sharing Jesus, the Bread of Life, with others. That’s what it’s all about! The God who loves us so much gives Himself to each one of us, in Christ, our Bread. Christ, our Bread, is ours to partake of and ours to share, both.
As we leave here today, perhaps thinking about Sunday dinner,Christ our Bread is present to us, moment-by-moment, to take away the hunger for what we truly need. So let us leave this place — hungry for the very Bread of Life — and ready to share that Bread with our brothers and sisters, everywhere!
Peace and blessings!
Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
July 26, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“”A great prophet has risen in our midst”.
I have a nephew who is very adept at card tricks. He never ceases to amaze people with his abilities. When he performs a routine he knows exactly what he wants to accomplish and how to go about it. It leaves people asking, ‘how did he do that?”
In today’s Gospel we hear how Jesus fed over five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. It’s a story we hear over and over again. Who is this man that can perform such miracles?
The question is not, “how did he do that?, but rather, “who is this man?” He is not a magician, no hocus-pocus, no sleight of hand. Jesus just took the bread – gave thanks – and gave it out. The miracle simply happens because Jesus is present, because Jesus is God.
The miracle of the feeding of the multitude is a sign whose meaning is realized at the Last Supper (the Eucharist) and which will be fully realised only in the heavenly banquet at which Jesus will feed us with the food of angels – his own presence, and we will no longer hunger or thirst for anything.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: This Day Was Made By the Lord # 574
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 145: The hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.
Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer.
Preparation of Gifts: My Soul is Thirsting # 782
Communion: We Are One Body
We are one body, one body in Christ, and we do not stand alone.
We are one body, one body in Christ, and He came that we might have life.
Recessional: Glory and Praise to Our God # 547

16th Week in Ordinary Time – July 19, 2015

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Alicia Montano Quinceanera

Fr. Luis gave a wonderful homily on the importance of honoring and appreciating the hard work of their parents. He had asked Alicia to write a letter to her parents which she read, breaking into tears at points. Alicia’s teacher from El Molina attended and is interviewed briefly in the video below, telling us Alicia has an A average and aspires to be a veterinarian. Wishing Alicia Feliz Quiceanera and all success in her young life ahead.

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all!  Last Sunday St. Coleman had their ‘Summer Picnic,’ and Betty hosted the event at her “Shangri-la,” get away home.  It was a wonderful day sun shining majestically, with the temperature of ninety degree’s while the kids swimming and running around the pool, enjoying and indulging in the fresh cool spring water that comes from the Cazadero hills.  The smell of barbecue chicken permeates as you enter the place and you are hypnotized by the aroma that you just have to use your sense of smell were it is coming from.   There you will see Emilio with his contagious smile, and his welcoming presence, waving his left hand while masterfully turning the cook chicken on the grill, like a maestro waving his orchestra wand gracefully to fine tune the sound of sizzling chicken.  Emilio, born in Argentina had learned this Art at the early age at their ranch in his homeland.

And the food was spread elegantly on the table by the Barbecue patio.  There were fresh salad, taco salad, great potato salad, macaroni salad and an awesome guacamole made by one of Betty’s chef friend from Mexico.  But most of all what a great company and great people!  I just want to take this time to thank Betty, Marylou, Emilio and the Cazadero Guild that made it happen and provided the deserts, and appetizers and drinks.  THANK YOU!

Someone has jokingly said that the awesome monument in South Dakota honoring four Presidents is also an apt title for a common sickness affecting modern society. He calls it Mount Rushmore syndrome.

We rush to work. And then we rush more to get home. We rush more to make dinner in time to rush more to watch our favorite programs on TV. We rush to get the kids in bed so we can rush more to catch up on a little reading. And then finally, we rush off to sleep so we can get up in the morning so we can start rushing all over again!

Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? And for many of us we don’t stop rushing until we have a full-blown case of the “Mount Rushmore Syndrome.” Something is wrong with this picture and most of us know it. And we experience the sense of futility that comes from trying to rush somewhere fast without a clear set of directions.

There is a cure for that malady, and it is exceptionally effective. The cure is found in these words of the French philosopher of the seventeenth century, Blaise Pascal:

ALL MEN’S MISERIES COME FROM THEIR INABILITY TO SIT QUIETLY AND ALONE.

Let us pray . . .

Lord, give us the ability to sit quietly and alone.

Help us to silence our minds so we may meet you deeply within our souls.

Through your healing, saving presence, we know we have the cure for whatever is nagging our souls.

Let us leave here — not in a rush, rather, with a sense of peace and serenity deep in our hearts. The peace and serenity that only You, our Heavenly Father can give.

 

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!

Fr. Luis

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St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Siena, 1910, photo courtesy of the Russian River Historical Society

As the Annual Monte Rio Variety Show approaches July 23, we express our thanks for the years of financial support from the Bohemian Club who give a portion of the show to the church, as well as to the Monte Rio School Foundation and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation. For more information visit the website.

Monte Rio Variety Show
Don’t miss the 2015 Monte Rio Variety show which benefits our churches!

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

July 19, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me.”

This beloved Psalm 23 is often recited at funerals because it gives us much hope and comfort in the face of death.  But it also gives us comfort in the face of life.  In the Bible, Jesus is often referred to as the Good Shepherd. He watches over us the same way a shepherd watches over his flock. Sheep by their very nature require leadership, otherwise they wander or become disgruntled. A shepherd always carries a rod when he’s tending sheep to clear away rocks or anything in the way that could possibly harm his sheep, or he might even use it against wild animals that threaten his flock. The staff he carries has a crook on the end of it and is often used to steer wandering sheep back to the flock, or to rescue a lamb that has fallen in a crevice or gotten itself stuck in some bushes. A good shepherd knows his sheep by name, and they recognize his voice. When we think of Jesus as our shepherd, keeping harm away from us, and dying for our sins, it should bring us comfort and hope!

 

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song:  Sing a New Song  # 565

Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

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

Psalm 23:  The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

Preparation of Gifts:  Shepherd Me, O God  # 470

Communion: In Every Age  # 469.

Recessional:  Alleluia, Love is Alive  # 164

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 12, 2015

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PASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! It was great to see the ‘Outside Mass Celebration,” packed, and most of all many stopped by and introduced themselves to me, it was inspiring to see such a crowd. What impressed me is one of our parishioner started greeting people at the side entrance and handing out Missals, and bulletins [excellent, someone understood what hospitality ministry is] I just wanted to thank those who have prepared and maintained the outside church.
Here is the conclusion of the summary of the “Laudato Si,” So where do the solutions lie? Here are six of the best
• In “The Gospel of Creation”: Chapter 2 examines the Old and New Testaments to show how human life is grounded in our relationships with God, with our neighbors and with the created world. We must acknowledge our sins when we break these relationships and realize our “tremendous responsibility” towards all of God’s creation
• In Integral Ecology: Chapter 4 explores this new paradigm of justice which means “the analysis of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human, family, work-related and urban contexts”, while solutions must be based on “a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters”
• In Dialogue: Chapter 5, entitled ‘Lines of Approach and Action’ stresses the need for “honest and open debate, so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good”. The Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics, but it can promote dialogue on global and local governance, transparent decision-making, sustainable use of natural resources, as well as engaging in respectful dialogue with other people of faith and with the scientific world
• In Education: Chapter 6 urges schools, families, the media and the churches to help reshape habits and behavior. Overcoming individualism, while changing our lifestyles and consumer choices, can bring much “pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power” causing significant changes in society.
• In Ecological Conversion: Chapter 6 also highlights St Francis of Assisi as the model of “a more passionate concern for the protection of our world”, characterized by gratitude and generosity, creativity and enthusiasm
• In Spirituality: Finally Chapter 6 and the two concluding prayers show how faith in God can shape and inspire our care for the environment. The Sacraments, the Trinity, the model of the Holy Family and our hope for eternal life can teach, motivate and strengthen us to protect the natural world that God has given us.
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
July 12, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.”
As a popular Catholic contemporary song goes, “We are called, we are chosen, we are Christ for one another”. What does it mean to be called, to be chosen? Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to preach repentance and evangelize the world. He gave them authority over unclean spirits and many people were healed! Our second reading from Ephesians today assures you that God chose you even before the world was made, to be His adopted sons and daughters and to spread His kingdom on earth. There is something only you can do. What is your mission? What is your calling? What gifts has He given you? Are you using them for the Kingdom?
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: God Has Chosen Me # 379
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Preparation of Gifts: The Summons # 387
Communion: Strength For the Journey ss
I will be, I will be, I will be strength for the journey.
Recessional: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing # 385

14th Week in Ordinary Time – July 5, 2015

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Pastor’s Desk

Greetings,

To all and those visiting us and never been at our parish we welcome you and please introduce yourself to me. As I have said last week on my “Pastoral Desk,” I’ll continue to summaries the new Encyclical of Pope Francis. We continue to Chapter 3 and in Chapter 3 he explores six of the deep root causes of these growing crises such as the following;

• Technology: While it can bring progress towards sustainable development, without “a sound ethics”, it gives “those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources… an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity”
• The technocratic mentality: “the economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit……yet by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion”
• Anthropocentrism: we fail to understand our place in the world and our relationship with nature. Interpersonal relations and protection of human life must be set above technical reasoning so environmental concern “is also incompatible with the justification of abortion”
• Practical relativism: environmental degradation and social decay is the result of seeing “everything as irrelevant unless it serves one’s own immediate interests”
• Employment: Integral ecology needs to take account of the value of labor so everyone must be able to have work and it’s “bad business for society” to stop investing in people to achieve short-term financial gains
• Biological technologies: GMOs are a “complex environmental issue” which have helped to resolve problems but bring difficulties such as concentrating land “in the hands of a few owners”, threatening small producers, biodiversity and ecosystems
So where do the solutions lie? Pope Francis reflected on the six best solutions and that would be in my next Pastoral Desk.
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

OUTDOOR CHURCH
Thank you to the volunteers who assisted in the 2015 outdoor church cleanup: Joan Brown, Dan Bajone, Zeke Cissell, Chris Diner, Denise Goodwin, Kathy & Lyle Karnath, Jane Kolling, Larry Poirier, Harry Vogel, Buster, Freddy Rusch, Pat Green, Dan Demers, Gail Culverwell and the Russian River Fire District. Thank you also to Frank Danzart, DanBajone (again) and Brian Britton who do maintenance year round, mowing, rebuilding the bell tower, and tree trimming and removal of trash. Thank you also to Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman and the Russian River Fire Dept. for assistance in removing tree branches and heavy debris.

History: The land for the outdoor church was purchased in the 1970s by Fr. George Monahan during a period when real estate law did not require revelation of flood histories of land. Upon being informed the several acre parcel flooded faithfully every year, Fr. Monahan stated “I’ve bought a submarine pen!”

The outdoor church was hugely popular with four masses – 9, 10, 11 and 12. An indoor mass was said at St. Elizabeth’s at 8. Volunteers served in a corps of ushers called the “Red Coats.” The original altar was carved from a redwood trunk, as was the pulpit. Two small buildings served to store the necessaries for mass and a changing room for the priests. All floated away in floods and were replaced with the stone altar under Fr. Ryan’s direction. Recently the bell tower has been restored as noted in the bulletin a few weeks ago. The property yields several thousand dollars of income from event parking.
As Fr. Luis takes us through Laudato Si, we can find the grace to manage the current challenges and opportunities this property presents.
Currently we need to smooth out the deeply rutted areas that cannot be mowed nor used for parking. If you would like to donate some time or have the appropriate equipment to level the ground, please leave your name and phone number with the rectory answering service, (707)869-2107.