16th Week in Ordinary Time – July 19, 2015


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.


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:


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.



Fr. Luis


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

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