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!
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