22nd Week in Ordinary Time – August 30, 2015

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PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings! Two more Sundays till we are back to celebrate Sunday mass inside, our churches I would like to acknowledge and thank those who have been very dedicated in setting, cleaning and preparing our Sunday liturgy mass outside. This Sunday is fifth Sunday and the second collection goes to St. Vincent de Paul society feeding the poor and the homeless in our vicinity.
mystery to the other: a mystery of joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, strange hurts and strange joys. Not least of all we are a mystery to ourselves. It is, in The Apostle Paul’s words, only in the Coming Kingdom that “we shall know ourselves even as we are known.” But now is the time of exploration and self-discovery, if only in part. And so I say to the parents — in superficial matters, may you look beyond the hairstyles and the fashions of the day, secure in the knowledge that “this too shall pass away.” And I say to us all — in eternal matters, let us look beyond the “outward-face” of our religious zeal, as we reflect our inner-life of devotion to God’s Will that “will never pass away.”
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

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21st Week in Ordinary Time – August 23, 2015

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PASTORS DESK:

A greeting, to everyone, this Sunday is Mission Sunday we have a priest from Nigeria who will be presiding in all the masses this weekend. This coming week there is no morning mass I will be taking a week retreat and hopefully, everyone will be ready for school next week.
A pious old man was asked why he remained a man of hope, even in the most difficult days. He replied, “Because I believe that God is new every morning; I believe that God is creating the world today, at this very moment. He did not just create it in the long ago and then forget about it. That means we have to expect the unexpected, as the normal way God’s Providence is at work.” Jesus Himself is the Creator’s Envoy, carrying out the work of creation that was begun long ago but not yet completed. As His faithful disciples, so too are we charged with the work of Christian ministry. We come together as a Church, as brothers and sisters — as a family. We worship together as members of the one Body of Christ. We experience together the Living Presence of the Source and Sustainer of all of life. These are great gifts we have received from God, and we rejoice over them. But, as a worshipping community of Christ we also are given responsibilities.
We are charged with the responsibility of going out from this place to speak the Name of Jesus and to proclaim His Words to others. We are charged with the responsibility of speaking words of unity in our broken, divided world. We are charged with the responsibility of ministering to others with loving, healing, saving words — just as Jesus did for others. And this is where the crunch comes. We find it easier to accept the gifts than to exercise the responsibilities. Why? Because carrying out our mandate from Christ means change — for all of us. The terrible temptation is with us always — as a people and in our personal lives — to settle for the lifestyle that seems to offer the most comfort and security.
Peace and blessings!
Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Aug. 23, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.”
Another translation of today’s Gospel reading says, “This is intolerable language; who can accept it?” Many of Jesus’ disciples left him as a result of his teaching on the Eucharist. Jesus says to the twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” and Peter replies, “Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
This is Jesus’ question to us also. What will be our reply?
Our songs today reiterate our Gospel reading and our answer to Jesus. They also reflect the joy we have when we follow Him, who died and rose for us and gives Himself to us in the Eucharist.
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 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer.
Preparation of Gifts: Your Words Are Spirit and Life # 601
Communion: Speak Lord #603
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 16, 2015

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Today we enjoyed a beautiful improvised song performed by  Michael John Poirier. Michael’s musical ministry takes him to parishes across the country. He attended the Western Province School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union for two and a half years and then developed his ministry. From his website we learn:

“This is our family. Joseph 18, John Paul 14, and Therese 8. The guys will be glad if I say we don’t always dress like this – and they look older than this by now. Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we yell. Sometimes we get on each other’s nerves. And sometimes it’s hard for us to pray but guess what? We still try to pray anyway. Do you know why? Because we have found very few activities that draw our hearts together the way family prayer draws us together. Mary and I were once dead-in-the-pew-Catholics until God’s grace woke us to the power of the Sacraments.” You can visit the website and join for a small fee to enjoy his musical ministry. http://prayerbreaks.org/

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PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all! Sept. 12th and 13th is one of our big fund raising in our churches, the community of Guerneville will have their Jazz festival and we take opportunity to use our empty lot for parking. And this fund raising takes a lot of VOLUNTEERS to make it happen. And Volunteers for Saturday and Sunday directing parking and monitoring the use of the Hall, keeping restroom clean and supplying paper toilets as such. We need people to relieve other and give them breaks the hours of operation starts at 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please call the office or sign up after mass for when you want time you can help us.
In a book called “The Grand Essentials,” the author, Patterson, B says…
I believe that when life has whittled us down, when joints have failed and skin has wrinkled, and capillaries have clogged and hardened, what is left of us will be what we were all along—in our essence, in our inner-spirit.
Exhibit “A” is a distant uncle. All his life he did nothing but find new ways to make himself richer. He spent his twilight years drooling and babbling constantly about the money he had made. When life whittled him down to his essence, all that was left was raw greed. This is what he had cultivated in a thousand different ways, over a lifetime of self-service.
Exhibit “B” is my grandmother. What did she talk about in her twilight years? The best examples I can think of are those occasions when she was in her mid-eighties and we asked her to pray the blessing before dinner. Although she had lost some of her mental powers and was fast declining physically, nevertheless she would reach out and hold the hands of those sitting besides her. A broad smile would spread across her face, her eyes would fill with tears as she looked up to heaven, and her chin would quiver as she poured out her love—for God, and for all of us around the table, and all people everywhere. That was grandma in a nutshell. She love God and she loved people. Even though she was at a point where she couldn’t remember our names, she couldn’t keep her hands from patting us lovingly whenever we got near her. When life whittled grandmother down to her essence, all that we left was love: love for God and love for people.
If we should try to whittle our lives down to our essence, and if love is not all that’s left, we need to acknowledge whatever it is in our lives that is causing our estrangement from God and resolve to change it. We need to refocus our end-view of life until we can plainly see our urgent need for eternal life in the here and now—our urgent need to be in the direct communion with God made possible by Jesus Christ.

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

Marty Tierney
After mass Financial Committee Marty Tierney explained our miraculous financial report which is in the black for the first time in years.

Financial Report:

After mass Finance Committee member Marty Tierney explained that even though we have a miraculous report in the black (for the first time in years) we will still have a second collection. Why? Quoting Fr. Ryan, Marty explained “because it’s the Catholic chuch!”  So keep on giving folks, our buildings are old and in need of repair, and as home owners we all understand the reality of owner real property!

Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

Please volunteer for the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival Sept 12 & 13. This is a major fund raiser for St. Elizabeth’s and our volunteers are getting too old, need to pass the torch! Sign up after mass or call the rectory. We start at 8:00 and need to stay until 7:00 but the main crush is between 8:00 and 1:00. Rectory: (707) 869-2107.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 9, 2015

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Congratulations to Sara Flores on her Quinceneara!
Congratulations to Sara Flores on her Quinceneara!

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings, to all! There are a couple of things I’d like to acknowledge, gifts that this parish receives; to Susan who provides the flowers every Sunday at St. Elizabeth, and for St. Coleman we have either Vera or Betty who provide wonderful floral arrangements. At St. Catherine, Katie, [a new parishioner from back east] started cantoring for us at 4 p.m. Saturday mass, she’s used to sing in the choir at her previous parish and God has sent her here to grace us with her talent and time. Eric and Winnie who came with me this weekend to assist in the music at the 11 a.m. mass in St. Coleman outdoor mass. THANK YOU ANGELS! Congratulations to all the St. Coleman guild members who have succeeded again with their Salad Luncheon, last Thursday, it was a marvelous and inspiring event. Different kinds of salads laid out in front of you— and I tried all of it! CONGRATULATIONS!
The Louvre in Paris, one of the great Art Museums of the world, is the permanent home of the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s greatest art treasures. A well-known preacher who travels a lot described his visit to the Louvre in these words:
I went into the room where the Mona Lisa is exhibited. There are little benches in the room and, after viewing the great work of art, I noticed an elderly woman standing off to one side of the painting. Next to her was an easel on which was a copy of the Mona Lisa which she had just finished painting. The woman began demanding the attention of those of us who came in the room. She gave us her qualifications as an artist and assured us that she was a painter of superior talent. She said the copy of the Mona Lisa she had just painted was an almost perfect copy. She held it up beside the masterpiece that we might see and said she would be willing to part with her masterful copy for one hundred dollars if any of us really wanted it badly enough. But I stood there absolutely flabbergasted because it was one of the worst copies of any piece of art I had ever seen. The colors were wrong. The lights were wrong. The smile was wrong. She had missed the smile completely. The eyes were wrong. It was all wrong, and yet she had the audacity to hold it up beside the masterpiece and try to pawn it off as a good reproduction. I had all to do to contain myself. And then I thought, “Great God in heaven! That is exactly what so many of us do. That is exactly what I do! God has given us the Gospel of the Lord and the Christ who is the perfect example of it. And I hold my life up against that Masterpiece and I see that I am a cheap imitation.” I thought about this for awhile and then I told myself that instead of trying to pawn myself off as something better than I am with remarkable claims, and instead of sinking into despair about my inability to measure up to that Masterpiece, I can recognize this moment as a moment of Grace. Maybe for the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, I will surrender myself to God in total honesty and in the spirit of genuine repentance.
For us Christians, the overwhelmingly remarkable truth is that God, our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life, not only has given us the Masterpiece, He has given us Himself. And even though our qualifications to live up to His Way will always fall short, nevertheless He is ever-present within us, offering us the strength to pick ourselves up and start all over again. Let us leave here today embracing the claim that comes to us through the Gospel of John: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (Jn.6:51). So says the Lord Jesus in today’s Lesson! And that’s what I call remarkable!
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. LuisPASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! There are a couple of things I’d like to acknowledge, gifts that this parish receives; to Susan who provides the flowers every Sunday at St. Elizabeth, and for St. Coleman we have either Vera or Betty who provide wonderful floral arrangements. At St. Catherine, Katie, [a new parishioner from back east] started cantoring for us at 4 p.m. Saturday mass, she’s used to sing in the choir at her previous parish and God has sent her here to grace us with her talent and time. Eric and Winnie who came with me this weekend to assist in the music at the 11 a.m. mass in St. Coleman outdoor mass. THANK YOU ANGELS! Congratulations to all the St. Coleman guild members who have succeeded again with their Salad Luncheon, last Thursday, it was a marvelous and inspiring event. Different kinds of salads laid out in front of you— and I tried all of it! CONGRATULATIONS!
The Louvre in Paris, one of the great Art Museums of the world, is the permanent home of the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s greatest art treasures. A well-known preacher who travels a lot described his visit to the Louvre in these words:
I went into the room where the Mona Lisa is exhibited. There are little benches in the room and, after viewing the great work of art, I noticed an elderly woman standing off to one side of the painting. Next to her was an easel on which was a copy of the Mona Lisa which she had just finished painting. The woman began demanding the attention of those of us who came in the room. She gave us her qualifications as an artist and assured us that she was a painter of superior talent. She said the copy of the Mona Lisa she had just painted was an almost perfect copy. She held it up beside the masterpiece that we might see and said she would be willing to part with her masterful copy for one hundred dollars if any of us really wanted it badly enough. But I stood there absolutely flabbergasted because it was one of the worst copies of any piece of art I had ever seen. The colors were wrong. The lights were wrong. The smile was wrong. She had missed the smile completely. The eyes were wrong. It was all wrong, and yet she had the audacity to hold it up beside the masterpiece and try to pawn it off as a good reproduction. I had all to do to contain myself. And then I thought, “Great God in heaven! That is exactly what so many of us do. That is exactly what I do! God has given us the Gospel of the Lord and the Christ who is the perfect example of it. And I hold my life up against that Masterpiece and I see that I am a cheap imitation.” I thought about this for awhile and then I told myself that instead of trying to pawn myself off as something better than I am with remarkable claims, and instead of sinking into despair about my inability to measure up to that Masterpiece, I can recognize this moment as a moment of Grace. Maybe for the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, I will surrender myself to God in total honesty and in the spirit of genuine repentance.
For us Christians, the overwhelmingly remarkable truth is that God, our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life, not only has given us the Masterpiece, He has given us Himself. And even though our qualifications to live up to His Way will always fall short, nevertheless He is ever-present within us, offering us the strength to pick ourselves up and start all over again. Let us leave here today embracing the claim that comes to us through the Gospel of John: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (Jn.6:51). So says the Lord Jesus in today’s Lesson! And that’s what I call remarkable!
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. LuisPASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! There are a couple of things I’d like to acknowledge, gifts that this parish receives; to Susan who provides the flowers every Sunday at St. Elizabeth, and for St. Coleman we have either Vera or Betty who provide wonderful floral arrangements. At St. Catherine, Katie, [a new parishioner from back east] started cantoring for us at 4 p.m. Saturday mass, she’s used to sing in the choir at her previous parish and God has sent her here to grace us with her talent and time. Eric and Winnie who came with me this weekend to assist in the music at the 11 a.m. mass in St. Coleman outdoor mass. THANK YOU ANGELS! Congratulations to all the St. Coleman guild members who have succeeded again with their Salad Luncheon, last Thursday, it was a marvelous and inspiring event. Different kinds of salads laid out in front of you— and I tried all of it! CONGRATULATIONS!
The Louvre in Paris, one of the great Art Museums of the world, is the permanent home of the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s greatest art treasures. A well-known preacher who travels a lot described his visit to the Louvre in these words:
I went into the room where the Mona Lisa is exhibited. There are little benches in the room and, after viewing the great work of art, I noticed an elderly woman standing off to one side of the painting. Next to her was an easel on which was a copy of the Mona Lisa which she had just finished painting. The woman began demanding the attention of those of us who came in the room. She gave us her qualifications as an artist and assured us that she was a painter of superior talent. She said the copy of the Mona Lisa she had just painted was an almost perfect copy. She held it up beside the masterpiece that we might see and said she would be willing to part with her masterful copy for one hundred dollars if any of us really wanted it badly enough. But I stood there absolutely flabbergasted because it was one of the worst copies of any piece of art I had ever seen. The colors were wrong. The lights were wrong. The smile was wrong. She had missed the smile completely. The eyes were wrong. It was all wrong, and yet she had the audacity to hold it up beside the masterpiece and try to pawn it off as a good reproduction. I had all to do to contain myself. And then I thought, “Great God in heaven! That is exactly what so many of us do. That is exactly what I do! God has given us the Gospel of the Lord and the Christ who is the perfect example of it. And I hold my life up against that Masterpiece and I see that I am a cheap imitation.” I thought about this for awhile and then I told myself that instead of trying to pawn myself off as something better than I am with remarkable claims, and instead of sinking into despair about my inability to measure up to that Masterpiece, I can recognize this moment as a moment of Grace. Maybe for the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, I will surrender myself to God in total honesty and in the spirit of genuine repentance.
For us Christians, the overwhelmingly remarkable truth is that God, our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life, not only has given us the Masterpiece, He has given us Himself. And even though our qualifications to live up to His Way will always fall short, nevertheless He is ever-present within us, offering us the strength to pick ourselves up and start all over again. Let us leave here today embracing the claim that comes to us through the Gospel of John: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (Jn.6:51). So says the Lord Jesus in today’s Lesson! And that’s what I call remarkable!
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. LuisPASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! There are a couple of things I’d like to acknowledge, gifts that this parish receives; to Susan who provides the flowers every Sunday at St. Elizabeth, and for St. Coleman we have either Vera or Betty who provide wonderful floral arrangements. At St. Catherine, Katie, [a new parishioner from back east] started cantoring for us at 4 p.m. Saturday mass, she’s used to sing in the choir at her previous parish and God has sent her here to grace us with her talent and time. Eric and Winnie who came with me this weekend to assist in the music at the 11 a.m. mass in St. Coleman outdoor mass. THANK YOU ANGELS! Congratulations to all the St. Coleman guild members who have succeeded again with their Salad Luncheon, last Thursday, it was a marvelous and inspiring event. Different kinds of salads laid out in front of you— and I tried all of it! CONGRATULATIONS!
The Louvre in Paris, one of the great Art Museums of the world, is the permanent home of the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s greatest art treasures. A well-known preacher who travels a lot described his visit to the Louvre in these words:
I went into the room where the Mona Lisa is exhibited. There are little benches in the room and, after viewing the great work of art, I noticed an elderly woman standing off to one side of the painting. Next to her was an easel on which was a copy of the Mona Lisa which she had just finished painting. The woman began demanding the attention of those of us who came in the room. She gave us her qualifications as an artist and assured us that she was a painter of superior talent. She said the copy of the Mona Lisa she had just painted was an almost perfect copy. She held it up beside the masterpiece that we might see and said she would be willing to part with her masterful copy for one hundred dollars if any of us really wanted it badly enough. But I stood there absolutely flabbergasted because it was one of the worst copies of any piece of art I had ever seen. The colors were wrong. The lights were wrong. The smile was wrong. She had missed the smile completely. The eyes were wrong. It was all wrong, and yet she had the audacity to hold it up beside the masterpiece and try to pawn it off as a good reproduction. I had all to do to contain myself. And then I thought, “Great God in heaven! That is exactly what so many of us do. That is exactly what I do! God has given us the Gospel of the Lord and the Christ who is the perfect example of it. And I hold my life up against that Masterpiece and I see that I am a cheap imitation.” I thought about this for awhile and then I told myself that instead of trying to pawn myself off as something better than I am with remarkable claims, and instead of sinking into despair about my inability to measure up to that Masterpiece, I can recognize this moment as a moment of Grace. Maybe for the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, I will surrender myself to God in total honesty and in the spirit of genuine repentance.
For us Christians, the overwhelmingly remarkable truth is that God, our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life, not only has given us the Masterpiece, He has given us Himself. And even though our qualifications to live up to His Way will always fall short, nevertheless He is ever-present within us, offering us the strength to pick ourselves up and start all over again. Let us leave here today embracing the claim that comes to us through the Gospel of John: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (Jn.6:51). So says the Lord Jesus in today’s Lesson! And that’s what I call remarkable!
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. LuisPASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! There are a couple of things I’d like to acknowledge, gifts that this parish receives; to Susan who provides the flowers every Sunday at St. Elizabeth, and for St. Coleman we have either Vera or Betty who provide wonderful floral arrangements. At St. Catherine, Katie, [a new parishioner from back east] started cantoring for us at 4 p.m. Saturday mass, she’s used to sing in the choir at her previous parish and God has sent her here to grace us with her talent and time. Eric and Winnie who came with me this weekend to assist in the music at the 11 a.m. mass in St. Coleman outdoor mass. THANK YOU ANGELS! Congratulations to all the St. Coleman guild members who have succeeded again with their Salad Luncheon, last Thursday, it was a marvelous and inspiring event. Different kinds of salads laid out in front of you— and I tried all of it! CONGRATULATIONS!
The Louvre in Paris, one of the great Art Museums of the world, is the permanent home of the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s greatest art treasures. A well-known preacher who travels a lot described his visit to the Louvre in these words:
I went into the room where the Mona Lisa is exhibited. There are little benches in the room and, after viewing the great work of art, I noticed an elderly woman standing off to one side of the painting. Next to her was an easel on which was a copy of the Mona Lisa which she had just finished painting. The woman began demanding the attention of those of us who came in the room. She gave us her qualifications as an artist and assured us that she was a painter of superior talent. She said the copy of the Mona Lisa she had just painted was an almost perfect copy. She held it up beside the masterpiece that we might see and said she would be willing to part with her masterful copy for one hundred dollars if any of us really wanted it badly enough. But I stood there absolutely flabbergasted because it was one of the worst copies of any piece of art I had ever seen. The colors were wrong. The lights were wrong. The smile was wrong. She had missed the smile completely. The eyes were wrong. It was all wrong, and yet she had the audacity to hold it up beside the masterpiece and try to pawn it off as a good reproduction. I had all to do to contain myself. And then I thought, “Great God in heaven! That is exactly what so many of us do. That is exactly what I do! God has given us the Gospel of the Lord and the Christ who is the perfect example of it. And I hold my life up against that Masterpiece and I see that I am a cheap imitation.” I thought about this for awhile and then I told myself that instead of trying to pawn myself off as something better than I am with remarkable claims, and instead of sinking into despair about my inability to measure up to that Masterpiece, I can recognize this moment as a moment of Grace. Maybe for the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, I will surrender myself to God in total honesty and in the spirit of genuine repentance.
For us Christians, the overwhelmingly remarkable truth is that God, our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life, not only has given us the Masterpiece, He has given us Himself. And even though our qualifications to live up to His Way will always fall short, nevertheless He is ever-present within us, offering us the strength to pick ourselves up and start all over again. Let us leave here today embracing the claim that comes to us through the Gospel of John: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (Jn.6:51). So says the Lord Jesus in today’s Lesson! And that’s what I call remarkable!
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Aug. 9, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
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”. In this Gospel Jesus prepares his listeners for the revelation that He will give Himself to us in the Eucharist. Our Catholic catechism teaches us that Jesus is really, truly present under the appearance of bread and wine. It is not just a “symbol”: it is Jesus, physically present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. This is what is meant by the “real presence”, and it is truly a miracle.
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 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer.
Preparation of Gifts: My Soul is Thirsting # 782
Communion: The Supper of the Lord # 361
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164