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

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One thought on “19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 9, 2015

  1. It has been such a wonderful blessing for me to serve as cantor at St. Colman’s outdoor Masses these past three weeks! Thank you, Fr. Luis for inviting me to sing there in addition to St. Elizabeth’s. May I take this opportunity to join Fr. Luis in thanking our accompanist Winnie for joining me at St. Colman’s back on July 26. Since then she has taken the month of August off to spend time with family members up in Washington state. Our choir director Rebecca took Winnie’s place on August 2; and yesterday our newest choir member Bruce filled in for Winnie at both Masses. Thank you so much for your time, work and dedication!

    Also during each of these past three weeks, our choir member Misty has joined me in singing at St. Colman’s. Misty, thank you too for all you’ve been doing in the choir, and especially for the way you and the other choir members have welcomed me, Rebecca, her children Sean and Therese, Winnie, Stella and Doris into the St. Elizabeth parish! And also to the parish at St. Colman’s, thank you for your great hospitality and warm welcome to us! Please join with me in praying for God’s blessings on Josh, as he gets ready to begin a new semester at the University of Notre Dame. Josh has served as lector during many of the Masses at St. Colman’s when he’s been home from college.

    I was also very happy to learn that Katie is now serving as cantor at St. Catherine’s during the Saturday 4 pm Masses. Katie, I pray that God will bless you every bit as generously as He has blessed me here at our Russian River parishes. You’ve been a real answer to prayer, as my work schedule requires me to work every Saturday in Rohnert Park until 4. I’ll just add that this coming November 12, my wife Cecelia and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and we were joined by Christ in marriage at St. Catherine’s!

    To Sara Flores–God bless you, and congratulations on your Quinceneara! Very beautiful picture of you and your family members!

    May all of you enjoy a happy, blessed and safe rest of your summer season. Please pray for the Lord’s protection for our firefighters, especially those who are battling the Rocky Fire and other wildfires in Lake County.

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