27th Week in Ordinary Time – October 4, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK

Greetings!  Just a note of gratitude to Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman and Russian River Fire District President Mark Emmett and the volunteer firefighters and sheriff’s deputies.  Thanks to volunteers Frank Danzart, daughter Denise and her husband Brian Britton,  Frank’s son-in-law Bronson Johnson, Rosie Bohnie and Gail Culverwell, Dave Gillespie, Dan Bajone,  and Muff Centiss and Lonnie and Chris from Monte Rio.

The late great humorist, Erma Bombeck, told the story of what happened to her in Church one Sunday. She said,

“I was focused on a small child who was turning around and smiling at everyone. He wasn’t gurgling, spitting, humming, kicking, tearing the hymnals, or rummaging through his mother’s handbag. He was just… smiling. “Finally, his mother jerked him about and in a stage whisper that could be heard in a little theater off Broadway said: ‘Stop that grinning! You’re in Church!’ With that, she gave him a glare, and, as the tears rolled down his cheek, the mother added, ‘That’s better,’ and returned to her prayers.” Bombeck reflected, “We sing, ‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!’ while our faces reflect the sadness of one who has just buried a rich aunt who left everything to her pregnant hamster.” She continued, “Suddenly I was angry. It occurred to me the entire world is in tears, and if you’re not, then you’d better get with it. I wanted to grab this child with the tear-stained face close to me and tell him about my God. The happy God. The smiling God. The God who had to have a sense of humor to have created the likes of us. I wanted to tell him He is an understanding God. One who understands little children who turn around and smile in Church, and even curious little children who rummage through their mothers’ handbags. I wanted to tell that little child that I too have taken a few lumps for daring to smile in an otherwise solemn religious setting. By tradition, I suppose, one wears faith with the solemnity of a mourner, the mask of tragedy. What a fool, I thought, this woman sitting next to the only sign of hope — the only miracle left in our civilization. If that child couldn’t smile in Church then where was there left to go?”

 

When a child learns to say a new word there is delight in the new discovery. And as the child continues to repeat the new word that she or he has just learned, there is joy all round. . Regrettably, when we allow the child within us to die there is no longer “joy all around.” In terms of what we need to know about living the good life, it’s as though we see no possibility of hearing some new word from God; it’s as though we see no possibility of change, no possibility of spiritual growth, no possibility of new life. Absent these childlike qualities, the joy has gone out of our lives! In those difficult times when you feel overwhelmed by a sense of abandonment, a sense of lost-ness, in childlike fashion put all of your trust in a Gracious God on whom you can depend always to seek you out. And He will find you!

In today’s Lesson, therefore, Jesus is telling us that only the spirit of childlike, unconditional trust in God’s promise to fulfill us in His life of love can liberate us from the heavy burden of obligation that hangs like a dark cloud over our religious experience. So let us “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” With smiling faces, we give thanks to the One who says, “Let the little children come to Me, for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs” — a word from the Lord that should make miles of smiles!

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Oct. 4, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh .”

Today’s readings touch on many things:  the creation of woman from the first man: the suffering of Jesus; the indissolubility of marriage, the fact that we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of God.   As we sing the hymns today, let us remember that God created the world out of love, and let us pray that through the power of God, we may receive that love and spread it to others, especially our spouses, our children, and all those around us.  As we do so, let us pray for the safety and protection of all abused women and children in the world, and for the healing of all marriages. God bless you!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: Morning Has Broken  # 646

Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

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

Additional words to the Gloria are found in your Breaking Bread hymnal, p. 6.

Psalm 128:  May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Preparation of Gifts:  Love Goes On  # 491

Communion: Shelter Me, O God   # 474

Recessional:  We Are Called  # 630

From Left: Volunteer David Gillespie, project organizer Frank Danzart, Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman, Sonoma County Roads worker Brian Britton, Russian River Fire Protection District President Mark Emmet.
From Left: Volunteer David Gillespie, project organizer Frank Danzart, Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman, Sonoma County Roads worker Brian Britton, Russian River Fire Protection District President Mark Emmet.

FIREFIGHTERS RETURN FROM LAKE COUNTY TO CLEAN UP ST. ELIZABETH’S PROPERTY

Sonoma County required that St. Elizabeth clean up the property abutting Fife Creek to prevent flooding in Fife Creek and to prevent public health hazards from unsanitary conditions of transient encampments. St. Elizabeth’s parish and the Guerneville community are deeply grateful to Chief Steve Baxman of the Monte Rio Fire Dept., Mark Emmet, President of the  Russian River Fire Protection District , Brian Britton and foreman Rick DiCarly of the Sonoma County Dept. of Transportation & Public Works, headed by Nathan Mayo, and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept., who collaborated, directed by Frank Danzart, in a 160 volunteer hour effort on Saturday, September 26, assisted by parish volunteers. West County Disposal donated the debris box and the Refuse Dept. waived the dumping fees. The Road Dept provided a back hoe, loader and long arm mower. Steve Baxman hauled a chipper and fire fighters – who had just come off the Valley fire – cleared a significant portion of the property before being called to a fire. They returned in a few hours and finished. The project had been originally scheduled for Sept. 19 but was postponed due to the fires in Lake County.

The project will hopefully prevent detritus from floating into Fife Creek and contributing to flooding. The cleanup is further complicated by social and public health problems. Chronic encampments of transients have used the area behind the altar of the outdoor church as  bathroom. They have also grafitied the back of the altar (see photo below.)

Graffiti on back of outdoor church altar.
Graffiti on back of outdoor church altar.

It is probable that even if housing were provided, many of these behavioral problems would persist, as this population is habituated to the area and are non compliant with signs designating the area as private property. Sheriff’s officers described a frustrating cycle of receiving complaint calls and moving people from one location to another around the community. Across the US public and private spaces are occupied by people, many of them mentally ill, who would previously had been cared for by mental institutions that are now closed. It not just an inconvenience to property owners, it is a disowning responsibility for this population who are unable to care for themselves, and poor public health policy. Numbers of mental patients are likely to increase due to grants given to West County Medical Services to expand services for mental illness. Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul are the local Catholic social services in the area. Please consider volunteering.

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Special thanks to our parishioners who participated, as well as neighbors: Bronson Johnson (Frank’s son-in-law and newly expecting father), Daniel Bajone (who restored the bell and crucifix for the outdoor church this summer); Brian Britten, Daniel Olson, Dave Gillespie, Gail Culverwell, and Muff Centiss who came from Monte Rio with Lonnie and Chris, young volunteers. It was wonderful to see the community working together. Again, we express our appreciation to the fire fighters, knowing the exhausting work they did last week fighting the Lake County fires.

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Mark Emmet, RRFD President and member of the Russian River Community Alliance, emphasized that the parish must not enable the alcoholic and drug addicted behaviors and that Guerneville as a community must try to get these people into appropriate programs. He suggested that St. Elizabeth, as the property owner, should monitor the grounds daily and evict campers.

Everyone understands how difficult this is and we ask that any communications regarding the matter be conducted with a civilized tone and recognition of the complexity of the issues.

Thank you Denis Britton and Rosie Bohnie for preparing coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
Thank you Denis Britton and Rosie Bohnie for preparing coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 27, 2015

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PASTOR’S DESK

I hope everyone had a chance to watch the historical event about Pope Francis visiting our country and the speech to a joint session of congress on Thursday is being heralded as one of the most significant political events in Washington D.C. in recent memory. Following his speech, Pope Francis has reportedly chosen to skip a number of invitations to dine with members of congress, including Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Instead, he opted to spend his lunch both serving, and eating with members of Washington’s homeless community. The Pope blesses a meal of chicken, salad, green beans and brownies for around three hundred poor and homeless diners. This Sunday we are offering our second collection for the relief of the fire victims in the Clearlake and Middletown area. A pastor was asked about his Church membership. “We have eight hundred members,” he said. “How many active members?” the questioner asked. “All of them,” the pastor replied. “Half are working with me and half are working against me.” In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to the Apostles, “Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mk. 9:40). In another place, Jesus says “He who is not with Me is against Me, and He who does not gather with Me scatters” (Mt. 12:30). Both sayings are meant to deliver the same message: when it comes down to the bare bones truth about our relationship with Christ, the Gospel admits of no neutrality. Unlike membership in ordinary man-made institutions, any notion of inactive Church-members or passive Church-members or indifferent Church-members is a contradiction.

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Sept. 27, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth .” From today’s psalm: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.” (Ps. 19) Who likes laws? We may think of them as restrictions on our freedom, but if we didn’t have them, society would be in chaos. It’s the same with God’s laws; they are there for our good, for our ultimate happiness. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit would give us open hearts to hear His word and the courage to follow it. May God’s commands be to us “more precious than gold”.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: Envia Tu Espiritu # 455

Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria! Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax. Additional words to the Gloria are found in your Breaking Bread hymnal, p. 6.

Psalm 19: The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart. Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer. Preparation of Gifts: More Than Gold Lord, I love your commands, more than gold is your word, so precious to me.

Communion: I Will Choose Christ # 520

Recessional: We Are Called # 630

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ST. ELIZABETH’S PROPERTY PREPARED FOR EL NINO WINTER

Sonoma County required that St. Elizabeth clean up the property abutting Fife Creek. St. Elizabeth’s parish and the Guerneville community are deeply grateful to Chief Steve Baxman of the Monte Rio Fire Dept., Mark Emmet, President of the  Russian River Fire Protection District , Brian Britton and foreman Rick DiCarly of the Sonoma County Dept. of Transportation & Public Works, headed by Nathan Mayo, and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept., who collaborated, directed by Frank Danzart, in a 160 volunteer hour effort on Saturday, September 26, assisted by parish volunteers. West County Disposal donated the debris box and the Refuse Dept. waived the dumping fees. The Road Dept provided a back hoe, loader and long arm mower. Steve Baxman hauled a chipper and fire fighters – who had just come off the Valley fire – cleared a significant portion of the property before being called to a fire. They returned in a few hours and finished. The project had been originally scheduled for Sept. 19 but was postponed due to the fires in Lake County.

The project will hopefully prevent detritus from floating into Fife Creek and contributing to flooding. The cleanup is further complicated by social and public health problems. Chronic encampments of transients have used the area behind the altar of the outdoor church as  bathroom. They have also grafitied the back of the altar (see photo below.)

It is probable that even if housing were provided, many of these behavioral problems would persist, as this population is habituated to the area and are non compliant with signs designating the area as private property.

Special thanks to our parishioners who participated, as well as neighbors: Bronson Johnson (Frank’s son-in-law and newly expecting father), Daniel Bajone (who restored the bell and crucifix for the outdoor church this summer); Brian Britten, Daniel Olson, Dave Gillespie, Gail Culverwell, and Muff Centiss who came from Monte Rio with Lonnie and Chris, young volunteers. It was wonderful to see the community working together. Again, we express our appreciation to the fire fighters, knowing the exhausting work they did last week fighting the Lake County fires.

Mark Emmet, RRFD President and member of the Russian River Community Alliance, emphasized that the parish must not enable the alcoholic and drug addicted behaviors and that Guerneville as a community must try to get these people into appropriate programs. Everyone understands how difficult this is.

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Thanks to Rosie Bohnie and Denise Danzart Britten who prepared breakfast and lunch for the hardworking crew. Gail Culverwell on right put in a full day.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 20, 2015

Greetings, to all! Last weekend was the Jazz Festival and we had our fund raising, it was great to see the St. Catherine’s parishioners participating at the event and helping out. If you have a chance to assist next year I think you will find it wonderful and lots of fun meeting visitors as well as able to know some of the parishioner. Thanks, for all who have volunteered monitoring and making sure the rest room was clean and well supplied with toiletries.
In one of the “Peanuts” Comic Strip, Charlie Brown worries about his chronic, lifelong sense of low self-esteem. He says to Linus, “It goes all the way back to the beginning. The moment I was born and stepped on the stage of history, they took one look at me and said, ‘Not right for the part!'”
Unfortunately, many of us can identify with our friends Linus and Charlie Brown. We forget that God looks at us and says, “You are right for the part, and no one else can replace you. You are unique. No matter what your faults may be you are special. You are you, and no one else can fill that role. And I love the you I have created — in My own image!”
Peace and blessings!
Fr. Luis

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LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Sept. 20, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord sustains my life.”
Today’s readings have several themes, including that of trusting God even when our lives are threatened. In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks again of His passion, death and resurrection, and He teaches us to be the servant of others.
As we sing the hymns today, let us reflect on what it really means to choose the cross, to trust God in all circumstances, and to seek wisdom and righteousness.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: Glory in the Cross # 724
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Additional words to the Gloria are found in your Breaking Bread hymnal, p. 6.
Psalm 54: The Lord upholds my life.
Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer.
Preparation of Gifts: How Can I Keep From Singing? # 441
Communion: Shelter Me, O God # 474
Recessional: We Are Called # 630

Congratulations & Thank You to Frank Danzart and his crew: Nina & Bob Woodcock, from Oakland; Jean Kootz & Joan Brown; Carlos Gonzalez, Sherilyn Parmeter, Denise Britten (Frank’s daughter and SE CCD instructor) and Fran Korn, SE Guild Pres.shown above. Thank you to all – John O’Connell, Dave Gillespie, Ken Smith, Michael Collins RN, Vincent Umscheid RN, Dennis Shea, Ben Robles, Rosie Bohnie, Michelle McDonell, Mary Anne Gustafson and Marty & Sue Tierney. Thank you to McT’s Bullpen for collection of garbage weekly from the outdoor church area which is littered by vagrants. Correction: the grounds were expanded to create more parking spaces by Tom Finn, wrongly identified last week as Tom Lynch. A huge thanks to Tom, we had the biggest year ever thanks to you! We called for extra volunteers and the parish really stepped up to the plate! Thank you all! We all had a lot of fun and great to see our return customers!
Congratulations & Thank You to Frank Danzart and his crew: Nina & Bob Woodcock, from Oakland; Jean Kootz & Joan Brown; Carlos Gonzalez, Sherilyn Parmeter, Denise Britten (Frank’s daughter and SE CCD instructor) and Fran Korn, SE Guild Pres.shown above. Thank you to all – John O’Connell, Dave Gillespie, Ken Smith, Michael Collins RN, Vincent Umscheid RN, Dennis Shea, Ben Robles, Rosie Bohnie, Michelle McDonell, Mary Anne Gustafson and Marty & Sue Tierney. Thank you to McT’s Bullpen for collection of garbage weekly from the outdoor church area which is littered by vagrants. Correction: the grounds were expanded to create more parking spaces by Tom Finn, wrongly identified last week as Tom Lynch. A huge thanks to Tom, we had the biggest year ever thanks to you! We called for extra volunteers and the parish really stepped up to the plate! Thank you all! We all had a lot of fun and great to see our return customers!

24th Week in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

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Peace be with you, what a wonderful ending of our outside Mass celebration last Sunday. It was great to see a large crowd of people attended. On my way out to Cazadero, some of the summer visitors mentioned to me that governor Brown was there and I thought well, that is nice to see our government elected officials do go to church, what a great witness to our Catholic parishioner.

I would like to thank all of you, especially our parishionerS who every Sunday morning prepares the altar and the area of worship, for Larry, Carlos, Jose, and Chris, many blessings to you as well as our choir who has blessed us with such a wonderful music and worship. And for Susan who provided flowers on the altar every Sunday, great job folks!

For Francine and guild members who provided hospitality and welcoming snack for our visitors and parishioners, many blessings to you.

I would like to thank the GUILD also for buying a new window blinds for our St. Hubert’s Hall.  If you have a chance to see it it’s wonderful, it’s not like the old institutional venetian blind but a soft fabric that lightens or softens up the ambiance of our gathering space.  I’m looking forward for our Christmas party this coming winter!

 

On Saturday, September 19th beginning at 8 AM a general clean-up of the summer church grounds will take place to get ready for closing down for the winter months. We are blessed to have Chief Baxman, Cal Fire and Russian River firefighters and a huge debris box donated and fees waived by the County of Sonoma. Thank you!

For any volunteers wanting more information please contact Francine Korn, 869-9341 who is coordinating this clean-up with Frank Danzart.  Food and water will be provided.

There is an amusing story about a priest and a rabbi who are playing golf together for the first time.  The rabbi soon discovers that the priest is an excellent putter.  He also notices that before putting, the priest always make a sign of the cross, half way to the course, the rabbi was losing by 10 strokes.  Consequently, he asked the priest if he thinks it will be alright if he too crosses himself.  “Sure, rabbi go ahead,” the priest says, “But it won’t do you any good until you learn how to putt.”

 

We can go through the motion making the sign of the cross.  But until we begin making the cross the ultimate sign that we have accepted the teachings of Jesus, it won’t do us any good.

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Sept. 13, 24th   Sunday in Ordinary Time

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus begins to teach the crowd that the “Son of Man must suffer greatly, be rejected…be killed, and rise after three days.”  To be a disciple of Jesus, He states that we must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. The cross is part of life.  We have all experienced it:  illness, disabilities, death, loneliness, crime, weakness, injustice, pain. Scripture tells us that even though He was God, Jesus suffered in every way that we do. He understands our pain and our suffering.

In the words of St. John Paul ll, “Jesus continues to ask each of us, But who do you say I am? He calls each of us to say You are the Christ by the life we lead.”

As we sing the hymns today, let us reflect on what it really means to take up our cross and choose Christ, and pray that we may do it wholeheartedly and unreservedly.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: Glory in the Cross  # 724

Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

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

Additional words to the Gloria are found in your Breaking Bread hymnal, p. 6.

Psalm 116:  I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

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

Preparation of Gifts:  In Christ Alone  # 414

Communion: I Will Choose Christ  #520

Recessional:  Sent Forth By God’s Blessing  # 385

Jazz Parking is one of the major source of funds for St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Colman.
Jazz Parking is one of the major source of funds for St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Colman.

 Correction to Sept. 13 bulletin: Special thanks to Tom Finn (incorrectly identified as Tom Lynch.)

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 6, 2015

Fr. Luis giving homily on today's gospel, inviting us to open our ears and our hearts to listen to God's word.
Fr. Luis giving homily on today’s gospel, inviting us to open our ears and our hearts to listen to God’s word.

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PASTOR’S DESK Greetings to all! Sunday is the last time that we are celebrating mass outside for both St. Elizabeth and St. Coleman. We did it again! Thank you for all those angels who have taken their time to make this possible Chris, Carlos, Jose, Larry, Susan and Francine and the guilds with their welcoming snacks. For our choir director Rebecca Brown, and cantor Eric Lindenbusch, as well as our Liturgical ministers such as our Sacristan, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and Acolyte [altar servers.] I would like also to acknowledge our visitors who have blessed and enlivened our celebration of our liturgy which made it most memorable to me and I hope to all of you. My prayer and hope that you’ve experience here have nurtured your faith and blessed your time here in the Russian river; please pray for us and to remember us during the Fall and winter season. We have the Second Collection this Sunday is for restoration and maintaining the three churches, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth. It’s mostly your financial donations that assist us during the fall/ winter time and if you want to continue to see the Catholic churches and Masses offered here continue to support us. I will see you next summer and by any chance you are here during the Holidays you are most welcome! In front of a big city Church, there was a big sign on which the pastor regularly posted the sermon titles for the next two Sundays. During one week the sign read as follows: September 6 — “Jesus Walks On Water” September 13 — “Searching For Jesus” That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? We’re searching for Jesus. We’re searching for Jesus the miracle worker, who can walk on water, heal the sick, change water into wine, and raise the dead. We’re searching for the Jesus who can work miracles in our lives, transforming despair into hope and the daily little deaths we endure into new life. The good news for each of us is that the search is over. We can discover the pearl of great price — the treasure, hidden in the field. But we must be willing to receive it. “Be opened,” Jesus commands. If our ears and eyes and minds and hearts are open to what is going on around us, we will discover that with each day comes a new opportunity to put our life in motion and to satisfy a need in the Divine plan of creation that God has entrusted to us and to no one else. You are needed! God has need of you. God needs you to allow Him to express His attributes through you. God needs you to allow Him to express through you His tremendous love — for your family, your friends and neighbors, even your enemies. Though you may have to dig and dig and dig, you don’t have to wonder if one day you will eventually uncover a buried treasure of infinite value — for now we know: “Be opened . . . Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him (Mk. 7:34, Lk.11:9-10). Isn’t it amazing! Peace and Blessings! Fr. LuisPASTOR’S DESK Greetings to all! Sunday is the last time that we are celebrating mass outside for both St. Elizabeth and St. Coleman. We did it again! Thank you for all those angels who have taken their time to make this possible Chris, Carlos, Jose, Larry, Susan and Francine and the guilds with their welcoming snacks. For our choir director Rebecca Brown, and cantor Eric Lindenbusch, as well as our Liturgical ministers such as our Sacristan, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and Acolyte [altar servers.] I would like also to acknowledge our visitors who have blessed and enlivened our celebration of our liturgy which made it most memorable to me and I hope to all of you. My prayer and hope that you’ve experience here have nurtured your faith and blessed your time here in the Russian river; please pray for us and to remember us during the Fall and winter season. We have the Second Collection this Sunday is for restoration and maintaining the three churches, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth. It’s mostly your financial donations that assist us during the fall/ winter time and if you want to continue to see the Catholic churches and Masses offered here continue to support us. I will see you next summer and by any chance you are here during the Holidays you are most welcome! In front of a big city Church, there was a big sign on which the pastor regularly posted the sermon titles for the next two Sundays. During one week the sign read as follows: September 6 — “Jesus Walks On Water” September 13 — “Searching For Jesus” That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? We’re searching for Jesus. We’re searching for Jesus the miracle worker, who can walk on water, heal the sick, change water into wine, and raise the dead. We’re searching for the Jesus who can work miracles in our lives, transforming despair into hope and the daily little deaths we endure into new life. The good news for each of us is that the search is over. We can discover the pearl of great price — the treasure, hidden in the field. But we must be willing to receive it. “Be opened,” Jesus commands. If our ears and eyes and minds and hearts are open to what is going on around us, we will discover that with each day comes a new opportunity to put our life in motion and to satisfy a need in the Divine plan of creation that God has entrusted to us and to no one else. You are needed! God has need of you. God needs you to allow Him to express His attributes through you. God needs you to allow Him to express through you His tremendous love — for your family, your friends and neighbors, even your enemies. Though you may have to dig and dig and dig, you don’t have to wonder if one day you will eventually uncover a buried treasure of infinite value — for now we know: “Be opened . . . Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him (Mk. 7:34, Lk.11:9-10). Isn’t it amazing! Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER 9-6-15 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Browns gone?) Gathering Song: Sing a New Song # 565 (F) Gloria: sung!! New Mass of John Carroll Psalm146: Praise the Lord, my soul, praise the Lord! Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (G) Intercessions: O God hear us, hear our prayer. Preparation of Gifts: The Cry of the Poor # 627 (F#m) Holy: Mass of Creation (Gm) Acclamation: When we eat this bread (Gm) # 882 (Mass of Creation) Amen: W/S # 259 (F) Bolduc ¾ time L/G: Mass of Renewal: Dm/Em Communion: You are Mine # 460 (Bb) Recessional: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee # 555 (F)

Governor Jerry Brown and wife Ann Gust Brown (not in photo) attended mass at St. Elizabeth's this week end. The Browns were visiting long time St. Elizabeth parishioners Tom O'Connor, the Ricci and Bacci families.
Governor Jerry Brown and wife Ann Gust Brown (not in photo) attended mass at St. Elizabeth’s this week end. The Browns were visiting long time St. Elizabeth parishioners Tom O’Connor, the Ricci and Bacci families.

Today is the last Sunday we will have mass outdoors. We thank all the volunteers who work during the week cleaning up the trash and debris from the homeless encampments, who set up at 7:30 on Sunday morning before the 9:00 AM mass, the Guild who provides the coffee service and all the ushers, altar servers, and parishioners who donate generously to the collection. We are also grateful to our choir and musicians for enriching the mass with their music.

Today’s second collection was for the maintenance of the three churches, and Fr. Luis mentioned our insurance expenses alone are over $30,000.00. We are very grateful to our summer parishioners who help our budget each year! Thank you all and God bless you!

Labor Day is the last outdoor mass of the season. Thank you to all who help.
Labor Day is the last outdoor mass of the season. Thank you to all who help.

The outdoor mass is a joyous tradition we all enjoy. We ask for your spiritual, financial and physical support of the out door church property which continues to face the challenge of managing encampments by homeless people and the complaints by neighbors of noise and hygiene concerns. The debris and garbage have to be cleaned up daily, and neighbors complain of the public health hazards, lack of toilets, and noise coming from the property. As a small parish St. Elizabeth does not have the financial means to obtain insurance for the care of adult male homeless persons, nor the staff to monitor a shelter, as we have tried to do in the past. Each year new shelter proposals are made and this year West County Medical Center has received a grant to extend medical services at a separate site for homeless people. Sonoma County supervisors also are considering the “little houses” concept, but we understand most of the behavioral issues will continue, even with the provision of housing and health benefits. Your prayers and patience are appreciated as we cope with this challenge.

Jazz Parking is one of the major source of funds for St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Colman.
Jazz Parking is one of the major source of funds for St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Colman.

We are very grateful to see the leveling of the outdoor parking area which will increase our income from the fund raiser next week end. We are calling for volunteers, especially during the peak hours of 8 am to 1 pm next Saturday and Sunday. We need to keep the traffic from backing up and need volunteers to help sell the tickets and park the cars quickly.