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.

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