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!
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
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.
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.