Christmas Eve Carols Dec. 24th at 4:00 PM at St. Elizabeth
Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM at St. Elizabeth
Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 AM at St. Elizabeth
In a nineteenth century painting entitled “Hope,” the artist portrays a woman with bandaged eyes. She is unable to see ahead of herself. In her hands is a harp with broken strings, representing her shattered dreams and expectations. Immediately beneath the woman is a globe, representing the world that is pitted against her. Still one string on the harp remains intact. It is the string of hope, which she plucks triumphantly, sending a beautiful melody floating out over that hostile world, and filling the dark night with bright-shining stars. Over the years, the artist received many letters from persons who saw the painting and identified with the woman whose future seemed as dark as the night. One woman said that at a time when her life had become unbearable and she was ready to end it all, quite by chance she saw that wonderful painting. In her own words, “It inspired me to strike the string of hope within my own soul — and I was able to face the world and try again.”
It is often possible for persons to be more clear-eyed in disaster than in prosperity. Isn’t it remarkable that some of the noblest literature of the ancient Hebrews was produced during the Babylonian captivity? Isn’t it remarkable that Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” — often called the noblest speech ever made in America — came in the darkness of the Civil War?
There is something about dark times that can inspire our most profound thoughts on the really important questions about life. The Apostle Paul expressed his firm belief in this reality in his Letter to the Romans. “We can boast about looking forward to God’s glory,” he says, “But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the Love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us” (Rom. 5:2-5).
My prayers for our parishioners from St. Catherine, Monte Rio, I’m sure Margaret, Michelle, Rose, Frank and those who are hard core parishioners of St. Catherine find this time discouraging and maybe somewhat sad and anger by what had happen. May the words of St. Paul give you strength and may this experience be a catalyst to strengthen your faith and not give in to negative thoughts. “The sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope…”
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Nov.29, First Sunday of Advent
“…Strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with his holy ones”.
The word, “advent” comes from the Latin “adventus” meaning “arrival” or “coming”, particularly of something having great importance. As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. We want to experience Jesus’ coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.
As we are launched into the season of Advent today, the Church is going to make us more disposed and prepared to meet Jesus in our lives both as a new born King and as the judge of heaven and earth.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: Gathering Song for Advent
Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come and give us your peace.
Psalm 25: I Lift Up My Soul # 752
To you, Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God.
Preparation of Gifts: Just a Closer Walk with Thee (ss)
Communion: O Come, O Come Emmanuel # 38
World Peace Canon (Dona Nobis Pacem)
Recessional: Let the King of Glory Come # 63
Today begins the new liturgical year, and our reading cycle is Year C. There is no Gloria during Advent.
Catholic Charities Alzheimer’s Respite Center
Our licensed adult day program for people with dementia allows family members a break from full-time care giving, while their loved one enjoys a stimulating day of music, activities, exercise, sharing, and caring. The Respite Center maintains a highly trained staff, including a registered nurse, and provides a 2:1 client-to-caregiver ratio of care.
The program is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We currently have openings! Suggested contribution for services are based on a sliding scale. Veterans welcome. Please contact Michele Osmon, Director of Senior Services, at 707-528-8712 x185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you into our program.
CATHERINE OF SIENA UPDATE:
This week we’ve been working with insurance adjusters to ascertain extent of damage and costs to repair. Church has been tarped to protect from the weather. Next week we’ll be pulling up the pews and re-stationing them so workers can remove floor tiles and carpet. Also we’ll be engaging a structural engineer next week to start the evaluation of re-engineering and redesigning if needed to bring into compliance with current building codes. Temporary power for church has been installed and approved by County for workmen.- Dan Demers