NOTE: NO MASS AT ST. CATHERINES
Due to a small fire in the choir loft on Nov. 12, we will not have mass at St. Catherine’s until repairs are completed. We are very grateful to the quick response by the firefighters who saved the church. Cal Fire, Monte Rio and RR rigs responded.
Greetings, to all! I know things are getting hectic for all of us. The Holiday season is upon us! Just a reminder Thanksgiving Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. November 26th and bring your baked goods, pies, bread and wine that you will share with your Thanksgiving dinner and will bless it during the mass. And also bring can goods such as peanut butter, canned tuna, corn, beans etc. for St. Vincent de Paul Society. There is also a collection for St. Vincent de Paul society to help them continue their ministry here at the Russian river area, especially during this Holiday season.
Our Parish Christmas party will be December 19th Saturday at 6:30 p.m. It will be at the Northwood Golf Restaurant, the price is $20.00. It’s an adult event and limited sitting to 55 people, so please sign up early. I need volunteers after mass next week to man the table for sign ups or call the office if you wish to attend the event. The Menu is Tri-tip, or chicken, garlic mash potatoes, fresh salad, string beans and dessert. Coffee and tea is provided however cocktails and other drinks are open bar.
Advent this year starts November 29th and we will be starting a Faith-Sharing group that will be held at the rectory after the Morning mass 10 a.m., until 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The title of the book is “THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY,” the book is designed to be a simple, easy-to-use study guide that is also challenging and thought provoking. The guide is divided into eight sessions, each focused on a particular insight into God’s mercy. We will start with a prayer and share our thoughts and our own insight of what you have read that week. It is a faith sharing group session. Or if you just want to do it your own you may do that and the book is available at SIMPLE SACRED BOOK STORE located in Santa Rosa between Marlow and Guerneville road.
Some of you may remember Hannah Green’s moving semi-autobiographical account entitled, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” In the book, she chronicles her three-year battle with schizophrenia. She describes her terrible emotional breakdown leading to some terrifying experiences. But through therapy and other avenues of healing, she begins to undergo change. And she has a dream. In the author’s words …
“The dream began with winter darkness. Out of the darkness came a great hand, clenched in a fist. The fist opened, and in the palm lay three small blocks of coal. Slowly the hand closed, causing within the fist a tremendous pressure. The pressure began to generate a great white heat. And the dreamer seemed to feel the suffering of the coal within her own body, almost beyond the point of endurance. At last she cried out, to the hand, ‘Stop it! Stop it!'”
“After what seemed too long a time, the torment in the fist relaxed. The fist turned, and very slowly opened. Diamonds! Three clear, brilliant diamonds lay in the palm. And a voice called to her and said, gently ‘this will be you.'”
The very same voice is within you, enabling you to bear the pressure that is transforming the coal of your life into diamonds. The very same voice is within you, offering New Life in the healing, saving Presence of our Lord.
Our Christian Faith offers us no illusion that we are a People chosen for exemption from pain and suffering. It holds no promise of a trouble-free life of easy comfort. It grants us no immunity from evil and its consequences. It makes no exception to the rule of God’s judgment. Rather, our Christian Faith provides us with the spiritual equilibrium and the moral stamina we need to face up to the burdens and the fears and the evil days that overtake us — often in the most unexpected ways. With eyes of Christian Faith, we see things as they are in the light of things as they will be. With eyes of Christian Faith we see our own culpability for things as they are and our own responsibility for things as they will be.
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Nov.15, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence.” Ps. 16
Veteran’s Day was another day rich in bittersweet memories for me of my father, also a WWll veteran, who passed away just over a year ago at the age of 94. One of my favorite pictures of him was in his dress army uniform, looking very young, handsome and distinguished, and with a big smile on his face. But the happiness of this world is nothing compared to the happiness that scripture tells us awaits us in heaven.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine (ss)
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 16: You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Preparation of Gifts: Lux Aeterna Litany
Lux aeterna, dona eis requiem. (Let eternal light shine upon them. Give them peace.)
Communion: There Are Many Rooms (ss)
Recessional: Lord I Lift Your Name on High (ss)
ST.VINCENT DE PAUL THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY
On Friday, Nov 20 the St. Vincent de Paul Society, working with the Salvation Army, will be filling bags for the Thanksgiving Giveaway at the Russian River Food Pantry on Armstrong Woods Road at 2:30 pm The Giveaway will be Saturday, Nov. 21st, but busy hands are needed on Friday for the filling of the bags.