The prompt response of the firefighters saved our beloved St. Catherine of Siena Church. This Thanksgiving we have so much gratitude in our hearts for the Russian River & Monte Rio Fire Protection Districts, Cal Fire, the ATF and especially for Chief Steve Baxman and Margaret McAtee, our super sleuth!
November begins with All Souls Day, then honorsVeterans, and ends with thoughts of gratitude. After the attacks in Paris we are reminded of small and big acts of kindness. We are reminded of the people that we may sit beside that we don’t realize often do things above and beyond for the parish and parishioners. Their names may not always be mentioned but their time, effort and presence is deeply felt. One of these people is our Margaret MacAtee.
Within minutes of receiving a phone call that there was a fire at St. Catherine’s church, Margaret jumped into her car and sped to the scene. While driving over the Monte Rio bridge she could see smoke and flames billowing from the highest windows. Knowing emergency personnel would need the closest parking, Margaret made the hike up the hill, only approaching as close as the firefighters would allow. Answering Chief Baxman’s questions and offering insight that her years of service as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and more than one time, stand in priest, could provide. She met with ATF investigators and various personnel the day following the fire. Watching Margaret’s face as she recalled these events you could see the range of emotions she experienced within those first minutes of the news.
Then you notice the sharp eye to detail shine through as she recalls first noticing something sparkling on the floor behind the altar. It could only mean that the window had been broken. A point of entry. Her attentiveness to detail in preparing the altar for mass let her know that this fire was no accident. When she was questioned by fire personnel about specific procedures and practices, she was able with confidence to say who locked the doors and closed the windows as she either is performing these duties or overseeing them. You could not find anyone more familiar with this 102 year old, redwood sided church. As treasured as St. Catherine’s is to us all, people like Margaret are the real treasure. Volunteering, giving of her time, knowledge, deep faith. We are grateful for Margaret and for all the big and small things she does for St. Catherine’s and all of us.
St. Catherine of Siena news: looks like we need to gut the inside of the church, replace the rug and the tiles. It’s possible the tiles are asbestos as well as the roof so; all of those need to be replaced. ServPro is a company that will store and clean the pews that were damaged by water or smoke. Interior paneling and new paint will likely be required. Guess estimation: overall cost $300,000; possibly be done within 7 or 8 months if there are no other surprises, again this is a guess estimation.
As I said last week, Saturday mass will be at 5 p.m. just a temporary schedule. Considering it is winter time, we don’t have a lot of people attending both masses and I have to emphasize that there is two adult candidates that are coming to the Catholic faith, they need instructions. The only time available that these adult can get together is Saturday afternoon. Thanks for your understanding, you are a good witness to our candidates of RCIA.
The daily mass group voted on not having 9:00 am mass Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday except for Friday, till February due to personal reasons. So starting next week, there is no Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mass, but we will have Friday healing mass, confession and adoration.
Henry David Thoreau, the New England Yankee social critic who wrote “Walden,” one of the great American classics, rebelled at the intrusion of government and social institutions in man’s life. When he was twenty-seven, Thoreau moved from his home in Concord, Massachusetts to nearby Walden Pond where he built a small cabin. He spent two years there, living his way into each moment of the day, trying to be totally present to each simple thing that was happening. In “Walden,” Thoreau reflects his extraordinary delight in life — his rare ability to find real joy in the ordinary, simple things in life. He didn’t merely swim or fish or raise beans or play the flute or take hikes or read books or talk to friends — he entered into the experience — listening, noticing, paying attention, marveling, enjoying.
At the age of forty-five, Thoreau was stricken with tuberculosis. During the months of what we would now call “terminal illness,” the lesson of the pricelessness of each moment of life he had learned at Walden Pond was confirmed for him. When one of his friends tried to engage him in speculation about life after death, Thoreau is reported to have said, “One world at a time!”
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Nov.22, Feast of Christ the King
“How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honor, to Him belong glory and power forever and ever”
“The liturgical year ends with the feast of Christ the King. This day reminds us what the Christian thing is all about: that Jesus really is the king, the Lord of our lives, that we belong utterly to him, and that we can say, with St. Paul, ‘it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.’ “(Bishop Robert Barron)
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King # 734
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 93: The Lord is King, He is robed in majesty..
Preparation of Gifts: How Great Thou Art # 423
Communion: In Christ Alone # 414
Recessional: Lord I Lift Your Name on High (ss)
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 9:30 am
Gathering Song: For the Beauty of the Earth # 595
Psalm 113: Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.
Preparation of Gifts: Dona Nobis Pacem (choir)
Malo, Malo, Thanks Be to God (ss)