Christmas 2015

Thank you to our choir for the beautiful Advent and Christmas music. Here are some video’s from the Christmas Eve Carol Worship and Christmas Night Mass.


This is the bulletin for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas!

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Pastor’s Desk Text:

Once upon a Christmas Eve, a man sat in reflective silence before the fireplace, pondering the meaning of Christmas. “There is no point to a God who became man,” he mused. “Why would an all-powerful God want to share even one of His precious moments with the likes of man? No way! The whole thing is absurd! I’m sure that if God really wanted to come down to earth, He would have chosen some other way.” Suddenly, the man was roused from his reverie by a strange sound outside. He went to the window and saw a small gaggle of blue geese frantically honking and aimlessly flopping about in the snow. They seemed dazed and confused. Apparently, they had dropped out, in exhaustion, from the flight formations of a larger flock on its way from the Arctic Islands to the warmer climate of the Gulf of Mexico. Moved to compassion, the man tried to “shoo” the poor geese into his warm garage, but the more he “shooed” the more they panicked. “If they only realized I’m only trying to do what’s best for them,” he thought to himself. “How can I make them understand my concern for their well-being?” Then, this thought came to him: “If I could become an ordinary goose and communicate with them in their own language, they would know what I am trying to do.” And suddenly he remembered Christmas and a smile came over his face. The Christmas story no longer seemed absurd. Suddenly, he pictured that ordinary-looking Infant, lying in the crèche in that stable in Bethlehem, and he knew the answer to his Christmas problem: God had to become one of us to tell us, in human terms we can all understand, that He loves us.
Because we have received something beautiful FROM God, we must reach out our hands and do something beautiful FOR God. That is the other side of our Christmas story. Changing one little word — “from” to “for” — makes all the difference in our Christmas celebration.
May it make all the difference in the rest of your Christmas celebrations — today, and every day! In the True Spirit of our Christmas celebration, I wish each and every one of you a very blessed, and a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with the family, especially your parents. Build good new memories and share old memories with your children about Christmas.

Peace and blessings to all!

Fr. Luis

 

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LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Dec. 24/25 Christmas
Processional Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful/ Adeste Fideles
(BB # 79)
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!
Psalm 96: Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Preparation of the Gifts: Lullaby of the Dove, choir
Communion Song: Silent Night (BB # 92)
O Holy Night, choir
Recessional Song: Joy to the World (BB # 78)
Hymn Notes:
O Holy Night (“Cantique de Noël”) was composed by Adolphe
C. Adam in 1847 to the French Christmas poem “Minuit,
chrétiens” by Placide Cappeau.
On Christmas Eve, 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald
Fessenden broadcasted the first AM radio program and
played “O Holy Night” on the violin, making the popular carol
the first piece of music to be broadcast on radio.
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We thank our Choir for enhancing our worship throughout
the year and especially at Christmas with the joyful Christmas
Eve Carols and Mass and Christmas Day Mass.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES
As you visit with family and friends this Christmas, please be on the lookout for signs of decreasing mental capacity and
health. If you have any concerns about a loved one, or wish to discuss care options for those who are alone or may show signs of Alzheimer’s, please contact Catholic Charities Senior Services. We offer a licensed day program for those with signs of dementia (veterans are welcome), with activitiesdesigned to improve communication and mental and physical health in a warm, stimulating atmosphere. We also operate a 24/7/365 check-in program for seniors who live alone – a true lifesaver in some cases. Please contact Michele Osmon, Director of Senior Services,
at 707-528-8712 x185 or mosmon@srcharities.org.

We look
forward to welcoming you into our program. For more information, please visit http://www.srcharities.org/gethelp/
senior-services and find us on Facebook.

 

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Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 20, 2015

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Note: Christmas  Schedule

Christmas Eve Carols 4:00 PM St. Elizabeth

Christmas Eve Mass 5:00 PM St. Elizabeth

Christmas Day Mass 10:00 AM St. Elizabeth

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Pastor’s Desk

My fellow Christians, brothers and sisters: Do you lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Or do you believe there will be a fulfillment of what was spoken to you by the Lord?
Do you find it difficult to come to terms with the nagging subject of death? Or do you believe that God’s plan of salvation ultimately will be carried out?
Do you wrestle with the same thorny issues over and over again? Or do you believe you are part of God’s plan of fulfillment?
Do you struggle with destructive behaviors, self-awareness, or the notion of gradual, goal-oriented change? Or do you believe that with God’s help, you will joyfully overcome?
Mary gave birth to the Savior. Our part is to give new birth, in our time, to His Kingdom of Peace and Justice and Love. Our part is to proclaim the Reign of God on earth in word and indeed. Our part is to train our brains, and our hearts, both, to follow Mary’s beautiful example, and to do it joyfully.

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When we look around us these days and see what is happening in our world, we may feel lost, isolated, and purposeless. We may feel our very identity slipping away and the urgent need to retrain our brains. Jesus tells us that when this happens, we can begin again; that the strength and the power of a God who loves us always gives us new opportunities to enter more deeply into the fullness of life. We can begin again because God is here, meeting us on our own ground, through Christ our King, who lives and reigns among us, and who is strong enough to lift us up out of the pit of frustration and despair — all together!
Through Mary’s humanity God delivered Himself to man. Through Mary’s humanity came the Son of God to reveal the fullness of God’s love for us. Toward that end, Jesus’ birth was His first step up the road to Calvary’s hill. This is the destiny of all of us. With every new birth comes a new cross and a new opportunity for learning how to love. We have our crosses to bear, all of us. We must carry a cross. We would not be human otherwise. But we have hope. Because Jesus died and rose again His promise of ultimate fulfillment is believable. Acceptance of the promise is our first step up the road to full humanity. Jesus’ promise makes the heaviest burden bearable, for we are loved by a gracious God who will never abandon us. That is the promise on which we literally stake our lives. In our love for one another God has given us the opportunity to catch our earthly glimpse of the majesty and the beauty of Divine love. That is what makes us fully human. That is what makes us a People of Hope.

The need to learn and grow and practice never ends. And for Christians, the Good News is that the course has been set — the study guide has been written — and the tuition is free.

 

The Divine instructor is waiting — waiting for us to set a new course for our Life. Like Mary, we too are part of the plan. So let us pray that we do our part, and do it joyfully!

 

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

 

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

 Dec. 20, Fourth Sunday of Advent

   “Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.!”

   Emmanuel means “God with us”.  As Catholics, we believe and proclaim that Jesus is God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who took upon Himself our human flesh.  The church believes and proclaims that Jesus is fully human and fully divine.  Scripture tells us that Jesus was like us “in every way but sin”. 

   Today’s Gospel relays the beautiful story of the Visitation, when Mary “traveled to the hill country in haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth, then pregnant with Jesus’s cousin John the Baptist.  Elizabeth joyfully proclaims, “the moment your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy!”  We wish you joy as we celebrate the coming of Christ! 

 

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 80: Lord, make us turn to you let us see your face, and we shall be saved.

Preparation of Gifts: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman # 711

Communion:  Instrumental 

Choir: Will We Know Him?

Recessional:   Save Us, O Lord # 663

 

 Please join us for Christmas caroling at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, led by our beautiful choir, followed by Mass at 5 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Second Sunday in Advent – December 6, 2015

PASTOR’S DESK
Greetings, to all, as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent it is important for us Christian to prepare for the coming celebration of Christmas.  Take time to reflect and find space for your daily reading of the ‘Blue Book for Advent,’ or ‘The Word among Us,” both are in front of the church free.  As a fire needs oxygen to ignite, so we too need a space to be receptive to the grace of God in our life.

We also on Wednesday at 10 a.m. faith sharing group and we are using the Book, “The Holy Year of Mercy,” come join us!

If you are looking for an Advent program, you might consider the following.

“Smile often. Pray. Tell those that you love that you do.

Rediscover old friends. Make new ones. Hope. Grow. Give. Give in.

Buy some flowers. Share them. Keep a promise. Laugh often. Reach out. Hug a child. Slow down.  See a sunrise. Listen to rain. Trust life. Have faith. Enjoy.

Make some mistakes. Learn from them. Explore the unknown.

Celebrate your own life.  And Most of all; Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”

Here is a nice reflective prayer that you can use when things settled down and you just want to turn the lights off and light your Advent wreath and meditate this prayer

 

Lord,

A candle stands before me.

It burns restlessly,

Sometimes with a small,

Sometimes with a larger flame.

Lord, I too am often restless.

Let me find rest in You.

 

It gives me light and warmth.

Lord, let me too be light for the world.

It burns away and consumes itself in its service.

 

Lord, may I also be of service to people.

With this candle I can ignite other candles.

Lord, may I also contribute in this way

That others may begin to shine.

 

Peace and Blessings!

 

Fr. Luis
Reminder: Tuesday, Dec. 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mass is at 9:00 in the church.


LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

 

Dec. 6, Second Sunday of Advent

   A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low…and all flesh shall see the salvation of God”.

  What way shall we prepare for the Lord?  Is it not a straight and level highway in our hearts that we are to make ready? Prepare a way for the Lord by living a good life and guard that way by good works.  Let the word of God move in you unhindered and give you a knowledge of his coming and of his mysteries. To him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Origen (183-253)

 In today’s readings we hear that God will gather His children, save them from their enemies, and bring them back in glory, removing their tears and giving them cause to rejoice!

 

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 126:  The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy. 

Preparation of Gifts: On That Holy Mountain (ss)

Communion:  A Voice Cries Out  # 45 

Freedom is Coming, choir

Recessional:   Save Us, O Lord # 663