Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 24, 2016




Vincent Van Gogh. Still Life with Bible, October 1885


Van Gogh. Still Life with Bible, October, 1885. Image copied from THE SUNDAY WEBSITE of St. Luis Univeristy.


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There are many ways in which we can position ourselves
to experience this Loving Presence of God in our lives.
We can pray. We can meditate. We can read the
Scriptures. And, of course, we can participate ever more
deeply in the experience of worship. And there are still
other ways in which God’s Love becomes real to us
which leads us into one of the biggest paradoxes of our
Faith, one which so many of us find extremely difficult to
grasp. The paradox is this…
Many, many times in our lives, the very best way to
make the inward journey to God is through the outward
journey to others. The very best way to experience the
merciful love of God is to show mercy to others. Or, as
one of the early Church Fathers said so beautifully by
putting two of Jesus’ best-known parables together:
“The Prodigal Son cannot fully experience the Father’s
love until he has walked the Jericho Road with the Good
In a newspaper interview, actress Diahann Carroll
described what happened to her after her husband died
in a tragic automobile accident. She said she was
absolutely inconsolable. She screamed. She threw
things. She broke mirrors. She cried. She wouldn’t eat.
She couldn’t sleep. She had to be given strong sedatives.
She had been deeply wounded. But she explained how
she came out of that experience in the weeks and
months that followed, during which her life became
completely transformed. The terrible frustration over
her inability to control what had happened in her life
began to disappear. And everything changed: the way
she felt about herself and about others changed. When
the reporter asked her to explain more fully how this
change had come about, she replied, “The change in my
life has all come about because I realize now that
nothing in life is in your control. Nothing! When you
accept that, you gain new strength.” Then she added
this telling sentence: “You pretend that you are in
control but your heart knows better.”
Listen to your heart and trust in God. Let His Power and
Love flow through you. Open yourself up to the
possibilities of God –- those beautiful surprises that
come only when you let go –- and let it be done
according to the Will of the Only One who is forever in
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis



by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Jan. 24th: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has
anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.”
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: God Has Chosen Me BB # 379
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!
Psalm 19: Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Preparation of the Gifts: We Are One Body (ss)
Communion Song: Fill My Cup, Lord BB 398
Recessional Song: A Rightful Place BB # 638



Catholic Charities seeks volunteer mentors to assist
families transitioning from homelessness to selfsufficiency.
Mentors receive training in offering
emotional support, life-skills advice, and community
resources, along with staff support and a flexible
schedule. Qualified candidates should be approachable,
compassionate, and able to manage expectations.
Contact us at 707-791-5296, or Bilingual mentors especially


Thank you to Matt Poirier for taking over the weekly bulletin!



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 17, 2016

Marriage at Cana, in the Transfiguration altarpiece (Cathedral of Barcelona), by Bernat Martorell . 15th century
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Bernat Martorell, Marriage at Cana,
in the Transfiguration altarpiece
(Cathedral of Barcelona). 15th century

Image copied from St. Luis University website



 A man found a magic lantern and every time he rubbed it a “Genie” would appear to grant his wish. The man was full of anxiety, and because of his constant worries, he kept the “Genie” busy all the time. This went on for years — one wish after another — until, one day, when the man rubbed his magic lantern for the fifth time that week, the Genie appeared and said: “I am sick and tired of your anxious worry and your constant wishing. I have decided to settle this arrangement once and for all. I will grant your next three wishes only. Nothing more. After that, you’re on your own.”

The man made his first wish immediately. He asked that his boss would disappear so that he would be happier at work. His wish came true at once. But when his co-workers discovered he was replaced by a real tyrant, they began to recall all the old boss’ good qualities. This saddened the man and he realized he had been hasty. So he asked the Genie to bring back the old boss, and immediately his wish was granted. Now he had but one wish left. He fretted and agonized and anxiously worried about that third wish. He was determined not to make another mistake, since he would be unable to correct it. He went everywhere for advice. Some people told him to wish for immortality. But if he got too sick to enjoy life, he reasoned, what good would immortality be? “Maybe,” he told himself, “I should wish for good health.” But then he asked himself: “What good is health if I don’t have much money? And what good is money if I have no friends?” Many years passed and still he worried — he couldn’t decide on health or wealth or power or money or the dozens of other ideas that kept cropping up. Finally, in desperation, he cried out, “Someone tell me what to ask for!” And he heard a gentle voice from within answer: “Ask to be content, no matter what you get.”

Ours is a world filled with anxious worry. Too often it seems no matter what we get we are never content. And so we pray, “Lord, give us a miracle.” But that’s not usually what we mean. Our problem with miracles is that they’re so erratic, so unpredictable. They may occur here; they may occur there; it depends on something else. We say “It depends on God.” And that’s the problem. We can’t know for sure what’s going to happen if it depends on God. God is not predictable, in this sense. “Lord give us a miracle,” we pray, but it isn’t a miracle we want, it’s magic. We’d rather put our faith in some sort of magical Genie. We’d rather play the lottery, or dream of an inheritance from a long lost aunt we never knew we had. And that’s the difference between faith and magic. Faith is Jesus broken and “sweating as if it were great drops of blood” and saying, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me” (Lk. 22:42). Are we really ever content with that “If” Jesus gives us? Wouldn’t we really prefer someone who will grant us three wishes instead? Faith is not always “sweetness and light.” Sometimes it’s not always “onward and upward.” Sometimes it’s a deep, dark valley. Sometimes it’s a tragic “If” that ends in a cross or a tomb — the difference between magic and miracles.  Be content! There is a sense in which that is the underlying message of the Gospels. Deep down at the center of all of us, there is the longing for wholeness of life: to be complete persons; to have peace of mind and souland soul; to be free of anxiety and frustration. “My peace,” Jesus says, “is My gift to you.”

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan. 17th:   2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to your name, O Most High!”.      Our scripture readings today liken the relationship between a groom and his bride to that of a relationship between God and His church. In our first reading we hear that God will rejoice over us!  This is also cause for our rejoicing!  In our second reading, St. Paul speaks to us of the different gifts of the Holy Spirit, and our Gospel takes us to the wedding feast in Cana, where we see Jesus perform his first public miracle: that of changing water into wine. As Bishop Robert Barron so beautifully states, “The communion of humanity and divinity in Christ’s divine person can be likened to a marriage…How wonderful, therefore, when the Messiah offers the first sign of his identity and mission at a wedding, indicating that the relationship of God and humanity will be transformed, reconciled and renewed in Jesus Christ.”


Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee BB  548

Gloria:  Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!

Psalm 96:  Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Preparation of the Gifts: Holy Spirit  BB 192

Communion Song:  Fill My Cup, Lord  BB 398

Recessional Song: All the Ends of the Earth  BB # 547




St Vincent de Paul is having their annual luncheon on Friday Jan 22,2016 1pm at St Rose in Santa Rosa. Cost is 20.00. Please join your fellow Vincentians for this wonderful luncheon. Please contact Francine Korn at 869-9341 for more info and to make your reservation.


 FREE Citizenship Classes (English)

  • Santa Rosa: Feb. 4 – June. 2, Thursdays 6-9pm, 987 Airway Court
  • Sonoma: Feb. 8 – June. 6, Mondays 6-9pm, Sassarini Elementary School
  • Calistoga: Jan. 27 – May 25, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Call for location: 707.578.6000

Free Immigration Information Session: If you or a member of your family wants to know how to qualify for temporary legal status via DACA/DAPA, come to an information session at Catholic Charities (987 Airway Ct. Santa Rosa). We meet the first and third Monday of each month from 6 to 7pm. Questions? 707.578.6000.

Noticias sobre Inmigración de Caridades Católicas

Sesión Informativa sobre la inmigración

Si Ud. o un miembro de su familia desea saber si pudiera calificar para un posible estado legal temporal a través de DACA/DAPA, asiste a una sesión informativa con Caridades Católicas (987 Airway Ct. Santa Rosa). Las llevamos a cabo el primer y tercer lunes de cada mes de 6 a 7pm. ¿Preguntas? 707.578.6000.

Clases de cuidadania GRATIS (en inglés)

  • Santa Rosa: Feb. 4 – Jun. 2, los jueves 6-9pm, 987 Airway Court
  • Sonoma: Feb. 8 – Jun. 6, los lunes 6-9pm, Sassarini Elementary School
  • Calistoga: Ene. 27 – May. 27, los miércoles 6-9pm, Llame para más información: 707.578.6000



River to Coast Children’s Services posted a thank you on Facebook last week:

Thanks to the following folks more than 250 West County children in need received toys, clothes and food for the holidays:

The Welfare League of Santa Rosa
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County Secret Santa Program
USMC Reserves Sonoma County Toys for Tots Program
Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire
St Elizabeth’s, St. Colman’s and St Catherine’s Catholic Churches
Love in a Shoebox Program, SueCares/Sue Piland
Barbers Garage, Rohnert Park
Alexis Ginez/Dedicated Art, Rohnert Park
El Roy’s Mexican Grill, Petaluma
Racks Urban Clothing, Rohnert Park
and those West County individuals who made anonymous contributions

Thank you to all our parishioners for donating to this wonderful program! For information on this valuable agency visit


Baptism of Our Lord – Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Baptism of the Lord / Lorenzo Ghiberti / 1427 / bronze / Baptistry Doors



 Greetings! This Sunday is the baptism of our Lord, This week we end the Christmas Season with the second Epiphany of the Lord, His Baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The Baptism of the Lord is an epiphany because it is a demonstration to the world that this Jesus is the Son of the God. Some spiritual writers say that whereas the water John used made others holy, Jesus made the water holy. In a similar way some spiritual writers add that through the holiness of his humanity, our humanity was also made holy.

Next week I will be at the January Workshop with the rest of the Priest from our Diocese, so there will be NO DAILY MASS NEXT WEEK.  The theme of the workshop is THE CORPORATE  RE-ORGANIZATION OF THE DIOCESE and will also conduct a Priest’s Council meeting, in addition diocesan matters will be reported and discussed.

The 2016 calendars as well as the new “Word Among Us,” is available at the front of the church.  Your “Collection Envelops,” are also available at the entrance of the church, please utilize them.

I just want to thank Irene and Joan for the hard work that they do doing the Sunday Bulletin.  Just a reminder the Sunday Bulletin is an informational matter within the Parish community, as well as what is going on in the Santa Rosa Diocese. It is not a newspaper or gossip column.  If anyone wants to volunteer to do the Sunday Bulletin so Irene can have a break from it, it will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulation for the new guild officers for the year 2016!  They are Jean Koutz, treasurer, Denise Britton, vice president and Francine Korn, president.

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

Jan. 10th:   Baptism of the Lord

 “The voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”.

These powerful words reveal Jesus to us as Son of God, and they echo the words of St. John the Baptist, “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God…I have baptized you with water, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire..”  Since Jesus is God, and not in need of baptism. He was setting an example for us! Not only does baptism make us children of God, but Jesus promises to give us the Holy Spirit!  Do we really believe this? If so, let us open our hearts to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives!!

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Processional Hymn:  We Shall Draw Water  (BB # 823)

Gloria:  Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!

Psalm 104:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, let all that is within me bless his holy name.

Preparation of the Gifts: Wade in the Water  BB 659

Communion Song:  The Light of Christ  BB # 602

Choir:   Down in the River to Pray

Recessional Song: Glory and Praise to Our God  BB # 540





St Vincent de Paul is having their annual luncheon on Friday Jan 22,2016 1pm at St Rose in Santa Rosa. Cost is 20.00. Please join your fellow Vincentians for this wonderful luncheon. Please contact Francine Korn at 869-9341 for more info and to make your reservation.



 Peggy Wyman, Exec. Dir. of SVDP Sonoma has asked parishes to support the SVDP Disaster Services “House in a Box” program.  SVDP is asking parishioners to donate funds to help Lake County fire victims receive “House in the Box” furnishings, described below..

SVDP DSD House in a Box Brochure


  • 3 New beds w box springs/frames (double and twin)
  • Couch
  • Dining Room Table and 4 Chairs
  • Dresser per bedroom
  • Kitchen Items (dishes, utensils, silverware, pots and pans and glasses)
  • Bed linens (sheets, blankets, bedspreads)
  • Bathroom setup (shower curtain, mat, towels, wash clothes, shower curtain rings)

Cost per box $1800.

 Mark donations “Lake and Calevaras County Counties California Fire Relief Fund.”

Check:  Mail to – SVDP, P.O. Box 1095, Rohnert Park, CA. 94927

Credit Card: Call 707-584-1579 and ask for Patty or Cherie or on the SVDP Web Site:

Thank you for your generosity.


Training for the annual homeless count will be at the Vets Hall on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 5:30pm. Catholic Charities collaborates with this annual event. The count will be January 29. Volunteers will deploy from the Vets hall at 6:00 AM to points in West County. For further information vist:


Epiphany – Januay 3, 2016

8th Day of Christmas, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Friday, January 1, 2016. Cantors Eric Lindebusch and Kate Dinsmore sang a beautiful rendition of “Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming” acapella during mass.



Epiphany, Sunday, January 3, 2016 Bulletin3Jan2016


Bulletin: Bulletin3Jan2016


Adoration of the Magi by Pietro Lorenzetti, Louvre Musem,  caption




Happy Epiphany! I just want to acknowledge various people in our parish who constantly help this parish function. Our volunteer secretaries, Gail, Dan and Katrina, thank you for all you do here in the office. Also, to Irene Deem, for tirelessly making the Sunday Bulletin every week and for Joan who often assists Irene in folding the bulletin. This task is time consuming and it’s a thankless job. For our Guild’s members thank you for all your help in fund raisings! Many blessings upon these volunteers!
Many thanks also for Dan Demers for taking charge of St. Catherine are re-building. It is a daunting task, with his expertise and time he has been constantly on the go with the insurance people and the Diocese as well as other areas in the process.
For Rebecca, Eric, Sean, Stella, Doris, and Winnie, for blessing our choir with exceptionally wonderful music and liturgy every Sunday here at St. Elizabeth’s. It has been a blessing and a great addition and enhancement of our celebration of our Sunday Mass. Especially with Rebecca’s talent and direction to our choir, amazing how it blossomed within two years. And for the rest of the choir who have been very dedicated in practicing every Thursday traveling all the way to Cotati for practice and staying after Sunday mass to practice, well done!
And for our Lectors and Eucharistic minsters as well as our ushers who every weekend come and assist in the liturgy celebration. For Margaret McAtee, Larry and Carlos our sacristans on the weekend and weekdays, thank you! Let us not forget for Josefina, and the other Hispanic group who comes and cleans our church every week. Blessing to you all!

West County Health Center is a total loss following a fire on Dec. 26.

As you know the health clinic burned the day after Christmas and they are looking for a place to put their temporary modular so that they can continue to serve this community. The West County Medical Center Executive Director Mary Szecsey asked if they could use the space behind St. Hubert’s Hall and we are in the process in assisting in their request. So, please don’t be surprised if you see a modular building behind Hall. The modular probably would be there for six months or so until their buildings are rebuilt.
It’s been a wonderful 2015 and I just pray this coming year, 2016, we will see God’s blessing upon our parishes and as always my prayers are for each one of you in our parish to grow closer to our faith and to be the better person that God wants you to be.

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Jan. 3rd, Feast of the Epiphany
“We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.”
The Feast of the Epiphany (meaning “manifestation”) celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ, and commemorates Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles.
Immediately the magi fell to their knees and adored the one born as Lord… the glory of his divinity is now made manifest. A boy he is, but it is God who is adored. The Son of God, who is God of the universe, is born a human being in the flesh. He permits himself to be placed in a manger, and the heavens are within the manger. He is kept in a cradle, a cradle that the world cannot hold. He is heard in the voice of a crying infant. This is the same one for whose voice the whole world would tremble in the hour of his passion. Thus he is the One, the God of glory and the Lord of majesty, whom as a tiny infant the magi recognize. It is he who, while a child, was truly God and King eternal.

Saint Chromatius of Aquileia (died 406 AD)
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: We Three Kings (BB # 107)
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!
Psalm 72: Lord, ev’ry nation on earth will adore you.
Preparation of the Gifts: The First Noel BB 108
Communion Song: What Child is This BB # 109
Recessional Song: Joy to the World BB # 78

Thank you, again, for your generous donations to the music ministry!