Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 18, 2018

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 158

Sunday Bulletin 2018-11-18

Reading 1DN 12:1-3

In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
“At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.”Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;
some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.”But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

R. (1) You are my inheritance, O Lord!
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!

Reading 2HEB 10:11-14, 18

Brothers and sisters:
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering
he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer offering for sin.

AlleluiaLK 21:36

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.”Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

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Please join us for Coffee, Sweets and Savouries after 9:00 AM Mass
At this time of year, our coffee service is held in the back of the church, as the foyer is too cold. Fr. Luis asks that we not take beverages or food past the last 5 or 6 pews so that we preserve the sanctity of the altar. Our intention is to welcome visitors and encourage camaraderie among our parishioners. If you would like to bring a treat or help serve, you are certainly welcome to do so!

 

This week we will enjoy a Sicilian orange cake which is made with fresh oranges, including the peel, made into a paste and incorporated into the cake batter. It is decorated with silken Italian Meringue Buttercream and topped with candied orange peel.
Our savories include shrimp street tacos, cheese, onion, mushroom, tomato and egg on hash brown patty, and candied bacon. Fresh fruit and home made Danish pastries will also be served. More surprises will come as people bring their gifts!
Please join us and if you are new, introduce yourself and get to know some of our parishioners!
EWTN
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Pick up “Winter Highlights” in the back of the church on the table with hymnals.
  • Dec. 8 Hommage to the Immaculate Conception – Pope Francis, in the Piazza de Spagna 7:00 AM PST
  • Dec. 11 “An Ordinary Martyr: The Life and Death of Blessed Stnaley Rother.” Born in Oklahoma, Fr. Rother was martyred as a missionary in Guatemala.  2:30 PM PST
  • Dec. 12 Holy Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Pope Francis, in Rome 9:00 AM PST
  • Dec. 24 Choral Meditations from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 7:00 PM PST
  • Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Mass from St. Peters in Rome 12:30 PM
  • Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Mass from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 7:30 PM
  • Dec. 24 Midnight Mass from the Holy Land – Dec. 25 1:00 AM (EST – will be 10:00 PM PST
  • Dec. 25 Mass from the EWTN Chapel in Irondale with the Franciscan Missionarie sof the Eternal Word 5:00 AM
  • Dec. 25 Mass from the Bascilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 9:00 PM

EWTN is on channel 229 locally.  Website: www.EWTN.com.

 

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 11, 2018

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 155

Sunday Bulletin 2018-11-11[177]

Reading 11 KGS 17:10-16

In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'”
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial PsalmPS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2HEB 9:24-28

Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands,
a copy of the true one, but heaven itself,
that he might now appear before God on our behalf.
Not that he might offer himself repeatedly,
as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary
with blood that is not his own;
if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly
from the foundation of the world.
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages
to take away sin by his sacrifice.
Just as it is appointed that human beings die once,
and after this the judgment, so also Christ,
offered once to take away the sins of many,
will appear a second time, not to take away sin
but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”

OrMK 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”

 

In his homily and in his message in the bulletin, Fr. Luis emphasizes the importance of giving from the heart. In our materialistic culture, it is sometimes difficult to remember we have hearts at all, it seems like an endless list of financial demands and endless controversies. Somehow we must cut through the maze and find clarity and peace and genuine love in our hearts for others – and for ourselves. Thank you to all who contribute to our small parish churches.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH – OUTDOOR CHURCH WINTER PREP

We are so grateful to the volunteers who came out on Friday, despite the heavy smoke in the air from the Butte County fire, to assist in spreading chippings and picking up limbs to prepare the area for winter. Members of FROGS (Friends and Residents of Guerneville) joined us in the nippy 31 degree 9:00 AM chill. Mary Hammond from St. Catherine of Siena responded to the notice in the bulletin, and Ernie Loconsolo knew about from FROGS. Ernie lives on Armstrong Woods Road and is happy to see the property improved.

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Masks were provided because of the heavy smoke conditions. Large piles of chips were distributed in the area at the back of the pews, and in the area with the new benches for mothers’ with young children.
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With use the chipping will flatten out and make a cleaner surface in the children’s play area
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The work session was curtailed early due to the poor air quality, but we enjoyed a nice brunch together before going home provided by Irene, Jeannine and Valerie.
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We enjoyed egg and sausages, skirt steak with peppers and onions on foccacia bread and roast beef; salmon on puff paste and two cakes! The newly donated espresso machine worked well. Thank you to East Wind Bakery in Santa Rosa, the original ownes, then via Doug’s sister Shari, from Studio J Hair Salon, the espresso machine came to St. Elizabeth. It works very well, producing adequate steam for lattes!

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One of our most popular cakes – Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake – a sweet memory for Bay Area people!

This is a wonderful sponge cake with layers of whipped cream and topped with a honeycomb coffee flavored candy which is wonderfully melted into the whipped cream. Our version yesterday featured a mid layer of chocolate mousse, but honestly I prefer the original version. Here is the recipe: https://www.sfchronicle.com/recipes/article/Recipe-Blum-s-Coffee-Crunch-Cake-12619995.php

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31 degrees outside, Hannah warms herself over a vent!
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The coffee service has now moved inside the church due to the cold weather. Please do not be scandalized, as this is our only option. Fr. Luis asks that we do not bring food or beverages beyond the midpoint of the church, so as to preserve the sanctity of the altar. If you would like to contribute some goodies, please feel welcome to do so! Thank you to those who contribute to the donation jar – it helps defray costs.

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 4, 2018

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 152

Reading 1DT 6:2-6

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
“Fear the LORD, your God,
and keep, throughout the days of your lives,
all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,
and thus have long life.
Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them,
that you may grow and prosper the more,
in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers,
to give you a land flowing with milk and honey.”Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51

R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
The LORD lives! And blessed be my rock!
Extolled be God my savior.
You who gave great victories to your king
and showed kindness to your anointed.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

Reading 2HEB 7:23-28

Brothers and sisters:
The levitical priests were many
because they were prevented by death from remaining in office,
but Jesus, because he remains forever,
has a priesthood that does not pass away.
Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners,
higher than the heavens.
He has no need, as did the high priests,
to offer sacrifice day after day,
first for his own sins and then for those of the people;
he did that once for all when he offered himself.
For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,
but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,
appoints a son,
who has been made perfect forever.

AlleluiaJN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my father will love him and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 12:28B-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
‘He is One and there is no other than he.’
And ‘to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself’
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
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All Souls Day – Friday, November 2, 2018

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls)
Lectionary: 668

Reading 1WIS 3:1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial PsalmPS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Reading 2ROM 5:5-11

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

In Memorium

We ask that you pray for the deceased loved ones memorialized through our Memorial Plaque Program 2018. Prayers for All Souls will continue throughout the month of November.

 

ZILDA BREAUX

B 2-8-1909; D 7-22-1985

Rest in Peace

Love, James

 

VENICE “T-MAN” BREAUX

Rest in Peace

Love, James

 

KEAN BREWER

9/9/2006

 

ANNE AND NICK CEBALO

XOXO Linney

 

DAVID C. CONWAY, JR.

10/27/1963   12/27/1994

In our hearts always

 

TERENCE M. DEVLIN

8/30/1920   3/08/2014

Beloved Father

 

 

BILLY FERRER

Beloved

 

In Memory of

PATRICIA FURNANZ / KARD

In Memory of

DAVE AND BERNIE FURNANZ

 

CATHERINE PATRICIA GALLAGHER

2/29/32 to 12/29/15

Always In Our Hearts

 

CATHERINE PORTA GILLIGAN

12/17/27-7/12/14

Love, Gig, Steve and Annie

 

 

MATTHEW ANDREW GONZALEZ

2-6-1972       8-27-2017

“Mathias”

 

MARY BETH GORMAN

Little Sister – Rest in Peace

 

NOËLLE FAHLEN-HOLLIS

In Remembrance of Parents

 

HELMUT G. KOBLER

1/18/03

The record shows I took my blows and did it my way

 

KORN, MANICK AND SENKIR FAMILIES

Love You All

Until We Meet Again

 

HELEN HOGAN LESEBERG

Beloved Little Sister

 

VERNARD LOVE / DOLORES LOVE FITZGERALD

Beloved Parents

 

LIONEL AND VIRGINIA LA ROCHELLE

 

ABBIE MURPHY LOFTUS

In Loving Memory

 

TIM MALONE

1974-2007

In Loving Memory

 

THE JAMES MCCABE FAMILY

 

In Memory of

LAURIE AND PAT MCCAFFREY

 

DANIEL J. MORIARTY

Loving Husband & Father

2/11/1931   3/27/2016

 

REBECCA JANE RUIZ

Till Death (both) do us part…Ron

 

SCOTT C. RUSH

Forever Our Bright Shining Star

 

THE SCHAADT FAMILY

 

ST. ELIZABETH’S LIVING AND DECEASED GUILD

Thank You for Your Service and Dedication

 

DOROTHY AND VINCENT SHEA, RIP

Dennis & Sharon Shea

Christopher & Patty Shea Diner

 

FLOYD L. & ELYSE R. STUART, SFPD RET.

1951-1985

Proud Owner of Stuart’s Corners

 

ELIZABETH SULLINGER

A Lifelong Catholic River Rat

 

MARTIN J. TIERNEY 1909-1994

EMILY B. TIERNEY 1916-2003

“To Mom and Dad, a River Couple Forever”

 

 HENRY AND AGNES YANISCH

 

Note: to those who purchased plaques for living family and loved ones, their names are not included. This list is for prayers for deceased loved ones only, so many of the plaque names are not included.

 

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All Saints Day – Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Solemnity of All Saints
Lectionary: 667

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Reading 1RV 7:2-4, 9-14

I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,
holding the seal of the living God.
He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels
who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
“Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees
until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,
one hundred and forty-four thousand marked
from every tribe of the children of Israel.After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 24:1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6

R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Reading 21 JN 3:1-3

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.

AlleluiaMT 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:1-12A

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:”Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 28, 2018

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 149

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-28[143]

Reading 1JER 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial PsalmPS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2HEB 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

AlleluiaCF. 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Thank you to Sean Brown who served as cantor today (see video above) and to Otto Kobler who was our lector.

ALL SAINTS DAY – HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Thursday, Nov. 1, mass at 9:00 AM
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MEMORIAL PLAQUE CAMPAIGN

We have placed the order to the engraver for our plaques and they will be installed at the beginning of next summer. You will have the opportunity to order a plaque next year, at the end of summer we will place a second order.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this campaign. We are so grateful for your support and hope that the memorial plaques will be a blessing to you.

As we approach All Souls Day, we will be praying for the souls of all the departed, and of course, our own loved ones who are included in that group.

The campaign has brought in over $14,000 so far, which includes generous donations as well as plaque purchases. This will cover the cost of the storage shed and the repair and replacement of the pews, as well as new picnic tables and benches in the outdoor church area and the yard behind St. Hubert’s Hall. We hope to discourage vandalism and negative behaviors associated with the area by emphasizing that it is a church, deserving of respect, and to encourage appropriate use of the property by the community.

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COFFEE SERVICE

Please join us for coffee after the 9:00 AM mass. We are trying something new – serving the coffee, sweets and savories indoors. It might be too cramped for space, in which case we will discontinue until warmer weather permits use of the porch.

Thank you all for supporting this service, we so enjoy meeting new parishioners and visitors, and visiting with old ones!

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Thank you to Burtonz Bakery for the delicious meat pies; thank you also to Valerie Pritchard for the delicious egg, ham and potato baked yumminess! Thank you Gail Culverwell for helping to serve and clean up. Our first time serving inside the church worked out rather well, despite the tight space. We are hoping to remove the last 2 or 3 pews to create a larger foyer area, we will update you as plans go forward. Have a beautiful Sunday!

Holy Cow! Meet Our New Neighbors!

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Alma (left) is the mother of Clover. These are Irish Dexter Mountain cattle, a miniature breed that was threatened with extinction.

On a late summer Saturday afternoon a group of Catholic volunteers (Dan, Jim and Irene) were working on the outdoor church when they noticed a bovine creature grazing in the area usually reserved for parking cars. All of us being urbanites, we were pretty useless as to herding or developing a plan of action. Dan layed claim to previous cow ownership, so he established the lead. However, as modernists we immediately feel into a confusing discussion of gender identity. Since I previously knew the cow was a female who had a calf with her, I suggested she wasn’t a bull. However, I was concerned that the calf was not with her. We had all seen “City Slickers” so we didn’t fire up our coffee grinders, chain saws, blowers or another equipment which might cause her to stampede, but reasonably walked over to the neighbor’s home across Armstrong Woods. The amiable owner, Damian, thanked us for alerting him to his vagrant cow, and came over with nothing other than a genuine cattle dog named Camelia, who nimbly herded the cow, an Irish Dexter Mountain cow named Alma, back to her pasture. Damien explained that our parking lot currently features delicious clover, which tempted Alma.

 

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Camelia is an Australian Cattle Dog who are sometimes called “heelers.” 

While we are at it, let us introduce you to another character from the animal kingdom, Delilah, a bull dog.

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So dear friends, we ask that you drive slowly in general, but especially near the outdoor church so that you don’t run over any of these dear animals, or any of us volunteers. Say hello to their owner Damian if you see him, and thank him for helping us clear the underbrush. He is sympathetic to our problems with vagrants and vandalism and has been enormously helpful.

We also have some happy news that Alma is expecting, and will have her new baby in January. Alma is a bit shy but she likes apples. She’s getting acclimated to her new environment and is getting more relaxed. We will update you when the happy event occurs! Keep a good thought for Alma!

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 21, 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 146

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-21[142]

Reading 1IS 53:10-11

The LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness
of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Reading 2HEB 4:14-16

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

AlleluiaMK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?”
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
They said to him, “We can.”
Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

In his homily this morning, Fr. Luis pointed out that Jesus did not become angry with the apostles, but simply explained the idea of the servant leader, which is unique to Christian teaching. Fr. Luis then told a story of how he studied guitar and wanted to play very well to impress his colleagues. He practiced “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for hours, but when he finally performed, his peers were not forthcoming with praise. In discussing this with his spiritual advisor, he was told “God doesn’t want big heads, God wants big hearts.”

We must constantly guard our egos in our spiritual work as the ego can distort the work, and the effect of the work as well. If our egos are dominant rather than a servant’s heart, we will tend to “lord it over” our recipients, while we fool ourselves that we are doing good works!

Please join us for Coffee and Treats after the 9:00 AM mass!

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The purpose of the coffee service is to welcome visitors and to provide a tasty social experience for parishioners to get to know each other a bit. Don’t be shy, please introduce yourself and enjoy our sweets and savories!

Menu (tentative)

Tostidos topped with scramble eggs, chorizo and chili verde

Mixed berry tassies

Salmon Salad on Puffed Paste

Poached Salmon sandwiches on Foccacia

Blueberry Muffins

Mummy Cake (Halloween)

Coffee, Cocoa and Juices


Update on Outdoor Church Improvements

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This week most of the roof was completed. Stonework is about 2/3 done. We are eagerly awaiting our Gargoyle who will sit on the front corner and guard the shed!

Sacred Art Painting Party

You can enjoy this wonderful Sacred Art Painting Class at St. John’s in Healdsburg! Here’s the update flyer:

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The set up is beautifully organized: tables covered with craft paper; each place with an easel and canvas, 3 brushes and a neat blue apron draped over the chair.
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The sisters arrive! A special grace fills the room.
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The painting used in the flyer…by artist Monica Steele Barrack. So charming!

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This painting includes a collage of musical notation celebrating musical prayer. Monika reassured us this is not about how well you can draw or paint, but rather, expressing what is in your heart. Each of sees Mary in our own way…
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After an introductory prayer led by the sisters, we begin. Monika teaches how to paint a “cartoon” a line drawing which forms the skeleton of the work.

After we finished our cartoons, Monika explained how to mix colors and encouraged us to be BOLD.

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How lovely is this Mary? Our youngest student, Goreta, with her mother Maria. (You might recognize her from the Cathedral!) Our youngest student, Goreta loves to paint! I am sure this painting will be treasured for generations in her family!
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Fr. Raul blesses our paintings!
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In my painting, I tilted the head a little to indicate Mary might be listening to God’s voice, or pondering the words…her fiat is unfathomable to me!

I struggle to find the words to describe this experience. I had minored in Art History in undergraduate school, and I have always loved sacred art. For me it was a wonderful experience, very peaceful and joyful, without worrying whether it was “good” or not, and reassured by the artist Monika that whatever we produced would be our own personal view…not to be judged, but to be embraced.’

Visit Monika’s website!

Twenty-eighth Sunday – October 14, 2018

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 143

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-14

Reading 1WIS 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

Responsorial Psalm PS 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
for the years when we saw evil.
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children;
and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

Reading 2HEB 4:12-13

Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:17-30

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.” 

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”

Special thanks to Fr. Steve Canny who said the week end masses while Fr. Luis is away on retreat.

We welcome our new lector, Sara Flores who did a fine job today on her first time!

Thank you St. Elizabeth’s choir for your beautiful voices and instrumentalists, you are coping so well after the departure of Eric Lindenbusch, whom we miss of course. Love the new Alleluja!

 


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The St. Elizabeth Memorial Plaque Campaign has reached more than $13,000.00 in plaque purchases and donations. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have participated, and encourage others to consider honoring their families and loved ones with a memorial plaque. There is still time to place an order, we are continuing this campaign thru next summer. SponsorForm of the form to download.
Work continues on the Outdoor Church with further clearing of underbrush and completion of a charming storage shed, covered with hand done stone and decorated with angel plaques and a statue of St. Francis.
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We have 3 angel musicians, a flautist, a lutist and a violinist (photo above). We have two angels representing summer and fall.

 

The angels and statue were purchased at Absolute Statuary in Sebastopol. They have wire hooks on the back which are in turn wired with a coat hanger to the rebar behind the stones.

 

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Jim Rossi is building these picnic benches which are available for use now. Take advantage of the remaining warm fall days and come down and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the outdoor church. The picnic benches will be useful for wedding receptions or family reunions, and can be lined up end to end as seen in the photo below, take and Kenilworth Woods in Sebastopol. We are hoping to bring water down to the outdoor church, it is on our wish list!
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A friend’s Wedding in the Woods – Kennilworth Woods in Sebastopol

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Weddings in the woods have a magical charm and even though very beautiful are also light hearted and fun. There is an air about them similar to Midsummer’s Night Dream. We hope to enhance our outdoor church and have more beautiful Catholic weddings!

Wedding cake made by yours truly as well as sugar flowers. If you wish to learn how to do it, or wish to borrow the molds for making lace fondant, contact me via the site.


COFFEE SOCIAL AFTER 9:00 MASS

Please welcome visiting priest Fr. Kevin Scalf from the Chicago Diocese who is leading a retreat for the Young Adults Group from Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco. Fr. Luis is away on retreat in Menlo Park at the Vallambrosa Center. The retreatants met on Saturday in St. Hubert’s Hall, and held a Reconciliation Service in the Outdoor Church Saturday night. They had mass at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth and coffee and cake afterward. Very nice to meet these very dynamic young people.

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The guitarist for the group only learned this song “Come as You Are” 3 days before! She did a terrific job!

Thank you to volunteers Valerie Pritchard, Irene Deem, Gail Culverwell and Barbara Kobler for putting on our coffee after the 9:00 am mass. The menu so far includes these wonderful “Canele” (pronounced Kan-lay) which are French patisserie from the Bordeaux region. They are flavored with rum and vanilla, and have a soft custard interior and a dark carmelized crust. (Information and photo from Wikipedia.)

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Jeanine is bringing chocolate chip pumpkin cake, Valerie is bringing bagels with cream cheese and ham, and we will have our signature salmon sandwiches and salads. A new addition to our menu is cocoa topped with freshly made whipped cream.

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Our altar server Ryan keeping warm on a chilly fall morning! Inflatable altar servers – what a concept!