Second Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-02-25

Be sure to pick up the FREE books Fr. Luis purchased for Lenten reading: “Beautiful Hope” a compendium of testimonies on the virtue of hope; “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly who teaches how to identify how our thinking habits can prevent us from being a better version of ourselves. The books are on the table at the front of the church, next to the hymnals.

Second Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 26

Reading 1GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18

God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19

R. (116:9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

Reading 2 ROM 8:31B-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

Verse Before The Gospel CF. MT 17:5

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him.

GospelMK 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Annual Dinner & Report

Thank you to our parish Vincentians who provide groceries to local people in need. President Francine Korn, Vice President Vicki Gonzales, Eleanor Gerigk, Denise Britten, Rosie Bohnie, Mary Anne Gustafason are Vincentians. They received recognition at the annual SVdP Dinner which was held this year at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, in the Mary Agatha Furth Center. Msgr. Whelton started the evening with a beautiful invocation.

Executive Director Jack Tibbets then gave a Report for the Year 2017 which is provided below in 3 sections:


The report included:

  • SVdP functions during fires in Oct. included ramping up food services to provide meals for first responders, volunteers and victims as well as regular clients
  • Application of “House in a Box” program providing home furnishings to displaced fire victims
  • Collaborations with Catholic Charities, Redwood Gospel Mission and Luther Burbank Foundation (Efren Carrillo liaison) and other private sector and government agencies
  • Continued services at existing SVdP shelters and kitchens
  • New armory facility acquired from the State of Calif.

Please consider donating to St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma at

Thank you to the Pasta King and all those involved in producing the event. It was a very hospitable and inspiring evening.




First Sunday in Lent – February 18, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-02-18

First Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 23

Reading 1GN 9:8-15

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
“See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth,
and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings,
so that the waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all mortal beings.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.

R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Good and upright is the LORD,
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and he teaches the humble his way.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

Reading 2 1 PT 3:18-22

Christ suffered for sins once, 
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, 
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh, 
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 
who had once been disobedient 
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah 
during the building of the ark, 
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body 
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God, 
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Verse Before The GospelMT 4:4B

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

GospelMK 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 11, 2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 77

Sunday Bulletin 2018-02-11

Reading 1LV 13:1-2, 44-46

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,”If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest,or to one of the priests among his descendants.If the man is leprous and unclean, the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head.”The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare, and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean, since he is in fact unclean.He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 32:1-2, 5, 11R. (7)

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile.

R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.Then I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I covered not.I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,” and you took away the guilt of my sin.

R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.

R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Reading 2 1 COR 10:31—11:1

Brothers and sisters, Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved.Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.AlleluiaLK 7:16R. Alleluia, alleluia.A great prophet has arisen in our midst, God has visited his people.R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,”If you wish, you can make me clean.”Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him,”I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.


Before his homily, Fr. Luis suggested readings for Lent: Perfectly Yourself ; Persistently Catholic Both available at Father invited us to contemplate the mentality of the leper in today’s gospel. He was not demanding or angry but rather humble and full of faith, saying “If you wish, you can make me clean…” So we too as we begin Lent should be humble in our request for God’s cleansing grace, trusting in God with a strong faith, rather than an angry, demanding heart.


The Pasta Dinner was the brainchild of Katrina and John Angeli of our parish. Originally scheduled in October, it was canceled due to the terrible fires and ticket sales revenue donated to the Redwood Empire Fire Victims Fund. Rescheduled for Feb.10th, the dinner was offered free of charge. John and Katrina put in weeks of time shopping and cooking delicious antipasto, home made pizza the delicious pasta and sauce and bountiful salad! They finished with profiteroles, cookies and napoleons! A final Fat Tuesday type feast before Ash Wednesday!
We had a festive pasta dinner at St. Hubert’s Hall last night! We began with grace led by Fr. Luis 
Weeks before this all happened Katrina and John shopped bargains around Santa Rosa to get the best buy on pork and beef for the sauce, and vegetables for the savory antipasto and pizza. On Friday Francine Korn and Irene Deem joined Katrina and John in making the sauce and putting together the pizza. An afternoon of fun and laughter we have some photos and videos with instruction from Chef Katrina:
That’s some pot! It’s almost a big as Katrina!

Francine Korn is stretching the dough out to the corners of the pans; Katrina sprinkles salt and Italian herbs.

Antipasto!After the pizza dough rises, it’s time to put the sauce on it.
St. Elizabeth’s Guild President, Francine Korn, puts the toppings on the pizza.
Even though the chefs were drinking Bloody Marys, the toppings looked quite good, we thought!
Then we turned our attention to the meat sauce. First we rendered the mixture of 50% pork and 50% beef. Then we added tomato sauce, garlic and Italian seasonings and let it simmer.

That was the end of work on Friday.

On Saturday morning…

John and Katrina cooked the riggatoni #24, coated it with oil so it wouldn’t stick together, and waited to heat the sauce at St. Hubert’s Hall around 4:00. We set up tables, the bar and the raffle prizes, and returned to the kitchen to put the salads together. At 5:30 we put out the antipasto, and dressed the salads so by 6:00 our guests had delicious antipasto, pizza and salad to enjoy.

Tanya kindly offered to help serve pizza to guests and they mingled, enjoying cocktails, beer and wine.As our guests enjoyed their desserts, we raffled the door prizes which were Italian themed baskets loaded with kitchen goodies.
Whole lotta talkin’ 

Whole lotta talkin’ going on!




St. Elizabeth Guild President Francine Korn thanked all the volunteers…


Katrina with cousin Marlene. Marlene killed it in our kitchen, helping to put together the pofiteroles, napoleans and cookies into an assembly line. Her skills turned our Lucy and Ethel episode into a Food Network worthy operation!!! Seriously! Way to go Marlene!





Meanwhile, back in the steamy kitchen our chefs get their rigatoni on!


Thank you everyone for coming! It was so much fun and we loved breaking bread together!


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 4, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-02-04

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 74

Reading 1JB 7:1-4, 6-7

Job spoke, saying:
Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?
Are not his days those of hirelings?
He is a slave who longs for the shade,
a hireling who waits for his wages.
So I have been assigned months of misery,
and troubled nights have been allotted to me.
If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?”
then the night drags on;
I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.
Remember that my life is like the wind;
I shall not see happiness again.

Responsorial PsalmPS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (cf. 3a) Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 COR 9:16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
for an obligation has been imposed on me,
and woe to me if I do not preach it!
If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach,
I offer the gospel free of charge
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all,
I have made myself a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
All this I do for the sake of the gospel,
so that I too may have a share in it.

AlleluiaMT 8:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.