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.




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