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!
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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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