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.