Mass Thursday, April 30, 2020

Here is the link for the Word on Fire production on St. Catherine of Siena

Reading 1ACTS 8:26-40

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
“Get up and head south on the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
So he got up and set out.
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
in charge of her entire treasury,
who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip,
“Go and join up with that chariot.”
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
“Do you understand what you are reading?”
He replied,
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
This was the Scripture passage he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm66:8-9, 16-17, 20

R.    (1)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Bless our God, you peoples,
loudly sound his praise;
He has given life to our souls,
and has not let our feet slip.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:51

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Mass Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Third Week of Easter

Memorials of St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr and St. Louis de Montfort, Priest

Rembrandt, Stoning of St. Stephen

Reading 1ACTS 7:51—8:1A

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.

Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm31:3CD-4, 6 AND 7B AND 8A, 17 AND 21AB

R.    (6a)  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:35AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
whoever comes to me will never hunger.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

April 28 – Memorial of Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr

Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr
Lectionary: 556

Below are the readings suggested for today’s Memorial. However, readings for the Memorial may also be taken from the Common of Martyrs, #713-718 or the Common of Pastors: For Missionaries, #719-724.

Reading 11 COR 1:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the learning of the learned I will set aside.

Where is the wise one?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world did not come to know God through wisdom,
it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation
to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Responsorial PsalmPS 117:1BC, 2

R.  (Mark 16:15)  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
R.    Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R.    Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaMK 1:17

R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.
R.    Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 1:14-20

After John the Baptist 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.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
 they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.

April 28 – Memorial of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, priest

Optional Memorial of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, priest
Lectionary: 556A

Below are the readings suggested for today’s Memorial. However, readings for the Memorial may also be taken from the Common of Pastors: For Missionaries, #719-724.

Reading 11 COR 1:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the learning of the learned I will set aside.

Where is the wise one?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world did not come to know God through wisdom,
it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation
to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:2 AND 4, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10

R.    (8a and 9a)  Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R.    Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

AlleluiaLK 4:18

R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R.    Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 28:16-20

The Eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

IV Domingo de Pascua – 3 de Mayo 2020

Primera lectura

Hch 2, 14a. 36-41

El día de Pentecostés, se presentó Pedro, junto con los Once, ante la multitud, y levantando la voz, dijo: “Sepa todo Israel con absoluta certeza, que Dios ha constituido Señor y Mesías al mismo Jesús, a quien ustedes han crucificado”.

Estas palabras les llegaron al corazón y preguntaron a Pedro y a los demás apóstoles: “¿Qué tenemos que hacer, hermanos?” Pedro les contestó: “Arrepiéntanse y bautícense en el nombre de Jesucristo para el perdón de sus pecados y recibirán el Espíritu Santo. Porque las promesas de Dios valen para ustedes y para sus hijos y también para todos los paganos que el Señor, Dios nuestro, quiera llamar, aunque estén lejos”.

Con éstas y otras muchas razones, los instaba y exhortaba, diciéndoles: “Pónganse a salvo de este mundo corrompido”. Los que aceptaron sus palabras se bautizaron, y aquel día se les agregaron unas tres mil personas.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 22, 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6

R. (1) El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará. Aleluya.
El Señor es mi pastor, nada me falta;
en verdes praderas me hace reposar
y hacia fuentes tranquilas me conduce
para reparar mis fuerzas.
R. El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará. Aleluya.
Por ser un Dios fiel a sus promesas,
me guía por el sendero recto;
así, aunque camine por cañadas oscuras,
nada temo, porque tú está conmigo,
tu vara y tu cayado me de seguridad.
R. El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará. Aleluya.
Tú mismo me preparas la mesa,
a despecho de mis adversarios;
me unges la cabeza con perfume
y llenas mi copa hasta los bordes.
R. El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará. Aleluya.
Tu bondad y tu misericordia me acompañarán
todos los días de mi vida;
y viviré en la casa del Señor
por años sin termino.
R. El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará. Aleluya.


Segunda lectura

1 Ped 2, 20b-25

Hermanos: Soportar con paciencia los sufrimientos que les vienen a ustedes por hacer el bien, es cosa agradable a los ojos de Dios, pues a esto han sido llamados, ya que también Cristo sufrió por ustedes y les dejó así un ejemplo para que sigan sus huellas.

El no cometió pecado ni hubo engaño en su boca; insultado, no devolvió los insultos; maltratado, no profería amenazas, sino que encomendaba su causa al único que juzga con justicia; cargado con nuestros pecados, subió al madero de la cruz, para que, muertos al pecado, vivamos para la justicia.

Por sus llagas ustedes han sido curados, porque ustedes eran como ovejas descarriadas, pero ahora han vuelto al pastor y guardián de sus vidas.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Jn 10, 14

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Yo soy el buen pastor, dice el Señor;
yo conozco a mis ovejas y ellas me conocen a mí.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Jn 10, 1-10

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a los fariseos: “Yo les aseguro que el que no entra por la puerta del redil de las ovejas, sino que salta por otro lado, es un ladrón, un bandido; pero el que entra por la puerta, ése es el pastor de las ovejas. A ése le abre el que cuida la puerta, y las ovejas reconocen su voz; él llama a cada una por su nombre y las conduce afuera. Y cuando ha sacado a todas sus ovejas, camina delante de ellas, y ellas lo siguen, porque conocen su voz. Pero a un extraño no lo seguirán, sino que huirán de él, porque no conocen la voz de los extraños”.

Jesús les puso esta comparación, pero ellos no entendieron lo que les quería decir. Por eso añadió: “Les aseguro que yo soy la puerta de las ovejas. Todos los que han venido antes que yo, son ladrones y bandidos; pero mis ovejas no los han escuchado.

Yo soy la puerta; quien entre por mí se salvará, podrá entrar y salir y encontrará pastos. El ladrón sólo viene a robar, a matar y a destruir. Yo he venido para que tengan vida y la tengan en abundancia’’.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2020

PASTOR’S DESK for Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3

Click HERE for St. Catherine of Siena Program from Word on Fire referenced by Fr. Luis.

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 49

PASTOR’S DESK for Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020

Reading 1ACTS 2:14A, 36-41

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.

Reading 21 PT 2:20B-25

Beloved:
If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good,
this is a grace before God.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.

When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten;
instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross,
so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you had gone astray like sheep,
but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

AlleluiaJN 10:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 10:1-10

Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena – Wednesday, April 29

We are sorry Fr. Luis could not get to St. Catherine of Siena today to say mass.

Wednesday, April 29 is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. To celebrate, Word on Fire, Bishop Barron’s publishing company, will provide free viewing of the segment from Pivotal Players on this young pope-bossing lay woman. Word on Fire recently published its first book, Saint Catherine of Siena: Mystic of Fire, Preacher of Freedom, byFr. Paul Murray.

Viewings are free thru Wednesday, April 29 at https://special.wordonfire.org/stcatherinebook

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 275

Reading 1ACTS 8:1B-8

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.

Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and proclaimed the Christ to them.
With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
came out of many possessed people,
and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
There was great joy in that city.

Responsorial Psalm66:1-3A, 4-5, 6-7A

R.    (1)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:40

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Sunday Morning Message from Fr. Luis on Third Sunday of Easter

Thanks again to Kristen Power who got us through our learning curve for Facebook Livestreaming. We are working on the sound issues for the masses and trouble shooting other bugs but we are so happy to save the hours of time encoding in our old process! Please share, this time and this technology can be used to evangelize, to bring comfort to our families and friends.

Feed It Forward Sonoma County

Brenda Lu reached out to us to help share this program for people out of work. It works thru restaurants and helps provide meals for out of work Sonoma people.

Feed It Forward >> Sonoma County is a small grass-roots effort to save our small local restaurants from the financial devastation of COVID-19 while supporting our neighbors who are experiencing the hardship of job and income loss. We appreciate and love our culinary diversity and want to do what we can to help restaurants stay afloat while helping folks who could use a take-out meal as a gift. 

You can donate a meal or request a meal thru their website https://www.feeditforwardsonomacounty.org

St. Elizabeth Guild Postpones Rummage Sale

From St. Elizabeth Guild President Francine Korn April 21, 2020:

St. Elizabeth’s Guild regrets to have to postpone our annual Rummage Sale on June 6 and 7 due to our current situation. Many folks have inquired about the sale as Spring cleaning is in full swing. As soon as it is safe to do so a new date will be announced. Thank you for your support in prior years and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe and healthy.