Save the Date: April 30th, 2nd Annual MacKenzie Classic at Northwood

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The Second Annual MacKenzie Classic at Northwood is ramping up! We will be posting a call for sponsors and donors soon and ticket sales will start sometime in March. Things are still pretty crazy out there so wish us luck with the health restrictions, etc.! Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers who made our First Annual so much fun and a success!

Save the Date: April 30, 2021 2nd Annual MacKenzie Classic at Northwood Golf Club. Benefits St. Elizabeth Parish.

First Sunday in Lent – February 21, 2021

Gn 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 Psalm

Ps 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 II

1 Pt 3:18-22

Beloved:
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 Gospel

Mt 4:4b

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

Gospel

Mk 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.”

Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021

Reading I

Dt 30:15-20

Moses said to the people:
“Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
 

Responsorial Psalm

1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R.    (40:5a)  Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R.    Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Verse before the Gospel

Mt 4:17

Repent, says the Lord;
the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Gospel

Lk 9:22-25

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all,
 “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”
 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 14, 2021

Reading I

Lv 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 Psalm

Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11

R. (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 II

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.

Alleluia

Lk 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen in our midst,
God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

Mk 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.

Regulaciones para la Cuaresma del 2021 en la Diócesis de Santa Rosa

“El tiempo de Cuaresma tiene un doble carácter, principalmente para preparar a los catecúmenos y a los fieles para celebrar el misterio pascual. Los catecúmenos, con el Rito de la Elección y los Escrutinios y por la catequesis son preparados para la celebración de los sacramentos de la iniciación cristiana; los fieles, por una mayor atención a la Palabra de Dios y a la oración, se preparan ellos mismos por la penitencia para la renovación de las promesas bautismales. Tomado de El Orden de la Oración en la Liturgia de las Horas y la Celebración de la Eucaristía.

La disciplina actual es como sigue:

  • Miércoles de Ceniza y Viernes Santo son días de ayuno y abstinencia, esto es, limitarse a una sola y completa comida y abstenerse de comer carne.
  • Los demás Viernes de Cuaresma son días de abstinencia
  • Las leyes del ayuno permiten una sola comida al día pero es posible tomar algo ligero en la mañana o según se prefiera, al mediodía o la noche. Las personas en buen estado de salud entre 18 y 60 años de edad están obligadas a ayunar.
  • Las leyes de abstinencia de comer carne obligan a los mayores de 14 años. Sin embargo es altamente recomendable que niños entre 7 a 14 años también cumplan con la práctica de la abstinencia.
  • A todos los católicos se les recomienda recibir la Santa Comunión frecuentemente durante la cuaresma y recibir el sacramento de la Penitencia de manera que puedan estar preparados para celebrar más conscientemente el Misterio Pascual. Aquellos que han recibido su Primera Comunión, deben recibir la Santa Comunión durante el tiempo Pascual.
  • La determinación de los días obligatorios de penitencia, como está arriba, no debe ser entendida como limitante de la práctica de la penitencia. La penitencia es para ayudarnos a ver y acortar la distancia entre nuestras vidas presente la vida que Dios quiere para cada uno de nosotros. “La penitencia del tiempo cuaresmal no debe ser sólo interna e individual, sino también externa y social.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium #110)
  • Los matrimoniospueden celebrarse con la misa y siempre se debe dar la bendición nupcial. Sin embargo es contrario al espíritu de la cuaresma elaborar las bodas con muchas decoraciones o flores.
  • Confirmación en la Vigilia Pascual: (1) El Derecho Canónico da a los Pastores y vicarios parroquiales la facultad de administrar el Sacramento de la Confirmación en sus parroquias a cualquier adulto o niño/a mayor de siete años quienes en ocasión de su bautismo o que están siendo recibidos en completa comunión a la Iglesia. (2) En este año, el obispo les ha dado la facultad de confirmar a los Pastores y vicarios parroquiales.  Se puede confirmar a los feligreses este año.

Lenten Regulations for the Diocese of Santa Rosa

TheLenten Season has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery.  The catechumens, both with the Rite of Election and Scrutinies, and by catechesis, are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation; the faithful, ever more attentive to the Word of God and prayer, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises. (From: The Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Celebration of the Eucharist)

The current discipline is as follows:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence, that is, limited to a single, full meal and abstinence from meat.
  • The other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
  • The law of fasting permits only one full meal a day, but it does allow the taking of some food in the morning and a second light meal at noon or in the evening, as you prefer.  Persons who have completed their eighteenth year to the beginning of their sixtieth (60) year are obligated to fast.
  • The law of abstinence from meat applies to all persons who have completed their fourteenth year of age.

 However, it is highly recommended that children from ages seven to fourteen years also follow the law of abstinence.

  • All Catholics are encouraged to receive Holy Eucharist frequently during Lent and to receive the Sacrament of Penance so that all may be prepared to celebrate more fully the paschal mystery. Those who have received their first Holy Communion are to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season.
  • The determination of these days of obligatory penance, as listed above, should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.  This penance is to help us see and shorten the distance between our present lives and the life God wants for each of us.  “Penance should not be only internal and individual but external and social.”  (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #110)
  • Marriages may be celebrated with Mass and the nuptial blessing should always be given.  It is, however, contrary to the spirit of penance during Lent to plan an elaborate wedding with lavish decorations.

Confirmation at the Easter Vigil: (1) Canon Law grants to pastors and parochial vicars the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation, within their proper parish, to any adult or child over the age of seven years on the occasion of his/her baptism or received into full communion with the Church. (2) Additionally, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the bishop has temporarily granted the faculty to confirm to the pastors and vicars of the Diocese.  They can confirm members of their parishes.  This applies to adults and to children. 

Photos of St. Elizabeth from the Late 1960’s

Thank you to St. Elizabeth Church Secretary Mila Laser for finding these wonderful old photo albums from the late 1960s. Some of them are taken by a Sr. Kathleen, who identifies the bell tower at the outdoor church as Fr. Monahan’s project. Enjoy! Please share your stories if you recognize family and friends!

To continue on to Album 2 click HERE

Bishop Vasa Presbyteral Bulletin #92 on Supreme Court Injunction Allowing Indoor Worship at 25% Capacity

SUPREME COURT AND THE MASS: Fathers, I write this morning to acknowledge, explain and offer guidance regarding the Supreme Court’s action yesterday, February 5, 2021. Here is the substance of their ruling:
The application for injunctive relief presented to JUSTICE KAGAN and by her referred to the Court is granted in part. Respondents are enjoined from enforcing the Blueprint’s Tier 1 prohibition on indoor worship services against the applicants pending disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. The application is denied with respect to the percentage capacity limitations, and respondents are not enjoined from imposing a 25% capacity limitation on indoor worship services in Tier 1.


This is not the FINAL Court Ruling but rather an important intermediate step. The Supreme Court was petitioned to hear the case AND to grant ‘injunctive relief’ while the case is being heard. It is my understanding that the Case is still pending BUT the request for injunctive relief has been granted. This signals the leaning of the Court but is not yet the final decision.


Certain parts of the restrictions from gathering indoors for worship are still in place. The Court specifically mentions that the 25% capacity rule remains as does the prohibition against singing and chanting. It does not mention the 100 person limit and so I am opining that, if 25% capacity in your church exceeds 100, then only the 25% capacity rule applies, not the maximum of 100.


Thus, effective immediately, in accord with the injunction issued by the Supreme Court, I allow any pastor to make a local determination about the prudence and safety of opening for indoor worship this weekend, February 6-7. You have my permission to do so.

I would propose, that, if you choose to open indoors, you also provide some means for accommodating those who may be uncomfortable about coming inside and who prefer to remain outdoors. Many of you already have live-stream capability and this should continue. Some places have also provided an outdoor venue where the streamed Mass can be viewed on site. This also is something which could be done or explored, if feasible, for your location.


I know you have been and will continue to be scrupulously careful about sanitizing and masks. I commend you for your diligence. We know that the fears and the dangers surrounding COVID-19 continue and I encourage all of you to continue to very sensitive to those whose fears sometimes are presented as anger. There may be some anger about the opening of churches but there has been a long-standing failure on the part of State officials to respect the carefulness, cooperation and the efforts of the church in regard to the virus. This ruling does not mean that we, as a church, are free to ignore the State but rather that the State is not free to ignore our rights and the rights of our people to both assemble and worship.
Brothers, I would ask that you make efforts to communicate this message, which may be overlooked by some pastors, to all in your county and or deanery.


PERSEVERE! BE SAFE! God bless you for all your efforts for the sake of souls during these most trying times. PRAY for better days!


PRESBYTERAL BULLETIN


DIOCESE OF SANTA ROSA

Note: St. Elizabeth capacity is 378; 25% of that is 94.5. With 4 to a pew sitting every other pew we can accommodate our attendees for this time of year as we are averaging 30 to 40 at the 11:00 mass.