Various Vaccines

 U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON– In March, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States.

            “The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines.

            Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that ‘when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.1 However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s.

            While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.

1 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines” (17 Dec 2020), no. 2.

JOINT STATEMENT ON VACCINES AND CONSCIENCE PROTECTION

Submitted by Bishop Vasa, March 3, 2021

Philadelphia, PA- March 2, 2021- It has been over a year since the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in the United States. Due to this pandemic’s effects, our society has experienced limitations in personal freedoms to a level we have never known. Social interactions and work environments have been changed by social distancing, masks, hospital and nursing home visitation restrictions and working from home. Freedom of movement about our communities and the nation has been limited by “stay-at-home orders” and mass travel restrictions. The availability of vaccines provides a sliver of hope but also raises many questions. Issues our society must address include prioritizing equitable vaccine distribution and the potential for coercivemandates on vaccine use. 

Government agencies and other organizations are responsible for developing strategies for efficient and equitable distribution of vaccines. 

The highest priority is the vaccination of those at greatest medical risk and those directly involved in the care of the sick. Once this has been accomplished, distribution can be directed toward those at lesser risk of serious disease. Attention should also be given to making vaccines available to smaller independent hospitals and clinics serving in underserved and rural areas where the vaccines to date have been less available.  

Governing authorities must respect an individual’s right to accept or decline a vaccine.

There is no justifiable moral obligation to accept vaccination. If a vaccine has been developed, tested, or produced with technology that an individual deems morally unacceptable, such as the use of abortion-derived fetal cell lines, vaccine refusal is morally acceptable. An individual’s decision to be vaccinated will also depend upon their personal assessment of the medical risks, a choice that should be respected. The decision not to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a commitment to take necessary precautions to lessen disease transmission.

Finally, the protection of First Amendment rights is imperative. 

It is fundamental that the right of individual conscience be preserved. Coerced vaccination would irreparably harm Constitutional rights and the patient-physician relationship. Conscience is an individual belief influenced by many factors such as faith, culture, family, and reason. Each individual makes a conscientious decision in any given situation. Respect for conscience rights is always of primary importance. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged our nation for over a year. It has brought to light new challenges regarding disease management as well as threats to individual liberties. While the logistical challenges alone are significant, we must not ignore the ethical concerns regarding vaccine manufacturing, distribution and administration. While the pandemic remains a significant public health crisis, the individual rights of American citizens also remains of paramount importance. The guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” includes the right to make individual health care decisions while taking into account our responsibility for the common good.

The organizations supporting this statement:

                  American College of Pediatricians – acpeds.org

                  Catholic Medical Association – cathmed.org

                  Christian Medical and Dental Association – cmda.org

                  National Association of Catholic Nurses, U.S.A. – nacn-usa.org

NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH

Year of Saint Joseph Indulgences

                  With the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis announced a special year dedicated to Saint Joseph. The Year culminating on December 8, 2021 coincides with the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. The Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting a plenary indulgence to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intention) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of Saint Joseph on the occasions and in the manner indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary:

      1. Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on Saint                         Joseph.

      2. Pray for Saint Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying                      work.

      3. Recite the Litany of Saint Joseph for persecuted Christians.

      4. Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of Saint Joseph the Worker.

      5. Follow Saint Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy.

      6. Follow Saint Joseph’s example in performing a spiritual work of mercy.

      7. Pray the rosary together with one’s family.

      8. Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the rosary together.

      9. Meditate at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer.

      10. Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of Saint                         Joseph.

      11. Pray an approved prayer to Saint Joseph on the 19th of any month.

      12. Honor Saint Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on any Wednesday, the day                      traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph.

      13. Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or                                  approved prayer.

      The Apostolic Penitentiary permits any prayer to Saint Joseph approved by the Church. However, the Penitentiary mentions, in particular, the prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII:

      To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through your paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

      O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

      As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Saint Joseph Novena Prayer (Recommend for March 10-19)

Each day of the Novena recite the following prayer, add your own intention and then close with one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory be to the Father.

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.    Amen

(Mention your request then say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 1 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 2 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 3 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 4 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 5 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 6 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 7 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 8 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 9 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS:

Saint Joseph Prayer of Protection

“Great St. Joseph,
whose protection is so strong and prompt before
the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests
and desires. Assist me by your most powerful
intercession to obtain all spiritual blessings,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord. And, by gaining here
below your Heavenly favor, I offer my thanksgiving
and homage to God, the most loving of Fathers.

Oh Great St. Joseph, I never weary in thinking of you,
with the Child Jesus asleep in your arms.
Ask for me the favor of His love, when I draw my
dying breath! St. Joseph, the Patron of
departing souls — Pray for me.”

Powerful Prayer to St. Joseph

“Saint Joseph,
father and guardian of virgins,
into whose faithful keeping
were entrusted Innocency itself,
Christ Jesus, and Mary,
the Virgin of virgins,
I pray and beseech Thee
through Jesus and Mary,
those pledges so dear to you,
to keep me from all uncleanness,
and to grant that my mind
may be untainted, my heart
pure and my body chaste;
help me always to serve Jesus
and Mary in perfect chastity.
Amen.”

Bishop Vasa suggests the Novena to St. Joseph

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS:

Saint Joseph Prayer of Protection

“Great St. Joseph,
whose protection is so strong and prompt before
the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests
and desires. Assist me by your most powerful
intercession to obtain all spiritual blessings,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord. And, by gaining here
below your Heavenly favor, I offer my thanksgiving
and homage to God, the most loving of Fathers.

Oh Great St. Joseph, I never weary in thinking of you,
with the Child Jesus asleep in your arms.
Ask for me the favor of His love, when I draw my
dying breath! St. Joseph, the Patron of
departing souls — Pray for me.”

Powerful Prayer to St. Joseph

“Saint Joseph,
father and guardian of virgins,
into whose faithful keeping
were entrusted Innocency itself,
Christ Jesus, and Mary,
the Virgin of virgins,
I pray and beseech Thee
through Jesus and Mary,
those pledges so dear to you,
to keep me from all uncleanness,
and to grant that my mind
may be untainted, my heart
pure and my body chaste;
help me always to serve Jesus
and Mary in perfect chastity.
Amen.”

A Valentine Affair: Cioppino Take Out or Stay

Thank you Harry Vogl & Denise Brand!

Thank you Harry and Denise for not only donating the seafood for our delicious Cioppino, but for spending the week end prepping and cooking! It was so delicious and such a treat for us to break bread together after such a tough year! Thank you also to volunteers Sue and Charlie Eckberg, Mike Hogan, Jim Rossi, Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Robles, Irene Deem, Barbara Seymour and Linda Payne.

Charlie Eckberg and Harry Vogl are two retired SFFD guys who know their way around the kitchen. Both are also fishermen.

Saturday the crew made sauce, starting with sauteeing onions, garlic and celery…then that is put into giant pots with clam juice, chicken broth, smashed anchovies and tomato sauce. Linda Payned set up the garlic bread, Barbara Seymour did desserts and they both helped set up the bags and utensiles for take out. We all had fun sipping wine and enjoying the day together.

On Sunday morning Irene thought she would get an early start in the kitchen getting the garlic bread done. She found a great used commercial bread baking tray and thought she had a handle on it. Well, the griddle on the top of the left hand oven started to smoke a little and she though it might just be some grease burning off…but no…the smoke increased and fortunately retired firefighter Charlie Eckberg removed the wooden griddle cover and paper towells which were burning…but no worries, the garlic bread came out fine!

Charlie, Harry & Denise heated up the sauces and added the seafood. The smell was incredible! We made 68 orders and had a great time, once we rest up a little we will consider doing it again! Gotta get the take out part better organized, things got a little gnarly, but it all worked out. The idea of Cioppino is sharing – it originated on the wharf where fishermen would contribute a portion of their catch to a common pot – and they would say “Chip – In -O” a play on words. We would like to have more events like this at St. Elizabeth, but need more volunteers to “Chip – IN – O” not necessarily money but in time helping setting up tables, etc.

Thank you Fr. Luis for suggesting this social, and especially for taking cioppino to our shut in parishioners and neighbors. Thank you everyone who came and enjoyed the event!

God bless!

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.