14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5th, 2020

Happy Independence Day – Flowers from Sue Poierier! We are so blessed! July 3 is the anniversary of Fr. Lui’s mother’s passing. Please remember her in your prayers.

Reading 1ZEC 9:9-10

Thus says the LORD:
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior’s bow shall be banished,
and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14

R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
or:
R.  Alleluia.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
or:
R.  Alleluia.

Reading 2ROM 8:9, 11-13

Brothers and sisters:
You are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Consequently, brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.

AlleluiaCF. MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

A very emotional day with the blessing of the plaques and the anniversary of Fr. Luis’ mother’s passing. Thank you all for cooperating with out contact tracing registration procedure. It’s annoying but it will help us identify our risks quickly and get people into treatment rapidly.

The beautiful burl plaque was made by Chris & Karrina Munsterman of M-4 Specialties, 15320 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446; 707490-4015. http://www.M-4specialties.com. The Tree of Life carving was done by Hillel Posner, 707-657-9444; furnituremaker3@gmail.com.

Thank you to M-4 Specialties, Chris and Karrina Munstermann, proprietors for the beautiful burl and easel for the memorial plaques.
Please pray the stats don’t continue to rise so we can continue having mass.

Sonoma County Enters Phase 3 of Recovery Plan

Press Release: State Releases Guidance for some Counties to Move Stage Three

“On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance for counties with variance, which includes Sonoma County, to go to Stage Three and allow further sectors to operate during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).This new guidance allows variance counties to move to Stage Three as soon as Friday June 12, 2020.”

Socoemergency.org

At this time St. Elizabeth will continue to require registration for all masses so that we may contact people who are exposed if there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined by 3 or more cases; the incubation period is 2 to 14 days. We are providing visitor cards for attendees from other areas, asking them to contact us if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of their visit, and capturing their contact information so we can notifying them of an outbreak.

Some parishioners have voiced objections to the policy and here are some instances of church related outbreaks to consider presented below. Remember that we are still dispensed by the bishop from the obligation to attend mass on Sunday and that St. Elizabeth is live streaming Sunday mass as well as the week day masses via Facebook. They are then linked to our website and our YouTube channel. If you find yourself feeling a bit anxious or down, consider going there and select a mass, rosary or chat with Fr. Luis.

Instances of Church Related COVID-19 outbreaks:

Church in Chula Vista under COVID-19 investigation for possible non-compliance. Note in this case the inability to provide lists of attendees. This is not mandated by the govt. but is our policy at St. Elizabeth as we have a double risk due to our high rate of visiting tourists and our elderly parishioner demographic.

Holy Ghost Chapel, in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, staffed by Redemptorists, had opened early in May but had to close again when one priest died, and five other clergy he lived with tested positive.

There are many other news stories you can Google yourself if you are not convinced of the need for these policies. A prayer for the pandemic is on the home page, please pray! Thank you for your cooperation.

Visitors will be asked to complete these cards so they can remember the date they attended, and get informed of an outbreak, or let us know if they get diagnosed with COVID-19.

To ease the hassle factor for our regular attendees, if you plan to attend the same mass all summer and wish to avoid having to register every week, email rrchurchesecc@gmail.com and let us know how many seats you need. We can block out these seats for you. Please be responsible and let us know when you bring guests, we must have their contact information, or if you are not attending. This is especially important at St. Catherine of Siena as seating is limited.

Again our thanks for your cooperation, and our prayers for your health and safety.

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.”

Third Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2020


Lectionary: 46

Lection Divino for Third Week of Easter:

Reading 1ACTS 2:14, 22-33

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
You who are Israelites, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:
I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

“My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father
and poured him forth, as you see and hear.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

R. (11a) Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 21 PT 1:17-21

Beloved:
If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially
according to each one’s works,
conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning,
realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
handed on by your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold
but with the precious blood of Christ
as of a spotless unblemished lamb.

He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.

AlleluiaLK 24:32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 24:13-35

Icon from Printery House at Conception Monastary

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

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.