The school choir will be singing at the following Masses:
At the Rice Bowl Grant Awards Breakfast in December, parishioner Jo Beth Strawn (left), chairwoman of St David of Wales' parish-based St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) conference, accepts a Rice Bowl Grant of $1,000 from Bishop Brown (right) on behalf of the parish SVDP ministry. This is a service-oriented spiritual ministry that makes a difference in many local lives, including their own! To learn more about the parish St Vincent de Paul group, go the parish ministry page here: St. Vincent de Paul
Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 21, 2017. The pre‐walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. This year we are honored to welcome Pam Tebow, pro‐life activist and mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, as one of our speakers. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
- Fr John E Direen, Pastor
'Blessed the one who, like one unwise, does not judge his neighbor, but as understanding and spiritual has struggled to throw the plank out of his own eye.' St. Ephrem of Syria
Election day is just a little over two weeks away. Guidance from “Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship” can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website www.usccb.org and additional guidance at the California Catholic Conference website www.cacatholic.org
Our scripture readings this weekend speak to each and every one of us in our most basic need, which is to be forgiven: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Lk 18:13). When we make this prayer in all sincerity, with the resolve to serving our Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ pays the price of justice on our behalf in his suffering and death, and allows us to share in his resurrection. Our challenge is to be humbled by this great gift from our merciful Lord, and not take this gift for granted. This Year of Mercy has been a generous opportunity to reconsider all that our Lord has done for our salvation, and to recommit ourselves to our Lord by taking up our cross and following him. Along with St. Paul, by the grace of God, may we finish the race and keep the faith (see 2 Tim 4:7). —Fr John
Last weekend we began our new Mass schedule in order to accommodate a Sunday Mass in Spanish. Thank you very much for your participation by responding to the surveys and your willingness to make room in the inn for parishioners who appreciate the opportunity to pray in their native tongue. Over 50 people attended our first Sunday Mass in Spanish and all expressed their gratitude to the entire parish for opening the doors to them.
The Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7... Do you know how powerful the prayer of the Rosary is still, today?
Here are the historical facts of this feast day of Oct 7:
In 1571, the armada of the Cross (Christendom) under John of Austria, brother of King Phillip II, met and defeated the naval armies of the Crescent (Islam) under Selim the Sot off the Gulf of Lepanto, between Italy and Greece. (See "The Battle that Saved Christian West and A Lesson for Our Times")
But this was no easy battle. The Christendom forces were exhausted from another battle. They were far, far outnumbered by the fresh, Islamic forces and ships. Yet unrelenting, aggressive inroads had been made by Islamic forces in conquering Christian territory up to this point in history, and keeping further aggression at bay was critical.
Saint Pius V, the great Dominican Pope, ordered the public praying of the Rosary throughout Christendom in support of the Christian navies stopping the onslaught of ... Read more>>
Effective July 1st, 2016:
As the Eternal Bride of Christ, the Catholic Church never stops working for the salvation of souls. And on March 5-6, Catholic dioceses around the world will be working for such souls, literally, around the clock.
In the official announcement for the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father called for a “24 Hours for the Lord” and Catholic dioceses around the world are taking up the call by throwing open the confessional doors for an entire... READ MORE>>
When April with his showers sweet
The drought of March has pierced to the root
And bathed every vein in such liquor,
Of whose virtue engendered is the flower...
Then folks long to go on pilgrimages….
Looking for some good lively reading to do during the Year of Mercy? You could do worse than Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
The famous prologue above begins one of the greatest journeys in literature – and ... READ MORE>>
Dynamic Catholic posts that The Year of Mercy is an invitation—an invitation to love, kindness, and unbounded generosity. Pope Francis is offering you the opportunity to encounter the incredible mercy of God. Encountering mercy means encountering God. It can transform your life, your relationships, your work, and your ability to embrace and experience all of life. Learn more about the Year of Mercy with our ... READ MORE>>
Miseriecordiae Vultus: What is it and What does it mean?
When the Holy Father announced the Extraordinary Year of Mercy last April, he accompanied this announcement with a document—a short but meaty document—entitled Miseriecordiae Vultus. This beautiful title translates to “The Face of Mercy,” which truly embodies the depth of transformation the Holy Father outlines and envisions for this year.
But I’d go even further in the... Read More>>