A SEASON OF HOPE
Today we can bask in the imagery that the Mass readings offer us. In particular, Isaiah’s vision of a parched land that blooms with abundant flowers holds a message for each of us. Too often we are just like that parched land. We can allow ourselves to become absorbed in the waves of consumerism that grip so many. We look for fulfillment in the things that money can buy. Unfortunately, this leaves us like parched land, thirsting for something that money can’t buy. This holy season has much to offer to quench our thirsts. In a word, this season offers hope. We are told that those who are ransomed by God will know joy and gladness. For them, sorrow and mourning will be no more. Let us place our hope in these promises.
When the ties of affection and authority that bound Europe’s Catholics unraveled in the sixteenth century, many cultures lost time-honored customs of faith. Some customs proved to be especially difficult for the reformers to wrest away from the people, especially those celebrated in the home. This week in Sweden, a country where the Catholic Church was disestablished four hundred years ago, a Catholic martyr from Sicily is the most beloved figure. St. Lucia, Lucy, is celebrated on December 13. The long-story-short is that Lucy was a Christian whose father wanted to marry her off to a pagan fellow, and she rejected her father’s authority. To make an example of her, her father had her killed. In the course of the brutal martyrdom, Lucy lost her beautiful eyes, but her vision was miraculously restored. The candles worn today by the eldest daughter of the family are tokens of the fire that refused to harm the saint. So this patroness of light and clear vision is revered on the shortest, darkest days of the Nordic winter. Before the reform of the Gregorian calendar in the sixteenth century, December 13 was the winter solstice.
Today, young girls appear in the morning wearing lighted candles on their crowned heads (battery-operated now after many mishaps), and serve sweet rolls and coffee to everyone in the house. For the Swedes, who are not churchgoers, the “Lucias” are the official heralds of the holiday season and a sign of everyone’s yearning for more light in this world. Europe once abounded with customs like this; the survival of this custom in Scandinavia is a sign of God’s grace, and how fertile the soil is to receive the true message of Advent.
The whole community is invited to celebrate and participate in the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Virgin of Guadalupe Serenade:
A bilingual representation of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe 6:00am December 12 followed by a reception in the parish hall with hot chocolate, coffee and Mexican bread.
Holy Mass at 6:00pm with the offering of flowers from the children. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall, with a Mariachi band and Mexican food.
You are all invited.
Some of the last words we hear at the end of each Mass are: “GO IN PEACE!”
Gordon and Joan Grime were long time members of our parish. They had a deep love for us as a parish. Both have left this earthly life to spend eternity with our savior. Gordon died first, and then Joan, but before she died she wanted to leave a memorial for our parish that expressed the love that they had for us. In her will she designated funds to provide a lasting monument, engraved with the words that they both felt comforting. Soon a monument will be placed at the east exit of our parking lot. This monument represents Gordon and Joan’s request that a we leave the Parish we will spread peace and the word of God to all we meet.
To see more photos: Link
The Spanish community is holding a raffle to benefit the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Building Fund to repay down our diocesan loan.
Ticket prices: $3.00 each or booklet of 20 tickets for $60
Raffle will be drawn on December 18th after the 1pm Mass. Tickets are on sale after Mass or in the rectory office.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #172 will be meeting once again on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Room 1 at 7 p.m. Ladies, everyone has a unique talent or ability to share - from the gift of gab to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is easy! You can do as much or as little in the group as you choose - you chose the projects you are most interested in.
We decide together on every aspect of every project. We are a likeable bunch of ladies!! We seek to find Christ in the programs we embrace.Why belong to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, founded in 1903?
The gift of faith requires a gift of return. Be of faith and service to God through service to the people around you. Each member shares in the good works of the entire organizataion with little effort on the part of the individual. The spiritual life of members is enhanced through the various spiritual and charitable activities of CDA. Growth in grace, knowledge, and friendship develop because of your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Please think of joining our group at St. Paul Church. For more information contact Nellie Basquez - Regent at 916-381-1365.
Spirited Prayerful Youth Missionary (SPYM)
Want to Join SPYM?
Thanksgiving Basket - Thank You!
The Knight's of Columbus, Council 6922 along with our Parish community successfully distributed food baskets to 250 families. We want to thank everyone who supported this monumental caregiving event. See the "Thank You" flyer click here.
Mark Your Calenders! Crab Feed Coming on January 14th.
To see the "Crab Feed" flyer click here.
Donuts and Coffee
The Knights will be hosting donuts November 13, 20, & 27th in the parish hall. Come and enjoy donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for just a donation.
Join the Knights of Columbus
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Knight please ask any Knight, they should all be wearing their name badges, or call Roger Tafoya at (916) 936- 3810.
Pictures of the 2016 St. Paul Crab Feed online - see them here.
Tickets are now available for the St. Paul bus to attend the 2017 Walk for Life West Coast, in San Francisco.
Please join us, Saturday, January 21, 2017 for this annual event. Tickets for the bus are $18.00. For details contact Charlene Valine 798-3339.
ATTENTION CFF/RCIA TEEN FAMILIES This event is approved for CFF community service hours!If you are interested in receiving pro-life information please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be added to an email list to get information from St. Paul pro-life ministry Pro-Life 4 Life.
SIMBANG GABI is one of the most popular Filipino traditions. It is when Catholic churches across the nation begin a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother. The novena begins December 15th and culminates with the “Misa de Gallo” to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The origin traces its roots in Mexico when in 1587 the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Sorio, to hold Christmas Mass outdoors as the Church could not accommodate the large crowd. During olden times the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells.
The tradition of Simbang Gabi continues. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members, but also because it is the time when our faith is intensified. It is a spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
To see the Simbang Gabi flyer click here.
We invite you to join us in this special nine day novena beginning on December 15th. Questions? Call the parish office 381-5200.
The Public Health Immunization Assistance Program hosts a series of free Flu Clinics in the Sacramento area each year for uninsured, under-insured and/or low income adults and families. Please pick up a listing of the free clinics in the entrances of the church. The 2016 schedule is also available on the Sacto County Health and Human Services website:
Sacramento County Flu Shot Clinics
The Health Ministry manages a free medical equipment loan program for parishioners. Portable equipment available includes wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, bedside commodes and shower seats. If you, or someone in your family is in need of this type of equipment please call Clara Heimericks at (916) 689-3932 or the office and we will do what we can to help you.
The Healing Place Newsletter
December 2016 - Respiratory Issues
This area provides a place where we can remember our deceased loved ones: give thanks for all we have received, or recognize someone who is special to us. Sitting in the Meditation Area, when everything around you is quiet, provides a very spiritual experience. It allows you to pray silently, meditate, give thanks, or just bring back memories of those memorialized in the pavers of the meditation area.
It’s hard to leave behind the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. If you take just a few minutes to sit, listen to the waterfall, and relax, you will understand why parishioners have had pavers installed that recognize the gifts they have received from God, If you are interested in placing a paver in the Meditation Area contact the office for a form to fill out. Even if you are not particularly interested in placing a paver yourself, stop by, relieve some of your daily stress, and say a prayer of thanks for all you have received.
Click on this link to download the Meditation Paver Flyer.
Loaves and Fishes have made a request for the following items. All can be delivered to the warehouse at 1351 North C St, Mon-Fri 7:00am to3:00pm. You can also leave your donations at the rectory office and we will be glad to take them to Loaves and Fishes for you.
Gently used Adult Tennis Shoes, Bus Passes, Toothbrushes, Baby Wipes, Metal Forks, Ground Coffee, Back Packs, Small Toothpaste, Postage stamps,
Dog food and pet supplies to help our guests and pets
—pet food, collars, carriers, blankets, etc.
Autumn has finally arrived, and a respite from the heat of summer. As the guests enter the Loaves and Fishes area there are so many stories of love, danger, pain and suffering, hope and strength. Loaves and Fishes has created a new website where you can read first hand accounts of the stories that take place daily at Loaves and Fishes.
Please visit: http://stories.sacloaves.org to start.
Holiday Help Needed!
The holidays are quickly approaching and we have many opportunities for you to be involved with Loaves and Fishes Toy Drive: Christmas Stockings: Christmas meal and more.
Every year as part of the holiday meal Loaves and Fishes offers each of their guests a Christmas stocking. To do this we ask the community to participate by providing stockings stuffed with basic necessities:
|Misael & Beatriz Ceja||Jose & Fabiola Cortes|
|Miguel & Yolanda Deorta||Rafael Enriquez|
|Virgilio & Sylvia Faundo||Rogelio & Janet Federigan|
|Paola Ferniza||Jesus Flores|
|Miguel & Norma Fuented||Aldo & Miriam Gentil|
|Samuel Gonzales||Miguel & Luz Hernandez|
|Fran Herzburn||Jorge & Angelina Izquierdo|
|Margarito & Alicia Ledesma||Jorge Maldonado|
|Eleuterio & Nancy Melchol||Carlos & Alicia Morales|
|Keshawn Morris||Evans & Gladys Mureithi|
|Thomas & Heidi Murphy||Andy & Amie Nguyen|
|Alberto & Cristina Nunez||Hugo Ornelas|
|Brandie Padilla||Manuel & Edith Paramo|
|Jose & Lorena Puentes||Celestino & Delia Pugeda|
|Javier & Adriana Ramirez||Jose & Maria Ramos|
|Jose & Veronica Rangel||Danilo & Jesusa Rigueira|
|Bernardo & Gabriela Rivas||Saul & Jesse Ruiz|
|Glenn & Teresa Sacro||Patricia Sanchez|
|Joel & Carolina Torres||Israel & Norma Valdez|
|Jose & Gabriela Vargas||Miguel & Soledad Villalobos|
|James Wachira||Javier Zaragoza|
Recent funerals or memorial Masses at St. Paul Parish - your prayers are requested - Your prayers are requested for the families and friends of St. Paul Parish whose funerals or memorial Masses were celebrated during the 2016-2017 church year.
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Sundays - 7:30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1:00 pm en español
(Children's Choir sings first and third Sundays of the month.)
Saturdays - 4 pm [vigil]
First Saturdays - 8 am
Retirement Fund for Religious
This appeal asks us to recall the religious men and women whose ministry has nourished our own faith, served our church and strengthened our nation. Today, more than 37,000 religious women and men are over the age of 70. Their institutes face critical economic challenges as the cost of health care escalates, and as the need for handicapped accessible housing increases.