LET GO AND LET GOD
Many twelve-step programs use the phrase “Let go and let God.” In all their simplicity, these five words are the heart of today’s readings. For people who struggle with addictive behavior, these words plainly remind us that we can’t manage, control, or manipulate certain areas of our lives. How many times can we look back in our lives and find evidence of some plan at work other than our own? These are the moments when, for whatever reasons, we let someone greater than ourselves work the plan. We probably didn’t even recognize at the time that we were letting go of anything, but in retrospect, we see God’s hand and loving presence. It is our awareness of these moments that gives us the courage and initiative to let go again later on. It is this courage and initiative that are highlighted in today’s readings. We come to call it “faith.”
In the mid-1960s, many religious congregations that had maintained a custom of assigning new names to their members allowed a return to baptismal names. The practice stems from the origins of monastic life, when a desire to flee the world and its enchantments caused a severe break with family life and commitments. A new name signified that the old person had died and a new one was coming to life. Some orders even spread funeral palls over their entrants and tolled the funeral bell. On a practical level, in a crowded monastery of a few hundred monks or nuns, it made sense not to have six Brother Alfrics or nine Sister Clares. The one name, one person rule worked well.
In more recent times, a young woman entering the convent might be given her parents’ names as a way of honoring their generosity, so Hilda might become Sister Philip Margaret after her father and mother. A cherished name in the order might be bestowed on a newcomer so that there would always be a Brother Owen around, or a young person might adopt the name of a beloved saint. A handful of religious congregations, like Mother Barat’s Religious of the Sacred Heart, always used family names. Many monasteries still bestow a new name at the end of probation. Other religious institutes have revived the custom of changing their candidates’ names at the end of novitiate, although for the most part religious who were around at the time of the Council were happy to get their baptismal names back. A few, of course, cherished their acquired names and have held on to them, so convents still hold the creativity badge for naming. Where else today can you find great names today like Madeleva, Siena, and Celestina?
To our Super Raffle winner of $1,000. Jose Sanchez and to all the other winners of prizes in our mini-raffle and silent auction.
We thank our leaders/members of the Parish and Finance Councils, booth coordinators and their members, our talented entertainers, the Knights of Columbus Council 6922, Catholic Daughters of America, the volunteers at the ticket and vending tables, the CFF catechists, children and their parents, the Parish Youth Ministry, the volunteers to put up and tear down the shades and canopies and to all our parishioners and guests who patronized our Parish Festival last week.
It was fun though how hot the weather was. God reward you for your contribution to make it a good one
Father Joyle Martinez
The Health Ministry promotes the Church as a “healing place” and emphasizes the congregation’s wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Activities include: Free blood pressure screening clinics, medical equipment loan program, and quarterly newsletter –The Healing Place –, and occasional presentations and workshops and activities.
Volunteers are always needed. They need not be members of the medical community. You are needed to: make phone calls, serve as interpreters, help set up and take down before and after events, to facilitate or teach a class and provide help as needed. If you are interested call Clara at 689-3932.
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.Free Blood Pressure Screening Clinic.
Catholic Bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. “In the Catholic tradition,” they write, “responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” Please visit:
LOAVES & FISHES
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, Super Tampons, Adult Diapers, Sleeping Bags, Healthy Snack Bars, Spray on sunscreen, Beach Towels, Ground Coffee, Travel Size Hand Lotion, Toilet, Paper, Dog food, and pet supplies to help our guests and pets —pet food, collars, carriers, blankets, etc.
Friendship Park is a welcoming area near the dining room serving more poor and homeless people than we could have imagined. Over half of the guests were over 50 years old and are sleeping outside without shelter. About 53% of them reported disabilities and suffer from bi-polar disorder, severe anxiety or major depression. Friendship Park offers warm coffee, free showers, a change of clothes, etc. with a caring staff and volunteers.
Free Handouts and Information
On the counter in the entrance of the church there are handouts and information regarding the dignity of all people, and the need for justice. Help yourself to these free items.
The 40 Days for Life Vigil begins Sept 28th in hundreds of cities around the world. Christians will pray and offer assistance on the sidewalk Mon-Fri. from Sept. 28 to Nov.6th. This life-saving, peaceful, prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Soto, who encourages all Catholics to participate. By God’s grace over 11,700 women worldwide have changed their minds, choosing LIFE for their children, rather than abortion because of people praying at the sidewalk. The vigil, in Sacramento, will be held at 1442 Ethan Way, along the public sidewalk of the abortion business parking lot on Hallmark Drive. Please visit 40daysforlife.com for more information about this and other sites.
“I changed my schedule and it changed my life.” Come join us at Christ the King for a retreat to deepen your relationship with God. The theme is “Gathered in the Name of Jesus.” The retreat affords an opportunity to engage the strife in our time and the uncertainties in our hearts with courage and love. RETREAT IS OCTOBER 28-30. You can register on line at ChristTheKingRetreatCenter.org. For more information or registering by phone contact Carol Forrest at the Center 9160725-4720 ext.314
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.
We are making steady progress in repaying our Diocesan Loan which we incurred to complete the building of our Religious Education Center.
We began last fiscal year:
July 1 2015 with a balance due of $933,756.43. Through your pledges and our “Pink Envelope” contributions we have paid accumulated interest and reduced the loan as of August 1, 2016 to $778,280.06. This reflects a reduction of $155,476.37 in 14 months.
For using your treasure to insure that our young people received a first class education in our faith in excellent surroundings. The majority of the repayment is from those who pledged to our “Our Dream Continues in Service to All” campaign. In addition many who did not choose to make further pledges have continued to contribute through the use of their “Pink Envelopes.” We still have a large outstanding balance, but you, the Parish Family, have shown that that task is achievable.
If you would like to welcome the Vocation Cross into your home for a week please call the office so we can arrange to add you to the list of parishioners taking the Cross home each week.
This seems like an unlikely topic to address in the bulletin, unfortunately many have forgotten we are in our Father’s House when we are in church. We would not in our own homes, stick chewing gum, when it has lost its flavor, under a table, or throw it on the floor. However, we are finding stale chewing gum under the pew seats, in the book holders, or worse yet on the floor, even on the rug. PLEASE, deposit used gum in the trash receptacles. This is a sanitary way to dispose of the gum, and will prevent parishioners putting their hands on the end of a pew and having gum stick to their fingers, or stepping on it and tracking it throughout the church. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION !
Recent funerals or memorial Masses at St. Paul Parish -
Your prayers are requested for the families and friends of St. Paul Parish whose funerals or memorial Masses were celebrated during the 2015-2016 church year. Read the entire article for names.
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