A SEASON OF JOY
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42). This first line of today’s first reading sets the tone as this fifty-day celebration of Easter opens before us. Today we listen to the teachings of three apostles—Luke, Peter, and John—who remind us that even though we have not seen Christ, we nonetheless are filled with joy as we place our belief in his saving death and resurrection.
Each week during the Easter season we will gather as a community of faith to find strength and support from our God and from one another. Each week we will gather to break bread and offer the great prayer of thanksgiving, actions that will manifest the very presence of the risen Christ in our midst. Let us be open to the wonders of this season of joy.
The origins of the custom of burning a lamp before the tabernacle are in Jewish worship, where a lamp called ner tamid or “eternal flame” burns before the ark in every synagogue. The ark contains the sacred scrolls of the Torah. The flame represents the menorah in the Temple, and therefore is never extinguished. In fact, the word “tabernacle” itself is derived from Hebrew, as taber is the Hebrew word for “tent,” and hearkens back to the forty years of wandering in the desert. The pilgrim people were sustained in hope by an awareness that God was not only in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, but had quite literally “pitched his tent with them” in the shelter for the Ark of the Covenant. Some artisans have used this theme of “ark” or “tent” to design a tabernacle for the Blessed Sacrament.
In Christian practice, Anglicans and Catholics use a sanctuary lamp to point toward the presence of the reserved sacrament, and Lutherans use it as a sign of God’s presence in the house of worship, but not necessarily as a clue that the Eucharist is reserved. Why, even in an age of electric light, is the sanctuary lamp an oil light or candle? Perhaps not only to point to Christ, the light of the world, but also to point to sacrifice. For the light to exist, there must be sacrifice. The oil or wax is transformed into light, just as those who pray here, or who will receive viaticum from here, are called to transformation in Christ.
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:
Abstinence: Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.
Fast: Everyone over 18 and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and continuing the fast on Holy Saturday is encouraged.
In order to deepen one’s love for Christ, Catholics are urgedto read and pray with sacred Scripture; to study the Catechismof the Catholic Church; to participate in devotions offered by the parish and to pray more fervently, individually,and as families. The faithful are exhorted to pray the rosary, visit the Blessed Sacrament, pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, world peace and for an ongoing implementation of the pastoral initiatives of the Third Diocesan Synod.
Click here to view Lent/Easter Schedule 2017
Stations of the Cross:
Beginning March 3rd and every Friday during Lent there will be Stations of the Cross.
English Stations will be followed by a simple meal of soup and bread in the parish hall.
MON: 4/10/17 Mass at 8:00 a.m.
TUES: 4/11/17 Mass at 8:00 a.m.
WED: 4/12/17 Mass at 8:00 a.m.
Mass of Our Lord’s Supper
7:00 p.m. - Bilingual
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
5:00 p.m. - Spanish, 7:00 p.m. - English
EASTER VIGIL MASS
8:00 p.m. - Bi-lingual
Masses: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Spanish Mass
Click here to view Lent/Easter Schedule 2017
April 13, 2017
Ministries for the Great Vigil
(30 minute intervals)
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Word Ministers / CFF & RCIA /Sick & Homebound Ministers/ Unitas
9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Eucharistic Ministers/ Altar Servers/Multi-Cultural Ministry
10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Hospitality Ministers / Martha’s Daughters
10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Music Ministers / Legion of Mary / Catholics Returning Home / Finance Council /St. Joseph Ministry
11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Daughters of the Americas / Families in Christ Jesus / Vocation Committee / Liturgy Committee / Pro Life Ministry
11:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Knights of Columbus / Couples for Christ /Youth & Young Adult Ministers /Social Justice
Click here to view Lent/Easter Schedule 2017
Continuing Pope Francis’s call you are invited to celebrate the 2nd Annual 24 Hours for the Lord to experience the Lord’s loving mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This year’s Lenten celebration will be marked with 24 hours of continuous confession in each of the 12 deaneries from noon on March 10 to noon March 11. To find a parish please visit www.bit.ly/24Lord.
Loaves and Fishes have made a request for the following items. All can be delivered to the warehouse at 1351 North C St, Mon-Fir 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.
Friendship Park is a welcoming area near the dining room serving more poor and homeless people than we could have imagined. We found that 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. The simple amenities that Friendship Park offers, warm coffee, free showers, a change of clothes, etc. with a caring staff and volunteers—are a lifeline for people experiencing homelessness.
All of your donations will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to those who have already made a one-time, or an on-going donation to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. Your gift will make a difference in someone’s life. If you have not yet made a donation, it’s not too late!
Envelopes are still available in the church. Don’t forget... 25% of what you give is returned to our parish to assist people in our community who need a little help.
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.
Flu Season Is Hear
Flu season is here. If you are sick, or think you might be sick, or are concerned about contracting an illness, you should refrain from receiving the Blood of Christ. Be assured that “since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace.”
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.
Mother Mary’s Baby Shower
Baby items are still being collected for our "Mother Mary's Baby Shower" to be donated to Maryhouse. A big “thank you” to those who have already brought items. The items requested for babies, whose mothers are homeless, or living in extreme poverty: Sizes 5 & 6 diapers, baby food, pull-ups for toddlers, baby bottles, new baby blankets, pacifiers, and baby cereal, maternity clothes.Boxes for your donations are in the entrances of the church, or you may bring them to the parish office during office hours.
We will deliver all the donations on May 12th to Maryhouse, located at Loaves & Fishes, by members of the Social Justice Ministry. Your generosity is appreciated. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation please mark "Social Justice Ministry.” On the outside of the envelope and place it in the collection basket.
Did you know?
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is held during the Easter season. There is no better time than Easter to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God—our children.
A Prayer for Healing
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, Heal your peoples’ wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom humility and grace to act with justice. Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace and justice. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Pastoral Assistance for Victims of Sexual Abuse
The Diocese of Sacramento provides pastoral care to persons who have suffered sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy and other Catholic Church workers.
Please call toll free at 866-777-9133 if you are seeking assistance in coping with this tragic situation. Assistance is available both in English and Spanish.
Black American Scientists
Dr. George Washington Carver
He was born a slave in 1864, and worked his way through Iowa State College at Ames. He headed Agricultural Research at Tuskegee some years later.
In his research he produced 118 uses of the sweet potato. He taught the South to diversify crops, growing peanuts and sweet potatoes to enrich the soil. Carver discovered 300 substances derived from peanuts. He received many medals and honors. Before his death in 1943 he bequeathed his life earnings to the Carver Foundation.
Dr. Percy Julian
He founded Julian Laboratories, an important drug research center and drug company. He later helped to create and produce low cost cortisone, a modern wonder drug used to treat many diseases.
He also developed an inexpensive drug to treat Glaucoma, an eye disease. This drug is used around the world.
St Josephine Bakhita go to flyer
Help contribute to St. Paul Building Fund as we plan another Bus Trip to Feather Falls Casino:
Date: March 23, 2017
Boarding Time: 8:45am
Departure Time: 9:00am St. Paul parking lot
For reservations please contact:
Rose Basos 381-3845, Emilia Dones 849-5617, Paz Cajucom 667-8235 or Naty Fontillas 362-7541.
Vocation Cross Pray Program provides excellence opportunity for families to pray at home for all level of Vocations and teaches children to appreciate the value of Priesthood and Consecrated Life.
Family can sign up to receive the Vocation Cross from St. Paul and pray at home during the following week. Family will spend less than ten minutes each day praying the scripted prayers included in the package then returns the Cross to church at the following Saturday or Sunday Mass.
St. Paul currently has six Vocation Crosses which can accommodate six families per week.
Please contact the following coordinators to receive your Vocation Cross, Click here to view a downlaodable flyer.
Saturday - 4PM Mass: Lenard Pennisi
Sunday - 7:30AM Mass: Billy Monteagudo
Sunday - 9:00AM Mass: Paul Pham
Sunday - 11:00AM Mass: Ja'net Blea
or call the office at 916-381-5200.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few" Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
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.
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.
Cristo Rey High School
Help support Cristo Rey High School’s Athletic Dept. by attending a Sac Republic FC game on March 4th at 5:30pm. Contact Kenny Cooper (916) 307-6097 or email@example.com for more information and tickets.
More Than S’mores
March 11, 6-10:00pm BBQ Dinner & Silent Auction at St. John the Evangelist in Carmichael. Please join Friends of Camp Pendola at this event, the proceeds will help support Camp Pendola and provide the scholarships that help families send children to camp. Tickets can be purchased by going to http://friendsofpendola.org/Events and clicking on the More Than S’Mores logo. If you cannon attend and would like to donate auction items please contact Molly McGuire (916) 505-0535.
24 Hours for the Lord
Continuing Pope Francis’s call you are invited to celebrate the 2nd Annual 24 Hours for the Lord to experience the Lord’s loving mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year’s Lenten celebration will be marked with 24 hours of continuous confession in each of the 12 deaneries from noon on March 10 to noon March 11. To find a parish please visit www.bit.ly/24Lord.
Father Son Program
The Father-Son Program explores God’s special gift of human sexuality and fertility as well as the goodness and wonder of his plan for growing up and becoming a man. It is designed for fathers (if the father is not available the son can be accompanied by another supportive adult) and their 12-15 year old sons. All content is pure, lighthearted and affirming.
Saturday, March 11, 10:00am to 2:00pm Presentation School. To register on line go to www.fathersonprogram.com or for questions contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133.
|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|
|Sr Elizabeth U. Siguenza RVM|