The Lord’s message, through Moses, was to “take no revenge and cherish no grudge . . . love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). We might think, “Great in theory, but not always realistic!”
Then Jesus in today’s Gospel goes even further. Take a slap in the face and then turn the other cheek? Treat enemies the same as friends? Again, we’re tempted to think that those are nice ideals, but not very practical in the “real world.”
Paul echoes Jesus when he tells the Corinthians that what passes for human wisdom is absurdity to God. Divine wisdom casts sunshine on the good and the bad, showers rain on the honest and the dishonest—without distinction. We must examine our wisdom and common sense to see how they compare to the wisdom of God, and make adjustments accordingly.
In brushing up for “Catholic Jeopardy,” it might help to know that there is only one feast on the calendar for a thing, rather than a person or mystery. It’s for a chair: Saint Peter’s chair in fact.
After the Resurrection, there can be no doubt that the disciples reserved a special place for Simon Peter in the upper room. Later, Peter became the bishop of Antioch in today’s Syria, the place where we were first called “Christians.” From there, he went to Rome, the center of the Empire, where it is said that Peter sat in a chair in the house of Priscilla and Aquila to instruct his flock. Jesus, in entrusting the keys of the Kingdom to Peter and his successors, entrusted his compassion and mercy to them, and charged them with pointing to the Kingdom of God. Compassion and mercy are to resonate through their teaching.
Since the ancient sign of a teacher is the chair (“disciple” literally means one who sits at the feet of a teacher), Peter’s chair has long been treasured. Today there is a symbolic shrine of Peter’s chair above the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This monument is the last work of Bernini, a huge bronze throne supported by four doctors of the Church: Augustine and Ambrose from the Western Church, and Chrysostom and Athanasius from the East. High above it is the alabaster window of the descent of the Holy Spirit.
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.” [from the Book of Catechism, #1390]
CPR Class – Sunday, February 19th
The Health Ministry will sponsor its biannual CPR Class this year on Sunday, February 19th at 1 p.m. in the parish hall. The American Heart Association CPR class will be presented by Jill de Diego and Cori de Diego. The cost is $25 per person and includes a two-year certificate. Class size is limited to 30. Please call Clara Heimericks to register 916-689-3932.
To see the attached poster click here:
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.
Got a Cold?
More than 100 viruses can cause colds, the world’s most common illness, and most people average about three colds every year. Once it enters the body the cold virus begins to multiply, causing sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, aches and pains, mild fever, nasal congestion and coughing. Over-the-counter cough and cold remedies may relieve some of the symptoms, but they will not prevent, cure or even shorten the course of the illness.
To lessen your chances of coming down with a cold keep up your natural resistance through good nutrition, and getting enough sleep and exercise. Avoid direct contact with those who have colds, and wash your hands frequently.
If you get a cold be respectful of others, cover your coughs and sneezes, and, if possible, limit your contact with others.
Our Dream Continues- In service to all Campaign Update
When our campaign ended in June of 2016 our outstanding loan from the Dioceses for the construction of the Religious Education Center was $849,235.64. Pledge payments and “Pink Envelope” contributions have allowed us to repay $170,519.88 as of February 9th. Our current balance is $678,715.76.
In addition to the amount we have repaid we also incurred and paid $19,480.12 in interest charges.
Thank you to all those who made pledges and are fulfilling their commitment, and parishioners who continue to use their “Pink Envelopes”.
Bishop Soto’s ONE CAMPAIGN Update
Our campaign had two parts the repayment of our loan and a required contribution to the Diocese ONE campaign conducted to provide support for Catholic education, care for retired Diocesan priest, improve our ability to communicate with our Spanish speaking community, and provide for social services and expand youth ministry opportunities. Our allotted contribution is $158,600. As of February 9th we have paid $36,650.01, leaving us a balance of $118,949.99.
Your commitment to our Parish is truly outstanding. Thank You!!
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.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, Mass will be at 10:00am. You are invited to bring an item from your thanksgiving feast to church to be blessed. Place the item on the steps in front of the altar and retrieve it after Mass.
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.
Annual Fund Raising Drive
The Mother Seton Council #6922 of the Knights of Columbus will be conducting its Annual Fund Raising Drive to Benefit People with Intellectual Disabilities right here in our own community. The Council would appreciate your support.
Please donate to this cause when you see a Knights of Columbus volunteer fund-raiser after church services on Saturday February 18th & February 19th.
Thank you for your support of those with Intellectual Disabilities.
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.
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.
Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Assembly is sponsoring a Youth Carved & Decorated Pumpkin Contest on October 30th in the parish hall from 8:00-12:30pm.
Youth categories are:
Spirited Prayerful Youth Missionary (SPYM)
Want to Join SPYM?