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.
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.
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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.
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.
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