CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT
The future king, David, in today’s first reading, is an example of a type of character present throughout the Hebrew scriptures. He is the child born out of place (not the eldest or most favored) who ends up receiving the promise of the covenant. The spirit of God’s anointing rushes upon him. In this way, he is similar to the man born blind from today’s Gospel. David’s family and the blind man’s community did not expect the miraculous grace of God’s love to work through them. Perhaps they, too, were “blinded” by the expectations and assumptions of those around them. Yet, after being touched by God, they both came to “see” the presence of God’s will for them. Both became messengers of God’s will. That same Spirit of God’s anointing rushed upon us at our baptism; we were given a candle as a sign of our membership in the Body of Christ, the Light from Light. Our vocation, then, is to fulfill that enlightenment, that anointing, as Ephesians tells us, by living as “children of the light.”
The church slowly developed customs of reserving some portion of the eucharistic sacrifice for the sake of the dying. Today’s custom of placing this portion in a tabernacle for prayer and adoration by the faithful cannot be traced back much beyond the year 1,000, much to almost everyone’s surprise.
There is simply no historical evidence of the Blessed Sacrament being present in a church for the purpose of having the faithful visit it or pray before it earlier in the church’s history. People did visit, of course, but the center of their attention was the altar, symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and the touchpoint between heaven and earth. Shrines and devotional altars abounded in medieval churches, but anything we might describe as a Blessed Sacrament chapel would be hard to find.
Amazingly, the Eucharist was first kept in private houses for the purpose of Holy Communion at home. As for church, the custom gradually developed of suspending a vessel shaped like a dove somewhere in the church, often over the altar. In the hovering bird, a few hosts, enough to satisfy the pastoral needs of the dying, would be secreted. The priest would lower the dove on a pulley as needed, but it wasn’t a focus of devotion by visitors to the church. It was simply a way of reassuring bishops who were nervous about safeguarding the Eucharist. The dove solution caught on in England and France after Crusaders came in contact with the custom in their travels in the Orthodox East.
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.
Free Blood Pressure Screening Clinic – Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Health Ministry will hold their monthly free blood pressure screening clinic on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the parish hall from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected, and once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it. Please make it a point to drop by this free clinic and let the nurses of our parish help you monitor your blood pressure.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
Join our council and fellow parishioners for a morning of delicious and very affordable ($4) breakfast next Sunday, April 2nd from 8:30am to 11am in the Parish Hall. Breakfast includes; "all you can eat" pancakes, a serving of eggs and bacon, coffee and juice.
Click here to see a copy of the flyer.
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.