The Catholic Bishops of California from all 12 (arch) dioceses unite their voices to speak publicly on important social issues of our times. The organization that makes this happen is called the California Catholic Conference (CCC). The mission of the CCC is “to advocate with the legislative, administrative and judicial branches of state government for the Catholic Church's public policy agenda and to facilitate common pastoral efforts in the Catholic community. The CCC also enables ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and action.”
The CCC keeps the bishops up to date on the important issues facing our state and helps to formulate the Church’s response in light of Catholic Social Teaching. It often becomes a prophetic voice which advocates for the common good in all areas of public policy in California.
It is worth noting during Respect Life Month that the CCC has targeted a number of areas under the heading “reverence for life.” The following quotation comes from the section on the CCC website that addresses a range of issues related to the dignity and sanctity of human life.
“We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices. We advocate for restrictions on the practice and public funding of abortion. We support stem cell research that does not destroy or clone human embryos. We support patient-focused, quality end-of-life care and oppose legalizing assisted suicide. We oppose the use of the death penalty.”
I encourage you to explore the CCC website so that you can understand more clearly how the Catholic Church in California is deeply involved and committed to respect for human life especially as it is challenged in our times. You may also want to read about the other areas the CCC addresses. Go to https://www.cacatholic.org/reverence-for-life
On Monday October 18, Fr. Ron would like to meet with all those who bring Holy Communion to the sick or homebound (including family members). The meeting will be in the church at 7:00 pm.
Be Renewed Eucharist Initiative
Phase Two of our diocesan-wide catechesis on the Eucharist is being called “A Walk through the Mass.” Over three weeks during the Masses on the weekends, we will hear an explanation of the various parts of the Mass. A summary of what is said at Mass will be included here in the e-mail newsletter.
Durante las próximas tres semanas a lo largo de la diócesis, estaremos realizando un “Recorrido por la Misa: Una Explicación Paso a Paso” Un resumen de lo que se dice en la Misa se incluirá aquí en el boletín por correo electrónico.
The Ladies of the Altar Society are having a Bake Sale on the church patio after all Masses this weekend. Please support the ministry of these fine ladies by purchasing some delicious items.
They will also be selling beautiful greeting cards @ 6 for $1.00. they have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for sale.
Look for some boutique items they will be selling before their Christmas Boutique on November 21. The proceeds from all these sales enable the ladies to pay for our liturgical supplies throughout the year.
World Mission Sunday 2021
Help Missionaries share God's love with those in greatest need.
This year World Mission Sunday will be observed on October 23-24, 2021. On this weekend we are reminded that we have received the Faith through those who shared it with us. We can support those who bring the faith to others through our donations to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Special envelopes for the World Mission Sunday collection will be placed in the pews of the church on that weekend. Your sacrificial offerings will support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who are proclaiming the Gospel, building the Church and serving the poor and vulnerable across the world. Put your offering in the special envelopes and deposit it in the collection basket. Thank you very much.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach
The outstanding cellist YoYo Ma plays JS Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 in G Major. Just sit back and enjoy this amazing solo performance.
Church Opposes Assisted Suicide
Catholic morality always distinguishes between “allowing a person to die” and intervening in a way that “hastens a person’s death.” In recent year’s various US states and other countries in the world have passed laws which allow “assisted suicide.” This document from the US Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities outlines the top ten reasons for opposing assisted suicide.
Any discussion of respect for life needs to include the issues surrounding the protection of life in its final stages. Situations are often complicated and usually involve a prudential judgment based on the application Catholic principles to unique circumstances. It is not possible to give a one-size-fits-all answer on the questions that surround the prolonging of a human life that is approaching death.
In an effort to guide both health care professionals and family members, The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin put together this fast-fact sheet of END-OF-LIFE CARE FOR THE CATHOLIC PATIENT. It provides a good summary of the Catholic teaching on these issues. For a fuller treatment of these topics, go to https://www.usccb.org/prolife/end-life
Join RENEW International and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, for a conversation with Cardinal Wilton Gregory, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, and Sister Helen Prejean, as they discuss the death penalty in the United States and what current Church teaching has to say about this subject.
It takes place on Tuesday, October 19 at 1:00 pm PT (4 PM ET). There is no charge but you need to register using the link below. This is a rare opportunity to hear from two experts on this Catholic teaching.
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Diocese of San Diego is hosting an Explorer Day for those men who are interested in exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood. The day will be held at St. Francis Center on the campus of the University of San Diego from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If living a life of service for Christ and the people of God is attractive to you, take advantage of the opportunity to attend this upcoming Explorer Day. Please pick up a registration form at the parish office or call Fr. Lauro Minimo at St. Francis Center at (619) 291-7446.
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"Catholic Trivia”... not because they are trivial but because these might be things that not everyone knows. Test your knowledge by reading the five questions, remember your answers (or jot them down), then click the link below to find the answers.
Who is the only Pope who devoted an entire encyclical to Catholic teaching on the care for creation?
Liturgically and biblically, what is the most important Christian holiday, one which is described in every Gospel?
What is the name of the part of the Mass during which the readings from the Bible are proclaimed?
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Through his suffering, the servant of Yahweh will justify many.
A prayer of praise for God’s mercy.
Jesus is the high priest who sympathizes with our weakness.
Mark 10:35-45 (shorter form Mark 10:42-45)
Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.
Background on the Gospel Reading
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we continue to read from the section of Mark’s Gospel that reports Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Last Sunday we heard Jesus lament the particular challenges those with many possessions face in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus then predicts his passion to the Twelve, who are amazed and afraid. In this part of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words to his closest disciples seem to be intended to prepare them for the events that will occur in Jerusalem.
In today’s Gospel, James and John ask to be given seats of honor when Jesus enters into his glory. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus says that the honor they seek is not his to give. When the other ten hear what James and John have asked, Mark reports that they are indignant. Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them.
Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple. In particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. Echoing the Gospel we heard several weeks ago (on the25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 9:33-37), Jesus acknowledges that his teaching is countercultural. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles.
Following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love continues to be countercultural in our day as well. We might take this opportunity to consider our models of authority and examine our own exercise of authority. On whose example do we model our leadership?
Bishop Robert Barron offers us a very interesting talk that outlines some points about a “Christian anthropology” that stands in contrast to our society’s emphasis on the individual. He is preaching on the readings from the 27th Sunday of the Year, notably: the second chapter of the Book of Genesis and Mark chapter 10.
Thanks from Birth Choice
Birth Choice sent us a letter expressing their thanks to the people of St. Patrick Parish for their generosity. This year’s Baby Bottle Drive totaled $11,486.77 for the mobile clinic and care center. This enables Birth Choice to provide health services and material goods to women who choose life for their unborn children. Special thanks to our Knights of Columbus who sponsored the Baby Bottle Drive in our parish.
Parish Blood Drive
Please save the date! As part of our commitment to our community, St. Patrick Catholic Church is hosting a blood drive on October 24, 2021 from 08:30 AM to 01:30 PM.
Donating blood is an easy and convenient way for you to make a lasting difference for someone in need. It is another way to be pro-life.
St. Patrick Catholic School is pleased to announce the return of our annual fundraising Auction Gala! This year's event will be held on November 6th, at 6:00 PM at the Carlsbad Westin Resort in Spa. We invite you to join us for an evening on the "red carpet" where you can enjoy a three course gourmet dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions and a hosted bar for the first three hours of the event. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://stpatsredcarpet.givesmart.com or contact Sylvie Hutton at email@example.com
Purchase your tickets to win a year ($7,500) of FREE tuition to St Patrick's School or any accredited school or college in the United States. Tickets are $100 each. Winner will be drawn on November 6th at the school auction. You do NOT have to be present to win.
Our program for the 2021-2022 School Year has begun. We offer weekly classes as well as a home study program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about preparation for the sacraments and religious education for your children.
We are looking forward to hearing from you. Our goal is to support families learning about our catholic faith and connecting them with others in our parish community.
Margit Dornisch - Office for Religious Education and Family Ministry
Rise Again was written by Leon Dubinsky and made popular by The Rankin Family, among others. This piece was music directed by Anthony Bastianon and sung by Voices Rock Medicine, a choir of women physicians, as an ode to healthcare professionals who give so much of themselves during this Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
Jesús dice, “El que quiera ser grande entre ustedes, que sea su servidor, y el que quiera ser el primero, que sea el esclavo de todos…” Cuando éramos pequeños muchos escuchábamos que teníamos que ser y hacerlo mejor que podíamos. Y al crecer, dar lo mejor de nosotros ya no era suficiente, sino que queríamos ser los mejores, los #1’s, los campeones. La idea de ganar el trofeo nos hacia sentir bien. En el Evangelio de este domingo, leemos que Santiago y Juan le hacen una petición a Jesús, le dicen, “Concede que nos sentemos uno a tu derecha y otro a tu izquierda, cuando estés en tu gloria”. La imagen de ser victoriosos y tener un asiento de poder era atractivo para ellos. Jesús les responde que si quieren ser vistos grandes y primeros y #1 “tiene que ser servidor y esclavos de todos”. Es como si Jesús les da un golpe en el estómago y les saca el aire. Hoy, estas palabras son buenas para nosotros también. Muchas veces querer ser vistos grandes y los primeros nos comportamos de una manera que no es apropiada para nosotros que profesamos que somos discípulos de Cristo. Necesitamos saber en nuestro corazón que somos amados y bendecidos por Dios y la Vida Eterna es nuestra herencia. Somos enviados a vivir nuestro discipulado amando a todos, mirando a todos como hermanos y hermanos, no importa su color, raza, sexo y fe. Viviendo como sirvientes y esclavos a todos cómo Jesús nos enseñó. ¿Como te desafía estas palabras de Jesús?
Por favor escuchen a los enlaces proveídos, espero que les ayude en su meditación.
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