This weekend we begin to listen to a series of three homilies on the Eucharist. We are participating in the diocesan-wide program called the Be Renewed Eucharist Initiative. During all weekend Masses on this weekend and the following two weekends, our homily will be delivered through a video presentation. The same homilies will be shared in every church of the Diocese of San Diego on these weekends. These homilies are Phase One of a systematic catechesis that will continue until early November. For a more detailed overview, see the attachment below.
I want to say a word about why I think this initiative is so important. In response to the Covid pandemic, there was a time during which our church was closed. Gradually, we have been able to reopen. During the time of closure (and for some people even now), watching Mass on television or live streamed online was the only option. Sadly, some people came to see this as a satisfactory alternative to celebrating the Eucharist with the community. For those who still cannot attend Mass, it is the only option.
I recently gave a talk to our parish catechists on our rich Catholic theology of the Eucharist in its many dimensions. I spoke of the Eucharist as a meal of fellowship, as paschal sacrifice, as a sacrament of encounter with the Lord, as a memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and as communion with Christ who is truly present. Even these themes do not exhaust the rich meaning of the Eucharist we celebrate week after week.
It has been many years since most of us have had any formal catechesis on these dimensions of our Catholic understanding of the Eucharist. I think the time is right for us to devote some attention to this great sacrament. In the coming months we will have time to listen, to discuss and share, and to understand more deeply “this great sacrament of unity” (as St. Thomas Aquinas called it).
I will also use the parish bulletin and newsletter to share supplemental information on the Eucharist. The recorded homilies for the first three weeks will be available on our parish website after the weekend. This link will also appear in the newsletter on the following Friday.
Let us pray together that these next couple months will be a time of spiritual growth and deepened love for the risen Christ whom we encounter every time we celebrate the Eucharist together.
Ministers of Hospitality/Ushers Needed for Weekend Masses
“Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me” (Matthew 10:40).
We are seeking volunteers to serve as Ministers of Hospitality for our weekend Masses. We need 4 volunteers scheduled per Mass.
Ministers of Hospitality enhance the beauty of our parish liturgies by assisting at Mass in welcoming and seating parishioners, gathering the collection, directing the flow of Communion lines, and preparing the sanctuary for the next Mass.
St. Patrick Altar Society is holding a fundraiser on Sunday, September 19, 4:00-8:00 pm. Buy your dinner at Panera’s restaurant and the Altar Society receives a portion of the proceeds. They in turn use the money they raise to pay for our church supplies for Mass. See the attached flyer for directions on how to order online or bring in the flyer and show it when you order in person.
The Men's Bible Study group at St. Patrick's will begin meeting again in the Fr. Mullin Room at the school, every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There's no need to register; just show up. Face masks strongly encouraged for all. For further information, contact Joe Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bibleand Romans: The Gospel of Salvation
Our Wednesday morning Bible Study – Ruah Adonai Breath of God – will begin soon. This year’s themes are “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” and then “Romans: The Gospel of Salvation.” All are welcome. Click below for a full explanation.
"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.
What is the first of the Luminous mysteries of the rosary?
There are many popes buried in St. Peter’s Basilica. That being said, what is unusual about the coffin of Pope John XXIII?
According to Luke's Gospel, which two rivals in civil authority became friends during Jesus' trial?
According to the numbering used by the Catholic Church, which is the Fourth Commandment?
What is the name of the liturgical book that contains all the Bible readings that are read at Mass?
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The suffering servant of Yahweh is assured of God’s help.
A prayer of praise to God for his salvation
James teaches that faith must be demonstrated in one’s works.
Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would follow him must take up his or her cross.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s reading is the turning point in Mark’s Gospel. In the presentation of the life and ministry of Jesus found in the Gospel of Mark, the deeds of Jesus have shown Jesus to be the Son of God. Yet many, including Jesus’ disciples, have not yet realized his identity. In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples for a field report by asking what others say about him. He then turns the question directly to the disciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ.
The word Christ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for Messiah, which means “the anointed one.” At the time of Jesus, the image of the Messiah was laden with popular expectations, most of which looked for a political leader who would free the Jewish people from Roman occupation. Jesus does not appear to have used this term for himself. As we see in today’s reading, Jesus refers to himself instead as the Son of Man, a term derived from the Jewish Scriptures, found in the Book of Daniel and in other apocryphal writings. Many scholars suggest that the phrase Son of Man is best understood to mean “human being.”
Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Christ’s disciple is to follow in the way of the cross.
We can easily miss the fear that Jesus’ words must have evoked in his disciples. Death by crucifixion was all too familiar as a method of execution in Roman-occupied territories. It was also an omnipresent danger to the Christian community for whom Mark wrote. The path that Jesus was inviting his disciples to share meant tremendous suffering and death. This is the kind of radical commitment and sacrifice that Jesus calls us to adopt for the sake of the Gospel.
This short concert was performed on August 25, 2021 at Temple Square (Mormon Tabernacle). It is about 35 minutes and includes five pieces:
1. “Toccata Brevis” (Gawthrop)
2. “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” (arr. Wood)
3. “Come, Come Ye Saints” (arr. Mathias)
4. “Londonderry Air” (arr. Mathias)
5. “Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major,” BWV 552 (J. S. Bach)
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
“Amo al Señor porque escucha el clamor de mi plegaria, porque me presto atención cuando mi voz la llamaba…” Salmo 114:1-2. Escuchamos estas palabras este domingo, y deberían darnos confort y confianza que no estamos solos. Pero, dependiendo lo que estamos viviendo en el momento, puede influir la manera en que entendemos el significado de estas palabras. Por ejemplo, si todo esta bien con nosotros y nuestra familia, podemos pagar la renta, tenemos salud, trabajo, casa y comida… es fácil levantar las manos y alabar a Dios. Pero existen esos momentos cuando tenemos que enfrentar momentos de trauma, como una muerte inesperada de un ser querido. O sabiendo o mirando a un amado muy enfermo y sentirse con las manos amarradas y no poder ayudar por la distancia o circunstancia. O se acaba el dinero y no se puede darle de comer a la familia o pagar la renta. Hay otros ejemplos como estos que nos traen bastante dolor a nuestro corazón. Pero es en los momentos difíciles que estas palabras del Salmo deben de resonar en nuestro corazón. Es saber que el Señor nos escucha y nos da lo que necesitamos. Es saber que aun en momentos difíciles, que parece que nos estamos muriendo o que el cielo se está cayendo y nos quedamos con nada, recordar que tenemos a Dios y con Él basta. Lo único que tenemos que hacer es ponernos en silencio y llamarlo, que Él vendrá a nuestro auxilio. Es saber que, por la misericordia de Dios, Él siempre caminará a nuestro lado y viviremos. Es estar consientes y despiertos a esta verdad, que nos inspira a compartir lo que tenemos con otros, de ser cristos a otros, amando a todos, así como el Señor nos ama.
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