The Catholic Church has a long tradition of teaching on the rights of workers and the dignity of work. As our nation celebrates a day of appreciation for all those who work, we can be justifiably proud of the Church’s emphasis on the ultimate goal of human labor. Pope St. John Paul II and other popes have expounded on this important theme of Catholic Social Teaching. You can read more about it in other parts of this newsletter. Our parish offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday. There will be one Mass on September 6 at 9:00 am.
Take note of the diocesan-wide catechesis on the Eucharist that will begin next weekend. Be sure to read the summary which is included below which tells you what to expect from the Be Renewed EucharistInitiative in the next couple months. Through it, I am sure that we will all grow in our knowledge and love of the Eucharist.
I want to express my appreciation for the many people who have chosen to wear their face masks at our weekend Masses. Thank you because through this act of love we express our concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are gathering together to celebrate the Eucharist. At the same time, I continue to urge those who have not been wearing their masks to reconsider that decision. I hope that we don’t have to put a mask mandate in place. I much prefer that wearing a mask would be a positive choice for all of us. When St. Paul speaks about the Christian meaning of freedom or liberty (cf. Galatians or Romans), he says that liberty for Christians means the ability to choose the good. I pray that we may all put aside our personal preferences and choose to do all that we can for the common good. At this moment, that includes wearing a face mask when we gather in our church in large numbers.
Let us continue to pray for an end to this pandemic, for the strength needed by healthcare workers and first responders, and for the health and safety of our family members and fellow parishioners. Let us also pray for those who have died in Afghanistan, especially the members of the military from Camp Pendleton and other bases. Let us also pray for the Afghan people during their national crisis. Finally, let us pray for the people of Louisiana, New York and other areas affected by the devastation brought about by Hurricane Ida.
Our national celebration of Labor Day is a perfect time to reflect on Catholic teaching about the dignity of work and the rights of workers. The clearest and most emphatic summary of that teaching is the 1981 encyclical by Pope St. John Paul II: Laborem Exercens (On Human Labor).
Attached is a summary that gives the main points of the encyclical prepared by the California Catholic Bishops Conference. You can read the entire document of John Paul II below
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.
Special Collection to Aid Victims of Earthquake in Haiti
The National Conference of Bishops in the U.S. has called for a special collection to respond to the humanitarian and significant church recovery needs due to the recent earthquake in Haiti. On September 11-12 or the following weekend, you are invited to place your contribution in our one collection during Masses. Just place your offering in separate envelope mark “For the Needs in Haiti.” Parishioners can also contribute through online giving on our website. Everyone is encouraged to join the Church in being a visible witness to the healing presence of Jesus alive in the world through this collection.
Colecta Especial para víctimas de Terremoto en Haiti 2021
La Conferencia Nacional de Obispos de los Estados Unidos ha pedido una colecta especial para responder a las necesidades humanitarias y significativas de recuperación de la iglesia debido al reciente terremoto en Haití. El 11 y 12 de septiembre o el siguiente fin de semana, le invitamos a colocar su contribución en nuestra única colección durante las misas. Simplemente coloque su ofrenda en un sobre separado y marque "Para las necesidades de Haití". Los feligreses también pueden contribuir para « online giving » en nuestro sitio web. Se anima a todos a unirse a la Iglesia para ser testigos visibles de la presencia sanadora de Jesús vivo en el mundo a través de esta colecta.
Our Online Giving received an upgrade to a newer, easier-to-use platform this week. If you currently give online, you should have received an email thisweek with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! The email address that you used to create your account, will now be your username. Check your email from Online Giving for more information.
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721
This rather unique chorale by JS Bach shows the versatility of his style. Please enjoy it.
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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.
Which pope has written the most about the rights of laborers and the dignity of human work?
Who was the American woman who is in the process of canonization by the Church, who was a writer and activist that founded the Catholic Worker Movement, which still helps achieve justice for workers around the world?
What does the word “catholic” mean?
When Moses received the Commandments from God, what were they written on?
What does the Aramaic word “kephas” (Cephas) mean?
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James teaches that there is to be no partiality within the Christian community.
Jesus restores a man’s hearing and speech.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we continue to hear the Gospel of Mark proclaimed. In today’s reading, Jesus heals a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. This is a story about Jesus’ healing power, and in it we find clues about our understanding of sacrament. We are struck by the physical means used to heal the man, the use of spittle and touch. The Church continues to celebrate the sacraments using physical means. In the Sacrament of Baptism, water and oil are used to show the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, we are anointed with holy oil on the forehead and the hands. In the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We are a sacramental people who believe that God’s grace is given to us through these physical signs.
Some, however, see in this Gospel an image of the proclamation of the good news of Jesus to the Gentiles. The geographic references tell us that Jesus is journeying through Gentile territory. Jesus had previously visited this region and healed a person possessed by a demon. Jesus was already famous there, which explains why people brought the deaf man to him. The story that precedes this reading in Mark’s Gospel sets the stage. Jesus encounters a Gentile, a Syrophoenician woman who asks him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus engages her in a dialogue about not feeding to dogs the food intended for children. Jesus is struck by the woman’s great faith when she replies that even dogs eat the food that falls from the table, and he heals her daughter immediately. The faith of this Greek woman compels Jesus to respond to her plea.
Mark shows that Jesus’ own mission affirms the early Church’s mission to the Gentiles. This was a significant issue to the early Christian community, which found that the good news of Jesus took root and spread quickly among the Gentiles. Yet there is an irony in the story of healing that Mark tells. Jesus gives the man the gift of speech, but then tells him not to use it. Jesus asks that the news of his healing power, which is evidence of his identity as the Messiah, not be spread. This is a recurring motif in Mark’s Gospel and is sometimes called the “messianic secret.”
Pope Francis says that ‘Liturgy needs to return to the center of Christian faith’
When Pope Francis sent his greetings to participants in an Italian liturgical conference, he observed that last year’s Covid-lockdown can help the Church rediscover the importance of the Sunday Eucharistic assembly. Read a summary of his message below.
“¡Effetá! (“Ábrete”)”. Escuchamos esta palabra en el Rito del Bautismo, cuando el celebrante toca la boca y los oídos diciendo, “El Señor Jesús, que hizo oír a los sordos y hablar a los mudos, te concede a su tiempo, escuchar su palabra y profesar la fe, para alabanza y gloria de Dios Padre. Amén”. En el Evangelio de esta semana, escuchamos Jesús usar esta palabra, “Effetá”, cuando le llevan a un hombre sordo y tartamudo suplicándole que le impusiera las manos. Jesús lo aparta y le mete los dedos en los oídos y le tocó la lengua con saliva. Y nos dice el texto que al momento se le abrieron los oídos, se le soltó la traba de la lengua y empezó a hablar sin dificultad. Imagínese Jesús “metiendo los dedos en los oídos del hombre”, todos sabemos que nuestros oídos son muy sensitivos y cualquier cosa que se le acerquen nuestra reacción es de movernos. El Sacramento del Bautismo es importante para nosotros, estamos pasando la fe que recibimos de nuestros padres y antepasados, creemos que somos consagrados por Jesús y en Él vivimos dándole gloria y alabanza a Dios. Pero ¿lo hacemos? ¿Las palabras que salen de nuestra boca y nuestras acciones dan alabanza y gloria a Dios? ¿O hacen lo contrario? Reflexionemos, ¿en qué áreas de mi vida necesito que el Señor “meta sus dedos y abra”, para que la gracia de Dios entre y sane?
Por favor haga clic en los enlaces indicados. Espero que les ayude en sus momentos de reflexión.
here you will find all the necessary information regarding Confirmation and how to start the registration process. We are currently in the middle tier of our registration process but that tier will be coming to an end on Friday, Sept. 3. After that, fees for Confirmation registration will increase. We really want to encourage families to register their young people as soon as possible.
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