Since the very first day of the shutdown, our parish has prerecorded Masses for every Sundayand weekday. We began on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020) and have not missed a single day. That is 16 months of this labor of love. We usually record 8 Masses a week. That means we recorded over 600 Masses and made them available on our YouTube channel.
At first, while everything was shut down, the recorded Masses provided a way for parishioners to stay connected and watch the Mass being celebrated in their own church. Eventually, as we began to offer in-person Masses outside, the online recorded Masses continued to provide an opportunity for those who were not comfortable or not able to attend the Masses to join a Mass at St. Patrick Church.
Now that most of the restrictions have been lifted and vaccination is readily available, we are making a change in the way we offer Masses online. We recognize that some of our parishioners are not physically able to be present in church. It is for them that we are continuing to offer online Masses. For those who are able to get to church, I remind you that for Catholics it is important to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday in person. Only for those who are not able to attend is the online Mass a substitute.
Beginning on Monday, August 2, we will livestream one of our Masses for each day. On Monday through Friday, you will be able to join the regular 7:00 am Mass as it is being celebrated in the church. Following the Mass, it will be uploaded to our regular YouTube channel for viewing at any time. On Saturdays, our 8:00 am Mass will be livestreamed and uploaded for later viewing. For the Sunday Masses, the English Mass will be livestreamed on Saturday at the regular 4:30 pm Mass; the Spanish Mass will be livestreamed at the 7:00 pm Mass on Saturday. Both will be uploaded to the YouTube channel as well.
I ask for your patience as we make this transition. We have tried to cover all the bases to make a seamless transition. But I would not be surprised to experience a couple technological glitches. Such is life these days…
I also want to take this opportunity to thank those who have faithfully and meticulously overseen the recording and broadcasting of our online Masses for the last 16 months: Tony Kokab, who has coordinated and troubleshot the operation; Gordon Ross, Joseph Lopez, and Lucy Nguyen. I am also grateful to the lectors, musicians, staff members, deacons and priests who made many sacrifices to provide this service. God bless you all.
Once again, our Knights of Columbus are hosting a Blood Drive in the Parish Center. It will be this Sunday, August 1, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. It is not too late to make your reservation by using this link:
Thank you to so many parishioners who took a baby bottle last weekend to help the Knights of Columbus raise money for BirthChoice. Please return your bottle (with your donation inside) and put it in one of the black boxes near the entrance of the church or drop it off at the parish office. Checks should be made out to BirthChoice.
St Patrick’s Olde Garage Thrift Store is Re-Opening.
The Olde Garage began in 1994. That is 27 years of dedicated ministry for our parish and community. All the monies received from The Olde Garage is given to the church for parish needs.
Our Thrift Store will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting SEPTEMBER 13, 2021. Before we can open, however, we need VOLUNTEERS to help. During the shutdown of the last year and a half, many of our dedicated volunteers have either moved out of the area or retired.
Therefore, WE NEED YOU! If you can volunteer 1 day a week, 3 days a week or even one day a month, we could use your HELP. We are asking for both men and women who might have flex hours, who are retired, are stay at home parents, or a school parent to volunteer and support our Olde Garage Ministry. Please call the Parish Office, 760-729-2866, if you can help.
Ubi caritas - Taizé chant
Composed by Jacques Berthier (1923-1994)
Performed by St. Bart's Singers St.
Bartholomew’s Choristers St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster
Antiphon: Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
(Where charity and love are, there God is.)
Your love, O Jesus Christ, has gathered us together.
May your love, O Jesus Christ, be foremost in our lives.
Let us love one another as God has loved us.
Let us be one in love together, in the one bread of Christ.
The love of God in Jesus Christ will never have an end.
Words: Antiphon attributed to Paulinus of Aquileia (c.726-c.802).
Verses adapted from I Corinthians 13:2-8.
Exodus – Journey of Faith
We continue our series of brief biblical reflections by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM. Today the journey of the Israelites through the desert is compared to our own journey through life.
"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.
According to the Book of Exodus, where did Moses receive the 10 Commandments?
Which pope made St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecology?
At what age does a cardinal lose his right to vote in the election of the new pope?
Which biblical prophet resisted God’s call to be a prophet by saying, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”?
In his first letter to the Corinthians, what virtue did St. Paul say is the greatest of all?
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Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “bread of life.”
Background on the Gospel Reading
This Sunday we continue to read from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, but not continuously. Our Lectionary omits John’s report of Jesus’ walking on water. This event is reported much less dramatically in John’s Gospel than in the Synoptic Gospels. After the feeding of the multitudes, the disciples leave in a boat and Jesus follows them. The disciples are said to be terrified by what they see. Jesus reassures them and rejoins them. In today’s Gospel, we learn that the crowd has noticed the departure of Jesus and his disciples and so seeks them out in Capernaum. In the dialogue that follows between Jesus and the crowds, Jesus unfolds for us the gift of himself that he gives in the Eucharist.
In today’s Gospel, there are four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus acknowledges this, yet challenges them to see beyond the fulfillment of their material needs. The crowds have followed Jesus because they have been fed. They ought to be seeking out Jesus because he can give them eternal life.
As the second dialogue begins, it seems that the crowd might be on their way to accepting Jesus and his mission. They ask: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God. But in the third dialogue, the crowd reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They ask Jesus for a sign so that they might know that Jesus is from God. How strange this sounds since Jesus has just fed more than 5,000 people. What more is expected?
But the crowd cannot see beyond the surface of the sign. They show this in their interpretation of the sign that came from Moses. In their description, they identify Jesus with Moses, as if to say, as Moses gave the people manna in the desert, give us a sign so that we will know that you are from God. They are looking to identify a prophet without realizing that God is standing before them. Jesus corrects their misinterpretation, saying that the manna received by their ancestors came from God. As God fulfilled their ancestors’ needs in the desert, so God has provided them with food for eternal life. In the bread that they have received from Jesus, they have received physical nourishment and also spiritual nourishment. Jesus wants the crowd to see beyond the surface to the One who provides true nourishment.
The conclusion of the dialogue reveals the crowd’s blindness. They ask for what Jesus has just told them they have found: “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus answers plainly that he himself is the Bread of Life they seek. Jesus himself is the Bread of Life who will satisfy every hunger and thirst. This is the first of several such statements found in John’s Gospel. We understand these better when we remember that God revealed his name to the people of Israel as “I am,” as Yahweh. Jesus is now claiming this name for himself. In the weeks ahead, we will see the offense that this gives to the people.
This song was written by the popular Catholic composer Rory Cooney, sung by the Sunday 7pm Choir, recorded on March 5, 2017 at St. Francis De Sales Church, Ajax, Ontario Canada.
In the back of our church there is a room that we call the Children’s Chapel (some people refer to it as the “Cry Room” but let’s not use that name). The purpose of the Children’s Chapel is to provide parents with a place to bring young children who do not yet know how to behave in church.
Now that all of our Masses are being celebrated in the church without the benefit of the outdoor acoustics and the normal noise of small children in amplified, we are re-opening the Children’s Chapel.
We just need to set up a few ground rules:
It is intended only for families with small children. Everyone else is to sit in the church.
All those who are in the Children’s Chapel MUST wear face masks.
The capacity of the Children’s Chapel is 14 persons. Once that number is reached, no one else may enter.
Those in the Children’s Chapel should enter the church to receive Holy Communion.
We thank everyone for observing these rules to make this chapel a safe and prayerful space that will help those who really need it.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
Jesús les contesto,“Yo soy el pan de la vida. El que viene a mí no tendrá hambre y el que cree en mí nunca tendrá sed”.Muchos vivimos con este pensamiento, “Quiero ser algo con mi vida.”No estamos satisfechos con nuestro trabajo, aunque provee lo necesario para mi y mi familia. O sentimos que el carro que manejamos no refleja lo que soy, y buscamos un carro “de marca” que mejor nos representa. O criticamos las partes de nuestro cuerpo; que nuestra nariz es muy grande o ancha, que nuestra cabeza o nuestra panza esta desformada, y deseamos hacer ciertas correcciones físicas para vernos, “mejor”. Pero nunca obtendremos la paz y satisfacción en nuestra vida si nos dejamos llevar por las cosas del mundo. Para sentirnos que “nuestra vida tiene sentido”, es aceptar esta verdad, “que soy hijo/a de Dios” que “soy el amado/a de Dios” y que El me dará lo que necesito para vivir. Es ser iluminado que el pan de la vida que Jesús me ofrece es el pan que saciará completamente mi hambre y sed. Tomemos pausa en nuestra vida y preguntémonos, ¿Cuál es mi hambre y sed ahora? Y ¿Cómo busco saciar esta hambre y sed?
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