As you are reading this, I am resting comfortably in my room. A couple days ago I had a planned surgery called a parathyroidectomy (Too long to explain. You'll have to google it.)
It is normally a fairly routine surgery that is done as an outpatient followed by recuperation at home. The doctor says that I will need 1-2 weeks for recovery. So, I’ll be resting for a bit. All prayers appreciated.
As we move into the month of October, so many things call for our attention. In the Catholic Church, it is Respect Life Month as well as being the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. During the month I will include some articles in the e-newsletter about respect for life. “The Life and Dignity of the Human Person” is one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
In our times, there are so many attacks on human life. Preeminent among these threats is the intentional killing of human life in the womb through abortion. As a Church we continue to advocate for the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. This also calls upon us to accompany and support women who choose to carry an unwanted pregnancy to full term. It also reminds us that we cannot decide who shall live and who shall not. Throughout this month I will use this newsletter to highlight some of the important issues that come under the theme of Respect Life.
I encourage you to pray the rosary during this month. While it is essentially a private devotion, occasionally people will pray the rosary together. Some parishioners pray it together after the 8:00 am Mass on weekdays as well as at 4:00 pm on Saturdays. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is this Thursday, October 7.
National Hispanic Heritage Month extends from September 15 to October 15. It reminds us of the rich heritage of a culture that is deeply imbued with Catholic values and customs. In last week’s newsletter I included an article about five Hispanic Saints that are not so well-known. Take a look at it if you missed it. Past newsletters are available on our parish website.
Today is Respect Life Sunday! Join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month and pray for the protection of the unborn and all whose lives are vulnerable. Visit: respectlife.org/celebrate
Domingo del Respeto por la Vida -primer domingo de octubre
Este domingo celebramos el Respeto por la Vida. Unámonos a los católicos de todo el país para celebrar el Mes del Respeto a la Vida y oremos por la protección de los nonatos y toda la vida. Visite:respectlife.org/celebrate
Every month, the Serra Club of North County meets at St. Patrick Parish Church. All are invited to hear Fr Jack Northrup speak at the next monthly Serra Club breakfast meeting following the 8:00 am Mass on Saturday, October 9. First time guests are free. $5 donation for breakfast or bring your favorite breakfast dish to share. Fr Jack is the son of our founding members, John and Mary Northrup and has been serving our church for many years in San Salvador. No reservations needed.
Stay Here and Keep Watch
This piece is by Jacques Berthier and the Taizé Community. Members of the Old St. Patrick's Community in Chicago ring the moving words and beautiful haunting melody.
Post-Abortion Healing Retreat
Post-Abortion Healing Retreat for Catholic Women given by Rachel’s Hope on October 29-31, 2021. Professionally led. Held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego. Confidentiality maintained. Closing Mass included. Group Size limited. Cost $60; partial scholarships available. Limited housing available. “Not judged, not lectured, just healed”. For information/registration call Rosemary Benefield (858) 581-3022; text (858) 752-9378 or email email@example.com. Visit us on our website: www.RachelsHope.org
Feed the Hungry
The first Corporal Work of Mercy is “to feed the hungry.” Read this short but challenging reflection by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI.
This brief article is taken from the website of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (SSS). They are a religious congregation of priests and brothers whose mission is to share the riches of God’s love manifested in the Eucharist. They declare that the Eucharist is at the center of their life and faith as followers of Jesus Christ. Based on the teaching of their founder, St. Jerome Eymard, they believe the Eucharist has the power to transform individuals and societies, and to renew the church. The references in the article are from the Rule of Life of the Congregation.
Cost is $15; (cash or check payable to St. Patrick Church); booklets available at the parish office.
Sponsored by the St. Patrick Bible Study Team. Please Join Us & Bring a Friend
Background for Catholic Teaching Opposing Abortion
The attached “fact sheet” has been prepared by the US Bishops Pro-Life Committee and appears on their website. It gives a bulleted summary of the historical development of the Church’s consistent opposition to procured abortions. It is based on the dignity of all human 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.
What are the two methods by which Catholic Baptism may be done?
Catholics recognize Baptism done in other Christian churches as long as two requirements are fulfilled. What are they?
According to canon law, on what days are Catholics required to participate in Mass?
By what other name is Holy Thursday also known?
n addition to the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, what other Mass is traditionally celebrated on Holy Thursday?
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Christ was made perfect through suffering so that we might all be consecrated.
Mark 10:2-16 (shorter form Mark 10:2-12)
Jesus teaches against divorce and welcomes the children.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we continue to read from the Gospel according to Mark. For the past three Sundays, we have been hearing Mark’s reports of conversations between Jesus and his disciples. Recall that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses these private moments to teach his disciples in greater detail about the Kingdom of God. Beginning with today’s Gospel, Jesus returns to Judea, Jewish territory, and resumes his public ministry. The first verse of chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel tells us that crowds gathered around Jesus, and he taught them, as was his custom. Immediately, the Pharisees approach Jesus to test him.
The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his wife if he finds her to be indecent. This is the justification that the Pharisees reference when Jesus inquires about the commandment of Moses. In reply, Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and counters that God’s original intention was that men and women would become one flesh in marriage. Jesus describes the teaching of Moses as a concession made to God's original intention because of human stubbornness.
In private, Jesus’ disciples question him further about this teaching on divorce. It is to his disciples that Jesus lays out the implications of his teaching by explaining that remarriage after divorce is adultery. Jesus’ teaching was more restrictive than the teaching of the Pharisees, which permitted remarriage. Jesus further distinguished his teaching from the cultural norms of his time by applying his words equally to men and women. Jewish culture permitted only that a husband may divorce his wife. Wives were not permitted to divorce their husband for any reason, including adultery.
At first glance, the final part of today’s Gospel seems unconnected to the previous teaching about divorce. When read together, however, these passages present a strong picture of Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of family. God intended for women and men to be joined together in marriage. Among the purposes of marriage is the raising of children. By welcoming children and fostering their relationship with God, parents and families bear witness to the Kingdom of God.
At the end of today’s Gospel, the people were bringing their children to Jesus, and again Jesus’ disciples show that they just don’t get it. Recall that in the Gospel for each of the past two Sundays, Jesus has taught his disciples the value and importance of these “little ones” in the Kingdom of God. Yet in today’s Gospel, the disciples try to prevent people from bringing their children to Jesus. Jesus reprimands his disciples and welcomes these children. Again Jesus offers these children as an example of the kind of complete trust and dependence upon God that ought to be the attitude of all believers.
The Knights of Columbus Council 15076 will be sponsoring a Fall Spaghetti Dinner to be held October 9, 2021, 6PM at the St. Patrick’s Church Hall. Funds will benefit our own Shower of Blessings ministry. Ticket donations: $10 per person or $25 for a family of four. Tickets will be on sale after all the Masses on this weekend and next. Tickets are limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.
We Walk By Faith
These moving lyrics have been set to music by several composers over time. This version comes from Marty Haugen.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
“Moisés prescribió esto, debido a la dureza de su corazón de ustedes”. Marcos 10:5
Lola y yo tenemos 37 años casados. 37 años de amor, de gozo y de vida. El día 7 de Julio, 1984 nos pusimos ante el altar de Dios en la Parroquia Santa Maria, Estrella de Mar, en Oceanside. Despuestos al compromiso, pero a la vez ignorantes a lo que es vivir como pareja matrimonial. Pensábamos que el amor que sentíamos en ese momento duraría y sería suficiente para vencer cualquier cosa que se nos enfrentara. Intercambiamos votos de amarnos, respetarnos y honrarnos todos los días de nuestra vida. Pero todos sabemos que en la vida existe de todo. Han sido 37 años de amor, de paz y gozo, pero también momentos no agradables, momentos difíciles que son parte del vivir juntos. Gracias a Dios, hemos podido enfrentar y vencer todo y seguimos caminando juntos con amor, fe y esperanza. En el Evangelio de este domingo, los Fariseos ponen a Jesús a prueba y le hacen una pregunta sobre si es lícito a un hombre divorciarse de su esposa. Jesús les aclara lo que Moisés dijo, y luego les dice, “Moisés prescribió esto, debido a la dureza del corazón” de ellos. Cuidemos que nuestro corazón no se ponga duro por las experiencias de vida. Hay que recordar que el ser humano nos fallará, ¡pero Dios nunca! Dios siempre está a nuestro lado. En su vida conyugal, siempre practicar el respeto, la confianza, la humildad, la compasión y mantener blandito, vivo el corazón.
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