For the last several weeks, we have been talking about the upcoming Synod of Bishops which is designed to begin at the parish level. Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to get involved. That means that the entire People of God has been asked for input.
Throughout the world, every diocese is organizing its parishes to implement a simple process of listening to the parishioners about their hopes and dreams for the Church – at the parish level, for the diocese, for the worldwide Church. In our diocese, this listening process will take place in all the parishes during the month of March.
These listening sessions will be done in small groups (around 6 people). Each group will also have a facilitator and a note taker. The role of the facilitator (as the word indicates) is to “make it easy” for each person to have an opportunity to share. The note taker has the job of recording what is being shared. It will be summarized and forwarded to the diocese. Then the diocese will summarize the input from all the parishes and send it to Rome for the bishops who will gather in 2023.
I am pleased to announce that Carl Streicher has agreed to serve as our Parish Synod Coordinator. He is already participating in orientation sessions for the coordinators of all the parishes. Our parish staff has already laid the groundwork for the listening sessions in our parish and will work with Carl to provide logistical support. Please see the schedule of listening sessions that is attached.
We will be sharing more with you in the weeks ahead about the dynamics of this process. I share the hope of Bishop McElroy that the information our parishioners will share will help us become a more listening Church. It is a unique opportunity for the Church to listen to Catholics from across the globe. But it all begins here in the parish.
I invite you to look back at articles that have been shared in the last three weeks’ bulletins or email newsletters. They explain some aspects of the process. You can also visit the special section of the diocesan website dedicated to the Synod:
In addition to asking you to plan to attend one of the listening sessions, I ask for your prayers for the success of the Synod at all levels. I truly believe that this is an opportunity to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Sunday morning Mass at 11:00 will continue to be celebrated on the covered court of the school until further notice. Thank you to all who have adjusted to this modification of our Mass schedule and thanks to all who have shared their positive feedback.
This is the Michael W. Smith arrangement of the worship song "Way Maker," performed by a virtual choir of members from the Chicago Church of Christ for Easter Sunday.
Whispering Winds Gala Honors Don Kojis
Whispering Winds Catholic Camp is celebrating its 40th Annual Gala in person on February 26, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis! At this special event we are honored to celebrate the legacy of our late co-founder Don Kojis, a 12-year NBA All-Star and Catholic champion of our faith. Along with a delicious meal, the evening will include amazing live and silent auction items and an inspiring program. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, email email@example.com. To register, visit our website - WhisperingWinds.org - or call our office at 619-464-1479. This event helps ensure Whispering Winds will continue to provide hope, encouragement and healing to our community. Sign up for the Gala today!
Showers of Blessings
Beautiful handmade quilts (lap size) are being sold after Mass on February 12 & 13. Sales benefits two important programs: Showers of Blessings, which provides showers, haircuts, and clothing for the homeless in our community, and Feeding All God’s Children, which provides meals for those in need. The cost is $30 per quilt. Cash and checks accepted.
Bishop Barron speaks about the Beatitudes
Bishop Barron speaks about the beatitudes as the road to freedom through detachment. That detachment may be from material things, from power, or a variety of things.
Scout Sunday Celebrated
Last Sunday (February 6) we celebrated Scout Sunday and recognized some of our Scouts who received religious emblems and awards. Click below to read about our Scouts and see some great pictures.
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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.
What do the following have in common: Maronite, Byzantine, Coptic, Armenian?
What is the Parousia?
How many archangels are mentioned in the Bible by name?
What does the word synod mean?
Who are the men in colorful costumes who have been responsible for the personal safety of the pope since 1506?
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Put trust and hope in the Lord, not in human beings.
Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
Our hope for resurrection is sure because Christ has been raised from the dead.
Jesus teaches the crowd the way to happiness.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Last Sunday we heard Jesus call Peter to be his disciple. Jesus then travels with Peter and the other disciples. Luke reports acts of healing (a person with leprosy and a paralytic man) and the call of Levi, the tax collector. Jesus also replies to questions from the Pharisees regarding fasting and the observance of the Sabbath. In the verses immediately before today's gospel reading, Jesus is reported to have chosen 12 men from among his disciples to be apostles. Apostle is a Greek word that means “one who is sent.”
Today's gospel reading is the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. We find a parallel to this passage in Matthew 5:1-7,11 that is often called the Sermon on the Mount. As these titles suggest, there are differences and similarities between these gospel readings.
When spoken from the mountaintop in Matthew's Gospel, we can't miss the impression that Jesus is speaking with the authority and voice of God. The mountaintop is a symbol of closeness to God. Those who ascend the mountain see God and speak for God; recall the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. As Luke introduces the location of Jesus' teaching, Jesus teaches on level ground, alongside the disciples and the crowd. Luke presents Jesus' authority in a different light. He is God among us.
Another distinction found in Luke's version is the audience. Luke's Sermon on the Plain is addressed to Jesus' disciples, although in the presence of the crowd; Matthew's Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the crowd. In keeping with this style, the Beatitudes in Luke's Gospel sound more personal than those in Matthew's Gospel—Luke uses the article “you” whereas Matthew uses “they” or “those.” There is also a difference in number: Matthew describes eight beatitudes; Luke presents just four, each of which has a parallel warning.
The form of the Beatitudes found in Luke's and Matthew's Gospel is not unique to Jesus. Beatitudes are found in the Old Testament, such as in the Psalms and in Wisdom literature. They are a way to teach about who will find favor with God. The word blessed in this context might be translated as “happy,” “fortunate,” or “favored.”
As we listen to this Gospel, the Beatitudes jar our sensibilities. Those who are poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted are called blessed. This is, indeed, a Gospel of reversals. Those often thought to have been forgotten by God are called blessed. In the list of “woes,” those whom we might ordinarily describe as blessed by God are warned about their peril. Riches, possessions, laughter, reputation . . . these are not things that we can depend upon as sources of eternal happiness. They not only fail to deliver on their promise; our misplaced trust in them will lead to our demise. The ultimate peril is in misidentifying the source of our eternal happiness.
The Beatitudes are often described as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.
Our parish council of the Knights of Columbus will be holding a Flower Sales on the church patio this weekend, February 12-13. Flowers will be available after all Masses (or until they run out of flowers). Proceeds from the flower sales will go to Birth Choice of San Marcos.
Ye Olde Garage Thrift Store
The Ye Olde Garage Thrift Store will have its monthly Second Sunday Sale on February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Stop by and browse to see all that we offer. If you would be interested in volunteering for this Ye Olde Garage ministry, please contact the office and leave us your name.
Blood Is Urgently Needed
Our Knights of Columbus are hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday, February 20 in the Parish Center. It runs from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Giving blood is giving the gift of life. Blood donation is simple and safe. There is no substitute for blood and no substitute for your generosity.
Please read all COVID-19 blood donation restrictions related to travel outside the U.S., symptoms, exposure and vaccinationshere.
Jesús dijo, “Dichosos serán ustedes cuando los hombres los aborrezcan y los expulsen de entre ellos y cuando los insulten y maldigan por causa del Hijo de hombre. Alégrense ese día y salte de gozo, porque su recompensa será grande en el cielo”.
En el Evangelio de esta semana, Lucas nos habla de las Bienaventuranzas. Palabras de Jesús que son dirigidas a los olvidados de este mundo, empezando por los pobres de su Pueblo. Estas palabras son fuertes y podemos sentirnos retados porque parece que Jesús está diciendo que sólo los pobres serán escuchados y el Reino de Dios es suyo. También menciona a los ricos, y les dice, “¡Ay de ustedes…porque ya tienen su consuelo!”. Es importante tomar más tiempo para reflexionar más sobre el significativo de las Bienaventuranzas. ¿A caso Dios sólo escucha a los pobres? Dios, siendo un Padre amoroso, tiene su oído y corazón muy cerca a los pobres y a sus necesidades. Pero, no nos dice que olvida a los que tienen un poquito más de dinero. Tampoco juzga mal a los que les ha ido bien en sus negocios y han podido comprar comodidades para ellos y sus familiares. La gran enseñanza de las bienaventuranzas es que nunca se nos olvide que “todos somos hijos de Dios”. Que tenemos que estar atentos a las necesidades de todos, viviendo con un espíritu pobre, reconociendo que, si Dios nos ha dado más, es porque tenemos que compartirlo con los que tienen menos. Las Bienaventuranzas debe ser nuestro estilo de vivir.
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