Christ the King –Cristo Rey
November 25, 2018
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of
the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
— Revelation 1:5
We are right in the flu season. Breathing has been difficult these past two weeks. So after both Masses this weekend I am offering the sacrament of the sick to anyone who wishes it. It is very simple. After the Mass, and after the quick exiters have left the church,I will come right back to the altar. Those of you who wish the sacrament come up front near the altar. There is a brief introductory prayer calling for God’s support for us all; and I will anoint the foreheads of each of those who wish to be anointed, reciting this simple phrase. “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love fill you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin heal you and raise you up.” Then we all recite the Lord’s Prayer and I bless everyone.
The sacraments are for the people, so they are quick and direct. Would that all religious rites were the same.
Next Saturday after Mass we are having a parish dinner. I wanted one between Thanksgiving and Christmas and this seems the best time. These are always great gatherings. You folks love to party, as do I. There is a sign-up list in the entryway so I can count heads. And by then the all the Turkey leftovers will have been eaten or have turned soupy grey-green, so will have a different choice of festive eatables.
I have been checking our sacramental registers, so I can make copies of baptisms and first communions for parents who need them. And I have noticed that upwards of half the wedding we have had here in the last ten years or so, to judge by the records, have been very simple ceremonies. The couple, the two witnesses, a few family and friends, and a quiet and festive gathering. Then, of course, there are also those very festive gatherings of many family members and friends. But I find it interesting that people are aware now of their choices for the kinds of ceremonies they wish.
The actual Catholic rite of marriage is very brief and begins with the couple already standing together in front of the altar. There is four paragraph introduction, three formal questions about their intentions, and then the recitation of the vows, followed by blessing and exchange of rings. Then a final prayer and blessing for everyone. It takes about ten minutes. The rest is all part of peoples’ religious and cultural customs. Nice and very memorable. But matters of choice. Most of the social and family parts, actually, are ancient, tribal rites about transferring title to the woman from her father’s family to the groom’s family. But a pastor would have to be off his rocker, as I learned to my chagrin, to suggest a possible lessening of these male-power customs as I once did to a real feminist. She cut me short and let me know – loud and clear – “My Daddy is going to Walk Me Down The Aisle!
Our Thanksgiving Day Mass, to my eyes and sensibility, was a lovely, low-keyed, and gentle appreciation of all we have to be grateful for, including the reminders that our privileged life here partners with the need to recognize the total disasters so many of our fellow Californians are now facing. And it is going to be here for all of us to cope with. It is as close to having had a war pass through California as I experienced having passed through bombed out cities in Europe when I first went there so many years ago.
And it will affect us. You cannot destroy so much land, lives, and businesses here and in Southern California without ripping at the heart of the pre-supposed income that the state and regional budgets are built on without pulling the rug from under the most vulnerable institutions the budget supports.
This year, for Thanksgiving, I am cooking (as I write this) a chicken rather than a turkey, as well as my own inventions. A cran-berry-apple pie, and an apple-raisin-walnut pie. I have to create the recipes out of my head which I do often. But that is a part of the fun.
Sat, November 24, 5:00 PM….Parish Deceased
Sun, November 18, 9:30 AM…Fred Siegmund
Wed, November 28, 9:30 AM….
Sat, December 1, 5:00 PM……People of the Parish
Sun, December 2, 9:30 AM…..People of the Parish
First Reading — One like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship. (Daniel 7:13-14)
Psalm — The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
(Psalm 93)Second Reading — Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead.
Gospel — For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. (John 18:33b-37)
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3ab, 7-9;
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7ab; Lk 21:34-36
Sunday: Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14;
1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
November 18, 2018…………………….$1,625.00
Catholic Campaign for Human Development….$450.00
Ignatian Prayer Series for Women Only every other Monday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. Next dates are December 3 and 17. Contact Wendy Hallett at 925-817-7741.
Bible Study – Join us for Bible Study in the Parish Hall every other Wednesday from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Next study dates are December 5 and 21. Contact Anne Brussok at 510-517-9905. Need Volunteers to help take donated items in the Parish Hall to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Pleasant Hill. Call our SVdP Help Line at 510-334-4951, if you have a SUV, van, or truck and can help deliver the donations! Most Requested Needed Food Bank Items – Peanut Butter (plastic jars only); Canned Tuna, Chicken, Beans, Soups and Fruits; Granola Bars, Pasta and Rice. Our food barrel is located in the entryway of the Church. Thank you for your generosity and giving!