Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
— Revelation 1:18a
Second Sunday of Easter
We had two full Masses – the Easter Vigil on Saturday Night, and the Sunday Mass at 9:30.
The liturgies went well from a pastor’s point of view. Our musicians on Sunday really made the celebration of Easter wonderful. We are so lucky to have such creativity and dedication, to say nothing of their respect for the best in the musical traditions.
t the Easter Vigil we had a number of kids from neighboring parishes, probably the majority, whose families for whatever good reasons requested to have the sacraments here. We do not charge for the preparation programs and obviously there is no charge for the sacrament s so that has been one major reason for the numbers.
But that all changed this Wednesday at 2PM. I had an appointment with my cardi-ologists to go over the results of the tests they put me through two weeks ago. That was to find out why I was having the problem that had cropped up. The details are technical and irrelevant but their requirements are that I reduce stress. Fortunately for me, they know how a Catholic parish works and mapped out how to do it and what not to do anymore.
We insisted on a reasonable work day and especially limiting my work to the issues and needs of our own parish people. Hardly rocket science. And it is really doable.
But reasonable limits are not some minor matter. And this is not some minor matter. Pastors are entrusted to address the needs and issues of the people in their parishes. What will be new for me is no longer being available for people from places where I have worked who do not have connections with the parishes where they live. So they call on me. I have responded willingly. No more. I This really quite boring list is just for clarity, and openness, and having all this on record.
Our phone will not be answered after 6PM but it records any messages which are clear. Now nearly half are – not bad. Phone numbers, of course, are rattled off like practice lessons for speed-talking. Now and then one is spoken slowly, clearly, and repeated. Gives some hope in the survival of human speech. And we will include the possibility of a communion service on Wednesday mornings to take the place of the Mass when I need it.
Pope Francisco is in the process of reforming the governing structure of the papal government in order to make the preaching of the gospel the most important work of the church. This is not just in ideas but the actual rank of offices. The new office of preaching the gospel will be at the top. This represents a really major shift, away from the presenting the current priority of instructing how the faith is to be preached, observed, and lived. And this group’s traditional role was checking into people whose teaching were “out of line” and calling them to account. And a new group which is designed to make showing how living the faith in very concrete, visible and attractive ways is the number one work of the church. This is a very big change in the work of the church. Putting it simply – too simply, really – it is a shift from a disciplinary focus on controlling the way the faith is presented, to a pastoral approach with its focus on making the living of it more attractive by care for those most needing care, and sacrificing control if necessary to become humane.
It is what Francisco has been working toward for his years as pope – and often with real opposition from well-established authorities who are determined to maintain control over the public presentation of the faith. As I will be describing this has strong cultural and political dimensions that parallel the traditional control of colonial powers.
Sat, April 27, 5:00 PM…
Sun, April 28, 9:30 AM……Fred Siegmund
Wed, May 1, 9:30 AM……
Sat, May 4, 5:00 PM………People of the Parish
Sun, May 5, 9:30 AM……….People of the Parish
First Reading — A large number of people gathered, bringing the sick, and all were cured. (Acts 5:12-16)
Psalm — Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. (Psalm 118)
Second Reading — Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
(Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19) Gospel — The risen Christ comes to his disciples with peace and the Spirit. The absent Thomas doubts. (John 20:19-31)
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34:2-9; Jn 3:16-21
Sunday: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19
April 21, 2019…………………….$1,560.00
Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Prayer Intentions
Parish prayer intentions will be placed at the Grotto in Lourdes, France, during the Order of Malta May pilgrimage. Please sign the list located in the entryway of the Church with your intention/ name to be prayed for before April 29.
Ignatian Prayer Series for Women Only every other Monday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. Next dates are May 6 and 20. Contact Wendy Hallett at 925-817-7741. Bible Study – Bible Study in the Parish Hall will resume every other Wednesday from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. starting May 15. Contact Anne Brussok at 510-517-9905. SAVE THE DATE – Parish Pancake Breakfast benefiting our St. Vincent de Paul efforts on Sunday, June 23, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Most Requested and 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!