The Lord secures justice and the rights of
all the oppressed. — Psalm 103:6
The church hall looks much better since the floor was given that thorough cleaning just in time for the funeral of Brenda McKinley. But I have to admit that getting it ready took more out of me than I had. I have, of and off, been dealing with shortness of breath, fatigue and a few other things to the point that – when I went to m internist to see about it – she worried that the symptoms could be a build up to a second heart attack. Walking up the little hill from the store on the corner or back from the post office left me noticeably short of breath. So I am off to see the cardiologist this week. I had a heart attack 50 years ago that destroyed 1/3 of my heart and have been living with chronic coronary ischemia ever since – a constant insufficiency of oxygen to the heart. I’ve learned to manage it. Now the managing is no longer working the way it had.
I mention all this – I really hate talking about it, health talk is such a bore – because what I am doing here is going to change. And you deserve to know what is going on, and why.
We are continuing to take clothes over to the Richmond Rescue Mission, so if you have usable clothes you want to get rid of just bag them up and bring them here. If no one is here leave them by the door into the parish hall, and when I see them I’ll drag them inside. Actually that is the best place to leave them anytime rather than having to carry them up the stairs.
I believe that in order to keep this place repaired we probably need to look into placing a reliable repair man on a monthly retainer. If there is a monthly stipend there, regardless of any work here during that month, we may be able to have someone we can rely on. We have had any number of people agree to be available for us, perform one or two repairs, and then effectively disappear.
I understand the reason. We are small and with limited funds. We compete with places and home-owners with options for frequent work and with large repair budgets. A retainer might even things out – that of course depending on its size. But whatever we have come up with does not work. Much the same with electricians. The manager of the electrical supply house in town told us a couple of years ago that the local electricians will not load up their trucks for jobs of less than $35,000.00. So the competition for available and willing help is keen.
I have started writing something on the mindset of Bill Everson, a poet active in SF during the 50s and 60s, and a very good friend. He has no roots in European or even Eastern US poetry and intellectualism, and is a pure Californian. I want to go back to the times and years we had in common – which means lived contexts. It is a terrible thing to see someone you knew, lived with, and who was so wildly full of life reduced to the limits of a book or a doctoral dissertation. In his case, I think, he was a willing victim – but I don’t want to see him that way. We had too much time and life together in common. And in common meant part of and blended in with the life here in California. Not too many of the people I know had their phones tapped by the FBI like I did, and it was a time of real life. So it is back to the writing.
Sat, March 23, 5:00 PM……Margaret Morkowski
Sun, March 24, 9:30 AM…..People of the Parish
Wed, March 27, 9:30 AM……
Sat, March 30, 5:00 PM……People of the Parish
Sun, March 31, 9:30 AM……Fred Siegmund
First Reading — “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have come to rescue them.” (Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15)
Psalm — The Lord is kind and merciful.
Second Reading — Those who think they are standing secure should take care not to fall.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12)
Gospel — I shall cultivate the ground around the fig tree and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. (Luke 13:1-9)
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40:7-11;
Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9; Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16,
19-20; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9;
Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17;
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-21ab;
Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12; Ps 34:2-7;
2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
March 17, 2019……………………$1,597.00
Ignatian Prayer Series for Women Only every other Monday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. Next dates are March 25, April 8 and 22 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 March 27, April 10 and 24. Contact Anne Brussok at 510-517-9905. 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! Order of Malta Medical Clinic, next to Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland, provides free medical care and services for anyone without health insurance. Call 510-587-3000 for an appointment or more information. The Pope Francis Legal Clinic, next to Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland, provides free legal consultation on a broad range of issues. Legal Clinic is by appt. only: 510-893-4711.