This year’s Summer Day Camp was full of fun, learning and friendships. We had 58 campers from 18 different schools ranging in age from 3-12. We had 9 High School Crew members and 4 College Station Leaders and 10 Adults. What awesome Volunteers!
The kids learned songs with Sign Language, Dance and Computer Coding. They enjoyed making Snacks for other campers, Science Experiments, high energy fun games and experiencing Bible Stories that came to life. Fusion Finale gave them the opportunity to see Science Lab experiments make changes and experience other activities. They also got to make Crafts And Science projects that were slimy and Gizmos that walked, flew. They designed their own tie-dye shirts.
Our 18th Annual event was a big hit! Thanks to all who participated and supported this wonderful event with your Time, Talent or Treasure, we truly appreciate it.
When Fr. John Direen addressed our annual liturgical ministers meeting, he made frequent reference to a document published by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, is available on their website in English and in Spanish
Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord expresses the bishops’ strong desire for the fruitful collaboration of ordained and lay ministers who, in distinct but complementary ways, continue in the Church the saving mission of Christ for the world, his vineyard.
This weekend a missionary from Food for the Poor preached at all the masses and asked for contributions to help his organization feed, cloth, and house the poor. If you did not contribute when he was here and would like to you can contribute on their website which is at www.foodforthepoor.org
The parish is looking for several additional people to join the Church Linen Ministry. The church linens ministry prepares all of the linens we use at Mass. The linens are the purificators which are used to keep our communion cups clean, the corporals which are on the altar to catch any little pieces of the host that may fall, and hand towels which are used when to priest washes his hands during Mass. Weekly one minister picks up, launders, irons, and returns the linens used that week in the celebrations of the Eucharist.
With a full complement of ministers, each person will be responsible for the linens every six to eight weeks
Thank you for considering joining. Please let Kathleen Keller know if you are willing to serve. Call her at 510-734-1267 or emailÂ her
We have come to the final stage of our Lenten journey of 2018. We have listened to the Word of God each Sunday and have reflected how the words of scriptures affect our daily lives. As part of this journey, we have resolved and have spent more time in prayer, sacrificed some time or a delectable food by way of fasting, and probably held back on spending for that one piece that will bring enjoyment or delight as means for almsgiving.
This is a time for rejoicing for we are about to come into full circle. We are entering into Palm Sunday where Jesus was hailed as the Messiah. The Easter Triduum starts with Holy Thursday where Jesus spends a last supper with His disciples. The following day is Good Friday where our Lord endured suffering and gave His life as a ransom for many. And finally the Easter Vigil which is the pinnacle of all rejoicing and life as Jesus is resurrected and have conquered death.
Holy Week is a time we reflect on suffering, the Cross, death and resurrection. As Christians, we are called to accept suffering in our life. We also know that every suffering that we endure we are carrying the Cross. Death, as we all know, is not the end but that there is rising to an eternal life with God. Death, for Christians, also means our lives’ death to sin. Finally, our resurrection is in Jesus, the Risen One!
Take to heart the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 8:10-15. “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry out: Abba, Father!”
I wish you a BLESSED HOLY WEEK and a HAPPY EASTER SEASON. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, may God bless all of us, keep us, protect us from all harm and above all give us new lives in the resurrection of Risen Christ.
In my homily for Simbang Gabi on Thursday night I mentioned the picture of Jesus Knocking on a door. The door has no knob or key hole that is visible. The door must be opened from the inside. At the dinner following the mass some people asked me about the picture. I found some on the web and I am posting one for those who have not seen this picture.