LOOKING BEYOND OURSELVES
The message found in today’s readings is an oft-told story. Citizen Kane, Daddy Warbucks, and King Midas are only a few of the familiar fictional characters who thought enormous wealth could buy happiness and fulfillment. Daddy Warbucks admitted stepping on a few people in his climb to the top. Kane tried to buy the printed word and stardom for his young wife, while King Midas conjured immense wealth and tragedy by his very touch.
We learn clearly in today’s readings that none of this is really possible. True happiness comes from caring for someone other than ourselves. It comes from the pursuit of the virtues Paul described to Timothy: faith, love, gentleness, godliness, righteousness, and endurance. The Gospel reminds us that we dare not ignore the needs of others, acting as though we don’t notice their suffering. God’s call to us is much too clear to disregard for even one more day.
We’ve been thinking about names lately, and there is hardly any tradition older than changing one’s name when accepting a new vocation in life. In the time of Jesus, people would normally wait until the eighth day after birth for the naming of a child, partly because of the fragility of infant life, when the eighth day would mark the end of a survival crisis, and also because the elders would look for some clues as to the child’s identity. In Jewish life then as now, it was not the custom to name a child after a living parent; notice there are no “juniors” in the genealogy of Jesus. Remember also how the relatives complained to Zachary and Elizabeth that no one in their family was ever named John. Then there are the changed names, Abram became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah, Saul became Paul, Simon became Peter. This spills over into Western culture in many ways, such as British royalty taking new names at coronation. It’s anybody’s guess, for example, whether the Prince of Wales intends to be King Charles II, or become Henry, or Edward, or George if he wishes.
Members of religious orders have until recent years swapped baptismal names for new ones, and the latest pope made a switch as well. Secular life has many parallels, and movie stars like Cary Grant, Judy Garland, and John Wayne might not have shone so brightly as Archie Leach, Frances Gumm, and Marion Morrison. There are some compelling reasons in our tradition for taking a new name when undertaking a new mission, yet also a clear preference for choosing the right baptismal name from the start!
Bishop Myron Cotta will celebrate our Diocese’s Opening Mass for the 40 Days vigil on Saturday, September 24th at St. Philomene Parish in Sacramento at 5:30pm.
The rosary will be prayed at 5:00pm A spaghetti dinner kickoff will follow immediately afterward in the St. Philomene school gym.
Everyone is invited to attend and priests are invited to concelebrate with Bishop Cotta.
The 40 Days for Life Vigil begins Sept 28th in hundreds of cities around the world. Christians will pray and offer assistance on the sidewalk Mon-Fri. from Sept. 28 to Nov.6th. This life-saving, peaceful, prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Soto, who encourages all Catholics to participate. By God’s grace over 11,700 women worldwide have changed their minds, choosing LIFE for their children, rather than abortion because of people praying at the sidewalk. The vigil, in Sacramento, will be held at 1442 Ethan Way, along the public sidewalk of the abortion business parking lot on Hallmark Drive. Please visit 40daysforlife.com for more information about this and other sites.
“I changed my schedule and it changed my life.” Come join us at Christ the King for a retreat to deepen your relationship with God. The theme is “Gathered in the Name of Jesus.” The retreat affords an opportunity to engage the strife in our time and the uncertainties in our hearts with courage and love. RETREAT IS OCTOBER 28-30. You can register on line at ChristTheKingRetreatCenter.org. For more information or registering by phone contact Carol Forrest at the Center 9160725-4720 ext.314
This area provides a place where we can remember our deceased loved ones: give thanks for all we have received, or recognize someone who is special to us. Sitting in the Meditation Area, when everything around you is quiet, provides a very spiritual experience. It allows you to pray silently, meditate, give thanks, or just bring back memories of those memorialized in the pavers of the meditation area.
It’s hard to leave behind the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. If you take just a few minutes to sit, listen to the waterfall, and relax, you will understand why parishioners have had pavers installed that recognize the gifts they have received from God, If you are interested in placing a paver in the Meditation Area contact the office for a form to fill out. Even if you are not particularly interested in placing a paver yourself, stop by, relieve some of your daily stress, and say a prayer of thanks for all you have received.
Click on this link to download the Meditation Paver Flyer.
We are making steady progress in repaying our Diocesan Loan which we incurred to complete the building of our Religious Education Center.
We began last fiscal year:
July 1 2015 with a balance due of $933,756.43. Through your pledges and our “Pink Envelope” contributions we have paid accumulated interest and reduced the loan as of August 1, 2016 to $778,280.06. This reflects a reduction of $155,476.37 in 14 months.
For using your treasure to insure that our young people received a first class education in our faith in excellent surroundings. The majority of the repayment is from those who pledged to our “Our Dream Continues in Service to All” campaign. In addition many who did not choose to make further pledges have continued to contribute through the use of their “Pink Envelopes.” We still have a large outstanding balance, but you, the Parish Family, have shown that that task is achievable.
If you would like to welcome the Vocation Cross into your home for a week please call the office so we can arrange to add you to the list of parishioners taking the Cross home each week.
This seems like an unlikely topic to address in the bulletin, unfortunately many have forgotten we are in our Father’s House when we are in church. We would not in our own homes, stick chewing gum, when it has lost its flavor, under a table, or throw it on the floor. However, we are finding stale chewing gum under the pew seats, in the book holders, or worse yet on the floor, even on the rug. PLEASE, deposit used gum in the trash receptacles. This is a sanitary way to dispose of the gum, and will prevent parishioners putting their hands on the end of a pew and having gum stick to their fingers, or stepping on it and tracking it throughout the church. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION !
|Roberto & Maria Anguiano||Lucina Fajardo|
|Ernest & Idamarie Barsotti||Adolfo Baza & Lidia Sanchez|
|Jose & Lely Belquis||Wayne & Charlene Borman|
|Valentin & Rowena Eugenio||Stephanie Giroux|
|Andrew & Maria Pascua||Leo Seok|
|Bertha Soto & Hector Villa||Ma Luz Taylor|
The Health Ministry promotes the Church as a “healing place” and emphasizes the congregation’s wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Activities include: Free blood pressure screening clinics, medical equipment loan program, and quarterly newsletter –The Healing Place –, and occasional presentations and workshops and activities.
Volunteers are always needed. They need not be members of the medical community. You are needed to: make phone calls, serve as interpreters, help set up and take down before and after events, to facilitate or teach a class and provide help as needed. If you are interested call Clara at 689-3932.
The Health Ministry manages a free medical equipment loan program for parishioners. Portable equipment available includes wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, bedside commodes and shower seats. If you, or someone in your family is in need of this type of equipment please call Clara Heimericks at (916) 689-3932 or the office and we will do what we can to help you.Free Blood Pressure Screening Clinic.
Donuts and Coffee
The Knights will be hosting donuts September 11 and 25th in the parish hall. Come and enjoy donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for just a donation.
Our next breakfast will be served on Sunday, October 2. Come to the parish hall between 8:30 and 11:00am and enjoy a great breakfast for only $4.00.
Join the Knights of Columbus
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Knight please ask any Knight, they should all be wearing their name badges, or call Roger Tafoya at (916) 936- 3810.
Pictures of the 2016 St. Paul Crab Feed online - see them here.
Knights Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Pictures Online - See pictures of the Food Drive in action here
Recent funerals or memorial Masses at St. Paul Parish -
Your prayers are requested for the families and friends of St. Paul Parish whose funerals or memorial Masses were celebrated during the 2015-2016 church year. Read the entire article for names.
Sundays - 7:30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1:00 pm en español
(Children's Choir sings first and third Sundays of the month.)
Saturdays - 4 pm [vigil]
First Saturdays - 8 am