GOD IS WITH US
The book of Wisdom tells us that the spirit of God is in all things. What a wonderful thought, and what a wonderful image to keep in front of us as we travel down life’s road. For if the path is revealed in the treading, it’s good to know that God is with us—and all around us—every step of the way.
But Paul knows that this divine presence is not timid. Instead, God calls out to us, and Paul prays that we, along with the Thessalonians, might be made worthy of that call. And who knows more about God’s call than Zacchaeus, the tax collector? Jesus called him out of a tree, for goodness’ sake. Or perhaps more correctly, as we reflect upon the end of today’s Gospel reading, for heaven’s sake.
The recent “October count” tracking the statistics of participation at Sunday Mass calls to mind the situations of churches where it is difficult or impossible for Catholics to worship freely. This is especially striking in English Catholic history, as freedom of worship was systematically dismantled at the time of the Reformation. It seems that most English people retained deeply Catholic sympathies throughout the period of religious upheaval. Catholics who refused to participate in the public worship of the Church of England were called “recusants,” and beginning with the reign of Elizabeth I, they were subject to strict penalties. Recusant literally means “a person refusing to obey a command.” Most of those laws were in force until the early 1800s, and Catholics were not entirely emancipated from the duty of Anglican worship until 1829.
Recusants paid heavy fines for not attending the state church. Holding on to Catholic faith was therefore a luxury of the very rich, who maintained private chapels, and sent their daughters and sons to English convents and monastery schools on the continent. Remarkably, the first among all British peers, the Dukes of Norfolk, the hereditary Earls Marshal of England, have never given up their Catholic faith. Many of these wealthy recusant families founded the colony of Maryland, and later many members of the old Catholic families continued on to the Kentucky frontier in search of greater religious freedom.
The Spanish community is holding a raffle to benefit the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Building Fund to repay down our diocesan loan.
Ticket prices: $3.00 each or booklet of 20 tickets for $60
Raffle will be drawn on December 18th after the 1pm Mass. Tickets are on sale after Mass or in the rectory office.
Catholic Bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. “In the Catholic tradition,” they write, “responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” Please visit:
PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Assembly is sponsoring a Youth Carved & Decorated Pumpkin Contest on October 30th in the parish hall from 8:00-12:30pm.
Youth categories are:
Contact Frank at 916-896-8007
Knights Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
There are bins in the vestibule of the Church to collect non perishable food items for families in need during the Thanksgiving season. The Knights of Columbus will be giving out 250 food baskets again this year and we hope these baskets will contain enough food for a family to enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner and more. Please go through your cupboards and pantries and donate any items that you can, and please remember the less fortunate when you do your grocery shopping.
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, November 6. 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
The Public Health Immunization Assistance Program hosts a series of free Flu Clinics in the Sacramento area each year for uninsured, under-insured and/or low income adults and families. Please pick up a listing of the free clinics in the entrances of the church. The 2016 schedule is also available on the Sacto County Health and Human Services website:
The Bereavement Ministry invites you to participate in the annual “Mass of Remembrance” to be held on Mon- day, November 7th at 6:30om, as we remember and pay homage and respect to those of our parish community who have left this earthly life during the past year.
We ask the entire faith community of St. Paul parish to join together on this important day of prayer and remem- brance.
|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|
Jose & Maria Aguilar
|Francisco & Judith Alfaro|
|Ruben & Maria Alvaro||Marco & Yeny Anguiano|
|Mauricio & Silvia Baltazar||Eduardo & Maria Barriga|
|Jorge & Maria Barron||Jose & Rosali Bautista|
|Frederic & Donna Beley||Felipe & Elisa Bernal|
|Aron & Zaira Bernardino||Ellelie Joyce Calaran James|
|Cristobal & Domitila Carrilo||Vincent & Jannely Chavez|
|Heriberto & Karina Cruz||Damien & Karla DaRosa|
|Adrian & Guadalupe DeOrta||Ana Diaz|
|Ricardo & Luz Diaz||Jose & Rosa Elisea|
|Luis & Lucila Espinoza||Fernando & Emma Garcia|
|Ricardo & Emma Garcia||Alex & Delia Hernandez|
|Hector & Karla Larios||Sonia Lopez|
The response to the need for toilet paper for the homeless was great!
Thank you everyone who contributed to this vital need of the people who live on the streets. A special thanks to our SPYM members, their efforts to collect toilet paper were truly outstanding. They held a contest to see who could collect the most toilet paper resulted in 350 rolls being collected and donated. Congratulations to the winner, Renee Valine, and all our parish members who contributed.
Socks and Tarps
As the winter approaches the need for socks and tarps becomes the next need that will be addressed. Warm dry socks on a wet rainy day, when you are living on the street, must seem like a luxury. If you would like to donate socks “Tube Socks” will work for both men and women.
The need for tarps to lay on the ground, or to be used by the homeless to protect from the rain will become a dire necessity in the near future.
Please put your donated items in the containers in the entrances of the Church, these are provided by the Social Justice Ministry.
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.
The gift of faith requires a gift of return. Be of faith and service to God through service to the people around you. Each member shares in the good works of the entire organizataion with little effort on the part of the individual. The spiritual life of members is enhanced through the various spiritual and charitable activities of CDA. Growth in grace, knowledge, and friendship develop because of your gifts of time, talent and treasure. Please think of joining our group at St. Paul Church. For more information contact Nellie Basquez at 916-381-1365.
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
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
Nov 1st—All Saints Day
Mass 8:00am & 7:00pm in English
Nov 2nd– All Souls Day
Mass 8:00am –English 6:30pm Spanish