Have you ever been in a group of people—maybe on a tour, at a social gathering, or at church—and discovered that you have just been talking with a well-known author, corporate CEO, great scholar, or politician? Your first thought is the hope that you didn’t say anything to embarrass yourself; but your second thought is how much they seemed like such “regular” folks. What is it that makes people seem so “regular”? Today’s readings give us a clue when they stress the importance of humility.
It is so hard for us not to tell the first person who will listen how busy we are, how hard we work, how much money we donate, and how important our job titles are. We think these accolades make a difference to people, and if we don’t tell them, how will they ever know? But if our actions demonstrate our values, people will recognize our worth on their own. The words of Jesus show us how much better it is to let someone else recognize our worth than to be embarrassed because someone did not.
Perhaps the most familiar traditional symbol that identifies bishops is the crosier that they carry. We see the shepherd’s staff and immediately rich images from scripture come to mind, as well as the recollection that the first to respond to Christ’s presence in our world were the shepherds. The staff is more than a walking stick; its crooked top is useful in snaring errant sheep but also in keeping the flock united. Bishops carry the curve outward, indicating their ministry to the wider flock, while abbots (and some abbesses, too) carry the crosier with the curve pointing in, indicating that their ministry is to the monastery alone.
The crosier was once also carried by the pope, but was phased out centuries ago. You may recall that in pre -“popemobile” days, the pope was often carried around on a portable throne called a sedia gestatoria . Since he didn’t do much walking, the need for a crosier was minimal. Pope Paul VI introduced the innovation of a walking staff in the 1960s, and everyone remembers Pope John Paul II’s walking staff, not a crook, but a delicately sculptured crucifix. Thus, the pope carries a “pastoral staff” rather than a crosier. Precisely because the pope’s ministry is universal, to the whole world, popes will likely leave crosiers in the hands of the bishops they commission for care of specific flocks.
The Festival will be September 18th. It will once again include our famous multi-cultural food booths, live entertainment, children’s fun land, family activities.
The Early Bird Drawings have started
The winner of the drawing at the 4:00pm Mass, August 6. was Henry Loret de Mola.
The winner of the drawing at the 7:30am Mass, August 14th was Jose M. Carina Gonzalez
CONGRATULATIONS to the winner, each won 2 dinner tickets to the Festival Kick off dinner, September 17th.
This weekend’s winner will be drawn after the 9:00am Mass. If you have submitted tickets you could be a winner!
The tickets drawn for the dinners will be returned to the drawing drum, and will be eligible for the Grand Prize of $1,000.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or $20 for a book of 12. If you didn’t receive tickets, or would like some more, they are available at the Parish Office, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:00pm.
Ticket stubs and payment may be placed in the collection baskets at Mass prior to Festival Day, mailed, or dropped off at the Rectory Office.
The Parish Festival Dinner is Saturday, September 17th immediately following the 4pm Mass and tickets are now available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 10 years of age. Phil DeLeon and Dylan Pletcher will be the chefs and they will be preparing barbeque tri-tip and roasted chicken served along with generous sides of coleslaw and potato salad. A donation bar will be available for beverages. The Sweet Shoppe will be selling desserts. Tickets will be sold at the main entrance of the church after each Mass and may also be purchased by going to the parish office during business hours. You may also contact Phil DeLeon at (916) 607-1645.
Fr. Joyle resumed the Bible Study Course on July 28th, in the Religious Education Center, Room #2 at 6:30 PM. It will be a six-week course. Those who had been in the class before and those who are interested to join, come on the said date with your bibles.
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.
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.
Help contribute to St. Paul’s Building Fund as we plan another Bus trip to Feather Falls Casino.
For information and reservations please contact Rose Basos 381-3845, Paz Cajucom 897-9480 or Emilia Dones, 849-5617.
SPANISH Healing Mass at 11:00am
ENGLISH Healing Mass at 11:00am
Followed by a light lunch in the parish hall, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters.
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 – Sunday, September 4th, 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM in the parish hall.
LOAVES & FISHES
Loaves and Fishes have made a request for the following items. All can be delivered to the warehouse at 1351 North C St, Mon-Fri 7:00am to3:00pm. You can also leave your donations at the rectory office and we will be glad to take them to Loaves and Fishes for you. Gently used Adult Tennis Shoes Super Tampons Adult Diapers Sleeping Bags Healthy Snack Bars Spray on sunscreen Beach Towels Ground Coffee Travel Size Hand Lotion Toilet Paper Dog food and pet supplies to help our guests and pets —pet food, collars, carriers, blankets, etc.
Friendship Park is a welcoming area near the dining room serving more poor and homeless people than we could have imagined. Over half of the guests were over 50 years old and are sleeping outside without shelter. About 53% of them reported disabilities and suffer from bi-polar disorder, severe anxiety or major depression. Friendship Park offers warm coffee, free showers, a change of clothes, etc. with a caring staff and volunteers.
Free Handouts and Information
On the counter in the entrance of the church there are handouts and information regarding the dignity of all people, and the need for justice. Help yourself to these free items.
Loaves and Fishes held a special toilet paper drive on August 2nd. The response to the appeal was great, however the need continues. If you would like to donate some toilet paper you may leave it in the plastic bins in the vestibules of the church. Thank you!
Donuts and Coffee
The Knights will be hosting donuts on the Sundays in July. This takes place on the plaza in front of church, weather permitting. Come and enjoy donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for just a donation. The parish hall will be used for the White Elephant collection and sale during the month of July.
Parish Breakfast -
There will be no parish breakfast in July due to the Independence Day Holiday and the parish hall will be used for the White Elephant Sale preparation during the month of July.
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 name badges, or call Membership Chairman, Roger Tafoya at 916-425-5434.
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 photos that were taken at the First Communion are available to be picked up at the parish office.Registration for the 2016/2017 year will begin JULY 1st THROUGH AUGUST 31st.
REGISTRATION FEE SCHEDULE:
$ 95.00 per student payable at time of registration.
$110.00 per student for non registered parents
Confirmation Fee (including retreat) $70.00
First Communion $20.00
Classes will resume in September.
English C.F.F. classes will be on Sundays.
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.
If you would like to join our group of dedicated ministers we would be happy to welcome you.
We are especially in need of Lectors (Ministers of the Word) for Mass and Ministers to the Sick and Homebound.
Please call the office at 916-381-5200 for further information.
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.
TRIBUTE TO MOTHER TERESA
The Missionaries of Charity invite you to share with them in a tribute to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and a celebration of her canonization.
Schedule of Events:
August 1-13 9:00am-7:00om (except Aug 7th 2-7pm)
Kavanagh Hall—St Rose Parish, 5961 Franklin Blvd
September 4, 9:00am
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
1017 11th St. Sacramento.
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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
This is our opportunity to take care of those who, within the Sacramento diocese, have spent their lives caring for us spiritually, and to thank them for their long and loving service.