It seems to be commonly accepted nowadays that everyone wants to win the lottery, hit the slots big at the casino, or be a millionaire. This attitude is akin to what the first hearers of the parable of the successful farmer would have thought: Why, of course he’d want to find a way to preserve his good fortune for the future, to secure for himself a life of leisure, eating, drinking, and merriment. It’s exactly the kind of life that the right ticket, hand of cards, or quiz show answer might bring us today. Being surrounded by this “common wisdom” makes the words of Qoheleth, the psalmist, Paul, and Jesus all that much harder to hear today. Perhaps good fortune will be ours, perhaps it will not be. But if we make that fortune or the quest for it the heart, the very center, of our lives, then we will live to regret it. We will not achieve the future security we pursue, and we will lose the present moment in the chase.
Sometimes the treasures of art can provide us with clues about traditions. Take, for example, the miter, the conical hat with lappets, or back-flaps that fall to the shoulders. This cap is worn by bishops in the Catholic West. Eastern Catholics favor a crown, but we have this curious headpiece. In Greek, the word means “turban.” Old paintings and mosaics provide clues about headgear for bishops, and there is very little artistic evidence for the miter before the year 1000. Before then, some kind of head covering might have been worn to offset the damp and chill of unheated churches. The pope, as far back as the seventh century, often wore a cap called a camelaucum. Around that time, artists painting St. Peter began to portray their subject wearing this hat. By the year 1000 or so, the pope began to grant similar helmet-shaped headgear as gifts to visiting abbots and bishops. They returned home with these new chapeaus, and before long everybody wanted one!
Today, miters are granted not only to bishops, but to certain favored abbots and occasionally abbesses. Pope Benedict XVI set aside the tradition of the papal tiara in favor of the miter, even on his coat of arms. Pope Paul VI was the last pope to have a coronation. As recently as the 1960s, miters were towering skyscrapers of jewels and rich silks , but now a simplicity of style is favored by bishops. Miters are here to stay, and experienced altar servers know how to await the bishop’s removing of the miter, since he does not wear it when he is saying the presidential prayers or the Eucharistic Prayer.
Have you bought your Super Raffle tickets yet? The grand prize is $1,000. Tickets were mailed to registered parishioners July 7th.
If you submit your tickets stubs and donations early, you will be eligible to win 2 free tickets to the Festival Kickoff dinner, held on September 17th.
Raffle tickets are $2 each of $20 for a book of 12. If you did not receive your tickets in the mail, or would like more they are available in the Parish office, Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-4:00pm.
Tickets stubs and payment may be placed in the collection baskets at Mass prior to Festival Day. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul Church.
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.
It’s that time again!
White Elephant Sale August 5,6,7, 2016
We are collecting items for our sale. Do you have any “hidden treasures” you would like to donate to our sale? You can bring your items to the parish hall now. If you wish to donate any clothing items we ask that all items be CLEAN and WEARABLE
The leaders, Ann Viernes, Esther Conrad, and all their terrific helpers and volunteers would like to remind you that no electronic items will be accepted, and clothing should be donated without hangers.
The profits help to pay for the utility and custodian fees for the Religious Education Center.
Questions? Please contact Ann Viernes 799-0439 for more information.
We recently ended and celebrated the “Dream Continues—in Service to All Campaign.” Fr Joyle and the Campaign Committee invited parishioners to come over to the hall to celebrate achieving our minimum goal of $600,000 in pledtes, and enjoy a Leatherby’s ice cream sundae, or cone.
The Parish responded by the hundreds. We were kept busy filling the orders for icecream, offering many topping choices.
A large THANK YOU TO THE PARISH MEMBERS WHO PLEDGED TO OUR CAMPAIGN AND MADE THE CELEBRATION POSSIBLE! THANKYOU!
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.
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.Free Medical Equipment Loan Program
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.
Water Collection Continues
Thanks to all who have kindly donated bottled water for the homeless. Your continued donations will certainly be appreciated by those who live on the streets.
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