Today we begin with one of the “servant songs” from the book of Isaiah, a song prophetic of Jesus’ ministry of service. Isaiah’s mission is not only to bring back the children of Jacob to gather in Israel; it is also to be “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). Jesus Christ, as servant, will be the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy and the basis of the new.
This Sunday we begin a series of readings from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Here Paul is identified by his mission: he is an apostle of Jesus Christ. The church at Corinth to whom he addresses this letter is also identified: it is part of the universal church of God. The Corinthians are called to holiness, as are all Christians.
Though the feast of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated last Monday, today’s Gospel also alludes to the importance of that event. The reading emphasizes that Jesus “outranks” John: his baptism in the Spirit will eradicate sin. Jesus accepts John’s baptism, even though it is he himself who is the Lamb of God.
As soon as Christmas ends, people begin planning for Easter! Originally, the source of our Paschal Triduum was but a single liturgy extending from Saturday sundown to sunrise on Easter Sunday. The two days leading up to the liturgy were days of fast, not only for the elect, but for the church preparing to baptize them. A fifth-century pope explained that the church imitated the apostles, who were in hiding with their grief from the arrest of Jesus, and therefore sacraments, even penance, were forbidden.
Inevitably, though, people wanted to come together, and so eventually a Liturgy of the Word developed for Good Friday. This was the first step toward today’s shape of the Triduum, and gradually new ideas were embraced, including the veneration of the cross and a simple Communion service. Interestingly, the Word remained central, since we know that in those days the pope did not receive Communion at this liturgy, even though the faithful had that option. In the other churches of Rome, priests and people received Communion under both species. Although the custom of Communion on Good Friday took hold, it did not endure past the Middle Ages. The central liturgies of the year slowly unraveled and disappeared from parish life. Remember that there were no seminaries in those days, and books were a rare luxury. Most priests could only manage to celebrate a simple “low” Mass, and few parishes could afford the ritual books that would guide a priest through the complex forms. Holy Week remained important in private devotion, but for a time the liturgies virtually disappeared.
Donuts and Coffee
The Knights will be hosting donuts November 13, 20, & 27th in the parish hall. Come and enjoy donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea for just a donation.
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.
During our Capital Campaign contributors were given naming opportunities. Two parishioners were generous and availed themselves of the opportunity to name classrooms in the Religious Education Center. The requested plaques have been placed.
The plaque placed on Classroom #1 reads:
In Loving Memory of Aaron Davis Jr.
A child of God taken too soon by the hand of man 1987-2010
( Beloved grandson of Judith Niedzweidz)
“Let the children come to me..for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven.”— Matthew 19:14
The plaque on classroom #3 reads:
Edward Herbert Howes
CSUS History Professor (doctorate)
August 12, 1920 –January 7 2012
Thank you to both parishioners for your support of the youth of our parish.
See the plaques here.
Spirited Prayerful Youth Missionary (SPYM)
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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.
|Misael & Beatriz Ceja||Jose & Fabiola Cortes|
|Miguel & Yolanda Deorta||Rafael Enriquez|
|Virgilio & Sylvia Faundo||Rogelio & Janet Federigan|
|Paola Ferniza||Jesus Flores|
|Miguel & Norma Fuented||Aldo & Miriam Gentil|
|Samuel Gonzales||Miguel & Luz Hernandez|
|Fran Herzburn||Jorge & Angelina Izquierdo|
|Margarito & Alicia Ledesma||Jorge Maldonado|
|Eleuterio & Nancy Melchol||Carlos & Alicia Morales|
|Keshawn Morris||Evans & Gladys Mureithi|
|Thomas & Heidi Murphy||Andy & Amie Nguyen|
|Alberto & Cristina Nunez||Hugo Ornelas|
|Brandie Padilla||Manuel & Edith Paramo|
|Jose & Lorena Puentes||Celestino & Delia Pugeda|
|Javier & Adriana Ramirez||Jose & Maria Ramos|
|Jose & Veronica Rangel||Danilo & Jesusa Rigueira|
|Bernardo & Gabriela Rivas||Saul & Jesse Ruiz|
|Glenn & Teresa Sacro||Patricia Sanchez|
|Joel & Carolina Torres||Israel & Norma Valdez|
|Jose & Gabriela Vargas||Miguel & Soledad Villalobos|
|James Wachira||Javier Zaragoza|
Recent funerals or memorial Masses at St. Paul Parish - your prayers are requested - Your prayers are requested for the families and friends of St. Paul Parish whose funerals or memorial Masses were celebrated during the 2016-2017 church year.
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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