PREPARE THE WAY
Saint John the Baptist appears on the scene today as Advent enters its second week. The mysterious consumer of locusts and wild honey, John echoes the words of the prophet Isaiah as he calls for repentance in the face of the nearness of the kingdom of heaven. The rhythms of the Christian life are often confounding. Each year we meet the Baptist and hear his calls for repentance. Each year we see him pointing to the one who is coming after him, the Lord Jesus. Yet each year the words and actions of John the Baptist echo anew in our hearts, because we have fallen into old sinful traps again and again. Advent gives us the opportunity once again to turn away from our sinful ways and embrace the gospel way of life. John the Baptist invites us to prepare the way for the Lord, in whom we place our hope.
Did St. Francis of Assisi invent the Christmas crib? Not exactly, but his devotion to the Incarnation and his love for the poverty of the Christ Child certainly popularized this beloved custom. Long before Francis, it was a custom at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome to enshrine a rich image of Mary, gilded and bejewelled, embracing the child Jesus. This church was founded as a kind of home for the feast of Christmas in the fourth century. In 1223, Francis was ready to celebrate this feast in a new way. In the tiny city of Greccio, he asked friends to prepare a place where they could experience the poverty and suffering embraced by Christ in his birth. It was a living scene: an ox from the barn, an ass from the stable, and peasants standing in for shepherds and kings. The night of the celebration was beautiful, the weather was warm, and people came in crowds, bearing candles and singing hymns that echoed through the forest. Francis himself chanted the Gospel and preached. The custom spread quickly, and by the sixteenth century cribs were seasonal features not only in church, but in the home.
On December 17, the liturgy begins to unfold the Lord’s birth before us, and it’s the right time to follow this beautiful tradition. In Germany, each night throughout Advent children prepare a bedding for the manger. At bedtime prayer, a child places a single straw in the manger for each act of devotion or virtue performed during the day. If the children are good, then the Christ child will have plenty of soft bedding when he is placed in the manger on Christmas.
Some of the last words we hear at the end of each Mass are: “GO IN PEACE!”
Gordon and Joan Grime were long time members of our parish. They had a deep love for us as a parish. Both have left this earthly life to spend eternity with our savior. Gordon died first, and then Joan, but before she died she wanted to leave a memorial for our parish that expressed the love that they had for us. In her will she designated funds to provide a lasting monument, engraved with the words that they both felt comforting. Soon a monument will be placed at the east exit of our parking lot. This monument represents Gordon and Joan’s request that a we leave the Parish we will spread peace and the word of God to all we meet.
To see more photos: Link
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.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #172 will be meeting once again on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Room 1 at 7 p.m. Ladies, everyone has a unique talent or ability to share - from the gift of gab to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is easy! You can do as much or as little in the group as you choose - you chose the projects you are most interested in.
We decide together on every aspect of every project. We are a likeable bunch of ladies!! We seek to find Christ in the programs we embrace.Why belong to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, founded in 1903?
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 - Regent at 916-381-1365.
SPYM & ST. PAUL CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Mark your holiday calendar now!
Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00pm. St. Paul Youth Ministry (SPYM) and the St. Paul Children’s Choir will be hosting for the first time ever—Christmas Caroling in the St. Paul Plaza.
This is a free event and all parish families are invited to come and join as we celebrate the Christmas season together in song. Please check future bulletins for more information and details in the coming weeks!
CATgear is coming
Give a gift that represents the true meaning of Christmas this year! CATgear is especially designed clothing that displays our Catholic faith in images, scripture and sayings. CATgear shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and hats will be sold by SPYM and available at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3 & 4.
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.
Tickets are now available for the St. Paul bus to attend the 2017 Walk for Life West Coast, in San Francisco.
Please join us, Saturday, January 21, 2017 for this annual event. Tickets for the bus are $18.00. For details contact Charlene Valine 798-3339.
ATTENTION CFF/RCIA TEEN FAMILIES This event is approved for CFF community service hours!If you are interested in receiving pro-life information please send your email address to: email@example.com. You will be added to an email list to get information from St. Paul pro-life ministry Pro-Life 4 Life.
SIMBANG GABI is one of the most popular Filipino traditions. It is when Catholic churches across the nation begin a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother. The novena begins December 15th and culminates with the “Misa de Gallo” to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The origin traces its roots in Mexico when in 1587 the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Sorio, to hold Christmas Mass outdoors as the Church could not accommodate the large crowd. During olden times the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells.
The tradition of Simbang Gabi continues. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members, but also because it is the time when our faith is intensified. It is a spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to join us in this special nine day novena beginning on December 15th. Questions? Call the parish office 381-5200.
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:
Sacramento County Flu Shot Clinics
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.
The Healing Place Newsletter
December 2016 - Respiratory Issues
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, Bus Passes, Toothbrushes, Baby Wipes, Metal Forks, Ground Coffee, Back Packs, Small Toothpaste, Postage stamps,
Dog food and pet supplies to help our guests and pets
—pet food, collars, carriers, blankets, etc.
Autumn has finally arrived, and a respite from the heat of summer. As the guests enter the Loaves and Fishes area there are so many stories of love, danger, pain and suffering, hope and strength. Loaves and Fishes has created a new website where you can read first hand accounts of the stories that take place daily at Loaves and Fishes.
Please visit: http://stories.sacloaves.org to start.
Holiday Help Needed!
The holidays are quickly approaching and there are many opportunities for you to be involved.
Please go to: http://sacloaves.org/holiday
For all of the details and the dates.
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
Retirement Fund for Religious
This appeal asks us to recall the religious men and women whose ministry has nourished our own faith, served our church and strengthened our nation. Today, more than 37,000 religious women and men are over the age of 70. Their institutes face critical economic challenges as the cost of health care escalates, and as the need for handicapped accessible housing increases.