Entries by Fr. Bill Donahue

Pastor’s Desk – October 17, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I keep wanting to get back to my series describing the Mass and its parts, but each week some topic comes up that I think needs a bit of special attention. This week is no different.Mass Intentions. Just as any person can pray for another person, or for a particular intention, the Church […]

Pastor’s Desk – Oct. 1, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I have two bits of very good news. First, our bookkeeper and office manager, Kim Williams, was in the office for two days last week. As her physical therapy allows, she is now recovered to the point that she can return to the office for a significant number of hours per week. We […]

Pastor’s Desk – September 24, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners,I plan to resume my “tour” of the Mass within the next couple of weeks, but first would like to mention a few other important items:Farewell, Fr. Andrew Pacheco: On Sunday, October 3, we will have a final opportunity to bid farewell to Fr. Andrew Pacheco before he leaves for Our Lady of […]

Pastor’s Desk – September 10, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This week, I have some welcome news, and some not-so-welcome news. The welcome news is that our Office Manager, Kim Williams, continues to recover from her recent stroke with intensive physical therapy. I am happy to report that her progress has been so positive that she will be able to continue her […]

Pastor’s Desk – September 3, 2021

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting our Kim Williams at the Vallejo Kaiser Acute Rehab Facility this last Wednesday. As you may know, she suffered a stroke on Thursday night, August 19th and was transferred to Vallejo on Wednesday, August 25th. This is a very fine facility that attracts students from all over the […]

Pastor’s Desk August 6, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, The events of the past week have shown once again, why confronting COVID-19 (and now, the Delta variant) as a parish community has been challenging and, at times, exasperating. In my message to you last week, I stressed personal responsibility but stopped short of asking anyone to wear a mask. Now, with […]

June 6, 2021

Now that we have completed our tour of the Introductory Rites of the Mass (Greeting, Penitential Act, Gloria, Opening Prayer or Collect) we now turn for the next few weeks to the Liturgy of the Word. Introductory remarks about the Bible and book production. The Bible is more accurately thought of as a library, rather […]

May 30, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last week, in our continuing tour of the Mass, we completed our discussion of the Penitential Act, and began our discussion of the Gloria. I will pick up from there. Gloria, continued: The Gloria was used for personal prayer at least as early as 375 A.D., and possibly earlier. (This is very early, considering […]

Pastor’s Desk May 23, 2021

My Dear Parisihioners, Last week, in our continuing tour of the Mass, we discussed the Greeting, the Penitential Act, the Confiteor and began with an explanation of the Kyrie. I will complete that, as well as the second and third options for the Penitential Act. I will also begin, but not finish, comments on the […]