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 […]

July 4, 2021

GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD, LET YOUR SPIRIT BE WITH US TODAY. HEAR OUR PRAYERS, AND INCREASE IN US THE WILL TO FOLLOW YOUR SON JESUS. HELP US TO DRAW ON THE RESOURCES OF OUR FAITH AS WE USE THE OPPORTUNITIES OF OUR DEMOCRACY TO SHAPE A SOCIETY MORE RESPECTFUL OF THE LIFE, DIGNITY, AND RIGHTS […]

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 […]

May 9, 2021 Mother’ s Day

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Two weeks ago, I began my informal “tour” of the Mass with the development of the entrance procession, and described the normal order of the procession, beginning with the thurifer (incense-bearer) and ending with the clergy celebrant. Last week, I continued the discussion of incense with the huge swinging thurible (censer) in […]

May 9, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Two weeks ago, I began my informal “tour” of the Mass with the development of the entrance procession, and described the normal order of the procession, beginning with the thurifer (incense-bearer) and ending with the clergy celebrant. Last week, I continued the discussion of incense with the huge swinging thurible (censer) in […]

May 2, 2021

My Dear Parishioners, Last week, I began my general pastoral explanation of the Mass with the purpose and order of the entrance procession: Incense, cross, candles, deacon with Book of the Gospels, clergy, presiding celebrant. One of the most colossal examples of a thurible (“incense burner”) is the “Botafumeiro” (literally, “smoke expeller”) hanging in the […]