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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pastor’s Desk–4/25/2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners– Over the next several weeks– or however long it takes– I would like to do something I’ve been thinking about for some time, which is to provide a general outline and explanation of certain features of the Mass. For many of us “cradle Catholics,” there are some things we learned long ago […]

April 11th

Dear Fellow Parishioners, At the risk of leaving someone out, I would like to thank the many members of our parish community who each played their part in making our first celebration of Easter in two years a memorable and beautiful one. Our Flower Committee plans Easter, weeks in advance and swings into action on […]

Easter 2021

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Fellow Parishioners, First, I would like to thank all those who helped prepare and celebrate Palm Sunday. As on most any other Sunday, we had six Masses with six different musical settings. Even in a simplified form, it still takes a small army of people to prepare the palms and make it all […]

March 25, 2021 From Our Pastor

Holy Week is now upon us. Lent, and Holy Week in particular, resonate deeply with nearly all of us. The Lenten symbols and practices (Friday abstinence, Stations of the Cross, abstaining from reciting the Gloria or speaking “Alleluia” in the church, etc.) are imprinted in our hearts. One of the most memorable customs I remember […]

Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, Blog March 14, 2021

Nearly past the mid-Lent mark, we rejoice with you on this Laetare Sunday of Lent. Our redemption is at hand and God’ mercy is endless!  On this Holy Sunday, we share our second Vespers hymn that we sing: O Jesus Christ, From Thee Began.  The text contains the sentiments of every Christian soul during this […]