Pastor’s Desk 11.12.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: A little before midnight, October 8th, our world here as we know it in Sonoma County changed forever. Those memories, especially those of us who were evacuated and even more especially so, those who ran from their homes with just their clothes on their backs, are etched into our brains. They are very recent memories,

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Pastor’s Desk 10.29.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: A Happy – “Holy Day’ (of Obligation)  ALL SAINTS DAY: This Wednesday, November 1st, we celebrate all those countless persons who are in heaven, but do not have a special “feast day.” They are of all kinds and varieties: young and old, intelligent and simple, jolly and re served, introverted and extroverted,

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Pastor’s Desk 10.1.17 Disaster Relief

DISASTER RELIEF Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico. The USCCB [United States Conference of Catholic Bishops] have asked that all U.S. parishes assist in relief efforts. I know this is back to back, but we are duty-bound to help those in most need, no matter who or where they are

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Pastor’s Desk 09.24.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: St. Francis and the Blessing of Animals As many of you already know, years ago Franciscan’s served in our Diocese. At one time they covered all of Lake County and then some. And, as some of you also know, I too have a Franciscan background. There is evidence of our Franciscan roots throughout

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Pastor’s Desk 09.17.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: WECOME BACK! Summer’s over. Everybody’s back from vacation and various summer activities. Our Children and Young Adults Faith Formation/Religious Education classes are all underway. It is a great joy to see families with young children at Mass. And, truth be told, it is also a great joy to see families who have returned

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Pastor’s Desk 09.02.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Labor Day: Monday, September 4, 2017 In 1981 Pope John Paul II wrote Laborem Exercens (On Human Work). In it he affirmed that “The Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are

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Pastor’s Desk 08.13.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary; Tuesday, August 15 “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb ” – Luke 1:42closeLuke 1:42 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (ESV) closeLuke 1:42closeLuke

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Pastor’s Desk 08.06.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Many years ago, before there were ‘blogs’ or twitter to follow, I wrote a daily meditation that I would send to various friends, confrere’s and parishioners via good old fashioned Email. I called it ‘MINITATIONS’ since it was a short meditation on various topics. A few days ago when looking for

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Pastor’s Desk 07.30.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Picture the classic movie scene……a man and a woman rushing toward one another across a field, running with arms out stretched to that moment of embrace……totally unaware of anything else around them…..focused only on the face of the other. Nothing else matters to them but one another. Finally they reach each other and leap into

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Pastor’s Desk 07.01.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: INDEPENDENCE DAY How many people this week as they celebrate the 4th of July holiday by grilling their hot dogs, drinking their beer, lighting off their sparklers and fireworks – will stop for even a few moments and bow their head in gratitude? How many will try to think of creative

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