……from your Pastor’s Desk

Hello Friends,

PART I

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity in your financial support of your parish. Not a day goes by without us finding your donations in the mail or dropped in the slot by the office. Every little bit helps and I know we are all getting stretched a little thin. Several times a week I receive calls/ texts/ emails asking if I need anything from the store. And some just wondering how I am doing and if I am ‘okay’. And more than a few hot meals have found their way to my door. Thank you all and be assured you are remembered at mass each and every day.

I hear that you are enjoying our Video Mass. We are very grateful to Deacon John who works all the cameras [which is why you don’t see him vested] and then edits and produces the final product. We are looking for someone who has similar talents [filming] so Deacon John can assist at the Altar with me.

Some restrictions have been lifted.
We can now perform Baptisms – of course limited to 10 attending.
We can now say funeral masses – of course limited to 10 attending.
We can now give the Sacrament of Holy Anointing to those who are gravely ill.

Also, confessions and spiritual direction are available, as I have been doing so already. Just call the office to make an appointment or text/email me if you have my contact info.

We did have flooding in the classroom area of the Parish House. It has caused major damage to several of the rooms and we are in the process of getting all the insurance ducks in a row so we can get the construction crews in ASAP. The damage was caused by a fresh water line breaking that ran into the bathroom off the Holy Family room. It was just old parts – from 55 years ago – not ‘pilot error’. I guess this is why God invented insurance!!

March 18th was the first Mass I said here in private. I must say it is a strange experience. A few of you asked if I gave a homily. I did. At every one. Have to keep in practice. They also asked if I could Email them a copy. I did, and also included the days Scriptures as well as a link to a song that went along with both. The number of people who wanted to receive them grew rapidly, and continues daily. At the Parish Advisory Board meeting last night it was brought up that I should announce their availability to everyone. Most of you know me so you understand my sense of humor. If not, you might think this guy is a little crazy. Aren’t we all these days? So, if you want to be on the list, please let our office know by sending an email. I hope these are a help in these trying times, or if not, at least they’ll give you something to do for 5 or 10 minutes each day.

BTW, I call them ‘Homilies in Captivity’. ENJOY!

PART II

May has been a favorite time of year for many Catholics. The month of May, which started Friday, is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. This year almost the entire month falls within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The last day of May is Pentecost Sunday – Our Parish Feast Day.

Despite all the restrictions – what a beautiful time of year it is here in Sonoma County. As spring blossoms forth and we are surrounded by new life, we still ponder the Easter mysteries and how we live them out even as we are shut-in.

The world is resplendent with spring’s increased light and new growth. It is Mary’s month and the Easter season, and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of Heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear.

But, this May will be very different than any other, as it looks like the stay-at-home mandate will be extended to June.

So,

  • We will not be able to have a ‘May Crowing’ like we did last year where all the children at Mass were given a flower to bring up and offer to Our Lady as they made a circle of flowers at her feet.
  • We will not have roses on Mother’s Day given to each mother and all women who have raised children.
  • We will not have a rosary before each Mass when some came to pray with us before going to work or school.

But,

  • We have the continued knowledge and assurance of a Mother’s Love.
  • We have time to spend in prayer with her.
  • And we have her Son, in our hearts, as He is in hers.

May the Peace of Our Lord,
And the Love of Our Lady
Be with you always,

Father Ron

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