From the Pastor's Desk
Today we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus' appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection.
The extract today from the Gospel of St. Luke follows immediately after the recounting of Jesus' appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. St. Luke's account of the Risen Jesus' appearance to the disciples in Jerusalem has parallels with the story in St. John's Gospel that we read last Sunday. The parallels are: Jesus' greetings of peace, his invitation to touch him, and the disciples' doubt. As well as inviting the disciples to inspect the marks of his wounds, Jesus gives further proof of the resurrection by eating with the disciples. A ghost would have no need to eat, but this shared meal also has overtones of the Last supper and the giving of the Eucharist.
Jesus then uncovers for them the significance of what was written about him in the Hebrew Scriptures. So too, our celebration of the Mass is an encounter with Jesus, through the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. As Jesus commissioned his disciples to be witnesses to what the Scriptures foretold, our celebration of the Eucharist commissions us. Like the disciples, we are sent to announce the Good News of Jesus and His saving mission through our lives. St. Francis, we are told by attribution, reportedly said "Preach the Gospel, and if Necessary use Words". This succinctly summarizes the mission of all baptized Christians.
We continue to struggle with the Corona Virus despite the increasing number of people who have been vaccinated and the Governor's outline of a proposed path to enable a return to a semblance of normality. New variants of the Virus continue to proliferate, so we should be on our guard against complacency. Persistence and perseverance with observation of all necessary precautionary measures will serve to help eliminate the threat posed by this pernicious virus. The Gospel this week serves to remind us that the Risen Lord is with his people and that He will strengthen and empower us despite pandemic fatigue. We rejoice that the Risen Lord is with us.
"You are witnesses of these things." Luke 24:48.
(UPDATE!) MASS SCHEDULE - this weekend (Sunday, April 25, 2021)
• 7:30am – Mass on patio in the courtyard of the Parish Center Terrace.
PLEASE NOTE: Social Distancing will be observed. Masks required. Limited seating.
• 9:30am Mass in the CHURCH!
Social Distancing will be observed.
Entrance is through the breezeway only.
The 9:30am Mass will be livestreamed as usual (https://bit.ly/37XEfK3).
• WEEKDAY MASS - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - at 12:10 outside, on patio in the courtyard of the Parish Center Terrace. Communion will be provided during Masses. PLEASE NOTE: Social Distancing will be observed. Masks required. Limited seating.
Revisit each day of the Sacred Triduum
on our YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/37XEfK3
Also available: Stations of the Cross during a Pandemic, and more!
Caring for Creation in California:
Church Leaders Respond to Laudato Si
Join the Pathways for Justice Ministry for an evening discussion of our California bishops’ pastoral letter that “invite[s] the people of California to reflect on ways we can more faithfully and effectively care for creation in thanksgiving to God for this great gift.”
Leading our discussion will be Raymond Burnell, former Director of Education & Environmental Stewardship for the California Catholic Conference. Ray will also share his insights into fossil fuel divestment issues in his current role as Director of Catholic Responsible Investments at Christian Brothers Investment Services.
Come with your ideas and your questions on
Monday, April 26th at 7 pm.
Register for this Zoom meeting at
|The Bereavement Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi
is offering two Consolation/Support Groups
via ZOOM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
of the month beginning May 4, 2021.
- A COVID 19 Support Group, the 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm, beginning 5/4/21, for individuals wrestling with the myriad emotional, psychological and spiritual losses from COVID 19. RSVP: no later than 5/3/21
- A Grief Support Group, the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm, beginning 5/18/21, for individuals mourning the physical death of a loved one. RSVP: no later than 5/17/21
Both will be ongoing as needed. Some may feel the need to attend both having been impacted by a death/s and COVID19.
To participate and receive materials and ZOOM passcode, please contact one of the following:
Julie Garcia Swiecicki 1 916 359-2672 email@example.com
Theresa Arciniega 1 916 359-7732 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Meyers 1 916 206-1414 email@example.com