Lent - 40 day Journey

Lenten Program - Rice Bowl 
Lent is our time of preparation.

We began our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday. During these 40 days, we ponder what it means to “give up, take up and lift up.” Using the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we deepen our relationship with Christ and discern where God is working in our lives.

Prayer - We pray for others in the global church. We reflect on what type of person God calls us to be, and we ask for his guidance in living up to our potential. There are many ways to pray, and many individuals and communities that need our prayers.

Fasting - We fast, or give things up, as a reminder to remove things in our lives that get in the way of our relationship with God. When we feel hungry or choose not to eat the things we like, we are reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. Our fasting also reminds us of those who do not have enough food, who experience hunger without a choice. God calls each of us to care for those who are in need. Fasting, as a pillar of Lent and vital component of the Christian life, is something that deserves reflection.

Giving - We give alms with a spirit of generosity to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors. This Lent, through our sacrifices, we can empower and transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.

Lenten Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross
We invite you to join our Lenten Services each Friday evening (6-weeks) during Lent beginning on February 20th, at 6:00pm. A simple Soup Supper will begin at 6:00pm in the Commons Vista where you can visit with your friend’s then stay for The Stations of the Cross in the church beginning at 7:00pm.

Each week a different parish ministry will provide a variety of meatless Soups for your enjoyment then lead the Stations.

Bishop Barber's Letter on Immigration

From Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland

In the midst of the political complexity surrounding immigration in this country I am very pleased that the social service arm of our diocese, Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB), is fully engaged. They have attorneys, law students, accredited paralegals, teachers and counselors providing legal, resettlement and employment services to very needy refugees and immigrants, our neighbors.

On Ash Wednesday I was happy to hear their fine work highlighted on a national NPR news broadcast.  Listen to that here. Parishes can reach out to CCEB to connect parishioners who need legal help by calling Maciel Jacques, Legal Services Program Coordinator, at (510) 768-3137.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley is co-chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.  He reminds us, “Immigration is not primarily a political problem, but rather a deeply human and profoundly moral challenge facing our nation.”   Catholic social services provide one of the refuges for those grappling with these very human challenges.

These challenges are world-wide. Speaking on the Italian island of Lampedusa, at the borders of Europe, Pope Francis said “We have lost a sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters.  We have fallen into the hypocrisy of the Priest and the Levite whom Jesus described in the parable of the Good Samaritan: we see our brother half dead on the side of the road and perhaps we say to ourselves, ‘Poor soul’ and then go our way.”  His words resonate in our part of the world as well.

 

I invite all to join voices with the California bishops: “We call on Congress and the President to work together toward a more comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis of a broken immigration system.  We will work with the California Congressional delegation and the President to accomplish that goal.”

Parish Finance Information

For a more detailed look at our 2014 Financial Results and our 2015 Income and Expense budgets please click here.  This information is intended to supplement the information presented in the February 7th and 8th Bulletin.

Parish Happenings

 

Parish-wide Read/Study on Pope Francis' The Joy of the Gospel

Click here for Study questions for week one.
Study questions - week two.
Study questions - week three.
Study questions - week four
Study questions - week five
Study questions - week six

 

March

 

2nd

Pope Francis and The Joy of the Gospel Lecture Series presented by Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP
Monday, March 2nd, 7:00 to 8:30pm, Mullen Commons Vista

 

6th

Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross
We invite you to join our Lenten Services each Friday during Lent beginning with a simple Soup Supper at 6:00pm, Commons Vista followed by Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the Church.

 

7th

Eucharistic Adoration
You are invited to spend some personal time in prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament every First Saturday of the month. Eucharistic Adoration is held in the Mullen Commons Library after the 8:30am Mass until 3:30pm. For information to join the Eucharistic Adoration Ministry, call Andy Leven at 933-9241.

 

9th

Pope Francis and The Joy of the Gospel Lecture Series presented by Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 to 8:30pm, Mullen Commons Vista

 

12th

Youth Day at LA Congress - March 12th, 4:00pm and returning Saturday, March 14th at 5:00pm. Click here for details.

 

13th

Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross
We invite you to join our Lenten Services each Friday during Lent beginning with a simple Soup Supper at 6:00pm, Commons Vista followed by Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the Church.

 

20th

Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross
We invite you to join our Lenten Services each Friday during Lent beginning with a simple Soup Supper at 6:00pm, Commons Vista followed by Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the Church.

 

23rd

Parish Lenten Reconciliation - 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Church

 

27th

Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross
We invite you to join our Lenten Services each Friday during Lent beginning with a simple Soup Supper at 6:00pm, Commons Vista followed by Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm in the Church.

 

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TransformationPodcast
by Fr. Padraig
Second Sunday of Lent. Include the Knots Prayer
Date: 3/1/15
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