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Sunday August 9th Reflection:
Are we able to see God, experience his presence, even in difficult situations, when in agony and anguish? Or, how can we find him in such moments?
The prophet Elijah in today's first reading tells us how. He is fleeing from the evil queen Jezebel who has vowed to kill him. He is afraid, exhausted, physically and emotionally drained out and he only wishes to die. In fear and trembling he takes shelter in a cave. Then there is a fierce wind, then an earthquake, and then fire. Elijah does not find God in any of them. But then there is a tiny whispering sound. There he hears God's voice.
God does not normally come to us in dramatic, portentous ways. He comes in the quiet, in the silence of our hearts. To meet him, especially in bad situations, we need to get into the innermost chambers of our being. He reveals himself there.
This means we need to learn to listen to God within us. We need to sit back, relax, trust in God's love and care for us and ask for his help. We need to listen to his words in the Scriptures and pray. Then we will hear his loving, soothing, comforting and strengthening voice telling us: "Do not be afraid. I am here". Just like Elijah heard it in the cave and the disciples in the storm in the lake.
Message from Fr. Jimmy 8/8/20
Dear parishioners of St. Callistus,
We will take sign ups once again this Sunday after the live streamed Mass, until 12:45 pm. Those who could not sign up last Sunday please do it this time. I need your help to communicate with you faster, better and with less expense.
16 young people will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming Saturday, August 15 at 11:30 am here in front of our Mary's grotto. Our Bishop Michael Barber will be the celebrant. Unfortunately, because of the Corona situation I cannot invite you to come and participate in the celebration physically. But please be with them and their families, in your prayers and blessings. Please pray that they remain faithful to God and always follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the rest of their life. They are the future of the Church and of our parish.
Sister Anita resumes Bible Classes this coming Wednesday, August 12 onward. The classes will be by zoom. Please call her at her office and sign up and make the best of this opportunity (Number: (510) 222-0432). Classes are at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Communion will be given after Sundays Live-Stream Mass from
11:45 am to 12:45 pm.
We ask you to participate in a live stream mass, before coming for
communion; not necessarily from St. Callistus, but from somewhere,
anywhere. Please observe social distancing when parking.
If you are not well, or having a cold, coughing, sore throat, fever, etc.
PLEASE do not come; Stay home. You don’t want to get more ill, nor
do you want to make someone else ill.
You must wear a mask or face covering. Remove mask upon reaching the
Priest. Receive Holy Communion in your hands only and consume it immediately.
Before driving away, please spend some time in prayer.
Prayer before Communion:
Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of life, so that I may witness to him who alone
satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly
table where we may feast on the vision of your glory forever and ever. Lord Jesus, come into
my heart, bless me, my family and all people. Amen.
Prayer after Communion:
Thank you, good and gracious Jesus, for coming to me. In spirit I humbly kneel before you.
And, with burning soul I pray and beseech thee to fix deep in my heart, lively sentiments of faith,
hope and charity. Grant me true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I
contemplate with great love and tender pity thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them
within me, and calling to mind the words that David, thy prophet said of thee, my Jesus,
“They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones”. Jesus, I love you.
Help me to be always faithful to you. Amen.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in all this.
LIVE STREAMING: We will continue to have one Mass, at 10:00 am, which will be live streamed every Sunday at least until further notice. As much as possible, please watch, and thus participate, the best way possible in the given situation, in the Mass: either the one from St. Callistus or from somewhere else.
OFFERING TO THE PARISH: I wrote to you sometime back about the importance of the parishioners making their regular offerings to the parish. As I said then, even though the Church is closed, our expenses remain.
Effective May 1st I had to lay off two of our employees, Estrell Bautista who has been working here since 2008 and Maria Ugaz, our house keeper since 1998, due to financial constraints. The others are working at much reduced hours. Now the office is open only for 3 hours Monday through Friday.
But now we have another priest here, Fr. Dante. With his coming our expenses became much more than before. So I appeal to you once again to do the very best you can to support the parish. I am very reluctant to ask for money, but I have no choice. When you come to receive Communion the ushers will be there to take your offerings.
I miss you all so much. I hope and pray that soon we shall again be able to gather together inside the Church to worship God. You too please pray for that. You are all constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Kindly pray for me also and for Fr. Dante. We need your prayers.
Sunday 8:00 am
Note for 10am mass:
Includes Children's Liturgy
of the Word
Daily (Mon-Sat) 8:30 am
Saturday Vigil 5:15 pm
Holy Day 8:30 am & 7:30 pm