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January 24th Reflection: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today's Gospel, Jesus proclaims in clear terms his message: "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” It is a clear call that requires a clear, not a half-hearted response to conversion.
True repentance is not just about being sorry for one's sins. Rather, it is "metanoia," a change or conversion of one's ways, lifestyle, priorities and values. It is the realization and grateful acceptance of God's unconditional forgiveness, and a decision to pay back the Lord for His goodness. Repentance is, in concrete, payback time!
Payback time happens when we finally realize that we are
living on borrowed time, and that we are just stewards, not owners, of our talents and possessions, and even of our very own lives. It is the acknowledgement that there is Someone greater than ourselves to whom we are accountable.
The pandemic, hopefully, has made us realize that love and reconciliation with God and with one another are things that truly matter. Life is fragile. Life is short. Anyone of us can go, anytime, and it happens fast. We must shift our focus from what is fleeting to what will truly matter in the end.
Lord remind me that payback time is not in the “last two" minutes of my lifetime. Amen
Meet our new Parochial Administrator!
Rev. Dante Biala Tamayo
Fr Dante was born in the Philippines. He is the 5th of 7 children of Sergio Tamayo and Domy Biala, both deceased. Fr Dante was an altar server in his home parish. Even then, at this young age, he thought of becomng a priest someday. After one of his brothers left the seminary and through the inspiration and encouragement of his pastor, he entered the seminary at the age of 12. He studied at the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary, Mary Help of Christians College Seminary and at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology. Fr Dante was ordained for the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines in 1993 at the age of 25.After a year of his ordination, he was sent for a further studies, for his Masters, at the Ateneo de Manila University in Manila.
He started ministering in the Diocese of Oakland in 2003 and was incardinated in 2008 and had served the parishes of St Anne in Union City, St Isidore in Danville, St Jerome in El Cerrito, St Leander in San Leandro, St Joseph in Pinole and of late at St Mary in Walnut Creek.
Fr Dante will assume his office effective January 1, 2021.
Join us for Mass Live Stream: (until further notice)
Sunday: Devotional Prayer 9:30 am Mass 10:00 am
Daily: Devotional Prayer 8:30 am Mass 9:00 am
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
HOLY COMMUNION IN THE VESTIBULE AFTER DAILY MASS
Communion will be given after Live-Stream Mass from
Sundays: 11:00-12:30 pm Daily: 9:30-10:30 am
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.