Message from Fr. O'
July 19, 2020
Parish Glance (Part 2 of 2)
Fr. Bernard Lonergan, S.J., "Nothing is more practical than love, falling in love, what you are in love with will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the morning, what you read, whom you know. What amazes you and who am I. Fall in love it will decide everything. Inauthenticity destroys relationships, authenticity deepens relationships." God is deep, therefore life has to be lived deeply.
Parish news: St. Vincent Chapel has decided to close down Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m. after its first weekend. St. Isabella will continue its two Sunday Masses unless the County shuts down outdoor Masses.
Did you know? There are 760 monuments to the confederacy in the U.S.
Quote: "As long as you wear this jersey, less than 100% is not allowed." (Rugby) All Blacks, New Zealand.
July 12, 2020
Parish Glance (Part 1 of 2)
Few people read theology books. A pity because the mind hungers for truth. Jesuit Priest, Bernard Lonergan (Dec. 1904 - Nov. 1984), his great book "Method in Theology" is considered a masterpiece. This is an excerpt from that book:
All communities cultures, human beings undergo experience. They strive to understand their experience. They make judgements based on those understandings. They make choices based on those judgements.
To experience we must live life,
to understand we must be itelligent,
to judge we must be reasonable,
to decide we must be responsible.
This is a method, a way of being human on personal and communal levels.
July 5, 2020
June 27, 2020
July 5th, 2020. Two Sunday Masses, 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. School yard. Bring your own masks, hand sanitizers, and chairs. During pandemic, Holy Communion should be received in the hand not the tongue. If it rains any Sunday mornings, Masses will be cancelled.
We bid farewell to Fr. Ken Westray who passed away June 24, 2020. He was pastor for 2 years at St. Isabella's parish. Rest in peace.
Quote: "He hath not eat paper, nor hath he drunk ink. This does not mean his intellect is weak." Shakepeare, 1592
June 21, 2020
Local church voice.
As with all epidemics, the world has known it is the poor who suffer the most. Black Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population and have 1/3 reported death from COVID-19. Many work for low wages, and are working on the front line; sub-standard housing, rates of infection, access to health care are all contributing factors. Some would add one more - racism. It is worthy to note San Francisco diocese has never had a black bishop. Does this mean the Church is racist? All of us are made in God's image.
"May the outward and inward man be at one."
Beginning Sunday, July 5th, St. Isabella will have two outdoor Masses, 9 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. on the school yard. People are asked to bring their own masks, hand sanitizers. A consent form you will be asked to sign.
June 14, 2020
The question of church buildings re-opeining?
The rumors are, not anytime soon. Physicians, health experts deciding how to protect worshipers when doors re-open. Everyone agrees health comes first but it is hard to understand church is not an essential service when it is an itegral part of our lives. Re-opening will be gradual with rules that will be demanded by the State. The medical field will advise the elderly and vulnerable populations to stay home until a vaccine is found. Masks, gloves, distancing, hand-sanitizing, only 100 people in the church. No Holy Water, no Blood of Christ, no music, no peace sign shaking hands, etc. Re-opening does not mean normalcy.
St. Isabella School, 8th Graders graduated June 5, 2020, 8 p.m. Since the Church is closed, 32 cars lined up in the school yard where 32 graduates received their diplomas and celebrated the occasion.
Quote: "Hatred does not stem violence, only love stems hatred."
Special Announcement - COVID19
March 18, 2020
The Archbishop has dispensed the faithfuls from coming to Mass out of the concern of the coronavirus pandemic crisis. As of 3/18/2020, no parishioners can attend any Masses, weekdays or Sundays, until further notice. Mass intentions will be celebrated by priest on the given day of request. Confessions call Rectory 415-479-1560. God bless, stay safe.
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