Monthly Archives: November 2014

St. Raymond Mother’s Ministry Lots to be Thankful for in November, especially for the St. Raymond’s Mother’s Ministry.

Come and enjoy the events taking place in November. Finding God Through the Holidays Thursday, November 13th from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Parish Hall, special guest to St. Raymond, Kathryn Keenan, will be speaking to the Mother’s Ministry about the topic of Finding God Through the Holidays. Giving Thanks Potluck Time to cook…or buy something pre-made. Whatever you choose, come to the Parish Hall with your dish on Wednesday, November 19th from 11:30-1:30 pm for lunch with friends and to give thanks. Children are welcome. Park Play Date in Nealon Park Menlo Park Please join other moms on the Nealon Park Playground on Thursday, November 20th from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Alice Mount will be at the playground to welcome families that would like to come and hang out for the afternoon. If you would like to be added to the Mother’s Ministry email Distribution list to receive reminders and information, please contact Stephanie Virag at stephanievirag@me.com or Nicole Osmer at nicoleosmer@gmail.com. Come as you are to Thrive with other moms.

 

 

This Sunday, November 16th the Giants are playing the 49ers at 10:00am. We will be having a Parish BBQ and all of our parishioners are invited all to attend!

Date: Sunday, November 16th

Place: Youth Center (across from the Parish Center)

Time: Game starts at 10:00am

We will have breakfast items at 10:00am and the BBQ starts at 11:30am.  Our non-parochial school families are encouraged to attend the 8:00am Mass, followed by religious education and then the game at 10:00am or come after the celebration of the 10:00am Mass.

Please sign up to bring something to the BBQ here: https://docs.google.com/a/straymondmp.org/spreadsheets/d/1xYH7bcS0SfV2MSTk5NCopBsU6frPWGIckarNalw_xkU/edit?usp=sharing

 

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Christine Augulis giving Jim Harbaugh new flat front Khaki pants as a gift at our last XLT event

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace. Here’s a good piece of Catholic trivia for you: St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is the official ecclesiastical seat—the cathedral—of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. True or false? And the answer is… False! Most people probably think St Peter’s is the Pope’s main church in Rome. But in reality the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, and hence the Pope’s church as Bishop of Rome. On the facade there is an inscription in Latin that reads, “The mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world.” The first church on the site was built in the 4th century after the Emperor Constantine gave the Bishop of Rome land he had received from the wealthy Lateran family. That church and others which replaced it suffered over the centuries from fire, earthquakes and war, but it remained the church where popes were consecrated until they returned from exile in Avignon, in the south of France. When the Avignon papacy formally ended in 1377 and the Pope could return to Rome, the Lateran Basilica was in a serious state of disrepair. The popes took up residence at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Trastevere and later at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. The present Lateran Basilica was erected in 1646. It ranks first among the four major basilicas in Rome (with St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major’s, and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls) as the Ecumenical Mother Church. On top of its facade are 15 large statues representing Christ, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, and twelve Doctors of the Church. Underneath its high altar are the remains of a small wooden table on which tradition says St. Peter celebrated the Eucharist. St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist are regarded as co-patrons of the cathedral, the chief patron being Christ the Savior Himself, as the inscription at the entrance of the Basilica indicates, and as is the tradition for the patriarchal cathedrals. The Basilica remains dedicated to the Savior, and its titular feast is the Transfiguration. Its full title is the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and of Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran. Celebrating the dedication of the Pope’s cathedral today is a way of expressing the unity of the whole Church with the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. And the union of each local church with this church is an expression of the unity of all churches with Rome and with each other.

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!

Fr. Christopher, O.P. 

Pastor’s Corner – Celebrating All Souls Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace. In the month of November, it’s our tradition as Catholics to remind ourselves here on earth that the Church extends far beyond the visible world in which we live. Although we Christians may be physically separated from each other by death, we nonetheless remain united in one Church, and we support each other in prayer. Here below we are the Church Militant—those who continue to “fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). On All Saints Day, November 1st, we call to mind the Church Triumphant—all the holy ones who have gone before us, who see God face to face, and who pray for us always. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, we recall the Church Penitent—all those in Purgatory who depend on our prayers for them as God invites us to work with him in his plan of salvation.

Celebrating All Souls this Sunday, I’d like to share with you a reflection on Purgatory from C.S. Lewis. He died in 1963. C.S. Lewis was not Catholic on this earth, but perhaps he is one with us now. He certainly believed as a Christian in Purgatory. Let’s pray for him as if he’s there, but rest assured that if he is in Heaven, he prays for us.

From Letters to Malcolm, by C.S. Lewis:

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy’? Should we not reply, ‘With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I’d rather be cleaned first.’ ‘It may hurt, you know’—‘Even so, sir.’

I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering. Partly from tradition; partly because most real good that has been done me in this life has involved it. But I don’t think the suffering is the purpose of the purgation. I can well believe that people neither much worse nor much better than I will suffer less than I or more. . . . The treatment given will be the one required, whether it hurts little or much.

My favourite image on this matter comes from the dentist’s chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn and I am ‘coming round’, a voice will say, ‘Rinse your mouth out with this.’ This will be Purgatory. The rinsing may take longer than I can now imagine. The taste of this may be more fiery and astringent than my present sensibility could endure. But . . . it will [not] be disgusting and unhallowed.”

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!