Pastor: Father William Ruther Secretary: Armida Ruth Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm Email: stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com Weddings: stcatherineweddings@gmail.com P.O. Box 735, Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310-510-0192 Fax: (310) 510-8360
Pastor: Father William Ruther Secretary: Armida Ruth Office Hours: Monday to Friday                      9:00am to 1:00pm Email:  stcatherineofavalon@gmail.comWeddings: stcatherineweddings@gmail.com P.O. Box 735, Avalon, CA 90704Phone: (310-510-0192       Fax: (310) 510-8360 

 

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is distributing through our social media channels @lacatholics, and online, reflections and resources to help our faithful celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday from home. Please visit lacatholics.org/holyweek (lacatholics.org/semanasanta in Spanish) daily this week to access these other resources to share with the members of your ministries.

 

Along with celebrating Mass online, Catholics can celebrate daily through the following ways and sharing photos and post with the hashtag #LACatholicsEnterIn during Holy Week and #LACatholicsBelieve on Easter:

 

Monday: Draw a picture or write a note to those preparing to come into the Church

Tuesday: (Holy) #GivingTuesday; Make a donation to your parish
Wednesday: Make an act of perfect contrition

Holy Thursday: Set your family dinner table

Good Friday: Venerate a cross

Holy Saturday: (Holy) #SilentSaturday, Light a candle and spend time in silence

Easter: Renew your baptismal promises

 

Additional information on each daily call to action will be available on the archdiocesan Holy Week webpage: lacatholics.org/holyweek (lacatholics.org/semanasanta in Spanish)

 

Tonight, as we celebrate the Chrism Mass remotely via livestream from the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angeles at 7 p.m., www.facebook.org/lacatholics. Let us make the Mass livestream experience intentional. Light a candle. Gather your family and invite everyone to actively participate. Families can even place a cross near their computer or TV screen.

 

Click here to download a worship guide for tonight’s Chrism Mass.

 

On Good Friday (April 10) Archbishop Gomez will lead a National Prayer of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end of the coronavirus pandemic, on behalf of the bishops in the United States. The prayer will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 9 a.m. PST.

 

Please feel free to share widely the daily reflections and calls to action above. 

 

Let us remember Archbishop’s message of hope for this Holy Week, “This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacle of our own hearts. Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love.”

Thank you.

Holy Week at Home – Daily Ways to Build Community

 

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is distributing through our social media channels @lacatholics, and online, reflections and resources to help our faithful celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday from home. Please visit lacatholics.org/holyweek (lacatholics.org/semanasanta in Spanish) daily this week to access these other resources to share with the members of your ministries.

 

Along with celebrating Mass online, Catholics can celebrate daily through the following ways and sharing photos and post with the hashtag #LACatholicsEnterIn during Holy Week and #LACatholicsBelieve on Easter:

 

Monday: Draw a picture or write a note to those preparing to come into the Church

Tuesday: (Holy) #GivingTuesday; Make a donation to your parish
Wednesday: Make an act of perfect contrition

Holy Thursday: Set your family dinner table

Good Friday: Venerate a cross

Holy Saturday: (Holy) #SilentSaturday, Light a candle and spend time in silence

Easter: Renew your baptismal promises

 

Additional information on each daily call to action will be available on the archdiocesan Holy Week webpage: lacatholics.org/holyweek (lacatholics.org/semanasanta in Spanish)

 

Tonight, as we celebrate the Chrism Mass remotely via livestream from the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angeles at 7 p.m., www.facebook.org/lacatholics. Let us make the Mass livestream experience intentional. Light a candle. Gather your family and invite everyone to actively participate. Families can even place a cross near their computer or TV screen.

 

Click here to download a worship guide for tonight’s Chrism Mass.

 

On Good Friday (April 10) Archbishop Gomez will lead a National Prayer of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end of the coronavirus pandemic, on behalf of the bishops in the United States. The prayer will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 9 a.m. PST.

 

Please feel free to share widely the daily reflections and calls to action above. 

 

Let us remember Archbishop’s message of hope for this Holy Week, “This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacle of our own hearts. Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love.”

Thank you.

 

 

Weekly Reflection:

The youngest Apostle was Saint John. Mary the Mother of Jesuslived with him after Jesus died. Woman behold you son. John behold your mother. John was not her son. If Jesus would have had brothers it would have fall by Jewish law to take care of their mother. Because brother was any relative they had other parents and were related to Jesus. John in his Gospel said he wrote it so we could know enough to have eternal life. 

 

He tells us about God the Father and Logos the Son and they are one God and the Spirit is God and they all share in being God. What the Father is and has he gave it all to the Son. The Holy Spirit has all that the Son has from the Father. The Holy Spirit is God and comes from the Father through the Son. The word person is being replace by other words. You have a mind, heart and soul. Three thing of you inter life. Father, Son and Spirit is the inter life of God. Three somethings without a word that a word to express it clearly but one God. The Father through the Son in union with the Holy Spirit made everthing that exists. 

The Trinity sent the Word or the Son to the earth without leaving His Father in heave lived a human life. God is always happy and cannot suffer as God. Becoming a human life us Jesus as a human could and did suffer. Jesus is the Lamb of God who paid for our sins. Abaham was going to sacrifice his son but God stopped him. A ram took his son's place on the altar. It was symbolic of Jesus being place on the altar of the cross and died for us. Jesus carried the cross. It was our sins that made it so heavy. Jesus died so that we could live. It is not easy to go to heaven. Read the Gospol written by Saint John and he will tell you what you need to know. The wedding at Cana and Jesus was there. When you get married do it with Jesus in his Church. The priest or bishop was sent by Jesus and is the voice of Jesus. The priest makes Jesus present at your wedding. He feeds us with his Body and Blood. Holy Communion is Jesus. He feeds us his divine life so that we can live with God in heaven. Jesus loves us and he wants to be with us that one hour every week. When he died on the cross his mother was there. We pray and ask Mary to be with us now and at the hour of our death.

 

I will be very happy when we can see each other around the altar of Our Lord Jesus. Happy Easter from Father William Ruther and Saint Catherine Parish Community. 

 

 

 

 

Deposit of Faith = Apostolic Tradition (or Sacred Oral Tradition) + Sacred Scriptures

 

Apostolic Tradition--Jesus commissioned the Apostles to "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you" (Mt.28: 19-20). He promised that the Holy Spirit would "instruct you in everything and remind you of all that I have told you" (John 14:26). Just before his ascension into heaven Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation" (Mk 16: 15).  He commanded them to do precisely what He himself had done, namely, deliver the Word of God to the people by the living voice and granted them, through the Holy Spirit, the gift of tongues. He told them, "He who hears you hears me and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects Him who sent me." (Luke 10:16)

 

    It was by this oral Apostolic Tradition that the Church discerned which books should be included in the New Testament.  Many were already in use in the house churches (Christianity was "underground" for three centuries and much persecuted)  St. Augustine endorses the same position when he says: "I should not believe the Gospel except on the authority of the Catholic Church" (Con. epist. Manichaei, fundam., n. 6).  As St. Paul urged in his epistle, 2 Thessalonians 2: 15, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter."  The books of the New Testament were written between about 45 A.D. and as late as 100 A.D. but were not put into a defined canon or single collection until the end of the fourth century.  Why not?  The Holy Spirit protected the oral Tradition or Apostolic Tradition taught by the true Church, which by 100 A.D. was already known as the "Catholic Church." See the seven letters of Ignatius of Antioch, accepted by both Protestant and Catholic scholars as legitimate. Sacred Tradition has for its subject the Holy Spirit, indwelling the Church as the soul animates the body. The Spirit guides the Church in its interpretation of the Word and in its liturgy.

 

 

 

A CALL TO RENEW OUR PARISHES

Father William Ruther, when I came to the Parish of Saint Catherine of Alexandria I found leaking roofs, dead plants and a hedge that was old ugly and destroyed by the deer making dinner out of it. I used a ladder and went onto the sacristy with Henry’s roof patch and tried to find and patch all the leaks. The roofing was so old that there were many bad spots that were caused by sun damage over many years. It came to the attention of our Archbishop Jose Gomez that many parishes

 

throughout the Archdiocese are also in need of many repairs. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles started a few years ago a capital campaign throughout the whole Archdiocese to renew and repair our facilities. According to our normal Sunday collection they gave each parish a goal to reach as a fund raiser for our parish and for many other poorer parishes.

               We need some good Parishioners to come to our aid in this time of need to help our parish. I need your help and expertise to help us to fulfil what our parish and me, your pastor, are being asked to do for the good of our parish and the whole Archdiocese. The Archdiocese has contracted the aid of an organization that specializes in fund raising. Their staff will help guide us in an effective way to motivate our parish in the implementation and caring out our part of this Archdiocesan fund raising and renew program.

               Our roofs are 70 years old. You can see the tiles on the top of the roof but you cannot see how old and worn out and deteriorating the roofing that is under it. We need to go down to the bare wood and rebuild our roofs and then choose the good tile that can be reused and replace the broken and defected tiles. There is much more to be done to fix these old worn out buildings. 

               In the spirit of a Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. So now let us change the word country to the word parish. Ask not what your parish can do for you but what can you do for God and our parish. I am sure God will bless the cheerful giver. Thank you for your time and talents that you will use for the greater glory of God.  May the blessings of God be with you.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: We, the people of St. Catherine Church located in Santa Catalina Island, California, are called to be members of the body of Christ. Gathering around the Table of Word, Eucharist, and Sacraments, we commit ourselves to love and support one another in faith, hope, and charity. We are sent forth as disciples, in the power of the Holy Spirit to make the Good News of Jesus Christ present and alive in our world through outreach and hospitality, healing and service, education and the establishment of justice on this beautiful island of Santa Catalina. 

SAINT CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA   800 Beacon Street -  P.O. Box 735 Avalon, CA 90704                   Phone: 310-510-0192                  Fax 310-510-8360                 stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com StCatherineOnCatalinaIsland.org                                                               WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE:      Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.   Saturday: 5:15 p.m.                         Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (Spanish)                          CONFESSIONS: Saturday 4:30 pm. Call Parish Office to schedule.           BAPTISM: Contact Parish Office at least ONE month before the desired baptism date.                   MARRIAGES: Contact Parish Office at least SIX months before the desired wedding date. At least one person must be Catholic!              ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Contact the Parish Office

P.O. Box 735 Avalon CA. 90704 Tel: 310-510-0192
Fax: 310-510-8360           

  Stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com

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