March 25, 2018


Prayers for the Living:  Bert Jordan


Prayers for the Deceased:  Maria Cruz Lopez


Holy Land Collection: On Good Friday, March 30th there will be a second collection to support the Holy Land. As Catholics we all share in the responsibility to help the Christians still living in the Holy Land and to help the Franciscans preserve the sites associated with Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Thank you for your generosity.


Confirmation and Religious Education Classes:

Due to the Avalon Public School spring break

there will be no classes for students on:

Saturday, March 31st,

Sunday, April 1st,

Monday, April 2nd,

Saturday, April 7th

Sunday April 8th

Classes will resume on Monday, April 9th




March 29 Holy Thursday  Bilingual 7:00 p.m.


March 30 Good Friday      Stations 8:30 a.m.

The Passion 3:00 p.m.

                                              Via Crucis 5:00 p.m.


March 31 Easter Vigil       7:30 p.m. Meet in the church courtyard

April 1 Easter Sunday        9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.                                                  Spanish 6:30 p.m.  


Stations of the Cross:  Every Friday during Lent, join us in the church for the Stations of the Cross at 8:30 a.m. in English (following the 8:00 a.m. Mass) and at 6:00 p.m. in Spanish. 


Easter Lilies: We have ordered 20 Easter lilies from Vons to decorate the church for Easter weekend. Donations to help cover the cost are welcome.    


Children’s Choir:  We’re excited to announce that St. Catherine’s is forming a children’s choir! Children of all ages are welcome to join. Under the leadership of Araceli Hernandez, practices are scheduled for Thursday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 


Weekly Reflection: The official name for today is, of course, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. We tend to shorten it and simply call it Palm Sunday. It is the final Sunday of Lent and marks the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem. We call it Palm Sunday because in our Catholic tradition we receive palm fronds that we use to reenact Christ’s arrival. Palm branches are a symbol of peace and victory. To show great respect to someone, the people of Jesus’ time threw palms in front of the person as a sign of great respect.


On this day our Gospel Reading is Christ’s Passion, this year from the Gospel of Mark. It is the longest Gospel Reading of the church year. With more than 2,300 words in Mark’s Passion Gospel, that alone is longer than 26 other books of the Bible. The purpose of these reflections is in part to plant seeds for possible homily subjects, and to try to take something out of each reading to provide a focal point.


The First Reading comes from the prophet Isaiah. More than any other prophet he anticipated the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. In the last verse of this reading the Messiah says, “I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.” One might say that there are two kinds of courage — the courage of the moment that requires no previous thought, but there is also what might be called a “planned” courage. Jesus shows a “planned” courage in this instance.


The Lord knew the agony in front of Him, but He had an unwavering determination to obey His Father and to follow His Way. Jesus knew what awaited Him, but He suffered for us, in our behalf. As we approach life and living, we need to seek a similar determination to live as Disciples of Christ, and to do what we should do in spite of the possible consequences.


The Second Reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians declares in the opening verse that Christ Jesus was in “the form of God.” Some scholars

point out that the ancient Greek word for “form”

(huparchein) is difficult to translate because it has more depth of meaning than the word “form” can communicate. When we use the word “form” we tend to think of shape, but that is not what was meant by the ancient Greeks. A better word might have been “essence,” which includes the inner nature of someone as well as the external one.


Because of how we celebrate Christmas, we may lose sight of the fact that Jesus’ existence did not begin in a manger in Bethlehem. Jesus was, is, and always will be. He is eternal. Perhaps on this Passion Sunday we should focus on that because it is really eternity that should be our focus. Being human, it is difficult for us to either appreciate or concentrate on eternity, but that should be the motivation of everything we do.


Mark’s Passion alone provides so much to think about and on which to meditate. We need to carefully listen and hear this Gospel Reading. There is so much here for us. The Passion of Christ is reported in all four Gospels. Those who analyze these things point to the fact that Mark seemed to place Christ’s suffering at the center of his version.

The time of the Passion is significant in many ways. At Passover there was always a great expectation of the Messiah. At that time of year Jerusalem tended to be crowded. As the Romans were the rulers in that part of the world, they were alert to any hint of revolt, which was always a threat from their perspective. Thousands of pilgrims came to Jerusalem as every male Jew who lived within 15 miles was obligated to come, and many more came from great distances, including Galilee.


You might say that the chief priests and the scribes feared the people more than they feared God. There is, as indicated, so much here for us as Catholics. The Last Supper includes the statement from Jesus, “Take it; this is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many’.” Christ gave us so many gifts on this day, the gift of life, and the gift of the Eucharist. We must never forget that, now or at any Mass and celebration.

 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                                                                      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: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       

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