June 23, 2019

 

Prayers for the Living: Lupe Munoz, Valentina Gamboa, Patricia Gonzales.

 

Prayers for the Deceased: All Loved loves who have passed before us.

 

Congratulations: Javier Castro Peredo and Maria de Jesus Cervantes and daughter, Melissa Castro, on your quinceañera celebration. 

 

First Friday Visits: On Friday, July 5th, Fr. Ruther will be visiting parishioners who hospitalized or homebound to offer Communion and The Anointing of the Sick. Please contact the Parish (310) 510-0192 if you or someone you know would like to be included in the visits on Friday, July 5th.  Also, please join us in the church for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m.

 

KOC Pancake Breakfast:  Join us in the Parish Hall Sunday, July 14th, after the 9:00 a.m. mass for a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

 

Baptism Class: Sorry, there will not be any Baptism classes for July or August.    

 

Did You Know? What Constitutes a concern worth reporting?

Parents have a responsibility to report concerns they have about another person’s behaviors or actions that could put their children- or any children- at risk. These concerns are anything that makes them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Some examples of seemingly little things that can be worth reporting include:  A teacher covering her glass classroom door with artwork, elimination the ability to see into the classroom from the hall; a young ministry icebreaker activity, where teens have to pass a mint candy from person to person using only toothpicks in their mouth, despite the discomfort of some participants. For a copy the VIRTUS article “What is a “ Concern” that I Should Communicate?” visithttp://www.laarchdiocese.org/gprotecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx.

 

Weekly Reflection: Today, we observe the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This beautiful feast celebrates the gift of the Eucharist, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches is the source and summit of our Christian faith. “For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself” (CCC 1324). 


The very word, Eucharist, means “thanksgiving” or “gratitude,” and so this feast is especially meaningful to all of us who are striving to live as grateful stewards of all God’s blessings to us. Surely the Eucharist is the greatest of all blessings because it is not only from God, it is God — the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us of the depths of love our Lord has shown us in the gift of the Eucharist, recalling Christ’s words at the very first Eucharistic celebration. “The Lord Jesus… took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you.’” In that moment, and at every celebration of the Mass thereafter, Jesus gives us His very Self in an act of complete humility and perfect love. How can we possibly show our gratitude for such a sublime gift? 

We can — in our own imperfect way — follow our Lord’s example by giving generously of ourselves to others. Our Gospel reading from Luke recounts the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes, when Jesus took the small offering of the five loaves and two fish and produced enough to satisfy the whole crowd with twelve baskets full of leftovers. This event is widely understood as a foreshadowing of the miracle that takes place at every Mass as the words of consecration are spoken by the celebrant and God transforms bread and wine into the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus.

 

And in contemplating this stunning show of Jesus’ power in feeding the crowd that evening, it is easy to overlook an important detail for us Christian stewards found in the brief statement our Lord makes just before performing the miracle. When the apostles suggest to Jesus that He should dismiss the hungry crowd so they could go and find some dinner, Jesus has another idea. “Give them some food yourselves,” He tells them. This is a seemingly impossible command. It would take work, effort, energy and resources the Apostles simply did not have. But Jesus is not asking the impossible. He is asking us to give Him what we do have for the sake of others — and let Him do the impossible with it. 
 

This is the way we can at least attempt to thank Him for all His gifts and goodness to us. This is the essence of a stewardship way of life. When we gratefully offer back to our Lord the gifts He has given to us, He takes those same gifts and multiplies them beyond our wildest imaginings. And yet another miracle occurs — this sharing of ourselves and our gifts does not leave us with less, but with more — the satisfaction of living as Christ’s own disciple and an instrument of His grace in the world. 

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, let us receive the gift of the Eucharist with the greatest possible reverence and love. And let’s give ourselves generously to others in the week ahead to show our gratitude for this wondrous gift — the gift of God Himself.

 

Sabías Que? Que constituye una preocupación que vale la pena repórter?

Los padres de familia tienen la responsabilidad de reportar las inquietudes que tengan sobre los comportamientos o las acciones de otra persona que pudieran poner en riesgo a sus hijos o cualquier niño. Estas inquietudes son cualquier cosa que haga que el padre o la madre se sienta incomodo/a, o cualquier cosa que el/la niño/a reporte que le haga sentir incomodo/a. Algunos ejemplos de cosas aparentemente pequeñas que pueden valer la pena informar incluyen: Una maestra que cubre la puerta de vidrio de su aula con obras de arte, eliminar la posibilidad de ver hacia adentro del aula desde el pasillo. Además una actividad para romper el hielo en el ministerio juvenil donde los adolescentes deben pasar un caramelo de menta de persona a persona usando solo palillos de dientes en la boca, a pesar de la incomodidad de algunos participantes.visithttp://www.laarchdiocese.org/gprotecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx.

 
 

 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: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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