All Souls’ Novena
The annual All Souls’ Novena begins on November 2nd, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Envelopes for the novena are in the rear of the Church. Please complete the envelopes with the names of the deceased you wish to remember. Return the envelopes in the regular collection before November 2nd.
Mass Intentions for 2015
The period of initial invitation to submit requests for Masses for 2015 is now concluded. Father Victor has been putting the intentions into the master calendar. Any requests received from this point will be put in wherever they fit.
Tootsie Roll Effort
The Knights of Columbus will work throughout October to seek donations to assist those with developmental limitations. This comes in the form of a tootsie roll exchange or drive. The Knights will be at Saint Paul the Apostle this weekend (October 18th and 19th) before and after all the Masses. You may see them at other venues as well. Stop to speak with a Knight about this.
40 Days for Life
The annual activities celebrating October as Respect Life month have gotten underway. People are asked to be faithful to their prayers for life. If you have the time and desire to be more active by your silent presence, please go to www.40daysforlife.com/location. The 40 Days for Life campaign is only occurring this fall in Santa Maria. The website was not available at the beginning. You can go to the website and navigate to Santa Maria to find sign-up information. If you have time, please consider participating.
A video workshop for lectors will be presented on Tuesday, November 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Several locations are possible with the closest being at Saint Patrick Parish in Arroyo Grande.
Old Mission San Luis Obispo will present an information session on “Why Should You Pre-Plan Funeral Arrangements with Your Church?” This is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to listen to the Rev. Russell Brown, Deacon Chuck Roeder and Gayne Pinto Bennett.
Old Mission San Luis Obispo is hosting a concert, featuring Elizabeth Von Trapp, whose family inspired the “Sound of Music.” This concert, which will benefit Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Monterey, is scheduled for November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. Admission is $50; call 805-706-8566 for tickets (open seating).
The 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast is on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in San Francisco. Please call Celine Souza at 805-929-0115 if you are interested in riding the bus.
Pray for Those in the Military
There are several members of the parish family who are in the military. Please pray for Matthew Owen, Christopher Valine, Nicholas Villegas, Richard (Richie) John III, Jessie Davis Long, James F. Maloney, Antonio P. Ramos, Mitchell Howard, Maria Kuhnes, Nicholas Cabansag, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine and Grace Anderson.
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and donuts will be available Sunday morning in the hall. Please join your fellow parishioners after the Sunday morning Masses. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
Christmas Cards to Support the Mission in Vietnam
This year the Friars have created a Christmas card that shows some of the 25 young men who are studying to be priests and brothers in our Conventual Franciscan Mission in Vietnam. The purchase of Christmas cards will support the mission efforts in training the future indigenous Friars of Vietnam. Packs of ten cards are being sold for $10.00. See the sample in the rear of the church.
Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner
The annual spaghetti dinner in support of the Five Cities Christian Women’s Food Ministry to the Poor and of the Meals on Wheels program is Saturday, November 1st in Saint Paul the Apostle Parish Hall. Individuals may dine-in or take-out dinners, which will cost $8 for adults and $5 for those 12 years old or younger. Dinners will be served from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: Eph 2:12-22; Ps 85:9ab-14; Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19;
Friday: Eph 4:1-6; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 13:1-9
Sunday: Ex 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Therese Lawrence, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, McKenzie Tompkins, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Tyler Borges, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Judy Wedin, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, David Sterling, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Kathy Moritz, Simona Giovando, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Theresa Fulbright, Joan Gaugush, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Wayne Tompkins, Leandro Tompkins, Roger Boggs, Martha Hosier, Lawrence Wedin, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, Amanda McQueen, Art Hanlon, Patrick Matthias, Mary Avila, James Willette, David Jungclaus, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Anatol Jordan, Richard Becerra, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Myrtle Nunes, Mark Gil Go, Jimmy Harrington, Carla Silva, Jeff Williams, Sr., Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Judy Marine, Sister Carol, Alvin LeVeque, Lorinda Toscas Manheimer, Anita Landry, Ray Tezzoli, Betty Waite, Steve Skibinski, Florence Kotlarek, Patty Maechtle, Mary McDonell, Tom Shaffer, Myrna Tuell, Jeannette Scarpelli, Nancy Ochs, Emily Jackson, Bro. Christopher Saidon, Rebecca Untalan, Eric Danilewicz and Theresa Ramirez.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
When the fathers of the Second Vatican Council met to discuss the sacrament of penance, they were required to draw up a new rite, including several forms. The hot button for debate was so-called “general absolution,” by which a penitent could be absolved of sin without confessing to a priest. This was a difficult debate, compounded by widely varying traditions in both East and West. Some were surprised to learn that the Holy See had already given permission, during the First and Second World Wars, for this form. In 1944 the Vatican issued a decree saying this form was valid under extreme conditions, which bishops in mission lands and Latin America took as a kind of “blanket permission.”
Thus, the fathers of the Council were alarmed to find this practice fairly widespread, not only in war, but in peaceful places with huge numbers of faithful and few priests. Although they eventually produced a ritual with three different forms, the forms are not considered equal, and the enriched and revised individual form is preferred. The enrichments include a sign of the cross with an encouragement to trust in God’s compassion, praise for God’s mercy, and a dismissal. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.