Second Collection—This Weekend
A combined national collection for the Catholic Home Missions and for the Black and Indian Missions will be taken up this weekend. This collection will support those parts of the United States where Catholics are few in number, located in poor areas and cannot sustain a full-time priest. Often a priest in these areas is assigned to a vast area. Churches cannot be built without concerted, national cooperation. A basic living and salary helps the missionary to be rugged and resourceful (e.g., Alaska, Oklahoma, the Great Plains, etc.). Among the special places in the United States where missions are set up for the Black and Indian Catholics, a special emphasis will come from this collection.
Annual Mother’s Day Novena
The Novena of Masses for Mother’s Day begins Sunday, May 8th. For the living mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, etc., please take a large envelope with blue printing, which has a smaller envelope and the card in it. For the deceased, please take ONLY the response envelope with the black printing. Return the response envelope as soon as possible.
Senior Health Screening
San Luis Obispo County is conducting senior health screenings. Seniors (50+) will sit with a registered nurse for blood pressure, weight, total cholesterol, anemia, diabetes, nutrition counseling, referrals, screening, etc. The site and time are: Parkview Manor, 365 Elm Street, Arroyo Grande, Thursday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A lipid panel is possible. Please call 544-2484, Ext. 1, for an appointment and the cost. Fasting is required.
Events Outside the Parish
Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, will have a meeting on Saturday, April 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The speaker will be Marie H. Echeverria, who has worked in marriage ministry with her deacon husband. The Santa Maria Room in the Santa Maria Inn is the location for breakfast and presentation. Reservations may be made with Dolly Van Horn at 878-0420 or 934-1857. The cost is $25.00 (or $30 at the door); seating is limited.
Annual Ministries Appeal
There are a group of ministries which are coordinated by Bishop Garcia and his office. These usually cannot be accomplished at the parish level. So this annual appeal supports the efforts which benefit all the parishes. Responses can come any time. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR RESPONSE GOES TO THE PARISH OFFICE. This is the only way to insure a DOUBLE checking of the contributions—first at the parish, then at the Bishop’s office. For those who are not registered and who received no information directly from the Bishop, there are commitment envelopes and descriptive brochures in the rear of the church. We would hope to have a high level of participation in this appeal.
Construction In Progress
A continuation of the work that was done to build the double garage-double carport is in progress. This entails repairs and completion of the project in the rear hall area. Please be careful, if you use the rear hall or the rear parking lot.
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, Daniel O’Connell, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann II, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine, Jordan Gleave, Milan Muguira 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.
Annual Spring Fling—Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus have scheduled the 8th Annual Spring Fling for this Saturday, April 23rd, in the Parish Hall (5:00 to 9:00 p.m.). This Santa Maria style BBQ chicken dinner benefits a variety of organizations. The silent auction and no-host cocktail hour begin at 5:00 p.m.; the dinner starts at 5:45 p.m. and the live auction at 6:45 p.m. Please support this fine effort. The dinner costs are $15 for adults, $5 for children (7-12) and the little ones are free. Tickets available at the door.
The Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Paul the Apostle parish will host a movie night, Friday April 29th. The film “The Blind Side” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE; food/lemonade is FREE. Please join us for fun and a family-friendly evening.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14;Ps 89:2-3,6-7,16-17;Mk 16:15-20
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13ab, 21; Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1b-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8;
Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Mark Gil Go, Carla Silva, Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Steve Skibinski, Florence and Larry Kotlarek, Mary McDonell, Yolanda Ravelo, Carmela Marino, Fred Graf, Jan Shields, Cipriano Galvez, Gladys Cotter, Scott Shields, Nellie de Fiesta, Jack Schieble, Jim Maloney, Father Christopher Deitz, Brother Christopher Saindon, Thomas Hughes, Lydia Y. Rodriguez, David and Richard Darin, Phyllis Tish, Linda Kumalac, Armida Robb, Kenneth Bagwell, Charles Halsell, Richard Surbeck, Lorraine Adler, Delia Cannon, Jannie Graham, Stella Rodic, Magdaleno Zambo, Audrey Corona, Sarah Micek, Angela Spane-Riding, Sandi Morrissey, Debbie Riviera, Donna Escoffery, Eddie Chaiday, Annie Delgado, Mel Ormonde, Irma Silva, Father Victor Abegg and Theresa Ramirez.
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
The French Revolution swept the church in France away in an astonishing way, stripping the nation of every possible vestige of the faith, not merely shuttering churches, but using them as staging areas for pagan raves and romps. While millions of faithful simply went underground and hung on for the ride, even the seven-day week was demolished along with the names of the months. What emerged from the chaos was the Napoleonic Code of 1792 governing church life, and therefore marriage law in France, French Canada, and elsewhere. In practice, when the faithful marry, they go first to the City Hall. There, the mayor performs the civil marriage, usually accompanied by a patriotic speech about the duties of the citizen, particularly in the rearing of children. Then, typically after a lunch, everyone goes off to change into more festive attire for the wedding liturgy, featuring consent, the exchange of rings, and the nuptial blessing. Sadly, only a small minority of citizens today celebrate the civil and church forms of the rite. For those who do, there is near certainty that the spouses are active worshippers and that they will later present their children for baptism.—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.