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Our Pastor’s Corner, October 26, 2014, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Together we’re Giant. World Series fever has hit the City. Following their recent success in 2010 and 2012, the San Francisco Giants are once again knocking on the door of a world championship and the excitement is palpable. The City is decked out in orange and black, Giants’ flags adorn civic structures, and even novices who don’t know a touchdown from a home run are vaguely aware of the local team’s success. Though the outcome is still in the balance (as of this writing) two aspects of the Giants’ memorable run from the lowest wild card to World Series contender emerge. First, though the Giants don’t have the highest payroll or the biggest stars when compared to some other clubs, their success is built on their cohesion as a team. A sign of this is their marketing strategy. Instead of building a brand exclusively around individual stars such as Posey, Pence and the Panda, the Giants emphasize the importance of team. Their slogan from 2012 was “Together We’re Giant.” This core concept identifies true success as a function of everyone executing their particular roles. From Ishikawa to Bumgarner, every fresh victory brings a new hero. The team is greater than just collection of stars.

Second, flowing from this on-field cohesion, the “Together We’re Giant” slogan invites fans to consider that their rooting interest and support makes a difference toward ultimate victory. The implication is clear: the enthusiasm of those who follow the team is an integral part of being a champion. It is not just that the team’s success creates excitement, but rather the excitement for the team itself is a significant ingredient in the team’s success.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus sums up the entirety of the 613 Mosaic laws when He points to love of God and neighbor as the heart of His message. This core idea forms the Gospel “slogan” of Jesus’ preaching. One aspect of the Two Great Commandments is that there is relationship between our love of God and our love of neighbor. For example, those who say they love God but harbor bitterness and resentments towards others are liars. (1 John 4:20). Or again, if we say that we love God and yet do not respond to the need around us, then Jesus will hold us responsible “Whatever you do to the least, you do it to me.” (Matt. 25:40) By making love the measure of faithfulness, Jesus gives us our mission: to be Christ to one another. When we put love into action, we are Christ for others.

Last week, we celebrated the feast of St. Theresa of Avila, the Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church who reformed the Carmelites. The spiritual insights in her biography and writings are rich with reflection on the power of love in our lives. A popular poem attributed to her is a favorite of mine.

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks with compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Win or lose, the Giants have brought buzz. For players and fans alike, there is a sense that we’re in it together. Today Christ invites us to consider how the way we love each other brings us together as a community of faith. We may not think of ourselves as “supersaints” or perform extraordinary miracles, but when our daily actions reflect the love of God to one another, Together We’re Jesus.

~ Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.

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Sunday, November 02
2:00-11:59 PM
 
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2:00 am today!

Sunday is also Daylight Savings so please move your clocks back one hour.

Recuerden que este domingo también cambia la hora, por lo que deben atrasar sus relojes una hora a partir de la media noche del sábado.

11:30-1:10 PM
 
All Souls' Day Requiem Mass - Mozart Requiem
A special Requiem Mass on All Souls' Day, featuring Mozart's powerful Requiem Mass.
St. Dominic's Schola Cantorum, The San Francisco Choral Artists, The Festival Orchestra.
Memorial forms are available from the church or Parish Office.
2:30-3:30 PM
 
Sunday Mass for St. Jude Pilgrims (Spanish) - Changed to 2:30 PM
ESTE DOMINGO UNICAMENTE, la Misa de 1:30 pm del domingo se celebrará a las 2:30 pm para darle más tiempo a la Misa de los fieles difuntos que comienza a las 11:30 am.

THIS SUNDAY ONLY, the 1:30 pm Sunday Mass has been moved to 2:30 pm to help accomodate the 11:30 am All Souls Requiem ...(more)

Thursday, November 06
7:30-9:30 PM
 
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas"
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas" presented by Fr. Michael Hurley and Fr. Justin Gable.  This 6-week series starts October 16th through November 20th, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Natural Family Planning - Intro Class
Attend an Introductory Natural Family Planning class. Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room. Deacon Bill Turrentine and Pat Turrentine, volunteers with the Couple to Couple League, offer an overview of NFP - what it is and why it is important. Engaged or married couples are welcome. To register ...(more)
Friday, November 07
Until 11/08
 
All-Night Adoration
Silent All-Night Adoration is a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. It is scheduled to take place on First Friday, from 9:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the following morning. Most attendees spend one or two hours in prayer with the Lord. Because Adoration occurs after the church is locked, ...(more)
Tuesday, November 11
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Marriage Class I: Intro to Marriage Preparation Process
St. Dominic's offers classes for engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage.

 

Marriage Preparation Class I: A School for Intimacy, second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room.

 

No sign-up is required for the class.

Wednesday, November 12
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Marriage Prep Class II: Must-Have Conversations
St. Dominic's offers classes to engaged couples as part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Class II: Life-Giving Marriages, second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the Siena room

No sign-up is required for the class.
Thursday, November 13
7:30-9:30 PM
 
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas"
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas" presented by Fr. Michael Hurley and Fr. Justin Gable.  This 6-week series starts October 16th through November 20th, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Monday, November 17
7:30-8:30 PM
 
Baptismal Preparation
Third Monday of the month (except holidays), 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room.

Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic’s. Parents and Godparents must participate in our Baptismal Preparation Classes. Both parents and at least one of the godparents must attend...(more)

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October 26, 2014

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