Wednesday, May 4
Young Adults Group: "Christ is Risen. Now what are you going to do about it?"
5:30pm Saturday Vigil
7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am,
1:30pm (En Español), 5:30pm, 9:00pm
5:30pm - St. Jude Mass
8:00am - Mass with Morning Prayer
In the Gospel of John, Jesus summarizes his life’s mission: “I have come that you might have life and have it more fully.” The life that Jesus promises is ours when we are connected together as a community. So being a parishioner is not just a matter of filling out a registration form, but about joining a spiritual family.
I am delighted that you have come to our website. St. Dominic’s and I invite you to enter fully into the life and blessings of our family. The best way to experience the joys of our parish is to get involved! In a parish as diverse and dynamic as ours, there is something for everyone.
This is a special time for our Dominican family because we're entering a jubilee year to mark the 800th anniversary since the founding of the Dominican Order in 2016. We invite you to join our celebration.
- Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor
Come along on Pentecost Weekend to our parish community retreat! Learn more about the works of the Holy Spirit. Spend time in prayer and reflection. Meet other St. Dominic’s Parishioners.
Fr. Michael Dodds, OP
Friday, May 13 -
Sunday, May 15
Vallombrosa Retreat Center
$325 single room
$295 shared double room
We are a community of single and married Catholic adults in our 20s and 30s who come together to grow in faith and friendship through edification, fellowship, spirituality, and service. We've been around since 1989 and currently have over 400 active young adults in our community...not counting you once you come and check us out.More Information
The various ministries of St. Dominic's parish provide you with a wide variety of ways of connecting with the community. Through these ministries you can learn and grow as an individual, meet others who share your values, and reach out to serve the larger parish and city. We hope there's something for everyone here. If not, join us in creating future ministries.Administration Adult Formation Children Family Hospitality Justice Liturgical Music Outreach Prayer Peer Service Spiritual Life Welcome Youth
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2016 Pastor’s Corner
Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. (John 14:23)
Something was amiss. The priest made the sign of the cross in French. Having spent the day visiting historic Siena, Italy, we St. Dominic pilgrims had arrived at the Basilica of San Francisco hoping to have a Church tour and to venerate its notable relics. As we entered the chapel and settled into our seats, it became quickly evident that the priest that we had assumed was a Franciscan guide was actually a French pilgrim himself when he began to say Mass for his small group. We quietly exited the chapel, our hopes for a tour faded to a whispered wane. That’s when he showed up: Fr. Paolo Primavera, OFM, Conv. Upon greeting us, you could immediately recognize that he was the Franciscan counterpart to our beloved departed Fr. Felix Cassidy. Joyful, passionate and eager to tell us the story of the Basilica, Fr. Primavera did not have to speak English to communicate his blessing and the spiritual richness of the place. His ability to say hello in a plethora of languages, including Japanese and Chinese, revealed that we had the good fortune of being under the wing of an experienced guide. Yet his fresh enthusiasm for sharing and shepherding us in worship made it seems as if we were the first group he had ever led. The story he shared with us about the Eucharistic miracle of San Francisco was one of the signature graces of our pilgrimage.
The year was 1730 and the whole town of Siena was gathered at the Cathedral across town for the Vigil of the Assumption (August 14th) which anticipated the Marian feast and the famous Palio di Seina horserace. Taking advantage of the situation, thieves broke into the Basilica and stole the golden ciborium containing 351 consecrated Hosts. The town was in an uproar, the Palio was cancelled (equivalent to cancelling the Super Bowl) and the search for the felons was intense. Three days later, a young boy providentially found the consecrated Hosts dumped in the poor box at the back of a church in nearby Provengano. Overjoyed, the entire Sienese population solemnly processed back to the Basilica where the Eucharist was once again reserved in the tabernacle. Considered unsanitary for consumption, the Hosts were left in the tabernacle to let nature take its course of decay. Except the Hosts did not corrupt. Year after year went by, and there was no visible change to the appearance of the Hosts. Amazed the bishop placed a box of sealed unconsecrated hosts in a tin next the consecrated ones for comparison. Ten years later, when the tin box was opened only mold and fragments were found, whereas “The sacred Hosts are still fresh, uncorrupted and do not present any sign of alteration.” Over the years, there have been many scientific studies of the Hosts, all of which are unable to explain how they continue to be intact 276 years after consecration. In 1980 St. Pope John Paul II visited the Basilica, and having venerated at the Shrine proclaimed, “It is the Real Presence!” To this day, the Basilica is the place where all the children of Siena go to receive their first Holy Communion.
This week, we celebrate the 1st communion of 56 of our children. As I was preparing them for this moment, the excitement they exuded reminded me of my own as we prayed in Basilica. Because not only did Fr. Primavera tell about the Eucharistic miracle, he opened up the reliquary where the Hosts are kept in a crystal monstrance. As we sang Eucharistic hymns and, one by one, were able to privately adore in the sanctuary, I reflected upon the strength of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises that, for those who keep his word, He and the Father will come to them and dwell with them. This promise is renewed every time we receive Holy Communion. Especially for us who are in the habit of receiving communion week after week, we have to guard against complacency and indifference. Inspired by Jesus’ words, we might make his promise our prayer “Remain in me, Lord.” As you receive the Eucharist and return to your pew, join me in praying: “Remain in me, Lord.” As you go about the busyness of the day invite Jesus with the words: “Remain in me, Lord.” As you wake in morning and retire in evening call upon the strength of his presence: “Remain in me, Lord.” And expect Christ to bear the fruit of his love in our lives.