In his letter to the Romans, St Paul reminds us: “I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) In these difficult days, I imagine that, were St. Paul to pen a letter to us San Franciscans, he might say: “Neither COVID19, nor pandemic, nor social discord, nor political strife, nor the burdens of daily living, nor any other trial or travail can separate us from the love and presence of Christ in our hearts and lives.” Here at St. Dominic’s we are connected to Christ in order that we might radiate the Joy of the Gospel in the Heart of the City!
I am delighted that you have come to our website. I hope you find the resources to be connected to Christ through St. Dominic’s community. As you peruse these pages, I want to welcome you to participate in our virtual space. Sign up for the parish, subscribe to our YouTube channel and other social media. Join in on the various talks and programs we are offering through technology. Most importantly, know that God’s love is stronger than death itself. Keep calm. Keep safe. Keep close to Christ. He is close to you!
~ Fr. Michael
Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, church grounds
Come one, come all! Join us for St. Dominic's Annual Oktoberfest, brought to you by the 3040s Group. Enjoy an afternoon of brats, German potato salad, pretzels and ... BEER to celebrate our Parish's fall gathering complete with music and funl All are welcome.
Tickets are $20 per adult pre-sale which will close Friday, October 1 at 5PM. On-site tickets will be $25 per adult. $12 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are complementary. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a corresponding 25 tokens upon arrival at the event to be used towards food and beverage purchases. Additional tokens can be purchased at $1 per token on-site.
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Effective June 14, 2021 AT
ST. DOMINIC'S CHURCH
With the reopening of California, we are excited to once again encourage you to join us at St. Dominic's for Mass.
Tickets are not required and we no longer have a capacity limit.
We offer these reminders during Mass:
- Use hand sanitizer
- Wear a mask during Mass
- Keep social distancing
- Communal singing of hymns and psalms are allowed with masks on
- At the sign of peace, bow reverently to those nearby. No handshake.
- Please do your part to keep everyone safe
The obligation to participate in Sunday Mass resumes as of 6/24/2021, unless excused for a serious reason such as illness or being a caregiver to the vulnerable (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2180-2182).
Come and study the Bible Timeline with us as a parish!
5 adult class options available - men's, women's, co-ed, in-person and zoom.
Classes begin the week of September 13, 2021
For more information, including links to purchase your study guide directly from Ascension Press, and links to register for your class, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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Children's Faith Formation
Classes for Pre-school - 6th grade.
We will have both in-person and online options for most classes in the 2021-22 School year - limited space.
Classes begin Sunday, September 19, 2021.
For more information and to register, click here.
CONFIRMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
7th - 12th Grades - now an 18 month program!
We will have both in-person and online classes for the 2021-22 school year.
Classes begin Sunday, September 19, 2021.
For more information and to register, click here.
Catholic videos, online courses, e-books, and more....all free for St. Dominic's parishioners!
Go to https://stdominics.formed.org and register, compliments of St. Dominic's Parish. Check out the "Community" tab for our staff-recommended videos and audio programs.
Young Adults' Group
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
September 26, 2021: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time -Associate Pastor’s Corner
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.’” –Ps 19:8
The Psalm of today’s Mass is Psalm 19, and our repeated response is “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.” But as we repeat these words, it is worth asking if they are true. Do the commands that God gives to us make us happy? Or, like the rich young man whom Jesus tells to sell all that he has and follow him, do we go away sad? Sometimes it can feel that the commands of God are wearisome burdens that take joy from our hearts, rather than refreshing them.
But Psalm 19 continues to insist: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” Indeed, the Law of God cannot but be perfect because it comes from God who is totally perfect, the source of all Good, and indeed, Goodness itself. So if we experience a heaviness of heart upon hearing God’s commands, it is because there is something else that is interfering, there is a stumbling block somewhere that is tripping us up. The root of this stumbling block is always Original Sin, which damages human nature, causing in us concupiscence, a longing for what is evil, for what harms us.
The Greek word for stumbling block is skándalon, from which we get the word scandal. But whereas we tend to think of scandal as the shocking revelation of some wrongdoing, the real problem is not so much whether some bit of news offends us or not, but the way that knowledge of some sin can make us second guess the command of God. And so the most scandalous sins are those that are so common as to not be particularly newsworthy. To see how this works, it is helpful to look at a related phenomena, which sociologists call the “normalization of deviance.”
The prime example of normalization of deviance is the mistaken decision to launch the space shuttle Challenger on a very cold January morning in 1986. While the engineers objected to the launch because other launches on cold days had damaged the critical O-ring seals, the managers argued that even with the damage, the backup seals had held on a number of flights, so it wasn’t a problem. There were also political reasons to launch without delay, and so the managers did not deem the decrees of the engineers trustworthy and ordered the launch to proceed. Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight; seven astronauts died.
Sin always seems to be a shortcut to goodness, a way to bypass some inconvenience or suffering to quickly get something that we want. Each time we sin without experiencing immediate punishment, the precepts of the Lord rejoice our heart less and less. But then the consequences of our actions burn us, and having learned through experience the wisdom of one or two of the Lord’s commands, we, like the Psalmist, can experience how refreshing are all his commands, because they give us the strength and clarity to reject the voice of temptation that seeks to normalized the deviance of our sins.
What sins have you normalized? “Everyone does it.” “It hasn’t been a problem yet.” “Its only a small thing.” “No one notices.” But people do notice, and Jesus has harsh words in today’s gospel for those whose scandalous actions cause the innocent little ones to sin: “it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Today is the day to take stock of those areas of our life where we normalize and excuse our own deviance, and, with the help of Jesus, instead rejoice in the law of the Lord.
-Fr. Christopher Wetzel, OP