Monday, May 21
Labyrinth Prayer Walk
5:30pm Saturday - Vigil
7:30am - Quiet
9:30am - Family Choir
11:30am - Solemn Choir
1:30pm - En Español
5:30pm - Contemporary Choir
9:00pm - Candlelight
5:30pm - St. Jude Mass
8:00am - Mass with Morning Prayer
5:30pm - Vigil for Sunday
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.
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- Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor
The Lenten Water Challenge this year resulted in St. Dominic parishioners raising a record breaking amount of $20,888 to benefit the Navajo Water Project, through digdeep.org. So many of you dug deep into your pockets and responded to our appeal by direct donation, or bringing in your savings from fasting one week from beverages (except tap water), or reducing your personal water use, or purchasing a Lenten water bottle, or a combination of these. Here is a custom thank you video from the team at Dig Deep!!
St. Dominic's JPIC (Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation) group, which sponsored this year's Lenten Water Challenge, has decided to partner our parish with digdeep.org for two more years to build on our relationship and future impact. There is a continuing need to support isolated households in Navajo communities in the U.S. with a solar heat and water container unit ($4,500 each). San Francisco residents are fortunate to receive fresh spring water from Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite as it is pumped under the Bay into our City’s water infrastructure. We also don't have enough water to waste or squander. We can look to our fellow Americans on the reservation to learn to prudently and reverently use this precious resource. Elizabeth from JPIC is coordinating other efforts to assist this project. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 8-9, 2018 at St. Dominic's
The Called & Gifted workshop is a special program that teaches Catholics how to discover their unique spiritual gifts - gifts God gives us all to share with our family, our friends, our workplace, and our community. We'll learn about the Catholic understanding of these gifts, and how to start the process of discerning the specific gifts God has given us. To learn more, visit our C & G webpage.
Fri. 7pm-9:30pm; Sat., 9am-4pm, lunch included. Prior sign-ups are required. Cost is $50.
June 22-24, 2018 at St. Albert's in Oakland, CA Sponsored by St. Dominic's.
Who is Jesus? What is the core of the Christian Gospel? What difference can Jesus make in my life? How can I have a relationship with him?
This retreat is for the curious, the skeptical, and longtime Catholics, and will present Christian faith in a safe, open environment. Who might you invite?
Commuters: $100. Overnighters: $190.
Catholic videos, course, e-books, and more.....all free for St. Dominic's parishioners!
Go to formed.org, and use the parish code, 8ZV4MN, in all caps. Check out the "Community" tab for our staff-recommended videos and audio programs.
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
April 29, 2018: Fifth Sunday of Easter - Associate Pastor’s Corner
When I was in the third grade, I received my first communion at Our Lady of Ransom School in Philadelphia. The girls were dressed in white dresses and veils, I was in a dark blue suit with a white tie. Sister Agnes Marie instructed us how slowly to march down the aisle on the Mass of First Communion, in-step if possible, with our hand clasped, thumbs crossed, with our fingers towards the sky because our guardian angel would sit atop our middle fingers as we prayed. I remember singing a song with my classmates near the end of Mass, the pictures, and the small reception in the parish hall (cupcakes!).
Today, we are having younger members of the Body of Christ receive Jesus sacramentally for the first time—First Communion Sunday!
Thinking of the first time I received the Body and Blood of Jesus, and reflecting on the past few Sundays, it seems to me that the Lord is asking me, and perhaps you, to contemplate on what it means to be part of something greater than me. I am the vine, you are the branches, and I am the Good Shepherd, you are the sheep, and Receive my Body, receive my Blood. All pointing to our dependence on God. But importantly, too, on the fact that we are part of something great, bolder, and more wonderful than our dreams and imaginings.
We are the branches. We reach out from the vine, to give others shade, to give others comfort, but the only reason we can do that is because we belong to the Vine. Yet, and this is the beautiful part, every single one of us are reaching out to others, to dispense the Lord’s comfort and shade, especially to those who are scorched by dry, bitter, earth. Each of us are called, each in his or her own way, to reach out from the vine to bring that comfort and solace through the gifts, talents, charisms, and strengths that are ultimately rooted in the Vine.
So how do we reach out? Filled with the Blood and Body of Jesus, how to we offer that consolation? I will offer three ways.
First, the life of prayer. When we are at Mass or saying a rosary, we are oftentimes distracted by many things in our life. Bring these distractions to prayer. Distractions are sometimes the ping-pangs of the Holy Spirit, inviting you to pray for things, situations, and people that we would not normally pray for. Bring these to prayer and pray for the Lord’s consolation.
Secondly, the Sacraments. You cannot be the Body and Blood of Christ if you are not filled with the Body and Blood of Christ. You cannot be forgiveness and consolation if you have not been forgiving yourself. It’s simply reasonable to connect with, and be filled with, the Vine, Jesus. This is what Mass and Confession is—they are an opportunity to encounter Jesus through the Body of Christ. By being filled by an encounter with Christ, can we encounter others with a Christly gift.
Thirdly, works of mercy. We can offer shade and consolation directly to others, Christians and nonChristians, by our witness of a good, virtuous life, filled with good works. Our testimony of Jesus’ goodness in our lives does not have to be through a pulpit or putting on a religious veil. Consolation of the Spirit can be given by any baptized person by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the sorrowful, and the other spiritual and corporal acts of mercy. What is stopping any of us from being magnanimous towards strangers and friends?
I want to end these reflections with a prayer request and an encouragement of giving a financial gift. I have been part of the St Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society for the past five years. Later this week, I and lead missionary Tricia Bølle launch into Hong Kong, Calcutta, and Goa (we return the day before Pentecost). Details of our Mission Trip is inside the bulletin, under “Send Fr. Isaiah to Asia!” The entire project costs around $8,000, and of this writing, we are still a few shekels short. Will you be part of this mission? If “YES”, I invite you to open the bulletin and see ways you can help me in this Mission Trip.
Lastly, I invite you to pray for our young people who will receive their first communion this weekend. Pray that, filled with the Eucharist, they may become the saints they are called to be!