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
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Children's Faith Formation
Classes for Pre-school - 6th grade.
Registration is now open for the 2022-23 school year! Classes fill quickly, so register today.
Classes begin Sunday, September 18, 2022.
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CONFIRMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
7th - 12th Grades - now an 18 month program!
Registration is now open for the 2022-23 school year - all in person.
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CGS Level III Fundraiser
We are hoping to start a Level III Atrium for our 9-12 year olds in the Fall of 2023, and need your assistance!
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Tuesdays, starting September 13, 2022, to April 8, 2023, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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In-Person weekly on Thursdays, September 22, 2022, to February 23, 2023, except for holidays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Aquinas Room. How do we "Radiate the Joy of the Gospel" to the heart of the city? Learn from the early Apostles who did precisely that to the four corners of the world. Join us in a weekly Ascension Press Bible Studies program, “Acts, The Spread of the Kingdom," to better understand the first Apostles' evangelizing experiences.
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October 2, 2022: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor’s Corner
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
On Easter Monday 1949 at 10:45pm, the priests who had undertaken the exorcism of a youth named “Robbie” had a breakthrough. Possessed by as many as ten demons, Robbie had been haunted for years in the wake of his use of an Ojai board to contact his deceased grandmother. After months of exorcism, the priests invoked St. Michael to cast out the demons. Suddenly, a voice who identified himself as Michael commanded the demons to depart. According to eyewitnesses, Robbie went into violent convulsions and the demons left with a “sonic boom.” (The priests who were praying the Divine Office in a nearby college church also heard this “sonic boom” and saw an incredible light illumine the whole church.) When Robbie came out of his trance, he related how he had a vision of St. Michael vanquishing Satan in a battle for his soul. Though many know this story through the popular 1970s book and movie based on these real-life events, the role of St. Michael was somewhat muted in the fictional accounts.
This past Thursday, September 29, we celebrated the Feast of St. Michael and his archangel companions. This Sunday, October 2 is traditionally the day when we celebrate the feast of the guardian angels. Angels are not only present in dramatic moments of exorcism, but also a presence to us in our daily life. For example, the prayer to the St. Michael the Archangel is an essential part of spiritual health. Originally abridged from Pope Leo XIII’s more robust composition which he was compelled to pen after his troubling mystical experience with the “smoke of Satan,” this simple prayer creates dynamic spiritual protection and power, both in our own life and in the life of the Church. As struggles abound in the lives of our families and culture, St. Michael’s patronage activates the full resource of the heavenly host. St. Paul makes clear that every struggle, no matter how mundane, has a spiritual dimension (Ephesians 6:12). The spiritual world is not, as some may think, a world of unambiguous light and goodness. There is a nefarious aspect of the spiritual world which sow the seeds of chaos, violence, and darkness. Evil exists first and primarily in the spiritual realm. Whatever our struggles, St. Michael empowers us to flex our spiritual muscles and we experience his assistance in many ways.
One particular way is how St. Michael helps us in the daily overcoming of temptation and growing in virtue. Consider St. Michael’s origin story from Scripture and Tradition (Isaiah 14:12, Revelation 12). In the first cosmic upheaval between God and His creation, when Satan defies God and blasphemes the Holy Name. The leader of the heavenly host responds: “Who is like God?”, in Hebrew, Mikha’el. The first rhetorical question in history is the name Michael. This name reveals the potency of humility when it is blended with courage. Against pride, which is rooted in self (the heart of sin is always “I”), Michael expresses the humility which is the foundation of virtue. Humility recognizes that God alone is the source of all life and happiness. Without God, we are nothing. If we want to be happy, humility is the first step towards our victory in the battle against selfishness. Alternatively, against a sort of false humility, Michael expresses a word of courage. False humility thinks that we are powerless in spiritual struggles. After all, who are we to overcome the devil, who has strength beyond our powers. Yet, courage recognizes that with God we can do anything. Nothing is impossible for God, and Michael decisively casts down the demonic hosts with this divine power flowing through him. If we want to stand firm in overcoming daily temptations, if we want to find victory over our selfishness, if we want God’s power to flourish in us even in the face of most hopeless situations, Michael’s humble courage gives us the name and patronage upon whom we should call. When someone asks me for a simple way that they might grow in holiness and happiness, I always suggest praying daily to St. Michael. St. Michael is eager to accompany us in our daily struggles, so let us be bold to ask!
~ Fr. Michael