Monday, January 21
Discernment in Depth
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
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New Provincial Elected!
The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus joyfully announce the election of Fr. Christopher Paul Fadok, O.P., as Prior Provincial. He has most recently served as Socius and Vicar to the Provincial.
Fr. Christopher was elected by the Chapter capitulars on Thursday, January 10, 2019 and now begins his four-year term. Over the next few weeks, he will work with the capitulars to review province legislation, assignments, and future goals.
Fr. Christopher was born in 1968. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he attended Catholic grade school at Most Holy Trinity Parish and high school at Brophy College Preparatory. In 1986, he received an Air Force ROTC scholarship and studied engineering in Chicago. His thoughts at that time turned to God and philosophy and in 1987 he began to study philosophy at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Steeped in Anglo-American analytic philosophy, Fr. Christopher questioned his Catholic faith for years. But impressed by the philosophical works of Pope St. John Paul II and other Catholic thinkers, he began a study of Catholic thought and formally returned to the Church, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1997. That same year he joined the Dominicans, whose life of prayer and study he greatly admired.
After six months in the Novitiate, he left the Order to discern a vocation to marriage. He returned to Arizona and dated the same wonderful woman for four years while working in the field of computers. But compelled by the power of the Gospel and a sense that God was truly calling him, Fr. Christopher returned to the Dominicans in 2002.
Fr. Christopher with the capitulars and secretaries of the Chapter at the Priory of St. Albert the Great, our house of studies in Oakland, California
From the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology he received the degrees Master of Philosophy in 2006 and Master of Divinity in 2010. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2010 and ministered as a parish priest at Blessed Sacrament, Seattle, WA, and as pastor of St. Raymond of Peñafort, Menlo Park, CA, with an emphasis on the New Evangelization. In December 2016, Fr. Christopher was appointed Socius and Vicar to the Provincial for the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Fr. Christopher points to his mother and father, brothers and sisters, and their spouses–his entire family–as the greatest school of love and self-sacrifice he has known. He therefore credits all of them with building up in him the strength to happily receive the grace of his religious vocation.
Please pray for Fr. Christopher as he takes on his new leadership role and for the capitulars at the Chapter as they continue their important work.
Learn more about the Chapter process and how the Dominicans elect their leaders here.
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January 6, 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord - Pastor’s Corner
This weekend we celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas: the Feast of Epiphany of Christ. Now the story of the “three kings” is a familiar one. The Magi, who were likely astrologers and magicians, left house and home, their families and all that was familiar to make the perilous journey to find the promised Savior. And where did they find him? In the field with the shepherds? In the manger surrounded by animals? In the temple with Simeon and the other Jewish clergy? No. In none of these places did they encounter the Holy Family. Remember eight days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph present him in the temple for the Jewish rites of circumcision and naming. So where was the Holy Family after the temple dedication, but before their desperate flight into Egypt? Where did the Magi find Christ? Scripture reveals “And behold the star that they [the Magi] had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary, his mother.” (Matt 2:9-11) The Magi find Christ in a home. And since the Scripture is silence about whose home the Magi encountered Jesus, it invites us to reflect upon a great spiritual truth: that the primary place where we discover Christ is in our own home, in the midst of our family, friends and loved ones. Because the Magi encountered Christ in a house, there is a wonderful and beautiful Catholic tradition of the annual house blessing on the Feast of the Epiphany. As a priest, I often have requests to come and bless homes of all variety, and it is always a great privilege to be able to bring the gift of God’s grace and peace. Moreover, all have the ability to call down the God’s blessings into the place where they live. As a way helping folks to continue this tradition, we have put together “house blessing kits” which are available after all the Masses. There are three steps to this annual New Year blessing:
Step 1: Take chalk and mark on the inside lintel (the door beam) of your front door
20 + C + M+ B + 19
As you are tracing each of the letters, numbers and crosses, say:
The three wise men
M Melchior, and
followed the star of God’s Son who became man
20 two thousand
19 nineteen years ago.
++May Christ bless our home and
++ remain with us throughout the year.
Using Holy Water, bless the front door and pray:
May all who come into our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us. Let this house be a true home - a place for family and friends. May it be the place from which we seek to serve those in need and may Christ dwell here in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
May we always seek for Christ and discover him in the midst of our homes!
~ Fr. Michael