Thursday, November 15
Culture Project Parent Night
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
All Sunday Masses starting October 28 through November 18. We plan to help over 250 families with bags of groceries and a turkey this year and we are requesting that each of our Masses be responsible for a particular food item. We must have these items by Sunday, November 18 in order to get everything sorted. You may leave the food at the parish office during the week, or put your items in the baskets inside the Communion rail on Sundays. If you have questions, please call Br. Michael James at (415) 567-7824 x 117. Thank you.
Mass Time = Requested Food Item
5:30 pm Vigil = canned soup & canned milk
7:30 am = canned corn & canned green beans
9:30 am = canned chili & canned beans
11:30 am = canned tomatoes & canned spaghetti sauce
1:30 pm = peanut butter (plastic jars only)
5:30 pm = canned tuna & mayonnaise (plastic jars only)
9:00 pm = canned applesauce
Alpha @ St. Dominic's is an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ask questions, and be welcomed into a respectful, non-judgmental community. Come as you are. Enjoy dinner, a dynamic short film or talk, and discussion. Invite a friend. Encounter Jesus and explore the essentials of Christian faith. You decide what's next after that.
The Mondays nights are free (you're invited to potluck), and the retreat cost is $190 (scholarships available). For more information, contact Michael O'Smith at email@example.com or (415) 567-7824 ext. 102. Here are some more resources to pique your interest: Alpha Film Trailer, Alpha in a Catholic Context.
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.
The Five Wishes Workshop by Companions for Healthcare for St. Dominic’s, Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall. This workshop will provide a guide to make healthcare decisions for you (or a loved one) when you can’t. Five Wishes is just the first step in preparing a living will, which addresses personal, emotional, and spiritual needs, along with medical and legal wishes. Five Wishes helps facilitate discussion of wishes with family and doctors. Forms in English and Spanish will be available at the workshop.
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
November 11, 2018: Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor's Corner
This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the armistice which brought a cessation of hostilities on the Western front of the Great War. Symbolically it took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. In the United States, this day of armistice has morphed into the celebration of Veterans Day, when we give thanks for all those who have served our country. Though Veterans Day is not Memorial Day, on this anniversary we at St. Dominic’s are highlighting the WWI memorial plaque which names those from the parish who gave their lives. As the Korean War veteran, Howard Osterkamp, famously remarked for those who have served, “all gave some and some gave all.” At our best, those who chose to serve inspire us to give generously from what we’ve been given.
Our readings also highlight two stories which show the generous power of service in the face of obstacles. First, we encounter the widow of Zarephath who is quite literally down to her last meal. The country is in the grip of one of the most intense draughts of the 9th century BC, and without a social network of support, the woman is resigned to her starving fate. Precisely at this moment, the prophet Elijah comes upon the scene as an ambassador of the divine help and salvation. But rather than simply give the woman food and drink or direct her to a hidden, miraculous source of sustenance, in a moment infused with classic Jewish humor, Elijah asks that she provide him with water and food: “fetch me a cup of water…make me a little cake.” In Elijah’s seemingly clueless, absurd request, there is a classic spiritual principle which itself is counterintuitive: abundance flows from generosity. At the height of her vulnerability, at the depths of her struggle to survive, the widow of Zarephath’s willingness to give from her poverty links her with the source of abundance. As she shares the little she has, she taps into the power of God’s own life which always sustains and nourishes. The widow did not let her dire, hopeless circumstances control her attitude and choices. Her generosity in the face of poverty became the very source which sustained her and her son.
Second, in the Gospel Jesus highlights the widow’s meager gift as an extraordinary example of divine generosity. Aware of his impending betrayal and death, Jesus enters the temple courtyard to critique the scribes and other leaders who hunt for happiness through prosperity, power, and prestige. Seeking satisfaction in being in control, honored with esteem, or praised as generous philanthropists cascading with surplus wealth, each of these attempts are a sort of hoarding which severs the lifeline of true happiness. By contrast, Jesus praises the widow who gives not from excess, but from her very sustenance. The widow’s generosity is not simply a random act of kindness, but an intentional gift made to God and the community. Though Jesus does not reveal the widow’s inner thoughts or even hint at how she will be blest (like the widow of Zarephath), he does hold her act of generosity up as a window into his own act of generosity on the cross. In the person of Jesus, God gives himself to us completely. By assuming human nature, Jesus does not give from the “surplus” of his divinity: wise words, miraculous healing, powerful preaching, and spectacle. He gives it all. Only when Christ is stripped of pleasure, prosperity, power, and prestige on the cross can he give himself completely and so open the gates of salvation to those who follow his example. Once again, we see how life and abundance flow from a vulnerable, but willing gift.
This Veterans Day reminds us of how we connect with the source of all that is good. Do you want joy in our life? Then give it. Do you want faith to increase? Then share it. Whatever it is in our life that we are lacking, wherever we are most vulnerable, it is there that God calls us not to grasp at and hoard, but to share. Like the twin widows, may we radiate the joy of the Gospel in the heart of the City.
Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.