YAM News - 3/4/16

>> Friday, March 4, 2016

Theology on Tap


DATE:  Thursday, March 31, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Zio Fraedo's (23 Harbor Way, Vallejo)
TOPIC:  Pornography and the U.S. Bishops' pastoral response to this issue called Create in Me a Clean Heart which you can read by clicking on the link below.

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/pornography/upload/Create-in-Me-a-Clean-Heart-Statement-on-Pornography.pdf
SPEAKER:  Fr. Colin Wen, Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish

24 Hours for the Lord

From March 4 to March 5, throughout the Diocese of Sacramento, there are hearing Confessions for the next 24 hours.  Please, take advantage of this special opportunity to experience God's extravagant mercy.
You can find the schedule at this link:  http://www.scddec.org/yom-24-hour-schedule
Please note that the schedule for the Solano Deanery on the Diocese's website has a misprint.  To the best of my knowledge, here is the current schedule for our deanery.

March 4, 2016

8:30am to 6:30pm - St. Mary's, Vacaville
 
8:30am to 3:00pm - St. Joseph's, Rio Vista
3:00pm to 5:00pm - St. Basil's Vallejo

March 5, 2016
3:00pm to 5:00pm; 7:00pm to 9:00pm - St. Basil's, Vallejo 
 
If you are unavailable during these times, then here are a couple more opportunities for Confession.
Carmelite House of Prayer (Oakville)
Confessions are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am-12:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm, and 8:00pm-9:00pm.
Ring the intercom buzzer by the front door, speak to the friar when he answers, ask him to hear your confession, and then enter the confessional located inside the chapel against the wall.
St. Joseph's (Pinole)
Here is the Confession schedule throughout the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:
Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday: 5:40pm-6:20pm
Friday: following the 7:30am and 9:00am Masses; and from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday: 3:30pm-4:30pm and 6:15pm-6:45pm

Crosswalk 2016

Join us for this very special pilgrimage where we will perform the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as we walk 11 miles from St. Vincent's in Vallejo to St. Dominic's in Benicia where we may gain a plenary indulgence in this Jubilee of Mercy.
DATE:  March 19, 2016, Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
For more information and to register as a pilgrim or to serve as a volunteer, please visit our website:  http://crosswalkpilgrimage.com
Also, please mark your calendars for these upcoming pre-pilgrimage events which will be held at St. Vincent's youth and young adult room (2nd floor of the O'Neil Building next to the church).
March 10 - Presentation on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
March 17 - St. Joseph's Table

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YAM News - 1/22/16

>> Friday, January 22, 2016

Walk for Life West Coast

Today, January 22, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Row v. Wade.  Since then, more than 58 million (actually, it is better estimated as 58,586,256) unborn babies have been aborted in the United States alone.  Also, how many women have deeply suffered with post-abortion syndrome, or how many men still grieve the loss of their child that was killed through abortion?  How can we expect there to be peace in the world when there is not peace in the womb?  How can we expect people to show compassion to others when we cannot show compassion to the weakest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters, the little children (recall, "fetus" is a Latin word which means "little one") growing in their mothers and awaiting their birth day?

So, what can we do about it?

There are many things we can do, of course, but we can begin by praying.  In fact, today is the Diocesan Day of Reparation.  Bishop Soto encourages us to mark this sad anniversary with prayer, fasting, penance, and works of charity.



Another thing that we can do is attend the West Coast Walk for Life this Saturday, January 23, in San Francisco.


If you are interested in joining us, we will attend the 8:00am Mass at St. Catherine's.  Then, we will probably go out to breakfast and then take BART into the City.

However, if you would just like to meet up at Civic Center, the rally begins at 12:30pm and the walk itself starts at 1:30pm.

*** NOTE ***

Don't forget your umbrella and to bring snacks and water.
Due to the Super Bowl 50 events, the route has changed.  Instead of ending at Justin Herman Plaza, we will end up at Rincon Park (near the giant bow and arrow).




For more information, visit the website for the Walk For Life West Coast:  http://www.walkforlifewc.com/

Also, if you or a friend are pregnant and need help, please visit it these sites:

Alpha Pregnancy Clinics in Fairfield and Vacaville:  http://www.alphaprc.org/

And Life Alternative Abortion Ministry (L.A.A.M) in Vallejo:  1505 Tennessee Street
https://youtu.be/D7w_YB0vB2E

Additionally, check out what Norma McCorvey (aka "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade) thinks about abortion now:  https://youtu.be/MYNyaNNq8Xg

Finally, if you have not heard Gianna Jessen's testimony of surviving an attempted abortion, it is definitely worth checking out:  https://youtu.be/hOWMmx6eBjU


JONG ARCEGA-247



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Theology on Tap
There is no Theology on Tap this month, folks.  I still have to confirm speakers for 2016.  Our next event should be on Thursday, February 25.

 

Crosswalk 2016

Mark your calendars!  On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we will once again walk the 10.3 mile pilgrimage route from St. Vincent's in Vallejo to St. Dominic's in Benicia, which we call the Camino de Santo Domingo

This year has particular significance because we will be passing through the Holy Door at St. Dominic's which has been designated as a pilgrimage site where one may receive a plenary indulgence in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

For more info, visit our website:  http://crosswalkpilgrimage.com

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YAM News - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

>> Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hi folks!
I hope you all are doing well and that you are having a very blessed and joyful Christmas!  May the Christ Child, our Infant King, make all your days merry and bright!
Here are announcements as we come to the close of the year of Our Lord two thousand and fifteen.  


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Don't forget that January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation/opportunity.  So, make sure you go to Mass either tonight or tomorrow.  At St. Catherine's, here is the Mass schedule for the solemnity.


December 31st - 5:00pm, 7:00pm & 9:00pm


January 1st - 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm (Spanish) & 6:00pm




As Eden was the Paradise of Creation, Mary is the Paradise of the Incarnation... She is the one whom every man loves when he loves a woman—whether he knows it or not. She is what every woman wants to be when she looks at herself. She is the woman whom every man marries in ideal when he takes a spouse...she is the way every woman wants to command respect and love because of the beauty of her goodness of body and soul. And this blueprint love, whom God loved before the world was made, this Dream Woman before women were, is the one of whom every heart can say in its depth of depths: "She is the woman I love!"

- Venerable Fulton Sheen, The World's First Love


 Eternal rest grant unto Chuck, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.
"May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest."

It is with sadness and gratitude to God that we mourn the death of Chuck Pregeant.  He was a familiar face in the parish who could be seen tending the roses with God's Garden Ministry or opening the doors to the PLC so he can meet and pray with his fellow soldiers in the Legion of Mary.  Chuck was also a great supporter of CYM who was a faithful chaperone on our retreats.
On December 23, a few days before Christmas, as he was making his way to attend the final Mass of Simbang Gabi, Chuck had a heart attack and passed away around 7:00pm.


If you would like to pay your respects, here is the info for his vigil and funeral.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Vigil:  7:30pm - 9:00pm
Viewing:  9:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Funeral Mass at St. Catherine's - 10:00am
Burial at All Souls Cemetery
Remember that we are in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; thus, in your charity, you may want to make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door and gain a plenary indulgence with the intention that it may be applied to Chuck's soul.
Here again are the conditions which must be fulfilled in order to gain a plenary indulgence:

1.  Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
2.  Confession of sins in the Sacrament of Penance;
3.  Receive the Holy Eucharist
4.  Pray for Pope Francis and his intentions
5.  Make a Profession of Faith
6.  Make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door

We are blessed to have a pilgrimage site in the Solano Deanery!  Bishop Soto has designated St. Dominic's in Benicia to open a holy door through which pilgrims may pass and experience God's infinite mercy during this extraordinary jubilee year.

Here are other pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Sacramento with a holy door where you can receive the Jubilee Indulgence.

1.  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento
2.  St. Dominic's, Benicia
3.  Sacred Heart, Fort James
4.  Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina
5.  Sacred Heart, Susanville
6.  St. Mary's Academy, Grass Valley
7.  St. Patrick, Placerville
8.  Holy Rosary, Woodland
9.  Good Shepherd, Elk Grove
10.  Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights
11.  St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

Here are the pilgrimage sites you may want to visit in the Diocese of Santa Rosa
1.  Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa
2.  St. Joan of Arc, Yountville
3.  St. Mary Immaculate, Lakeport
4.  Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fort Bragg
5.  St. Bernard, Eureka

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of San Francisco
1.  Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco (currently opened)
2.  St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park (to be opened on January 10)
3.  Mission San Rafael, San Rafael (to be opened on January 10)
*  On Christmas Eve, Archbishop Cordileone also opened a holy door at the San Quentin State Prison; although, I don't think it is accessible to the general public.


Crosswalk 2016

Mark your calendars!  On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we will once again walk the 10.3 mile pilgrimage route from St. Vincent's in Vallejo to St. Dominic's in Benicia, which we call the Camino de Santo Domingo

This year has particular significance because we will be passing through the Holy Door at St. Dominic's which has been designated as a pilgrimage site where one may receive a plenary indulgence in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

For more info, visit our website:  http://crosswalkpilgrimage.com


To the Heights:  Big Bald Rock Hike


Join To the Heights, a ministry for adventurous Catholics in Northern California whose members seek to witness the beauty of creation and nurture their faith and love, on a day hike on the Big Bald Rock Trail in Oroville on January 18, 2016.
Fr. Brian Soliven and Fr. Avram Brown will offer Holy Mass on the trail. 
Check out their facebook event for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/844404145678945/


Walk for Life West Coast 2016
Save the date:  Saturday, January 23, 2016

Check out their website for more information including schedule and list of speakers:  http://www.walkforlifewc.com
Also, here is the video promo for the 2016 Walk for Life West Coast:  https://youtu.be/JzADKTfdnQI

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YAM News - 12/21/15

>> Monday, December 21, 2015


 Hi YAM Members!


I hope you all are doing well.  In these last few days before we celebrate the birth of the Lord, I just wanted to wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas!
I also wanted to encourage you to go to confession, especially if you have not been in a while, and give you some other YAM announcements.
 



Prepare for Christmas:  Go to Confession!

Here are some opportunities for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

December 21 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo): 6:00pm-6:45pm
December 21 - St. Joseph's (Vacaville): 7:00pm
December 21 - St. John Vianney (Walnut Creek): 7:00pm
December 21 - St. Patrick's (Rodeo): 7:30pm
December 22 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo): 6:00pm-6:45pm
December 22 - St. Francis (Concord): 6:00pm-7:00pm
December 22 - St. Mary's (Concord): 7:30pm
December 23 - St. Margaret Mary (Oakland) - 9:30am-12:00pm
December 23 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo): 6:00pm-6:45pm
December 23 - St. Vincent's (Vallejo): 8:00pm
December 24 - St. Patrick's (Rodeo): 10:00am-11:00am; 1:30pm-2:30pm


Carmelite House of Prayer (Oakville):
Confessions are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am-12:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm, and 8:00pm-9:00pm.
Ring the door bell on the side of the left side monastery (as you face the front door), speak to the friar on the intercom, ask him to hear your confession, and then enter the confessional.

Also, throughout the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, St. Joseph's Parish (Pinole) will have the following Confession times:
Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday: 5:40pm-6:20pm
Friday: following the 7:30am and 9:00am Masses; and from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday: 3:30pm-4:30pm and 6:15pm-6:45pm



Jubilee Indulgence

After you have gone to Confession, you may want to make a pilgrimage to a holy door to receive a plenary indulgence in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

To receive the Jubilee Indulgence (which can be gained once a day for oneself or for a soul in Pugatory), the following conditions must be met:

1.  Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
2.  Confession of sins in the Sacrament of Penance;
3.  Receive the Holy Eucharist
4.  Pray for Pope Francis and his intentions
5.  Make a Profession of Faith
6.  Make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door

We are blessed to have a pilgrimage site in the Solano Deanery!  Bishop Soto has designated St. Dominic's in Benicia to open a holy door through which pilgrims may pass and experience God's infinite mercy during this extraordinary jubilee year.
Here are other pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Sacramento with a holy door where you can receive the Jubilee Indulgence.

1.  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento
2.  St. Dominic's, Benicia
3.  Sacred Heart, Fort James
4.  Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina
5.  Sacred Heart, Susanville
6.  St. Mary's Academy, Grass Valley
7.  St. Patrick, Placerville
8.  Holy Rosary, Woodland
9.  Good Shepherd, Elk Grove
10.  Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights
11.  St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

Here are the pilgrimage sites you may want to visit in the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

1.  Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa
2.  St. Joan of Arc, Yountville
3.  St. Mary Immaculate, Lakeport
4.  Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fort Bragg
5.  St. Bernard, Eureka

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of San Francisco:

1.  Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco (currently opened)
2.  St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park (to be opened on January 10)
3.  Mission San Rafael, San Rafael (to be opened on January 10)

*  On Christmas Eve, Archbishop Cordileone will open a holy door at the San Quentin State Prison; however, I don't think it is listed as a pilgrimage site per se for the general faithful.  Regardless, what a blessing!

Finally, as far as I know, the only pilgrimage site in the Diocese of Oakland is the Cathedral of Christ the Light, but you may want to check out the Oakland Diocese's website for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:  http://jubileeofmercy-eb.org/

For those unable to make a pilgrimage to a holy door due to sickness or other "various reasons", here is what Pope Francis wrote on how they may receive the Jubilee Indulgence:

"Additionally, I am thinking of those for whom, for various reasons, it will be impossible to enter the Holy Door, particularly the sick and people who are elderly and alone, often confined to the home. For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence."

Read Holy Father's entire letter regarding the Jubilee Indulgence here:  https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150901_lettera-indulgenza-giubileo-misericordia.html



Christmas Mass Schedule

Here is the Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Catherine's:

Christmas Eve - 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm (Spanish) & 11:00pm

Christmas Day - 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm (Spanish) & 5:00pm 

 



 Crosswalk Pilgrimage 2016


Mark your calendars!  On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we will once again walk the 10.3 mile pilgrimage route from St. Vincent's in Vallejo to St. Dominic's in Benicia, which we call the Camino de Santo Domingo.

This year has particular significance because we will be passing through the Holy Door at St. Dominic's which has been designated as a pilgrimage site where one may receive a plenary indulgence in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

For more info, visit our website:  http://crosswalkpilgrimage.com
 



Walk for Life West Coast

Check out their website for more information including the schedule and list of speakers:  http://www.walkforlifewc.com

 


 

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YAM News - 12/8/15 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

>> Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hi folks!

Happy feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the United States of America!!!  "Come, let us celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; let us worship her Son, Christ the Lord."

If you recall from my previous email updates, we are still looking for someone to take over as Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry at St. Catherine's, so I won't be sending out regular editions of YAM News, but, since today is a very special occasion, here are some important announcements.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Since today is a Holy Day of Obligation (or as some call it, a Holy Day of Opportunity), we ought to go to Mass today like we are obligated to do every Sunday.

At St. Catherine's, there will be Mass tonight at 5:00pm and 7:00pm (bilingual).
For apologetic resources for explaining and defending the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, check out these links:

http://www.catholic.com/tracts/immaculate-conception-and-assumption

http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/the-immaculate-conception-in-scripture

http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/hail-mary-conceived-without-sin

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/apologetics/why-catholics-believe-in-the-immaculate-conception.html

https://www.ewtn.com/library/ANSWERS/CAIMCON.HTM
Ineffabilis Deus (in which Pope Bl. Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception):  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius09/p9ineff.htm
Video of talk by Dr. Edward Sri:  https://youtu.be/bqeUpvMXLk8



From Archbishop W. B. Ullathorne, O.S.B. (1806-1889), Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham (England)

The Morning Star is about to rise upon the night which overspreads the fallen world with its deep shadows. The East already warms, and the glorious Sun of Justice sends His rays before His coming. That beautiful Star precedes Him on His way. It is full of His light, and is the reflection of His purity.

Oh, Lucifer - no longer art thou the bringer of the light, but the prince and ruler of the darkness. And now thy kingdom is invaded by the dawning day, and Mary is the bringer of the light. The instant is come for that elected creature to appear, who, of a daughter of Eve, is made the Mother of God.

Chosen in the counsels of eternity; associated with the Son of God from the beginning of the sacred plan; revealed to the angels with her Son; assailed by the proud and aspiring Lucifer for her lowliness, because of Him who lifts up the lowly; revered by the angelic hosts as their Queen, and the animated temple of their Lord; proclaimed to our first parents as the antagonist of their destroyer, and as destined with her Son to crush the serpent's head; contemplated and preached by the prophets, as The Woman and The Virgin, who was to bring into the world its long-desired deliverer; prefigured by the noblest women of Israel; renowned in the tradition of the Gentiles through their Sybils, and sung by their poets; daughter of Abraham, of Juda, and of David—of a lineage which God had upheld and protected for more ages than the Christian Church yet numbers, and so illustrious only because it is destined to terminate in her; closing the Old Testament and opening the New; the repairer of woman and the Mother of salvation to mankind; raised to an office, to a dignity, and an alliance with her God, which, next to her divine Son, makes her one and unapproachable in excellence; above the angels, yea, above the Seraphs, for which of them can say to God, "Thou art my Son?"—this Mother of God is about to pass, from God's eternal counsel, to created life.

The Father contemplates the forming of the fairest of His daughters;—the Son considers the graces which are suited to His Mother;—the Holy Ghost prepares to sanctify the chosen spouse whom His Spirit shall search and His power overshadow. It was on the sixth day, and after He had prepared the world for the residence of man, that out of the deep counsels of His Most Blessed Trinity, the Almighty spoke the final word of creation: "Let us make man". He formed Adam from the innocent earth, He drew Eve from his innocent side, He graced them with pure and holy souls. For four thousand years have their descendants multiplied in sin, sprung from the disobedience of that guilty pair, till they have covered the earth with a terrible history. And to each germ that buds from that bitter root, by virtue of His primal gift and promise, God owes an immortal soul. But no sooner does a soul come to animate the new offshoot from that old stock of Adam, than it is overmastered by the contamination which flows forever onwards from corrupted source.

But a bud is springing from the root of Jesse; and the poison of the serpent shall not infect it, nor shall his foul breathings blight its beauty. The Adorable Trinity is about to pronounce the creative word: "Let the Mother of God be made".


Theology on Tap
There is no Theology on Tap this month; we traditionally take December off.  Our next Theology on Tap will be on Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Stay tuned for more information.


Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (it is called "extraordinary" because the ordinary jubilees are held every 25 years).  This Jubilee year will end on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
If you have a few moments, please take the time to read Misericordiae Vultus, the official document which announces the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html

An important part of this Jubilee pilgrimages to the Holy Door.  Here is a video of Pope Francis opening the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thX_hKfX1o0
A Holy Door or Porta Sancta has been used since the fifteenth century as a ritual expression of conversion. Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Often these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession, and indulgences.
But the door finds meaning only when the believer associates the door with Christ. Jesus is the Door! In the words of Pope Francis, “There is only one way that opens wide the entrance into the life of communion with God: this is Jesus, the one and absolute way to salvation. To him alone can the words of the Psalmist be applied in full truth: ‘This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter’ (Ps 118:20).”
Saint John Paul II offers a similar exhortation: "To focus on the door is to recall the responsibility of every believer to cross its threshold. To pass through that door means to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; it is to strengthen faith in him in order to live the new life which he has given us. It is a decision which presumes freedom to choose and also the courage to leave something behind, in the knowledge that what is gained is divine life [cf. Mt 13:44-46]” (Saint John Paul II, Incarnationis Mysterium, 8, in the year 2000).
John’s gospel clearly depicts this relationship between Jesus and us. “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:7-10).
It is fitting that a Holy Door be situated within a church building. The door of the Church is the ianua ecclesia – “the silent witness to all the moments of our lives” (USCCB, About the Jubilee Door, 1999). Often sacramental rituals begin at the door – here, the priest or deacon welcomes the parents as they bring their child for baptism; here, he greets the bride and groom as they begin the wedding liturgy; here, he greets the catechumens at the Rite of Acceptance; and, finally, the priest greets the casket at the beginning of the funeral liturgy.
Besides St. Peter's and the Papal Basilicas in Rome, the Holy Father has encouraged all (arch)dioceses to open a Holy Door in every cathedral and has given permission for the (arch)bishop to designate parishes or shrines to open a Holy Door where the faithful my pass through and receive the Jubilee Indulgence.
To receive the Jubilee Indulgence (which can be gained once a day for oneself or for a soul in Pugatory), the following conditions must be met:
1.  Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
2.  Confession of sins in the Sacrament of Penance;
3.  Receive the Holy Eucharist
4.  Pray for the intentions of Pope Francis and his intentions
5.  Make a Profession of Faith
6.  Make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door

In the Diocese of Sacramento, the following are pilgrimage sites where one may gain the Jubilee Indulgence:
1.  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento
2.  St. Dominic's, Benicia
3.  Sacred Heart, Fort James
4.  Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina
5.  Sacred Heart, Susanville
6.  St. Mary's Academy, Grass Valley
7.  St. Patrick, Placerville
8.  Holy Rosary, Woodland
9.  Good Shepherd, Elk Grove
10.  Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights
11.  St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

Lastly, take a moment to watch this video of Pope Francis at this General Audience on November 18, 2015.
https://youtu.be/zaJYHSw9JeU
You can also read his address here:  https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20151118_udienza-generale.html

From Pope Francis' homily at Vespers for the Feast of Divine Mercy this past April:
Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today?  Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness.  This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential.  This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn20:21-23).  For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love.  A Holy Year to experience strongly within ourselves the joy of having been found by Jesus, the Good Shepherd who has come in search of us because we were lost.  A Jubilee to receive the warmth of his love when he bears us upon his shoulders and brings us back to the Father’s house.  A year in which to be touched by the Lord Jesus and to be transformed by his mercy, so that we may become witnesses to mercy.  Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy.  It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Crosswalk 2016
Mark your calendars!  On Saturday, March 19, 2016, we will once again walk the 10.3 mile pilgrimage route from St. Vincent's in Vallejo to St. Dominic's in Benicia, which we call the Camino de Santo Domingo
This year has particular significance because we will be passing through the Holy Door at St. Dominic's which has been designated as a pilgrimage site where one may receive a plenary indulgence in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
For more info, visit our website:  http://crosswalkpilgrimage.com


Confession Opportunities in Advent
Any time is an excellent time to go to Confession and be reconciled with God; however, the Season of Advent is a particularly great time to go to Confession as part of your preparations for Christmas.
Besides the regular Confession times (generally every Saturday afternoon), here are some upcoming opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Penance.
December 9 - St. Dominic's (Benicia): 9:00am & 7:00pm
December 9 - Christ the King (Pleasant Hill):  7:00pm
December 9 - Queen of All Saints (Concord):  7:30pm
December 10 - St. John Vianney (Walnut Creek):  4:00pm
December 10 - St. Basil's (Vallejo):  7:30pm
December 11 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  7:00pm
December 12 - Christ the King (Pleasant Hill):  3:30pm
December 14 - Holy Spirit (Fairfield):  7:00pm
December 14 - St. Vincent's (Vallejo):  7:00pm
December 15 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 15 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Fairfield):  7:00pm
December 15 - St. Mary's (Vacaville):  7:00pm
December 15 - St. Bonaventure (Concord):  7:30pm
December 16 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 17 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 18 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 19 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 20 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 21 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 21 - St. Joseph's (Vacaville):  7:00pm
December 21 - St. John Vianney (Walnut Creek):  7:00pm
December 22 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
December 22 - St. Mary's (Concord):  7:30pm
December 23 - St. Catherine's (Vallejo):  6:00pm-6:45pm
Carmelite House of Prayer (Oakville):  Confessions are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am-12:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm, and 8:00pm-9:00pm.  Ring the door bell on the side of the Monastery, speak to the friar on the intercom and ask him to hear your confession, and then enter the confessional.
Throughout the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, St. Joseph's Parish (Pinole) will have the following Confession times:
Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday:  5:40pm-6:20pm
Friday:  following the 7:30am and 9:00am Masses; and from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday:  3:30pm-4:30pm and 6:15pm-6:45pm

Confession might be a scary thing for some people.  It's often a scary thing for me!  In fact, driving to the church, examining my conscience, waiting in line--just about everything before I make the Sign of the Cross and start unloading my sins--are all quite unpleasant, to say the least!  Yet, I can think few sweeter words to hear in the entire world than, "...I absolve you from your sins in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  

If pre-confession is unpleasant, post-confession is one of the best things we can experience this side of heaven. 

So, do not be afraid to go to confession!  At his General Audience on February 19, 2014, Pope Francis said, "Everyone say to himself:  'When was the last time I went to confession?'  And if it has been a long time, don't lose another day!  Go, the priest will be good.  And Jesus, [will be] there...He will receive you with so much love!  Be courageous, and go to Confession!"

This reminds me of something that Fr. Don Calloway, MIC said about Confession.  Click on the following link to hear his words of encouragement:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OQa3l4J0Z8

And if you need any more encouragement, here is what Jesus told to St. Faustina and which she wrote in her diary:

Write, speak of My mercy. Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy. There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of ] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. (Diary 1448)
Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls. (Diary 1602)

Simbang Gabi

Our parish will once again prepare for Christmas with a special novena of Masses called Simbang Gabi (sometimes also called Misa de Aguinaldo [Mass of the Gift] or Misa del Gallo [Mass of the Rooster since it is traditionally held around 5am).

In addition to going to Confession, attending the Misa de Aguinaldo is another great way to spiritually prepare for the first (and second) coming of Christ.

Stay after the Misa for food and fellowship.  (Hmmm...I wonder if we will have Tang:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPwGAz3epac

...or Chicken McNuggets:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td21WRIwojA)  

Simbang Gabi Mass is at 7:00pm from December 15 to December 23 followed by a reception in the PLC



Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This Saturday, December 12, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas and Protectress of the Unborn.

Why wait until Saturday?!?!  Let's get this party started now!

Here is the start of the 2010 Mañanitas.  Mexican celebrities and pop stars enter the Basilica as pilgrims where the Tilma of San Juan Diego which bears the original image of La Morenita is kept.  


Can you imagine if Catholic pop stars and celebrities made a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and publicly offered their voices and music to Our Lady as a child sings with all his heart to his mother?

Selena Gomez, perhaps?  Gwen Stefani?  Lady Gaga?  Jennifer Lopez?  Bruce Springsteen?  All baptized Catholics--but I think that it would be more likely to be Celine Dion (who is actually Canadian) and maybe Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon who aren't even professional singers.

Well, at least Catholic celebrities in South Korea love the pope and aren't afraid to raise their voices in song for their faith.  When Pope Francis visited South Korea in 2014, Catholic celebrities of that country came together and recorded a song to honor the pope's visit.


Getting back to mananitas, although our pop stars may not be singing hymns to Mama Mary any time soon, in Mexico, things are a little different.

Here is scapular-wearing Carlos Rivera at the 2010 Mananitas.  I love it how the artists sing to Our Lady and not to the crowd.


Here is my poor translation of the lyrics:

"GRACIAS VIRGENCITA"

Protect us, we ask you, little Virgin
And lead us from your hand along the way
You know what the deepest needs
Of each of your fervent pilgrims:
Your sweet and kind gaze that will light our path
That is your humble and miraculous image
The one that filled the entire world with hope

Thank you little brown Virgin
For relieving my pain because you filled my soul with devotion
Thank you, my beloved Lupita (*a nickname for GuadaLUPE)
In my humble song, I come to give you my heart

We have a vibrant faith in you little Mother
To heal our nation of its ills
That rain in the wounded land holy water
And peace and justice pours out in your fountains

Thank you little brown Virgin
For relieving my pain because you filled my soul with devotion
Thank you, my beloved Lupita
In my humble song, I come to give you my heart”

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YAM News - 9/21/15

>> Monday, September 21, 2015

Hi YAM Members!
I hope that you are doing well.  Here is your current edition of YAM News.


Theology on Tap


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(The fresco above by Ludwig Seitz is called Faith and Reason United.)


WHAT
:
  Theology on Tap is a Catholic speaker series geared towards young adults.

DATE:  Thursday, September 24, 2015
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Zio Fraedo's (23 Harbor Way, Vallejo)
COST:  Theology on Tap is a FREE event, but since our speaker is a member of the Order of Preachers, all of the donations that you give that night will go to the Dominicans.

TOPICScientism and Scientific Atheism: Where They Get Science, Philosophy, and Theology Wrong

At this Theology on Tap, our speaker will discuss the relationship between science and faith. We will also examine the arguments of some atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens who claim that science proves God does not exist.

SPEAKER
Fr. Mariusz ("Mario") Tabaczek, O.P.

Fr. Mario is a Dominican priest and a PhD student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has a Masters in Theology and a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology, and he has authored several articles about science and religion. Fr. Mario is a member of Christians in Science and the Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

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Thank you for coming out to last month's Theology on Tap!  We had quite a number of new people attend.  Fr. Zachary Akers, F.S.S.P. gave an interesting presentation on the liturgy and sacramental theology then was gracious enough to answer our questions.


Here is a group shot by Jay Balza:




Pope Francis in the U.S.A

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In case you haven't heard, Papa Francisco is coming this week!!!!  This will be his first trip (ever!) to the United States.
The Holy Father is currently in Cuba, then he will come to our shores to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  However, before we travels to the City of Brotherly Love, he will visit Washington D.C. where he will speak to a joint session of Congress and canonize Bl. Junipero Serra.  Then our Papa will go to New York and address the United Nations.

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Click on the following link for more info about the papal visit, including the Holy Father's official schedule, 10 ways you can participate in his journey to the U.S., and to watch videos of the various events:

http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/index.cfm

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the United States at 1:00pm (Pacific time) on Tuesday, September 22.  You are invited to join me in prayer an hour before he arrives.  So, please take a break from whatever you are doing at 12:00pm this Tuesday and spend some time in prayer for our Holy Father and the Church in the U.S.  If you pray the Angelus at noon, it would also be nice to offer this prayer for Pope Francis and his intentions.
Here is a prayer for the Pope:
V/.  Let us pray for our Pope Francis.  

R/.  May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V/.  Thou art Peter,

R/.  And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray.  Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Your servant, Francis, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of Your grace, he may desire what pleases You and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Click here to prayers that you can pray throughout the Holy Father's visit as you accompany him as a virtual pilgrim.

http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/upload/papal-visit-2015-virtual-pilgrimage-prayer-english.pdf

Also, the Apostolic Penitentiary recently published a degree which granted the faithful a plenary indulgence during the World Meeting of Families.  Click on the following link to learn more about indulgences and how you can receive this special gift of God's mercy this week:

http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gift-of-Indulgences-LONG.pdf

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Click on the following link for more info on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia:  http://www.worldmeeting2015.org

Here is the World Meeting of Families Prayer:

God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.

May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.

May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Papal visits are always special.  I still remember when Pope John Paul visited San Francisco in 1987, and, of course, when Pope Benedict came to our country in 2008, and the birthday party that the president threw him at the White House.


Here is a video of St. John Paul's Mass at Candlestick Park:  https://youtu.be/wQbHPDMgtQo


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Here is a video of Pope Benedict's address at the White House:  https://youtu.be/7THuaDlp0aw



Koinonia Cup
As you know, Koinonia Cup 2015 will be held on Saturday, October 3 at St. Joseph's Parish in Vacaville.
On Friday, September 25, at 7pm at St. Catherine's Parish Life Center, there will be a special Preview Night.  See the poster below for more information.


As we get closer to that major celebration of fellowship on October 3rd, we the staff at Koinonia Cup want to do our part in promoting the concept of authentic fellowship outside of the event. So we’re starting a hashtag promo that we hope you’ll take part in every Friday leading up to the event (and beyond). Let’s all share in #FellowshipFriday by posting pictures of you and other folks engaging in authentic fellowship. Show us your team training for the Koinonia Cup events, or share a fond memory of some great fellowship moment in the past or even a cherished photo from a past Koinonia Cup. Whatever it is, let’s share the love, and spread some Koinonia!

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Here is the schedule:

8:00am       Check-in Time
9:00am       Team Captain Meeting/Prep for Mass
9:30am        Mass with Bishop Cotta
10:30am      Opening Ceremonies
11:00pm      Games Block 1
12:30pm      Lunch
2:00pm        Games Block 2
4:30pm        Final Event
6:00pm        Closing Ceremonies
6:30pm        Closing Prayer/Adoration/Benediction

Here is the list of games:
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For the rules and more info about these games, click on this link:
http://koinoniacup.org/2015-games/


Here is the list of registered teams participating in Koinonia Cup 2015:

1.  Bear Doves from Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish at UC Berkeley
2 & 3.  The Newmanites AND Newman Ninjas from the UC Davis Newman Center
4.  The Sems from St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park
5.  Veritas from Veritas Young Adults
6.  The Avengers from the Catholic Youth Ministry of St. Catherine of Siena Parish
7.  East Bay Saints from CSU East Bay Catholic Club
8.  Mighty Morphin Catholic Rangers from St. Vincent Ferrer Parish
9.  Team Cross Fire from Holy Spirit Young Adult Ministry (Fairfield)
10.  Maris Stella Institute (Diocese of Santa Rosa)
11. Team PHd from St. Paul of the Shipwreck in San Francisco
12.  Fr. Arnold's Angels from the Newman Catholic Center of California State University, Sacramento
13.  Chico Challengers from the Newman Catholic Center of California State University, Chico
14.  St. Rita's Anchors from St. Rita's Parish in Tulare
15 & 16.  Guardians of the King of the Galaxy and The Inklings of St. Joseph's Parish in Vacaville


You probably have noticed the new logo for this year's Koinonia Cup.
Click on the following link to find out more about the meaning and significance of this logo:  http://koinoniacup.org/koinonia-cups-new-logo-why-the-rebrand-and-what-it-all-means/


Called & Gifted Workshop - Vallejo
WHAT:  The Called & Gifted Workshop is a one day live presentation which will include Church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment.
WHY SHOULD I COME TO THIS WORKSHOPGod is calling  you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do.  You have received gifts, through Baptism and Confirmation, for the ways God intends His love to reach others through you.  This is an opportunity to discover those gifts, so you can put them into practice for His Kingdom.  Discern your spiritual gifts!  Discern your call!  Come and begin to discover this work!
WHAT WILL I LEARN: 
1.  The role of every Catholic and of the local parish in the mission of the Church to the world.
2.  The critical role of charisms in the life and service of other lay Catholics and in the life of the parish or Christian community.
3.  The signs and characteristics of 24 common charisms.
4.  How discerning and using your charisms can change your life and the lives of others, your parish, and the world.

WHO:  The Called & Gifted Workshop is especially for:
- Cradle Catholics
- Active parishioners
- Young adults
- People in transition
- New or returning Catholics
- Those interested in religious vocations
- Those active in ministry
- People looking for answers

DATE:  Saturday, October 24, 2015
TIME:  9:00am - 5:00pm
PLACE:  St. Basil the Great Parish (1200 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo)
COST:  $30 - includes lunch and materials
If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Flores cflores@scd.org (916) 733-0151 




Catholic Underground Bay Area

WHAT:  Catholic Underground ©, a.k.a. CU, is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal - www.franciscanfriars.com.

It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. JPII said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.

The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer). This is the universal prayer of the Church - prayed by the Catholics throughout the world in every time zone and in every language. After Vespers, there is a time of simple praise. This provides a window for each person to personally encounter Jesus Christ. The beauty of the darkened Church illumined by candles helps us enter the mystery of our Lord's presence in the Eucharist. The holy hour ends with solemn Benediction.

The second part showcases Catholic artists. Here we experience the “new evangelization”. The Underground includes music, poetry, visual art, dancers, film, drama, etc. We end our evening as we began. With the prayer of the Church. Compline (Night Prayer) is simple and beautiful. It concludes with a hymn to Our Lady.
DATE:  Saturday, November 7, 2015
TIME

7:30pm - Adoration & Prayer
8:45pm - Social & Concert

PLACE:  St. Mary Magdalene Parish (2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley)
PERFORMER:  Amanda Vernon

Click on the following link to watch Amanda Vernon on EWTN's Life on the Rock: 

https://youtu.be/JrowuX5j59k?t=8m59s
Also, here is a nice song by Amanda called Cleaning and Scrubbing about motherhood and keeping the priorities of life in perspective amidst the busyness of life:  https://youtu.be/ar0U3awTQo0

For more info, please see the image below.





Message from Bishop Soto on the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill

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"The Physician-Assisted Suicide bill, ABx2 15, was approved by the state Legislature on Friday, Sept. 9. The state Senate passed the bill by a vote of 23-14. The sad outcome is the result of a well-funded, ideological effort to undermine health care for those who are elderly and dying. ABx2 15 introduces into the health care system of California a clinical indifference to the pain and anguish of individuals.  A prescription for suicide is not a remedy for the fear of dying.  ABx2 15 will only perpetuate the increasing impersonal nature of health care.  It will further diminish human dignity and contribute to the “throw-away society” lamented by Pope Francis.

Please call Gov. Jerry Brown TODAY and urge him to veto this legislation. Call (916) 445-2841."



Help Vallejo's Pregnancy Resource Center

Babies and their parents in our community need your help!  Please bring powdered baby formula and clothes for children 1-12 years old to church and place them in the play pen in the narthex.  This project is sponsored by Life-Abortion Alternatives Ministries (L.A.A.M.).

For more info about how L.A.A.M. helps local families, check out this video:  https://youtu.be/D7w_YB0vB2E



Mark Your Calendars
September 22 - Pope Francis arrives in the United States!  Let's all unite in prayer one hour before the Holy Father arrives in our country.
September 23 - Pope Francis canonizes Blessed Junipero Serra in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
September 24 - Theology on Tap with Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek, O.P., a Dominican priest and Graduate Student in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley who will talk about Scientism and Scientific Atheism: Where They Get Science, Philosophy, and Theology Wrong.  Also, Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  And this day is the 51st anniversary of St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

September 25 - Pope Francis addresses the United Nations General Assembly
September 26 - Pope Francis travels to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families
September 27 - Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families and departs back to Rome




October 3 - Koinonia Cup
October 24 - Called & Gifted Workshop at St. Basil's

October 29 - Theology on Tap with Fr. Leatherby, Pastor of Presentation of the Blessed Mary Parish in Sacramento (and our former Parochial Vicar), who will talk about Our Lady’s role in our struggle against sin and the attacks of the devil
November 7 - Catholic Underground Bay Area at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Berkeley

November 19 – Theology on Tap with Steve Patton, Associate Director for Family and Respect Life Ministries of the Diocese of Sacramento, who will talk about “Marriage and the Mystery of God


Saints of the Week

St. Andrew Kim Taegon & Companions

Feast Day:  September 20


Patronage:  Korean Clergy

More info:  http://www.stjohncc.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/st.-andrew-kim-taegon-and-c.pdf

https://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/A/standrewkimtaegon.asp

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St. Matthew

Feast Day:  September 21


Patronage:  Accountants, bankers, tax collectors, perfumers, and civil servants

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/M/stmatthew.asp

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St. (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina

Feast Day:  September 23


Patronage:  Civil defense volunteers and adolescents

More info:  https://www.ewtn.com/padrepio/


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Our Lady of Ransom

Feast Day:  September 24


More info:  http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/ladyransom.html

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Our Lady of Walsingham

Feast Day:  September 24


More i
nfo:  http://www.walsingham.org.uk/statue-of-our-lady-of-walsingham



St. Vincent de Paul

Feast Day:  September 27


Patronage:  Charities, horses, hospitals, leprosy, prisoners, Madagascar, volunteers, and Richmond, Virginia

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/DEPAUL.htm

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St. Lorenzo Ruiz & Companions

Feast Day:  September 28


Patronage:  The Philippines, Filipinos, overseas Filipino workers, migrant workers, the poor, those separated from their families, and the Archdiocese of Manila


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St. Wenceslaus

Feast Day:  September 20


Patronage:  Bohemia, Czech Republic, and Prague

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=115528

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St. Michael the Archangel

Feast Day:  September 29


Patronage:  Guardian of the Catholic Church, police officers, members of the military, grocers, mariners, paratroopers, and protection against sickness

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/MICHAEL.htm

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St. Gabriel the Archangel

Feast Day:  September 29


Patronage:  Telecommunication workers, radio broadcasters, messengers, postal workers, clerics, diplomats, ambassadors, stamp collectors, and Portugal

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/GABRIEL.htm





St. Raphael the Archangel

Feast Day:  September 29


Patronage:  Apothecaries, blind people, bodily ills, happy meetings, lovers, people suffering from a mental illness, nightmares, nurses, pharmacists, doctors, shepherds, young people, and travelers
Read the Book of Tobit (You won't be disappointed!):  http://www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm?orderby=0#Tobit

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St. Jerome

Feast Day:  September 30


Patronage:  Archaeologists, archivists, bible scholars, librarians, school children, students, and translators

More info:  http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/JEROME.htm
Spiritus Paraclitus (Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV on St. Jerome):  https://www.ewtn.com/library/ENCYC/B15SPIRI.HTM
St. Jerome and the Lion:  http://www.fisheaters.com/animals3.html



St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face


Feast Day:  October 1


Patronage:  Missionaries, France, Russia, people suffering from HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis, florists, gardeners, orphans, and Alaska

More info:  https://www.ewtn.com/therese/therese.htm

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Guardian Angels


Feast Day:  October 2


More info:  https://www.ewtn.com/padrepio/mystic/angels.htm

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This is the blog of the St. Catherine of Siena Young Adult Ministry.

It is dedicated to things of the Catholic Christian Young Adult nature. From apologetics to "adulthood", from catechesis to culture, from important issues to ice cream.

This blog will also provide a way for communication in the YAM, as well as inform those who want information about events for Young Adults in the Solano Deanery and the rest of the Sacramento Diocese as well.

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