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Sunday, February 19, 2017
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"Be who you are and be that well."

-St. Francis DeSales

 

 

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Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m.  


Saturday Mass 

7:00 a.m.

 

Friday Rosary at dismissal time.
&

First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
First Friday of every month when school is in session.

 

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Prayer Requests

 

For the Church

 

For those in the St. Mary's High School community

 

For all the students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of St. Mary's.

 

For Those Serving in the Military

 

For all SM alumni and family serving in the military. Pray that they be respected and protected, that their patron saint, St. George, watch over them and pray to God for their safety, wisdom in their decision making, fortitude and compassion. 

  

For the Repose of the Souls of  SM Alumni and Friends

 

:: Alumni Memorial Page Link ::

 

For the Holy Father, Bishops, Priests and Religious

 

For the Repose of the soul of Monsigner Donohue (d. 2016)

 

For the Repose of the soul of Fr. McQuire. (d. 2016)

 

For the Repose of the soul of Fr. Peter Carota (d. 2016)

For our Holy Father, Francis l, all Bishops, Priests and Religious. Pray that their actions and lives truly exhibit the values of the Gospel, no matter the cost. In particular for the members of the order of St. Francis de Sales who have served the St. Mary's Community for over 45 years, in particular Fr. Fallon who has celebrated 54 years as a priest,  Brother James Dorazio, with 46 years as a religious, Fr. Matthew Issac, and Sister Collette Standard with over 50 years professed, the Dominicans and Franciscans, all orders and Diocesan priests that are or have served St. Mary's High School since its beginnings in 1876.

 

For continued blessings on Fr. John George O.S.F.S. who has returned to India after serving the St. Mary's High School community for 3 years.

 

For the unborn and born victims of abortion

 

For the innocent victims of abortion, for those who are suffering the personal devastation of abortion's aftermath, and that the hearts of those who promote the killing of the unborn be changed to affirm life. Pray that the minds and hearts of abortion providers change to embrace life and not destroy it. Pray that the United States recognize the right to life of the unborn.

 

All those facing unemployment and financial difficulty at this time

 

The Poor Souls in Purgatory

 

For Christian Martyrs, Victims of Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Crime and Abuse and Poverty

 

For the repose of the soul of Fr.

For the victims of the Munich, Germany terror attack

 

For the 98 victims of the Nice, France terror attack

 

For the Victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack

 

Pray for the 147 Christian martyrs who were killed by Islamic terrorist organization al-Shabab at Garissa University College in Kenya on April 2, 2015

 

 

 

 

These four sisters, Missionaries of Charity, who worked with the poorest of the poor in Yemen, died when four gunmen stormed the nursing home where they worked.

 

Sister Anselm, 57, was the youngest of seven siblings in an Indian family of farmers. Fellow missionaries said she lived and died for the people. While not much is known about the three other sisters, including 44-year-old Sister Margherite and 32-year-old Sister Reginette, both of Rwanda, and 41-year-old Kenyan Sister Judith, they are not forgotten. They were daughters, sisters and spiritual mothers to many. Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, which includes Yemen, said they  “sacrificed their lives by following their own charism.”

 

Photos show Yemenis gathering the next day to protest the attack.

 

In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed that Blessed Mother Teresa “accompany to paradise these daughters of hers, martyrs of charity, and that she would intercede for peace and a sacred respect for human life.”

 

The Pope had earlier said of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed:

 

The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a witness that cries out to be heard,” the pope said. “It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants,” the pope said, according to a Vatican transcript. “They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.” The Pope urged Christians toward ecumenism, or unity in Christian faith. “As we recall these brothers and sisters who were killed only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage one another to go forward with this ecumenism that is emboldening us, the ecumenism of blood,” he said. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” -Pope Francis

 

The following are the names of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians that were beheaded by ISIS:

 

 1.  Milad Makeen Zaky

 11. Mina Fayez Aziz

 2.  Abanub Ayad Atiya

 12. Hany Abdelmesih Salib

 3.  Maged Solaiman Shehata

 13. Bishoy Adel Khalaf

 4.  Yusuf Shukry Yunan

 14. Samuel Alham Wilson

 5.  Kirollos Shokry Fawzy

 15. Worker from Awr village

 6.  Bishoy Astafanus Kamel

 16. Ezat Bishri Naseef

 7.  Somaily Astafanus Kamel

 17. Loqa Nagaty

 8.  Malak  Ibrahim Sinweet

 18. Gaber Munir Adly

 9.  Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros

 19. Esam Badir Samir

 10. Girgis Milad Sinweet

 20. Malak Farag Abram

21. Sameh Salam Farug

 

 …and for the countless other Christian martyrs throughout the world today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Forgiveness and Mercy

 

"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values. At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships. God’s mercy will renew our relationships." -Pope Francis, January 26, 2016.

 

Misuse of Religion

 

"Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext,"

 

-Pope Francis  January 12, 2015

Proclaiming the Gospel

 

“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

 

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.

 

“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?

 

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

 

The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.  Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.

 

“I say this also thinking about the preaching and content of our preaching. A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing. The homily is the touchstone to measure the pastor’s proximity and ability to meet his people, because those who preach must recognize the heart of their community and must be able to see where the desire for God is lively and ardent. The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”

 

 

 
 

 

 

Catholic Charities

Provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.

 

 

 

Saint Mary’s Dining Room

An interfaith organization serving the needs of Stockton's poor and homeless by providing food, medical care and clothing.

 

 

 

 

Red Rhino Orphanage Project

 

The Red Rhino Orphanage Project’s mission is to house and educate some of the most desperate and unfortunate children in Kenya, enabling them to become contributing members of society and leaders of the next generation

 

 

 

 

 

Your Local Catholic Parish

 

Numerous volunteer opportunities present themselves from youth ministry to liturgy.

   
 
Pregnant and Need Help?

Selected Quotes from Church Documents: On Legalized Abortion (Source: USCCB)

 

Papal Teaching

Openness to life is at the centre of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man's true good. If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help. By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.

“Caritas In Veritate” Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI 6-29-2009

 

But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. … In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders.

Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 59.

When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a ‘tyrannical’ decision with regard to the weakest and most defenseless of human beings?....While public authority can sometimes choose not to put a stop to something which – were it prohibited – would cause more serious harm, it can never presume to legitimize as a right of individuals – even if they are the majority of the members of society – an offense against other persons caused by the disregard of so fundamental a right as the right to life.

Id., nos. 70, 71.

Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.

Id., no. 72.

Utilitarianism is a civilization of production and of use, a civilization of "things" and not of "persons", a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used. In the context of a civilization of use, woman can become an object for man, children a hindrance to parents, the family an institution obstructing the freedom of its members. To be convinced that this is the case, one need only look at certain sexual education programmes introduced into the schools, often notwithstanding the disagreement and even the protests of many parents; or pro-abortion tendencies which vainly try to hide behind the so-called "right to choose" ("pro-choice") on the part of both spouses, and in particular on the part of the woman.

Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families, February 2, 1994, no. 13

On “social sin”:

Also social is every sin against the rights of the human person, beginning with the right to life and including the life of the unborn or against a person's physical integrity…The term social can be applied to sins of commission or omission-on the part of political, economic or trade union leaders, who though in a position to do so, do not work diligently and wisely for the improvement and transformation of society according to the requirements and potential of the given historic moment…Whenever the church speaks of situations of sin or when the condemns as social sins certain situations or the collective behavior of certain social groups, big or small, or even of whole nations and blocs of nations, she knows and she proclaims that such cases of social sin are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins. It is a case of the very personal sins of those who cause or support evil or who exploit it; of those who are in a position to avoid, eliminate or at least limit certain social evils but who fail to do so out of laziness, fear or the conspiracy of silence, through secret complicity or indifference; of those who take refuge in the supposed impossibility of changing the world and also of those who sidestep the effort and sacrifice required, producing specious reasons of a higher order. The real responsibility, then, lies with individuals.

Pope John Paul II, Reconciliation and Penance (1984), no. 16
 

Vatican Documents

 

It is true that it is not the task of the law to choose between points of view or to impose one rather than another. But the life of the child takes precedence over all opinions. One cannot invoke freedom of thought to destroy this life…

The role of law is not to record what is done, but to help in promoting improvement. It is at all times the task of the State to preserve each person's rights and to protect the weakest. In order to do so the State will have to right many wrongs. The law is not obliged to sanction everything, but it cannot act contrary to a law which is deeper and more majestic than any human law: the natural law engraved in men's hearts by the Creator as a norm which reason clarifies and strives to formulate properly, and which one must always struggle to understand better, but which it is always wrong to contradict. Human law can abstain from punishment, but it cannot declare to be right what would be opposed to the natural law, for this opposition suffices to give the assurance that a law is not a law at all…

It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application.

 
Physician Assisted Suicide

 

Statement of the California Catholic Conference on Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide

 

October 5, 2015

 

The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:“The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Governor Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life.  This law stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.

 

“All 48 Catholic hospitals in California provide excellent palliative care services as all medical facilities for terminally ill patients should but often do not.  As Catholic Bishops in California we join hands with the disability rights groups, physicians, other health care professionals, and advocates for the elderly in opposing physician-assisted suicide as the wrong way to advance the human dignity for those facing a terminal illness.

 

“Pope Francis has warned us about our "throw away culture."  Have we become so callous in protecting the sacredness of life that we easily approve of a physician handing over a lethal dose of drugs to someone to end their life at their most vulnerable moment when they most need to be cared for with love and attention?

 

“We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and sisters in vulnerable communities of the disabled and elderly have been consistently ignored by our state’s elected officials.  In a health care system grappling with constantly escalating costs, the elderly and disabled are in great peril now that assisted suicide has become legal.  Application of such a law elsewhere shows that the option to offer the low-cost alternative of lethal drugs instead of proper medical care is a temptation not long resisted.

 

“For vulnerable people, this isn’t compassion.  There’s nothing in this law that supports or promotes the common good.  This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable.  If anything, this bill says just the opposite and only serves to increase their emotional burden.  And it facilitates subtle but potent pressures on the elderly and the disabled to end their lives rather than become a financial or emotional burden on their children.

 

“Nothing illustrates what is wrong with this bill more than how it got to Governor Brown’s desk having failed to even get out of committee in the normal legislative process.  In a special legislative session called to help fix a $1 billion gap in Medi-Cal funding and other health-financing issues, the Legislature and Governor did not address the problems nor offer ways to bring down the cost of healthcare.  Millions of people on Medi-Cal are still not eligible for palliative or other ‘end-of-life care.’  Instead, lawmakers’ solution to bringing down health care costs is to allow physicians to end a person’s life.  This will adversely affect the poor, as those with resources will always have access to palliative care.  This is not compassion.

                

“The California Catholic Conference has been very proud to work with Californians Against Assisted Suicide and its partners from the disability-rights community, advocates for the elderly, physicians’ groups and other health care professionals during the debate on physician-assisted suicide.  We thank all these members and the thousands of Catholics throughout the state who expressed their opposition for their outstanding work and we will continue to stand with them in efforts to protect the most vulnerable Californians.”

 

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Mass Intention Requests

 

The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."

 

If you would like to request that Mass be offered for a particular intention, a request form can be found at this <link>

 

 

Catholic Schools Week 2017

 

 

Members of St Mary's Campus Ministry Team with Mr. Kevin Costello and Ms. Laura Howze represented the school at the annual Catholic School Week Mass..

 

Dedication of Statue of St. Francis De Sales

 

 

On January 26, 2017, Fr. John Fallon, O.S.F.S., the President Emeritus of St. Mary's High School dedicated the statue of St. Francis De Sales that now graces the courtyard of the school. Fr. Fallon prayed that the statue would serve as a reminder to all of the spirituality of St. Francis, known as the "saint of the ordinary" and follow his example in their daily life.

 

The sculptor and artist who designed and made the statue, Mr. Tony Ramirez, SM Class of 1969 was also present to celebrate the event, joining the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales who have served the school for 46 years.

 

 

Message from Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S.

 

As we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis de Sales on January 24th, I wanted to assure you that we Oblates of St. Francis de Sales are holding you in prayer. This week to celebrate the legacy of the gentleman saint is an opportunity to remember the presence of all people who help us to advance the mission entrusted to us by our Gentle God.

 

While St. Francis de Sales' legacy is rich and vast, certain themes that he championed speak to us at different times in our lives, both personally and collectively. Presently, our nation is struggling through some crises and questions that are related to race and divisions especially rose from the recent political turmoil. In this context our Patron's notion of "unidiversity", how all people are one within the immense array of uniqueness that characterizes the human family, is significant to reflect.

 

Although we are created in our own individuality and uniqueness, we are not left alone in our personal bubble to float through life. The reason we as humans develop things like race or ethnicity is so we can relate our similar uniqueness with others. It helps us through the personal difficulties in life to have someone who is like us to lean on and understand our problems…. I don't think that St. Francis de Sales' idea of unity in diversity meant simply RAMS brotherhood and sisterhood. Imagine a world where that brotherhood and sisterhood we see here in the St Mary’s campus everyday extended to the whole world around us. No longer is that homeless person on the corner just another person living in a box; he is our brother or sister. Imagine how that would change the way we treat him.

 

Seeing all of our neighbors as our sisters and brothers is foundational to the Kingdom of God that Jesus inaugurated. St. Francis de Sales' commitment to this Kingdom is evident in his embrace of the Gospel, which he inspires us to live with gentleness and humility—two of Francis' most cherished virtues which Jesus exemplified (MT 11:29).

 

I invite everyone to imagine a world where we treat all people—whether they are similar to us or not—as brother or sister. And, on this feast day, I amplify that invitation: How would the world change if we treated all people with gentleness as we related to them with humility?

May our gentleness and humility bless God and all of God's people as we live Jesus and help his Holy Spirit build that Kingdom. Thank you for your friendship and your partnership in ministry with us.

 

Happy Feast Day!

 

-Fr. Mathew Issac OSFS

 

Campus Ministry Performs "Gloria"

 

 

The students at Annunciation and Presentation received a special Christmas treat as Kevin Costello and the members of the St. Mary's Campus Ministry team presented the play "Gloria" that tells the story of the one angel who, though not fitting in as a singer, not being able to quite accomplish all of the angelic tasks expected, was nevertheless given the honor of announcing the birth of Jesus.

 

Second Annual Mission Trip

 

Announcing the 2nd annual St. Mary' s High School Mission Trip!

 

WHEN

Monday, ApnI17. 2017 through Saturday, April 22. 2017 (Easter break)

 

WHERE

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

WHAT

This trip is  provided by Catholic Mission Trips. Work projects in New Orleans are focused on disaster relief and assistance for !he elderly and underprivileged. Projects in New Orleans can include framing. roofing. siding. sheetrock, flooring, insulation, paining. and landscape work.

 

WHO

Current sophomores, juniors and seniors.. Space is limited, so there will be preference to seniors. We will also need 2 or 3 parent chaperones

 

COST

Final cost will depend on our group's ability to fundraise and secure sponsorships, but our goal is $500 to $750 per person. which would include air and ground transportation. lodging and and meals.

 

For more information contact Director of Campus Ministry, Mr. Kevin Costello at kcostello@saintmaryshighschool.org or   (209) 951-3340, X 222.

 

Students Share Salesian Spirituality

 

 

Michael Reyes, Alisha Miller, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Tim McGuire, and their moderator Mrs. Sharion Piasecki participated in the 2016 Salesian Leadership Camp. They were joined by other representatives from Salesian High Schools from across the country in Michigan. Thecamp provided a week of faith building, sharing ideas and new friendships.

 

The students will share share their new experiences with the St. Mary's student body. In true Salesian fashion they live out our school motto: Be who you are, and be that well" - St. Francis de Sales

 

Venerable Bishop Alphonse Gallegos (1931-1991)

 

On July 8, 2016 Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos a member of the Augustinian Recollect Friars. As a result the late auxiliary bishop of Sacramento will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos.

 

It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which started ten years ago.

 

Bishop Gallegos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1931, one of Joseph and Caciana Gallegos’ 11 children. Because Alphonse was born nearly blind, his parents moved the family to Los Angeles when he was very young order to get him better medical care. Following two surgeries, the boy gained the ability to see much better, at least for a time.

 

According to the biography provided by his religious order, the Augustinian Recollect Friars, “The Gallegos household was one of prayer and deep faith. The recitation of the Rosary and catechism lessons were the order of the day. St. Joseph was chosen as the patron saint of the family.”

Growing up in the barrio of Watts, the family attended the relatively new San Miguel Church on East 108th Street. The aforementioned Recollects ran the parish, and young Alphonse found his vocation serving the Mass at their feet.

 

In 1950, he entered the Recollects’ New York seminary where he spent the next eight years. His never perfect eyesight became progressively worse, and because of this, he had a hard time completing his academic work to his superiors’ satisfaction. They debated whether to ordain him, but in the end it was decided that “his holiness, humility, and community spirit” were unsurpassed and were the very qualities they wanted in a priest. He received Holy Orders on May 24, 1958.

 

For the first 14 years of his priest he served as chaplain to hospitals and convents and in various capacities in his Order’s houses of formation. Then in 1972, his superiors appointed him pastor of his home parish of San Miguel.

 

The race riots of the late 1960s had altered Watts for the worse. Those families that could afford to move did. They were replaced by illegal immigrants who were at that time coming to the US in ever greater numbers. “The new pastor dedicated his energies to revitalizing a declining community concentrating on the education of the children, the strengthening of the family, and the evangelization of the youth.

“It was in Watts that Father Al became known as the ‘chaplain’ of the ‘low riders’, the street gangs of Latino youth who dedicated their talents to customizing their cars. His Friday and Saturday night visits to the street corners became legendary. Working with his fellow-religious, Fr. Gallegos revitalized the ‘barrio’ leading the members of the Parish Council to send a letter to his superiors stating: ‘It is a very rare occasion that anyone can take hold of a community that is spiritually dying and with the grace of God make it reborn through that person’s faith in Our Lord and love for his people.’”

 

The talent he displayed in working with the California’s rapidly changing Catholic Latino community led to his appointment as head of a newly created office at the California Catholic Conference, the Division of Hispanic Affairs.

 

Two years later Pope St. John Paul II made him auxiliary bishop of Sacramento, and he received consecration to the episcopacy on November 4, 1981.

 

He quickly became an icon in the Golden State’s capital diocese. Sacramento is located two hours northeast from San Francisco, and the diocese stretches from San Francisco’s East Bay up to the Oregon border and encompasses almost all of California’s northern half. It is a huge territory bejeweled with tiny farming communities in which Hispanics abound. And while many are middle class and even affluent, a large number also populate some of the poorer sections of the See’s larger cities. Thus Gallegos found himself interacting not only with field hands and construction workers but with gang bangers, just like in Watts.

 

The remarkable thing about this bishop, however, is how easily he moved in whatever crowd he happened to find himself. He was an exceptional priest and had a noteworthy ability to charm people with the love of Christ, appropriate for someone whose episcopal motto was, “Love One Another.”

 

Many in the Anglo community knew him primarily because of his lion-like defense of the unborn. “His advocacy on [the babies’] behalf … was eloquently present in the street demonstrations and in the chambers of the state” Legislature. It is not for nothing that a prominent pro-life institution in northern California is a shelter for unwed mothers named “The Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home.”

 

On the night of October 6, 1991, Bishop Gallegos and his driver were returning home from tiny Gridley, California, north of Yuba City. (Because His Grace’s eyesight was nearly non-existent, he could not drive himself.) Some stories say they had stopped to help a stranded motorist. Others say their car broke down in the fast line, and as the two frantically pushed to get their vehicle to the median, another driver struck him, sending him flying 50 feet through the air. He landed on his head, instantly killing him.

 

Because of his reputation as the “Bishop of the Barrio,” roughly 300 lowrider cars formed part of his funeral procession from the parish of St. Rose where he lived to the city’s gorgeous Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Initially interred in Sacramento’s St. Mary Cemetery, his remains were exhumed in 2010 and moved to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on T Street, several blocks from California’s Capitol.

 

Now that His Excellency has been declared “Venerable,” the next step involves obtaining two miracles. The first is required for beatification, when he will be called “Blessed,” and the second for canonization, when the Church will propose him as an example for all the faithful.

 

Read more about American Saints, Blessed and Venerable << Link>>

 

 

Attention Upcoming Graduates!

 

As you head off to college, you may consider getting involved with the Campus Ministry Center or Newman Club on your particular college campus.

 

You can contact The Newman Connection at www.newmanconnection.com.  

 

You can also get information about an individual college Newman Centers in the United States at 

www.catholiclinks.org/newmanunitedstates.htm.

 

Please take time to look into them. They can be an important part of your college life. 

 

Also keep in mind if you are traveling or moving to a different area you can find the local mass times at masstimes.org or catholic-mass-times.com.

 

Check out these two free Apps:

 

Laudate which has Mass readings, saint of the day, prayers and much more.   

 

 

Also The Catholic Directory which has Mass times for all over the US.

 

 

Missio App

 

A media initiative of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States — MISSIO App is available.

 

“This App is a way for the Church and our Holy Father to reach the growing number of the world’s people who have access to handheld mobile devices — a way to connect as the one Body of Christ,” said Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. 

 

The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.

 

Catholic News Service App

 

Catholic News Service will keep you up to date with all the latest news, commentary and analysis, video and photos related to the Church and the world.

The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.

 

St. Mary's Chapel Hours

 

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

(7:45 a.m. Mass is

celebrated during the

school year.)

Saturday

7:00 a.m.

 

St. Mary's Monthly Junior Retreats

 

St. Mary's Juniors participate in a day long retreat each month to assist them in their spiritual growth, to discern God's will for their lives and to provide a guide for putting their faith into daily action.

Do You Have A Vocation?

 

Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?

Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to VocationNetwork.org for more information.

 

Are you ready to Wake Up the World?

 

Vocations Prayer Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

For all the latest multi-media news about the Holy Father and the Church in the world.

 

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