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Sunday, November 19, 2017
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Monday, November 20, 2016
33rd Week of Ordinary Time
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Presentation of the
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
St. Cecilia, Virgin &
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
St. Andrew Dung- Lac &
Saturday, November 25, 2017
32nd Week of Ordinary Time
who you are and be that well."
-St. Francis DeSales
Campus Mass and Devotions
Monday - Friday
Friday Rosary at dismissal time.
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed
First Friday of every month when school is in
Decade of the
Rosary at the
Statue of Mary
Wednesdays at 8
Please join us!
Please Join Us
The Blue Mass, which has a long history
in the Catholic Church,
reminds us to be thankful to those who
serve our community as first responders.
During this Thanksgiving season, St.
Mary's has invited local law
enforcement, fire fighters and emergency
personnel to this special Mass on
Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Please join us as Saint Mary's
recognizes the dedication and
self-sacrifice these officers make for
our public health and safety.
Our students will be present in
celebrating these officers
whose profession is so noble and
enduring, and pray for those
who have given their lives in the line
WHEN: Monday, April 2,
2017 through Saturday, April 7, 2017 (Easter break)
WHERE: Camden, New Jersey
WHAT: This year we are
going on a Service Retreat with De Sales Service
Works in Camden, New Jersey. Their service retreats
offer an opportunity to get away, reflect, pray and
serve people in need. The retreat theme is rooted in
the core teachings of St. Francis de Sales and
involves direct service, facilitated reflection,
presentations on Catholic social teaching, prayer
and opportunity to celebrate Eucharist. Camden is
consistently ranked as one of the poorest cities of
its size in the nation. We will do much-needed,
practical service in an urban area that is poor,
tough, and needs hope.
WHO: Current sophomores,
juniors and seniors. Space is limited, so there will
be preference to seniors. We will also need 2 or 3
COST: Participants will
pay full cost up front of $1,000, which includes air
and ground transportation, lodging and all meals.
Participants agree to help fund raise and secure
sponsorship. Any collected funds raised will be
refunded back to participants.
MEETING: There will be an
informational meeting for interested students and
parents on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in
the Student Activities/ Campus Ministry Center. For
more information contact Director of Campus Ministry
Mr. Kevin Costello at
(209) 957-3340, X 222.
CROP Canned Food
The generosity of St.
faculty, staff and
administration was shown
again as the CROP Canned
Food Drive brought in
3,000 lbs of food for
the poor. The food is
given to Catholic
distribution to the
needy of our community.
"Be who you are, and be
Social Justice: More Than A
St. Mary's Social Justice classes, taught by Mrs.
Kozina, have gone to St. Mary's Dining Room three
times this fall to serve, stay and listen to and
show compassion to the poor and homeless.
On October 24, the Sophomore
class attended a retreat on
campus, led by Oblate priest
Fr. Ken McKenna, from
Toledo, Ohio. Starting with
mass, the day focused on the
spirituality of St. Francis
de Sales. There were
small group discussions and
activities, and witness
talks by seniors Ellon
Madill and Jonathan Herrera.
Assisting Fr. Ken throughout
the day was Director of
Mr. Kevin Costello, and over
40 juniors and seniors from
the Campus Ministry Team.
Anyone that is
victimized can go into
any San Joaquin County
McDonad's. The staff is
trained to provide
immediate contact with
authorities and to
provide a safe space.
San Joaquin County
Regional Transit has a
policy that anyone who
is a victim of Human
Trafficking may go to
any bus, inform the
driver who will
immediately alert the
police and if there is a
delay will go off route
in order to bring the
victim to safety.
Message from Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S.
21 August we celebrated the 450th birth anniversary
of our patron, St Francis de Sales. We, the St
Mary's school community are indeed blessed to have
the Gentleman Saint as our patron. It invites all of
us the RAMS to imbibe the spirit of St. Francis de
Sales and instill in us a deep desire to learn and
practice the virtues of our patron in our community
One of Francis de Sales'
most important contributions to the whole church in
that time and in any time is recalling the universal
call to holiness. Holiness and devotion are
practically synonymous in Salesian vocabulary,
indicating a Christian maturity, faithful to the
unconditional election of Christ. Cultivating a
devout life is the basis of being Salesian, in all
states of life. He extolled the ordinary tasks and
routines of life as providing the opportunities to
be virtuous. For him everything is viewed in terms
of love. Love of God is the center of one's life.
Francis is an exceptional guide towards holiness and
our particular example in our ministry as teachers
and spiritual guides. On this occasion there is
nothing greater than to know him deeper.
St. Francis De Sales
The tumultuous years in
France after the Protestant Reformation formed the
background for Francis de Sales. He was born on
August 12, 1567, into a family of nobility of what
was then the Kingdom of Savoy, which bordered
France, Italy and Switzerland. He received his
schooling under the Jesuits at the College of
Clermont in Paris and the University of Padua where
he earned a Doctorate in both Civil and Church Law.
To the great disappointment of his father, Francis
gave up a most promising civil career in favor of
the priesthood. After his ordination, he was sent as
a young missionary to the Chablais district of Savoy
for four years. There he became famous for his
pamphlets in defense of the faith. By the end of his
missionary apostolate, Francis had persuaded about
72,000 Calvinists to return to the Catholic Church.
Francis was ordained as bishop and named the Bishop
of Geneva in 1602, but resided in Annecy. His
diocese became famous throughout Europe for its
efficient organization, zealous clergy and
well-instructed laity - a monumental achievement in
Francis' time. Francis' fame as a spiritual director
and writer grew. He was persuaded by others to
collect, organize and expand on his many letters
addressing spiritual subjects, and to publish them
in 1609 under the title, The Introduction to the
Devout Life. Francis' special project was the
writing of A Treatise of the Love of God, over which
he prayed and labored many years.
Francis de Sales died on December 28, 1622, at the
age of fifty-five. The enduring value and popularity
of his writings led the Church to bestow on him the
title, Patron of Catholic Writers, of Deaf community
for his efforts in developing sign language.
Francis collaborated with
St. Jane Frances de Chantal in founding the
religious order of the Sisters of the Visitation of
Holy Mary (VHM), known for the simplicity of its
rule and traditions. It was through the persistence
of one of these sisters some two hundred fifty years
later, Mother Marie-Therese Chappuis, VHM, that Fr.
Louis Brisson, a priest of Troyes in France, founded
the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - a community of
priests and brothers dedicated to living and
spreading the spirit and teachings of St Francis.
The Church formally
declared him to be a saint in 1655 and in 1867 gave
him the rare title of Doctor of the Church .
Fr. Mathew Issac, O.S.F.S.
Fabian Cebalos, Jr. Refurbishes
Statue of Blessed Mother
Thank you so much to
Fabian Ceballos Jr.,
Class of 2020 for
sharing his time and
talent with St. Mary's
High School on restoring
our beloved Mother Mary
Statue that stands in
front of our Mary, Queen
of the Angels Chapel.
Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of Campus
Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of
St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat,
spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information
on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.
2nd Annual St. Mary's Mission Trip
13 students and 3 adults recently went
on St. Mary's 2nd Mission Trip to New
Orleans, Louisiana during Easter Break,
April 17-22, led by Mr. Kevin Costello.
The first trip, to Mission, Texas was
led by Mrs. Margo Kozna in 2016.
In an area still recovering from the
devastation of Hurrican Katrina 12 years
ago, they painted the home of a local
pastor who had a horrifying experience
during Katrina and whose message of
faith in the Lord and perseverance moved
everyone to tears.
Say's Director of Campus Ministry, Kevin
Costello: "I could not have been more
proud of our students for their positive
attitude, work ethic, exemplary behavior
and expression of faith throughout the
trip. It is an experience that will
carry with all of us throughout our
Below are some testimonials of students
that participated in the Mission Trip:
"The Mission Trip to New Orleans was
even better than I expected it to be. I
never thought I would learn so much and
become deeply attached to the culture of
the city as I did. The welcoming
attitude and thankfulness of the people
we met made the hard work and sacrifice
worth it, and I would strongly recommend
this trip to anyone who is considering
going." -Maddie Orlando
"Going to New Orleans for this year's
Mission Trip was one of the best
decisions I could have ever made. Seeing
the people we helped being so grateful
and hopeful and witnessing their
connection to God gave me a whole new
perspective. I was able to form close
relationships with people I had a share
experience with, as well as grow closer
to God. I truly feel blessed to have had
this opportunity, and I am so grateful
to everyone involved who made such a
huge impact on me." -Brooklynn Quinn
The Mission Trip to New Orleans this
year was absolutely amazing. Even though
many of these people live in poor
conditions, they care for one another
and have an immense faith in the Lord.
By simply painting a house, a bunch of
high schoolers were able to have an
impact on the New Orleans community and
spread Christ's message of service."
Anniversary of First Appearance of Our Lady of
13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the
first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three poor
shepard children Lucia de Jesus Santos and her
cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto from the village
of Aljustrel, Portugal in the parish of Fatima.. Our
Lady's message sought for people to pray for the
conversion of the world and asked that the world be
consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. This was part
of the "secret" message given to the children.
Pope John Paul II, for his part, asked for the
envelope containing the third part of the “secret”
following the assassination attempt on 13 May 1981.
As is well known, after reading the message, Pope
John Paul II immediately acted to consecrate the
world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and he himself
composed a prayer for what he called an “Act of
Entrustment”, which was to be celebrated in the
Basilica of Saint Mary Major on 7 June 1981, the
Solemnity of Pentecost.
“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all
their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart
you feel all the struggles between good and evil,
between light and darkness, that convulse the world:
accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit
directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of
the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most
await this embrace, and also those whose act of
entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take
under your motherly protection the whole human
family, which with affectionate love we entrust to
you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time
of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice
and of hope”.
In order to respond more fully to the requests of
“Our Lady”, the Holy Father desired to make more
explicit during the Holy Year of the Redemption the
Act of Entrustment of 7 May 1981, which had been
repeated in Fatima on 13 May 1982. On 25 March 1984
in Saint Peter's Square, while recalling the fiat
uttered by Mary at the Annunciation, the Holy
Father, in spiritual union with the Bishops of the
world, who had been “convoked” beforehand, entrusted
all men and women and all peoples to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, in terms which recalled the heartfelt
words spoken in 1981:
“O Mother of all men and women, and of all peoples,
you who know all their sufferings and their hopes,
you who have a mother's awareness of all the
struggles between good and evil, between light and
darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the
cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address
directly to your Heart. Embrace with the love of the
Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of
ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we
are full of concern for the earthly and eternal
destiny of individuals and peoples.
In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you
those individuals and nations which particularly
need to be thus entrusted and consecrated.
‘We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of
God!' Despise not our petitions in our
The Pope then continued more forcefully and with
more specific references, as though commenting on
the Message of Fatima in its sorrowful fulfillment:
“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother of Christ,
before your Immaculate Heart, we desire, together
with the whole Church, to unite ourselves with the
consecration which, for love of us, your Son made of
himself to the Father: ‘For their sake', he said, ‘I
consecrate myself that they also may be consecrated
in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to unite ourselves
with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the
world and for the human race, which, in his divine
Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure
The power of this consecration lasts for all time
and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations.
It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness
is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our
times, in the heart of man and in his history.
How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of
humanity and the world—our modern world—in union
with Christ himself! For the redeeming work of
Christ must be shared in by the world through the
The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the
special Jubilee of the whole Church.
Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the
Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed
the divine call!
Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming
consecration of your Son!
Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God
along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten
especially the peoples whose consecration and
entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live
in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the
entire human family of the modern world.
In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all
individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this
very consecration of the world, placing it in your
Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of
evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of
the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to
block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable
self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver
From sins against the life of man from its very
beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of
the children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society,
both national and international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of
God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very
truth of God, deliver us.
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us,
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the
sufferings of all individual human beings, laden
with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer
all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world',
sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of
the world the infinite saving power of the
Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a
stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your
Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.
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
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 will keep you up
to date with all the latest news,
commentary and analysis, video and
photos related to the Church and the
The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play
stores on line.
St. Mary's Chapel Hours
(7:45 a.m. Mass is
celebrated during the
St. Mary's Monthly Junior
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
for more information.
Are you ready to
Wake Up the World?
Vocations Prayer Card
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
the Holy Father, Bishops, Priests and Religious
For the repose of the sould of Mrs. Cheryl Best.
November 2, 2017
For the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Moliini,
O.P. Class of 1946,
June 11, 1928-Oct. 13, 2017. A long time
member of the St. Mary's community and member of the
SM Hall of Fame.
For the repose of the soul of Father Jairo Ramirez,
who died suddenly at age 56 on October 7, 2017.
For the repose of the soul of Monsignor Erwin Cain
Dec. 21, 1919- June 9, 2017.
Monsignor Cain is in the St. Mary's Hall of
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 55 years as a priest,
Brother James Dorazio, with 47 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.
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
Poor Souls in Purgatory
Christian Martyrs, Victims of Terrorism, Natural
Disasters, Crime and Abuse and Poverty
the repose of the soul of Fr.
For the victims of the Munich, Germany
For the 98 victims of the Nice, France
For the Victims of the San Bernardino
Pray for the 147 Christian martyrs who
were killed by Islamic terrorist
organization al-Shabab at Garissa
University College in Kenya on April 2,
For the 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
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.”
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
The Pope had earlier said of 21 Egyptian Coptic
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
17. Loqa Nagaty
8. Malak Ibrahim
18. Gaber Munir Adly
9. Tawadros Yusuf
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
"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
-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 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.”
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
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Selected Quotes from Church Documents: On Legalized
Abortion (Source: USCCB)
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
“Caritas In Veritate” Encyclical of Pope Benedict
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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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