Jun 162014
 

Deacon Lawrence Klimecki’s
Weekly Bulletin Column
Sunday June 15, 2014

The Most Holy Trinity is often referred to as a mystery of faith. But is a mystery something we cannot understand? Not at all, we can understand the mystery of the Trinity to the extent that God has revealed it to us.

So what has God revealed to us about Himself?

We have always known the answer. As we are created in His image, we look at ourselves to gain an understanding of God. What we find is that man is incomplete when he is alone. Our need for relationships is so strong we will even endure flawed and broken ones because the alternative is too hard for us to bear. But any relationship that is not based in love, a mutual self-giving, is doomed to fail. Love is our most fundamental characteristic. Continue reading »

May 142014
 

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FatimaChildrenToday, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, so I figure it’s better to let our Lady speak, than myself. Just a few words that she shared with the three children in Fatima, when she appeared to them almost 100 years ago, in 1917.

On one occasion, she said—now, remember, she’s talking to little kids, 10 years old, 9 years old, and 7 years old—“Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings which He sends you, in reparation for the sins which offend Him, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

Will you bear all the sufferings that He sends you?

(If kids can do it, certainly, we can, and she asks the same of us.)

On another occasion, she said to them, “Say the rosary every day, to bring peace to the world, and the end of the war.” (They were in the middle of the First World War.)

She said to three little kids, ‘You pray the rosary every day, and this war will end.’

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As Knights of Columbus, there’s the expectation that you would be praying the rosary every day.

As Knights of Columbus, there’s the expectation that you would be praying the rosary every day.

If it can bring peace to the world and an end of war, what can it accomplish in our own lives?

Just one more: On another occasion, visiting the children, one of them asked, “Are you going to bring us back home to heaven?”

Our Lady said, “I’m going to take Jacinta and Francisco soon. You will stay here a little while longer.”

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In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph

Lucia looked at her sadly and said, “Must I stay here alone?” And she said, “My child, do not be sad. You will never be alone. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way which will lead you to God.”

I don’t know if any of you have a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but I personally find tremendous comfort, relief from whatever I’m going through, when I simply say to our Lady, “I place myself in your Immaculate Heart. Mary, let me take refuge in your Immaculate Heart.”

She said to the children, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

May we learn to make that our place of refuge also.


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May 202014
 
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Presenting the check to Bishop Soto and Kathy Conner, chancellor, right, are Knight Mark Mimnaugh and Chapter President Pete Comerford (third from left).

 
The Northern California Chapter of the Knights of Columbus presented Bishop Jaime Soto with a check for more than $4,400 to cover the cost of purchasing 30 ciboria for use by the Diocese of Sacramento at large Masses with numerous participants.

The campaign began in November 2013, when Mimnaugh suggested to the chapter that the Knights raise funds to cover the need for ciboria for diocesan Masses with large attendance. Currently at such Masses the ciboria are borrowed from neighboring parishes and sometimes enough are not available for use at events.

The call was put out to the councils and assemblies of the Northern California Chapter to raise the funds needed, Comerford said. “The response was very successful, as more than $5,500 was raised,” he noted. “The extra funds will be used to engrave the ciboria with the donation organization information. The Knights are proud to support Bishop Soto and the Sacramento Diocese in any way they can.”

Apr 202014
 

Good Friday rosary at Planned Parenthood offers prayers, support for pregnant women

Phoenix Diocesan

Apr 19, 2014 | Joyce Coronel (interim managing editor of The Catholic Sun)

catholicsun.org/2014/04/19/good-friday-rosary-at-planned-parenthood-offers-prayers-support-for-pregnant-women/

GLENDALE, AZ – Carrying rosaries, pushing babies in strollers and bearing images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Phoenix gathered in front of a Planned Parenthood [abortion business] in a Glendale neighborhood Good Friday. Local police estimated the crowd of faithful exceeded 500.

The [abortion business] provides medication-induced abortions up to nine weeks and surgical abortions up to 24 weeks when women are visibly pregnant and feeling the unborn child within them kick.

The Hope Ultrasound Mobile Unit was parked nearby offering free pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams for women, hoping to persuade them to choose life. Pro-life activists have often stated that about 90 percent of women who view ultrasound images of their unborn baby decide against abortion.

Fr. Mike Straley, pastor of nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, said his parishioners pray outside the abortion [business] at least monthly. “I think it’s important on Good Friday to pray not just in our churches but to pray publicly and to take a stand for life,” Fr. Straley said. Continue reading »

Mar 242014
 
BLAZON: Party per chevron inverted Azure and Or, in chief an ancient Greek amphora of the second, charged with the letters "SC;" in base a "M" between an 'T' and a "H" all of the first.

BLAZON: Party per chevron inverted Azure and Or, in chief an ancient Greek amphora of the second, charged with the letters “SC;” in base a “M” between an ‘I’ and a “H” all of the first.

SIGNIFICANCE:

The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, that is the central and most important part of the design and tells to whom the design belongs, the external ornamentation, that tells the owner’s position or rank, and a motto, placed upon a scroll.

For an auxiliary bishop, a fully empowered bishop but without territorial jurisdiction, the shield of his arms is composed completely by his personal design, in this case they are the arms of Bishop Myron J. Cotta.

The shield is divided into two main portions by an inverted chevron. Above the chevron, on a blue field, is a golden (yellow) ancient Greek amphora, an earthenware vessel used for the transport and storage of fluids, such as oil. This amphora is emblazoned with the letters “SC,” that form the classic abbreviation for the church’s sacred, holy oil known as “Sacred Chrism.” This composition is em­ployed because the Bishop’s first name, Myron, is the Greek word for chrism.

The line of division of the shield, the inverted chevron, is reminiscent of a carpenter’s square thus honoring the bishop’s second Baptismal patron, Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and husband of Mary. The inverted chevron is also employed to represent the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Valley, of California where Bishop Cotta was born, received his Sacraments and lived most of his life.

Below the chevron, on a gold (yellow) field are three blue letters; an “I,” a “H” and a “M.” These stand for the Immaculate Heart of Mary to whom Bishop Cotta has very special devotion. Because there is no specific arrangement of this monogram for Mary, it is rendered here as would be on other pieces, where the more important name, like the surname, is enlarged and placed between the smaller initials, as for Christian or personal names.

For his motto, His Excellency, Bishop Cotta has chosen the phrase “GRACE AND MERCY,” for this sums up all that God’s relationship with His People is all about. To reflect the bishop’s heritage, as an Azorean, the motto is rendered in Portuguese.

The achievement is completed with the external ornaments that are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bish­op by instruction of the Holy See.

Deacon Paul J Sullivan

Mar 052014
 

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David’s repentance after his murder of Uriah the Hittite (Podcast)

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Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness.

Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
According to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.

The Novena of the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Novena of the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.

Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.

Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.

For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.

Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.

Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.

Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.

Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.

But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly. Continue reading »

Nov 302013
 

StFrancisLate in the evening on Thursday, November 28, a group of our Knights of Columbus erected our new St. Francis statue onto a concrete pedestal on the south side of the Immaculata, where it will stay for decades to come. We will add some benches and beautify the area in the weeks and months ahead, so that it will become a nice place of prayer. Father wanted to give a special thanks to the Knights for donating their time and labor to make this all happen at no cost to the parish. Also, Father thanks most especially the family that donated the money so that we could afford such a marvelous statue. Many prayers will be offered in its presence for the good of this parish and for many souls.

Sep 242013
 

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At the September, 2013 General Meeting, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Council 15693 adopted a resolution to fill the Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration:

 

 

• Thursday, 8:30PM to 9:30PM

 

Adoration Coordinator: Shelley Murphy
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Saturday 9/14/2013, 02:30am-04:30am
Thursday 9/12/2013, 20:30pm-21:30pm

 

Sep 112013
 

PrayerForThoseInTheArmedServicesO God, we implore Thee, watch over those exposed to the horrors of war and to the spiritual dangers of a Soldier’s, a Sailor’s, a Marine’s or an Airman’s life. Give them such a strong faith that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it, or fear to practice it. Do Thou by Thy grace fortify them against the contagion of bad example, that, being preserved from vice, and serving Thee faithfully, they may be ready to meet death whenever it may happen. Through Christ our Lord.

O Sacred Heart. Inspire them with sorrow for sin, and grant them pardon. Mother of God, be with them in battle, and, if they should be called to make the supreme sacrifice, obtain for them that they may die in the grace of Thy Divine Son.

 

May their guardian angels protect them.
Amen.

Knights of Columbus Council 6149
Auburn. California

Aug 132013
 

Father Patrick Lee requested that Council 15693 install a Pro-Life Plaque on the grounds of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish.

A motion to this effect was proposed and carried.

An example of a Knights of Columbus Council sponsoring such a Pro-Life Plaque at a Parish can be found at All Saints Council 11402, Dunwoody Georgia.

Abortion Memorial - Catholics for Life -Sacramento Diocese - 11-03-2001

Led by Catholics for Life Sacramento Diocese past-President Mike Schaefer, of Father Neil W. Seidl Council 13672, Divine Savior Parish Orangevale CA, Bishop William Weigand dedicated a Pro-Life Memorial at St. Mary’s Cemetery on November 3, 2001.

Aug 132013
 
Knights Kneeling at Prayer, St. Joseph of Colbert (WA) Council 8872

Knights Kneeling at Prayer, St. Joseph of Colbert (WA) Council 8872

Here is a way we Knights could reach out to the community, to let people know who we are, to possibly elicit interest from more potential members. At the July 2013 General Meeting, Dave Leatherby suggested something that had a big impact on a parish community some years ago: A group of men who regularly met in the privacy of a small chapel to pray the rosary once a week were asked to publicly pray/lead the rosary for the whole parish at a gathering. The sight of 40 men on their knees around the altar praying the rosary brought many people to tears. Dave suggested that we Knights might do this periodically (weekly?, monthly?, quarterly?) before Mass, or some other parish event. It would be a wonderful way to witness to the importance of prayer, an example to our families, children. Dave believes it would attract others to want to become a part of such an organization. Pretty simple proposal, we just need someone to schedule and organize it.

Financial Secretary Charles Mudd comments:

I went to Mass this morning [Thursday, August 22nd] after dropping off my son at school (it was very good to see Brothers Mark Z and Ron Mahurin there – sorry if I missed someone). As Mass ended, the entire congregation knelt and sang O Salutoris Hostia as Fr. Lee returned the Blessed Sacrament to the adoration chapel.

I knelt there in the church and began to consider something that piques my thoughts from time to time; how often I fail to appreciate how fortunate we are to be part of such a vibrant, faith-filled parish (unfortunately, a failure that I exhibit more often than not). Today is a fairly slow day for me which may be the reason I was more open to reflection on this point. I was able to appreciate more fully the beauty and appropriateness of such a small gesture as kneeling in adoration. Moreover, that everyone present knelt in unison heightened my appreciation of this small gesture as truly something unique in our time. This is a daily event in our parish and though small, it is something that we, at Presentation are fortunate to witness and fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in.


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