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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

The following is the letter published in the most recent St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pinole weekly bulletin. You may click on one of the buttons at right to access this week's bulletin, previous bulletin letters, and the previous bulletins dating back to 2011.

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"Hail, Full Of Grace! The Lord Is With You." (Lk 1:28)

Earlier this week, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Archangel Gabriel addressed our Blessed Mother with the above salutation. The Lord is with all of us and we are all blessed because Mary said “Yes” to God’s plan for our salvation.   “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:31-33). Today we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s plan. Our Lord became incarnate, was born into this world, dwelt among us teaching us how to live as God’s children, brought us forgiveness and healing and at last triumphantly entered into Jerusalem to give us his Body and Blood in sacrifice, to conquer death so that we can live with him forever. Today we join in the Procession with Palms. “Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mk 11:9-10).

Today we begin Holy Week recalling the words of the Prophet Isaiah who foretold our Lord’s suffering: “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting” (Is 50:6). Our Lord prepared us in so many ways for the scandal of the cross, but we still find it difficult to understand the way God chose to save us. St. Paul explained: “…he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7). The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark reveals to us step by step how our Lord’s suffering and death transpired at the time of the Passover, from his anointing and betrayal to the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper; from his hour of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and arrest on the Mount of Olives to Peter’s denial and our Lord’s trial at which our Lord declared to the very end “I am” (Mk 14:62).

On Holy Thursday, at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we will celebrate the significance of all that our Lord has revealed to us. “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (Jn 13:12-15). On Good Friday we will reflect again on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, this time according to John, and we will take time to venerate the Cross in our parish Celebrations of the Lord’s Passion as well as with Christ the Lord Episcopal Church at our ecumenical Good Friday Community Crosswalk and Service which will begin at our parish at noon and conclude at Pinole United Methodist Church.

At our Easter Vigil we will baptize 3 adults and receive one candidate into full communion, as well as administer the sacrament of confirmation. Please join us in all of our Triduum Liturgies in order to immerse yourself in the Paschal Mystery. We are blessed as we join the Mother of our Lord in saying yes to God’s plan for our salvation.

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CNA - Saint of the Day

  • Blessed Jane lived in the French town of Toulouse during the 13th century. A Carmelite monastery was founded in the same town in 1240 which exposed Jane to the Carmelite lifestyle and spirituality. In 1265 when St. Simon Stock, a 13th century reformer of the Carmelites, was passing through Toulouse, Jane met him and requested to be affiliated with the Carmelites. Simon agreed and Jane became the first Third Order Carmelite. Jane vowed herself to perpetual chastity and applied herself completely to the Carmelite Rule. In addition to many daily holy practices and penances, she reached out to the community and worked to help the sick and poor. One of Jane's primary missions was encouraging the boys of the town to help her serve the poor and help them discern whether or not they were called to be Carmelites.  Blessed Jane is considered to be a founder of the Carmelite tertiary order and is considered to be its first member. She died in 1286.

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