Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
WE, THE CONGREGATION OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH, ROOTED IN A CARING COMMUNITY, ARE GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GROW IN LOVE AND COMPASSION. BY EXTENDING THE HEART AND HANDS OF OUR LADY IN OUR DAILY LIVES, WE JOYFULLY COMMIT OURSELVES TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL, CELEBRATE OUR FAITH AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DIVERSITY AS GOD’S PRECIOUS GIFT. WE PLEDGE TO SERVE THE NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF EVERYONE AND WILL STRIVE TO BUILD GOD’S KINGDOM OF LOVE, JUSTICE AND PEACE THROUGH WORSHIP, EVANGELIZATION AND SERVICE.
Thank you for participating in our Lenten service project of “comfort bags” for the homeless.
We assembled and distributed over 60 bags to the homeless last week with socks, soap, washcloths and other goodies in them. To provide you with the opportunity to continue this service throughout the year, we are going to continue preparing bags and have them available in the church office. If you wish to participate, you can pick one of these bags in the office and have it available to hand out when you see a needy person. Together, we can let everyone know they are important.
Quote from Pope Francis:
Year of Mercy
Dear brothers and sisters,
I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36).
Jesus’ reminder urges each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we have a person before us. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart in order to see how much generosity everyone is capable of. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected. Her doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace may find the assurance of forgiveness.
We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: Merciful like the Father. The Evangelist reminds us of the teaching of Jesus who says, “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). It is a programme of life as demanding as it is rich with joy and peace. Jesus’s command is directed to anyone willing to listen to his voice (cf. Lk 6:27). In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle.
— Pope Francis
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Prayer Garden Sponsorship Information
A larger copy of the prayer garden layout may be downloaded HERE.
What will be sponsored
• Olive Trees
Each of the four (4) olive trees is to be sponsored by a single family (or ministry). The sponsor of
the tree will be recognized on a bronze plaque positioned at the foot of the tree. The plaque can
contain four (4) lines of text. The cost of sponsorship is $1,000 per tree.
• Metal Benches
Each of the four (4) metal benches is to be sponsored by a single family (or ministry). The sponsor
of the bench will be recognized on a bronze plaque attached to the backrest of the bench. The
plaque can contain three (3) lines of text. The cost of sponsorship is $800 per bench.
• Grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is intended to be sponsored by numerous families (and
ministries). Sponsorships will be recognized on 4"x8" paving bricks. These bricks will be located in
an area on each side of the grotto platform. The brick can contain up to three (3) lines of text,
and, if the sponsor wishes, a small drawing of either a cross or a dove carrying an olive branch. A
given family (or ministry) may purchase more than one brick. The cost to sponsor is $50 for the first
4"x8" brick and $100 for each additional 4"x8" brick. Bricks that are 8"x8" can contain six (6) lines
of text and are available at a cost of $500 each. Total cost of statue is $20,000.
You can download a larger more detailed copy of the grotto
A closeup picture of the statue and plaques may be downloaded
by clicking HERE.
Becoming a Sponsor
• Fill out an "Intent to Sponsor" Form
The purpose of this form is to let us know that you wish to become a sponsor. The form is used to
specify what you wish to sponsor and the text that you want to appear on the sponsorship plaque or
brick. You do NOT have to make your sponsorship payment at the time that you fill out the form.
Forms will be available after all masses on the weekend of 12/19/15 - 12/20/15. You can also
pickup this form at the church office beginning on 12/21/15.
• When sponsorship payments must be made
• Olive trees and Benches - all payments must be made no later than 1/31/2016.
• Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe - all payments must be made no later than 3/31/2016.
• Where sponsorship payments must be made:
• All sponsorship payments must be made at the church office. There will be no exceptions.
• Payments can be made with check, cash, or credit card.
If you want additional information, please contact the following individuals:
Bette Ann Fleischacker (707) 206-5345
Frances Rozowski (707) 837-8962 Ext 4
Estella Prado (707) 292-3958 (Spanish)
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