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PRAYER INTENTIONS
OF THE HOLY FATHER

Month of March
  • Theme:
    Support for Persecuted Christians


    That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

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SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Catherine of Sweden

St. Catherine of Sweden

Saint Catherine of Sweden (1331-1381) was the fourth of eight children born to Saint Bridget of Sweden and her husband, Ulfo. As a child she was sent by her parents to be educated in a convent, and was later given in marriage to a German nobleman. Catherine was able to persuade her husband, a virtuous young man, to live together in a mutual vow of perpetual chastity. They lived happily together in complete devotion to God. After the death of her father, and with her husband's consent, Catherine accompanied her mother to Rome. While there, Catherine's husband died. She continued to be a companion to her mother and rejected further offers of marriage. Her mother worked to establish a new religious order, called the Order of the Holy Savior, or the Bridgettines. After her mother's death, Catherine took her body back to Sweden for burial while continuing the work of establishing the Bridgettines. She later traveled back to Rome to advocate for her mother's canonization and for Pope Urban VI to ratify her Order. While in Rome she became great friends with Saint Catherine of Siena. Saint Catherine of Sweden finally returned to Sweden and became abbess of the newly founded Bridgettines, living the rest of her days as a model of prayer and penance. She is the patron saint against abortions. Her feast day is March 24th.  



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MISSION STATEMENT

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.



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The Madonna Sodality and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is inviting you to share your Christian experience this year by helping the less fortunate.
We are collecting items for our “homeless Love bags” such as socks, soap, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, small flashlights (with batteries), band aides, and granola bars. They can be dropped off, after Mass, in the container at the back of the church, or during the week, in the church office.
 Our past years experience has shown that the “homeless Love bags” are well received and appreciated by those who receive them.

Thank you for your support.




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Lent/Easter Schedule 2017

Way of the Cross
Friday
March 3 to April 7

6 pm-English
7 pm Spanish


Community Reconciliation
 Tuesday, April 4 - 6 pm (English)

 
Palm Sunday
April 9
8:45 am English liturgy
 12:30 pm Spanish Liturgy

 
Holy Thursday
April 13

 7 pm Bi lingual

Good Friday
 April 14

 12 pm English Liturgy
 6 pm Spanish Liturgy

 Easter Vigil
 April 15

 5 pm English Liturgy
7:30 pm Spanish Liturgy

Easter Sunday,
the Ressurection of the Lord

 April 16

 Regular Sunday Schedule
 9:00 am English, 12:30 pm Spanish

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LENTEN REFLECTIONS

The crucifixion

DAY 24
"It is possible that the meeting of Jesus and Mary took place at one of the crossroads of the Way of the Cross. If not, then it may have occurred at the Gate of Ephraim, where the open space made it possible to stand without fear of opposition from the authorities or of molestation from the crowd . . . City gates in the East are essentially public places where crowds often assemble. In the interior of the city it is rare to find open spaces . . . The gates, then, are the ordinary meeting places of the city. Loungers and newsmongers come here in quest of the latest rumors. People requiring information or wanting to do business come to the city gates and remain there for a long time . . . It is here at the gates that contracts are signed in the presence of the elders, legal disputes settled, and justice administered — or at least demanded . . . Moreover, the gates are the point of contact between the people of the city and the surrounding country, between one city and another; and the Gate of Ephraim is especially advantageous from the point of view of communication with the outside world. Hence the reason for erecting gibbets here. It is the junction of four of the most frequented highways . . . Through here passes a continuous stream of pilgrims, merchants, business people, soldiers, and couriers. The Savior's observation post does not look out upon a desert . . . Imagine the spectacle. At the gate itself is a continuous stream of people, flowing between two animated banks of itinerant merchants, with wheeled stalls and permanent booths all along the street offering drinks and sweetmeats for sale, while beggars — especially the blind (numerous in this land of dazzling sunshine), cripples, paralytics, and lepers more or less healed — raise their monotonous plaint and shake their little wooden bowls. In the gardens idlers sit squatted on the ground or else astride the walls. On the roads are people, donkeys, herds of cattle, vehicles, and slow-moving camels with their swaying burdens. On the hills are dense masses of pilgrims, animated groups sitting around their fires. Visualize this scene and listen as Jesus appears and the Cross is raised. There is first a great hum of excitement, then sounds of hostility and shouts of laughter, which for the moment stifle the more timid stirrings of reflection and pity. 'All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head. He hoped in the Lord, let Him deliver him: let Him save him, seeing He delighteth in him.' Always that cruel blasphemy! Christ is ever 'the reproach of men and the outcast of the people.' And yet in that crowd are many indebted to Him, many who previously were His admirers. These crippled beggars and these unhappy wretches had cast themselves at His feet, full of trusting prayers; they acclaimed Him the Son of David. They came to kiss His cloak, to touch its white fringe with the hyacinth border, and prostrate before Him, they had awaited a miracle or a word that would give them hope. Now they turn from Him, they mock Him and, fulfilling the words of a Psalm which gives the whole story of the Passion, they sing after Him as He passes the gate, drinking as they sing: 'I became a byword to them. They that sat in the gate spoke against me: and they that drank wine made me their song.' 'O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!'"



GOSPEL MARCH 19, 2017

Jesus

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, 
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob's well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
"Give me a drink."
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, 
"How can you, a Jew, ask me,
a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
"If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, '
you would have asked him 
and he would have given you living water."
The woman said to him, 
"Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
  where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, 
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself 
with his children and his flocks?"
Jesus answered and said to her, 
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; 
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; 
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty 
or have to keep coming here to draw water.

"I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; 
but you people say that the place to
worship is in Jerusalem."
Jesus said to her,
"Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father 
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand; 
we worship what we understand,
  because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, 
when true worshipers will worship
the Father in Spirit and truth; 
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him 
must worship in Spirit and truth."
The woman said to him,
"I know that the Messiah is coming,
the one called the Christ; 
when he comes, he will tell us everything."
Jesus said to her,
"I am he, the one who is speaking with you."

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them; 
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
  and they said to the woman, 
"We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves, 
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."



ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Volunteering for the Saint Vincent de Paul District

Have you given any thought to volunteering in the New Year? Can you spare 3-4 hours a month? If so, Saint Vincent de Paul can use your help.

 The District, as a result of retirements and end-of-term duties, is in immediate need of senior staff to help with Vice President, Treasurer and President duties. Give it some thought. It is, as Pope Francis reminds us, ….” time taken to help others”.

 If you would like to volunteer or get more information, please don't hesitate to contact any of the following:
 Ron Plasse (707) 795-0982
 imageron@gmail.com
Jack Tibbetts (707) 584-1579
 jtibbetts18@gmail.com
Jack Tolin (707) 495-7438
goofyguy@msn.com



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Starting the weekend of February 4/5 through the tax season, volunteers will be doing taxes for free at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Appointments will be available most Saturdays from 9am to12 noon and some Monday nights from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The EKS tax program, “Earn it, Keep it, Save it” is a federal program set up to prepare taxes for free for people with income under $53,000.

To make an appointment to have your taxes done call 211. For more information 800-325-9604



PRAYER GARDEN 

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Prayer Garden Sponsorship bricks are now available

Sponsor a brick in memory or in honor of a family member or to commemorate a special event. Bricks may also be used to give thanks by means of a simple prayer.

"Intent to Sponsor " forms are available at the church office, religious gift store or may be downloaded from the Information/Prayer Garden page.

The forms and payment must be submitted to the church office on or before March 10, 2017 if you wish to have the bricks installed in time for Easter.

Parish Office hours are located in the right side column under Fr. Michaelraj's picture.




JUBILEE OF FR. MICHAELRAJ

A video was made of the Celebration of Father Michaelraj's 25th year in the priesthood. It covers the mass and the gathering at the Mary Agatha Furth Center .
You may view it HERE.




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Fr. Michaelraj Philominsamy, Pastor OLG

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Thursday
9:30am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:30am - 1:30pm

CLOSED SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS


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Mass Schedule:

Monday 9:00 a.m. Communion Service


Tuesday-Friday 9:00am
Bilingual

Saturday 5:00 pm
in English

Saturday 7:00 pm
in Spanish

Sunday 9:00 am
in English

Sunday 12:30 pm
in Spanish

Confessions:
4:30 p.m. Saturday
12 noon Sunday
and every morning
after 9 am mass.
By appointment any day except Monday



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Winter Hours

MONDAY - CLOSED

TUESDAY - 9:30 am to noon

WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY
4:30 - 7 PM

SUNDAY - 10AM - NOON


GIFT STORE GAB

Located in the courtyard, our shop carries bibles, books on  Pope Francis, Catholic books for children and teens. We have gifts for all occasions, including Advent and Christmas, Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. We stock a large selection of rosaries, crucifixes, medals, statues and all things essential to make your home reflect your Catholic faith in both English and Spanish. Come and visit us!

If you know of a saint that we should have a holy card for - PLEASE let me know! CONTACT FRANCES @
(707) 837-8962 X 208



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BINGO EVERY MONDAY

Our Lady of Guadalupe has a dinner meal for all participants, in addition to their Bingo activities, courtesy of our own Chef . Every Monday he makes a meal and serves it from 4 to 6 pm. The cost? $5.00. And don't forget we have free coffee too.  Every week will have a different menu, so plan to join us at the Mary Agatha Furth Main Hall. The $20.00 buy in includes a free raffle ticket for a door prize so come to the Center and have fun. You must be over 18 years old.

Mary Agatha Furth Center

Weddings, Meetings, Parties, Events in the Wine Country. 707 837-7620

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St. Rita's Corner

Stop The Violence!

Verity was founded in 1974 in Sonoma County as a crisis line that men, women, or children who had been sexually assaulted could call. Over the past 38 years the organization has expanded its services to include Prevention/Education, and Crisis Intervention. That crisis line is still the only one of its kind in Sonoma County and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (707) 545-7273 for help.
The local YWCA hot line is (707) 546-1234, also available 24/7.