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This Week

Our Pastor's Corner, September 21, 2014, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, Pastor Emeritus Fr. Martin Walsh, O.P., will preach about the current situation for Christians in Iraq. As the director of the Western Dominican Mission Foundation, he is uniquely connected with the work of our Dominican Sisters in the area. In anticipation of Fr. Martin’s preaching, I have included a recent letter from our Dominican Sisters, which brings color to their struggles and hopes under such dire circumstances. ~ Fr Michael

We often hear the powerful words of Ecclesiastes that remind us of the inevitability of birth and death, that these realities come upon us regardless of whether we are prepared for them or not. No doubt we must accept and embrace them, but rarely, however, do we experience them both on the same day. Yesterday at Mass, though, we did just that.

We celebrated the birth of Our Lady and committed one of our elderly sisters into the hands of God. The sister, whom we buried yesterday, is among the elderly sisters whom we had promised to take to Karakosh after the construction of our general house. Unfortunately, our unforeseen displacement and journey to Ankawa/Erbil was a shock for them, for they were eager to return back to Karakosh. Although they were not able to help out in the camps and centres with the young sisters at Erbil, they were diligently following the news on TV. This doubled their heartache and worry over people’s suffering. So heavy was their burden that three of them passed away within ten days.

Despite the loss and pain our community is experiencing, we rejoice in the reality that our sisters have decisively chosen to live life, never letting despair extinguish the light within them, and in the midst of overwhelming hardship, two sisters renewed their vows yesterday evening and two postulants received the habit, becoming novices.

It was a day where the contradictions of life and death converged; we witnessed simultaneously death and resurrection. This was a sign of hope and God’s presence among us, and it gave us courage to continue our journey with our people who are still displaced, weakened, and impoverished.

We have entered the fifth week of displacement, and people are still living the same misery, which is only worsening, it seems, as our cries are ignored, and the world turns a blind eye to our sufferings. The challenges that threaten our people are now even greater as we face homelessness. The refugees taking shelter in schools are told to leave, as the school year starts soon. They do not know where to go, and there is a shortage of medicine, food, mattresses, blankets, and clothing. The dignity of the people has been utterly stripped away. Most painful of all is that we do not know when this ordeal will end. So far, neither the central government nor the Kurdish forces have made serious actions to reclaim all the Christian towns from the IS.

Also, we would like to inform you that we have started setting up temporary housing for our sisters in the back yard of our convent, but the needs are great. We hope that the work will be completed within two weeks. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Your help can make huge difference.

~ Dominican Sisters of Catherine of Siena–Iraq

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, September 24
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Lecture by Fr. Gregory Tatum, OP
Rival Communions: Purity and Impurity in New Testament Ethics, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall.

In the Old Testament, the purity system has two centers of gravity: moral purity and ritual purity. In the New Testament, moral purity takes center stage and is intimately conjoined to the ex...(more)

Thursday, October 02
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Natural Family Planning - Intro Class
Attend an Introductory Natural Family Planning class. Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room. Deacon Bill Turrentine and Pat Turrentine, volunteers with the Couple to Couple League, offer an overview of NFP - what it is and why it is important. Engaged or married couples are welcome. To register ...(more)
Tuesday, October 07
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Marriage Class I: Intro to Marriage Preparation Process
St. Dominic's offers classes for engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage.

 

Marriage Preparation Class I: A School for Intimacy, second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room.

 

No sign-up is required for the class.

Wednesday, October 08
7:30-9:00 PM
 
Marriage Prep Class II: Must-Have Conversations
St. Dominic's offers classes to engaged couples as part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Class II: Life-Giving Marriages, second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the Siena room

No sign-up is required for the class.
Monday, October 20
Until 10/28
 
St. Jude Novena

St. Jude Novena, Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Oct. 28

Masses Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. 
Rosary preceding all Masses; Blessing with relic after weekday Masses.

Fr. Kieran Healy, O.P., Pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Berkeley, will preach. Fr. Heal...

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7:30-8:30 PM
 
Baptismal Preparation
Third Monday of the month (except holidays), 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room.

Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic’s. Parents and Godparents must participate in our Baptismal Preparation Classes. Both parents and at least one of the godparents must attend...(more)

Wednesday, October 29
5:30-9:30 PM
 
St Anthony of Padua Relic
St Anthony Relic, Wednesday, October 29, Masses with Veneration at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. St. Anthony will visit us in the form of a precious relic from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. This relic will be accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, a Franciscan Friar from Padua where the Saint is buried. Accordi...(more)

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Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.
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5:30 p.m. - Saturday Vigil
7:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - Family
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8:00 a.m.
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8:00 a.m. - Mass with Morning Prayer

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Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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