MEssage from our Ministers
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near. - Isaiah 55:6
The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. - Psalm 145:18
. . . Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. – Philippians 1:20
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. - Matthew 20:1
“That land, like a choice vineyard, has been planted by the heavenly cultivator. Yet the true vine is Christ who gives life and fruitfulness to the branches, that is, to us, who through the Church remain in Christ, without whom we can do nothing” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 755).
Our relationship with Christ is what gives meaning to our lives. That relationship needs to be nourished through prayer. The actions that flow from our prayer, our relationship with Christ, are our work in the world in God’s name.
When we slow down and spend time with God, we realize how very near God is to us. In our day-to-day lives Christ is made manifest. How will we choose to spend time with God today so that Christ’s life in us will bear fruit for the kingdom of God?
Vigésimo Quinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
"6. Buscad a Yahveh mientras se deja encontrar, llamadle mientras está cercano." Isaías, 55 - Bíblia Católica Online
"cerca está Yahveh de los que le invocan, de todos los que le invocan con verdad" Salmos, 145 - Bíblia Católica Online
. . . "Cristo será glorificado en mi cuerpo, por mi vida o por mi muerte," Filipenses, 1 - Bíblia Católica Online
"el Reino de los Cielos es semejante a un propietario que salió a primera hora de la mañana a contratar obreros para su viña." Mateo, 20 - Bíblia Católica Online
“Esa tierra, como un viñedo selecto, ha sido plantado por el cultivador celestial. Sin embargo, la vid verdadera es Cristo que da vida y fecundidad a los sarmientos, es decir, a nosotros, que por la Iglesia permanecemos en Cristo, sin los cuales nada podemos hacer”(Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, 755).
Nuestra relación con Cristo es lo que da sentido a nuestras vidas. Esa relación debe nutrirse mediante la oración. Las acciones que fluyen de nuestra oración, nuestra relación con Cristo, son nuestro trabajo en el mundo en el nombre de Dios.
Cuando disminuimos la velocidad y pasamos tiempo con Dios, nos damos cuenta de lo cerca que está Dios de nosotros. En nuestra vida cotidiana, Cristo se manifiesta. ¿Cómo elegiremos pasar tiempo con Dios hoy para que la vida de Cristo en nosotros dé fruto para el reino de Dios.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.
PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS - COVID-19
Actualización de los Procedimientos de la Pandemia Parroquial
Durante este tiempo de pandemia, la Iglesia de la Presentación de la Santísima Virgen María está implementando todos los procedimientos de seguridad que se requieren, así como muchas precauciones adicionales que se recomiendan para la seguridad de los miembros de nuestra comunidad. Estos incluyen la limpieza, desinfección y el uso de máscarillas, termómetros y distanciamiento social adecuado.
Recopilamos información de contacto de todos los que asisten a todas las Misas, en caso de que tengamos que llamar a todos los que asistieron a una Misa en particular. Esto ha sucedido dos veces en las últimas semanas. Tuvimos que notificar a todos los que asistieron a dos de nuestras Misas aquí en Presentación, porque más tarde supimos que esas dos Misas habían sido atendidas por alguien que luego dio positivo por coronavirus. En ambos casos, la persona que asistía a la Misa no tenía ningún síntoma mientras asistía a la Misa, practicaba el distanciamiento social mientras asistía a la Misa y se había conformado con todos los protocolos establecidos de la parroquia. Nos aseguraron que no entraron en contacto cercano con otros en la Misa.
Sin embargo, un miembro del personal de la parroquia notificó a cada uno de los que habían asistido a esas Misas, solo para informarles que deberían estar atentos a los síntomas. También los llamamos nuevamente dos semanas después en un esfuerzo por asegurarnos de que nuestros protocolos de seguridad en la Misa fueran efectivos y que nadie se infectara al asistir a cualquiera de las Misas. Una de estas Misas fue una Misa de confirmación celebrada el 29 de junio para las familias de nuestras escuelas parroquiales, y la otra fue a la Misa de 5:00 p.m. el 5 de julio. Estamos proporcionando esta información para que todos puedan tomar decisiones informadas sobre si desean asistir a nuestras Misas durante la pandemia.
Si alguien da positivo por coronavirus, notifique a la parroquia de inmediato (209-472-2150) para que podamos notificar a quienes estuvieron presentes en la Misa o al servicio al que asistió. La información recibida será tratada de manera confidencial.
La Misa será AFUERA con el altar frente al Centro Comunitario.
MISA DOMINICAL/DISTRIBUCION DE LA COMUNION
MISA DIARIA (Lunes-Sábado)
MISA EN ESPAÑOL LOS DÍAS DE LA SEMANA
aS OF JuLY 19, 2020
All Celebrations will be outside, in front of the Community Center until further notice.
SCHEDULE OF SUNDAY MASS/DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION
DAILY MASS (Monday-Saturday)
WEEKDAY SPANISH MASS
Please keep in mind, our duty to continue to assist with the financial support of the Church (cf. canons 22 §1 and 1983 of the Code of Canon Law) and should consider giving electronically via our website or by mailing a check to our parish.
Parish Pandemic Procedures Update
During this time of pandemic, the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is implementing all the safety procedures that are required, as well as many additional precautions that are recommended for the safety of our community members. These include cleaning, disinfecting, and the use of masks, thermometers, and proper social distancing.
We gather contact information of everyone who attends all Masses, just in case we have to call everyone who attended a particular Mass. This has happened two times in recent weeks. We had to notify everyone who attended two of our Masses here at Presentation, because we later learned that those two Masses had been attended by someone who later tested positive for coronavirus. In both cases, the person attending the Mass did not have any symptoms while attending the Mass, practiced social distancing while attending the Mass, and had conformed to the all established protocols of the parish. They assured us that they did not come in close contact with others at the Mass.
Nevertheless, a parish staff member notified each of those who had attended those Masses, just to inform them that they should be alert for symptoms. We also called them again two weeks later in an effort to make sure that our safety protocols at Mass were effective and that no one became infected by attending either of the Masses. One of these Masses was a Confirmation Mass celebrated on June 29 for our parish school families, and the other was our 5:00 p.m. Mass on July 5. We are providing this information so that everyone can make informed decisions about whether they wish to attend our Masses during the pandemic.
If anyone tests positive for coronavirus, please notify the parish right away (209-472-2150) so that we can notify those who were present at the Mass or service you attended. The information received will be handled in a confidential manner.
Al 19 de JuLio de 2020
FR. MARK'S REFLECTIONS AND ARTICLES / REFLEXIONES Y ARTÍCULOS DEL P. MARK
FR. MARK’S ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAY
I would like to invite all of my parishioners to share my joy during the next several days as the church celebrates the Feast Days of several of my favorite saints, and as I celebrate several milestones in my own life. This Thursday, September 24, is my 32nd anniversary as a priest, and the following Thursday, October 1st, is my 59th birthday, as well as the one-year anniversary of my being assigned as pastor here at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. It is a joy for me to have been sent to work this part of “the vineyard of the Lord” where I first experienced my call to priesthood.
To celebrate, I would like to gather my parishioners and introduce you to a few of my dear everyone and also to introduce you to a few of my dear friends whom I came to know during those early years of my life. I am speaking of my favorite saints, who became my friends when I began to read books about them. One of the first spiritual books that I read was the autobiography of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, which is called “The Story of a Soul.” Therese quickly became for me a dear heavenly friend. Her Feast Day is my birthday, October 1st, and so I invite everyone to come for a time of prayer and reflection about her autobiography. This little book, the only book she ever wrote, became an international best seller after her death, because the people who read it experienced miracles which fell like rose petals from heaven.
Come join us as we gather outdoors on the vigil, Wednesday, September 30th, from 6:30-7:30 PM in front of our community center. To attend the event, please make a reservation on our website or by calling our parish office, because we are limited to 100 attendees. The event will be livestreamed for those who want to watch from home.
To prepare for the event, you can read the book yourself, which is available on the internet at the website given below, and you may also read an article I wrote which is available on the homepage of our website (under Fr. Mark’s Reflections”.)
Another of book that I read as a young parishioner here at Presentation Parish was a biography of “Padre Pio”, the famous stigmatist and miracle worker who died in 1968. He was canonized in the year 2002 and his feast day was fixed on the day of his death, September 23, which is the vigil of my ordination anniversary. I wrote an article about this other heavenly friend of mine which you can find on the homepage of our website (under Fr. Mark’s Reflections”.)
May Our Lord and Our Lady continue to gather and unite us with one another and with our spiritual friends, the saints!
pRAYER FOR THE sICK
Prayer for the Sick
Many people are suffering from ailments of some form or another. Not to mention those who are affected by the global pandemic: COVID-19. Please join us as we pray for the sick, their families, and caregivers.
Quincy Vaughn, Ilene Lao Rualizo, Tina Mills, Jodi Raper, Shirley Benecke, Ariel Sandoval, Jorge Fernandez, Miguel Aguilar, Kathleen Smith, Pam Makelke, Janet Kavanaugh, Mary Anderson, Dolores Chaparro, Terri Lomeli, Momoh Lahai, Lori Mock, Jim Essner, Damon Barkley, Stan Flott, Michael Copeland, Julie Nguyen, Shirley Torlai, Savannah Torlai, Jason Fleming, Nicholas Mills, Melody Martinez, Sylvia Rayray, Maria Luisa Ramirez Castro, Vidal Castro Barbosa, Silvestre Ramirez, Manuel Almendarez, Sr., Josie Yeaman, Gayle Elesante, John Rayray, Erlene Raspo, Mary Oliva, Rachel Rossiter, Connie Spielman, Tim Yun, Dolores Dominguez, Rita Hersom, Russell Smith, Vanessa Jara, Karen Essner, Lydia Quintana, Jodi Harden, David Smith, and Liz Waddle
To add or remove names, please contact the Media Coordinator at email@example.com.
To see additional 'Prayers for the Sick', please click here.
wEEKLY mASS iNTENTIONS
Although there will not be a gathering of parishioners, we will still offer Masses each day.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
7:00 AM: †Jasmine Lopez Chan
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
7:00 AM: †Rafael Aleman - birthday
Thursday, September 24, 2020
7:00 AM: †Ronald Bernaldo
Friday, September 25, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
iN rEMEMBRANCE OF
iN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
Robert Lee Pemberton
Michael James Herrera
Kim Spaulding Rimington
Mario Olandesca Guillem
Jose Quiterio Mendoza
Theresa Ann Canez
Jaime Umpad Albinto
José Mario Lopez
Lillian Helen Munson
Mark Anthony Tabisula
View our bulletin on Parishes Online
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
“So the last will be first and the first last”. - Matthew 20:16
You’ve heard the saying “it’s not where you start, but how you finish.” This certainly applies to this Bible passage. We have a responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well. We are called to generously share our gifts with others, not hoard them for our own use. Our sincere gratitude and cheerful generosity will help us live “God-centered” lives and not “self-centered” lives.
25º domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
"Entonces los últimos serán los primeros y los primeros los últimos". - MATEO 20:16
Has escuchado el dicho "no es dónde comienzas, sino cómo terminas". Esto ciertamente se aplica a este pasaje de la biblia. Tenemos la responsabilidad no sólo de nuestras propias vidas, sino también de las vidas de los demás. Estamos llamados a compartir generosamente nuestros dones con otros, no a atesorarlos para nuestro propio uso. Nuestra sincera gratitud y alegre generosidad nos ayudarán a vivir vidas "centradas en Dios" y no vidas "egocéntricas."
Feast Day: September 23rd
Francesco Forgione was born in the Italian farming village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. He was one of seven children. By age five, Francesco had already dedicated his life to God. He helped take care of his family’s flock of sheep until age ten. Then, as a requirement for joining the Capuchin order, he received private tutoring, to make up for the time he had spent shepherding, rather than in school. At age fifteen, he joined the Order of Friars Minor, taking the name “Pio.” As a Capuchin Franciscan friar, he experienced both physical illness and spiritual battles, but persevering, he was ordained a priest in 1910. Due to poor health, he stayed mostly with his family until 1916, when he was required to return to the friary.
During World War I, he was drafted to serve in the Italian army in the medical corps in 1914/5, and again in 1917. Both times, illness prevented him from continuing in the service; the second time, he was given a permanent discharge. When he left the service, he returned to the friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he remained for the duration of his life.
Friar Pio became known to many as Padre Pio. He bore the stigmata, or wounds of Christ, invisibly from the time of his ordination in 1910 and visibly from 1918. The Vatican investigated the authenticity of his stigmata, and his ministry of prayer and healing, beginning in 1921. As his renown grew, so did persecution. In 1922, various restrictions were placed on his ministry, including being forbidden from giving blessings to the faithful. In 1931, he was forbidden from publicly celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and receiving visitors. This ban was lifted by the Pope Pius XI in 1933, and Padre Pio was allowed to gradually resume public ministry.
Padre Pio is known for being a gifted confessor, his efficacious intercessory prayer, and other mystical gifts associated with his religious life. Under the direction of Padre Pio, in 1947, construction began to build a hospital to treat patients at San Giovanni Rotondo, using science along with faith and prayer. Shortly before his death in 1968, the stigmata disappeared. He was canonized in 2002 by St. John Paul II. Pope Francis has called Padre Pio an “apostle of the confessional.”
“For Padre Pio, faith was life: he willed everything and did everything in the light of faith. He was assiduously devoted to prayer. He passed the day and a large part of the night in conversation with God. He would say: ‘In books we seek God, in prayer we find him. Prayer is the key which opens God’s heart.’” —Vatican News Service
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We have a BRAND NEW BULLETIN!
We are excited to start using our new publisher, LPi. Our weekly bulletins will be available:
Printed bulletins are currently not available per the guidance of the public health officials and our diocese.
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Descargue nuestra nueva aplicación parroquial HOY!. Esperamos que las características y capacidades de nuestra nueva aplicación fomenten un sentido más fuerte de comunidad y fe en la vida diaria de todos los feligreses.
To read Bishop Cotta's Monthly Reflection for September 2020, click here (English).
To read Bishop Cotta's Monthly Reflection for September 2020, click here (Spanish).
To view the Rosary Army's guide on how to pray the rosary, click here (English)
To view the Rosary Army's guide on how to pray the rosary, click here (Spanish)
To read Bishop Cotta's COVID-19 Update, click here (English).
To read Bishop Cotta's COVID-19 Update, click here (Spanish).
Pre-Registration for the upcoming Scripture Institute (Bible Study) course is open. This course will cover the New Testament Foundations: Jesus and Discipleship. Orientation will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Sessions will be online via Zoom from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday nights. To pre-register and/or for more information click on the link below or contact our office at 209-546-7630 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To visit the Diocese of Stockton School of Ministry - Scripture Institute Course webpage, click here.
To visit the Diocese of Stockton School of Ministry - Formation in Spanish webpage, click here.