From the Week


Doctor reports that I have acute bronchitis. So it’s been another low key week. We had a nice Italian Catholic Federation dinner Saturday night. They were celebrating 150 years of Italian independence. Sunday we had one of our youth and young adult ministry fundraisers selling ButterBraids. People kept telling me how good they were and I tried them Sunday. They live up to their reputation. Just delicious. We did good business and raised over $400 dollars for youth and young adult ministry. Thanks to all those who bought one!

Monday we had RCIA. Wednesday another run through of Family Catechism. I had a good crowd for my Hispanic Adult Group presentation on the Sacraments. The only problem was I kept hacking throughout it. Thursday I met with my core team for youth ministry and we have a great plan through January. Hopefully we can get even more kids into the group by January. There is definitely a lot of interest. Then I went over to our Faith and Ale Young Adult Group at the Power Club. We had a decent size crowd, about 20 adults, as I spoke on the subject, “What is Truth?” We had a good discussion and a good time sharing a beer.


Today is the first day of the Pan de Vida Retreat at Presentation Parish in Sacramento. We’re taking about 14 kids and a few young adults with us down for the retreat. I consider that pretty good considering a month ago we had no youth group and therefore no organizing for this event. Please say a prayer for all the kids and everyone else who is going. It could be a great event to bring our kids together and make them much more committed to a life of faith in Christ.


I think Pope Benedict said this recently: “We must never forget — as priests — the one legitimate ascent for the ministry of shepherd is not that of success but that of the cross.” And he is living it. Word is he has some really bad joint pain but it does not seem to have stopped his great work in service of God.


This is the newest class of acolytes from St. Patrick’s Seminary. Our very own Jeremy Santos, first row, 2nd from the left, was one of those who received institution as acolyte.