At the end of the homily, Pope John Paul II prayerfully called on God to "send down your Spirit and renew the face of the earth"--adding after a dramatic pause--"and the face of this land." When the Pope preached this message in June 1979 in Warsaw's Victory Square at the beginning of his nine day pilgrimage, on an altar with the backdrop of a 50-foot cross, one million of his fellow Poles responded in affirmation with 14 minutes of applause, interrupted by singing in one voice: Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat (Christ Conquers, Christ Reigns, Christ Governs). In an officially atheistic country, the Polish people dramatically bore witness that God was sovereign, not the state. From his election in October 1978, Pope John Paul II constantly preached that it was only through Jesus Christ that man could fully understand his great dignity and his future vocation and therefore no country had the right to exclude Christ from its history.
While June 1987 would ultimately prove to be the final stage of the Cold War, Reagan and the Pope had been stressing the primacy of the spiritual struggle against Communism since each took office. In his 1981 Notre Dame Commencement Address, four months into his presidency, Reagan issued this rallying cry: "For the West, for America, the time has come to dare to show to the world that our civilized ideas, our traditions, our values, are not--like the ideology and war machine of totalitarian societies--just a facade of strength. It is time for the world to know our intellectual and spiritual values are rooted in the source of all strength, a belief in a Supreme Being, and a law higher than our own.
The Pope said "Societies of ancient Christian tradition are today characterized by secularism. Thus the spiritual and moral heritage which lies at the roots of the West "is no longer understood in its profound significance, ... and a rich soil risks becoming an inhospitable desert".
The critical thing for us is that we are willing to give attention to what is spiritual within us. The sad fact is, however, that we are too distracted; too thrown off the track, to give much attention to what is spiritual within us and to give attention to the promptings, the inspirations, and the movements of the Holy Spirit. How can the Holy Spirit prompt us if we are constantly text messaging, on our cell phones, or dashing about from task to task, all those things in our lives today that consume our attention and drown out what’s deep within us?
We have grown accustomed to being entertained. We have grown accustomed to be passive spectators, passively watching television, passively watching what comes to us on our smart phones, passively receiving so much without taking the necessary time to quietly process within us all that so noisily comes to us. We are over-stimulated by the noise and busy-ness of the world in which we live. We even read snippets of newspapers and books on our handheld devices, everything already processed and packaged for us thus eliminating the need for us to process and meditate on all of stuff that bombards us.
In people, notwithstanding all of their limitations, there is now something absolutely new: the breath of God. The life of God lives in us. The breath of his love, of his truth and of his goodness. In this way we can see here too an allusion to Baptism and Confirmation, this new belonging to God that the Lord gives to us. The Gospel Reading invites us to this: to live always within the breath of Jesus Christ, receiving life from him, so that he may inspire in us authentic life, the life that no death may ever take away.
To his breath, to the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord joins the power of forgiveness. We heard earlier that the Holy Spirit unites, breaks down barriers, leads us one to the other. The strength that opens up and overcomes Babel is the strength of forgiveness.
Jesus can grant forgiveness and the power to forgive because he himself suffered the consequences of sin and dispelled them in the flame of his love. Forgiveness comes from the Cross; he transforms the world with the love that is offered. His heart opened on the Cross is the door through which the grace of forgiveness enters into the world. And this grace alone is able to transform the world and build peace.
On May 17, 2015 we had 1st Holy Communion at our church, St. Margaret Mary.
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Total number of Donors: 68
Parish goal Summary
Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50
Funds Raised: $ 403,947.32
Remaining to Raise: $(25,771.82)
% of goal raised: 106.81%
Dear Parishioners, Benefactors and Friends of Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest,
On behave of our Bishop Michael Barber , who visited the parish on occasion of 10 Anniversary of Institute Christ the King, I would like to express our gratitude for your generous gifts to the Diocesan Capital Campaign. You should be proud for setting the sights high, and making every effort to achieve that goal. You sacrificed and proved to yourself and everyone what you are capable of . My best wishes for continued success. I am proud to be the Administrator of St. Margaret Mary . I look forward toto continue to move our parish forward that will enhance our spiritual growth. May God reward your generosity. After summer time the parish will organize the dinner as a thank you for your generosity toward the Diocesan Capital Campaign. Thank you to St. Margaret Mary Campaign Team: Sara Cumbelich, Bill Duffy, Jim Mahoney, Rom Matias, Lily Mullen, Dan Mullen, Mary Muth, Larysa Rutkowska, Lynn Suer, Perpetuo Tayco, and our chairperson Brion Wikes. I would like to thank Canon Olivier Meney, Abbe Kevin Kerscher, Philip Toups ( the Campaign Director for our Parish) and Stephen A. Wilcox,( former board chairman of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and now a chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Diocese of Oakland). Sincerely yours in Christ, Father Rafal Duda Parochial Administrator
The Parish Hall is ready for use. The floor was wet and damaged because of the last December storm and others issues like broken pipes (because of the tree roots) which cased it. The floor was sanded and looks like totally new one. The contractor was from the Diocese of Oakland. The cost was $ 14,000.00. The insurance will cover 90 %. 1,400.00 will be paid by the parish.
The Office of Vocations with the help of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization, will be hosting a Quo Vadis Days in July 12- 15, 2015 at the Oakland Diocesan Youth Retreat House, Casa San Felipe in Lafayette . Quo Vadis (Latin for Where are you going?) aims to assist young men to recognize and respond to their own vocation invitation from our Lord and grow in their relationship with Christ.will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together for these days. Activities will include a great deal of fun, prayer, games, music, discussions and talks.
Young men ages 13-18 yrs. old can join this event. For more information about registration please contact Fr. Rafal Duda with any questions. Those men older than 18 who seriously consider priesthood can contact Fr. Neal Clemens (director of Vocations) and me for the guidance and discerning process.
HOLY MASS INTENTIONS:
If you would like to have Holy Masses celebrated on certain days and times, please book earlier. Donation for the Mass, please give to the Secretary at the time of booking. When another priest is celebrating Holy Mass, we don’t know how much we are supposed to give him. In our diocese the minimum donation for a Holy Mass is $10.00. Write your check to St. Margaret Mary. We have available Masses on May 28, on June 3, 4,8,-10,15,16, and 24-29. If you would like to have a Holy Mass celebrated for your intentions or those of your loved ones ( l. or d.), please contact the parish office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 510-482-0596.
CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR: SUMMER VBS: DATES TBD
AUGUST 1ST – 30th: 2015-2016 REGISTRATION
SEPTEMBER 6th: CLASSES BEGIN 9:30AM
SEPTEMBER 20ST: CATECHETICAL SUNDAY
CCD/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES:
REGISTRATION FOR ST. MARGARET MARY CATECHISM CLASSES BEGINS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST
Classes offered this Fall:
PRE FIRST COMMUNION (Grade 1)
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION (Grade 2)
POST FIRST COMMUNION (Grades 3-4)
GRADES 5 & 6
TEEN YOUTH GROUP (Post Confirmation)
New Registration Forms will be available on August 1, 2015, in the vestibule of the church or on the parish website. You must have your child’s Baptismal Certificate to register. St. Margaret Mary CCD/Religious Education Classes for the 2015-2016 Catechetical School Year will BEGIN ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH. For any questions, you can contact Valerie at email@example.com or leave a message at the parish office 510.482.0596
USED BOOK SALE TODAY in Fr. Kozina Hall Come support the young people from our parish who are raising funds for Survivors Pro Life Camp which will happen from June 22- July 1. Go to http://www.survivors.la/ for more info. This summer camp teaches teens and young adults how to defend LIFE in our ever increasing pro-death culture. Young people are the future of the pro-life effort! Please come and support them at the used book sale.
MONTH OF JUNE is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through the month of June, every day after the 8.00AM Holy Mass, we shall recite the Litany to the Sacred Heart followed by Benediction. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US. General devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is very popular around the world. In particular, after Jesus privately revealed himself to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (patroness of our parish) in 1690 in Paray-le-Monial in France, it became popular to devote the first Friday of each month to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Parishioners are encouraged to go to the Sacrament of Confession, to participate in the Holy Mass, and to receive the Holy Communion on nine consecutive Fridays out of special devotion and to receive special indulgences. It also became common for parishioners to have an image of the Sacred Heart enthroned in their homes and to burn a candle before it on Fridays. Some have images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this year June 12) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (this year June 13) and have special devotions on each month’s First Saturday. Some parish calendars still reflect these customs. We would also like to encourage all parishioners to celebrate this devotion established by Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary. During the month of June, we will recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after daily Holy Masses in the morning. Litanies became a favorite method of praying in the Middle Ages. In modern times, so many litanies were composed some of questionable content that the Church began restricting their public use. The only litanies officially approved today are: Litany of the Saints, Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto, Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Saint Joseph, Precious Blood, and Divine Mercy.
June 29, – Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles & Martyrs – St. Peter – Galilean fisherman; spokesman for the Twelve who became “Prince of the Apostles”; two epistles are ascribed to him; patron of those in the fishing industry. Martyred in Rome under Nero 64 A.D. St. Paul – He was a Pharisee who became the “Apostle of the Gentiles”; his letters may be dated from 50-65 A.D.; patron of the lay apostolate, the Cursillo Movement and Catholic Action; also of Malta and Greece. Martyred in Rome 67 A.D.
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CALENDAR OF SAINTS
INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH