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Looking Forward to Mass at Old St. Mary's Cathedral - just look at the time and fly away from evil Yo - just saying - To God is the Glory - may the Holy Spirit enter this church again in Jesus name we pray - One God.
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MESSAGE FROM The Ministry to the Sick & Homebound and the Spiritual Care Ministries of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption On-Line Masses & Spiritual Resources links during the Coronavirus Pandemic: THE VATICAN: Daily Mass with His Holiness Pope Francis https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta.html Scroll down to view the mass United States Conference of Catholic Bishops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-KF_ZxbkD4 California Catholic Conference: https://www.cacatholic.org/covid-spiritual-resources Archdiocese of San Francisco https://sfarchdiocese.org Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption http://smcsf.org/event/concerns-about-coronavirus/
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Welcome. Old Saint Mary’s is a Roman Catholic church led by the Paulist Fathers for over 100 years. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral + Holy Family Chinese Mission is a unique Paulist Foundation which celebrates cultural diversity, continues the tradition of excellence in Catholic education, and seeks to evangelize in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

We welcome all who seek to live the gospel while celebrating the generosity of God in Sacred liturgy.

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Holy - Sacred - Moments

podomatic.com Tuesday, Week 4 of Advent, December 22, 2020, Scripture: Luke 1:46-56

EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US: A reflection by Fr. Joe Scott, CSP
(The Photo is of Linus showing the only time ever he dropped his blanket while telling the Christmas story)

Like Linus, some of us could recite from memory Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus proclaimed at Christmas Midnight Mass. Matthew’s version of Christmas is quietly slipped in among the weekday Scriptures(this year on December 18). It is highly unlikely that you will hear Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus on Christmas or on any Sunday this year!

That’s a shame. Bearing the name Joseph, I like this Scripture because it offers St. Joseph’s version of that momentous night. We learn that Joseph is “a righteous man” which means he observes the Law of Moses with care.

It’s good, and important, to realize that Mary and Joseph were not Catholics. They weren’t even Christians. They lived and died as devout Jews, as did the twelve apostles, and the vast majority of the community out of which Matthew’s gospel was written. It is not a slight to Christmas to wish our Jewish neighbors a Happy Chanukah--it’s fitting. Jesus, Mary and Joseph observed Chanukah and all the other Jewish feasts faithfully every year of their lives.

The key words in Matthew’s Nativity account are provided by the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, the maiden shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel.” Matthew comments “which means God with us.” He knows that some Gentiles are beginning to join his community and he wants to be sure they understand this most important of messages.

In Psalm 22, David is speaking to the God of hosts when he prays: “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are at my side.” Today we understand Jesus to be this Good Shepherd who walks with us in prayer and in sacrament.

I once heard an Anglican missionary speak of a Goliath he had faced when pastor of a church in a village near Beirut.

There weren’t many Christians in this town and one night the door of his church was spray painted the words of a death threat. News travels fast in a small village and everyone knew this stranger in strange town was under threat. The next day, the most powerful man in the neighborhood invited the pastor to lunch. He chose a restaurant that was outside, on the town square, in full view of everyone. This part of the world one never breaks bread with a person who is not one’s friend. From that afternoon to the day he left for a new church in another place, neither the pastor nor his congregation were ever again threatened or harmed.

What does it mean to have “God with us?” The shepherd boy David knew that this meant when he faced the mighty giant Goliath armed with only a slingshot. His true weapon was his prayer.

We experience the Lord’s presence whenever we read the Scriptures or receive the Eucharist. If we are faithful to these, there is a true sense in which the God who is love is being born in us. We are all infants in our faith, but we grow our hearts open to give more and receive the love offered to us we will grow into Christmas and grow into Christ. Such is the reality of Emmanuel.


4th Sunday of Advent, 12/20/2020 Old St Mary's Cathedral, SF

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A Time for Unveiling

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4th Sunday of Advent, 12/20/2020 Old St Mary's Cathedral, SF

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God is My Strength

podomatic.com Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020, Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

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Giving Birth to the Word

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How Well do you Let Go?

podomatic.com Wednesday Week 3 in Advent, December 15, 2020, Scripture: Luke 7:19-23

A Reflection by Fr. Joe Scott, CSP

Advent has always been my favorite season of the Church year--but I will admit that I’ve been most drawn to the comfort evoked by the season—the haunting quiet of the hymn “O Come, Emmanuel”, the candlelight, the evergreen. This year I’ve come to realize that I’ve never truly understood what Advent is all about, because I’ve never had to “mourn in lonely exile here.”

We have it pretty good as Catholics, most of the time.

Despite what we hear, the Catholic church has never been persecuted in the United States. Sure, we’ve had to cope with rabble-rousers and malevolent graffiti artists over time. But we’ve never had the massive forces of a government targeting our freedoms as Christians in China have endured.

As a white middle class Catholic living in the United States, my life is comfortable and largely unchallenged. I’ve seldom felt the yearning, the homelessness, conveyed by “mourn in lonely exile.”

This year is different. Most of us aren’t going home. We won’t observe Christmas with, or even be close enough to hug, those we love. We fear getting sick. We fear that our parents or grandparents or children will get sick. Even our seasonal caring for others, the pleasure of cooking dinner at a homeless center or dropping by with a special gift for our elderly neighbor--we can’t do this year. At least not in the old way. December may fail to summon that warm, generous feeling that always seems to accompany Advent.

Where do we find hope in this season meant to call attention to our hope in the One who is to come? How can we claim the joy that Gaudete Sunday seems to promise?

I’ve been reading about the Reconstruction lately, that sparsely recorded period of fifty or more years following the American Civil War. In 1865, the newly freed slaves had reason to hope that a new life was beginning for them. First, they had achieved the right to vote. Just as significant was the promise of economic opportunity. They had a justifiable hope that they might finally prosper from the results of their own hard labor.

White supremacists in the formerly Confederate States worked with a persistent single focus expressed in hateful violence to eliminate these rights for the newly freed people. Any time an enterprising young man or woman tried to open a business and dared to hope that it might succeed, that storefront would be burned to the ground. Be stubborn and try to re-open, and you were killed. The gun and the lynching rope were the gods white leaders worshiped. Even the white churches, yes, even the white CATHOLIC churches, quietly bowed down before these evil gods.

Sorry to say, I always felt uncomfortable with the exuberant, body-shaking song we call Black Gospel music. I’ve been too much of a Boston Irish Catholic to appreciate having that much fun in church! I’ve come more to appreciate how much Black Gospel is at the core of what Jesus is about.

Some of the old time Spirituals can bring us vividly into the yearning of Advent exile: “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long, long way from home.”

Yet Gospel music also taught a people how to be hopeful and even joyful when there is nothing at all to be hopeful or joyful about. The trick lies in imagining not one’s trials, but rather the wonder of the Word made Flesh: “Go tell it on the Mountain, over the hills and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, Jesus Christ is born!”

It’s no surprise that when the civil rights movement finally regained the vote for Black Americans in 1865, it marched to the tune of Black Gospel! This music, whether sung in Church or out in the streets, became a force for transforming the long chain of hopelessness into an energizing Spirit of hope. Dancing with joy might be the most effective protest of all. With my feet and shoulders I’m claiming that my life is God-blessed, no matter what my enemies say or do! Isn’t that “what Jesus did?”

This week I received a Christmas card with an image of the Holy Family gathered around the manger, all wearing Covid 19 inspired masks. Shepherds, magi, even the angels, even the baby Jesus wearing masks! Humor often provides a way of coping with even the most dire of troubles. This image shows God present in the fragile flesh of a holy infant, vulnerable even to a virus that besets us all.

That’s Advent! That’s Christmas--a God small enough to bed down with us in the coldest of our nights shines forth a God great enough to deliver us from evil. This is the source of our hope, and the worthiness of our joy!


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podomatic.com Monday, Week 3 in Advent, December 14, 2020, Scripture: Matthew 21:23-27

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podomatic.com Third Sunday in Advent, December 13, 2020, Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11, John 1:6-8,19-28

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podomatic.com Thursday, Week 2 of Advent, December 10, 2020, Scripture: Isaiah 41:13-20, Matthew 11:11-15


Imprisoned in Advent

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Giving Birth to Christ

podomatic.com Tuesday, Advent Week 2, December 8, 2020, Scripture

A Revlection by Fr. Joe Scott, CSP

This year the Second Sunday of Advent is also the Feast of St. Nicholas(December 6). This means that Santa Claus and St. John the Baptist are put into relationship with each other.

Santa Claus and John. What might these two icons of Advent have to say to one another?

Can you imagine John the Baptist in red? Not likely! One wears ermine, the other camel’s hair. Santa Claus nibbles on cookies and warm milk, John on locusts and wild honey. Santa Claus meets us with a jolly “ho, ho, ho” while John assaults us with “you brood of vipers.” Strange companions indeed!

Santa Claus, from the time he began as St. Nicholas, is all about graciousness and generosity and feasting and the giving of gifts, preferably without the giver being seen. But John the Baptist may have given us the greatest gift of all.

John the Baptist is the only figure in scriptures apart from Jesus who has his own nativity story and his own passion story. He precedes Jesus in his birth, in his teaching(especially noted in Luke’s gospel) and in his dying the death of a prophet who speaks inconvenient truth to the powerful. The Advent gospels remind us that we can’t get to Christmas without going through John the Baptist(twice, on the Second and Third Sundays of Advent).

The early Christians found great meaning in the story of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. When they first met, Elijah was the teacher and Elisha his student. But when Elijah ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire, his disciple Elisha received a “double portion of his Spirit.” That meant the latter could perform even more spectacular miracles than his mentor to whom he had bidden farewell.

Just as Elisha became much greater than Elijah, the early Christians reasoned, Jesus was much greater than the prophet who baptized him. And John the Baptist had the honesty and the generosity to realize the truth of that.

The synoptic gospels share three examples of John the Baptist bringing the gift of Jesus. First, as a baby in his mother’s womb he stirs that womb with a joyful leap, prophesying that Jesus will be a joyful, hopeful prophet in the model of Isaiah. In addition the Baptist’s teaching about justice prepares gospel readers for Jesus’ prophetic action in healing the blind and welcoming the forsaken to eat with him at his table. Finally, the death of John under the orders of Herod Antipas predicts Jesus’ crucifixion under the authority of Pontius Pilate.

The gospel of John understands the Baptist to be the first evangelist. He announces Jesus as the Lamb of God and encourages his disciples to follow this authentic bearer of the good news. As with many missionaries, John’s gift was to point the way to Jesus and then step aside so the Lord’s mission could be fulfilled. So it is fitting on the feast of St. Nicholas to celebrate the great Advent gift of John--which is Jesus, our Christmas morning for all time!

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Friday, Advent week 1, December 4, 2020, Scripture: Isaiah 29:17-24, Matthew 9:27-31

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