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Trying to get my friend Milt access to the study this evening, but the zoom link on the web page is an image, not clickable, so you'd have to enter every character by hand. Does anyone have the meeting link as clickable text?
Stop taking Believers post down - what is going on? I will pray the Rosary for the Old St Mary's Cathedrals priest now.
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.
Our own Milt Commons was featured in today's SF Chronicle. He taught both me and my son how to be acolytes.

Just finished our second virtual coffee hour on Zoom. Want to join us? Next Sunday at 9:30am (Pacific time).
I’ll post the information to join us later in the week. Hope to see you next Sunday.
Is there any way you'd be willing to start ringing your bells at 6:55pm on Tuesday, March 31st?
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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:
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Archdiocese of San Francisco
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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
http://smcsf.org/event/concerns-about-coronavirus/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LRViRNJeX0

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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.

Operating as usual

09/18/2021

Happy Hour, tomorrow at 4:00--See you there
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The tiny town that became a beacon of hope on 9/11 | 60 Minutes Australia 09/16/2021

The tiny town that became a beacon of hope on 9/11 | 60 Minutes Australia

If you need a lift in spirit watch this. Aired on 60 Minutes - Australia...

The tiny town that became a beacon of hope on 9/11 | 60 Minutes Australia Subscribe here: http://9Soci.al/chmP50wA97J Full Episodes: https://9now.app.link/uNP4qBkmN6 | The Plane People (2021)The 20th anniversary of the September 11...

09/15/2021

Reminder--Bible Study, tomorrow at 5:00. See you there. Reading attached.
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Reminder--Bible Study, tomorrow at 5:00. See you there. Reading attached.
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09/14/2021

Košice- Meeting with young people

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross 09/13/2021

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2021, Scripture: John 3:13-17...

09/13/2021

TOP FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MARK’S GOSPEL: BY PAULIST FATHER JOE SCOTT

We’ve been listening to Mark’s gospel, off and on, since last December. We have two months more, until December brings Advent. Here are some tips to help us appreciate the uniqueness and value of this special gospel.

It’s the shortest gospel. It’s so short that during the summer months we switched to the readings about the Bread of Life in John’s gospel. Mark contains so few chapters that we can do this and still include every bit of Mark by the end of the liturgical year.

It’s the first gospel written. Mark is believed to have been composed around the year 70, about 40 years after the time of Jesus. The other three gospels were written at a later date. St. Paul never read any of the four gospels(that’s why he never quotes from one). He was martyred around the year 64. Does Mark ever quote from Paul? We don’t know, but Paul has the first account of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper (I Corinthians: 11:23-27. Mark’s account is quite similar. Did he get his from Paul, or from another source?

The gospels of Matthew and Luke use Mark’s gospel as their main source. In many places it’s almost a word for word transmission. Matthew and Luke also used a second source in common which scholars call “Q.” Matthew and Luke seem more free to adapt “Q” than they do Mark. So there is quite a bit of variation in their use of this second source. Clearly they already regarded Mark as “gospel”, not to be tampered with.

No one knows exactly where Mark’s gospel was written. Some guess Rome because that city had recently(the year 64) been the location of the Emperor Nero’s horrific persecution against the Christians, and Mark stresses preparation for the persecutions followers of the gospel will have to undergo.

Mark’s gospel illuminates the humanity of Jesus. In this gospel Jesus expresses intense emotions, including anger and frustration at his disciples, and fear and anxiety in the face of suffering. This is a good scripture to turn to when we are feeling lonely or vulnerable or under attack or facing overwhelming stress. We have an instinct that Jesus will understand us--because he’s been there!

TOP FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MARK’S GOSPEL: BY PAULIST FATHER JOE SCOTT

We’ve been listening to Mark’s gospel, off and on, since last December. We have two months more, until December brings Advent. Here are some tips to help us appreciate the uniqueness and value of this special gospel.

It’s the shortest gospel. It’s so short that during the summer months we switched to the readings about the Bread of Life in John’s gospel. Mark contains so few chapters that we can do this and still include every bit of Mark by the end of the liturgical year.

It’s the first gospel written. Mark is believed to have been composed around the year 70, about 40 years after the time of Jesus. The other three gospels were written at a later date. St. Paul never read any of the four gospels(that’s why he never quotes from one). He was martyred around the year 64. Does Mark ever quote from Paul? We don’t know, but Paul has the first account of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper (I Corinthians: 11:23-27. Mark’s account is quite similar. Did he get his from Paul, or from another source?

The gospels of Matthew and Luke use Mark’s gospel as their main source. In many places it’s almost a word for word transmission. Matthew and Luke also used a second source in common which scholars call “Q.” Matthew and Luke seem more free to adapt “Q” than they do Mark. So there is quite a bit of variation in their use of this second source. Clearly they already regarded Mark as “gospel”, not to be tampered with.

No one knows exactly where Mark’s gospel was written. Some guess Rome because that city had recently(the year 64) been the location of the Emperor Nero’s horrific persecution against the Christians, and Mark stresses preparation for the persecutions followers of the gospel will have to undergo.

Mark’s gospel illuminates the humanity of Jesus. In this gospel Jesus expresses intense emotions, including anger and frustration at his disciples, and fear and anxiety in the face of suffering. This is a good scripture to turn to when we are feeling lonely or vulnerable or under attack or facing overwhelming stress. We have an instinct that Jesus will understand us--because he’s been there!

[09/11/21]   Today we have some bad news, some good news and an announcement.
First, the bad news. Due to concerns about Covid we will not be having the pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 26th. Sorry about that.
Second, the good news. Covid will not stop the celebration for my birthday and my retirement on the 26th. So you won't have pancakes, there still will be cake and a good time. See you then.
Third, the announcement. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption here in SF. There will be a special exhibit of art and historical memorabilia at the Cathedral form Oct. 1-5. Admission is free.
Thanks for all you do for us
Fr. Tom

09/11/2021

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Full Documentary: Gander's Ripple Effect: How a Small Town's Kindness Opened on Broadway 09/11/2021

Full Documentary: Gander's Ripple Effect: How a Small Town's Kindness Opened on Broadway

Prayerfully remembering 9/11, Below is an incredible uplifting account - of what the best in us can achieve.

Full Documentary: Gander's Ripple Effect: How a Small Town's Kindness Opened on Broadway The CBC doc that explores how Gander Newfoundland took in 7,000 stranded passengers during 9/11 and inspired the Broadway hit musical "Come From Away". »»» ...

09/10/2021
Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops' document on the Eucharist 09/09/2021

Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops' document on the Eucharist

Excellent article on the Eucharist...

Six suggestions for the Catholic bishops' document on the Eucharist The U.S. bishops are working on a document on the Eucharist, which could be very helpful if they do it right. The chances are slim. The origi...

09/08/2021

Fr. Tom Tavella is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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The Quest for Happiness 09/08/2021

The Quest for Happiness

The Quest for Happiness September 8, 2021

09/07/2021

THE CHURCH IS OPEN:
The church is closed on Mondays.
Tuesday - Friday the church is open 10:00am-4:00pm
Daily mass is Tuesday- Friday at 12:05
Saturday the church is open 12:15-6:15
Weekend Mass is at 5:00 on Saturday
Sunday the church is open 8:15am-11:45am
Masses are at 9:00 & 11:00am

THE CHURCH IS OPEN:
The church is closed on Mondays.
Tuesday - Friday the church is open 10:00am-4:00pm
Daily mass is Tuesday- Friday at 12:05
Saturday the church is open 12:15-6:15
Weekend Mass is at 5:00 on Saturday
Sunday the church is open 8:15am-11:45am
Masses are at 9:00 & 11:00am

09/06/2021
Co-Creating in the Divine Image 09/06/2021

Co-Creating in the Divine Image

Co-Creating in the Divine Image Tuesday - September 7, 2021

09/06/2021

SAVE THE DATE-On Sunday September 26, we will have our first pancake breakfast in almost two years. We used to have them regularly, but the pandemic got in the way. We are starting them again. So join us on the 26th after the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses down in the auditorium (roughly from 10:00am-12:30pm).

SAVE THE DATE-On Sunday September 26, we will have our first pancake breakfast in almost two years. We used to have them regularly, but the pandemic got in the way. We are starting them again. So join us on the 26th after the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses down in the auditorium (roughly from 10:00am-12:30pm).

Photos from Paulist Fathers's post 09/05/2021

Photos from Paulist Fathers's post

09/05/2021

“SHINE ON, SHINE ON HARVEST MOON” A RFFLECTION ON THE AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL by Paulist Father Joe Scott

The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn moon since the Shang dynasty a long, long time ago.

About such things there is always a story. “The Handbook of Chinese Mythology” tells of an ambitious archer named Hou Yi who, with his great skill, shot out nine of the ten suns, leaving only one for light. His people were so impressed by this that they made him King. But he turned out to be a cruel tyrant, caring for no one but himself.

When he sought out a potion that would make him immortal, his wife Chang’e stole it, for she did not want her husband to inflect his cruelty on the people forever. She drank the potion herself, and fled to the moon where she would become its immortal Spirit. Thereafter, people offered sacrifices to the moon every autumn to commemorate Chang’e’s action. The name of this Festival in Cantonese is Jung-chau Jit.

Like the Lunar New Year, the Autumn Moon Festival is a fun time to celebrate the great gift we San Franciscans and Americana have received in the Chinese people, in fact, all Asian people. Every day we benefit from the gift of Asian American doctors, teachers business folk and political leaders. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral would simply not exist without all that our Chinese parishioners have contributed.

We Catholics don’t worship the moon as a god or goddess. But we can respect and even enjoy the moon as one of the mysterious delights of God’s creation. St. Francis of Assisi had a wise insight when he spoke of his (and our} relationship to “Brother Sun and Sister Moon.”

They are a bit different. The sun is direct light. We depend on the sun to live, but we don’t have much fun with the sun. It’s true, we can bask in the warmth of the sun in leisure moments, but we have to be very careful of sunburn or skin cancer. We can’t stare directly at the sun either. We can actually visit the moon---a privileged few have---but we can never dream of walking on the surface of the sun.

It may be that we most enjoy the light of the sun when we are looking at the moon. The moon has no light of its own. It’s completely dark. Moonlight is the sun’s light reflecting of the moon’s surface. But in a way, the moon charms the light of the sun, making it both softer and warmer for us. We don’t think of the sun as being romantic. That’s the task of the moon.

As St. Francis of Assisi reminds us, the moon can evoke in our spirits the feminine created in each of us, a “Sister” who seeks love, not war.

When Jesus says to his disciples, “you are the light of the world”, he’s talking about reflected light. The unvarnished Glory of God may be too much for us to behold. Saul about to become Paul was blinded by it.

Jesus came to earth to reflect God’s glory in the gleam of a kind eye and in the touch of a warm hand. It’s not so scary for us, and probably more effective.

That’s our mission too, to share God’s love not in the manner of the intense sun but like peaceful moonlight shining in the darkness.

So enjoy the moon cakes and dragons and all the fun of the Autumn Moon Festival September 11-13. Perhaps these festivities can remind us of Jesus’ invitation to be a light to the world, a light the darkness cannot overcome.

“SHINE ON, SHINE ON HARVEST MOON” A RFFLECTION ON THE AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL by Paulist Father Joe Scott

The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn moon since the Shang dynasty a long, long time ago.

About such things there is always a story. “The Handbook of Chinese Mythology” tells of an ambitious archer named Hou Yi who, with his great skill, shot out nine of the ten suns, leaving only one for light. His people were so impressed by this that they made him King. But he turned out to be a cruel tyrant, caring for no one but himself.

When he sought out a potion that would make him immortal, his wife Chang’e stole it, for she did not want her husband to inflect his cruelty on the people forever. She drank the potion herself, and fled to the moon where she would become its immortal Spirit. Thereafter, people offered sacrifices to the moon every autumn to commemorate Chang’e’s action. The name of this Festival in Cantonese is Jung-chau Jit.

Like the Lunar New Year, the Autumn Moon Festival is a fun time to celebrate the great gift we San Franciscans and Americana have received in the Chinese people, in fact, all Asian people. Every day we benefit from the gift of Asian American doctors, teachers business folk and political leaders. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral would simply not exist without all that our Chinese parishioners have contributed.

We Catholics don’t worship the moon as a god or goddess. But we can respect and even enjoy the moon as one of the mysterious delights of God’s creation. St. Francis of Assisi had a wise insight when he spoke of his (and our} relationship to “Brother Sun and Sister Moon.”

They are a bit different. The sun is direct light. We depend on the sun to live, but we don’t have much fun with the sun. It’s true, we can bask in the warmth of the sun in leisure moments, but we have to be very careful of sunburn or skin cancer. We can’t stare directly at the sun either. We can actually visit the moon---a privileged few have---but we can never dream of walking on the surface of the sun.

It may be that we most enjoy the light of the sun when we are looking at the moon. The moon has no light of its own. It’s completely dark. Moonlight is the sun’s light reflecting of the moon’s surface. But in a way, the moon charms the light of the sun, making it both softer and warmer for us. We don’t think of the sun as being romantic. That’s the task of the moon.

As St. Francis of Assisi reminds us, the moon can evoke in our spirits the feminine created in each of us, a “Sister” who seeks love, not war.

When Jesus says to his disciples, “you are the light of the world”, he’s talking about reflected light. The unvarnished Glory of God may be too much for us to behold. Saul about to become Paul was blinded by it.

Jesus came to earth to reflect God’s glory in the gleam of a kind eye and in the touch of a warm hand. It’s not so scary for us, and probably more effective.

That’s our mission too, to share God’s love not in the manner of the intense sun but like peaceful moonlight shining in the darkness.

So enjoy the moon cakes and dragons and all the fun of the Autumn Moon Festival September 11-13. Perhaps these festivities can remind us of Jesus’ invitation to be a light to the world, a light the darkness cannot overcome.

How God Comes Among US 09/04/2021

How God Comes Among US

How God Comes Among US 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 5, 2021, Scripture:Isaiah 35:4-7, Mark 7:31-37

09/04/2021

Reminder--Happy Hour, tomorrow, September 4 at 4:00PM. See you there
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Tom Tavella is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Reminder--Happy Hour, tomorrow, September 4 at 4:00PM. See you there
Fr. T.
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A Micro Moment with Father Michael
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San Francisco, CA
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Masses: Weekdays: 7:30AM, 12:05PM Saturday: 12:05PM, 5PM Vigil Sunday Masses: 8:00AM 9:15AM (Contemporary Music) 10:15AM (Chinese Mass) 11:15AM (Choir Mass) Holy Days: 7:30AM; 12:05PM; 5:15PM Confession: Monday and Wednesday-Saturday: after 12:05PM Mass Saturday: 4:00-4:30PM Or by appointment anytime
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