I share with you this reflection:
My favorite religion teacher in grammar school would often use everyday items to explain a term particularly difficult for us to grasp. When it came to describing the reality of the Holy Trinity, we were all surprised to see her hold up a banana at the front of the room. She peeled back the skin of the banana and sliced a half-inch thick piece from the center of the banana. She began to slowly roll the slice back and forth between her fingers and our eyes nearly popped out of our heads when the one slice seemed to separate magically into three equal sections. She said, “Each section is still a banana, yet each is distinctly taken from the whole banana.” There was something about this that made sense to each of us, as we struggled to figure out exactly how the Trinity “worked”—three persons in one God. I remember quite clearly running home that day and trying the exercise on a banana on our kitchen counter. I sliced that banana into about ten pieces and each time I rolled a slice back and forth in my fingers, behold, three distinct equal sections fell into my hand.
This image has remained with me and reenters my consciousness each time the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Each year we stand before this mystery. Some of us try to wrap our brains around it. Others simply let the liturgical celebration pass us by. Perhaps this feast is calling us to do something that we normally don’t do in this world of ours, which is so full of the practical. This day could simply be calling us to stand in awe at the presence and power of God. Today is the day to be reminded that ours is an awesome God, who, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, created us, redeemed us, and continues to break into our lives in surprising and mysterious ways.
Blessings, Fr. Mike
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The word mercy, Pope Francis declared in his announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity” (Misericordiae Vultus, 2). For mercy is how God comes to meet us; mercy is the fundamental law helping us recognize everyone as brothers and sisters; mercy is the bridge connecting God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
God’s self-revelation as a life-giving, love-sharing Trinity of Persons draws us closer to God in friendship and communion. Both Judaism and Islam consider mercy one of God’s most important attributes. Israel unceasingly proclaims God boundless in mercy. Islam addresses the Creator as “Merciful and Kind,” believing divine mercy limitless, its doors always open. May this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis prays, open us to more fervent dialogue, deepen our mutual understanding, eliminate all closed-minded disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.
Fashions in Bloom
St. Gerard Women’s Club invites you to their Salad Bar th Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, June 11 at the gym from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch, salad bar and cheesecake for dessert at 12:00 noon. Price is $15 and we will be featuring fashions from Drapers & Damon of Walnut Creek. There will also be door prizes and bag raffle. For ticket reservations call Susan Bieschke at 510/276- 7239.
If you have used personalized Sunday envelopes for your offerings at Mass, and have not picked them up they are still available in the Rectory Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thank you to those who have already done this.
CLARIFICATION ABOUT SUNDAY ENVELOPES
Receiving the personalized envelopes is not automatic, nor is it mandatory. You have to request it, even if you are a registered parishioner.
Requesting is easy to do. Please go to the Rectory and fill out a one -page form. You will be given a box of regular Sunday envelopes. Your information will be added to next year’s list, and you will receive your personalized envelopes the following year. Envelopes are ordered in September for the following year.
Thank you for your continued patience and on-going support
The Finance Committee
Be here Friday, May 27, 2016 In St. John’s Gym Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m.
Come out and enjoy good fun, good food, and great company!
St. John Catholic School is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Please visit our school to see how a quality Catholic education at St. John Catholic School can be possible for your children. Please call 276-6632 or visit the school office M-F, 8 a.m. - 3 P.M.
St. John Catholic School Students of the Month:
PK: Skylar Gibbons and Matthew Nguyen.
K: Alyvia Parker
1 st grade: Elijah Garcia
2nd grade: Ayana Wilmot
3rd grade:Aaron Lopez
4 th grade: Jerry Morales
5 th grade: John Casarotti
6 th grade: Bianca Osterdock
7 th grade: Jaycen “Lorenzo” Souto
8 th grade: Marshall Broadus
Each month we celebrate our students for outstanding achievement in our Student Learning expectations. Congratulations!
Family photography has been completed. The back of the book directory will contain the names, addresses and phone numbers of those who have their pictures in the book.
If you do not want your address or phone number in the directory, you must call to have it omitted!
Call Mary at 510/278-5315
Good News! Many have seen the bricks on display and wish to purchase one. If you are interested in purchasing a brick, please contact Larry Pitzen in the parish office at 510/351- 5050.