From The Pastor
We get a lot of junk mail at the parish office. Some are stamped “Time Sensitive” while others state “Handle with Care”. Sometimes when we order office supplies, the labeling on the outside has arrows pointing upwards which says “ This side up”.
I think we all come into this world with aspirations, hopes and dreams. We know life is short and are called to use the time and talents we have while we have the time. We all want to be treated with care and respect and our individuality acknowledge and appreciated. To be able to stand erect and not be worn down by oppression, poverty or hardship, is a hope born of love, that we are all entitled to, as children of God.
In the Gospel this weekend we hear of the Beatitudes. Jesus does not idealize poverty as a value to be sought for its own sake. He condemns it as unbefitting any child of God. Saints may be found among the poor and disadvantaged, but we don’t keep people poor and hungry and oppressed in order for some to become saints. Destitute poverty is not a christian virtue to be sought after.
Jesus challenges us to reverse the world where there is poverty, tears, rejection, and selfishness. In reaching out beyond ourselves we reach out to Christ. We become sensitive, caring and build up the body of Christ.
- Chinese Mass at St. Dunstan Church. You are cordially invited to the Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 17th at 4:00pm. A light dinner will be served after mass in the Convent.
- St. Dunstan Youth Ministry (SDYM) Service Project: Blessing Bags SDYM is beginning the process of preparing for our annual Winter Service Project: Assembling and delivering Blessing Bags to local homeless shelters. A Blessing Bag contains small items in a bag, to assist a homeless person with basic needs. We are asking our school and parish families to please support SDYM by donating any of the items listed below:
- Travel-sized toiletries, such as toothpaste, tissues, lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, sunscreen.
- Individually packaged food, such as granola or energy bars, pudding or fruit cups, crackers, nuts or trail mix, dried fruit, beef jerky, gum, mints or hard candy.
- Other essential items, such as toothbrushes, comb or small brush, Band-Aids, feminine products, lip balm, cotton swabs.
- Personal items such as new socks, mittens or gloves, knit cap/ beanie.
- ICF Anniversary Dinner! The Italian Catholic Federation is celebrating an Anniversary of 29 years at St. Dunstan on Sunday February 17, 2019. The festivities begin with a social at 4:00pm with a complete chicken marsala dinner at 5:00PM. All are welcomed. For reservations send check of $25 per person payable to ICF #403 to Eunice Danli, 4 Spring Valley Lane, Millbrae, CA 94030.
- Next weekend’s second collection will be for the Parish Maintenance & Development Fund.