From The Pastor
The first greeting of the Risen Lord on Easter Morning was, “Peace be with you.” Every time we come to Mass, we offer each other the sign of peace. Yet, we hear in the Gospel this weekend, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division."
Jesus appears no longer the bringer of peace or a peacemaker.
Jesus does not accept peace at any price. As his followers, we have to make choices in the light of Christ. These choices can sometimes put us in conflict with the people around us. Jesus had to go through the agony of decision-making in the garden of whether he would accept his baptism of death and resurrection or walk away from the struggle. He demands the same of us.
To follow Jesus Christ is not a stroll in the park, it is not all sweetness and light. It demands commitment and following Jesus on that rocky road to Jerusalem. The Gospel is forcing us to face the fact that if we are followers of Jesus, conflict and division are unavoidable. He never promised us a journey without the cross.
This gospel calls us to stand up and be counted. If we accept Jesus we will be rejected and ridiculed by others, maybe even by family and friends. As the Christian writer C.S Lewis said, “If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
– Fr. Joe
- The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) helps adults explore the Catholic faith, with the goal of becoming full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The RCIA process is about growth and change so that we can live more fully in relationship with God and each other. Participation in RCIA leads to receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. RCIA classes are held weekly, and begin in September. Anyone who is considering RCIA should call the St Dunstan Parish Office to register his or her interest.
- The St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Dunstan is having an informational meeting on Tuesday August 20, 6:00-7:00pm. Come by our pantry, meet our members, share some wine and cheese and learn more about what we do in our parish. The pantry is accessed from the driveway on the north side of the convent.
- On Sunday, August 18th, members from the Religious Education Program will be outside the 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30am Masses with registration packages and to answer any questions you have regarding faith formation. We encourage you to register your child early.
- SPECIAL CALL FOR ARTISTS!
St. Dunstan’s Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019. If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining a space to sell their crafts, please contact Ann at the Parish Office for more information at 650-697-4730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the Parish website.
- St. Dunstan School will be back in session on Wednesday, August 21. We welcome back our students and their families, and our faculty and staff.