"Courage, dearest daughter. You are now laid in spirit on the Altar, there to be offered in sacrifice and slain; nay, more, to be consumed as a holocaust in the sight of the living God."
- St. Francis de Sales, Letter to a Novice on the Occasion of her Profession
Summer has drawn to a close, school has begun, and the Sisters resume the steadiness of their regular apostolates after a summer of apostolic adventures in our Diocese and beyond.
In the spring, Sister Gardener launched into a fun endeavor: growing sunflowers! A basic rule of gardening is to plant a few more seeds than desired in the case that not all of them sprout. Much to Sister's surprise (and our enjoyment), all the seeds decided to sprout and blossom this summer!
Eucharistic Procession led by Cardinal Burke (Napa Institute Photo)
With grateful hearts we extend a hearty "thank you" to all who made our annual BBQ such a delightful day for God's glory. May God, who is never outdone in generosity, bless abundantly each of you - our generous hosts, dedicated Committee members and volunteers, families, and all who supported us by your prayers and presence.
Last Friday, the Diocese of Santa Rosa received the great blessing of two new deacons: Deacon John Plass and Deacon Thomas Stuart. We thank God for these men who have answered His call and pray that they may be truly men of God. The gratitude and awe evoked by the sight of these virtuous young men prostrate before God in humble supplication during the Litany of the Saints was surpassed only by that evoked when the Bishop silently laid his sacred and anointed hands on their heads, consecrating them to the clerical state. May God bless our new deacons with fidelity and perseverance!
O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.
Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.
Please join us Saturday, July 13, for our annual BBQ fundraiser!
There are few things that bring more joy in Community life than sharing in each other's joy. On the feast of Mary, Help of Christians, we collectively entered into the joy of Sister Mary Catherine of Mary, Mother of the Church and Sister Mary Emmanuel of Mary, Cause of Our Joy as they made their first profession of vows.