Pastor’s News Notes 5/14/2017

SPECIAL NOTE:  “Know Your Rights” –Parishioners respond.

I thought I would follow up my letter sent out to you last week regarding the Church’s actions being taken in the realm of shepherding immigrants and refugees.

Generally, response has been supportive and understanding, but a few observations that have come to me from you deserve sharing: (paraphrasing)

  • “Your letter, Monsignor, and that of the archbishop lack recognition of the main Issue—criminals need to be prevented from coming in and those criminals that are here need to leave!”
  • “I understand helping long-time good and contributing illegal residents and treating them with compassion, but there nevertheless needs to be clear consequences of their illegal status and requirements for their staying.”
  • “I can’t help but feel that the church is asking its members to be complicit in aiding illegal immigrants by showing them how to hide and avoid the law. That just isn’t right and will only exacerbate the problem.”
  • “Where can I get one of the cards? We love our housekeeper who has been part of our family for so many years.  Her papers may be in question and we would like to help her.”
  • “What the Church is doing is just wrong and I am so angry. The letters you sent just made me more angry.”
  • “President Trump is getting a bad wrap. He only wants to deport criminals, increase border security, keep criminals out.  He wants to work with congress to create a path to citizenship for illegal folks who are law-abiding.  The Church can work with him.”

Thank you for your heartfelt and passionate responses! They count and they matter. Thank you for trusting me to talk with me! Any historian will tell you that Christians have often found themselves in serious disagreement since Jesus rose and ascended into heaven.  Not even Pentecost solved this.  Know that I will continue to try and offer a forum of some kind based on your continued feedback and advice.  I will also share our journey with Archbishop Gomez and Bishop O’Connell.  Holy Spirit be our Guide!

Pastor’s News Notes 3/26/2017


On behalf of my family and from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU for the many expressions of condolence, offering of prayers, and support that you have sent our way at this time of losing my dear sister-in-law, Connie. It was most comforting to my nephews, Jeff and Brian, and the whole extended family to share that Fr. Bill’s parishioners and mine here at St. Rita were holding us up at Mass and in prayers of the faithful during these days. Connie’s holy and sacred remains were placed next to those of her husband, my brother Ron, after a beautiful celebration of the Holy Eucharist in thanksgiving for her life, at her parish of Holy Trinity in El Dorado Hills CA. God bless all of you for your goodness and kindness. Continue Reading

Pastor’s News Notes 2/19/2017

Our Pastoral Council had its monthly meeting on February 6th. Report: Our Chair, Maryann MacGillivray, has been guiding the Council through a discussion and review of St. Rita’s 2007 Pastoral Plan. Continue Reading