San Carlos Cathedral Parish welcomes Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, our newly appointed Apostolic Administrator to our diocese and to the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, the Royal Presidio Chapel. We look forward to welcoming him in person soon.
In his letter from jail, St Paul tells the Ephesians to spiritually shape us: the first two virtues he mentions are humility and gentleness. Being asked to write an article on Bishop Garcia for this weekend, I feel like the 2nd Reading gives me a perfect introduction.
When the clergy had our first meeting with Bishop Rich in the parish hall at Spreckles, we learned two things right off the bat. He revealed that he was deaf in one ear as a result of brain surgery. From then on I would always note the gentle nod of his head to facilitate hearing. And then he told us he was son of an alcoholic. Being one myself, I appreciated his candor. He didn’t have to tell us that but I sense he was trying, from day one, to form a bond with us by being transparent.
I appreciated that Rich was obviously a person of affection and devotion. Mention of his all enveloping bear hugs raised a knowing laugh during the superb funeral homily. But Bishop’s devotion led him to often kiss religious icons (sometimes also kissing his fingertips and touching a statue) or to stand facing the tabernacle till the Blessed Sacrament was reposed after Holy Communion. He amazed people who’d met him years ago by warmly greeting them by their first name.
I have a good friend, a convert, who often accompanied the Bishop in his ministry to farm workers; he wanted someone along for the ride so they could just talk. He had a special place in his heart for the incarcerated as well, going to Soledad Prison especially during the holidays. One of his gifts wherever he was was the ability to preach in both Spanish and English, using his ever present yellow note pad.
Before he had to stop working, we both had an encounter in the rectory where Fr Emil was preparing a room for him to rest during the workday at the Pastoral Office. He came to my quarters and I could see he was weary, confused and sad. Though the diagnosis of his last illness confuses me, it was apparent from our conversation he was in distress. Other words of St Paul now come to mind as I reflect on the last part of his life: ‘carrying about in the body the sufferings of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus might be revealed’ (2 Cor. 4:10). That underlines not only the last days of Bishop Garcia’s life but all the decades of love and service that preceded them. I trust in Rich’s continuing ministry, his loving prayers for all of us he all too soon has left behind.
Rev. Patrick Dooling
San Carlos Cathedral and San Carlos School invite you to attend three special dinners as we are raising funds towards repairing our school play field. These dinners will take place in our cathedral hall. Tickets are $35/adult and $15/children and can be purchased after weekend Masses as well as from the cathedral and school office.
Our first dinner will occur on Friday, April 27 at 6pm. It is an ITALIAN DINNER and the menu is: Italian breaded N.Y. steak with gnocchi pomodoro; medley of squash and eggplant; Italian chopped salad; ICF famous garlic bread and dessert. Beer and wine will be available.
Please join us for a delicious dinner supporting our school.
Special thanks to the Italian Catholic Federation for offering to help with this endeavor, especially our chef, Peter John Curatolo!!! Thank you to all volunteers everyone who make this event possible!
Mark your calendars for the remaining dinners:
- May 18 – 6pm – Mexican/Hispanic dinner
- June 22 – 6pm – Filipino dinner
It will be a joy and an honor to have you here for such a worthy cause.
We do accept donations towards this purpose even if you cannot attend these three events. Thank you. All proceeds will go towards our Track & Field Project.
Fr. Emil is known for writing detailed financial reports with explanations for income and expenses. One of his signatures as a pastor in his previous parishes was financial transparency and his letters would contain more than 10 pages. He would like to have the email addresses of each parishioner/family not only for financial reports but also for special and important announcements. Your email will remain confidential since emails will be sent only as blind copies.
To be included in Fr. Emil’s announcements, please complete the “Parish Registration” form. Please consider helping us in this endeavor.
Please join us as we celebrate Fr. Peter and his 12 years as Pastor of our beloved parish and wish him well in his new position at the Diocese!
Join us for an OPEN HOUSE
Sunday – August 14
from 2 to 4 PM in Cathedral Hall
Come celebrate the Feast Day of our founder, Saint Junipero Serra on July I, 2016 with another walking pilgrimage from San Carlos Cathedral to the Carmel Mission Basilica. We will once again gather on the steps in front of the Cathedral on Friday July 1 at 8:00 am and depart promptly at 8:30AM, stopping along the way for some time to reflect. We plan to arrive at the Carmel Mission around 11:30AM and then celebrate with a Mass in the Basilica in honor of St. Serra at Noon.
You must be able to complete a 3 hour hike over various terrains, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You must also sign up for this pilgrimage by calling Claudia Larraza at 373-2628, ext. 33 or by emailing her by Tuesday June 28. Please provide your name, cell phone number, emergency contact name with their best possible daytime contact number.
- Must be able to walk 3 hours and approximately 5 miles of up and down terrain, both paved and unpaved, with no bathroom facilities along the way.
- You will need to have planned transportation back to San Carlos Cathedral from the Carmel Mission.
- Children under 14 need to be accompanied by a parent.
- All participants will need to sign up for this pilgrimage with their name, cell phone number, and an emergency contact name and phone number.
- Please bring a light backpack, bottled water, light snack, sunscreen, and a hat. Wear brightly colored clothes and good, comfy shoes for walking.
The Pilgrimage: We will gather in front of San Carlos Cathedral at 8:00AM for instructions and a prayer before we depart promptly at 8:30AM.
The route: From the Cathedral we will go up Iris Canyon Rd. to Barnet Segal Lane to Viejo Rd. picking up the bike path to Aguajito Rd. to a hiking trail to an open field to Carpenter Street crossing Hwy 1 at Carpenter, to Lower Trail to Valley View to Lobos to 3rd to Hatton Road catching the Serra Trail at the Flanders Mansion to Rio Road. Please be aware that Poison Oak is present in a small section along the Pilgrimage.
We will stop along the route to pray and reflect. There will be 2 water stations along the route.
A Journey’s End: Arriving at the Carmel Mission we will gather in the courtyard in front of the Basilica for a little break and a light refreshment. Then at 12:00PM we will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Basilica. At the conclusion of Mass we will find our own pre-planned transportation back to San Carlos Cathedral and bid each other adios.
If you are physically unable to walk the Pilgrimage, please consider welcoming the Pilgrims as they arrive at Carmel Mission at 11:30 and join us for Mass at 12:00PM.
Join us for several upcoming events related to the canonization of Fr. Serra. There will be a presentation on Thursday, September 17, even prayer on Monday, a special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, concluding with a walking pilgrimage from San Carlos to the Carmel Mission on Saturday. See below for more information, and download the flyer by clicking the image to the right.
Thursday, September 17 • 7:00pm in San Carlos Cathedral Hall
A New Light On Junipero Serra: Fact and Fiction presented by
- Dr. Ruben Mendoza – Professor, Archeologist, Writer, and Photographer
- Gregory Orfalea – Author of Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California
Monday, September 21 • 7:00pm in San Carlos Cathedral
- Followed by a presentation on Fr. Serra by Tim McFadden, San Carlos Cathedral Docent
Wednesday, September 23 • 7:00pm in San Carlos Cathedral
A Mass of Thanksgiving — in honor of St. Junipero Serra’s Canonization
Saturday, September 26 • 8:00am
A Walking Pilgrimage
- from San Carlos Cathedral to the Carmel Mission Basilica (see details on back)
Dear Friends in Christ,
Earlier this summer, you read in a previous bulletin letter about plans for our parish to begin an additional Spanish/English weekend mass. As pastor realizing this need, this has been a part of my vision for this parish for years, and was confirmed through the parish planning pro- cess culminating with our Parish Summit in January 2013. This new, additional mass will be offered at 6pm on Saturdays.
San Carlos Cathedral Parish prides itself on being a welcoming family of faith. While we share hospitality with those who come to our parish, we must also look around to see which Catholics are not participating, and ask ourselves what may be keeping them away. Pope Francis would refer to this disposition of concern as the “New Evangelization.”
Just within our Religious Education program at least half of the chil- dren’s parent are primarily Spanish speaking. They often strive to do the best they can to utilize their limited English skills. They earnestly desire to have their families grow in faith by participating in parish life. Hopefully this additional mass with be a sign of welcome and a better opportunity for members of our parish to comprehend the mass and allow them to be better integrated into our parish family.
With the help of Fr Ommar Solis’ talents, our hope is to begin this new worship opportunity on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Please keep this endeavor in your prayers and help us spread the news of this new option for worship.
The Church, Christ’s Mystical Body, has many parts! Within its diver- sity comes much beauty. For over 200 years this parish has welcomed and ministered to people of a number of different cultures and lan- guages. May our parish keep growing in its hospitality and ministries to better reflect the universality of God’s family; many peoples, many cultures, many languages, yet all one in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Fr Peter Crivello
All around us, we see mixed messages and mass confusion about what it means to have been created male and female. We need to inform ourselves intellectually and spiritually, and this timely two day event will do both! This statewide conference, held Aug. 21-22, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, will be of interest to all who strive to fulfill God’s design in their lives and relationships, and those who minister to them: Catholic school and CCD teachers, Clergy, Parish staff and ministry teams (marriage prep, RCIA leaders and sponsors, youth ministers and team leaders, adult catechesis), Natural Family Planning users, teachers, and promoters, Respect Life advocates and yes—singles, engaged and married couples, and young adults!
When: Aug. 21-22, 2015
Where: St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco
For more info: www.canfp.org
Please welcome Maryknoll Missioner, Fr. Bill Boteler, M.M. to our parish on Sunday, July 26th. Maryknoll’s mission is to witness God’s Word among the peoples and cultures of foreign lands. Maryknollers share the Gospel, not in words alone, but in practical and concrete actions: by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless, comforting the oppressed. Maryknoll depends entirely on the interest, prayers and support of its friends. You will be invited to learn more about Maryknoll through the Maryknoll and Revisita Maryknoll magazines. (Maryknoll will not share your name, address, or telephone number with any other organization).
While at the parish, Fr. Bill will be happy to talk to any person who is interested in learning more about mission life or perhaps becoming an overseas missioner.