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Treasure from Our Tradition
Over time, the crisis of last illness and the way the faithful met death changed. In earliest times, a sickbed vigil was an occasion for the community to gather and strengthen the dying person with assurances of love. A thousand years ago, in part because of massive upheavals in society, a new emphasis on individual repentance captured the imagination of millions. Death was to be feared, because it was about judgment. The delights of heaven's banquet dimmed, since most people saw God's just judgment and inevitable punishment intervening. If a community gathered at all, it was not to express faith in the Resurrection, but to seek forgiveness for those who were powerless to help themselves. The dead couldn't improve their situation, but their loved ones, by expressing sorrow for sin, could. Better yet, the clergy could, if they intervened in a timely fashion, provide the absolution needed for everyone to relax. Ministry to the sick shifted away from a ministry of consolation toward a challenge to repent before it was too late.
As the sense grew that most people died with their work of repentance incomplete, the color black was reintroduced to funerals. It was the old pagan way of expressing despair. No wonder they call this time in history the "Dark Ages." Many layers have had to be peeled away to reveal the deepest, most positive expressions of our tradition of care for the dying.
Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
12-Day Pilgrimage to Italy
Fr. Ismael Gutierrez and Deacon Chuck Palomares Call Deacon Chuck on 925 939-0481 invite you to join them October 8-19, 2015 on a 12-day pilgrimage to Italy plus Paris
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St. Vincent de Paul
Most-Needed Food Items this Month: Spaghetti Sauce, Cheerios, Canned Peaches or Pears, Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soups, Canned Tuna, Canned Corn, Cooking Oil, Rice, Dried Pinto Beans, Saltine or Graham Crackers (or any nonperishable items you wish to donate.)
We regret that our food pantry can no longer accept random donations of used clothes, bedding, toys, etc. and suggest that you take clean, "gently used" clothing, etc. to any thrift store.
Food Pantry Hours: 9:30am –11:30am, Monday through Friday.
Please call 682-5811 for information regarding donations or to volunteer. Thank you for your ongoing support for our outreach program!