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Dear Parishioners:

It’s two mountaintop events we hear about today.  Abraham is on a “height” in the land of Moriah where God tests him by asking him to offer up his son Isaac as a holocaust.  Mark’s Gospel story has Jesus with Peter, James and John on a “high mountain” where he is transfigured before them.

We humans love mountains.  We can all name the highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain in the United States.  As a child growing up in Ireland, we all could name the highest mountain in Ireland, though as less than three and a half thousand feet, it is only a hill compared to Mount McKinley at over twenty thousand.

Hikers always remember the mountains they climb.  I’ve climbed some of the local mountains - Mt. Wilson, Mt. Lowe, Mt. Josephine, Mt. Disappointment etc.  And from the top of a mountain we see things differently.  No longer are we cramped claustrophobically by the stuff crowding us.  We see into the distance and beyond.  There is a big picture and we are just a tiny spot in it.  On our way to the top, we imagine what it will be like.  As we tire towards the end of the climb, we struggle, making ourselves push forward, one step after another, keeping our eye on the goal to get to the top.  Then, reaching the top is always worth it! 

Lent is a hike to a mountain top.  We have started the journey and we are committed to finish.  Already our prayer, fasting and almsgiving are changing us.  We are beginning to see into the distance and the path the Lord is calling us to follow.  Yes, let’s make it to the top, the Lord is there and joyfully then it’s all downhill.

We had many more pledges to the annual Together in Mission appeal last week.  Our goal is $119,700.00 and to reach it we need everyone’s pledge.  The poorer parishes and schools of our diocese depend on us.  A huge thank you to all who pledged, and a plea to those who have yet to do so. 

God bless you all,
Father McNamara


View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.


Coming up
@ St. B's

Fridays of Lent:
Meal at 6pm and Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm

Adult Faith Enrichment

Thursday March 5 @ 7:30pm: Lent with Fr. Martin

Thursday March 19 @ 7:30pm: Evangelization with Parker Sandoval

Bible Study Groups

Food Gathering:
March 14-15

Please bring your non-perishable items to benefit the Guadalupe Center food pantry.

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Prayer For Priestly Vocations
Prayed at the Ordination of
Fr. Eben McDonald and Fr. Nabor Rios
on June 3, 2012

Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood.
Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son.
Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.
We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.



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