Thursday, April 30, 2009
Every Friday beginning June 5th we will be holding our Faith & Film Nights. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for the showing of a feature film (we'll provide the popcorn!), followed by a faith sharing on the themes and techniques used in telling the story. The first movie we'll preview is the powerful film, Romero, starring Raul Julio as Archbishop Oscar Romero. We'll blog more about this event as the date gets closer.
We also plan to have a Kid's Film Festival here in our Center on Saturdays, beginning June 6th, at 2:00 p.m. Please call or check the blog for more information.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We are nearing the end of the Year of St. Paul, so please mark your calendars and join us for what is sure to be a compelling presentation.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
As those of you who attended the first talk will remember, Sr. Germana's presentation was insightful and inspiring. Lectio Divina is an ancient prayer form that involves meditatively reading and praying with the scriptures. It enables the pray-er gradually to grow in the ability to allow God's Word to guide one's life. St. Gregory the Great said that the purpose of Lectio was "to know the heart of God through the Word of God."
The recent Synod of Bishops on the Word of God encouraged this practice of "sacred reading," and we are happy to announce that after Sr. Germana's talk, we will be extending the invitation to whoever wishes to join a special group that will meet twice a month for Lectio Divina. Please call us at the Book Center if you are interested in joining such a group, and keep an eye out for more information as plans develop.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As reported earlier on this blog, Holy Spirit recently completed construction of its new Valley Theater in the DeSousa House Religious Education and Social Activities Center. This theater, with a seating capacity for 135 people, might be the only movie theater within a Catholic Church complex in the nation. It has full THX surround- sound and Blu-Ray DVD capabilities within the beautiful acoustical room. This Friday's presentation is part of a series of Sunday Gospel movies based on the best-selling Pauline books by Sr. Rose Pacatte, Lights, Camera, Faith!
For more information, please contact Holy Spirit Church's Deacon Bill Drobick, Faith formation, at (510) 797-5395. The parish is located on
37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94536.
The presentation was based on Sr. Armanda's book, Facing the Apostle--Paul's Image in Art. As always, the talk was well received.
Friday, April 17, 2009
We will consider St. Paul, his life and legacy as one of the greatest missionaries of the early church. Using a docudrama co-produced by the Paulist Fathers and the History Channel with narration by Martin Sheen, we will follow in the footsteps of Paul of Tarsus, listen to theologians reflect on his success in spreading the Word, analyze his writings and shed light on the man to whom the survival of Christianity owes so much. The evening will conclude with conversation around the central themes outlined in the program, inviting suggestions on ways to imitate and honor Paul in this Jubilee Year of his birth and welcome his example of Christian Discipleship for our own times.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This year we've had two great new releases, both of which you can see (and listen to sample song selections) from her blog. The second album has just been released and should be available any day now. We're really excited about it, as it's the second in our series, Catholic Favorites. Some of my favorites: How Great Thou Art (which includes a duet that Sr. Julia Mary and I did for one of the verses), Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, and Holy Spirit Come and Shine. It's a beautiful album; hope you get a chance to enjoy it!
Oh, and be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video one of our sisters did during this recording project. It's also posted on Sr. Bridget's blog.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Just before coming to
These weeks have been a time for me to get to know the
Note from Sr. Donna: If you get a chance, please drop by the Center some time to welcome Sr. Kathleen back to the bay area!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- Holy Thursday, April 9:
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Good Friday, April 10:
- Holy Saturday, April 11:
Regular hours-- 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Easter Monday, April 13: Closed
- Regular hours (10:00 to 6:00) resume on Tuesday, April 14.
We wish all of you a most blessed Holy Week!
Monday, April 6, 2009
- The word of God
- Weekly/daily Eucharist
- Eucharistic devotion
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Spiritual friends.
By the way, Fr. Jerry recommended one of the books posted on our bookshelf: A New Heart by Bishop Robert Morneau, a good friend of Father's. We carry the book, and it is an excellent collection of reflections on the qualities of holiness. These qualities include purity, humility, love, faith, courage, joy, praise, gratitude, kindness, hospitality and hope. Morneau divides his eleven chapters into highly manageable, seven-day segments and provides reflections and actions for each quality. This is a gem of a book--certainly one to add to your own spiritual bookshelf!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We hope to see you this evening!