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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pauline Faith & Film Nights

Are you interested in finding new ways to explore your faith and in seeing how core religious values are expressed in our communications culture? Then have we got the program for you!

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

Fr. Pettingill coming in May

PBM in Redwood City is excited to inform you that we will again host Fr. David Pettingill on Wednesday, May 20th, at 7:00 p.m. Father's next talk is titled Paul and His Friends and will explore some of the strong collaborative relationships Paul forged and which helped him in the promotion of the gospel of Jesus.

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

Sr. Germana's Next Talk on Lectio Divina

We are pleased to inform you that Sr. Germana's second talk on Lectio Divina has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 6th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. here in our Pauline Center.

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

Holy Spirit Parish Film Night

Hi, everyone. This Friday, April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. we will be facilitating a Faith and Film Night at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont. The film presentation will be The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Will Smith and Matt Damon. This 2000 film, directed by Robert Redford, will be followed by a discussion exploring various gospel themes and how they relate especially to next Sunday's gospel, which is the encounter of the disciples with the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

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.

Parish presentation on Paul

This photo was taken during a presentation on St. Paul that Sr. Armanda gave last Thursday at St. Francis of Asissi parish.

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

Sr. Susan to Speak on St. Paul

Our own Sr. Susan James has been invited by the Young Adults Group of St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco to give a talk on St. Paul. Her presentation, The Story of Paul the Apostle, the Man Who Turned the World Upside Down, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Here's a write-up of the event from St. Dominic's website:
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

Announcing Our New Music Blog

Our choir director, Sr. Bridget Charles, has just started a blog (Nun's Musical Musings) for our award-winning music. You can check it out here or by linking to it from the bottom of this page. Some of you may remember Sr. Bridget, who was here last year to help us launch our new Christmas CD, Season of Love. Sr. Bridget is from the SF bay area, and we were able to host her in our Redwood Center when she came to the west coast to visit her family.

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

Our Redwood Community Welcomes Its Newest Member!

My name is Sr. Kathleen Thomas, and I am the newest member of our community in Redwood City. From 1998 to 2002 I was at our old location on Geary Street. It is a joy for me to return here after spending the last seven years in San Antonio.

Just before coming to California, I attended the Mexican America Catholic College for an intense course on Pastoral Spanish. I look forward to continuing to study Spanish so as to be able to serve our Hispanic brothers and sisters.

These weeks have been a time for me to get to know the Book Center, assist at a school book fair, speaker night, and to study our surrounding area. I am happy to be a member of this vibrant community.

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

Sr. Armanda at the NCEA

Happy Easter Monday, everyone! The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is being held in Los Angeles this week, and Sr. Armanda is going to autograph copies of her book, Facing the Apostle. She will be at our Pauline booth, #634. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by! Please go to the following site for more information:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Holy Week & Easter schedule

The following is our Book Center schedule during the Triduum and the Monday following Easter:
  • 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.
As a reminder, we have some lovely Easter cards, including a new design of icon cards with resurrection themes.

We wish all of you a most blessed Holy Week!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Longing for Holiness

Fr. Jerry Brown's presentation last Wednesday was wonderful. Father has a positive and engaging style, and it was obvious that he was sharing with us what he himself lives. Fr. Jerry talked a bit about the following supports we have in becoming holy as God is holy:
  • The word of God
  • Weekly/daily Eucharist
  • Eucharistic devotion
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Spiritual friends.
One of the evening's most encouraging themes: "Longing for holiness is holy itself."

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

Tonight's talk: The Call to Holiness

Just a reminder that this evening's presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Fr. Jerry Brown, rector of St. Patrick's Seminary, will be speaking on the Christian vocation to holiness. This is a great subject any time, but especially as we approach holy week and contemplate more deeply all that Jesus embraced for each of us.

We hope to see you this evening!