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Monday, August 31, 2009

New Faith & Film Series: Lights, Camera...Faith!

Due to the interest generated by our summer Faith & Film Series, we are happy to announce that we will be extending this series every first Friday of the month, beginning this coming Friday, September 4th, at 6:30 p.m.

Over the next few weeks we will be viewing a film chosen to illustrate and exemplify the coming Sunday's Gospel, using an approach conceived by one of our own sisters, Sr. Rose Pacatte, who reviews films for St. Anthony Messenger magazine and posts the reviews on her blog. Sr. Rose wrote a series of bestselling books, Lights, Camera...Faith, which offer an exciting approach to faith formation by creating a dialogue between Scripture and Film.

Our first film, this coming Friday, Sept. 4th, at 6:00p.m., will be Mr. Holland's Opus, starring Richard Dreyfus. The film's trailer is posted below. Admission is free! We hope you will be able to join us for this creative way to deepen our faith and love of God's Word.

From Russia to Redwood City

Our Pauline community in Redwood City was reinforced recently with the arrival of Sr. Mary Leonora Wilson, as she transferred from our Russian mission community in Moscow back to the USA Province.

Sr. M. Leonora has been serving outside her homeland for almost 26 years (18 years in Germany and 8 years in Russia).

She received a warm, heartfelt welcome from the Sisters in Redwood City and is looking forward to meeting the many friends of our Pauline community as she joins her talents and energies with the gifts of so many others so that the Word of God and His Love “may speed on and triumph”!

There will be new challenges and new joys as Sister begins evangelizing on “home soil” once again.

Please join us in welcoming Sr. Leonora to the Bay area--a wonderful Pauline mission field!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Scarlet and the Black

Tomorrow evening's presentation is The Scarlet and the Black, a 1983 made-for-TV movie detailing the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty. O'Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and prisoners of war during the Nazi occupation of Rome. The film is based on the best-selling book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican and stars Gregory Peck in the leading role. Christopher Plummer and John Gielgud also star.

Tomorrow night is the close of our summer Faith & Film Fridays; however, by popular demand, we will be continuing the series once a month, beginning in September. Look for more information to follow soon!

In the meantime, we hope you will be able to join us tomorrow evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Faith & Film Night: Man for All Seasons

This evening's presentation is the classic film, Man for All Seasons. Based on the play by Robert Bolt, this masterpiece stars Paul Scofield in an award-winning role as St. Thomas More. The film deals with More's refusal to compromise his conscience in the matter of King Henry VIII's decision to divorce his wife (who is unable to bear him a son) and remarry.

This is an extraordinary film--certainly one worth watching over and over again. We hope you will join us this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to view and discuss the film.

Here's the trailer to refresh your memory of it:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Faith & Film Night: Clare & Francis

Our next presentation, scheduled for this coming Friday, is Clare & Francis, the newest feature film out on the two saints. This movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis.

We hope you will be able to join us this Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Catholic Fiction Book Club

We are pleased to inform you that beginning in September we will be starting a new book club to read and discuss some of the greatest Catholic novels of past and present ages. Our Catholic Fiction Book Club is being organized now, so please consider joining us in exploring some of the wonderful works of Catholic literature and how their timeless themes relate to our own lives.

The book club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, in the evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Our first get-together is scheduled for September 9th, and the book we will be looking at is Exiles by Ron Hansen. In October we'll be reading A Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell; and November's offering will be the classic tale Helena, by Evelyn Waugh.

We'll be posting more information regarding each of the book club titles closer to September. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the club, please call 650-369-4230 or e-mail

More information will also be forthcoming regarding our Saints Book Club!