Letter From Father Lester , 11-19-20

Beloved Parish Family,

It’s heartbreaking news that our county has moved to the “purple tier,” the most restrictive phase, to address the increase in COVID cases. This means that all indoor activities, meetings and gatherings are cancelled. I ask that you continue to pray and persevere in loving and trusting in the Lord. We will overcome this pandemic through the mercy and grace of God. Never forget God loves you and He will never abandon you.

I know that the Holy Eucharist is very important to you and I strongly encourage you to attend Mass virtually and pray the Act of Spiritual Communion (see below). Some options for you to participate in virtual Mass are as follows:
       St. Anthony YouTube Channel:
       Mt. Shasta St. Anthony Church:
       ***Saturday 5pm and
       ***Sunday 1pm;
       Northland Cable Channel 14, Sunday at 8am;
       EWTN Dish Network Channel 261 at 9am, 12 noon and 4pm.

I also request that you keep connected with our fellow parishioners by giving them a call, text or email. It is so important for us to stay connected during this difficult time.

I continue to celebrate the daily mass privately, offering it for the souls of our beloved dead this November and I am praying for you always. If you have any concerns or wish to talk, I am always available. Please just call or send an email.

Stay strong and safe. Don’t forget to wear your mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and stay at home if you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms. It is also a good idea to get a flu vaccine.

May the Blessed Mother intercede for us for our protection and for the healing of all those afflicted.

Joining your family in spirit in the celebration of Thanksgiving!

Gratefully yours,
Fr. Lester


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Readings for November 22, 2020

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"Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press

Background on the Gospel Reading

       Today’s Gospel passage is the conclusion of Jesus’ discourse with His disciples. It is about the end of time, the coming of the Son of Man, and the final judgment. We hear this description of the final judgment at the conclusion of our liturgical year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. In the context of Matthew’s Gospel, this passage might also be read as a conclusion of Matthew’s report on Jesus’ life and ministry; the remaining chapters report the events of Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection.
       In today’s Gospel, Jesus describes to his disciples the scene of the judgment of the Son of Man. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates sheep and goats upon their return from the pasture. The judgments made by the Son of Man will be based upon the acts of mercy shown to the least ones—the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill, and the imprisoned. Indeed, Jesus, who suffered on the Cross, identifies himself with the least ones.
       Recall that last week’s parable of the talents taught us that the gifts that we have been given are intended to be used for the service of others, especially the least among us. Our judgment before God will be based not only on how we have used these gifts and talents, but also on how we have extended ourselves in service to these least ones. Indeed, Jesus tells us that whenever we have served these least ones, we have served Christ himself.
       When we read today’s Gospel in the context of the chapters that follow in Matthew’s Gospel, we learn the extent to which Jesus identifies with the least ones. In accepting death on the cross, Jesus shows himself to be one of the hungry, the naked, the ill, and the imprisoned. To accept Jesus is to accept him who suffered and died on the Cross as one of the least ones.

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Reflections for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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