Memo from Bishop Vasa to all Pastors, Administrators, Priests, Deacons:
The Holy Father, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, Friday, March 27, will address the entire world. This is an opportunity to offer spiritual solace and comfort to the many millions who suffer as a result of the COVID-19 virus. This suffering includes, in addition to the physical suffering of those who have actually contracted the virus, the added suffering of isolation, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, depression and stress. These may lead to impatience, anger, harshness, hopelessness, rash judgment, and other sinfulness. Thus, we offer this opportunity to all of our people to hear from, not only the local pastor or local Bishop but from the Holy Father himself.
Most Reverend Christoph Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, has sent information that the Holy See has requested that all local Churches be informed that all members of the faithful and other Christians are invited to participate in the special prayer by the Holy Father which will take place in Saint Peter’s Square this FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020.
The Apostolic Nunciature notes that during this Statio orbis (Message to the whole world), Holy Father, Pope Francis will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence before imparting His Papal, Urbi et Orbi (City and World) Blessing.
The message will be broadcast by Mondovision and streamed on the website of Vatican News (WWW.VATICANNEWS.VA) beginning at 6:00 PM in Rome, 10:00 A.M. (Pacific Time).
I ask that each of you help publicize this event by sending this information to all your email (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) contacts. To any members of any churches of any type, I invite you to join with Pope Francis in the moment of Universal Prayer.
We know that Jesus was quite clear in His message: “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). While we utilize modern methods consistent with science and best medical practice, we also turn to prayer to invoke the good and merciful God to look compassionately upon us in this time of worldwide pandemic. May God be with us all during these very difficult days.
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Please join us this coming Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30pm a concert featuring trumpetist Tom Hyde. This will be the beginning of our monthly concert series featuring local musicians. Concerts will take place on the first Saturday of each month at 4:30pm and the musicians will accompany mass immediately after. More info on Tom below:
Tom Hyde has been a member of the American Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception and is currently the orchestra’s principal trumpet. Mr. Hyde is also a founding member of the 5th Avenue Brass Quintet and the 24 Karat Brass Ensemble. Over the years he has performed with the San Jose Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and has been guest soloist with the Baroque Sinfonia and the Healdsburg Community Band.
Mr. Hyde first picked up the trumpet in 1954 and, in his words, “hasn’t put it down since, except for a few years in the late ’60s when I thought, mistakenly, that playing guitar might make me more attractive to college girls.” He began freelancing in Sonoma County in 1978 and has performed in numerous shows, accompanied choirs, and played at weddings throughout the county. He has carried his old cornet around the world, strapped to his backpack and up to 15,000 feet to play in the Himalayas, performing on the streets of Kathmandu, Copenhagen, Denmark, Luang Prabang, Santorini, and Taitung.
A math and science teacher at Nonesuch School since 1984, Mr. Hyde currently lives in Graton, where he occasionally plays free concerts for his neighbor’s goats.
Please join us and hear wonderful music in our beautiful historic church.