Friday, November 22, 2019

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Fiesta

Sacred Heart Church

Sunday Dec. 8
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses
Advent Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, Dec. 12
5 a.m. Mañanitas
(Singing to the Virgin Mary)
6:00 a.m. Mass

Sunday, Dec.15
10:30 a.m. Mass (Bilingual)
Followed by
"Family Fiesta"
with music, dancing, food and drink.
Special appearances by
Mariachi San Francisco and Azteca Danza

All are welcome! Bienvenida!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter schedule, Mother Ireland report

Please join us for Easter!


 Sacred Heart Church, Olema         March 26         9 a.m.         Morning Prayer
                                                                                     8 p.m.        Mass (Bilingual)

Sacred Heart Church, Olema           March 27        9 a.m.
                                       10:30 a.m. (Espanol) 
 St. Mary Magdalene, Bolinas           March 27       9 a.m. and 11 a.m.      


According to parishioner Ken Eichsteadt, the "Mother Ireland" event held at the Dance Palace last Sunday and featuring award-winning storyteller Neshama Franklin, was a rousing success!

"It went very well," he says. "About 80 folks attended, monies raised (from the auction, bake sale and drinks) was around $2,600 and all I heard were very positive comments.  It was fun!"


At the chrism Mass on March 17, 2016, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone urged the faithful and the clergy to stand with persecuted Christians, particularly in Syria and Iraq.  "Let us especially pray and advocate of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ, and other religious minorities, heedig the pleas of the bishops of our country and out state to make our voices hear.  The killing must stop."
Please remember them in your prayers.

From Catholic San Francisco:


On March 17, Archbishop Salatore J. Cordileone celebrated a chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral and blessed the oils that will be used in sacramental and liturgical rites by parish churches in the coming year.  

"Before becoming wine and oil, the grape and the olive must first be crushed," Archbishop Cordileone is quoted as saying. "This is what our Savior came to do for us. God's anointed one was crushed for our sins...Our Lord was crushed, like olives in the olive press, in order to bring us the healing balm and sweet fragrance of God's mercy. 

According to the the Archdiocese's director of worship. Laura Bertone in the Catholic San Francisco: 

* Three oils are blessed: the oil of chrism, the oil of the cathechumens, and the oil of the sick.
* The oils are used in baptisms, confirmation, ordination and the consecration of altars.
* Chrism means "annointing" in Greek and Christ means "annointed one"
* In the Mass, the three oils are solemnly processed to the altars in "ampullae"
* The Bishop/Archbishop pours balsam perfume into the olive oil and mixes them
*Both the oil and the balsam reach back to annointing rituals in the Old Testament and early church
*He then breathes over them and prays to the Holy Spirit 
*The blessing of the oils on the altar also blesses the oils from parishes held in lower rooms of the church

A fundraiser of TV Mass with a weekly audience of more than 40,000 homebound people

                                                                          April 9
                                                        8:30 a.m.       Warm-up and practice
                                                        9:30  a.m.      Tournament begins
                                                        12 noon        Barbecue lunch (snacks and beverages all day)

Marin Bocce Federation
at Albert Park
550 B St. in San Rafaael
$350 for a team of four 
RSVP: 415.244.0771 

A fundraiser for St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
April 20
Marin Country Club in Novato
RSVP: 415.883-3055 or


"And David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Please, let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man."   2 Samuel 24:14

Friday, March 18, 2016

Message from Father Rafael, Holy Week and Easter schedule, "Mother Ireland" event this Sunday afternoon

A message from Father Rafael De Avila y Romero,  Pastor:

Easter 2016
One more year, we are about to celebrate the great festivities of our Christian faith: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Holy Week tells us that there is always hope, joy and thankfulness.  Holy Week reminds us, that through generosity, the shadows of death or despair vanish from our lives.  Holy Week shows us that God, our Father, always takes care of the most excellent outcome of his hands - us!

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,  God our Father is telling us that the light is shining over us, that life is blooming and hope never vanishes.

Easter time tells us that we, mankind, are one just as one the Bread and Wine - the Body and Blood of Christ - are one.  We are always united, not uniformed.  We are the beautiful and colorful tapestry brought to new life by the Resurrection of Christ.  HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL.

Un ano mas estamos por celebrar las grandes fiestas de nuestra fe cristiana: la Pasion, Muerte y Resurreccion de nuestro Senor Jesucristo. La semana santa nos dice que siempre hay esperanza, alegria y agradecimiento. La semana santa nos recureda que a traves de la generosidad las sombras de la muerte o de la deseperacion se desvanecen de nuestras vidas. La semana santa nos muestra que Dios, nuestro Padre, seimpre esta cuidando el fruto mas excelente salido de sus manos: NOSOTROS.

Por medio de la muerte y resurreccion de Jesucristo, Dios nuestro Padre nos esta diciendo que la luz esta brillando sobre nosotros que la vida esta floreciendo y que la esperanza nunca desaparece.  

El tiempo de Pascua nos dice que nosotros, la humanidad, somos uno asi como el Pan y el Vino - el Cuerpo y Sangre de Cristo - son uno. Nosotros estamos siempre unidos, no uniformados. Nosotros somos la bella y colorida tapiceria que ha obtenido la nueva vida por medio de la Resurreccion de Cristo. FELICES PASCUAS DE RESURRECCION PARA TODOS.

Holy Week and Easter schedule for Sacred Heart Parish.  Please join us!


Sacred Heart Church, Olema
March 19    7 p.m.           (Espanol)
March 20    9 a.m.
March 20   10:30 a.m.     (Espanol)

St. Mary Magdalene, Bolinas
March 20    10:30 a.m.


Sacred Heart Church, Olema
Holy Thursday   March 24    8 p.m.      Mass of the Lord's Supper
                                                              (Bilingual) and
                                                              Washing of the Feet

Good Friday      March 25    9 a.m.      Morning Prayer
                                             5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross
                                             6 p.m.      Good Friday Liturgy (Bilingual) 

Holy Saturday/
Easter Vigil        March 26   9 a.m.         Morning Prayer
                                             8 p.m.        Mass (Bilingual)

Sacred Heart Church, Olema
March 27      9 a.m.
                     10:30 a.m. (Espanol)

St. Mary Magdalene, Bolinas
March 27      9 a.m. and 11 a.m.      

 A FUNdraiser for Sacred Heart Parish and the Dance Palace

Don't miss our church fundraiser this Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.  Storytelling,  Celtic music, Irish dancing, Irish coffee and treats, and a silent auction.  It will be a grand time!

Here's the flyer with more details....

 Happy St. Patrick's Day 

Four-leafed clovers apparently exist but are rare, so if you find one,  you're in luck.  Why?

According to legend, the first leaf is for Faith, the Second is for Hope, the third is for Love and the fourth is for luck!  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Lenten events, Harvest Jams, Job Postings


The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of San Rafael are selling their gift-wrapped handmade jams Peach, Apricot, Bumbleberry and Pear-Plum - from their convent in Terra Linda.   This is the last of the Harvest Season and as soon as these are gone, they're gone.  Perfect for hostess or thank you gifts and even better for your own breakfast muffins or toast.

Available in the convent lobby 
During daytime hours
530 Blackstone Drive in Terra Linda


Join the members of the Catholic Marin Breakfast Club for Mass, breakfast and a talk by Irish Consul General Philip Grant.
7 a.m. Friday March 4
St. Sebastian Church
Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Bon Air Road in Greenbrae
415.461.0704 (between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 
or email


7 p.m. Fridays during Lent


St. Patrick Church

114 King St. in Larkspur


St. Sebastian

373 Bon Air Road in Greenbrae


St. Isabella

One Trinity Way in Terra Linda



7 p.m. March 8
Saint Rita Catholic Church 
100 Marinda Dr. in Fairfax 

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is looking for a manager of payroll.
Applicants must have a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or equivalent work experience, comprehensive knowledge of payroll systems and five years of payroll experience.  Certified Payroll Professional preferred.   Apply to Patrick Schmidt at

The San Francisco Archdiocese of San Francisco's Department of Catholic Schools hosts a Jobs Fair for Marin County teachers of pre-school through Grade 8 for school year 2016 - 2017. 

10 a.m. to 12 noon 
Saturday,  March 19 
St. Hilary School in  Tiburon

"The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord's mercy motivates us to do better." - Pope Francis

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lenten Events in Marin Parishes

Walk the Stations of the Cross
7 p.m. Fridays during Lent

St. Patrick Church
 114 King St. in Larkspur 

St. Sebastian Church
 373 Bon Air Road in Greenbrae  
St. Isabella Church
 One Trinity Way in Terra Linda  

Saint Rita's Lenten Soup and Lecture Series
Rev. Msgr. Harry Schlitt, president of San Francisco's God Squad Productions will discuss "Mercy in the Eucharistic Liturgy (the Mass)"
 7 p.m. March 1
Saint Rita Catholic Church
100 Marinda Dr. in Fairfax

Nazareth House Auxiliary Annual Day of Recollection
Join retreat master Fr. Brian Costello as he discusses the New Testament. Bring a bag lunch.  Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. The day ends with Mass and blessings. 
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2
245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael
Suggested donation is $10.
RSVP: Peggy Walker at 415-453-9305

St. Sebastian Lenten Bus Pilgrimage
Deacon Cris Sandoval leads a special day visiting three San Francisco monasteries, celebrating Mass in one of them, venerating the relics of Saints Francis and Clare, the True Cross and the Holy relic of St. Jude. The day concludes with a walk through one of the Bay Area's Jubilee Holy Door to obtain the Papal Indulgence. 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday March 5
Departing and returning to St. Sebastian Church
373 Bon Air Road in Greenbrae
Please bring a bag lunch.
RSVP ASAP: 415.461.0704

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Family Potluck
The Marin Irish American Club presents an evening of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Celtic Music, Irish dancers, Irish Soda bread contest, children’s activities and prizes, and raffle. No host bar.

6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 6
St. Isabella Parish Hall
One Trinity Way in Terra Linda
$10 Guests
RSVP to Rose Feeney at 415-515-9116

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone comes to Marin 
Join the Archbishop as he speaks on his role as Archbishop.

6 p.m. Thursday March 10
Star of the Sea
180 Harrison Ave. in Sausalito
Save the Date - March 20
Palm Sunday Brunch
A fundraiser for St. Mary’s Church
March 20

Save the Date - March 20
“Mother Ireland”
A fundraiser for Sacred Heart Parish
The Dance Palace
Featuring award-winning storyteller Neshama Franklin, Irish coffee, dancing and music

Are you in need of prayers or a Holy Mass?

“If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”  Matthew 18:19

If you would like the parish to agree with you in prayer for the needs of yourself or a loved one or a special intention or if you would like to request to have a Mass said for a sick or departed loved one at either Sacred Heart or St. Mary Magdalene Church, please contact the office. It Is our privilege to pray with you.

Lenten reflection:

“In fact, only Divine Mercy is able to impose limitations on evil; only the almighty love of God can defeat the tyranny of the wicked and the destructive power of selfishness and hate.”
Pope Benedict, 2008

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Alert: Wednesday (2.24.16) Mass cancelled


Father Rafael has announced that Mass on Wednesday morning, February 24, has been cancelled for building maintenance.  

Weekend Masses are not affected and Wednesday morning Masses will resume on March 2.

"If two you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, 
it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven." -  Matthew 18:19

If you would like members of our parish to remember a loved one with you at an upcoming Mass or join you in for prayers for the sick,  departed, or your special intentions, please call the office and request a Mass or prayers.  We are happy to do this.

Married couples: Are you celebrating a 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- etc anniversary this year? Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone invites you to be recognized at a special Mass followed by a reception.

10 a.m. Saturday February 20
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough St. San Francisco
Registration required
415.614.5680 or

Are you a great baker or candy or jam maker?  Know someone who can help donate beautiful, fun or useful gifts?  Ken Eichstaedt invites parishioners to help with "Mother Ireland", a joint fundraiser for Sacred Heart and the Dance Palace on March 20. Contact Ken at 415.515.9423.

Enjoy soup with fellow Marin Catholics and the chance to reflect on a Lenten lecture entitled "Year of Mercy, Year of Living Connectedly", presented by Rev. Kenneth Weare, Ph.D,   Pastor of Saint Rita Church and Adjunct Professor of Social Ethics, USF.  All are welcome.

7 p.m. Tuesday February 23
St. Rita Catholic Church
100 Marinda Dr. , Fairfax
RSVP: 415.456.4815

"Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the center, as the highway of our lives." - Pope Francis

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Mass in Spanish on Sunday and Fundraiser Help Request

 New Mass in Spanish: 10:30 a.m. on Sundays

Father Rafael is delighted to announced that he will celebrate Mass in Spanish every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church.  The new Mass begins this Sunday, February 14 and will be in addition to the existing Mass in Spanish at 7 p.m. on Saturday.  Everyone is welcome.

 Wanted: Sweet Treats and Gift Items 
for Sacred Heart Fundraiser on March 20

The bakers and candy makers of Sacred Heart Parish have a well-deserved reputation for whipping up terrific treats for our famous Bake Sales. 

And now we need to rally the troops. Sacred Heart is hosting a "Mother Ireland" fundraiser on March 20 with an amazing storyteller who will keep you enthralled and Irish coffee, music and dance to keep your lights heart.  "It's going to be a great event," says Ken Eichsteadt who is asking for support in two areas.

The Bake Sale table is in need of lr fabulous fudge,  choice cookies and  cupcakes, beautiful breads, and pretty pies.  If you have even modest talent in the kitchen,  please share your specialty at the Bake Sale. 

We also need really wonderful gift items for the Silent Auction table.  Have any lovely items to share or know an item you can get donated?  There's an eager silent auction table waiting for them at the fundraiser.

  Please call or email him as soon as you can to let him know what you can bring.

This week's Lenten reflection  

"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..."
-- Pope Benedict XVI