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December 2, 2023: Announcements: Liturgy Committee, Gaza, Taize, Synod & Reflection!

Saturday, December 2, 2023: Announcements: Liturgy Committee, Gaza, Taize, Synod & Reflection!

Announcement #1: Liturgy Committee Meeting hosted by Dan Vrooman and Steve Lyman:

We encourage everyone who is interested in leading a liturgy or sharing the lead with someone to please attend this meeting and sign up. If you have a bit of anxiety please know there are lots of people who will assist!

When: Thursday, December 14th.

Time: 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Where: We will meet on ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting with this link: (same link we use for our Sunday liturgies)

Passcode: 1234

Or start ZOOM and use this Meeting ID:

Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

Passcode: 1234

Announcement #2: From Therese Mugannam

I just learned that the bombing of Gaza has resumed and my heart sinks again. Not sure what else to say except that we can't give up on the possibility of ending this cruel war on Gaza.

We will stand together again this Sunday and show our support. We will put more pressure on our elected officials to do more to end the bloodshed.

Please join us and bring your friends. Signs too if you have them.

Sunday at 2PM in Courthouse Square

Hope to see you then,

Therese (for NCCP)

Announcement #3: from St. Leo's: Taize

Fr. Jim has a lot to prepare for us next week so, no homily this weekend. However, if you are so inclined, I have a virtual Taize Prayer Service from the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame. Here is the link.

Announcement #4: Synod at St. Leo's: 10 December 10th at 10:30 AM in the Benziger room From Vicki Castiglioni-Bornstein:

Dear Friends, Notice about our series on the Synod. Hope you can attend. Synod at St. Leo's -- on 10 December at 10:30 AM in the Benziger room, the Adult Ed committee invites you to our continuing series on the Synod. You will hear a report on the October session of the Synod held in Rome.

We will also propose our participation in the worldwide 2024 synod-process here at St. Leo’s. This process is very new to us in the United States and not easily understood. Father Jim and Noelani Sheckler-Smith have been following the Synod and are happy to make it available to us. Every baptized person matters. Come to discover how your living faith may contribute to the Synod in Rome next October. Vicki Castiglioni-Bornstein 415.847.9440 (cell)


On many occasions, Jesus asks his disciples not to tell anyone that he is the Son of God, the Messiah. Why might that be? The only reason I can imagine is that he’s saying every one of us has to come to that knowledge for ourselves. We can’t let someone else do our spiritual homework for us, but many of us do.

We let the pope, bishops, and priests give us all the answers and then we just parrot them back. Has there been any experience of it ourselves? Often, the answer is “usually not.” Many Christians believe what we’re supposed to believe. But here Jesus says, “Who do you say that I am?” What have you experienced? What have you personally discovered? What knowledge do you have?

This passage is most often used to preach the primacy of the papacy since Jesus tells Peter, “You are the rock upon which I will build my church.” That’s true, but a couple chapters later Jesus says the identical thing to the whole community: “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. What you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

Jesus is not only talking about the pope; he’s talking about the people of God, all of us. Peter as the symbolic leader has to do it first, but then we all participate in passing on the message.

- Richard Rohr

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