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November 27, 2023: 7 Announcements that will change our lives!

Monday, November 27, 2023:

7 Announcements that will change our lives!


Quote for the Day:

“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”

–Thomas Merton



Announcement #1 about Emmaus Celebration / Liturgy for December 10th

Marcie and Alice will be leading our celebration with technical assistance from Ed who will run the ZOOM from Knox with those members of the community who gather. The ZOOM is the same link and meeting ID and Passcode we always use.


Join Zoom Meeting

Passcode: 1234


Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

Passcode: 1234


Join by Phone: +1(669) 900 6833,,with passcode 5193158573#

(San Jose) +16694449171,,with passcode 5193158573# US


I'll send out reminders about the celebration on the 10th. too!



Announcement #2 from Steve and Dan our Liturgy Committee:

Steve and Dan would like to meet with Community members interested in assisting in liturgies in 2024. They would like to meet on ZOOM to create a schedule for 2024 –

Maybe the first quarter or through the first 6 months of the year. It's an opportunity to share our gifts of readings and communal prayer. There are lots of resources to help anyone who wants to participate but may feel a bit of trepidation.


The suggested dates for the meeting:


December 7th, 2023

December 12th, 2023

Or

December 14th, 2023


Time: Late afternoon – 4:00 – 5:00 or 5:00 – 6:00.

Please call or email Dan Vrooman and/or Steve Lyman with your top choice and an alternate to your preferred date and time:

Dan Vrooman phone: (707) 721-2016


Steve Lyman phone: (707) 484-2510



Announcement #3 from Patti England

Patti England is once again reaching out to feed and clothe the poor of Sonoma County. She’s working with 80 folks who are in need of warm coats and work boots. Please let her know if you’re interested in donating a coat, shopping for people on her list or donating to her cause. Her work is so important, especially at this time of the year as the days grow colder and many field workers and others of our neighbors are in tennis shoes.


Please call or email Patti at:

(707) 217-8481



Announcement #4 from Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries with a Thanksgiving message


Homeboy Industries Thought for the Day November 22, 2023: Miguel - Be Grateful



Announcement #5 from Hermine: Current thoughts on Palestine/Israel from Dr. Gabor Maté

World Renowned author and trauma expert Dr. Gabor Maté speaks about his own history, including his grandparents who died in the Holocaust, and his current thoughts on Palestine / Israel. In this in-depth interview, he offers a vision for healing personal and global conflict.

Dr. Gabor Maté shares his own journey raised Jewish, and also his experiences visit to Gaza multiple times. Please note that the presentation is also divided into chapters which are organized below the full presentation).



Announcement #6: from Lindsey Kerr on Liberation Theology from Palestine


I've also attached a flyer for an Advent study I'll be leading with Christ Church on Palestinian Liberation theology. While the study will be led from a Christian perspective, with a critique of Christian Zionism, other voices are welcome. Please let me know if you, or anyone from your congregation, would like to attend.



Announcement #7 from Father John Dear for December 9, 2023



Dear Friends, Blessings of Christ's peace to you!

As we start the holy season of advent, I thought we could turn to Thomas Merton, the great monk, contemplative, author, and teacher, for wisdom to help us prepare anew for the coming of the nonviolent Jesus in 2024. For me, there is no greater Merton scholar than my friend Jonathan Montaldo, who will reflect with us on “Thomas Merton’s Advent Message of Peace, Prayer, & Hope” on Saturday, December 9th. Join us and be inspired! The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time


To register, visit


Jonathan Montaldo is a writer, editor, and retreat presenter. He served as director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, the official archive, from 1998 -2001. He was Associate Director (2006-2009) for the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living in Louisville, for which he created “Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton,” a ten-booklet resource for small group dialogue. He served also as the director of Bethany Spring, the Merton Institute’s Retreat Center one mile from Merton’s Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey.


He edited “A Year with Thomas Merton;” “Dialogues with Silence: Merton’s Prayers & Drawings;” “Choosing to Love the World,” and “Thomas Merton in His Own Words.” He was principal editor of “The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals” with Br. Patrick Hart of Gethsemani. He edited the second volume of Merton’s private journals, published in seven volumes by Harper Collins, under the title “Entering the Silence (1945-1959).”


Jonathan has narrated five audiobooks of Merton’s work: New Seeds of Contemplation, No Man Is an Island, Thoughts in Solitude, Contemplative Prayer, and The Intimate Merton. He narrated “Praying with Thomas Merton,” a two-set CD with the book’s editor and musician Dr. Kathleen Deignan of Iona College. He also served as Co-General Editor with publisher Gray Henry of Fons Vitae Publishing in Louisville, Kentucky for the Merton series in nine volumes, “Thomas Merton and World Religions.” He also edited Fons Vitae’s “We Are Already One: Reflections on Thomas Merton’s Centenary, 2015.”


To register, visit



The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time. You will receive the zoom link a few days beforehand, so be on the lookout!, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at beatitudescentermb@gmail.com.


Scholarships are available.

See you then!-- Fr. John

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