A Season of Service

A Season of Service

St. Dominic’s Ministries only thrive on the work of our volunteers
As Fall gets underway and family activities and sporting events max out our calendars, it can feel as though we are on a speed train toward the holidays. It’s important for each family to take some time now (before the rush) and ask ourselves how will we keep Christ at the center of our home as things continue to get busier and the lure of consumerism draws us (and our kids) in this Christmas? How can we make Thanksgiving and Advent a time for reflection as well as celebration,  so that when Christmas comes we radiate God’s love in witness to the Truth. I know, you are thinking it’s not even Halloween yet, but the programs that serve those in our community at Christmas start now.putyour faithin action at St. Dominc's
 
After working on the bulletin for almost one year, week after week I see perfect opportunities for families to enrich our faith lives, yet it’s often the same people that take part in these programs. However, once in a while I receive a special message from a parishioner that took a step outside their routine to attend something new, a daily mass,  a Q&A with Fr. Jerome, or a Holy Hour in Adoration and they share their experience with me with such GRATITUDE. But even though I create “blurbs” in the bulletin that are posted for several weeks in a row, I feel so many great things are overlooked; we get so used to looking for photo spreads and flyers we miss the special stories and things that are calling us to put our faith in action and fun ways tocome together as a community in service to others.
 
So, before your social calendar is maxed out, please consider your family’s participation in one of the following community programs this year. I promise, it’s more than just checking off “hours” it can be life changing.SVdP Giving Tree at St. Dominic's
 
1) The SVDP Giving Tree: Week after week SVdP volunteers deliver food for the working poor in our community, when the holidays approach the Giving Tree and our popular decorated food boxes are the only proof for some families that God’s if for us, even when it seems all the world is against us. Please consider making calls to reach out to the homes and create a list of their needs, a script and instructions are provided and you can do this on your time. When you see that tree go up and parishioners take the tags you will know in your heart you have made a difference in someone’s life. There is a workshop on October 9th at 7:30PM in the 5th grade classroom.
 
2) Help out on Church Cleaning Day this Friday October 11th at 8:15 Mass. Take pride in our home Church, it’s history and make it place worthy of God’s praise.
 
3) Get a group friends together or your family and sign up for a Holy Hour of Adoration. Once or twice a month, spend an hour praying for our children, for ourselves as parents, or family matters. Sitting in silence in that sweet chapel you will encounter Jesus, as a friend. Lay all the pressure of parenting, work, marriage, or other challenges at His feet and you will be amazed at the sense of peace and the insights that seem to come when you make this a routine. You don’t have to commit for a year, maybe it’s just through the holidays. Try it. Contact Laura Batts at 707-649-0603 for details on available hours or check the bulletin.Adoration Image
 
4) Stop into one of  Dr. Marco Roman’s new Catechism Boot camp Classes starting October 13t/14th. We are so lucky to have this gifted teacher at St. Dominic’s and he will cover a variety of topics that will help you develop a greater understanding of our Catholic faith. Monday evenings, 7PM-9PM in the Mary  Magdalene Room or Wednesdays mornings 9AM-11AM in the Siena Room. 
 
Thank you and God Bless,
 
Erin Jacobs
Communications Director
St. Dominic’s Catholic Church