Natural Disasters and Human Anxieties

Natural Disasters and Human Anxieties

What we know is that we have been shaken and continue to be pushed out of our comfort zone by the series of natural disasters that have shook Houston/ Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico in Chiapas and Mexico City. We have forest fires in California. As well as those disasters we have the mass hooting and killing of innocent people in Las Vegas. We have the ongoing worry about what can happen in the standoff between North Korea and the United States. We have the debate about the national anthem, respect for the flag and athletes taking the knee following Colin Kaepernick. What are we to do? What are we to think? How do we make sense of all of this?

In terms of natural disasters we can say that they are beyond us, that that is the way our world and universe works; we will have hurricanes, storms, and earthquakes and they will come in those places where they have always come. People say that they are more severe now because of climate change. We will surely receive more information and studies that will confirm this.

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

We are grateful to the Lord for the bountiful Harvest of Grapes from our vineyard this year. We picked five large bins of beautiful, ripe, juicy, and mouth-watering grapes. That is about two tons of grapes! The grapes have already been crushed at the Guglielmo Winery of Morgan Hill and have gone through the fermentation process. We have six barrels, around 300 gallons, of wine that will be aged in Oak Barrels until it is time for tasting, blending, and bottling.

Paying off a Mortgage

Paying off a Mortgage

Many of you are paying off a mortgage for your home.  You are aware of how long it takes- thirty yearsYou are aware of the huge payments that you make each month and how much of your home income is spent on the mortgage. You also are under pressure to make the payments in the regular way that the bank expects you to make them. In the back of your mind you may worry about job security.  You have other priorities that you also must attend to now like the education of your children and their future. Maybe you have to help your parents who are getting older or maybe you have to send money home to your country of origin. Where ever you go, whatever you do the mortgage is there.

Welcome Fr. Michael and Fr. Khoa

Welcome Fr. Michael and Fr. Khoa

On behalf of the St. Francis of Assisi Community, I welcome Fr. Michael Syjueco and Fr. Khoa Vu who were assigned here as parochial vicars by Bishop McGrath and who joined us on July 1.

Fr. Michael is from Cavite Molino in the Philippines but he was raised in Malabon, Metro Manila. He went to the Jesuit Xavier School for elementary and high school education and then to De La Salle University.