St. Charles Parish

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  • Today's Reflection from Father Dave

    “Habla usted inglés?”  “Si” came the response. “Great! I would like to send some things home to the United States.” I was in Pamplona, the third day of my pilgrimage; I had overpacked. After climbing over the Pyrenees and realizing I carried items I really did not need, with a month of walking and 450 miles to go, I would send things home. The postal clerk asked if I was a pilgrim going to Santiago. (Perhaps the disheveled look and backpack gave me away?) She told me simply to send it ahead to Santiago. It would be much cheaper, and then I would have another reason to reach my destination.

    I had packed items “in case of,” or “I might need this,” and all those items added to my burden. During this time of shelter in place many of my duties are curtailed, and I find myself cleaning closets, bookshelves, cupboards. It is amazing what one finds and what one has kept “in case of” or because “I might need it,” but now goes into the trash or recycling bin. When I finish there is a feeling of great accomplishment (okay little victories impress me at this time), but no one to show it to, so I am writing to get some applause and acknowledgement.

    It is not just physical items that weigh me down, but it is so many other worries and concerns. This Lent, more than any other I can remember, has made me pause and reflect on what I carry around. My older brother reminds me that I pack the pack; I determine what I am going to carry. The airport security even asks that question as I wander through the checkpoints, “Did you pack this bag?”  

    As one would have a favorite Station of the Cross, mine would be the fifth station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross. I mentioned in an earlier reflection that one must carry one’s own backpack. In this station Jesus carries His own cross, but He does experience the help of another. He understands what it means to take some of the weight from a person who is struggling. Do you not think that during this time of uncertainty, chaos, and anxiety, the yoke we feel is made easier by the Lord's hand, if only we believe in that promise?

    When that postal clerk took my belongings, packed them in a box, labeled it, put the correct postage on it, and placed it in a bin, she did more than just ease the weight on my shoulders. She gave me encouragement to make this walking pilgrimage to my destination.  

    She was someone who showed me Faith, Hope, and Love in action.

    Your Wandering Padre,

    Father Dave

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  • In accordance with California health directives, parish offices are closed. All parish activities will cease, except for Sacramental practices. 

    Parish Staff are available at parishoffice@stcharlesparish.org and (650) 591-7349, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Please leave a message and you will be contacted as quickly as possible. Individual staff contact information is available at Parish Staff Directory

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    To read or hear the Bible readings for today's liturgy, click Today's Readings

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  • happy to help  To the senior members of the St. Charles Parish Community:

    We understand the challenges of these difficult times.  If you are in need of assistance or support, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. Contact Kathy Fagliano at 650-591-7349, ext. 402, or kfagliano@stcharlesparish.org   We are here for YOU!

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  • Power of Prayer   A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

    May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

    May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

    May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

    May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

    As fear grips our country, let us choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

    Amen.

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Funeral Services

  •  chapel  Blessed are those who die in the Lord; let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them. 

     (Revelation 14:13)

  • Please pray for health care workers, first responders, and scientists who work for a cure, that they receive the necessary support and are safe during this health crisis. 

     In prayer we connect with God through the Spirit. There are several locations at St. Charles that provide a prayerful environment, formalized prayer, or contemplative silence:

    Parish Chapel, Blessed Mary's Grotto, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Church

    Connect to Sacred Spaces for a view to your prayer life.

    Sacred Spaces at St. Charles

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Mass Times

  • Mass is live-streamed daily and recorded for online viewing.

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    Saturday Evening Vigil, 5:00 PM

    Sunday, 9:00 AM

    Weekdays Monday-Friday, 5:00 PM


     Watch live-streamed Masses on the St. Charles Church Facebook page. Click here to be redirected to the live stream. 

    Once the live-stream is complete, the recording for that day's Mass is posted on the St. Charles Church website and is available until the next day's Mass is posted.

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    St. Charles Parish Contributions to the Archdiocesan Appeal

    The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal supports essential services for people in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, in areas of parish ministry, Catholic schools, clergy support, social ministries, and universal church communications.

    Thank YOU to the 166 households of St. Charles who have donated to help us reach 58% of our goal ($76,870 of $133,113). With continued assistance from our parishioners, we will reach 100%.

    58% of goal achieved

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