MHR Parish Bulletin, March 2, 2009


We need each other to Bridge the Gap.
Please complete your pledge card
and put it in the basket or drop it off at the Rectory.


Monday, March 2
7 pm Centering Prayer in the Library

Tuesday, March 3
10 am Gardening
8 pm Pastoral Council in Rectory

Wednesday, March 4
5 pm Wednesday Night Suppers in Ellard Hall
7 pm Liturgy Planning Group in the Rectory
7:30 pm Lenten Vespers in the Church

Thursday, March 5
10 am Gardening
7 pm Lenten Soup Suppers in Ellard Hall

Friday, March 6
2:30 pm Thomas Aquinas Seminar in the Rectory

Saturday, March 7
10 am Gardening

Sunday, March 8
After the 8 am and 10 am Mass - Open Library
9:30 am Weekly Rosary by Our Lady’s Statue near
the stairs going to the Church
After the 10 am Mass - Coffee Hour in Ellard Hall
2 pm “Be Still and Know” at MHR in the Church

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Library Notes

The library has many new books for your Lenten reading. We have several books of short daily reflections for Lent. The parish library is open after the 8 and 10 am Masses.

MHR Community Corner

• We would like to say Happy Birthday to those celebrating their birthdays this week: Tom Burke, Ernest Camisa, Julia Crandon, Mark Crandon, Tony Fernando, Maureen E. Flaherty, Walter L. Frazier II, Gerard Jenkins, Christopher K. Lott, Andrew J. Mailhot, Nanette Miller, Alberta J. Montero, Gerardo R. Tellez-Talavera and Grace Tungpalan.

• We would like to welcome to the Christian Community Jack Quincy Fahlgren, child of Elizabeth Ann Stackable and Keith Harley Fahlgren.

• We would like to welcome our new parishioners: Brien and Kathy Farrell, Kellyn Antolak, Curtis A. Murray, Mikhael and Rebecca Meece, Alic G. Shook, Robert Lachance, Edward P. Walshe and Scott M. Pitkethly.

Lenten Regulations

• Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence from meat. There is a limit of one full meal on those days for all between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive.

• Days of Abstinence: (all Fridays of Lent) All who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from meat.


RCIA Participants

Please remember in your prayers our Catechumens and Candidates:

Jack Horace Bewley

Mikhael Phillips Meece

Michelle Dooley

James DeWan

Richard Michael Joslin



Thinking about coming back to the church?

• Wonder if you are really wanted - just as you are?

• What happened while you were gone?

• Where did the confessional go?

• Is it really communion if you don’t get it from a priest?

• Is every pronouncement from Rome infallible?

Reconnecting starts Saturday, March 21. For more
information and to speak with a Reconnecting volunteer or
call the rectory at 415-863-6259 or E-mail


Lenten Soup Suppers

Thank you to those who have volunteered to make soup. The dates for our Soup Suppers will be on Thursdays, 7 pm, in Ellad Hall, March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2 - we'll let you know about April 9 as that is Holy Thursday; we may have to change the time. We have 4 volunteers, we do need more soups and people to make it mindful and interesting. Again, we will provide bread and butter and you bring the soup. Usually a large put will do. Call Ramona or Larry, your friendly soup experts.

Save the Date!

Mar 6-8 Parish Retreat
Mar 8 Be Still and Know at MHR
Mar 11 Lenten Vesper Service
Mar 14 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance
Mar 21 Reconnecting starts

See you there!

"Be Still and Know" Performed at MHR
The director, John Loschmann, along with the cast and crew from Sacred Heart Preparatory School, Atherton will perform "Be Still and Know" at Most Holy Redeemer on Sunday, March 8 at 2 pm. All are welcome. This play is based on the novel, The God Box, by Alex Sanchez and adapted for the stage by John Loschmann. It explores the subject of homosexuality within a Christian, adolescent context. The play was well received when performed in Atherton. Our community has a unique opportunity to see the play presented in our Church. Please invite family, friends, and everyone to see this informative, inspirational, and incredible show. CLICK HERE got more details

AIDS Orphans Ministry

The AIDS Orphans Ministry is looking for a new coordinator. The Ministry supports the education of young men and women in Tanzania who are orphaned due to AIDS through direct tuition grants. If anyone is interested, please contact Ted DeSaulnier at

Young Adults Group Upcoming Events

• Back by popular demand, the Young Adults Group will be selling the Little Black Books for Lenten Reflection again this year after all Masses. These are wonderful books with a daily reflection to accompany you in your Lenten journey this year.

Mar 15 - Service Day, Location TBD
Mar 27 - Faith Sharing, Church
Apr 10 - Service Day - Decorating for Easter, Church
Apr 17 - Faith Sharing, Church

• Young adults in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s are invited to participate. To learn more about MHR’s Young Adult Group, contact Marc Contreras or Frances Grimstad or email them at Visit YAG at

Treasury Notes

Collection for February 21 - 22:
5 pm Mass $579.00
8 am Mass $818.00
10 am Mass $3,403.67
Total: $4,800.67
Thank you very much !

MHR AIDS Support Group

• Tickets are now on sale for our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, March 14. Event and Raffle Tickets can be purchased after the 10 am Mass at Coffee Hour starting this Sunday; during the week by calling our Support Group Office at 415-863-1581; by using the order form found in our mailed invitations; and at the door. Do plan to join us for a great evening on March 14!

Those with HIV/AIDS in need of services that we do not provide are invited to give us a call and we will try to direct you in the right direction. With access to a great amount of information and referral possibilities perhaps we can be of some help. 415-863-581.

Volunteer Needed: A client living on Market St. often receives complimentary tickets to sporting, concert and other entertainment events. He is looking for someone to accompany him and help ease the difficulty of going alone. Give us a call if interested.

USF Lecture with James Nickoloff

'Intrinsically Disordered': The Role of the Despised in Establishing the Holiness of the Church. A community conversation exploring gay marriage and Catholic identity in light of Proposition 8. Sponsored by the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought and the USF LGBTQ Caucus. Monday, March 9, 2009, 12:00-1:30 pm, at the University of San Francisco McLaren 250. For more information see

Bridging the Gap

We thank the following parishioners who have recently pledged to the Bridging the Gap/Second Century Campaign (in no particular order):

Brian G. McGrath
Carol E. Klufts
Robert Lachance

Lenten Vesper Services 2009

Please come and pray, sing, and reflect together this Lent. MHR will have our annual Lenten vesper services on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 pm in the church.

The following schedule applies:

Wednesday, March 4 - Speaker: Rev. Thomas Bonacci, C.P.; Presider: Nanette Miller

Wednesday, March 11 - Speaker: Rev. Thomas Bonacci, C.P.; Presider: David Differding

Wednesday, March 18 - Speaker: JD Schramm; Presider: Rev. Stephen Meriwether

Wednesday, March 25 – Speaker: Rev. Glenda Hope, Presider: Rev. Stephen Meriwether

Wednesday, April 1 – Speaker: Ada Renee Williams; Presider: Rev. Stephen Meriwether

About our speakers:

Fr. Tomas Bonacci, C.P., directs the InterFaith Peace Project and resides at St. Ignatius of Antioch parish in Antioch, CA. This is not Fr. Tom’s first time at MHR. He presided at liturgy a number of times over the years. Fr. Tom reaches out to people of all faiths to advance dialogue, understanding, and cooperation for the promotion of peace. The InterFaith Peace Project seeks “to provide hoe and local-based education programs to person and groups interested in developing or enhancing their appreciation of the faith traditions of the world.”

JD Schramm - joined Most Holy Redeemer Parish in 2007 when he relocated to the Bay Area to accept a faculty appointment at Stanford's Graduate School of Business where he teaches communication courses. Beyond the classroom JD serves as an advisor to several conferences for GLBT business students. JD has his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and has BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University in Kansas. His passions include writing. His first play, exChanges, was published in 2001 and in 2004 was produced off-broadway (way Kansas City). He is slowly working on his first screenplay. Many in MHR will remember JD's response to the graffiti vandalism "Where is the Love?" recently published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rev. Glenda Hope is a Presbyterian Church minister in San Francisco. She heads San Francisco Network Ministries, a charity serving the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. She received a BA in English Literature from Florida State University in 1958. In 1960, she completed an MA in English Bible at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. In 1969, she completed a Masters of Divinity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was ordained at Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco in 1969 where she served until 1972. At that time, she began her Network Ministries. She also served as Pastor of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church from 1978 to 1989. Through San Francisco Network Ministries, Glenda has created many services for the homeless and residents of the Tenderloin. Most notable, Network Ministries runs a safe house for women escaping prostitution, as well as constructing a 38-unit affordable housing apartment building.

Rev. Ada Renée Williams is the Executive Director and CEO of Friends of Faith, Inc. which is an organization dedicate to fighting against the breast cancer epidemic through the power of information and by funding local organizations that provide direct services to underserved and underinsured women with breast cancer. Ms. Williams brings to Friends of Faith a blend of boundless creativity and business savvy. She is a poet, writer, multimedia artist and anti-racism trainer with over fifteen years of professional experience from the non-profit and government sectors; Center Director of the Prescott Resource Center of West Oakland and the Employment, Economic and Health Public Policy Analyst for the Commission on the Status of Women in San Francisco are among her former professional roles. Ms. Williams is the Co-Convener of the Graduate Theological Union Black Seminarians (GTUBS) at Berkley where she is student pursuing a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Biblical Languages. The Reverend Ada Renée Williams is an ordained Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) serving at First AME Church in Oakland, CA.


Our Mass celebrants will remember the following intentions during the celebration of the Eucharist:

Saturday, February 28
8 am Joe Bencomo †
5 pm Charles Greene †

Sunday, March 1
8 am Dr. Shyamala Harris †
10 am Most Holy Redeemer Parishioners

Monday, March 2
8 am Souls in Purgatory †

Tuesday, March 3
8 am Roger Suarez

Wednesday, March 4
8 am Fr. Joe Healy

Thursday, March 5
8 am Natividad Pereyra †

Friday, March 6
8 am Dr. Shyamala Harris †

Saturday, March 7
8 am Angie and Joe Tambone †
5 pm Natividad Pereyra †

Sunday, March 8
8 am Angelina Fazio †
10 am Most Holy Redeemer Parishioners

Contact the Parish Office at 415-863-6259 to make a contribution for flowers in the church or
to have Mass celebrated in memory of a loved one who has died, in honor of a special person, or for other special intentions.

We pray for parishioners, relatives & friends who are ill

Priscila Austria, Corbin Barnes, Steve Calvert, Sue Cattelan,
Hector Crawford, Al Crowell, Josephine Differding,
Bev Differding DeVos, Alice Fedawa, Jenny Firth,
Mike Gelpi, Letitia Grenier, John Haddad,
Joseph Hardegree, Fr. Joe Healy, Natalie Kosche,
Jamie Liebman, Margaret Marcella, Emily McCann,
Tim McGee, Dominic Nigro, Fran Patrick, Steve Pic-kel,
Chris Posey, George Prytz, John H. Quinn, Jenie Records,
Warren Ryan, Nora Schaefer OP, Paul Schwartz,
Phyllis Stockholm, Jeane Vicini, Olga Villagran-Amaya,
Jena Williams, Vernon Young

Please note, unless specified by the requesting person, names placed in the list are kept for at least three months. To update the list, kindly call the Parish Office at 415-863-6259.
Thank you very much.