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The Church of the Nativity
Sundays 08:00, 09:30, 11:30 AM and 05:00 PM
Saturdays 08:00 AM and 05:00 PM (Vigil)
Weekdays 07:30 AM and 05:30 PM
Holy Days 07:30 AM, 05:30 and 07:30 PM
BAPTISMS 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month
(contact rectory 2 months in advance)
Rev. Msgr. Steven D. Otellini
Rev. John Mary Chung
Rev. Clement Davenport
Rev. Mr. Dominick Peloso
Rev. Mr. Thomas Kelly
Rev. Kevin Gaffey
Rev. Paul Maillet, S.S.
Rev. Gladstone Stevens, S.S.
Rev. Gregory Haake, C.S.C.
WEDDINGS Saturdays 11:00 AM and 02:00 PM
(contact rectory at least 6 months in advance)
SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Monica Hickam • (650) 804-2390
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Opus Dei priest)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (parish priest)
(also by appointment)
24-hour Eucharistic Adoration
210 Oak Grove Avenue v Menlo Park, CA 94025
tel: (650) 323-7914 v fax: (650) 323-3231
in Ordinary Time
In this You glorified us whom You had summoned.
Wisdom 18: 6-9
Blessed ... the people He has chosen for His
11 August 2013
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much.”
Luke 12: 48
Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19
For where your treasure is, there also will
your heart be.
Luke 12: 32-48
SCHEDULE OF MASSES
WEEK OF 11 - 17 AUG
SAT 05:00 PM Priest’s intentions
MON 07:30 AM John and Malia Peavler
05:30 PM † Donald Fina
TUE 07:30 AM † Dr. Giles Miller
05:30 PM † Frances Galea
WED 07:30 AM † Fr. Kenneth Kong
05:30 PM The Gilsdorf family, living and deceased
THU 07:30 AM The Neylan and Cardine families
05:30 PM † Bennie Sylvestri
07:30 PM † Mary Piersol
FRI 07:30 AM † Mario and Tina Mondin
05:30 PM † Al Pearce
SAT 08:00 AM Fr. Clement Davenport;
† Olga Silvestri;
† Sean Rush
10:00 AM 12:00 PM
03:30 PM 04:30 PM
Holy Hour for Priests
Cenacles of Life Rosary
Perpetual Help Novena
Men’s Prayer Group
(Opus Dei priest)
Legion of Mary
Fatima Mass and Celebration
Feast of the Assumption
Infant Jesus of Prague Society
Please pray for those in need of physical or spiritual healing
Parish Office Hours
09:00 AM-04:00 PM
Electronic giving is offered
through our website
or call the parish office
for a paper form
b l i g a ti o n
15 AUG (Thursday)
THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Thursday, 15 August 2013, is the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, and a holy day of obligation.
Masses will be on Wednesday evening, 14 August 2013
at 05:30 PM (vigil), and Thursday at 07:30 AM, 05:30
and 07:30 PM.
Annual Appeal Progress:
2013 Appeal Goal:
Saints and Observances
SOLEMNITY, FEAST, MEMORIAL • OPTIONAL MEMORIAL • OTHER
13 AUG (Tuesday):
POPE SAINT PONTIAN AND SAINT HIPPOLYTUS
14 AUG (Wednesday):
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, Martyr
Polish Franciscan priest who was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz.
On 31 July 1941, in reprisal for one
prisoner’s escape, ten men were chosen
to die by being locked up without food
or water. Maximilian offered himself
is place of a young husband and father,
where he was the last to die, enduring
two weeks of starvation, thirst, and
15 AUG (Thursday):
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
“Therefore, just as the glorious resurrection of Christ was an essential part of this victory [over sin and death] and its final trophy,
so the struggle shared by the Blessed Virgin and her son was to
end in the glorification of her virginal body ... Hence, the august
Mother of God ... the whole-hearted
companion of the divine Redeemer ...
gained at last the supreme crown of
her privileges -- to be preserved immune from the corruption of the tomb
... to be carried up body and soul to the
exalted glory of heaven, there to sit in
splendor at the right hand of her son,
the immortal King of the ages.”
Pope Pius XII
Ministry & Group News
COMMUNITY WELCOME OF NEW CHILDREN
Sunday, 18 August 2013. Calling all children new to the parish
in the last two years and those expecting a child! The Nativity
Community is invited to a Welcome Celebration for these children
and expecting parents on the grounds of Nativity Church. Those
being welcomed will receive a special blessing. Please come and
introduce yourself to our new young members. Refreshments will
be served. Please RSVP to the rectory at 650/323-7914.
PRAY TO END ABORTION
Prayer groups will be praying outside the old Chevy’s at 2907 El
Camino Real in Redwood City on Saturdays as that is the site of a
new Planned Parenthood.
• first Saturday: 09:00 AM
• second Saturday: 10:00 AM
• third Saturday: 12:00 PM (noon)
• fourth Saturday: 02:00 PM
Call Eileen at 650/799-4722 for more information.
On Tuesday, 13 August 2013, we will have our
next celebration of the Blessed Mother’s apparition at Fatima, Portugal. We will have a Mass at
07:00 PM, followed by a talk on the message of
Fatima, rosary candlelight procession around the
church grounds, and healing Benediction. Please
join us and bring your family. For questions, contact Deacon
Dominick Peloso at 650/269-6279.
You have never strayed too far for the Father’s forgiveness and grace.
GROUP STUDY ON “THEOLOGY OF THE BODY”
Our culture’s messages about the nature of men and women,
marriage, sexuality, and vocations have created much confusion.
Blessed Pope John Paul II gifted us with amazing insights into
these topics, in a series of teachings called the Theology of the
Body. Nativity will be hosting a facilitated group study on the
Theology of the Body. We will be hosting information events
shortly with more details. Stay tuned for more news on this
exciting, transformative study series!
Please come to visit our Lord during the week,
as the church is open 24x7 and He awaits you.
Also, everyone is encouraged to sign up for one
hour. This will ensure your weekly meeting with
Jesus. You may sign up for any hour. Please consider the following hours which currently have
no one assigned. Our Lord wishes to speak with
you, and you have much to say and ask of Him:
THU: 10:00 PM (Prayer Partner)
SAT: 11:00 AM
Please call 650/269-7794 for more information or to sign up.
Pregnant? Need Help? Please contact
the Juan Diego Society (408/258-2008),
the Gabriel Project (800/910-0191) or
Community Pregnancy Center (650/964-8093).
OUR PARISH FAMILY
Please keep all of our newest members in your prayers,
as well as those who have preceded us to the Father.
• Sophia Claire, daughter of
Armando and Mayra Argueta
• Thomas Meagher
NATIVITY THURSDAY GROUP
The Nativity Thursday Group provides an opportunity for
seniors and others to get together every Thursday in the O’Hare
Center. There is a Scripture Group at 11:00 AM, Mass or the
Rosary at 12:00 PM and then we socialize. Coffee, tea, and
dessert are always provided and members usually bring their own
lunch. Once a month students from Nativity School join us for
lunch prepared by their parents. We celebrate many holidays with
a special lunch. We welcome new members to join us anytime
during the year. Please come on the first Thursday after Labor
Day, 05 September 2013, when we resume our regular meetings.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CELEBRATION
The Archdiocese of San Francisco will be celebrating Marriage and the Family on Saturday, 17 August 2013 from 09:30 AM-12:00
PM. It will begin with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone, followed by speakers, sharing, and resources. Please call the parish
office at 650/323-7914 to register by August 12th. For more information about this event please call 415/614-5586.
In The Community
HOPE AND HEALING AFTER AN ABORTION
Has an abortion left you with a broken heart? Hope and healing
are available now. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats renew hearts
broken by abortion. A confidential retreat will take place 16-18
August 2013 at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, offering
a loving and supportive environment, where women and men can
reconcile painful post-abortive emotions and begin the process of
renewal and healing. Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul.
For confidential inquiries call Christine at 415/260-4406 or email
[email protected] or visit their website www.
BROWN PAPER BAGS NEEDED!
Do you have extra brown paper bags at home
and wondering what do with them? The Nativity
Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will gladly take them off your
hands. As a result of the recent ordinance pertaining to brown
paper bags at grocery stores, the St. Vincent de Paul Nativity
Conference is now running very low of these bags. We need
paper bags to pack food items for families we deliver to in the
neighborhoods we serve. You may drop off your extra paper bags
at the food pantry located in the basement of the rectory. Thank
INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE PRAYER SOCIETY
Consecration of Infants and Children to the Infant Jesus with
special guest, Father Michael Pintacura, on Saturday, 17
August 2013 at 01:00 PM. The Infant Jesus of Prague Prayer
Society is pleased to welcome Father Michael Pintacura who is
the U.S. Vice Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed
Anna Maria Taigi. Father will share the life of Blessed Taigi as a
wife, mother, and mystic. Blessed Taigi is also the protectress of
mothers of families.
We invite all mothers (including expectant), infants, and children.
Father Pintacura shall conduct the Consecration of Infants and
Children to the Infant Jesus. To be blessed by the Infant Jesus is a
grace-filled gift to treasure for all your family. This is furthermore
the perfect welcome of all children new to the parish.
Each month, on the 17th day, our prayer society begins the first day
of the Infant Jesus of Prague Novena, a litany, prayer intentions/
thanksgivings, and concludes with adoration. Our Lord answers
all prayers. It is how God answers that is most compelling. Let the
Word made flesh, the Infant Jesus, open your our heart, mind, and
soul to receive and trust in His Divine Plan for your life.
Our 24-hour Infant Jesus Prayer Line is always open to receive
any prayer request and thanksgivings. Please call 650/281-3339,
contact Anne Delaney, O.F.S., or write to [email protected]
aol.com. We give glory to God through our gratitude.
CELEBRATION OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
At the special request of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, that is, the Traditional
Latin Mass, is being celebrated each Sunday at 11:00 AM at Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco
(at 8th Avenue) and will continue each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation on a regular basis. A Daily Mass is also planned to
begin in the coming weeks. Mass for the Assumption is scheduled at 05:30 PM. First Friday Masses are at 06:30 PM, with
confessions at 06:00 PM. There are other special Masses on the schedule. Ample parking is available behind the Church and
in the Laurel School parking lot, entering through the gates on 8th Avenue. The Roman Missal of 1962, published by Blessed
John XXIII, is being used. Daily Latin-English Missals are available for sale at the rectory.
For further information, please contact Father Mark G. Mazza, the Pastor, at 415/751-0450, ext 16 or go to
THE HOLY FATHER’S
From the Holy See
Each month His Holiness asks for general and missionary
For August 2013, the Holy Father’s prayer intentions are:
Parents and Teachers
That parents and teachers may help the new generation to
grow in upright conscience and life.
Missionary: The Church in Africa
That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the
Gospel, may promote peace and justice.
Ministry & Group News (cont’d.)
RCIA FOR 2013-2014 BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16TH
Adults interested in Catholicism are invited to attend the 20132014 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Nativity.
We will meet Mondays, 07:30-9:00 PM in the O’Hare Center,
beginning 16 September 2013. This faith formation series is for
adults who have never been baptized, or were baptized in another
faith, and are now considering becoming Catholic. We also
welcome Catholics who may not have received all the sacraments
of initiation, those who’ve been away from the faith and who
wish to return, and those who just want to “brush up” on their
faith. The classes are led by two specially-trained parishioners,
with frequent assistance from St. Patrick seminarians and parish
priests. After a few weeks of informal inquiry, we will embark on
several months of classes, prayer and discussion in preparation
for the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion,
and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, Saturday evening, 19 April
2014. We will accept new participants throughout September
and October. Please see the brochures in the vestibule for more
detailed information. Contact Charlotte Pace at 650/325-6978,
Tim Kennedy at 650/321-4818, or Msgr. Otellini at the rectory
650/323-7914. We look forward to welcoming you.
Help our children be all they can be. Become a CCD teacher/
catechist and use the talents God has given you to help teach our
faith. Our program is in need of the following:
• 5th Grade Teacher
• Substitute Catechists
• Assistants for Grades 3-6
If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Hickam.
Have a wonderful rest of your summer and blessings to you all,
Mrs. Monica Hickam
650/804-2390 [email protected]
NATIVITY SCHOOL OF RELIGION NEWS
Registration has begun for Nativity’s Children’s Faith Formation
Program. Children who attend public school in 1st through 8th
grades should be enrolled in Nativity’s School of Religion for
ongoing faith formation.
Mrs. Hickam will be available outside Church after all the Masses
the weekends of 10-11 and 17-18 August 2013 to register your
children and answer any questions about the program. She will
also be available after the 08:00 and 09:30 AM Masses on 25
August 2013. Classes for grade levels 1-6 and the Sacraments
Class are held on Sundays from 08:15-09:15 AM and continue
on into our 09:30 AM Mass with our Children’s Liturgy of the
Word. There is space for students at all grade levels 1-8 and high
school students who have not yet received the Sacraments. Please
come by the table or call/email the CCD office if you need any
forms or have any questions or concerns.
Just a reminder:
First Reconciliation/First Communion requires 2 years of
instruction before a child is eligible to receive these Sacraments.
Children who attend public school should be enrolled in the
School of Religion starting in Grade 1 and they are encouraged
to continue onto the next grade level after they receive their
First Communion, through the reception of the Sacrament of
The CCD Confirmation Preparation program is also a twoyear program as required by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Children should be enrolled as soon as they enter the 7th grade,
as well as those older students who have not yet been confirmed.
Students who attend Catholic high schools that do not have
a confirmation program should enroll in this class. Classes are
held on Wednesday evenings 07:00-08:00 PM. For more
information, please go to the link on the parish website (www.
nativitymenlo.org) or call/email the CCD office.
CONTACT YOUR STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER!
(Excerpts from a letter by William Donohue, President, Catholic League)
Dear Members of the California Assembly:
Congratulations on passing AB 349, the bill that was passed unanimously on May 30 to prevent child abuse in the schools.
A related bill was passed in the Senate the day before (SB 131), and it will now come before you for a vote on August 14th.
It, too, deals with child abuse in the schools, but unlike AB 349, it is flagrantly discriminatory: it does not apply to the public
schools. Does anyone doubt that a bill that applied only to the public schools, exempting all private ones, would be roundly
condemned? So should this bill.
The bill you passed, AB 349, applies to combating future cases of sexual abuse in the public schools. However, the Senate
bill applies to abuse that took place in the past, and would only apply to private schools: it would suspend the statute of
limitations for one year, allowing lawsuits to be filed in cases of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred as far back as a halfcentury ago.
Now if the abuse took place in a public school, and it allegedly happened before 2009, the victim is out of luck—the bill says
it is officially too late to matter. Moreover, no state agency is subject to a lawsuit if a claim for damages isn’t made within
six months of the alleged abuse.
In other words, no one who was abused in a public school before 2009 can sue the teacher, the school, or the school district,
but if someone was abused in a Catholic school when JFK was president, he can sue the teacher (if he is alive), the school,
and the diocese. This is indefensible on the face of it.
It is hardly a secret that this bill is targeted at the Catholic Church.
Today, there is no institution in the nation that has less of a problem with the sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic
Church. Indeed, in the last six years, the average annual number of credible allegations made against over 40,000 priests is
7.0. So why the need to target the one institution that doesn’t tolerate sexual abuse?
The statute of limitations was already suspended in California for private schools in 2003 (as usual, the public schools
got a pass), and it resulted in nearly 1,000 claims totaling awards of $1.2 billion. The big winners were the attorneys: they
took at least a third of the money for themselves, and in many cases grabbed more than half. Approximately 90 percent of
California school children attend public schools; outside the home, they account for the lion’s share of sexual abuse cases of
any institution in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 500,000 cases
of child abuse are reported in California. According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, thousands of
cases of sexual abuse in the public schools are reviewed annually; action is taken in approximately 800 of those cases.
Perhaps the biggest gap between the way the Catholic Church handles this problem today, and the way most public school
districts do—including those in California—is the mandated staff training programs on the prevention of sexual abuse that
takes place in Catholic schools nationwide.
Just last month, the findings of a survey by the Bay Area News Group of 94 local school districts were published. “Fewer
than half the districts in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that responded to the survey said they
offer their employees the sort of training that experts encourage and the law suggests: annual instruction in how to recognize
signs of sexual or other physical abuse, and clear reminders of the legal requirement to report to the authorities even the
suspicion of mistreatment.” It also learned that “only 29 districts said they have provided annual training about abuse and
the law to all employees.”
It is important to note that training is not mandated by law in California, as it is in all Catholic schools. Indeed, even nonteachers in Catholic schools must go through a program like Virtus, used in Los Angeles, that addresses such issues as
“Good Touch/Bad Touch”; “Establishing Healthy Boundaries”; and “Creating Sacred Spaces.”
The facts speak for themselves. Going after the Catholic schools today for cases of abuse that took place decades ago, while
exempting the public schools—at a time when there is a serious problem with the sexual molestation of minors in the public
schools—is irrational, discriminatory and grossly unjust.