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Reflections by Father Rob

Most Recent Reflection

Father Rob's Reflection's are short audios of meditations on the Gospel as they relate to our lives living in Christ.  In this section we present the three most recent reflections of Father Rob of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Mendocino, CA.


Come back often and hears new Reflections as they are posted.

Prior Reflection 1



Prior Reflection 2

Memorial Day 2020

A Memorial Day Prayer

 As our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance.


Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families.


Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country.


If it is your will, preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry.


Most of all, we pray that you would turn the hearts of all - military and civilian - to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our sinful souls that surpasses all understanding. Keep us repentant of sin. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace.
In this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.

- Author Unknown


Click on the photo for a Memorial Day Video Tribute.


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Sunday Mass for May 24

Our parishes financial needs continue during California's mandated closure of places of worship.  Please help by donating either by check or by PayPal.

  

For information on how to donate to our Parishes, please click here.


News

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

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Before the Coronavirus forced these lockdowns, we had a special visitor to the Church and he provided us with a tune on our historic organ.  Click the image to listen to it.

Pope John Paul II's 100th Birthday

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

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 Click on the photo to view a special video celebrating Pope John Paul II's birthday 

Bishop Vasa's Message of Hope

Organist Visit at Blessed Sacrament

Bishop Vasa's Message of Hope

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Bishop Vasa  and the Priests, Deacons, Principals and Parishioners from across the Diocese offer a message of Hope in the Easter Season.  Click on the image to read it.

Mass and Vespers in Latin

Father Arsenius, the resident Hermit Priest of the Annunciation Hermitage at Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, CA, presents the Mass and vespers in Latin. 


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On the sidebar on the Facebook page, select "Videos" to view  recordings of Masses or other religious services.


Click here to Visit the Blessed Sacrament Facebook page


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Click on Father Arsenius' image to visit his Facebook Page

Best of Father Mike Schmitz

Here are some short videos by Father Mike Schmitz that you may find both entertaining and enlightening.  


They will be updated weekly; give them a try!

Bishop Vasa's Easter Season Message

 

Bishop Vasa's collaborative message of renewing hope this Easter season... featuring Priests, Deacons, Principals, and Parishioners from across the diocese!

Important Message from Father Rob

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s in our Parish! You mean so much to our families. You are there at the center keeping everything together. We are all indebted to you! 

In spite of the restrictions, I hope you all have a beautiful day this Sunday!


I don’t know when we will be back together. The pastors of the Diocese had a Zoom meeting with the Bishop yesterday.   He was talking about opening the churches and perhaps allowing outdoor Masses on the weekends.  Our own County gave directives effective May 10th alluding to the possibility of family gatherings of 12 or less, but there was no reference to churches....!


If it is so possible, I would be happy to have multiple Masses Saturday evening and Sunday in our church so that we could attend in small groups, but I still need the go-ahead for that.

In this case, we would use alternate pews in church and individuals would sit at each end of the pew, thus respecting the six feet of separation. Also, we would need to wear masks and sanitize the pews after each service.


Starting tomorrow as well we will be leaving our church open during the day. There will be Lysol spray and paper towels in the back for wiping the pew you use. (What times we live in!)

Otherwise, I have tried to call everyone for whom I have a number to check-in and see how you are doing during this time. 


Feel free to call me if you like. I’m at your service.


A parishioner from Blessed Sacrament has done a wonderful job with our website - so important in these times! You can find the Masses on video there and lots of other info.

Please see:   coastcatholic.org


Once again Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers! 

And I hope everyone is doing well!


Fr Rob

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Donations

Many expenses of our Parishes continue during this time of "shelter in place" during the Covid-19 virus parish closures.    You can donate by Venmo (click this link) or by PayPal (button below) or by mailing a check to either Parish (see addresses below).

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Donations to Parishes

Many expenses of our Parishes continue during this time of "shelter in place" during the Covid-19 virus parish closures.  Please help by mail or drop-off a check payable to your St. Anthony to this address:


St. Anthony's Catholic Church

P.O. Box 665  

Mendocino, CA 95460


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For donations to Blessed Sacrament, make checks payable to Blessed Sacrament and mail to:


Blessed Sacrament Church 

PO Box 28

Elk California  95432

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Donations

Catholic Movie Suggestions

Catholic Movie Suggestions

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Click the image to donate to help our Parishes "keep the lights on" while Masses are suspended during this period of "shelter in place".


Catholic Movie Suggestions

Catholic Movie Suggestions

Catholic Movie Suggestions

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While you are sheltering, consider checking out these movies that are suggested by the Knights of Columbus for inspiration.  The KofC provides a study guide to accompany each of the suggested movies and a synopsis of the plots.  Coming soon:  how to stream  or view these movies at home.

Extraordinary Times

Extraordinary Times

Extraordinary Times

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Please click on the image to read Father Martin Vu's thoughts on these Extraordinary Times facing our society.

EWTN Daily Mass

Extraordinary Times

Extraordinary Times

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Click this photo to be redirected to the EWTN Daily Mass on-line.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

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Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Our Pastor

Father Robert "Rob" Torczynski

Many people have asked about where I come from so I thought I would give you a little bio of myself.

I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1964. My father grew up in Chicago and was fascinated by electronics in his youth and went to work in avionics for American Airlines. He worked first in New York at La Guardia and then in Tulsa since the principal maintenance base for American was located there. My mother is from the South and her family goes back to Revolutionary times. She met my dad while working at La Guardia and entered the Catholic Church five years after they were married. We lived in Tulsa on Route 66 on an acreage my father had bought. Our parish, seven miles away, was run by the Polish Capuchins, the same ethnicity as my father. 


I went to parochial school and public school and then to Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa. After graduating, I went with friends to the University of Kansas. It was there that I discovered Professor John Senior and his Great Books Program. There was also a swell of Catholic activity and I greatly deepened Faith as a student there. He recommended that I spend time in a Benedictine Abbey and suggested Fontgombault in France. I spent nine months there and was proposed the Carthusian life. The Carthusian Order imitates the solitary life of the monks in the desert. I practiced this life for 28 years most of which were in France and then came out of the life mainly for health reasons dealing with sleep apnea, fatigue, stress and tension.

I spent a year teaching St John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Ca and then 18 months at Mission San Miguel in the Central Coast region. This last year I was the chaplain at the Newman Center at Sonoma State Univ. while residing and helping out at the cathedral of St Eugene.

I am happy to be with you all here as we walk together in our Faith coming closer to God as a community each day.

Peace be with you, Fr Rob


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Links to

The Diocese of Santa Rosa and Other Area Catholic Churches

Diocese of Santa Rosa
Our Lady of Good Counsel Fort Bragg, CA