Video of today's Mass for those who cannot attend in person. Services today were video captured at historic Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, California.
Please continue your donations to our Parish as expenses continue to be incurred. Some may not be able to contribute due to financial difficulties, so if you can help, please be generous. On-line or mailed donations are welcome... please click this link to see how to donate.
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This section features videos featuring Franciscan friar Casey Cole.
More of these energetic, inspiring videos are available on Friar Casey's YouTube Channel: Breaking in the Habit
Casey Cole, OFM is a priest and Franciscan Friar serving as the director of campus ministry at the University of Georgia Catholic Center.
Monday evenings at 6 PM you are invited to pray the Rosary on a conference call with the parishioners of St. Anthony's and Blessed Sacrament Parishes in Mendocino County California. You are encouraged to pray the Rosary privately if you choose not to join the conference call. On Mondays we meditate on the Joyful Mysteries.
Dial this number just before 6 PM: 602-580-9514
When prompted, enter this code: 8089124
The host will recite the prayers and you are invited to respond. Audio only!
If you are new (or have forgotten) to praying the Rosary, some hints:
As we approach the election in the United States on Tuesday November 3, we ask all practicing Catholics to pray the Rosary so that wise decisions are made on the President, other elected offices, and any initiatives or referendums. Please view this video call for prayer.
When a politician proclaims his or her Catholic faith, examine the policies they support: abortion, euthanasia, restrictions of freedoms, destruction of the family unit, death penalty, etc. Are they TRULY practicing Catholicism? #WalkAway
I sincerely hope you are all doing well!
We have seen some tumultuous times this year. First, the virus puts our health at risk and disrupts our lives and our economy.
Now, more recently, deep social questions are being asked and uprisings have occurred with people questioning the fondamental realities of our country.
Amidst all this turmoil, I, for one, hold that it is essential that we turn to our Mother in Heaven and ask for Her help. The Rosary has been a powerful means of pushing back the powers of darkness that may be present in our society and letting more light shine in our hearts and in the world around us.
We need to pray for our leaders that they make wise decisions that respect and appreciate the needs of all. By appreciating the problems that exist in their proper sense, orientations and dispositions can help to bring people together rather than separate and divide. The greatest enemy is evil which tears down and destroys rather goodness which builds up and unifies. But we must pray for this and now more than ever. We must pray as well that our children and grandchildren can grow up in society hasn’t been scarred by hatred and division. May our mother Mary show us the way and may she lead us along the path that leads to health, reason, peace, and unity in our country. I saw a handwritten sign recently that said: WE ARE STRONGER THAN HATE! Let us make this our motto too! (..../....)
I would encourage you all to reach out to each other over the phone and to support each other this way during these troubling times. If there is someone you haven’t talked to in a while please give them a call!
I myself have deeply enjoyed the conversations I have had with you with you all over the phone.
Once again, I would encourage you all to pray to Mary, our Mother in Heaven, that she might give us strength in this time and lead us along the path of light that leads to peace, harmony and unity in our country.
Thank you and may our dear God bless you!
Dear St Anthony’s and Blessed Sacrament Parishioners,
I hope you all are doing well, safe and sound!
At Blessed Sacrament, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 4 PM Saturday in the ordinary form and at 10 AM on Sunday in the extraordinary form.
This will be our schedule of Masses at St. Anthony's:
5:30pm Saturday evening
10am on Sunday
Masses may be celebrated outside based on whatever Mendocino County Health Order is in effect at the time and the number of people in attendance.
We have also resumed the 8:30am Daily Mass Monday to Friday.
Please wear a mask and remain 6 ft apart from others. Couples and family units can sit together.
There will be Lysol spray and paper towels in the back for wiping the pew you use. (What times we live in!)
If any one feels uncomfortable about coming back to church at this stage, please feel welcome to stay at home and know that our prayers will accompany you. We understand perfectly that certain parishioners might feel particularly at risk at this time.
We will continue to provide a link to an on-line Sunday Mass from St. Eugene's on our website as well as daily Masses from EWTN (see below).
I hope you can remain close to our Lord during this time wherever you may find yourself.
My best wishes to you all !
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St. Anthony's Parish was established in Mendocino, CA in 1852. Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, CA was established in 1896. Together both communities have committed themselves to grow spiritually through worship, prayer and continued renewal; thus forming a community of believers dedicated to generating a love of God
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).
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
For donations to Blessed Sacrament, make checks payable to Blessed Sacrament and mail to:
Blessed Sacrament Church
PO Box 28
Elk California 95432
The first American parish priest to be beatified, McGivney will soon be declared "blessed." An additional miracle would need to be attributed to him in order for McGivney to be canonized as a saint, the Vatican said.
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.
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 listen to new Reflections as they are posted.
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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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.
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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.
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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