St. Apollinaris Catholic Church • 3700 Lassen Street • Napa, CA 94558 • (707)257-2555

Message From the Pastor

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

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At this juncture, as I have completed my FIRST YEAR of my ministry here among you, I thank God and all of you. God has been so gracious and kind to all of us in many trials, like the wild fires in October, and efforts, like the liturgical formation and training of ministers, completing the church roof project, initiating and continuing various repair and maintenance programs. You have been very generous with your talents, treasure and time! May we continue working together in the same Spirit as we keep that open communication, cooperation, and commitment for the good of our parish.

The miracle of the multiplication of loaves is found in all the four Gospel accounts. But John devotes one full chapter to this. That is chapter 6, which expounds on the theology of the Eucharist. For five Sundays starting from the last, we read and reflect upon John chapter 6.

This sign/miracle confirms the belief of our ancestors that God always provided for His people. Another message it imparts to us is that the bread that is shared in solidarity always gets multiplied by the power of God. Thirdly it elicits and confirms our faith that God never abandons those who share from their poverty to nourish others.

– Fr. Bala

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A BRIEF PERSONAL INTRODUCTION
I was born and raised in southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. I did all my academic and seminary education in India. I was ordained as a priest on February 7, 1977. I worked in the Diocese of Guntur starting off as a parochial Vicar and became a staff member at the seminary. For almost 16 years, I worked at the Chancery - as Secretary to the Bishop, Chancellor and Procurator (Financial Administrator) of the diocese. I was also the first priest in the region to do a four year course in Indian Classical (Carnatic) Vocal Music.

From 1999 through 2001, I did a Licentiate in the Institutional Communications at “Santa Croce”, the Pontifical Holy Cross University run by ‘Opus Dei’ Congregation in Rome, Italy. I moved to the United States and worked in the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 2002 to 2010.

I started my ministry in Santa Rosa Diocese from October 2010 as the Parochial Administrator of St. Aloysius Parish in Point Arena. In July 2014 I was appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Arcata, which has a mission church in Blue Lake. From July 2015 until July 2017 I was given additional responsibilities as Dean of Humboldt & Del Norte Counties, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, McKinleyville, with its mission in Trinidad, Pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission in Hoopa, and Pastor of the HSU Newman Center, Arcata.

I currently serve as the member of the Diocesan Finance Council, and a Trustee of the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) of the diocese.
I have begun my first week ministry in your midst. I am indeed happy to be one among you. As your pastor, I feel honored and privileged to work with you and for you. We are all co-responsible in building the Kingdom of God here and now. May Our Heavenly Mother Mary lead us all to Her Son, Jesus Christ!

St. Apollinaris, Pray for us!
Father Bala

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PHOTOS FROM OUR JUNE 3 PARISH CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
Photographs from our Saint Apollinaris parish Corpus Christi Procession can be viewed online here.

WESTERN RELIGION AND SCIENCE - DR. ALLAMANDOLA
Dr. Allamandola's Third Saturday Faith and Culture talk on "Western Religion and Science" is available online here."Jesus loves us so much that He constantly renews His work of Redemption.

APPRECIATION LETTER TO ALL WHO HELPED DURING THE FIRES AND EVACUATIONS
"Dear Parishioners, On Monday, October 9th after the 8:45 am Mass there were a few of us ..." ? PDF 


 

Your Parochial Vicar

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Fr. David Jenuwine, Parochial Vicar

Father David's Bio

Father David's Homilies

Father David's Photos from Rome, Assisi, Norcia, and Florence

GRACE AND THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - AVAILABLE ONLINE
Fr. David's talk on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is available online here.

FATHER DAVID'S PILGRIMAGE PHOTOS
Fr. David is back from pilgrimage to Rome, Norcia, Assisi, and Florence. You can view the photos online here.

HOLY DAYS, SOLEMNITIES, FEASTS - WHAT'S IT ALL MEAN?
This weekend's bulletin insert explains the ranking of liturgical days. You can view the file here. PDF.png PDF