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

Message From the Pastor

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

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Today, I wish all fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, spiritual fathers, and those who play a father’s role in the lives of infants and the young a very Happy Father’s Day! There are many rich images of God in the Bible: God is a king, a warrior battling for the people, a shepherd cradling lost sheep in his arms., etc. But today, on Father’s Day, let us get a unique glimpse of God as a Father.

– Fr. Bala

The Reign of God

"In Baptism every Christian receives the seed of God’s Kingdom or the Reign of God that consists of the Triune God and His values. Surely for any seed to grow it takes so many days, even years for some to bear flowers or fruits. So also the reign of God takes its own time to grow and become fully matured, to bear the expected results.

"The work of the Holy Spirit within us is silent, certain and sacred. Though God holds his sole power over us, He respects our freedom and therefore He waits for our full concern and obedience to His plan of making His kingdom to grow within us.

"Most of the time humans listen to the promptings of God’s enemy, the Devil, and thus permit the devil to sow his own unwanted seeds in their hearts. As Paul writes in today’s second reading, we should walk by faith, not by sight, and we aspire to please Him, whether we are at home or away. Surely then He will do, what He intends to accomplish in us.

"Let us therefore cooperate with God in His undertakings to establish His kingdom of peace, justice and love in the universe."

(Sonday Sonrise: Homilies for Sundays and Solemnities of Years ABC, © 2011 by Benjamin A. Vima, pp. 198-199)

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

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

FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS, FATHER DAVID WILL BE HELPING OUT AT ST. HELENA
Bishop Vasa has asked him to temporarily fill in until a Pastor can be named in St. Helena
He will still have Masses at St. Apollinaris, but will also have 5:00 pm (Sat), 8:00 am, and 11:00 am Masses in St. Helena.

Father David's Bio

Father David's Homilies

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

HAPPY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY TO FATHER DAVID!
On Tuesday, June 5, Father David will celebrate 9 years as a priest. Please remember to pray for our priests, and for many holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Also, he will be 26 years old for the 30th time on Friday, June 8!

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