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

Message From the Pastor

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January 6: The Epiphany of the Lord

While angels proclaim Jesus’ birth to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds in the fields, creation itself proclaims the good news to the Magi, in the form of star that they follow. This event reveals the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that Jesus is the light by which all nations shall walk. Jesus is Lord of both the Jews and the Gentiles as St. Paul said in today’s second reading.

As Christians, we are called to proclaim the life of Christ, in our words and actions. Every Christmas season is an opportunity for us to recognize in the Babe of Bethlehem the Emmanuel, “God is with us”. We make this feast and season meaningful by bringing light to places of darkness. We can recognize the God with us in the faces of the ones our society has cast aside.

Let us be attentive so that we will always find that every moment of our lives our God is longing to reveal himself to us.

– Fr. Bala

PLEASE NOTE: FATHER BALA'S EMAIL ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED!
If you receive a suspicious email from Father Bala please contact the parish office (707) 257-2555, There is an ongoing investigation, and a copy of the email should be provided to Nini at the parish office. Please note: any and all donations will always come through the weekend collection or the parish office.

history04.jpg11 DAYS OF PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – MARCH 18 - 28, 2019
Please join Father Bala and two others priests on this pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Round Trip from San Francisco costing per person $3,200. This pilgrimage is open for all, young and adult. And it is open not only for Catholics but also to our brethren belonging to different Christian denominations. To register and get more particulars of the pilgrimage contact Ashley Huss at (707) 257-4528 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


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.

HOW TO TEACH OUR KIDS TO LOVE THE FAITH - FREE MP3
Audio file from Steve Ray's Friday night talk (November 16) available here.

SWIMMING UPSTREAM: LIVING A CATHOLIC LIFE IN A NON-CHRISTIAN WORLD - FREE MP3
Audio file from Steve Ray's Saturday morning talk (November 17) available here.

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

Father David's Photos from Ireland

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.

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

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT ALL THE LAYERS OF VESTMENTS THE PRIEST WEARS ARE ABOUT?
Each of the vestments has a history, a meaning, and a prayer associated with it. Click here for a handy PDF guide (suitable for coloring, too!) detailing the names, meaning, and prayer for each of the items a priest wears during Mass.