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

Message From the Pastor

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Easter Blessings! Greetings of Joy and Peace to you in the Risen Lord!

We are all Easter people! We are all people of Hope!

We live in Him and for Him through our faith and trust in Him, the Risen Lord!

"This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

– 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.

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 2018 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


PRESENTATION ON FATHER DAVID'S PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND
The slides from this presentation can be viewed online here. The presentation notes are available here.

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.