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

Year of Grace

"What is grace, you might well ask, especially in this Year of Grace.  But actually grace is not about something; it is not like a divine drug that is injected into us or a heavenly blood transfusion.  Rather it is about Someone.  That Someone is the living loving God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Grace is God dwelling in us, and we, in the process, growing ever more God-like in our understanding, in our love and compassion for each other and for the world..."  - Anne Hunt

BECOME MORE PRAYERFUL THIS YEAR.  Parish events and courses are scheduled throughout the year.  View on Formed.org the 6 part video series entitled  "Prayer:  Finding Intimacy with God" - 6 weekly video sessions introducing Lectio Divina, opening our hearts to reading the Word, reflecting, responding and contemplating

1 minute video describing the Lectio Prayer Program

 

The Grace of Persistent Prayer

"...[I]f we are persistent in prayer, God will give us what we ask for.  But experience tells us that prayer doesn't always work that way...Why?  Because there are other graces associated with persistence besides getting what we ask for.  For one thing, persistence in prayer reminds us of our intrinsic incompleteness.  It also keeps us in touch with our deepest needs and desires - like love, faith, justice, forgiveness, mercy...But God's help sometimes comes in forms that surpass our pleadings.  We plead for an end and receive the strength to endure.  We beg for stability and receive the grace to change.  We ask for more time and receive the gift of eternal life."                ~Sr. Melannie Svoboda