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The Miracle of St. Hilary's
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The miracle of St. Hilary's was not the traditional kind.
Since 1888, the small white church of St. Hilary's has looked out from a Tiburon hillside over Richardson Bay, just north of the Golden Gate.
The legend relates that when the railroad was built to Tiburon from the north in 1889, builder Peter Donahue was able to obtain a right-of-way for the tracks only by promising the Reed family, holders of the land grant, that he would build a Catholic church on the hillside above the town.
For 71 years Tiburon Catholics worshiped in the little wooden church on the hill, while the subdivisions spread across the land below. Then in 1959 they moved to a new and more commodious parish church not far away.
Some residents of Tiburon and nearby Belvedere were fearful that the historic landmark would be torn down and replaced by apartment houses. Mrs. Robert Bastian, wife of The Chronicle's cartoonist,
took the lead in organizing the Tiburon Landmarks Society and was elected president. The first installment of the miracle took place at about the same time. A single donor with a passion for anonymity
offered the group enough money to buy the property...
Dear friends in Christ,
This weekend we have the chance to hear from some dedicated fellow parishioners about what it means to them, and can mean for us, to make a generous donation to the AAA.
If you are new to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, this might be your first time hearing about this annual “tax” — but if you have been around for a while, you may be already quite educated about what giving to the AAA accomplishes for your parish.
Recently, I have heard some very faithful and generous Catholics tell me that they have chosen not to make a pledge to the AAA this year, because they are very upset about the recent scandals that have made front page news in the papers, and filled the evening news programs, regarding the goings-on at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.
While I understand your anger, I urge you to please reconsider, if for no other reason than such a choice will hurt your home parish and will have no impact on that situation in North Beach.
In other words, if people choose not to support the AAA and we do not meet our goal for 2014, that money will still be taken from Saint Hilary’s bank account, so such a protest will go unnoticed by everyone except the people here who fight to keep your parish in the black.
Ideally, our Church world would be gloriously free of scandal and sin, but this has been never true, and will never be true, until the Lord’s return in glory. In the meantime, we must individually decide how to live and give, as today’s Bible readings remind us:
The LORD said to Moses,
“Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.
“You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.
Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,
do not incur sin because of him.
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
When one reads history, it becomes clear that our beloved Catholic Church has always been a glorious mix of saints and sinners, often trudging along the road together,
trying to learn from one another.
Even in the New Testament, scandals, divisions and problems arose, but, thanks be to God, the baptized did not divorce themselves from the Christian community, but rather struggled to find the right and decent path, repent of their own sins, speak up for Gospel values, and thus enable the Good News of Jesus to spread to even those most exotic corners of the earth — such as Tiburon, Belvedere, and Strawberry. Imagine!
Your generosity toward the Archbishop's Annual Appeal will help the many ministries and good causes you read about in the AAA pamphlet, but your giving will also help Saint Hilary Parish, your spiritual home.
Each dollar you give toward the AAA means that much support for Saint Hilary, and the ministries we carry on only with your help and engagement. Your past generosity inspired me to give $1,000 from my salary to the AAA, in the hope that many of you will match or surpass my donation.
Pray for our Archdiocese, our Archbishop, our Parish, and all who will benefit from your choices.
~ Father Brown
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot donate to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal by going to the website of the ADSF, because we at St. Hilary Parish handle the process and the money ourselves, finally sending one, big fat check to the Archdiocese in late fall of 2014. This enables St. Hilary to get some benefit from the interest that accumulates during the year.
Saint Philip Neri on the evils of gossip:
The story is told of St. Philip Neri (1515–1595) that he gave a most unusual penance to a novice who was guilty of spreading malicious gossip. He told him to take a feather pillow to the top of a church tower on a blustery day and there release all the feathers to the wind. Then he was to come down from the tower, collect all the feathers dispersed over the far countryside, and put them back into the pillow. Of course the poor novice couldn’t do it, and that was precisely Philip’s point about the great evil of tale bearing. Slander and calumny have a way of spreading to the four winds and, once released, can never be completely recalled. Even when accusations are firmly nailed as false, the reputations of those falsely accused bear a lingering taint. “Oh yes,” it is vaguely said, “wasn’t he once accused of . . . ”
The words of the Bard that you learned in grade school are entirely to the point:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Saint Philip is known more than most saints for his cheerfulness and his sense of humor. Like the "holy fools" of the Orthodox Church, he often resorted to unconventional behavior, such as shaving off half of his beard, in order to make a point. Many were shocked by such behavior. In this icon he is shown with a small dog he filched from one of the cardinals in Rome. Arrogant young aristocrats who came to him for guidance often found themselves walking this little dog, thus learning a bit of humility and sense of proportion. He told jokes and appreciated laughter.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on FACEBOOK
The Archdiocese of San Francisco now has its very own Facebook page, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as the profile picture. You may check it out at:
CONFESSION EXPLAINED -- thanks to Father Jeff Lorig of Nebraska, who was with us the summer of 2011
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Mass is broadcast Sundays at 6:00 a.m. on the Bay Area’s KTSF Channel 26 and KOFY Channel 20, and in the Sacramento area at 5:30 a.m. on KXTL Channel 40.
It is produced by "God Squad Productions" with Monsignor Harry Schlitt, celebrant. To learn more, or to make donations to keep the T.V. Mass going, please contact:
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