We focus this week on sanctity and stewardship within families. A family is a community, and, as a community, family members can practice stewardship together.
The Holy Family, their relatives Elizabeth, Zechariah, and John the Baptist and our Blessed Mother’s parents, Anne and Joachim, are prime examples of family sanctity and stewardship. Two sets of siblings—Andrew and Peter, James and John—also were chosen to be apostles of Christ. Other instances include Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in two of the gospel stories, the great monastic founders Benedict and Scholastica, as well as Clare and Agnes of Assisi. The fourth century bishop and Doctor of the Church, St. Basil the Great, comes from the largest family of saints, ten in all; his parents, two sisters, three brothers, paternal grandmother, and maternal grandfather, are all venerated as saints.
A more recent case emerged in nineteenth century France. Saint Therese, the Little Flower, Doctor of the Church and patroness of missionaries, along with her parents, Saints Louis and Marie-Azelie and her sister, Leonie, who has been declared a Servant of God, an early step towards canonization, are all members of the Martin family. What’s remarkable is that one family encouraged and generated such piety, commitment, and service to the Lord. Indeed, Therese, four of her sisters, and a cousin all became consecrated religious sisters. They heeded God’s calling and devoted their lives in service to him and others, doing it as a family, without any kind of plan or agenda.
Certainly, we don’t have to be saints to be good stewards, and the wonderful examples the saints give us are not our only models. We can share our time, talent, and treasure with anyone. Needing to give is how stewardship becomes a way of life for us. We can achieve great things as stewards, on our own as individuals or through our families.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
St. Brendan the Navigator
29 Rockaway Ave.
San Francisco CA 94127
In the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The rectory office is closed on Independence Day,
Labor Day, and other official holidays.
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday-Friday 6:30 am & 8:15 am
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 8:15 am & 5:00 pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 5:00 PM
Holy Days of Obligation and Ash Wednesday
6:30 am, 8:15 am, 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Saturday 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sunday 7-7:30, 8:30-9:30, 10:30-11:30 am
By appointment with any priest.
Every 3rd Saturday at 10 a.m.
4th Sunday of January, April, August & December (during Mass)
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:00pm
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