California Companions gather with Members in San Francisco

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Muriel Gallegos Mary Ann Anas Dollie Ruth Brooks Judy Pino Anthony Pino Trudy Schultz Miller Mary Elizabeth David Byron Vicky Otto Gerry Downs and many others, with Fr. Jack McClure, CPPS and Fr. Matt Link, CPPS for a most gracious and hospitable celebration of the Feast of St. Gaspar, our founder. — at Most Holy Redeemer Church.

California Companions Gather with Fr. Jack McClure, CPPS and Fr. Matt Link, CPPS for a most gracious and hospitable celebration of the Feast of St. Gaspar, our founder. — at Most Holy Redeemer Church.

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Young Adult Gathering at Sonnino House, August 1-3, 2014

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From left to right: Fr. David Matz, CPPS, Fr. Timothy Armbruster, CPPS, Vicky Otto, Fr. Vince Wirtner, CPPS, Katie Staniskewski, Francisco Ortiz, Pat Large, Nathan Hess, Carolyn Wynk

From left to right: Fr. David Matz, CPPS, Fr. Timothy Armbruster, CPPS, Vicky Otto, Fr. Vince Wirtner, CPPS, Katie Staniskewski, Francisco Ortiz, Pat Large, Nathan Hess, Carolyn Wynk


On Aug. 1-3, 2014, 9 persons: young adult companions, 2 vocation directors, a companion council member, and a companion inquirer gathered with Fr. David Matz, CPPS for a weekend of prayer and discernment.  The hope was to develop objectives helping current companions to invite young adults to consider a call to become companions. The following objectives were discerned and suggested to the Companions Council.
1. Recognizing the value of intergenerational relationships, we recommend journey partners as a part of formation for Companions, so that both inquirer and journey partner may experience a deeper understanding of Precious Blood spirituality, community and mission.
2. Recognizing that we want to increase involvement of your adults and that the nature of invitation according to our guidelines has evolved, we recommend that we cast our nets widely and are overly generous in our invitation to young adults by:
a. Allowing new companion groups to be formed by a Companions without a community sponsor.
b. Offering more frequent information meetings and follow-up activities.
c. Collaborate with existing Precious Blood ministries to be more intentionally inclusive of young adults ( i.e. community,     companions discernment retreats, volunteer program, etc.).
3. Valuing intergenerational relationships, young adults long for connecting and belonging especially as part of their ongoing faith journey. Young adults find purpose and strength through sharing their gifts. Companions, committed to ever-widening circles, must include people of all generations. Over the next year, we ask the Companion Council and Co-directors to:
a. Educate themselves regarding the culture of young adults.
b. Foster dialogue among the conveners and groups regarding how to educated themselves about the culture of young adults.
c. Develop and encourage a “wide net” invitational process for use.

 Fr. David Matz, CPPS

 
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Companions Retreat: Sept 27-28, 2014 & Oct. 25 & 26, 2014

Sr. Mary Kevin Rooney, ASCPrecious Blood Companions,
Our annual Companion retreat will be held in both provinces this year. In Kansas City Province we’ll gather from September 27 to September 28, 2014 at Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri.
In Cincinnati Province, the Companion Retreat will be at St. Charles Center from October 25th and 26th, 2014.
Sister Mary Kevin Rooney will lead our retreat this year.  Sister has a wide range of experience in ministry including serving as an educator, principal and formation director.  She has completed extensive studies regarding the spirituality of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and as served as a team member of the Center of International Spirituality.  For the past 30 years she has served offered spiritual direction and led retreats across the country.
The theme for our retreat this year is, “WE are PRECIOUS! WE are BLOOD! WE are PRESENT!”    In this vigil year of preparation for the 200th anniversary of the Precious Blood community we will spend the weekend exploring, living and recommitting ourselves to BEING Precious, BEING Blood and BEING Present to LIFE for the Church and for the world.
To register please use the Retreat form that was and will be sent to you or contact Fr. David Matz, CPPS at companions.preciousblood@gmail.com.

Companions Pilgrimage to Sorrowful Mother Shrine. August 10, 2014

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The "Joy of the Gospel"

The “Joy of the Gospel”


The Companions Pilgrimage to Sorrowful Mother Shrine included a presentation by Fr. David Matz on The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis. The section he presented, examined what an evangelizing community of missionary disciples looks like. The Pope’s points helped me to reflect on what it means to be a Precious Blood missionary disciple.
All discipleship begins with the realization that God has loved us first. Jesus has laid down his life and shed his Precious Blood for our redemption. All of us are sinners and are cleansed with the Blood of the Lamb. It is out of a sense of gratitude and love, we respond to a call of discipleship and to the call of the Precious Blood of Jesus to be a Companion.
How do we go out, wash feet, become involved in people’s everyday lives and smell like a sheep? It is in our own brokenness we respond to the cry of the Blood. We venture out into the streets full of broken people and broken dreams. We are called to be a bridge for the broken and vulnerable. We are reconcilers bringing mercy not judgment. We risk standing in the breach for others, a place of tension, always hopeful in the power of the Blood. It is to walk with others for however long it takes, no matter how hard it gets and inconvenient it may be. It is to look up at the crucifix of the marginalized and those on the edges of society and into the eyes of pain of our brothers and sisters and to know you are seeing the face of Christ. To reach out and touch their wounds and know their suffering. All blood is precious.
Where do we find the joy, the strength and the courage to pour out the cup of our lives for others? We find it at God’s Eucharistic banquet table. A place where we are accepted as we are, all inclusive and welcomed. We find it in community where we are called to journey with and support one another. It is from these sacred places we are empowered by the Blood of Christ and sent to share our gifts with the world. How do we recognize if we are bearing fruit of new life? God will fill us with an abundance of love, joy and gratitude that is overflowing and we can’t keep for ourselves, it must we given away for others.
Recently, I have experienced the joy, love and peace of Precious Blood community at St. Charles, St. Joseph College, Sonnino House, Most Holy Redeemer parish in the Castro, Liberty Center, Sorrowful Mother Shrine, in cars, airplanes, airports, and restaurants. Community is also where a shepherd holds my feet to the fire and challenges me to grow into everything God created me to be. Open to the Holy Spirit and filled with fire and passion.
What does an evangelizing community of missionary disciples look like? It looks like Precious Blood to me.
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Sonnino House host CALGM

Dave Matz with CALGM Board MembersFrom June 14th to the 17th, the community at Sonnino House in Berkeley, CA hosted the board of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry (CALGM). It is a organization that provides a network for those ministers and ministries in our Church that work directly with Lesbian and Gay persons, their family, friends and communities. Fr. David Matz, CPPS has been a member of board for over a year. There mission is: Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry supports, educates and forms the ministers working in the pastoral care of people in need. The weekend at Sonnino House was a time to clarify our goals and objectives for the next five years. Our time concluded with a hope-filled gathering with the bishop of Oakland, bishop Michael Barber. The Precious Blood LGBT Ministry has been a member of CALGM for the last 5 years.