Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
October 23, 2020


All masses, retreats and meetings have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns until further notice. Join us at 9 am for a FaceBook live stream.

Todas las misas, retiros y juntas están canceladas por la precaución de COVID-19. Únate con P. Jon por un mensaje espiritual de “FaceBook Live Stream” por un mensaje a las 9:30 en español. 

Protesters dressed as “Handmaids” joined tens of thousands of people in DC against the nomination of controversial Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, a self-proclaimed, juridical “originalist” and Catholic who insists on reading the law from within its “original” context last week. Barrett’s originalist mindset is not too dissimilar from a fundamentalist mindset. Like Scripture literalists, juridical “originalists,” do not believe that social evolution should have any impact on how a law is interpreted. The originalist perspective is problematic because its default is to preserve the “original intent” of the law from the perspective from which it was written: from the perspective of 18th century colonial male white landed gentry.
Gospel Reflection: 
The Greatest Commandment

For this week’s reflection, please tune in to FaceBook Live at 9:00 am for a livestream reflection from Fr. Jon (English).  He will do a 9:30 am reflection (en español). 

Weekly Intercessions

In today’s gospel Jesus is asked in the capacity as a rabbi to comment on the commandments. Jesus’ answer would not have been that different from his contemporary peers: To love God with all of one’s heart, mind and strength and to love one’s neighbor with the same commitment. A Torah literalist (i.e., Sadducee) would have no issue with first part of Jesus’ answer (“To love God with one’s whole mind, soul and might”), but would be hard pressed to include the second part, “To love one’s neighbor as one’s self” as being inseparable from the first response. To the literalist, loving God would be expressed in acts of personal piety and ritual performance which “showed” how much one loved God but to love one’s neighbor (which they would consider a blessing, but not in the same category as loving God) would be considered more of a “coda” or a tail attached at the end of the command to to love God. Thus, in the literalist mindset, one can simultaneously love God and despise the neighbor because the greatest commandment is literally simply to love God and since that is what is singularly most important, you are still in God’s good grace even though you harbor prejudice and hatred for others while sipping from the Communion cup. Jesus; however, was not a literalist.  Jesus and his contemporaries believed that what the Torah revealed was not simply the words on the scroll, but was inclusive of inspired commentaries handed down to contemporary readers: this was known as the Oral Torah. The Oral Torah provides practical application of the teachings (what God wants for us to do in dealing with others) and requires critical reflection (not all commentators are in agreement and thus the reader must understand multiple points of view). The reader of the Torah, therefore studied the text itself and the body of commentaries and debated with others. Multiple rabbis, Jesus included, believed that loving God and loving other persons must simultaneously be upheld. To do one without the other, invalidates the blessing of following the commandment.


Let us pray for fundamentalists who do not approach the Sacred Text in the way Jesus would have approached the text and who harbor hatred in their hearts while praising God.


Let us pray for Scripture and Talmudic scholars and theologians that their critical scholarship will help people of different religions to have more thoughtful dialog that would lead to working together for a more peaceful and compassionate society. 

Reflexión del Evangelio: 
El Mandamiento Más Grande 

Para la reflexión de esta semana, sintonice FaceBook Live a las 9:00 a.m. para una reflexión en vivo del Padre. Jon (inglés). Hará una reflexión a las 9:30 am (en español). 

Intercesiónes semanales

En el evangelio de hoy, se le pide a Jesús, como rabino, que comente sobre los mandamientos. La respuesta de Jesús no habría sido tan diferente de la de sus compañeros contemporáneos: amar a Dios con todo el corazón, la mente y las fuerzas y amar al prójimo con el mismo compromiso. Un literalista de la Torá (es decir, un saduceo) no tendría ningún problema con la primera. parte de la respuesta de Jesús ("Amar a Dios con toda la mente, alma y fuerzas"), pero sería difícil incluir la segunda parte, "Amar al prójimo como a uno mismo" como inseparable de la primera respuesta. Para el literalista, amar a Dios se expresaría en actos de piedad personal y un rito de alabar a Dios que “mostraban” cuánto amaba uno a Dios pero que amar al prójimo (lo que considerarían una bendición, no es en la misma categoría que amar a Dios)  se consideraría más una “coda” o una cola adjunta al final del mandamiento de amar a Dios. Por lo tanto, en la mentalidad literalista, uno puede amar a Dios y despreciar al prójimo al mismo tiempo porque el mandamiento más grande es literalmente amar a Dios y, dado que eso es lo que es singularmente más importante, todavía está en la buena gracia de Dios aunque mantiene prejuicios y odio mientras tomen del cáliz de Comunión. Jesús; sin embargo, no era un literalista. Jesús y sus rabbis contemporáneos creían que lo que revelaba la Torá no eran simplemente las palabras del pergamino, sino que incluía comentarios inspirados transmitidos a los lectores contemporáneos: esto se conocía como la Torá Oral. La Torá Oral proporciona una aplicación práctica de las enseñanzas (lo que Dios quiere que hagamos al tratar con los demás) y requiere una reflexión crítica (no todos los comentaristas están de acuerdo y, por lo tanto, el rabino debe comprender múltiples puntos de vista). El estudiante, rabino, o maestro de la Torá, por lo tanto, estudió el texto en sí y el cuerpo de comentarios y debatió con otros. Múltiples rabinos, incluido Jesús, creían que amar a Dios y amar a otras personas debían mantenerse simultáneamente. Hacer uno sin el otro invalida la bendición de seguir el mandamiento.


Oremos por los fundamentalistas que no se acercan al Texto Sagrado de la manera en que Jesús lo hubiera abordado y que albergan odio en sus corazones mientras alaban a Dios.


Oremos por los eruditos y teólogos de las Escrituras y el Talmud para que su erudición crítica ayude a las personas de diferentes religiones a tener un diálogo más reflexivo que los lleve a trabajar juntos por una sociedad más pacífica y compasiva.

News - Noticias

Volunteer to Turn out People to Vote!

The Advocacy and Community Engagement Division is working to turn out voters in certain targeted neighborhoods. This effort is non-partisan and we will not be making recommendations for Propositions or Measures.

We need people to had out flyers at our food distribution sites, visit neighborhoods, help with text messaging infrequent voters and making calls to neighborhood leaders.

If you are interested in any aspect of helping, please contact Gerardo at or Richard at

Please take the opportunity to reach out to your elected officials and tell them to prioritize vulnerable people and communities impacted by COVID-19. See the Social Policy Action Center for opportunities to take action.

Protect Democracy

South Bay Faith and Religious Leaders will be hosting a training for non-violence this coming Thursday, October 29th in preparation for Pro-Democracy efforts on November 4 at 6 pm-8 pm.  Training is online and requires registration After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The confirmation will come from Rev. Samantha Evans of Stone Church of Willow Glen.


Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

No COVID-19-Related Evictions Until February 1, 2021

  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury.
  • Tenant cannot be evicted for a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021 if tenant returns declaration of hardship under penalty of perjury and pays at least 25% of the rent due.
  • Higher income tenants (over $100K household income or over 130% of median household income, whichever is higher) must provide documentation to support their declaration upon a landlord’s request.
  • Applies to all residential tenants (including mobile home tenants), regardless of immigration status.
Tenants Still Responsible for Paying Unpaid Amounts to Landlords
  • So long as the tenant with COVID-19 related hardship follows the bill’s procedures, any unpaid rent due between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021 is not a ground/basis for eviction, but is still owed to the landlord as a form of consumer debt.
  • Small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts.
  • Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021. This expanded smallclaims court provision sunsets on February 1, 2025.
Additional Legal and Financial Protections for Tenants
  • Extends notice period for nonpayment of rent from 3 to 15 days to provide tenant additional time to respond to landlord’s notice to pay rent or quit.
  • Requires landlords to provide hardship declaration forms in a different language if rental agreement was negotiated in a different language.
  • Provides tenants a backstop if they have a good reason for failing to return the hardship declaration within 15 days.
  • Requires landlords to provide tenants a notice detailing their rights under the Act.
  • Limits public disclosure (“masking”) of eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021.
  • Protects tenants against being evicted for “just cause” if the landlord is shown to be evicting the tenant for COVID-19-related nonpayment of rent.
Statewide Consistency and a Pause on Local Measures
  • Existing local ordinances can remain in place until they expire and future local action cannot undermine this Act’s framework.
  • Requires ordinances that provide a repayment schedule to begin repayment no later than March 1, 2021.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the Act affects a local jurisdiction’s ability to adopt an ordinance that requires just cause, consistent with state law, provided it does not affect rental payments before January 31, 2021.
Protections for Small Landlords
  • Extends the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights’ anti-foreclosure protections to small landlords, 1-4 units, non-owner occupied.
  • Provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance, and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.
Significantly Increases Penalties on Landlords Who Do Not Follow Court Evictions Process
  • Increases penalties on landlords who resort to self-help (i.e., locking the tenant out, throwing property out onto the curb, shutting off utilities) to evict a tenant, rather than going through the required court process.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities to distribute food in partner parishes

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Voluntario con Caridades Católicas para distribuir alimentos en parroquias asociadas
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Spiritual resources/Recursos espirituales

Social isolation can be very difficult because we long for the emotional elements that come from human connection and our sacramental tradition is dependent on human touch. Our spiritual health and emotional well-being are not two separate things, but inseparably connected, therefore, we need resources that not merely keep us distracted during this time, but resources that will help us grow.

Many parishes offer mass streaming online, including daily masses so please check your parish’s website to see if your parish offers mass. 

Every Sunday Fr. Jon will offer a 9 am message in English, repeated at 9:30 am in Spanish on his Facebook Page. You need to “friend” him to get the access to the reflections.

As social isolation becomes the “new normal,” we may need additional resources for our spiritual well-being.

Catholic Meditation and/or spiritual sources: (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast) (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource) (Jesuit)

El aislamiento social puede ser muy difícil porque anhelamos los elementos emocionales que provienen de la conexión humana y nuestra tradición sacramental depende del toque física. Nuestra salud espiritual y nuestro bienestar emocional no son dos cosas separadas, sino que están inseparablemente conectadas, por lo tanto, necesitamos recursos que no solo nos mantengan distraídos durante este tiempo, sino recursos que nos ayudarán a crecer.

Muchas parroquias ofrecen transmisión de la santa misa online, incluidas las misas diarias, así que consulte el sitio web de su parroquia para ver si su parroquia ofrece misa. P Jon ofrece una reflexión cada domingo en español a las 9:30 am (inglés sera a las 9 am) en su página de Facebook. Tiene que “friend” al padre a tener acceso a las reflexiones.

A medida que el aislamiento social se convierte en la "nueva normalidad", es posible que necesitemos recursos adicionales para nuestro bienestar espiritual.

Meditación católica y / o fuentes espirituales:  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)  (jesuita)

Live FB Streaming with Fr. Jon
Sunday at 9 am  (English)

 Those who want to access the live stream, please “friend” Fr. Jon on Facebook. 

Transmisión en vivo con el P. Jon 
Domingo 9:30 am (español)

Aquellos que quieran acceder a la transmisión en vivo, por favor "friend" en FaceBook.


Click Here to see how YOU can help out your neighbors!
Haga clic AQUI para ver cómo USTED puede ayudar a sus vecinos!

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley



California Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations / Prevención de COVID-19 Recomendaciones /

Coronavirus Mới (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities / Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades

Coronavirus – Information, Response, And Considerations (Western Center on Law & Poverty)



Covered California: Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, Covered California has announced a new open enrollment period that will extend through June 30. If you, a family member, friend, or any other Californian is losing health benefits, or just newly interested in getting insured, there is now the opportunity to enroll in comprehensive coverage for individuals and families.

March 18: Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak
The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:  Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS,  Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services.


Public Charge: USCIS has announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to public charge. The public charge regulations from the Department of Homeland Security & Department of State — which institute a wealth test in our immigration system – went into effect on Monday, February 24, 2020, while the litigation proceeds in the lower courts.

Please visit Protecting Immigrant Families for more information. // USCIS exhorta a todas aquellas personas, incluidos los extranjeros, que tengan síntomas similares a los de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fiebre, tos, dificultad respiratoria) a buscar el tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención necesarios. Dicho tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención no afectarán negativamente a los extranjeros como parte del análisis futuro de carga pública. 


For complete website see:

Amenazas de la deportación masiva - ¿Qué hacer?
¿Debemos tomar en serio la amenaza de Trump de deportar a millones de personas? Si y no. Al observar el nivel práctico de esta amenaza, el DHS no cuenta con personal para lograr este objetivo ... pero no podemos simplemente ignorar la amenaza de Trump porque su política de inmigración está orientada hacia la deportación. Los activistas de inmigración y el Grupo Solidaridad trabajan junto con equipos de acompañamiento que brindan apoyo emocional y espiritual y ayudan a conectarse a los servicios sociales, se respetan los recursos legales para garantizar que se respeta el debido proceso de la Constitución, y los defensores que trabajan para moldear la política pública y responsabilizan a los funcionarios públicos de garantizar que los inmigrantes sean respetados en el trabajo y la escuela, estén seguros en sus comunidades y puedan participar en sus propios asuntos públicos. Esté atento a las ALERTAS DE TEXTO en los próximos días para recibir alertas sobre eventos y acciones que apoyan a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes en el Valle.
Threats of Mass Deportation - What to do?
Should we take Trump’s threat to deport millions of people seriously?  Yes and no. Looking at this threat form practical level, DHS is not staffed to accomplish this goal….but we cannot simply ignore Trump’s threat because his immigration policy is geared toward deportation.  Immigration activists and Grupo Solidaridad are working alongside accompaniment teams that provide emotional and spiritual support and help connecting to social services, legal resources to ensure due process under the Constitution is respected, and advocates who work to shape public policy and hold public officials accountable to ensure that immigrants are respected at work and school, secure in their communities, and able to engage in their own public affairs.  Watch for TEXT ALERTS over these next few days for alerts on events and actions that support our immigrant community in the Valley. 

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