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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad               
December 11, 2020

COVID-19

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.


COVID-19
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. 

WEEKLY COMMUNIQUE
An icon of the Blessed Mother.  Mary has been portrayed in various cultural and racial contexts. Take a moment and sit with this icon. Pray the Hail Mary and take time to breathe and gaze upon Our Mother’s Black continence and her beautiful Black Child who looks at her with trusting eyes. Where else do we see this icon in real life?
Gospel Reflection: Testify about the Light 
 
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

Our death is our wedding with eternity

Rumi

 

Our death is our wedding with eternity

What is the secret? "God is One."

The sunlight splits when entering the windows of the house.

This multiplicity exists in the cluster of grapes;

It is not in the juice made from the grapes.

For he who is living in the Light of God,

The death of the carnal soul is a blessing.

Regarding him, say neither bad nor good,

For he is gone beyond the good and the bad.

Fix your eyes on God and do not talk about what is invisible,

So that he may place another look in your eyes.

It is in the vision of the physical eyes

That no invisible or secret thing exists.

But when the eye is turned toward the Light of God

What thing could remain hidden under such a Light?

Although all lights emanate from the Divine Light

Don't call all these lights "the Light of God";

It is the eternal light which is the Light of God,

The ephemeral light is an attribute of the body and the flesh.

...Oh God who gives the grace of vision!

The bird of vision is flying towards You with the wings of desire.

 

Let us pray for those who see only darkness where there is light and for those who are incapable of embracing the reality of darkness.

Reflexión del Evangelio:
Testifique sobre la luz

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

Poema de la luz y el silencio a partir de Heidegger

por Cadena Áurea

El silencio es el recogimiento del Ser en el retorno a su verdad.

-Heidegger

 

¿Por qué brillan más las estrellas en el silencio?

“Silenciosamente.” Ahora tenemos que oír este silencio de la luz creciente.

¿Acaso no es cierto que la noche se hace más clara y resplandeciente

cuando la mente se queda quieta?

¿Te has preguntado por el Ser, por el crecer de la luz en el silencio?

¿Y por qué es que en el silencio logramos la intimidad de los astros,

la admisión a su fuero secreto, la conversación que se extiende por toda la noche?

¿Por alguna ley extática, reminiscencia del vacío como fuente luminosa, seña originaria?

 

Silencio que cimbra el cielo de posibilidad, que excita a las mismas estrellas

con su serenidad.

Silencio que ha callado todo tremor y abre el loto secreto de la estrella-

toda la matriz de lo real es una perla.

En el silencio se revela el deseo de la luz, el deseo incontenible de la luz de aparecer.

De desocultar el Ser.

Toda esta luminosidad, todo este derramarse del cielo en infinitos recipientes, en cuerpos hechos para amanecer.

Todavía están los montes oscuros, pero por encima de ellos —calladamente— crece la luz matinal. Allí y entonces. Espacio y tiempo. Montes y crecimiento silencioso.

Toda esta luminosidad que sólo se puede beber en silencio…

 

Pareciere que sólo en el silencio se percibe la realidad.

El mundo se transparenta, la forma se revela como (brillante) vacuidad:

en la nada resplandece el Ser.
 

Haz del silencio tu único conocimiento-

Y en el silencio conocerás la unidad de las estrellas y el pensamiento,

el brillo que es el ser de todas las cosas.

 

Oremos por aquellos que ven tinieblas donde solo hay luz y por aquellos que son incapaces de abrazar la realidad de las tinieblas.

Community Resources  
Recursos Comunitarios

Grupo Solidaridad is a part of an on-going community project of Catholic Charities’ division, Advocacy and Community Engagement.  For more information on how to get involved in Grupo Solidaridad, its activities or other groups associated with Grupo Solidaridad, contact Fr. Jon Pedigo at jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

Grupo Solidaridad es parte de un proyecto comunitario en curso de la división de Caridades Católicas, Advocacy and Community Engagement (Abogar y Compromiso Comunitario). Para obtener más información sobre cómo participar en Grupo Solidaridad, sus actividades u otros grupos asociados con Grupo Solidaridad, comuníquese con el P. Jon Pedigo en jpedigo@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org

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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Estimenta adecuada para el voluntariado: zapatos cómodos. NO zapatillas, chanclas, sandalias ni zapatos abiertos.

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. 

MERCADO COMUNITARIO
VIERNES 5 - 7 PM en la Parroquia de Cristo Rey
Venga el 4 de diciembre 

COMMUNITY MARKET  
 FRIDAYS 5 - 7 PM at Christ the King Parish
Come on December 4!

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.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR EXTREMELY LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT AND CANNOT RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS 

PROGRAMAS DE ASISTENCIA DE ALQUILER PARA FAMILIAS DE INGRESOS EXTREMADAMENTE BAJOS Y AQUELLAS QUE NO HAN RECIBIDO NI PUEDEN RECIBIR BENEFICIOS DE DESEMPLEO 

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:

https://gratefulness.org (based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie (Independent Catholic-sourced web resource)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/ (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:

https://gratefulness.org  (basado en las enseñanzas del hermano David Steindl-Rast)

https://www.sacredspace.ie  (recurso web independiente de origen católico)

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/prayer-online/  (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.

Resources from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

 

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)

 

HEALTH/Salud

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: https://www.lawfoundation.org/coronavirus

Recursos por La Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en los Tiempos de COVID-19

 

Las tasas de infección y morbilidad de COVID han alcanzado niveles más alto en el país y el gobernador ha impuesto restricciones a las reuniones públicas para que el virus no se propague. Las camas de nuestra UCI en el condado ya han alcanzado el 86% de su capacidad. COVID ha afectado especialmente a la población latina y se deben tomar mayores precauciones. Como comunidad, no debemos reunirnos en grandes asambleas ni socializar con otras personas fuera de nuestra “manada pandémica”.

 

Este “kit” es un recurso para nuestras familias que nos permitirá celebrar plenamente Guadalupe y mantener la salud de todos los miembros de nuestra familia.

 

Ritual de Casa de Guadalupe

• Prepare un Altar Exterior de Guadalupe para que los vecinos puedan ver el altar desde la calle.

• Adorne su altar con las rosas que de otro modo llevaría a la iglesia.

• En familia, reúnase afuera con ofrendas y cante mañanitas, recite el rosario o recite poesía de Guadalupe.

• Concluya las ofrendas con una letanía a la Virgen. (se proporcionan letanías adicionales)
 

COVID infection and morbidity rates have reached record levels in the country and the Governor has imposed restrictions on public gatherings so that the virus does not spread.  Our ICU’s beds in the county have already reached 86% capacity.  COVID has hit the Latino population especially hard and greater precautions need to be taken. As a community, we must not gather in large assemblies nor socialize with others outside our “pandemic pod.”

This “kit” is a resource for our families that will allow us to fully celebrate Guadalupe and maintain health for all the members of our family.  

 

Guadalupe Home Ritual

•  Prepare an Outside Guadalupe Altar so that neighbors can see the altar from street.

• Adorn your altar with the roses that you would otherwise bring to the church.

• As a family gather outside with offerings and sing mañanitas, recite the rosary, or recite Guadalupe poetry.

• Conclude the offerings with a litany to the Virgin.  (additional litanies are provided)

• After your ritual, return as a household and watch the mass online or television (resources are provided).

 

 

Recursos de Guadalupe: Letanias

Nantzin…...Nantzin, Tonantzin

Tlacaté, Chihuapille, Noxocoyohué, Nochpochtziné

Nantzin…...Gualupita Tonantzin 
Virgencita azteca …..Patroncita mía
Rosa….Sin defecto alguno…..La mas perfecta
En las rosaledas….….Del edén Tesoro……Invaluable
Que enriqueces las arcas de Dios
Desendiste…...De los cielos
Radiantemente…...Vestida de sol

Te cubre tu manto……Inpregnado de estrellas
Que a tu paso….De seguro…..Del infinito tomo

Montada en tu nube…....Cual suave algodón
La luna postrada……Te venera a tus pies

Con trinos…..De pajarillos…..Te anunciabas
¡ Salve !.....A la Madre…..De Dios

Maria Ichpochtli
De la tez morena
De..…Tonos bronceados….Vestiste tu piel

Por tu gran amor…..A mi pueblo
Tus faz…..Afinaste…..De rasgos indígenas

Te hiciste a mi raza
Guadalupe Tonantzin
Te dijiste….....Ser

 

Autor: Juan Manuel Zepeda

Letanía Tradicional

Señor, ten piedad
Cristo, ten piedad
Señor, ten piedad.

Cristo, óyenos. (R)
Cristo, escúchanos. (R)

Dios, Padre celestial: ten piedad de nosotros.

Dios, Hijo, Redentor del mundo, ruega por nosotros.
Dios, Espíritu Santo,…
Santísima Trinidad, un solo Dios…

Santa María, 
Santa Madre de Dios,
Santa Virgen de las Vírgenes,
Madre de Cristo, 
Madre de la Iglesia, 
Madre de la divina gracia, 
Madre purísima, 
Madre castísima, 
Madre siempre virgen,
Madre inmaculada, 
Madre amable, 
Madre admirable, 
Madre del buen consejo, 
Madre del Creador, 
Madre del Salvador, 
Madre de misericordia, 
Virgen prudentísima, 
Virgen digna de veneración, 
Virgen digna de alabanza, 
Virgen poderosa, 
Virgen clemente, 
Virgen fiel, 
Espejo de justicia, 
Trono de la sabiduría, 
Causa de nuestra alegría, 
Vaso espiritual, 
Vaso digno de honor, 
Vaso de insigne devoción, 
Rosa mística, 
Torre de David, 
Torre de marfil, 
Casa de oro, 
Arca de la Alianza, 
Puerta del cielo, 
Estrella de la mañana, 
Salud de los enfermos, 
Refugio de los pecadores, 
Consoladora de los afligidos, 
Auxilio de los cristianos, 
Reina de los Ángeles, 
Reina de los Patriarcas, 
Reina de los Profetas, 
Reina de los Apóstoles, 
Reina de los Mártires, 
Reina de los Confesores, 
Reina de las Vírgenes, 
Reina de todos los Santos, 
Reina concebida sin pecado original, 
Reina asunta a los Cielos, 
Reina del Santísimo Rosario, 
Reina de la familia, 
Reina de la paz.

Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, 
perdónanos, Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, 
escúchanos, Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, 
ten misericordia de nosotros.
Ruega por nosotros, Santa Madre de Dios. 
Para que seamos dignos de las promesas de Cristo.

ORACIÓN. 
Te rogamos nos concedas, 
Señor Dios nuestro, 
gozar de continua salud de alma y cuerpo, 
y por la gloriosa intercesión 
de la bienaventurada siempre Virgen María, 
vernos libres de las tristezas de la vida presente 
y disfrutar de las alegrías eternas. 
Por Cristo nuestro Señor. 
Amén.
 

Litany for Guadalupe

Wherever there is a need for nurturing, mothering, calming, nourishment – there She is.
Wherever there is a need for healing, soothing, anointing and blessing – there She is.
Wherever new mothers, new fathers, and children of all ages need care and support – there She is.
Wherever there is loss, sadness, gaping holes full of the howling winds of grief and sorrow – there She is.
Wherever there is joy, laughter, good food, families gathering, friends speaking, old ones remembering – there She is.
Wherever there is rich black dirt, red roses, chile, cinnamon, chocolate, bread – there She is.
Wherever Death has come, unbidden, unasked for, unexpected, unwanted – there She is.
Wherever it is the very simple things that are most needed: clean water, clean air, clean food – there She is.
Wherever creatures, any creatures, are harmed and then helped – there She is.
Wherever there is trying, working, struggling, failing, getting back up again, victory – there She is.
Wherever there is heartfelt prayer in voice, body, gesture, art making of all kinds – there She is.
Wherever there is storytelling, remembering, recollecting what matters most – there She is.
Wherever there is art, creativity of all kinds, carrying beauty from soul to world – there She is.
Wherever there is seeking for fairness, justice, and truth – there She is.
Wherever there are those who feel unseen, unheard, unwanted, disregarded – there She is.
Wherever there is quiet, silence, stillness – there She is.
Wherever there are blessings waiting in broken places – there She is.
Wherever there is a scarred and sacred heart, pierced and bleeding – there She is.

 

 

Litany of Our Lady of Guadalupe

A novena litany, with Ecclesiastical Approval by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God our Heavenly Father, Creator through whom we live,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, the One who owns what is near and beyond,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy of us.
Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
pray for us.*
Holy Mary, Mother of America,
Holy Mary, Star of the New Evangelization,
Holy Mary, Perfect and Ever Virgin,
Holy Mary, Mother of the True God,
Holy Mary, Mother worthy of honor and veneration,
Holy Mary, Mother most merciful,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who love you and have confidence in you,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who cry to you and search for you,
Holy Mary, Mother who cures all our pains, miseries, and sorrows,
Holy Mary, Mother who remedies and alleviates our sufferings,
Holy Mary, Mother who keeps us within her compassionate and merciful gaze,
Holy Mary, Mother who shows us her help, love and compassion,
Holy Mary, Mother who chooses those who are humble and simple,
Holy Mary, Mother who graciously repays all who serve her,
Holy Mary, Mother who has us under her shadow and protection,
Holy Mary, Mother who carries us in her embrace,
Holy Mary, Fountain of our joy,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
Almighty and Eternal God, your message of mercy, entrusted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, invites all your children to place all their trust in you. Through the intercession of the mother of your Son, may your message of Merciful Love inflame our hearts that we may be faithful heralds and instruments of this Divine Mercy to the world.
(Mention your intentions)
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

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