On July 13th, “Sunday to Sunday” began production on our episodes for 2018.
We took our cameras to Oakland, CA and the Cathedral of Christ the Light, and witnessed Masses celebrated in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. We met with Father Jay Matthews, the Rector, and Dean of this magnificent church. Jay was the first African-American priest ordained in Northern California.
During our interview, he talked about how over the years he has faced some of the most troubling social problems of our time, yet still preaching about the “joy of the Gospel.”
Father Jay’s distinctive voice has gained resonance because of his pastoral experience as Vicar for Black Catholics, Chaplain to the Oakland Police & Fire Department, but mostly as a pastor at Saint Benedict’s Church in Oakland, and since 2016 as the Cathedral’s pastor.
The following week, on July 19th we ventured down to the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA to hear the remarkable Father Michael Fish, a monk of the Camaldolese Hermitage in Big Sur. Father Michael, the so-called “hermitfish” is a South African who came to the United States in 1997 and is among our country’s most gifted retreat masters.
His task at Mercy Center was that of preaching a three-day “silent retreat” of prayer, contemplation and journal writing. His theme was: “Entering the Cave of the Heart” – in which a hundred participants were encouraged to pause, to relax, to step back for a while, and find an inner beauty, that “inner monk.”
In the coming weeks, we will have the opportunity to travel to parishes & communities, and listen to gifted preachers, including:
- Matt Pennington, Pastor, Nativity, San Luis Obispo
- Bill Nadeau, Pastor, St. Francis, Incline Village
- Jude Siciliano, OP, & Patricia Bruno, OP, Dominican Preaching Team.
By early fall of 2018, these episodes of our program will be placed on our website, and then provided to media organizations & educational institutions for viewing and careful study.
Our long-term goal is to provide a video treasury and textbook of excellent preaching for priests, deacons, laywomen, youth-ministers in adult education, seminary and university education.
This work is the result of your kind help — thanks for your support!
In June, we received a foundation grant that will permit us to plan for programs in 2019. This generous gift will give us the opportunity to view preachers from around the country and make “Sunday to Sunday” genuinely national in scope.
If you wish to contribute, please go to Sunday to Sunday.net where we have more information on how to give — either by check or through PayPal.
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Again, thanks for your support of “Sunday to Sunday,” the preaching project.
Father Mike Russo