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Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass with parishioners of St. Isabella on May 22 as part of a three-day visit to the San Rafael parish. Joining him on the altar were Father Mark Reburiano, pastor, and parochial vicar Father Samuel Musiime

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Archbishop visits St. Isabella on Trinity Sunday
June 7th, 2016
By Christina Gray

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told parishioners of St. Isabella Church in his homily May 22, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, that he took immediate notice of the church address as he pulled into the parish parking lot: One Trinity Way.

“Whether it was intended or not, this weekend was a good time to visit,” he told congregants at the parish’s 11:30 Mass. Joining him on the altar were pastor Father Mark Reburiano and parochial vicar Father Samuel Musiimenta.

The archbishop’s three-day visit to the San Rafael parish and school May 21-23 was part of a long-range plan to visit each of the archdiocese’s 90 parishes. In addition to celebrating all three Sunday Masses at St. Isabella on Trinity Sunday, the archbishop celebrated the 5 p.m. confirmation Mass.

“The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, followed on the heels of Pentecost is kind of indicative of the church’s understanding of the mystery of God’s work in the life of the church and salvation history,” he said in a brief homily that explained that the purpose behind his ambitious schedule of parish visits is to promote a “sense of communion” within each parish.

“When we come together as one people of faith sharing spiritual and material blessings that God has given to us, our spiritual life, our prayer, receiving the sacraments and praying together for each other, this is the way we advance the mission of the church,” he said.

The archbishop celebrated a Monday morning Mass with students of St. Isabella School, which received a Best of Marin Award from Pacific Sun readers who voted the school “Best K-8 School” in the county.

From June 9, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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