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2021 Eureka


St. John Vianney Parish 10497 Coloma Rd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 362-1385

Summer 2021 Eureka

Eureka! I have found it! 

You might know it as that "aha" moment. Eureka: that moment of

discovery, understanding, enlightenment or inspiration. Everyone has a story to tell about their own "aha" moment. Some are deeply personal and only shared with a few, others are spiritual in nature and shared with everyone. Others happen when we least expect, and for our young children they can happen daily. The staff of Built on the Rock hope you enjoy this issue as members of our community share their "aha" moments. Enjoy.



09 Growing in Faith: the Bollinger's 17 Finding the Gate 24 Be Still

Rich Alden

Fr. Giovanni Gamas

Kalie Paranzino

28 Called To Be Saints


06 A Work of Mercy

Fr. Joseph Sebastian, CMI

Rich Alden

19 COVID Comfortable Ross Johnson 22 Third Grade Wisdom Scott Beauchamp 32 There Are Many "Chucks" Ross Johnson


08 What Teenagers Are Thinking

Findlay McIntosh

26 The Chicken Runs At Midnight

Kirk Dutcher

31 The Phone Call I Never Wanted Diane McDonald 37 Catching Up With Rev. Dariusz Malczuk

Rich Alden


Who's Reading the Rock? Greetings from the Navajo-Hopi Reservation! I'm Fr. David Tate. I grew up in Rancho Cordova, and I currently serve as priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Keams Canyon, Arizona (on the Navajo-Hopi Reservation). Blessings to all the readers of Built on the Rock!

In Every Issue 05 From the Editor Eureka Rich Alden

13 Fun Zone

The Lighter Side

14 Our Faith Journey Deeper Intimacy With God Frank Rogers-Smith

16 Formed

Understanding Your Faith Kyle Marx

20 A Conversation with... A Conversation with Tom Beigle Ed Spellacy

33 Knight's Page Meet the Knight

34 From the Publisher The Sands of Heaven Peter Arnez


Rich Alden Managing Editor Built on the Rock


I need to spend more time with people not my own age. The older I get, the more isolated my perspective and thinking becomes.

staff of Built on the Rock encourages you to share your Eureka moments with your family and friends. You never know, your words may inspire an "aha" moment in another.

As I was contemplating putting this issue of Built on the Rock together, I kept that in mind. I realized that I needed to expand our content so that it represents all ages. We needed a theme that is easy to understand but also has multiple layers of definition. It needed to inspire and challenge our contributors. Eureka! No, that’s not what I uttered when I decided on a theme, it’s the theme of this issue.


“Eureka,” a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something. You may also know it as that "aha" moment. Our lives are filled with "aha" moments. They come from hard work, sheer luck or inspired by a song, a few kind words from a stranger, a homily, or a life event. Along with a good theme, I needed to get input from people not my own age. In this issue you will get words of wisdom from 3rd graders, you will get perspective of teenagers as they combine art and opinion and finally a work of Mercy from a ten-year-old. We continue to bring you profiles and stories of our parishioners. It takes courage and guts to share your life or thoughts in a public forum like Built on the Rock. I appreciate all our contributors and I hope you do too. If you see them, introduce yourself and thank them. Please fasten your seatbelt. As you read this issue of Built on the Rock, you may cry, you may laugh or be confronted with a challenging thought. You will read about Eureka or "aha" moments that are transforming. After reading this issue, the

Welcome Archangel Gabriel. The staff of Built on the Rock

welcomes Archangel Gabriel to be our super hero. Gabriel translates into "God is my strength." He performs acts of justice. Gabriel is feared by evildoers and protects the innocent.

Artist rendition by Autumn English.


Jen Norton, Corporal Works of Mercy www.jennortonartstudio.com

A Work of Mercy Rich Alden

By all accounts, Diego Ambriz is a typical 10-year old boy. He is the son of Alberto and Veronica, attends Peter Burnett Elementary and loves playing basketball. He has a sister Karina and a brother Leonel. When he grows up, he wants to be a professional athlete. Did I say typical?... Well maybe not. Here’s his story. Diego was inspired by his Faith Formation lesson on Works of Mercy. Did he decide to collect food to feed the hungry? Collect


clothes to clothe the naked? Join a Habitat for Humanity project? No, he chose something much more personal. He began corresponding with Sergio, an inmate serving 21 years at a prison in Boscabel, Wisconsin. “I like to help and talk to people who do not have a friend to talk to,” Diego says. He adds that Sergio is “grateful and happy” when he receives the letters. Isolation and separation from family is difficult for inmates. Diego’s letter has brought joy to Sergio and by extension to Sergio’s family. His sister writes, “Diego, you are a child with a big heart, charitable person and with a great spirit of kindness and mercy”. What has Diego learned about this experience? “I learned that it is good to pray for someone who needs God in the times that they are lonely and sad.” Does anyone want to play some basketball?

Una Obra de Misericordia Translation by Daniel Lares

Según todos los informes, Diego Ambriz es un niño típico de 10 años. Es hijo de Alberto y Verónica, está matriculado en la escuela primaria Peter Burnett, y le encanta jugar baloncesto. Tiene una hermana Karina y un hermano Leonel. Cuando crezca, quiere ser un atleta profesional. ¿Dije típico? ... Bueno, tal vez no. Esta es su historia. Diego se inspiró en su lección de Formación en la Fe sobre Obras de Misericordia. ¿Decidió coleccionar comida para alimentar a los hambrientos? ¿Recoger ropa para vestir al desnudo? Participar en un proyecto Hábitat para la Humanidad? No, eligió algo

mucho más personal. Comenzó a mantener correspondencia con Sergio, un preso cumpliendo una sentencia de 21 años en una prisión en Boscabel, Wisconsin. “Me gusta ayudar y hablar con la gente que no tiene un amigo con quien hablar ”, dice Diego. Agrega que Sergio está "agradecido y feliz" cuando recibe las cartas. El aislamiento y la separación de la familia es difícil para los reclusos. La carta de Diego ha traído alegría a Sergio y por extensión a la familia de Segio. Su hermana escribe, “Diego, eres un niño con un gran corazón, persona caritativa y con un gran espíritu de bondad y misericordia ”. ¿Qué ha aprendido Diego de esta experiencia? “Aprendí que es bueno orar por alguien que necesita a Dios en los momentos en que se siente solo y triste ". ¿Alguien quiere jugar un poco de baloncesto?


Mia Gandy

What Teenagers Are Thinking

EUREKA Christian Brothers High School Fine Arts teacher Findlay McIntosh challenged his students to channel their creativity and talent to incorporate our theme Eureka into their art. To see more, go to the special insert included with this magazine.

Grace Knox

Calista Rapolla

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GRO ING The Bollinger's

“It can be overwhelming to think that God calls each and every one of us to be His disciples.” This can be uncomfortable for Brandon & Tanie Bollinger as they tend to be shy and private people. “Being interviewed for our parish magazine is out of our comfort zone.” Brandon & Tanie Bollinger met in a college nutrition class while attending Sierra College. Tanie grew up in Citrus Heights and taught middle school for several years before transitioning to her current role as a stay-at-home mother to Barrett, age 9, and


Ava, age 5, both of whom attend our parish school. Brandon is a software engineer who grew up in Auburn. On parenting, “we love watching our children grow; witnessing someone develop their unique personality, independence, talents, and relationship with God is very special. Helping to shape a child’s mind and soul is an amazing gift and responsibility from God, as He is allowing us to partake in expanding the kingdom of God.” Both Brandon & Tanie are cradle Catholics. “Being Catholic in our 20’s, the early years of our marriage, looked a lot different than it does for us now. Like many young

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couples, we dove into building our new careers and focused on earning and saving money so we could buy a home. We attended church on Sundays and prayed at home, but it was a far cry from living the gospel…… can we call it ‘minimalist Catholicism?’” For the Bollinger family, the inspiration to live the Gospel took hold over time. “Little by little we began to incorporate the church into our lives. The more we incorporated it, the more our faith grew and the more our lives became centered around it.” Brandon recalls, “Tanie began saying the rosary daily on the day we found out she was pregnant with our first child.” Tanie adds: “this has led


The Bollinger's: Growing in Faith Continued from page 11

to a loving relationship with our Blessed Mother that was not there before. I felt like I could turn to her as a wife and mother for support and she would understand.” Similarly, Tanie observes that: “Brandon, like many husbands and fathers, feels the pressure of providing for his family both spiritually and materially. He finds strength in the rosary. He started the habit of turning off the radio in his car during his commute and saying a rosary instead.” In more recent days, the couple has completed the Consecration to St. Joseph, a true model for all husbands, fathers and families. As parents, Brandon and Tanie strive for the family to be an example of Christ in the world and believe this starts in the home. “We want to model for our kids daily that God is what is most important. How can we expect our kids, the next generation of Catholics, to love God with their whole body, mind, and soul if we are not showing that to be the case in our own lives? We live the liturgical year; we decorate our home and carry out prayers and activities that align with the church calendar. We attend Mass and receive the sacraments as often as we can, and, most importantly, we pray together as a family daily.” Free time finds the family camping and fishing while they also enjoy tossing the frisbee around in the park. Frequent walks in the park usually turn into hunts for critters. In the evenings they enjoy sing-alongs accompanied by Brandon who plays the guitar. As a former schoolteacher, Tanie understands the importance of reading, “We just finished reading The Chronicles of Narnia out loud together.” Like most families there are challenges. “We have failings all the time, like everyone, we experience worry and anxiety, we drag our feet in our daily vocations, and we lose our patience in our parenting. We


“Little by little we began to incorporate the church into our lives. The more we incorporated it, the more our faith grew." Tanie

live in a world that is constantly pulling at us and telling us what we need to accomplish, what we need to look like, what we need to have. Believe us, we feel the pull!!!” Why would a reserved and humble family want to be profiled in such a public forum? “Maybe someone might read this article and think, ‘I’d like to start praying more with my family’, or maybe someone will see us walking into the church each day and think to themselves, ‘maybe I should go check out what’s happening in there.’”

How can we expect our kids, the next generation of Catholics, to love God with their whole body, mind, and soul if we are not showing that to be the case in our own lives? Brandon

Looking into the future, Brandon states, “We will continue to put our trust in God’s plan, repeating the prayer ‘My God, we surrender our family to You, take care of everything. Thy will be done.’ We will work to humbly embrace our nothingness in comparison to God’s greatness. By God’s grace, and only by His grace, we will strive to live our life with the hope of eventually hearing the words ‘Well done, good and faithful servants.’”

The Bollinger family enjoys spending time with friends and family and their SJV school community, BBQ, car shows, fishing, restoring an old truck, and just hanging out at Folsom Lake.


10 Great

Ideas to Entertain Kids in the Garden

1. Get their hands dirty. Kids love to dig in the dirt...

2. Let them explore.

Give them the opportunity to figure things out on their own.

3. It's a Bug's Life.

Help them find the mini-beasts that inhabit our gardens.

4. Just add water.

Water makes any project fun.

5. Involve them from the start.

Include them in the planting process.

6. Make it a game.

Have a weed-pulling contest.

7. Give them their own garden.

It's about ownership and feeling accomplished once they sprout.

8. Transport their garden into meals and presents. How about a pizza garden? Tomatoes and peppers are a great start!


Parishioner and enthusiastic gardner Ron Schunk helps his grandson August plant vegetables.

Pet of the their ideas. 10. Utilize They might surprise you If you encourage them and teachMonth 9. Make their garden a big deal. them, you know what talents and passions will sprout.

because some of their ideas will be amazing.


Zone Photo of the Quarter by Gerard Abrams


Meet Ruby, Our Pet of the Quarter Ruby Brees Emslander is a year and a half old Golden Retriever. Her favorite activities are any activity with kids, especially her favorite Evan, and just being by our side. She is very keen when someone is sad or upset, she will come sit right by their side. Her middle name is a tribute to my husband's favorite quarterback, Drew Brees. She has brought so much joy and wonderful distraction during our Covid-19 tough times. Send your nominations to richsjvrock@gmail.com


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Our Faith Journey Frank Rogers-Smith

Deeper Intimacy With God

owes me a smooth comfortable life. Was I trying to justify myself and believe the lie that God is somehow unjust? I had lots of time to think. In this darkness the cry of my heart was: “Where are you, God? I cannot see you.” I couldn’t ‘see’ Him because I wasn’t looking for God in my suffering. I thought God was outside my situation and He would bring me out of it. I have come to discover God has not been punishing me or ignoring me. He was here all along, Photo in of the Quarter by Gerard every moment. GodAbrams was within my injured body and my doubting soul. God did not cause my spinal cord injury, but He desired to make great use of it by helping me to find Him in a deeper, more intimate way.

As I write this, I continue to recover from a spinal cord injury that required emergency surgery to restore the feeling and use of my legs.

It is all gift: all mercy. Without realizing it, I was being prideful with a sense of entitlement that God


Jesus has been in my dark times like one of His sheep in the 23rd Psalm: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Jesus did not lead the sheep around the valley, or over it. Jesus and His sheep walk through the dark valley to the other side. He is walking through this with me. Jesus is leading me through a dark valley to another place.

God has been stretching me, my faith, my trust. He has been inviting me, daily, to walk towards Him in faith.

I spent the better part of a month in the hospital and then a rehab facility. I had 20 hours a day in my room: plenty of time to ask God, ‘Why?’ and ‘What am I going to do?’ I asked God: ‘Why did this happen? Why did You want to allow this to happen to me?’ There was a definite darkness: I struggled with the fear that God did not care about me. I thought, ‘I am a good person and did nothing to deserve this.’ I wanted my old life back and my status quo. I was looking to be healed from everything and to be delivered from all I was going through. I knew I needed God’s help. God showed me, in prayer, I did not deserve a healing, or His faithful, merciful love (or my life for that matter!) I did nothing to earn any of it.

one with it. Such intimacy with God is not possible if we run away from our suffering. Jesus and the thief went through their crucifixion and emerged on the other side (Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." 9Luke 23:43.

Intimacy means “In-To-Me-See.” It was Jesus’ life (no easy road), His suffering and death on the Cross that has comforted me. Jesus was between two thieves on the cross. One wanted out of his situation. The other thief understood Jesus had come into his suffering and would suffer with him and for him. Jesus did not try to escape His suffering. He picked up His cross and became

Over the last six months, I have undergone physical therapy, which if you haven’t had the pleasure, is hard and drudgery-it is rehabilitation. I have been able to learn to walk again with a cane, and can drive and meet with my youth group kids again, which I thank Him for. But, it has been a long road. Through this difficulty, God has been rehabilitating my soul. I realized it was impossible to see God when I focused on my situation. I have had to ask myself a difficult question: Did I love God for His Own sake (because He is my Father) or was I trying to love God so He would give me the use of my legs

today, through the study of God’s creation through science, but we still cannot harness the ocean tides or cure cancer (or get deadened nerves to regenerate.) I am a finite fallen human being who doesn’t understand and cannot control the working of the world around me. I came to understand God allowed my injury to occur for reasons I am not fully capable of understanding, and He has given me peace about that now. I had been accusing God of not caring and being absent because of what I did not understand and what I could not see, very human, and understandable, but that is a hugely dark place.

and relief from my suffering? I have also asked myself the uncomfortable question, which would I choose: a closer relationship with God in my damaged body or a restored body with my ignorance and a lack of trust and faith in God in place?

In 1Peter1:3-9, St. Peter has taught me we have to suffer through many trials in this life. God is growing our relationship through this, our intimacy. I think I see, just a little

bit, of what Jesus suffered for me to save me. This is God’s mercy. It can be hard to see our sufferings and our condition as part of God’s mercy. St Peter tells us to rejoice, count it pure joy, and find our joy in the trials. How are the sufferings merciful? As St. Peter points out, they test the genuineness of our faith and lead us to the praise, glory, and honor of Jesus. In other words, in our sinful state, we are not able to love God, ourselves, or each other as much or as perfectly as we would like. The sufferings purify us so that we can love more perfectly. And this comes with a promise: “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

My favorite book in the Bible is Job. Job endures unimaginable suffering: Job has lost his wife, children, physical goods, and his health. Job feels abandoned, Job questioned God. God never answered Job’s ‘Why?’ question. God is not at my beck and call, either, to provide me with all the answers. God does not have to justify Himself to me. Job has taught me two things recently: that being close to God and accepting His mercy can help one endure a bad situation. Better to walk with God in Spirit than to walk apart from God in my body. The second thing I learned is when God asks Job questions about the natural world, Job admits it is all a mystery. We may know a bit more than Job about the physical world


Kyle Marx

Understand, Live, & Share Your Faith Eureka! You will be amazed who it is you’re looking at in the mirror six years from now, understanding for the first-time what God expects from those who are given more. The term Eureka expresses “Triumph” or “Victory.” In my life I’ve witnessed parents exclaiming Eureka after successfully helping their adult children find their way back to the Catholic Church. It took a lot of prayer and action on their part, just as God believes in us participating in our salvation. Ephesians 6:17 “Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.” Your Eureka moment can be the same as the Ethiopian’s when he found Philip to guide him. Use FORMED as your personal evangelist to learn and understand the Bible, to find out what your baptism really is, by studying the word of God and learning His will.



Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.” We know that less than 1% of believers have read the Bible, cover to cover before age 45 and less than 4% of them took the next step of studying the Bible systematically. Psalm 119:15-16, “I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” The Ethiopian through study found

his Eureka moment, his baptism. 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more and went on his way rejoicing. In March, FORMED started a 32-week study on Matthew, the first of 27 New Testament books to study over the next six years. Two scholars walk through the important Catholic doctrines; each week you’ll study between lessons after you watched them use the fourstep Lectio Divina in action. Join us as we read through the Bible with Dr. Scott Hahn and others, going through the daily lectionary focusing on Sunday’s readings to support FORMED's 6-year program. Eureka, we have found our treasure, and it is the Lord's Word in the Scriptures."

From the Pastor Finding the Gate At the beginning of the day, the sheep exit through the gate following the shepherd to reach green pasture.

In the Gospel, Jesus works with the image of a sheepfold, an area enclosed by four walls with a gate in front of the wall. At the beginning of the day, the sheep exit through the gate following the shepherd to reach green pasture. Then, at the end of the day, the sheep return through the gate for safety and protection. So, the gate provides protection and sustenance.

Amen, Amen, I say to you, says the Lord, I am the gate… whoever enters through me will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture... I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus goes on to identify himself with the gate, that we are to enter through him to find security and protection, sustenance, and nourishment. Indeed, Jesus is the gate through which we pass to

Fr. Giovanni Gamas

God, and God comes to us. He is the opening towards the fullness of life. As He says in the gospel, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” My dear friends, as followers of Jesus, there is a sense in which we all share in that role of being the gate. We have a role to play in each other’s lives. We too, are called to be “openings” for God, to be instruments and conduits. Through us God can enter people’s lives. Amen.

What did Jesus mean when he said "I am the gate"? 17

JULY 3-4, 2021 [City of Rancho] No community event reflects the "spirit of Rancho Cordova" like the Fourth of July. It is an all volunteer effort that, like our city, evolves with each passing year, growing and improving upon itself. It has become the signature event of our community and the largest Fourth of July event in the region. We enter this summer with fingers crossed and high hopes that pandemic conditions will improve such that we may gather in Hagan Park for the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration. Rest assured, we are working with the Cordova Recreation and Park District, our vendors and partners to bring you another wonderful Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks on July 3-4.

Updates: www.ranchocordovajuly4th


meetings, distance learning, food deliveries to our homes, and “livestreaming" our faith. In the process we changed our daily living habits and social connections. We became more concerned about our safety and survival. There were those who stepped into the battle on our behalf, but most of Ross Johnson us just became comfortable. No more thinking about going to Mass. No more dressing for work or school. No driving to sports, choir, community, and family events. We were forced to learn technology and broaden our communications. Technology let us work, go to school, It has been over a year since COVID and helped gather families and -19 disrupted our lives. Now is the friends. time to move forward. Welcome Yet in this transition to a new life everyone with open arms and, if under COVID we may have become allowed, a hug. The doors to our too comfortable. We cannot let safety church are open as well as our morph into selfishness. We must hearts. Last year, instant fear, be careful to not have the “we” that anxiety, loss of direction, and brings us together turn into “me” feelings of meaningless fell upon that stays alone and comfortable. many of us. This is a time of faith and community, not in spite of Covid, What is happening? What to do? but because of challenges Covid has How do I keep my family safe? Yet presented. We need our community. slowly we adapted. We learned about social distancing, Zoom Now it is time to look inside ourself and decide how to move forward. Reach out to our parish community and become involved. Start with practicing our faith by attending Mass, going to Confession, tithing, and helping with the parish ministries. Look to help our social services activities, parish organizations, and volunteer for parish events. There are safety protocols that allow us to return as a community.

COVID Comfortable

SJV KofC fireworks Stand June 28- July 4

St. John Vianney Church Lot

All American 4th of July Raffle 1st Prize $549 value "Big Bang Firewoks" Assortment from the KofC

2019 Raffle Winner

SJV parish has given us the tools including: MyParishApp, the website, Facebook, and direct contact with office. Information about Mass times, ministries, organizations, events, and giving is readily available. Step from being COVID comfortable to being Parish active.


A Conversation with Tom Beigel Ed Spellacy

A "volunteer" is a person who offers himself/ herself for service of their own free will. St. John Vianey Parish is blessed to have many talented and dedicated volunteers, whose efforts are essential in numerous areas of Parish life. One name that appears frequently is that of Mr. Tom Beigel. Tom is the head of the “RCIA” program, the “Kairos Prison Ministry”, and the “St. Vincent de Paul” ministry.

Additionally, Mrs. Claudia Beigel heads the “Gabriel Project,” and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. Tom and Claudia joined our Parish in 2006 upon moving to Rancho Cordova after many years in Concord, CA. Tom has been my good friend and fellow golfer since then (he’s hard to beat on the golf links!) Oh, and he’s also a gifted singer and guitarist. Additionally, he joined the Rancho Cordova Branch of the Sons in Retirement, (SIRS), men’s group in 2014 2014,, and quickly rose to be the leader “Big Sir” of Branch 112 two years later. Let’s get to know this busy gentleman a little better.

As I was coming up on my 21 21st st birthday, I had what I would call a “crisis of faith” and left the seminary. In fact, I left the Catholic Church and was unaffiliated for the next three years. Ed: Are you a native Californian, or are you a “transplant” like many of us from other parts of the US? Tom: I grew up in a small western Iowa town called Onawa, meaning “wide


awake” in the American Indian lingo. When I was in 3rd grade, our family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 14 14,, I entered the Minor Seminary in Montebello, California, in the Los Angeles area. Ed: Where did your journey take you after the Minor Seminary? Tom: After 4 years in the Vincentian Seminary in Montebello, I entered the novitiate for one year in Santa Barbara, California, then spent one year in Perryville, Missouri. As I was coming up on my 21 21st st birthday, I had what I would call a “crisis of faith” and left the seminary. In fact, I left the Catholic Church and was unaffiliated for the next three years. At the age of 24 24,, I met my wife Claudia, who at that time was of the Baptist faith. Our long and winding road led us to Corvallis, Oregon, where I received a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oregon State University. We joined an Evangelical Church and remained in Corvallis until 1981 1981.. I eventually entered the field of Information Technology (IT) and we moved to Concord, CA, where I came back to the Catholic Church and Claudia was brought into full communion with the Church. We spent 24 years in Concord before moving to Rancho Cordova in 2006.. 2006

Ed: You and Claudia are blessed with having a large family. How many kids and grandkids? Tom: We have 8 kids and 11 grandkids. Four of the families are in the area, and the other four families are close by in the Bay Area. Ed: Tom, since you and Claudia joined our parish in 2006 2006,, you have both made major contributions to our church community. Tell us about serving as the leader of our RCIA program. Tom: You always must recognize that each candidate has their own unique story. Leading RCIA can be challenging and time-consuming, but also very rewarding. This year, we had 6 candidates, two young SJV School students along with four adults. They were formally brought into the Catholic faith during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Ed: Many of us are unfamiliar with the Kairos Prison Ministry. Please educate us. Tom: I joined this program while we were still in Concord, and I consider it to be a turning point in my life, as a catalyst to serve others. I started in this

ministry at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, where I offered friendship to three murderers with psychiatric problems. Since moving to Rancho Cordova, I have continued this ministry at the California State Prison in Folsom. Kairos is a lay, ecumenical ministry with a Catholic Chaplain as our sponsor. Our volunteers come from various Christian denominations including Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, and non-denominational churches. We share our faith in Christ with the inmates and bring the love of the outside Christian community to our incarcerated brothers in prison. Kairos can be a life-changing experience for many inmates. As a volunteer, I can attest that I have changed because of my service in the prison. Ed: You lead the St. Vincent de Paul ministry here at SJV. Tom: Our main goal is to help financially struggling neighbors to stay in their current housing by providing assistance with rent and utilities. We also provide furniture as needed. We have approximately one dozen volunteers providing time and energy in this ministry.

Ed: Tom, what would you say to parishioners who are thinking about serving in a ministry? Tom: I would recommend that they read the 25 25th th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, especially verses 31-46 31-46.. What does Jesus expect of his disciples? Service to others may be demanding at times, but it is always rewarding.


Third Grade Wisdom SJV school instructor, Scott Beauchamp posed this question to his 3rd graders. What does it mean to be good? These are their responses.

I love when people share do you like it too? Gunner Being good is hard. You got to be kind to others. God shows us the way. Aaron To be good in baseball you have to run the bases, but in football you have to run the yards. Elias What does it mean to be good in basketball? First, to listen to our coach. Next, to always pass and don't be a ball hog. Then, to focus on the ball and ignore all of the booing! Finally, to respect your teamates. That's how I'm good. Aiden


Being in school means me to be good because that's where I usually be good. Renee

We listen to our teacher here in third grade or if we don't we will get in trouble but we dont want to get in trouble. We all are Let me tell you about what it means to be good responsible and have courage and the ability to be at this school. at school. At lunch when Tristan no one wants to sit next to you sit with them like the first time I saw my friend Leila. I sat next to her. Jordan I'm good at basketball. I always mostly make a swish, swish. Evan

What is good about SJV? I learn stuff and play with friends. Airela I am good at art. I can draw all sorts of things like a dragon, person, hibiscus, animals, teddys and more! Art is beautiful. Art makes me happy also. Arden


Being good in sports doesn't just mean winning it also means being a good sport even when you lose. Barrett

To do good is to feel good. Cameron

Inside are 2 buttons, "BE GOOD" and "BE BAD." Peter To be good takes practice, listening, helpful, and respect. At school you need to listen and be a good helper. Penelopie

Being good doesn't mean punching someone. Being good means like helping someone when they fall down. Leonardo

I practice the virtue of Patience when my mom is doing something and I needed something. Leila

Being good is practicing the virtues and being respectful. Jesse

It might sound easy but to be good takes desire and hard work. Claire

You can be good at sports. You can also be good at school and being responsible. Matthew

Greetings From 3rd Grade!


Kalie Paranzino 4th grade instructor SJV School

Be Still

“Be still. God’s golden radiance fills the world.” -Doc Miller That prayer is the morning offering of my dear friend and mentor Doc Miller.

He shared these words with me in the Spring of 2019 just before I moved across the country to teach at the St. John Vianney School through University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. It's


as if I’ve found these words tucked in a corner of my heart, and they’ve surfaced, shedding light on life in Sacramento and at SJV.

The notion of being still, recognizing the tender-closeness of Christ in the midst of exactly what is going on in my heart and in the world around me - be it restlessness, tumult, anxiety, joy, restoration, discovery, or a mix of experiences in one— is my greatest consolation. Just before I moved from the east coast, I experienced God’s golden

radiance bursting in my life one evening as I babysat for a family of five kids. As I prepared the youngest two for bed, sweet Molly asked for a bedtime story. My heart leaps writing this, recalling the palpable movement of the Holy Spirit, inspiring the exact story to tell. “In the beginning God, who is Love, wanted to share love with the whole world, so God created,” I began. “God made light, land, the sun, and stars. Then, he made oceans...” “Ooooh! And he made sand and beaches,” Molly chimed right in.

“Yes exactly,” I replied. “God wasn’t finished yet. Something was missing,” I told her. Her eyebrows scrunched as she pondered what it could be. “So then, God started making animals,” I added. At that Molly lit up, listing off animal after animal, sometimes pausing to ask me to guess what she was thinking. “Is it…. an elephant?” “No.” “A cheetah?” “Closer.” “A giraffe?” “Closer.” “Okay want me to just tell you?” After pausing briefly, she giggled and blurted, “an eagle.” “Close!” I thought with a smile. The story continued and after each grouping of animals I would say, “yes, God made all those things, but God wasn’t finished yet. Something was still missing.” “Okay want me to just tell you?” I said, echoing Molly’s words back to her.

After some moments, it was my turn to giggle and blurt, exclaiming: “it’s YOU! God made you, Molly, and lit up the world with your laughter, kindness, intelligence, silly-dancing and your big heart.” A smile stretched across her face. God’s golden radiance. The world lit up in a new way. “One more story,” she said, adamantly. Since it was Good Friday, I told her I’d tell her the story of how much Jesus loves us. But just the short version, because it was already getting late. “I want the long Jesus story,” she sighed. As bedtime stretched later and later, so did God’s love. The greatest love story of all time unfolded before us, our story. The one where the long version never gets old. Thinking she was asleep, I quietly climbed down from her top bunk. All of a sudden, a sharp little voice exclaimed, “God also made kangaroos.” The time was 10:15. Bedtime was at 8:30.

Two years later as I write this reflection on Good Friday, I spend most of the days during the week being called Ms. Paranzino. It is my greatest joy to spend days living into the “long version” of our story with my students. Watching them encounter Jesus and learn the stories of our faith, as they unfold and dwell with great wonder in God’s wild love, is an invitation to behold “on earth as it is in Heaven.” With more hustle and bustle in the classroom this year, the invitation to be still is extended evermore fervently. God’s love is the love that wiggles its way into difficult Monday mornings. It is the love that has patience at the end of the day on Friday. It is the love that delights in mud-caked hands as students come in from recess. It is the love that moves as minds engage and hearts fire up as we learn and grow together. There in the midst of our days, Christ offers us Himself. “Be still,” He whispers. God’s golden radiance fills - even “overfloods” (borrowing a word from a student) the world.

“I want the long Jesus story,” she sighed. As bedtime stretched later and later, so did God’s love. The greatest love story of all time unfolded before us, our story.


Kirk Dutcher

The Chicken Runs at Midnight

(My retelling of the classic story)

“How did she know?” That was the question Florida Marlins baseball coach Rich Donnelly was left pondering. Donnelly was primarily a third base coach. He was also a father to Tim, Mike, and Amy. Coach Donnelly was a Catholic but feeble in being public about his faith. He often would find himself sneaking off to Mass, making sure no one knew. In hindsight, he regrets not being more apologetic about his faith instead of just trying to be one of the guys. In the Spring of 1992 Coach Donnelly received a phone call informing him that his seventeen- year-old daughter Amy had a brain tumor. Even after surgery and chemotherapy, doctors only saw a life expectancy chance of 10 to 12 months. In the Fall, the Pirates, for whom Donnelly coached third base, were in the playoffs versus the Atlanta Braves. On a drive back home from the game, from the backseat Amy asked, “Dad, when you get down in that stance on third base and cup your hands, what are you telling those guys? The chicken runs at midnight or what?”

at each other, they laughed, and said “the chicken runs at midnight!” Those words had become a catchword phrase for the Donnelly family, and they knew it’s what Amy would have wanted. Amy’s death became a turning point for Coach Donnelly’s spirituality as he returned to the Catholic faith, regularly attending Mass. Four years later, Donnelly's team made it to the World Series. The series was tied three games apiece between the Cleveland Indians and the Florida Marlins in a best of seven series. The seventh and deciding game was in extra innings. In the 11th 11 th inning with the score tied, Craig Counsell stepped into the batter’s box.

Tim and Mike Donnelly called Counsell “Chicken Man”, as he had a nervous twitch of flapping his arms in a chicken-like fashion when batting. Counsell reached base on an error and eventually advance to third base. With two outs in the bottom of the 11 11th th and down one strike in the count, Florida’s Edgar Renteria hits a single up the middle to score Counsell and win the World Series. It was complete pandemonium; the crowd, 67,000 at Pro Player Stadium were going crazy celebrating their team’s first World Series title! Coach Donnelly looks for his sons amidst all the excitement. Tim and

“Where did you come up with that one?” Coach Donnelly laughed. “I don’t know it just came up”, Amy said. On January 28, 1993, 1993, Amy passed away.Vincent Coach Donnelly and sons Tim Van Gough, Red Vineyards Near Arles and The Mike were asked what they wanted on Amy’s tombstone. Looking


As chronicled in author Tom Friend’s book, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight,” Rich Donnelly grew up as a baseball-loving, devout Catholic kid in Steubenville, Ohio, during the 1950 1950s. s.

Mike Donnelly run up to their father with tears in their eyes. Tim says, “Dad, LOOK!” “What do you mean look?” coach Donnelly says. “LOOK UP AT THE CLOCK!” Coach Donnelly didn’t know what his sons were talking about. He looks up and the stadium clock and was stunned; it was 12:02 12:02am. am. The chicken ran at midnight!

"The chicken" did indeed run at midnight on a Sunday in late October 1997


Called to Be Saints Fr. Joseph Sebastian, CMI

When we think of a saint, the first image coming to our thought may be an image of a priest, bishop, nun, or religious or a consecrated person. When we look into the history of the Church, we find saints in different vocations who sacrificed their life for Christ and tried to lead a heroic life. Some of them had life start out contrary to the Christian faith

including Saints Paul, Francis, Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola and Augustine. Their own ambitions and personal goals were prohibiting them from a relationship with God. St Augustine particularly lived a very “loose” life before his conversion. Once they had a personal encounter with Christ their life took a U-turn and they started moving in the direction of Christ. I mentioned a few names. If we look closely, many of the saints did not have a saintly life until they accepted Christ in their lives. They had undergone the struggles of the common man; all saints are human beings not from heaven but from earth. They struggled to live

a heavenly life. Most of the saints were the children of a normal family, when they discovered God in their life, they realized the truth and lived for that. Every saint sets before us an important lesson, that anyone can become a saint. The classical example is the life of St. Augustine. St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, and a bishop at 41. Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. Getting to really know the man is a rewarding experience. The story of St. Augustine is, in part, the story of a mother, St. Monica, who could not forget. A talented and scholarly young man, Augustine immersed himself in all the shallow pursuits of his pagan society. His mother, Monica, never gave up praying for his conversion, even following him from North Africa to Rome and on to Milan. In Milan, Augustine met Bishop Ambrose, whose influence, along with Augustine’s search of the Scriptures, were key to his embrace of Christianity.


Mother Angelica

The life of St Augustine sets before us the image of prodigal son in the gospel. With a universal application like this anybody can come back to a spiritual life. God our father is eagerly waiting to receive us into His house. We have so many examples before us like St Augustine and St. Monica and many other saints. Let us try our level best to love God and our neighbor. Everything else will follow. We cannot become a saint by our efforts alone, but we need to accept grace from God. Amen

The saints did not all begin well, but they all ended well. St. John Vianney

Do not be upset about the past for God is not dwelling on our past. He is not a cruel judge to punish us for our every small mistake. Rather, He is a loving father who is waiting for our return. He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. He became very devout and charitable, too. On the wall of his room, he had the following written in large letters: "Here we do not speak evil of anyone." St. Augustine overcame strong heresies, practiced great poverty and supported the poor, preached often and prayed with great fervor right up until his death. "Too late have I loved You!" he once cried to God. With his holy life he certainly made up for the sins he committed before his conversion. His feast day is August 28th. St. Monica could be called the “persistent mother.” A North African woman, Monica was married to Patricus, a pagan, through the arrangement of her family. Monica endured plenty of emotional abuse from her husband, but her greater challenge was her oldest son, Augustine.


Catching up with…. Rev. Dariusz Malczuk Rich Alden

The Reverend Dariusz Malczuk served at St John Vianney parish from 2013 through 2016 2016.. What is Father Dariusz doing these days? “I’m finishing up my PhD in how to prepare autistic children for the Sacraments. Currently I'm pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Sacramento. I’m so happy because the community is growing. When I came to this parish, we averaged 250 people per weekend, now it is 500 500.. That was before Covid, but the parishioners are starting to come back now. It’s nice to be a pastor, more freedom but also more responsibility.” A native of Poland, Fr. Dariusz fondly remembers his days at SJV. It was a “special time for me, studying Spanish, and the experience of establishing friendships and learning wonderful things. It showed me again how we are one family, and it does not matter the color of the skin, ethnicity, or background. I have kept in contact with many parishioners. We have built a special friendship. I know I can still talk to them and count on them. One special memory was the celebration of my 40 40th th birthday attended by about 150 people and the Polish Jazz Concert.” An avid traveler, several parish-


ioners joined Fr Dariusz on a trip abroad that included the Holy Land and Italy. Parishioner Jean Pergande remembers from their Italy trip, Fr. Dariusz celebrating Mass at the altar above the grave of fellow countryman St. John Paul ll: “There were tears in his eyes as he said Mass.” Ed Spellacy recalls Father Dariusz leading the trip to the Holy Land and how ”relaxed and friendly he was as we traced Jesus' steps

throughout the sacred lands we have read about in the Gospels.” Finally, says Fr Dariusz, “A Surprise: I have a dog! His name is Puschek.” The door is always open at Our Lady of Lourdes Visitors are always welcome to celebrate Mass with Father Dariusz.

The Phone Call I Never Wanted to Get Diane McDonald

She called us to tell us the bad news. In August 2020, our daughter, Stephanie and her family traveled to Wisconsin. My husband Steve and I were at their home when they returned from Wisconsin. Our grandson, Nathan came up to both of us and gave us a big hug as he always does. We were excited to see them again. The next day Stephanie called and advised that Nathan had a fever and a sore throat. She called the doctor to get an appointment for Nathan. The doctor asked her if they had been traveling. “Yes, we just returned from Wisconsin.” The doctor told her Nathan needed to be tested for Covid-19. The test was positive.

We had many thoughts and emotions going through our minds. I was feeling concerned that I might have inadvertently exposed someone else I had been in contact with and concerned because of my age and health conditions. Steve was concerned as to who he might have affected as well. I contacted our primary care physician and he advised us to quarantine for 14 days and to stay away from everyone. We both had us and making sure we were okay. After the quarantine I found out that I had congestive heart failure, something my cardiologist feels certain was caused from Covid-19. Due to our health conditions, we received the vaccination and encourage everyone to do the same. Steve and I have recovered and wear a mask whenever we go out in public.

As you can imagine, Stephanie was extremely upset and worried about having exposed Steve and me. She called us to tell us the bad news. Steve and I got tested, the results were positive. a sore throat and body aches but no fever or cough. We were extremely lucky and grateful that our symptoms were so mild. Luckily, I had just done grocery shopping and Stephen Jr. went and got whatever we needed and left it in the garage for us. We were all set for the quarantine. The best part of the quarantine was that we had some downtime and could spend some quality time with each other. The worst part was the isolation we both felt. Our families were great in communicating with

Life has returned to normal. I keep busy cooking and cleaning our home. I go to Fairfield once a week to take care of Alice, our newest granddaughter. Steve is enjoying playing golf again with friends and continuing his work with the Sacramento Sheriffs Toy Project working on repairing bikes. We are appreciative of the thoughts and prayers of our friends. Steve and I recommend everyone be vigilant, wear your masks and maintain social distancing.


There Are Many "Chucks" In Our Council Ross Johnson

One of the wonders of being a member of the Knight of Columbus is the brothers you meet. You find a kindred spirit in another Catholic man or men with the same values. It is okay to love one another, take care of your family, help the community and most of all participate and respect the sacraments. Chuck came into my life many years ago as we were both in our late 20’s with new families. He was a union carpenter and had moved his family to Placerville. We became best friends and brothers at the Bishop Hayes Council. I became the Grand Knight and he my Deputy. Together with the Knights we did fantastic work at St. Patrick’s Parish and in the community. Chuck took jobs and moved his family to other parts of the world. Over the years, the communication has faded some. The real strength is Chuck has become part of me. When I feel myself flagging in faith, I sometimes reach out to Chuck to remind me it is okay to be a Knight and believe and act as we do. This past year I was saddened to lose two more “Chucks” who became part of me. Chuck Kinney buoyed me up with many discussions on faith while making pancakes. Cal Schell guided me to service and selflessness. There are many “Chucks” in our council. If you need a “Chuck” in your life, consider the Knights of Columbus.


Al Getz Grand Knight

Just Around the Corner

As we start the summer season and the warm weather, please stay safe while traveling. Just around the corner, 4th of July will be here and the start of family BBQs, swimming, and picnic gatherings. We look forward to our new Knights Officers for the 2021-2022 calendar year. This past month Daniel, Ana, Amanda and Ben Lares were named Knight's Family of the Month.. Congratulations to the Lares family. Their alternative Easter Egg hunt also known as the balloon grab was a huge success on Easter. We salute their dedication and services to Blessed Sacrament Council 5322. Thank you St. John Vianney Parish for your help and support with all activities throughout the years.

What's up with the Knight's these days?

Joseph Henderson Deputy Grand Knight

This past year has been very trying for us all. The Knights of Columbus are certainly no exception. Although, we Knights are resilient and resourceful, even the less technically inclined have learned how to "Zoom" like a pro. And while we have risen to the occasion, we are still limited in what we can do and many things had to be postponed or cancelled. We are currently looking towards possibilities involving a potential drive-through breakfast and another dinner. We expect there will be a 4th of July parade-style activity this year on Coloma in addition to our fireworks booth. After that if all goes well in Sacramento County, we are hopeful for a fall festival-type activity and a crab feed for 2022! We are gearing up for return to the normality we all crave.

Meet the Knight Introducing one of our hardest working Knights, Michael Osmon.

What it means to be a Knight Every day, Knights all over the world are given opportunities to make a difference... whether through community service, raising money or prayer.

Michael grew up in Oakland California. "I have a daughter and two grandsons. I work for Peterbilt, a manufacturer of 18-wheel trucks. I inspect and repair these big rig trucks." Friendship is important to Michael. "I tend to be quiet, and I keep to myself; but, I'm a good and loyal friend." He spends a lot of time volunteering. "I volunteer every second Friday at Loaves and Fishes with fellow parishioner John Wallace and other parishioners. We cook a large meal for over 400 people.” The virtue of service inspired his decision to join the Knights of Columbus. “I became a Knight because I wanted to help out in the church and be part of something positive in the world.” Michael likes the Knights of Columbus because of this helping spirit. For example, “with the brother Knights we help SJV where we can, such as with contact tracing and the Saint Patrick’s Dinner." Michael has been a wonderful edition to our council. He jumps right in to help and brings with him the kind of motivation which inspires others. I’m very proud to call him a brother Knight of Columbus. -Joseph Henderson, Deputy Grand Knight


Peter Arnez Managing Publiisher Built on the Rock

The Sands of Heaven

The Eureka moments we experience in this life are the shimmering grains of the sands of heaven. That’s my dream. I imagine those Eureka "I found it" moments that we accumulate in life to be personal life insight creations. They are jewels, precious spiritual stones, that stand the test of time. The sands of heaven, I imagine, is an infinite sandy beach full of beautiful grains of these very insight creations. I'm sure you've heard disciple Paul's 1 Corinthian 13 scripture passage that alludes to “faith, hope, and love" —it's popular at weddings. Part of it goes, At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially: then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. Those "partial and fully knowing" moments are, to my thinking, Eureka insights, the gems that make up the sands of heaven (my dream). What will it feel like to know all, see all, and experience all? The entire concept blows my mind! Yet three distinctive eternal words from Paul continue to float and resonate in my thoughts as I contemplate my Eureka experiences, the jewel-grains I've found:

FAITH to move mountains. Many times in my

life, I have waved my hands, praying with all my heart, “I believe, I believe!” hoping the mountains would begin to move, only to find, "Nope, not today." I once had a math instructor that gave partial credit


on problems even if the answer was incorrect. She told us, "Demonstrating your understanding of a problem by showing your work is more important to me than simply providing the correct answer.” Maybe that is what faith is all about: getting and staying on the right track and showing your understanding through your works.

HOPE for eternity. My dad once told me after a

personal failure, "it's good for you to, once in a while, fall flat on your face in the mud." Decades later, I am still pondering his meaning. Maybe, it’s important to experience failure. Maybe failure intensifies one’s hope. The humbling experience of getting up after a failure, arouses a survival instinct to keep trying, to get back in the journey of life. We are at our best when we are grasping at the hope of a better day. Is hope then nothing more than a wish for a better outcome? I think not. I envision hope as a process. In hope we grasp our personal crosses with all our might, and then charge forward through the obstacles of life. Outcomes exist but don't affect hope. We wish for outcomes, but our hope remains steadfast, focused on God for eternity.

LOVE as the end-all for everything.

I remember as a soccer coach, after the last game of the season, how one of the players came up to me, said absolutely nothing, and gave me a hug. It’s been decades since that hug, and still, I remember the simple unspoken hug. I am in awe at the power of a hug. That's my understanding of Love: something freely given and received. I have observed with admiration how my wife will always say, "yes" when our daughter asks for help watching our grandchild. Her yes is more than an affirmation, it is a statement of always yes, with a profound definitiveness about it. Hers is a yes with no conditions, a door that is always open. I believe that our Eureka experiences are a preview of heaven. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Eureka moments are shimmering grains of sand from heaven. Imagine what it will be like someday to see the glorious sands of heaven! That's my dream.

Every Christian is called to a deeper spiritual life.

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What Teenagers Are Thinking

EUREKA Christian Brothers High School Fine Arts teacher Findlay McIntosh challenged his students to channel their creativity and talent to incorporate our theme Eureka into their art.

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I’ve Found it!

I did’nt have a care in the world, M Zeigler

The memories I’ve made here...

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He thinks he’ll find something if he keeps on saying it...

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The answer was so simple... Zach Hembd



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Ah! Yes! The coveted YELLOW CHEESE!

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I’ve done it! The vacine for COVID-19 is complete!





“Passed out from heat”

I have to keep digging

I must find gold...

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Eureka! I will re! call it a pictu

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I looked for it all day and felt eureka when I finally found it.

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Built on the Rock, Parish Magazine of St. John Vianney Church, Rancho Cordova, CA  

Featuring the activities of St. John Vianney Parish, Rancho Cordova, CA A publication of the Rancho Knights of Columbus, Council #5322

Built on the Rock, Parish Magazine of St. John Vianney Church, Rancho Cordova, CA  

Featuring the activities of St. John Vianney Parish, Rancho Cordova, CA A publication of the Rancho Knights of Columbus, Council #5322

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