Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Technically, our Church is called an "oratory" since we are not a Parish Church, but a chapel for a religious community. The layout of the Church demonstrates this as it is separated, into two parts, by the altar. This picture is taken from the "public side". The other side is our side and is called "the choir" where we chant the Divine Office. I will show that part of the chapel in a future post.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In a recent, post, I mentioned that the much of the land in the Silicon Valley (formerly Santa Clara Valley) was composed of apricot orchards. Today, most of those trees have been replaced with concrete and glass. We are fortunate to have a few surviving apricot trees on our property. Unfortunately, by the time the apricots are ready to eat they have either been stolen or eaten by the birds.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Today, I offer a glimpse of our, often, "medieval ways". In yesterday's picture of our library you did not see what is a vital part of our library - the card catalogue. Do you remember the card catalogue? It is still an important, albeit outdated, tool in making our way through the library. We hope to someday convert to an electronic cataloguing system.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
When our forefathers arrived in San Jose in 1959, this area was known as the Santa Clara Valley. It was rich in apricot orchards. Today, as the Silicon Valley, it is known for technology. The apricot orchards have been replaced with lots of lights.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
March 19 is the day that we remember and honor Saint Joseph, the "foster" father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. He is remembered as the Protector of the Church. Some of his titles include Patron of a happy death, Patron of artisans, Patron of craftsman, Patron of laborers and Patron of real estate.