Posted by: resparish | February 16, 2017

Coming in from the cold…

The Resurrection Community is hosting the dinner at the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter on Sunday February 26th.  The shelter is full with folks in need on the waiting list for any available bed.

Please sign up with Donna Beres 408-773-9466 to supply food or to volunteer to serve that evening.  Your help is truly needed and so very much appreciated.  Church of the Resurrection is always there for our brothers and sisters in need.  Bless you for your help.


Posted by: resparish | February 10, 2017

Martha Chesley 1924-2017

Martha Chesley went to the loving arms of her God on Thursday February 9th.  She was at home with her family around her as they were praying the Rosary, something that Martha did everyday.

Martha, one of our original parishioners, was born in Indian Head, Maryland and lived later in San Francisco and Sunnyvale. An active pillar of our community, an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist and a proclaimer,  Martha’s smiling face is well-known to all. She was always there to help, unlock the church early, and do what ever needed to be done to make our worship time meaningful and beautiful.

martha-chesleyShe is survived by her children and spouses, Joyce and Larry Walker, Valerie and Edward Johnson, Larry and Vera Elston, Gloria Young and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

Vigil will be held for Martha on Thursday, February 16th, at 7 pm in our church.  The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, February 17th at 10 am.  There will be a reception in Farana later after Mass.

Our Resurrection Community offers our prayers and condolences.

Posted by: resparish | February 7, 2017

Basketball game recap

Fr. Noel reported that the Revs vs Sems game was a glorious time for all, as the church came together in joy and fun through basketball.  Thank you to everyone who was able to be there cheering on the Revs, Fr. Noel and the Sems!  The Sems won again but it is not just in winning that joy is found. The spirit of competition, camaraderie, fun and health was celebrated on Friday night.  There were families who received free tickets from their sons who are considering the priesthood.  Below are some quick pics of our pastor on the court!

Posted by: resparish | February 3, 2017

I was hungry and you fed me

Sunday February 26th is our next dinner for the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter.  Sign up to prepare and deliver food to the shelter or to help serve and clean up. This is one of our parish outreaches through St. Vincent de Paul.shelter-dinner-feb-2017


Posted by: resparish | February 1, 2017

Santo Nino in pictures!

Resurrection Parish celebrated its first Santo Nino together on Sunday, January 29th at the 11:30 am Mass. We began with a triduum of vigil Masses Thursday through Saturday night.   Sunday was the  glorious Mass before the Blessed Holy Child Jesus followed by procession and potluck lunch.  The happiness of all is told in pictures:

Posted by: resparish | January 31, 2017

Youth Ministry is Launched!

This month on Sunday February 19th, the first meeting of our new youth ministry is launched!  RISE will meet from 1 – 3 pm in the Emmaus room in Farana.  This is an exciting time for all teens, grades 9 – 12 to get together, to Renew, Inquire, Search and Evangelize.

Plan to be there to begin this journey with other teens!

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Posted by: resparish | January 26, 2017

Cheer for Fr. Noel and the “Revs”!

On Friday, February 3rd, our very own Fr. Noel will be hitting the court at Leavey Center at Santa Clara University, to play basketball for the “Revs”.  The 11th annual Revs vs Sems Basketball Challenge will be played at 7 pm.  Buy tickets online or at the door.  $10 regular and $5 for students.  Be there as our parish community cheers our pastor and the other priests onto victory!  revs-vs-sems

Posted by: resparish | January 12, 2017

Awesome Volunteers!

Christmas Season ended on Monday January 9th with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  When you come into the church for the first time during Christmas Season it is always a memorable moment as you enjoy the wonderful trees and decorations.  Here’s a “behind-the-scenes” look at what it takes to get there and back again!

This year our Christmas decorations were more extensive than past years and really was incredibly beautiful! Our Advent wreath was transformed into a Christmas wreath by Carol. We had 5 ten foot trees plus 3 smaller trees for in front of the stained glass window and our beautiful nativity scene nestled in front of our mini “forest”.  There were 8 dozen poinsettias and we also enjoyed festive Christmas lights on the trees around the church near our parking lot.  It took over 50 man hours to set this up and over an hour each day to maintain it all with daily watering.

It all started with a truck delivering our trees a few weeks before Christmas. They laid bundled up in the back yard of the rectory.  The trees were huge and did not fit in the largest stands we could find!  After some “touch up work” with a chain saw, the trees were upright, carried into the church.  Carol Bruce led the set up crew and Kathleen led the clean up crew.  Setting up, we were blessed with the help from Mary-Clare’s brother and sister came to help along with Alan Smirni, Pam, Lauren and Julia Lugos and Milton. Once the trees were up we realized that we needed even more trees!  Kathleen went bargain hunting on the morning of the 24th, as the tree vendors were laying out their last “Charlie Brown trees”….  and found more trees to finish it off.  Any tree starts to look great if you have enough lights on it….  😉

Each figure for our nativity scene is packed in its original box and needs to be unpacked and carried up to the sanctuary.  Carol bought the hay, the scene was set!  The chimers helped Kathleen unpack and check the 104 poinsettias before their chime rehearsal! It took Kathleen a full day of trips to the florist and back to bring in our poinsettias and buy Christmas lights.

Thanks to a sale at OSH, Kathleen found a number of colored lights for outside decorating. Carol went over and stocked up on the white lights for the trees.   With the help of a ladder, her dog Toby and Anne Crowley, Kathleen transformed the shrubbery around the church, by the parking lot, into a festive site of colored lights!

An extremely kind and generous donor, a parishioner from our 8:30 am Mass, donated the funds for all of this including the tree for the priest residence.  We were all the recipients of this blessing as we enjoyed the ambiance that was set for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.


….Then the clean up time comes and everyone knows about this part of the holidays!  Thanks to 9 awesome volunteers, the clean up of our church was done in only a few hours. Fr. Phong announced/asked/pleaded/prayed for helpers and our prayers were answered!!  The group in the photo below returned the church to “Ordinary Time”!  Thank you for your wonderful hard work.  We could not have done it without you!  It takes a village and we have a special one here at Res!  Thank you to everyone!


(Above) Clean up crew! Donna Wu (took the picture), Aileen Kandel, Al Chanteloup, Jim Shattock, John Rupf, Don Malatesta, Richard Railton, Christine Hou, Monica Wong,  Michael Wong O’Connell along with Kathleen Faust and Fr. Phong Nguyen.

(Below) Kathleen with the help of her rowing friend Russ sawed the trees into small pieces and carried them out to the curb for recycling.


Posted by: resparish | January 6, 2017

Cold Weather Shelter

The Resurrection Parish is once again preparing and serving dinner at the Sunnyvale HomeFirst Cold Weather Shelter on Monday January 23rd.  Please see the flyer below for the details on how you can help!

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

Blessings to all!  Thank you for your help.



Posted by: resparish | January 6, 2017

Christmas at Res

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