Peniel–December, 2019




“Where Jacob walked with God”

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T., Director

December, 2019


Journal of An Alien Street Priest

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was light, and this light was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:1-5.

St. Francis of Assisi created the first live manager scene, as a symbol that theologically he saw the Nativity as the most important day of the church year. For at Christmas the Almighty God enters into our humanity in the form of a child, God becomes one of us, and in so doing God affirms us as his beloved.

This Advent we hear the words of Fr. Henri Nouwen as an invitation to self-examination  in light of the coming of God, through Jesus into our lives:

“People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They point each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the hidden but real presence of God. They discover that there are people who heal each other’s wounds, forgive each other’s offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the full manifestation of God’s glory.” Fr. Henri Nouwen Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

May You have A Blessed Advent!

A Very Merry Spirit Filled Christmas!

And A Happy Fun Filled New Year!

May the Lord bless you and keep you;

May the Lord lift his countenance upon you;

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and grant you peace now and forevermore!


Christmas Gift Wrapping

We have nearly four hundred Christmas gifts to wrap this year. And would like to invite any one would like to have some fun  to join us on the following days at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

December 9

December 16

We would like to request that any gifts you would like to donate be sweat shirts of extra large size. It would also be very helpful if they are gift wrapped as well. They may be dropped off at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1755 Clay Street, or call me and we will arrange for you to drop them off and we can have coffee together. Fr. River

Refreshments will be provided.


Christmas Eve Holy Communion-Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Golden Gate Park, Corner of Haight and Stanyon

8:00 p.m.

Followed by Snacks and Distribution of Gifts


We Are Beggars!

We are beggars! We beg for your support to provide 1200 pairs of socks, food, pastoral care,  and  Sacramental ministry upon request, and harm reduction to those on the street, primarily youth–but to all. Remember as we come to year’s end that your gifts are tax deductible.

You may send donations to:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

or pay pal on

All donations are tax deductible,but must be made out to Temenos Catholic Worker.

If you would like a year end summary for tax purposes please email, snail mail or call.





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