Second Sunday of Advent
December 9, 2018
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THE THREE COMINGS OF ADVENT
There are three distinct comings of the Lord of which I know: His coming to humankind, His coming into humankind, and His coming against humankind.
—St. Bernard: Third Sermon for Advent
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8
A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.
In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.”
It took a long time for this doctrine to develop. While many Fathers and Doctors of the Church considered Mary the greatest and holiest of the saints, they often had difficulty in seeing Mary as sinless—either at her conception or throughout her life. This is one of the Church teachings that arose more from the piety of the faithful than from the insights of brilliant theologians. Even such champions of Mary as Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas could not see theological justification for this teaching.
Two Franciscans, William of Ware and Blessed John Duns Scotus, helped develop the theology. They pointed out that Mary’s Immaculate Conception enhances Jesus’ redemptive work. Other members of the human race are cleansed from original sin after birth. In Mary, Jesus’ work was so powerful as to prevent original sin at the outset.
. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
Look around most Catholic churches, and you will discover an image of John the Baptist, often in the old baptistery, or in a window near where the font is or was located. He has two feast days in the calendar: one commemorating his birth, and the other his death. There are only three nativities in our calendar: for Jesus, for Mary, and for the Baptist. John’s
birthday is reckoned according to the schedule given in Luke’s Gospel of the angel’s announcement to Mary. The angel tells her that her cousin Elizabeth is in the sixth month of pregnancy, and so Mary hastens to help her. Reckoning Christmas as
December 25, we count backwards nine months to March 25 for the Feast of the Annunciation. Then we count forward three months to June 24 for John the Baptist’s birth. Halfway to Christmas, his nativity gives ample reason for rejoicing in the summer, and his symbols of fire and water are used playfully in bonfires and dives into the sea. Even at the polar
opposite of Christmas in the calendar, the energy of Christ’s birth in the Incarnation provides cause for rejoicing.
—James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
: Deacon Denis Perez
Fr. Martin J. Leopold
Fr. Agustin Estrada
Fr. Dennis Venegas
Fr. Marian Piekarczyk, SDS
(with special assignment to the Polish Mission
Polish Catholic Mission: 210.730.1234 Email: email@example.com Website: www.ourladyofsorrows-sa.org Deacon: Jesse Fraga 210.736.5800 Altar Society: Rosie Cardenas 210.712.4285 Guadalupana Society: Teresa Perez 210.259.3897 Knights of Columbus: George Alcantar 210.422.5502 Hospitality Committee: Aurora Lopez 210.732.1945
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: By appointment – Certified Birth
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: Before Holy Masses
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: Make Arrangements six months
before proposed date
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. (English)
Saturday: (Sunday Vigil) 6:00 p.m. (English)
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. (Español)
10:00 a.m. (English)
11:30 a.m. (English)
1:00 p.m. (Polish)
HOLY DAY MASSES: 8:00 a.m.; 12 noon; 7:00 p.m.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Sundays: 8:45 a.m.. – 10:00 a.m.
FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION: All day - until 5:30 p.m.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS DEVOTION: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Mass Schedule Dec 24th
6pm - Children's Pageant
6:30pm - Vigil Mass
10pm - Polish Mass
Christmas Day—Dec 25th
10am - English
Polish - to be announced
Sunday Nov. 18, 2018
Mass Collection $1915.62 Mail-In Offertory $0.00 Candles $188.22 Mass Intentions $100.00 Rental Income $0.00 General Donations $100.00 Total Receipts $2203.84 Mass Attendance 256
Question of the Week:
Can I properly discern what is of value and then act
according to those values?
If you would like to join the Parish, please fill out a yellow card on the table in the back of the Church and ahnd to Deacon Denis or Father.
To have a Mass celebrated for your loved one, please, come by the church office or call the church office,
HELP US DECORATE OUR CHURCH
Volunteers are needed to clean the church and also to
decorate for the Christmas season. If you are able to help, please, come to the church on Friday, December 14,
6pm-9pm, and Saturday, December 15, 9am-1pm
The word “Posada” means “inn”. In this tradition, Mary &
Joseph are looking for a place to stay during the “Birth of Jesus.” Posadas begin Dec 16 thru Dec 21. Posadas will only be held on the days we have sponsors. As of today, the only sponsor we have is the Altar Society on December 16.
December 17-21, are still available. If you are interested in organizing and/or hosting a Posada, please, contact the church office, 210.732.6295
Annual Christmas Pageant– The annual Christmas
Pageant, Monday, Christmas Eve, December 24, at the 6pm Mass. All children of the parish and our CCD
children are welcome to participate. Please, contact
Darlene Jimenez for more information, 210.771.5757
Rocky’s 19th Annual Christmas Toy Drive: Bring joy to a child for Christmas. Please, bring an unwrapped toy and place it in the boxes in the back of the Church. Deadline is Monday, December 17.
Flowers on the Altar
If you would like flowers on the Altar in memory of a loved one, please contact the office.
Questions about Marriage? If you have any questions about getting married in the Catholic Church, having trouble in your marriage or know someone who is having trouble, questions about annulment, please contact Deacon Denis at the office. 210.732.6295
POSADAS - The word “Posada” means “inn”. In this Tradition, Mary and Joseph are looking for a place to stay during the “Birth of Jesus” Posadas begin Dec 16 thru Dec 21. If you are interested in organizing and/or hosting a Posada, please, contact the church office, 210.732.6295
Annual Christmas Pageant - We will have our Annual Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve, Dec 24. All children of the parish are welcome to participate. Please contact Darlene Jimenez for more info. 210.771.5757
Rocky’s 19th Annual Christmas Toy Drive: Bring joy to a child for Christmas. Bring an unwrapped toy and place it in the boxes in the back of the Church. Deadline is Dec 17.
Upcoming Parish Activities
Sun, Dec 9 - Guadalupanas breakfast tacos, Chavez Center
Mon Dec 10 & Tues Dec 11 - Parish Mission in the Church from 7pm - 8pm by Deacon Denis
Wed, Dec 12 - 6pm Mass, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Celebration in Parish Hall
Thurs Dec 13 - Parish Advent Penance Service 7pm - 9pm
***Sat, Dec 15 - Archbishop Gustavo will install Fr. Martin as our Pastor at the Vigil Mass 6pm. Please, plan to attend to support Fr. Martin***
Sunday Dec 16 - Posadas Begin!
Our new email is firstname.lastname@example.org Please discontinue using any previous email. Thank You!
We are looking for sponsors for a new processional crucifix and vestments for our altar servers. If you are interested in donating, please contact Deacon Denis in the office.
AMERICA NEEDS PRAYER
HELP AMERICA....COME AND PRAY THE ROSARY, DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET AND LITANIES FOR OUR NATION All are invited to join the St. Joan of Arc Brigade, a prayer apostolate, in praying a special rosary for National unity and the reparations of the sins of the world, this Monday 8/20 and every third (3RD) Monday of the month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in our church. Please join us. TO JESUS THROUGH MARY. For more information please contact Darlene D. Jimenez, Director, St Joan of Arc Brigade -- 210-771-5757.
OUR LADY WANTS YOU...
To join us for a 54 Day Rosary Novena to pray for the return of Holiness in our country, and for the Legal Protection of Life in our country. The Rosary will be prayed daily @ 7:30am in the Church before daily Mass, Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. Contact Deacon Denis for more information 210.732.6295
We are looking for volunteers to come once a month to clean the Church. This is a great way to serve Our Lord and your parish. Call Deacon Denis at the office for details.
Deacon Denis is looking for a volunteer with Graphic Design experience to help design a parish brochure. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Denis in the office.
JESUS WANTS YOU....
To volunteer to be a Religious Education Teacher. We still need 3 volunteers to help us teach our parish children the beauty of the Catholic Faith. NO EXPERINCE IS NEEDED! Just a desire to serve the Lord and His Church. Bringing the FAITH to our children can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Please contact Darlene Jimenez @ 210-771-5757 or Deacon Denis @ 210-732-6295 for more information.
Have been moved from the bulletin to the book in the back of the Church.
The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness.
This is a nationwide prayer campaign called the “Novena for Our Nation.” Everyone from around the nation is encouraged to join ranks as, united, we pray the very powerful 54 Day Rosary Novena from the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.
We continue to live in peace-less times with laws and court rulings in conflict with God’s laws; especially the disregard for the rights of the unborn, elderly and weak in our society and the attacks on marriage and family values. Society and many levels of government continue to demonstrate intolerance towards biblically based religious belief and practice. In conflict with First Amendment constitutional rights, persecution of traditional religious expression has reached historically high levels. We are in a Spiritual Battle.
We are called upon to help turn our country back towards God. We will accomplish that through prayer; prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities and change our country. There is no stronger weapon in this Spiritual Battle than the Rosary.
The Rosary will be prayed daily @ 7:30am in the Church before Mass, @ 8am Sunday before Mass and @ 6pm every Friday after the weekly Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. Contact Deacon Denis for more information 210.732.6295
Have been moved from the bulletin to the book in the back of the Church
OUR CHURCH IS NOW OFFERING ONLINE GIVING AND TEXT-TO-GIVE…..Another easy way to manage your church giving is with our new Text-to-Give function that is fully integrated with our Online Giving. You can text an amount to 210.672.1926, and your transaction will be processed through the Online Giving account associated with the phone number. If your phone number is not recognized, you can continue without an account, associate your number with an existing account, or create an account. For additional information or to sign up visit our website at www.ourladyofsorrows-sa.org
“On the Way! Andale!” ….CAPITAL CAMPAIGN…..GOOD STEWARDS GIVE AS GOD DOES….“Your abundance at the present time should supply their needs, so that their abundance may also supply your needs.” This is the fourth time in 2 Corinthians, chapter 8 that St. Paul addresses the issue of giving. What Paul is trying to explain is that the motivation for giving should be similar to God’s motivation for gifting us.
We, too, must give if we wish to show holiness, or to at least aspire to it. That is also what we mean when we say that we are all called to stewardship, to be good stewards. It is one thing to be faithful, but it is another to give. At times we may think there are too many collections, but it is the results of these opportunities to give which support the Church’s work both locally and around the globe.
Those of you who made a pledge to the “Building Community Capital Campaign, please continue making payments on your pledges. There is a box in the back of the church where you can still get your campaign envelopes. You may place your campaign envelopes in the collection baskets. The overall Archdiocesan goal is to raise $60 million to help fund these projects. Each parish has been assessed an amount according to their income status. Our parish’s goal is $143,000.00 over a three year period. In order for us to reach our goal every family needs to make a donation or pledge. If you have not made your pledge there is still time to do so.
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A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP
the understanding and practice of stewardship among the faithful and in our parishes. As a starting point, we consider the following: ….“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Pt 4:10)… As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” (To Be a Christian Steward, US¬CCB Pastoral Letter on Stewardship) ….A capital campaign that is based on stewardship principles preserves the best aspects of professional capital fund raising and begins, or reinforces, a process of stewardship education and formation. It invites people to prayerfully discern God’s will in their lives, which is a much more challenging personal invitation than simply asking for a one-time financial commitment.
Although the gifts we have may be different in nature or size, there are three things each of us receive, can share with others, and return to the Lord. These gifts are time, talent and treasure. How these gifts are recognized, developed and appreciated is a responsibility of the lay faithful who offer them and the parish and archdiocese which are the beneficiaries of these contributions. A complete text of the message is available at https://www.archsa.org/blog/capital-campaign