Second Sunday in Ordinary Time January 20

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Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2019


    The Catholic Men’s Conference 2019, your “Spiritual Boot Camp”, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, programed to help you have a powerful transformative experience in a spiritually-charged environment where you can:  Discover your dignity as being created in the image and likeness of God

Receive direction & resources to transform your life, your families, and society

Let go of our burdens through Reconciliation and a Healing


Form a Christian bond with a Band of Brothers all desiring to grow in faith

       We will be praying the Rosary all together-900 men-as one voice at the CMC.  We want to encourage you to grow in this devotion, focused on the life of Jesus Christ in accompaniment with our Blessed Mother.

    This event for men offers dynamic speakers to teach, encourage, and challenge us in the Catholic faith, encounters with Jesus in Mass and offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Adoration and meditation, fellowship with other brothers in Christ, music for prayer and praise, and exhibitors with spiritual resources for men to deepen and share the Catholic faith.

    All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be perfect to begin anew in Christ.



The cause of church unity is commended to Christians for prayer and action every year around this time. This week is not so much to focus on the many divisions within the Christian family, but on bonds of faith and mission. Even though Christians have always shown an inclination to fracture, spin off, and mutate into new expressions, recent history shows some new points of convergence and agreement. Catholics are more firmly rooted in the word of God, for example, and many Protestants are more likely to celebrate Communion than in years past. Some denominations are merging and pooling resources, and people from various traditions are
collaborating on projects.
The call of this week is to be mindful of the diversity of our traditions and customs while treasuring what we hold in common. The old advice to “lighten up” is good medicine, because sometimes our differences are delightful and amusing. If someone says, “Let us pray,” a Catholic might close the eyes, bow the head and fold hands; a Protestant reach out and clasp hands with the person in the next chair; and someone belonging to an Orthodox tradition might stand up with eyes wide open. Each has taken a different path, but the goal is always the same. This is a week not for focusing on the well-worn paths of divergence, but for mutual delight in a common goal.
-James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

 Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Women’s ACTS Retreat
January 31 - February 3, 2019

St. Anthony de Padua Retreat Center

“Love is patient, Love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

You are invited to attend Our Lady of Grace Women’s ACTS Retreat on the weekend of January 31 - February 3, 2019. The retreat will be held at the St. Anthony de Padua Convent and Retreat Center located at 102 Lorenz Road, San Antonio, TX.

The retreat begins Thursday, January 31, with check-in at OLG at 6:00 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, February 3, after the noon mass, at OLG, followed by a reception for the
retreatants, their families, and the ACTS community.

Transportation is provided to and from the retreat center. Much of the weekend is spent with a team of women who face the same challenges as you living in today’s world,
sharing stories, learning how God is working in their lives and how to reach out to God in our times of need. The Lord
provides us with all we need; we only need to learn to listen.

Contact Our Lady of Grace office for more info - 210-734-7285


Pastoral Delegate

: Deacon Denis Perez

Parish Priests:

 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
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
Certificate required
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.

Sunday Jan. 6, 2019

Mass Collection


Mail-In Offertory  $0.00
Candles $420.42
Mass Intentions $45.00
Rental Income $1917.00
General Donations $6975.00
Poinsettias $465.00
CCD $155.00
Total Receipts $12961.57
Mass Attendance 406
Includes misc. income from Dec.30

Next Week will include all other receipts


Question of the Week:

How am I challenged to live my life differently?  Can I recognize the Spirit when I am challenged to change?


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.

Mass Intentions
To have a Mass celebrated for your loved one, please, come by the church office or call the church office,

2019 Archbishops Appeal - This years theme is
Encounter: Live in Faith, Give in Love...Our Parish Goal is $5,400. Your gifts support over 40 Ministries that reach out to the most in need in our city including social services, pastoral ministries, Evangelization and outreach and
Catholic Education. Please, prayerfully consider your pledge to the Archbishop’s appeal.

Monthly Rosary– Join the St. Joan of Arc Brigade,
tomorrow evening, Monday, January 21, and every 3rd
Monday, at 6pm in the Church to pray the Rosary for life, for our country to return to God and for our parish.

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



The greatest of all warriors in the siege of

Troy had not the preeminence because

nature had given him strength and he

carried the largest bow, but because self discipline

had taught him how to bend it.

—Daniel Webster




 January 16, Wednesday, 6:00pm, Pastoral Council

Meeting in the Chavez Center

January 21, Monday, 6:00pm, Monthly Rosary,

sponsored by the St. Joan of Arc Brigade in the Church


February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, Bar-B-Que Chicken & Sausage Plate, $10.00, per plate, ...with all the trimmings, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be served on Super Bowl Sunday, in the Parish Hall to dine in or to carry out.  Plates will be served from 10:00am-2:00pm.  For information, please, contact George Alcantar, or any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Our new email is  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.

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.

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.

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

“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.


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.
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