Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16, 2017


Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary. In 1726, it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For centuries the Carmelites have seen themselves as specially related to Mary. Their great saints and theologians have promoted devotion to her and often championed the mystery of her Immaculate Conception.
Saint Teresa of Avila called Carmel “the Order of the Virgin.” Saint John of the Cross credited Mary with saving him from drowning as a child, leading him to Carmel, and helping him escape from prison. Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus believed that Mary cured her from illness. On her First Communion day, Thérèse dedicated her life to Mary. During the last days of her life she frequently spoke of Mary.
There is a tradition–which may not be historical—that Mary appeared to Saint Simon Stock, a leader of the Carmelites, and gave him a scapular, telling him to promote devotion to it. The scapular is a modified version of Mary’s own garment. It symbolizes her special protection and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way. The scapular reminds us of the gospel call to prayer and penance—a call that Mary models in a splendid way.

AMERICA NEEDS PRAYER...HELP AMERICA....COME AND PRAY THE ROSARY, DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET AND LITANIES FOR OUR NATION......All are invied to join the St. Joan of Arc Brigade, a prayer apostolate, in praying a special rosary for National unity and the reparations fo the sins of the world, 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, Sto Joan of Arc Brigaade -- 210-771-5757.

OLS MEN’S CLUB IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS....The group meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. The club participates in parish events, and help to raise funds for the parish. If you re interested in joining or know someone who is please contact Jonas Torres, 210.723.3725

YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED FOR THE HAPPY REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF....Mr. Robert (Bob) W. Cannon who passed away. A message from Dede Cannon, Bob's daughter..... On Thursday July 6th, 2017 Bob (my dad) passed away at the age of 76. While this has been a difficult time for us, we want to take time to thank everyone who has shared thoughts, good vibes, and prayers. Bob was very adamant in his request of how we handle the situation therefore we are not having a service. Although we ask that you keep him and our family in your prayers.

.for all our sick parishioners, relatives and friends, especially for Tina Courchesne, Martina Barrera, Olga Covarrubia, Lorenzo Pena, Mr. R. Martinez, Dorothy Points, Gerry Garcia, Joseph Gradney, Baby Xavier Trujillo, Rev. Casimir Oleksy, SDS, Dominik & Sofia Salamon, Konrad & Anna Ebisch, Joseph, Gloria Torres, Clara Grace Bragg, Louis Mayorga, Tillie Zapata, Robert Samarron, Joe Martinez, Otto Talamantez, Hope Valdez, Patsy Libby, Elisa Vidaurri, Noemi Dounson, Gilbert Garza, Evangelina Casillas, Tanya Paveglio, Mary Virginia Talamantez, Christopher Palomo, David Palomo, Charles Murray, Stella Sanchez, Armand Sanchez, Nadia Samarron, Luisa Herald, Terry Guerra, Marta Gomez, Ponciano Gonzalez, Victor Gonzalez, Hector & Mary DeLaRosa, Jeremiah T., Gloria Valdespino, Fernando & Mary Aguillon, Eddie Littlefield, Mr. Arnulfo Jose Arcos, Hilda Chavallier-Boutrell, Bertha Pereida, Carol Garcia, Jesse Santiago, Lydia Rico, Eugene Garcia Jr., & Eugene Garcia Sr., Juanita Suarez, Gloria, Antonia Torres, Josefa Zuazua, Calista, Derrick Klack, Edward Langa, Cathy Burzynski,  Sylvia Grohman, Evangelical (Eva) Lopez, Fr. Wojciech Juraszek, SDS, Edmond Hub bell, T.C., Roger Escobedo, Clifton Bolner, Vera Frederick, Lucille Pollok, Maria Zapata, Joe Arcos, Zeida Canales, Paula Ramirez, Emilia Martinez, Steve Cardenas, Lydia Sonora, Rosie Cardenas, Socorro Dutra, Rudy Rodriguez, Nick Rodriguez, Michael Marra, Natalie Zamora,, Jordan Otsuka, Elizabeth Garcia, Eugene Novosad, Susie Gomez, Olga Delgado, Guadalupe Carrillo, Lawrence Jones, Robert Guillen, Fred Hidebrand, Jessica Basilic,, Bertha Gonzalez, Nathan Villarreal, Betsy Sullivan, Ana Hernandez, Tina Ryan, Deodato Flores, Saturnina Campos, Louis Moran, Amanda Cassidy, Fulgencia Gonzalez, Bertha Mendoza, Mercedes B. Gonzales, Louis Pena, Carmen Garza, Fernanda Martinez, Romana Martinez, Janie Castro
. and for the souls of Mr. Bob Cannon and all the faithful departed rest in the peace of the Lord. AMEN.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR.... If you would like to sponsor the flowers in memory or in honor of someone please call the rectory office to schedule your weekend. Donation is $100.00 per weekend.

PARISHIONERS WHO ARE IN THE HOSPITAL OR ARE ILL AT HOME...If you have a family member who is ill, in the hospital, nursing home, convalescent home, homebound, or someone who would like a Pastoral visit, please call the rectory office, 732-6295. We do not always know when Parishioners are ill or in the hospital unless someone calls to report it so that we can put them on our prayer list and visit them.

PARISH RAFFLE WINNERS....apologies for the delay in getting these posted. Winners have been notified.
1. A. Garcia
2. L. J.
3. Jason Holland
4. Nico Martinez
5. Tina Courchesne
6. Raul L. Solis
7. A. Martinez
8. Gladys Hernandez
9. Lane Inscore
10. Teresa Edlund
11. Pgalvez
12. Clay Oakley
13. Linda Wilson
14. Ashlee Rodriguez
15. Gabriella Espitia V.
THANKS AND APPRECIATION are extended to all those who made donations, sold and purchased raffle tickets.
For questions please feel free to call the rectory office or Connie, 210.725.4589.

How is Your Health?
Important Health Screenings on Tuesday, August 1st in the Chavez Center. Stroke Scan Plus Medical Team will be here in the Chavez Center on Tuesday August 1 to perform eight ultrasound screenings for stroke prevention and vascular disease screening. Are you one of the many people that have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, AFIB or diabetes? Perhaps you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, aneurysm or internal cancers of the thyroid, kidney, liver or gall bladder? If so, do not miss this opportunity for early detection of a serious disease. Stroke Scan Plus will scan the carotid arteries in the neck for blockage, the main artery off of the heart for abdominal aortic aneurysm, the thyroid, liver, kidneys, gallbladder and the arteries in the legs to check your risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. A preventive Healthcare Coordinator with Stroke Scan Plus, will be here next weekend to explain the process and invite you to pre-register and take part in these important health screenings. You may also call 1-866-935-7226 to schedule your appointment. Appointments are limited so schedule your time now. Remember that prevention is key -- and up to80%of all strokes could be prevented with the help of screenings such as this. DETECT HEALTH CONCERNS BEFORE THEY BECOME HEALTH PROBLEMS.

NO OUTSIDE VOTIVE CANDLES...should be brought into our votive light chapel. Only the candles that are purchased here are allowed to be placed in the votive Light Chapel. Please do not remove the glass jars (for the candles) from the Church. They are needed for the plastic sleeves on the candles.

The beginning of school is just around the corner. We are in need of school supplies to distribute to children of our community. A box will be put in the back of Church to accept your donations. We are in need of pens, pencils, colors, color pencils, markers, paper, spiral notebooks, binders, dividers, notebook paper and backpacks.

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