May 20, 2018
Pentecost SundayWelcome to Online Giving.
Parish Festival Sunday
Saint of the Day for May 24 is Saint Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi… (April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607)…Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God while both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was so generously given this special gift of God that she is called the “ecstatic saint.” Catherine had taken the name Mary Magdalene and had been a novice for a year when she became critically ill. Death seemed near, so her superiors let her make her profession of vows in a private ceremony from a cot in the chapel. Immediately after, Mary Magdalene fell into an ecstasy that lasted about two hours. This was repeated after Communion on the following 40 mornings. These ecstasies were rich experiences of union with God and contained marvelous insights into divine truths. Over the next six years, five large volumes were filled. The first three books record ecstasies from May of 1584 through Pentecost week the following year. This week was a preparation for a severe five-year trial. The fourth book records that trial and the fifth is a collection of letters concerning reform and renewal. Another book, Admonitions, is a collection of her sayings arising from her experiences in the formation of women religious. The extraordinary was ordinary for this saint. She read the thoughts of others and predicted future events. During her lifetime, Mary Magdalene appeared to several persons in distant places and cured a number of sick people.
It would be easy to dwell on the ecstasies and pretend that Mary Magdalene only had spiritual highs. This is far from true. It seems that God permitted her this special closeness to prepare her for the five years of desolation that followed when she experienced spiritual dryness. She was plunged into a state of darkness in which she saw nothing but what was horrible in herself and all around her. She had violent temptations and endured great physical suffering.
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, 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.
SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Our Parish Festival is this Sunday on the Parish Grounds. Raffle tickets are still available. There will be live entertainment all day long. Special thanks and appreciation are extended to:
GREEN PROS LANDSCAPE & IRRIGATIONS
ROOSTER COUNTY BAND
JOHN & SYLVIA COVARRUBIA
GEORGE & MONICA ALCANTAR
And to all those who are sponsoring booths, working in booths, selling raffle tickets, purchasing tickets, made donations. Muchisimas Gracias.
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ACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION AT OUR LADY OF SORROWS.....Please keep in your prayers all our Confirmation Candidates, Bishop Michael Pfeiffer & Bishop Michael Boulette who will confirm the two groups on Sunday, May 27 and Wednesday June 6 in our Church. Confirmandi are the Catholics, who are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from Baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The oil of chrism is blessed by the Bishop and the Bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
A WEEKLY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS....A Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows and the other special prayers for the restoration of the moral order in the society and particularly for an end to abortion will be offered every Friday Evening at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED...for all our sick parishioners, relatives and friends, especially for Lorezno Pena, Cathy Cardiel, Luis Zapata, Maria Zapata, Joey Toro, Janie Arredondo, David Castillo, Melanie Castillo, Rebecca Talamantez, Patricia Rose Diaz, Eliana Biederman, Lorenzo Pena, Mr. R. Martinez, Gerry Garcia, Joseph Gradney, Baby Xavier Trujillo, Rev. Casimir Oleksy, SDS, Dominik & Sofia Salamon, Konrad & Anna Ebisch, Joseph, Gloria Torres, Clara Grace Bragg, 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, 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, Carol Garcia, Jesse Santiago, Lydia Rico, Eugene Garcia Jr., Eugene Garcia Sr., Juanita Suarez, Gloria, Antonia Torres, Josefa Zuazua, Calista, Derrick Klack, Edward Langa, Kathy Burzynski, Sylvia Grohman, Evangelina (Eva) Lopez, Fr. Wojciech Juraszek, SDS, Edmond Hubbell, T.C., Roger Escobedo, Clifton Bolner, Vera Frederick, 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, Susie Gomez, Olga Delgado, Guadalupe Carrillo, Lawrence Jones, Robert Guillen, Fred Hidebrand, Jessica Basilic,, Bertha Gonzalez, Nathan Villarreal, Betsy Sullivan, Ana Hernandez, Louis Moran, Amanda Cassidy, Fulgencia Gonzalez, Bertha Mendoza, Mercedes B. Gonzales, Louis Pena, Carmen Garza, Fernanda Martinez, Romana Martinez, Janie Castro, Elizabeth Strzelczak, and for the soul of Carol Paveglio. May she and all the faithful departed rest in the peace of the Lord. AMEN.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE EXTENDED TO THE FIRST COMMUNION STUDENTS...who received the Sacrament of First Communion administered by Father Thaddeus on May 6th. A list of students names will be in next Sunday’s bulletin. Special Thanks are extended to Dr. Darlene Jimenez, Dr. Robert Jimenez, Rosemarie Courchesne, Mr. Alex Bautista, Mrs. Judy Bautista, Mrs. Rita Medina & the choir members for their dedication to the children of our parish.
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.
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
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN….there is still time to make your one time donation or pledge to the capital campaign. Pledge forms are on the table in the back of the church.
ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIO: CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. “Greetings in the Lord Jesus! As you know, the archdiocese recently contracted with the Steier Group to examine the feasibility and potential support for an archdiocesan capital campaign…. As the people of the archdiocese did decades ago when they undertook the first and only capital campaign in our history, we need to establish a legacy that will make a difference in the lives that follow. It is an exciting time, and I know we will be blessed by an outpouring of generosity. Please join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide our ministry efforts as the archdiocese expands and grows at an exponential pace. With every assurance of prayer and best wishes for all, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ,” Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS Archbishop of San Antonio. A complete text of the message is available at https://www.archsa.org/blog/capital-campaign