Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 11,2018

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The Lord keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. — Psalm 146:7

Veterans Day began with the signing of a symbolic treaty between the Allies and Germany ending World War I (then called the “Great War”) on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The auspicious date was actually a well-established religious
holiday, the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, a beloved soldier saint of the army of Rome. After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to
Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Britain, but of course the feast of Saint Martin endures.
Martin was named after Mars, the god of war, and against the advice of his parents he went on his own to church. He became a catechumen at the age of ten. By fifteen he was enlisted in the cavalry in France. Coming across a poor man, Martin had an impulse to divide his bright red
soldier’s cape and clothe him. He later had the insight that he had served Christ, and the other half of his cape became a lifelong sign to him of his duty to serve the poor. Housed in a tiny church capella or “chapel,” the cape became a great object of pilgrimage on the way to Compostella, and a favored place for the prayers of soldiers. Martin was not so eager to serve as bishop as he had been as a soldier, and legend says that he hid in a barn filled with geese to avoid episcopal election. To this day, the customary meal for November 11 is goose! Traditionally, this is the last feast day before winter closes in, and begins a period of fasting once known as “Saint Martin’s Lent” or “Martinmas,” that later developed into the season of Advent.
—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Christianity is the story of beggars who tell other beggars where to find bread. —Anonymous

“If the earth is our mother, then the grave is our home and the world is a closed system turned in on itself. [But] if Christ is risen from the grave and the Church is our mother, then our destiny reaches beyond space and time, beyond what can be measured and controlled. And therein lies our hope.”

Francis Cardinal George

Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Saturday November 17, 2018
In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.
At the age of 14, Elizabeth was married to Louis of Thuringia, whom she deeply loved. She bore three children. Under the spiritual direction of a Franciscan friar, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she would take bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land who came to her gate.
After six years of marriage, her husband died in the Crusades, and Elizabeth was grief-stricken. Her husband’s family looked upon her as squandering the royal purse, and mistreated her, finally throwing her out of the palace. The return of her husband’s allies from the Crusades resulted in her being reinstated, since her son was legal heir to the throne.
In 1228, Elizabeth joined the Secular Franciscan Order, spending the remaining few years of her life caring for the poor in a hospital which she founded in honor ofof Assisi. Elizabeth’s health declined, and she died before her 24th birthday in 1231. Her great popularity resulted in her canonization four years later.

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 Oct 28, 2018

Mass Collection $2,320.60
Candles $209.25
Mass Intentions $65.00
Rental Income $100.00
CCD Donation $25.00
General Donations $63.00
Total Receipts $3,182.85
Mass Attendance 299

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.

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

We would like to have Posadas this year from Dec 16 - Dec 21. If you are interested in organzing and or hosting a Posada, call the Parish 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

Upcoming Parish Activities

Mon Nov 12 Men’s Club Meeting in the Parish Hall-7pm
Wed Nov 14 Lector Meeting in the Chavez Center-7pm
Tue Nov 20 - Music Ministry Meeting -  7pm in the Chavez
Sun Dec 2 Altar Society Glitter Bazar & Flea Market
Sat Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception  6pm Vigil Mass
Sun Dec 9 Guadalupana Breakfast Tacos in the Chavez

Please call or come by the office to have a Mass celebrated for your loved one. We have lots of dates available.
Flowers on the Altar
If you would like flowers on the Altar in memory of a loved one, please contact the office.

Day of Reflection
The Altar Society will host a Day of Reflection in the Chavez Center on Saturday October 20 from 9am - 11am. All are invited to come and grow deeper in their relationship with Our Lord! Then we will clean the Church after from 11am until 12 Noon.

The 6th Annual Arzobispo Open
Benefiting our seminarians at Assumption Seminary
Monday October 22nd the Club at Sonterra 9am Tee time Celebrity Pro, Chi Chi Rodriquez
Contact: Michael Davis @ 210-734-5137 Ext. 1414 or visit our Website at 
Please support the education of our future priests.

Converging Roads Conference -
Human Dignity at the End of Life. The St. John Paul II Foundation, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, and the University of the Incarnate Word, present a Converging Roads health care ethics conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:30AM to 7:30PM at Our Lady of the Lake University. The conference theme will focus on human dignity at the end of life and continuing education credits for healthcare professionals will be offered. The Annual White Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S, will conclude the conference. For more information, visit  .

Our new email is  Please discontinue using any previous email. Thank You!

Please call or come by the office to have a Mass celebrated for your loved one. We have lots of dates available.

Flowers on the Altar
For the weekend of Sunday 9/9 were in memory of +Leonard Courchesne+ from his family and +Concepcion Covarubbia+ from John Covarrubia. If you would like flowers on the Altar in memory of a loved one, please contact the office.

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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