September 9, 2018
 

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Saturday September 15, 2018
This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. May the numerous tears of the Mother of God be conducive to our salvation; with which tears Thou, O God, art able to wash away the sins of the whole world.
As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung, the sword of sorrow Simeon had foretold pierced her soul.

SEE BEYOND OUTWARD APPEARANCES
The phrase “Sunday best” has lost much of its meaning in our society today. Some lament the loss of people dressing up for church on Sunday; others think it’s a healthy sign that we’re as casual in attire gathered before the Lord as we are elsewhere. No matter which school of thought on this topic we belong to, James would probably chastise us. In either case, we are still focused on external appearance, mistaking it for some sort of favored position before God. True, James criticizes the community that favors the rich and well-dressed while ostracizing the poorly clothed, but even more he criticizes the making of distinctions, making choices based on criteria that having nothing to do with the reign of God. James might turn our attention to the reign of God described by Isaiah, in which people are healed and the earth becomes ripe to bear fruit. Jesus today is focused on this reign of God, healing a Gentile man in a region hostile to his Jewish faith, not mindful of the man’s origins or clothing or status or ability to repay. Isaiah, James, and Jesus in Mark’s Gospel all call us to look more deeply to find where the will of God needs to be done, and has been done, on earth as in heaven.


TODAY’S READINGS

First Reading — Be strong, fear not! Here is your God (Isaiah 35:4-7a)
Psalm — Praise the Lord, my soul! (Psalm 146).
Second Reading — Show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ (James 2:1-5).
Gospel — Jesus makes the deaf hear and the mute speak (Mark 7:31-37).

Income for Sep 1/2, 2018
Mass Collection - $3,152.42
Misc. (candles,Masses,etc) $388.52
Rent - $1,736.36
Total $5,277.30
Mass Attendance 285

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
Back to work we go! Summer break is over and there is much to accomplish in school and in the workplace. It’s a venerable Catholic custom to assign patron saints to the trades and occupations of life. This is largely in the realm of popular devotion, and although from time to time the Vatican declares a saint to be patron of this or that, the process is free-wheeling and just about uncontrollable. Still, there is a saint for almost any purpose, whether you are on death row (Dismas), having eye trouble (Lucy), or pursued by poisonous toads (Hubert). Medieval guilds would often associate themselves with heavenly patrons, so Saint Joseph has the carpenters, Thomas More the lawyers, and physicians get Saint Luke. If you’re stuck in the airport, St. Joseph of Cupertino is on call since he was said to rise off the floor when he prayed, and if you’re in a long line at the ATM, Saint Anthony Claret is for you.
In recent years, the Vatican has from time to time assigned a new patronage, as when Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was named the patron of HIV-AIDS patients, since as a young Jesuit novice he had cared for his fellow novices during a terrible plague. Anything that matters to us—nation, parish church, occupation, illness—can have a patron, and it is an aspect of Catholicism that has enormous appeal. To believe in the “communion of saints” is to know that the ties that bind us as a communion do not unravel with death, and that when we stand before life’s struggles, we do not stand alone. Who is your patron saint? —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

EDUCATION
The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of an education. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

THOUGHTS The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. —Marcus Aurelius

NEW EMAIL…
Our new email is olsorrows.1915@gmail.com  Please discontinue using any previous email. Thank You!

CCD Classes…
Will begin on Sunday Sept. 9, 2018. Please contact the office for more information.

GUITAR LESSONS
Rita Medina will be giving guitar lessons on 3 Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 & 24, in the Chavez Center from 10am to 11am. For more information please contact Rita @ 210-240-1080

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

Pilgrim Center of Hope's 25th Anniversary!
Prayer Brunch 2018, Saturday, September 22, 2018the Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio.Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy, Paulist Father Bruce Nieli,be our guest speaker!Enjoy door prizes, silent auction and a delicious meal. support YOUR ministry by joining us in celebrating 25 years of guiding people to Christ.See flyer for details.Contact Pilgrim Center of Hope for your reservation,(210) 521-3377 or visit  pilgrimcenterofhope.org

Thanks to the Guild at Our Lady of Grace
Through their generosity we were able to change the locks in the rectory and get a new Marian Missals, a new Spanish Missal and soon to come a new Spanish Lectionary. Please keep the members of the Guild at Our Lady of Grace in your prayers

PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Pastoral Council will meet Wednesday Sept 19 in the Chavez Center. All are welcome to attend.

FromFriday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-weekNovena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray oneOur Father,Hail Mary, andGlory Befor the intention of the novena.Participants will also be provided with weekly opportunities to learn more aboutRoe v. Wadeshare that information with their representatives.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm


We need to keep our eyes on the Son. Look at the Personality of Jesus. In every instant, He never takes His Eyes off the Father.
                                                             - Mother Angelica

FromFriday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-weekNovena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray oneOur Father,Hail Mary, andGlory Befor the intention of the novena.Participants will also be provided with weekly opportunities to learn more aboutRoe v. Wadeshare that information with their representatives.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday September 8, 2018
We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world. The love of two human beings has joined with God in his creative work. The loving parents have shown hope in a world filled with travail. The new child has the potential to be a channel of God’s love and peace to the world.
This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God’s love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.
Birthday celebrations bring happiness to the celebrant as well as to family and friends. Next to the birth of Jesus, Mary’s birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. Each time we celebrate her birth, we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world at large.

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.
 

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will be selling a Pancake Breakfast after all the morning Masses today Sunday Aug. 26. Come and join us for food and fellowship!

 

From Friday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-weekNovena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray oneOur Father,Hail Mary, andGlory Befor the intention of the novena.Participants will also be provided with weekly opportunities to learn more aboutRoe v. Wadeshare that information with their representatives.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm

HOUSEHOLDS IN GOD’S SERVICE
In the ancient world, “household” was a wide-reaching concept. When Joshua today speaks of his household serving the Lord, he meant not just those people who lived inside his walls or those related to him by blood or marriage; he meant slaves or servants and their families, and anyone indebted to him in any way. Even his livestock and other possessions would be consecrated to service of God. In our world, we value allowing individuals their freedom to choose how they live, and wouldn’t think of offering our pets to the service of God. But, as we discern our vocation as disciples baptized into Christ, we can come to realize how far-ranging the “households” of our lives still are: how we act toward our spouses, children, roommates or anyone we live with; our behavior with neighbors; or in public as we encounter many “strangers” every day in stores or traffic who suddenly are “next door” to us. How can we use our time, our resources, or gifts for selfless reasons rather than personal gain? No matter what life our witness to the Good News calls us to, we all have a “household” that must be consecrated to service of the Lord our God.

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
CHURCH CLEANING
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.
GRAPHICS DESIGNER
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.
VISITING PRIESTS
Please welcome and greet our visiting Priests this weekend 11:30am—Fr. Alfredo Basualdo.
A SPECIAL THANKS!
To an anonymous donor for our NEW BANNER on N. St. Mary’s! May more people be drawn to Christ through our beautiful little parish!
THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP KEEP OUR BUILDINGS MAINTAINED AND OUR MASSES BEAUTIFUL!

FromFriday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018, the weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-weekNovena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray oneOur Father,Hail Mary, andGlory Befor the intention of the novena.Participants will also be provided with weekly opportunities to learn more aboutRoe v. Wadeshare that information with their representatives.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm

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.
Pancake Breakfast
The Knights of Columbus will be selling a Pancake Breakfast after all the morning Masses on Sunday Aug. 26. Come and join us for food and fellowship!
PRAYER REQUESTS…
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

PRAYER REQUESTS…

Have been moved from the bulletin to the book in the back of the Church



A/C Upadte
Technicians came out and fixed the A/C. One motor was replaced and one unit needed Freon, the old expensive type. The cost was $1,237.00 So we are running cooler and the thermostats are set to automatically come one 1 hour before Mass and shut off 30 minutes after Mass. SO PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST THE THERMOSTATS!

Thank You

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will be selling a Pancake Breakfast after all the morning Masses on Sunday Aug. 26. Come and join us for food and fellowship!

PRAYER REQUESTS…
Have been moved from the bulletin to the book in the back of the Church

A Message from Deacon Denis

Greetings my fellow Parishioner's! I am humbled and excited to be assigned here as the Archdiocese first Pastoral Delegate. I became acquainted with Our Lady of Sorrows about 10 years ago when I would occasionally attend Sam daily Mass and was attracted to the beauty of the Church. Never would I have imagined that I would be serving the People of God in this parish. My wife Leticia and I are cradle Catholics and have been married 35 years. We have 3 adult children, 1 daughter Sabrina, 33 and her husband Balde and 2 sons, Sonny, 31 and
Ben, 27, still single. We enjoy movies, music, travelling and visiting beautiful Churches.
I spent 30 years in the retail and customer service industry. I served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. I was ordained a Deacon on June 7, 2014.1 enjoy helping, teaching and training people. My deepest desire is to be an instrument of the Lord to bring souls to His Salvation!
My duties will include taking care of the day to day needs of the parish, including assisting at Daily Mass and on Sunday, Sacramental preparation and instruction, Marriage preparation, and much more. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you, so please stop by anytime to chat, feel free to call me. I will be here Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.
In Christ Deacon Denis Perez

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.

LOG ON OR EMAIL US TO KEEP UP WITH PARISH NEWS AND ACTIVITIES...Parish Website addresses are: www.ourladyofsorrows-sa.org www.pmk-sa.com; EMAIL ADDRESS: olsorrows.1915@gmail.com

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