Bulletin - August 13, 2017

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 13, 2017

Truth shall spring out of the earth,

and justice shall look down from heaven. — Psalm 85:12





A rabbi was asked why God sends trials and troubles into human lives. “Because God gets lonely for his people” was the reply. There is some resonance with this wisdom in today’s Gospel, as Jesus makes his disciples get into a boat without him and goes off alone while they venture into stormy waters. Of course, neither Jews nor Christians believe that the Almighty plays this sort of whimsical game with them, but there is some truth in the statement that we don’t turn to God for saving help until we’re in a bind. Peter’s role today, as it is throughout the New Testament, is to be a sign or to represent each member of the church and the whole church. Our story is the tale told about Peter’s faith today. What can bolster our faith is that even when Christ calls us to face bravely the tempests of life, if we are walking through them with our eyes fixed on him in faith, we have nothing to fear. Even when we falter or sink, simply crying “Lord, save me!” is enough to help us know the steady grasp of God’s hand. Then, sheltered inside the walls of faith, the storms we endure lose their power over us. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.


Jubilee Year of Fatima


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young shepherd children in the town of Fatima in Portugal. In observance of this Centennial, San Martin de Porres has several events and activities planned that will help you participate in this Centennial Anniversary.

1. We will be offering 33 Day to Morning Glory starting September 4th. This “self –retreat” involves daily meditation, prayer, and a Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 7th, the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

2. Pope Francis has offered a Plenary Indulgence for those who devoutly visit & pray before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. At San Martin de Porres, we will have the Marian prayers following each Mass on the 13th of August, September and October. (Please, see the “Jubilee of Our Lady of Fatima Indulgence

3. Rosary on Wednesdays in the church during October, the Month of the Rosary at 7pm.

4. Outdoor Family Rosary on Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 12Noon



For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. There are 3 ways of obtaining the indulgence. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession & Communion, be   interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine. The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shine in Portugal & participate in a celebration of prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.

2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Make a visit with pious devotion to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed & invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

3. The elderly and infirm: For people who because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima & spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May & October 2017. They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers & sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives”


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15th– Holy Day of Obligation  Vigil Mass– Aug. 14th @ 5:30pm.

Masses on Aug. 15th @12noon, & 7pm.

Parish Office will be closed on Aug. 15th.



Parents: the last day to register for the 2017-2018 year of CCD is August 14, 2017. All students preparing for the second year of Sacraments must re-register. Please contact Mr. Martinez for more information, at 956-725-2440.




TAMIU & San Martin de Porres will be hosting a Free Health Screening for adults 18 years & older. The Screenings will be by appointment only from 9 am - 12 noon & 1 pm -  4 pm in the Family Life Center, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Please call the Parish Office to set up an appointment. No Walk-Ins will be taken. Please contact: Yvonne Andrade @ 956-723-5215 ext. 18 Last day to set up appointment will be Monday, August 14, 2017. No appointments will be taken the same day of screening. Limited Space.



Prayer & Life Workshop

Prayer & Life Workshop started last Tuesday. There is still time to join our workshop in English, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, from 7 pm - 9 pm, in CCD Rooms Dominique and Elizabeth. For information, please call Paty Orduna @ (956)206-4142.




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