Bulletin - September 3, 2017

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 3, 2017

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

that you may discern what is the will of God,

what is good and pleasing and perfect. — Romans 12:2




If you’ve ever had an unpleasant but somewhat amusing practical joke played on you, then you have some understanding of how Jeremiah feels today when he tells God “good one—you duped me.” We can almost see him shaking his head with a bit of a rueful smile, but an angry undertone in his voice. In similar fashion, Peter thinks Jesus is “duping” him when Jesus starts to explain that being Messiah means suffering and dying, and being a follower of the Messiah means taking up a cross and doing the same. Jeremiah tries to deny God’s will for him by trying to shut up; Peter—who has just been made the foundation of the church—out and out denies the teaching of Jesus, for which he is named “Satan” today. Fortunately for us, Jeremiah comes to realize that to have the word of God placed in your heart means that it will be futile to try and keep silent, even if it means scorn and derision from those around you. Luckily Peter ultimately returned to the faith he professed in last week’s Gospel, and came to understand our need as baptized followers of Christ to follow in his way, even when it means following him to our very death

Assistance to Victims of Hurricane Harvey


Diocesan Special Collection


Bishop Tamayo has asked that a special collection be taken in all parishes in the Diocese of Laredo this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd & 3rd, to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Thank you so much for your generosity in helping our brothers and sister who have lost homes and possessions.


Donations of basic necessity items:

Donations of water, blankets, bath towels & wash clothes, personal hygiene items (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, brushes, combs, feminine products), baby diapers & pull– ups (all sizes), baby formula, new or gently used clothing (baby, children, men, & women), cleaning supplies, gas cards, gift cards for groceries are needed for the thousands who have lost their homes and possessions due to Hurricane Harvey.


Donations can be taken to trucks which will be parked at the following churches in Laredo: Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy , San Martin de Porres and St. Patrick’s Church. Donations will be accepted from 9:00am –5:00pm this Saturday through Monday (September 2nd-4th). Or items can be taken to Catholic Charities, 1919 Cedar Ave. in Laredo, before 5:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. Thank you so much for your generosity.


 As part of our Centennial Celebration of the Appearances of Our Lady of Fatima, we invite you to take part in the self –retreat, “33 Days to Morning Glory” starting on 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. Daily Meditations will be offered in English and Spanish. There are two ways to participate: either through our Parish Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/sanmartincatholicchurch or through the texting service, WhatsApp. It is not necessary to have a Facebook account. If you would like to participate through WhatsApp, please sign up at the Parish Office. If you would like to participate via our Facebook Page, kindly send us a message to let us know you are taking part in this self-retreat.




San Martin de Porres Parish is currently seeking nominations for the new ACTS Core Members. Nominations for new members: should be registered parishioners of San Martin de Porres, be in good standing with the Catholic Church, have lived an adult’s ACTS Retreat, and served on an adult ACTS Team. Duties include: assisting in administration of all Parish ACTS activities, including retreats, reunions, and training. Please leave the name of your nomination at the Parish Office during regular office hours. Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 8, 2017



New CCD Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9:00 am—12:00 noon, & 1:00 pm to 5:30pm.

Closed Tuesdays

Saturday: 9:00 am  -  2:00pm



We are looking for Catechist and Catechist Aides for this coming CCD year. We need volunteers for the following days and hours: Saturdays 8:30am & 10:30am & Monday, 6:00pm.



Monday, September, 4th, at 6:30pm– Parents who registered students for first year Holy Communion:

Tuesday, September, 5th, at 6:30pm– Parents who registered students for first year Confirmation.

Wednesday, September, 6th, at 6:30pm– Parents who registered students for Faith Formation. (Students who already received their Sacraments).



Thursday, September,. 7th, at 6:30pm - Parents who registered students for the last year (2nd Year) of Holy Communion

Friday, September, 8th, at 6:30pm– Parents who registered students for last year (2nd Year) in Confirmation.


For more information, call Mr. Martinez @ 725-2440





“Open wide the gates of your soul, for the Lord is coming to heal you. He will come to dwell in you and you in him”. are inviting the parishioners of San Martin de Porres to join us in praying the Rosary to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, in the CCD Room 4 & 5. For more information, contact: Rosa Gonzales at 723-2789.




(National Alliance on Mental Illness)

We would like to remind you of the monthly NAMI support group, which meets every 2nd Thursday of the month. Join us September 14, 2017 at 6:00pm here at San Martin de Porres CCD Room St. Catherine. For more information call: 956-235-2359 or email namilaredo@gmail.com




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