Bulletin- December 3, 2017

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First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017

Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. — Mark 13:33

 

 

 GOD HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN

We begin the season of Advent with a heartfelt call for our own repentance. We remember God’s faithful love for us and call upon God to help us to turn back. For “behold, you are angry, and we are sinful” (Isaiah 64:4). In the first reading and in the psalm, we recall God’s promises and lament our unfaithfulness and our guilt. We call upon God’s might and power in order to save us. With Isaiah, we ask God to “rend the heavens and come down, / with the mountains quaking before you” (Isaiah 63:19).

 

Yes, God is faithful to us, because we are the work of God’s hands. God is the potter, we are the clay. And yet, our concept of how God will come to save us is rooted in our own expectations of a warrior God who crushes mountains and thunders into our lives with great noise and glory. But God has a different plan: the Incarnation.

 

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

This week, the Catholic Church focuses the faithful on a  liturgical season which calls us to live in anticipation, the coming of the Lord. This season of joyful preparation is also a season of great hope. During its celebration, we will be constantly invited through our liturgical readings and practices, to clear away all that entangles us and open a space in our hearts,  homes, relationships, and lives, for Love Incarnate to be born again. This Season of the Church Year is called Advent.  The word "Advent" is derived from the Latin words,ad-venio  or adventus, which both signify a coming. The Advent candles symbolize Jesus Christ, the True Light of the world. It is He who can dispel the dreariness of an age which has all but lost real hope. The message we are to proclaim during this wonderful season is that Lord is always coming for those who look for Him!


SECOND COLLECTION

Our senior religious brothers and sisters are a treasure. Their dedication and hard work laid the foundation for Catholic schools, hospitals, and numerous social service organizations. The Retirement Fund for Religious offers financial support that helps religious communities provide care and assistance for older members. The annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious is scheduled for December 9th and 10th. Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on all our women and men religious. Rest assured they are praying for you as well!


SAN VICENTE DE PAUL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS PROJECT

The Society of San Vicente de Paul has set up their annual Angel Tree. The angel ornaments placed on the tree will indicate the gender and age of a child, for whom you might wish to donate a Christmas gift. All gifts collected will be given to Sister Rosemary Welsh of Mercy Ministries who will distribute the gifts to the neediest children in our colonias. We ask that when bringing in your gift that they are NOT wrapped, this is to ensure the gifts are gender and age appropriate. Our parish has always been most generous with this project. We thank you in advance for your participation.

 

Retiro de ACTS en español

Aplicaciónes se estan recibiendo para el siguiente retiro de ACTS para mujeres en español. El retiro se leevara acabo diciembre 14-17. Puede obtener una aplicación en la oficina parroquial y la puede entregar a la oficina durante horas de oficina. Por más información, por favor ponerse en comunicación con la directora del retiro, Sylvia Rosales al 956-337-2957.


Religous Education News

The CCD Office is currently seeking donations of already filled cellophane candy bags, plates, cups, utensils, chips, sodas, waters, juices, cookies, pastries*, and pizzas* (*for the actual day of the Posadas). If you would like to donate any of these items for our Posadas, please feel free to bring them to the CCD office.  We will be collecting until Friday, December 15, 2017. Any donations not used for the Posadas will be distributed to shelters and humanitarian organizations around Laredo. As a friendly reminder, any and all donations will count for both community service hours and faith formation hours for our program parents and students.   If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (956)725-2440. 

A list of students still pending sacramental documentation will be posted on the bulletin board outside of the CCD office.  If all documentation hasn't been submitted, please turn it in as soon as possible as we have started preparations for communions and confirmations.

Catechists, aides, and CCD volunteers, we will be having a short meeting/ advent reflection on Saturday, December 9, 2017, @  2:30 PM in the Maria Goretti room at the back of the gym. Please inform the CCD office if you will be in attendance no later than Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Friday, December 8th, 2017 is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To celebrate this feast we will be having a Vigil Mass on Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 pm in English, there will be no daily Spanish Mass. Masses on Friday, December 8th will be 12 noon and 7:00 pm. In observance of the Holy Day of Obligation the parish office will be closed on Friday the 8th and will resume regular office hours on Monday, December 11th. May the Blessed Virgin Mary through the grace of her Immaculate Conception bless you.

 

 

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