Bulletin- December 10, 2017

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Second Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. 

— Mark 1:3

 

NEWS OF COMFORT

 

In a time of preparation, much of it having to do with material things, it is good to hear the words of Isaiah, “Comfort, give comfort to my people, / says your God” (Isaiah 40:1). In a time of such stress and rush, when our usual burdens are augmented by piles of Christmas preparations, we can choose to slow down, take some time to heal, and appreciate the enormous gift we are about to receive. Christ, the Son of God, has become one of us, and knows our human limitations.

Yet God, even now, is freeing us from the burdens that our inattentiveness to our God and to our deepest inner longings have heaped upon us. The Lord comes, not as a king with mighty armies, but as a shepherd leading the flocks with care and tenderness. Isaiah prophesies good news: our oppression is over, our sins forgiven. The savior we have awaited is coming, not the first time, but in the end times, as our salvation.


2017 CHRISTMAS POSADA SCHEDULE

 

The posadas are a time-honored tradition of our Hispanic Catholic Faith. During this novena, we join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem seeking shelter. We invite the entire parish community to join us each day as our ministries join together in hosting a posada. The Posadas take place after the evening Masses in the Family Life Center, during the week at 6 pm and weekend at 7:30 pm.

 

Saturday, December 16: CCD

Sunday, December 17: CCD

Monday, December 18: CCD

Tuesday, December 19: Christ Crew/Altar Servers

Wednesday, December 20: Eucharistic Ministers

Thursday, December 21: Choir/Men’s Prayer Group

Friday, December 22: Women’s Prayer Group

Saturday, December 23rd: Lectors/Nocturnal Adoration

Sunday, December 24th: All Ministries

 

May we make a shelter for Mary and Joseph in our hearts during this Advent season as we prepare for the coming of our Lord, God made flesh. We hope to see you there.


MEDIR EL ÉXITO

 

El éxito se mide no tanto por la posición que uno ha alcanzado en la vida, sino por los obstáculos que uno ha superado luchando por obtener el éxito. —Booker T. Washington


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. Please do not forget our older teens and children, some great gifts for them are movie gift cards. Sr. Rosemary is also taking donations of wrapping paper. We continue to thank you for your support and pray for your loving generosity. We would like to extend an extra thank you to the 2018 Pocahontas council for their donation of 120 gifts to the children in the colonias.


PRECIOUS BLOOD ROSARY

 

We invite all parishioners to join us on December 13th in CCD room St. Ann at 6 pm to pray the rosary in honor of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.

“In him, we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace”—Ephesians 1:7


PENANCE SERVICE

 

In preparation during this time of Advent, the church asks us to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. To help make this possible Msgr. Alex has scheduled for some of his brother priests to come and assist in offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will have several priests hearing confessions on Tuesday, December 19th at 6 pm in the main church. Come join us to cleanse your heart and offer it to the God who created it.


Religious Education


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 has been posted on the bulletin board outside of the CCD office. All student files have been checked and all information regarding student requirements as well as parent requirements have been input into a database. Parents if you are unsure if you or your child have completed the program requirements, please come by the CCD office during the week. 

 

Last day of classes for 2017 are as follows:

December 16, 2107- Last Class for all Saturday classes

December 18, 2017- Last Class for all Monday classes

December 20, 2017- Last Class for all RCIA students.

classes will resume in January 2018

 

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