Bulletin- December 24, 2017

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2017

The child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

—Luke 1:35

 

GOD’S PROMISE

The lengthy passage from Samuel is a wonderful exposition of God’s promise to the house of David: that his throne would forever be gloriously occupied by his descendants. Hidden in the mystery of the prophecy is the promise of the Savior, the Messiah, Son of God and Son of David. The prophet Nathan, speaking in God’s name, poetically turns around David’s plan to build a house for God, and announces God’s plan to build a “house,” that is, a dynasty for David. From this house of David will come the Messiah, the Christ, not in kingly splendor as David ruled, but as a humble man, destined to rule forever and overall. When God gives a gift, it’s amazing what we are given—so different from what we ever could have imagined.


A NOTE FROM MSGR. ALEX

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory” -John 1:14

John’s Gospel declares on Christmas Day that Jesus, the Word made flesh, has made His dwelling, His home, among us. Our God is not a God who somehow dwells up in the heavens or somewhere out there, Jesus came to dwell among us, in His Church, in His Word, in His Sacraments, in His followers, in every tabernacle, in every adoration chapel, at every moment in time. Jesus has taken on humanity so that we can be united with Him and we can become children of God. With His Birth, Jesus humbled himself to take our humanity, let us humble ourselves and come to meet Him by observing His commandments and walking in His ways. Then we, too, will see the Glory of God. O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD. Merry Christmas!

 

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

One of the great opportunities we have these days is to savor the Christmas season. Christmas is not a single day; it’s a season. This means Christmas does not end on December 25th; Actually begins. The Christmas Season continues and ends with the Feast Day of the Baptism of the Lord on January 14th. It is a three week period in which we are invited to enter more deeply into the mystery of the One who came to become one of us—to save us from our sins. So often Christmas day seems to come and go very quickly, and with it, the spirit of the Christmas season can be lost in the process of cleaning up, finishing leftovers, traveling or returning gifts. Having prayed during Advent that our Lord might come to us, we can let the reality of His Coming enter more deeply into our daily experience during this Christmas Season. We do that by savoring the story and letting His being one with us become a more conscious reality as these stories intersect with our daily lives. We can take each of the gospel stories during the Christmas Feasts and let ourselves become a part of the story or let the story become a part of our lives.

 

POSADAS

We would like to thank all of our ministries and parishioners who helped host our posadas. They were all a great success. A very special thanks to all of our CCD parents who donated supplies for our posadas. As always your generosity is appreciated. We pray this journey with Mary and
Joseph is one of joyful anticipation as we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord.

 

SAN VICENT DE PAUL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS PROJECT

The Society of San Vicent de Paul would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the community of San Martin de Porres. We received so many wonderful gifts that will help bring Christmas joy to the children in our colonias. Thank you to Westwing Homes for their generous donation of gifts.
We would like to wish you and all of your loved ones a very Blessed and Merry Christmas

 

ROOM RESERVATIONS

With the beginning of the new year, we are asking all ministries and organizations to please come by the parish office to rebook your room reservations for 2018. If your ministry or organization has a room key please come by so we may reissue the key out to you. Room reservations will not be taken the day of your meeting. Even if you will be keeping your same schedule please call the parish office so we can update our 2018 calendar. If you do not book your room for 2018 the rooms will not be opened. If you have any questions please contact Yvonne Andrade at the parish office 723-5215 ext. 18.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes resume on the following dates:

Sunday, January 7, 2018- Santa Teresita Mission

Monday, January 8, 2018- Monday Classes

Wednesday, January 10, 2018- R.C.I.A. (adult classes)

Saturday, January 13, 2017- Saturday classes.

 

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