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Holy Family Parish
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4th Sunday of Advent before Christmas : What is the invitation and the Gift that I respond with?

Mary heard an invitation:  Be the Mother of the Savior-take on this journey of many years to be the mother of the child, the son, the young man, the SAVIOR

How did she respond to the invitation:  What will it involve because it seems humanly impossible to do?

What convinced her to do it? The Spirit of God will overshadow you and your barren cousin Elizabeth is in her 6th month of pregnancy carrying the prophet, John the Baptist for nothing is impossible with God.

How did she respond?  I am the servant of God—so even if I do not understand how it will come about, and the risk I am taking, I will trust that it can happen. Her gift is saying: I’ll do it and risk being put to death for might seem adultery.

There is an invitation that is given to us today:  Prepare your spirit and heart for the peace that Jesus wants to bring to you.

The invitation reminds me of the story of  Helen Russo and her mother.  They lived in an apartment in Cincinnati, and got in an argument with the neighbor lady.  They would not talk to each other, nor say hello. On Christmas eve, Helen and her mother sat down to enjoy the Italian cake and cookies that they had prepare for Christmas.  But it did not seem like Christmas, because they kept thinking about their neighbor and their ongoing avoidance and pointing the finger at the other person as being the fault.  Finally after hearing some Christmas songs, Helen got up and went out the door and her mother asked her where she was going.  I’m going to see the neighbor lady.  She knocked on the door and the lady looked out through the tiny hole in her door only to see her worst enemy.  She hesitated, but opened the door.  Helen said:  It’s Christmas and I want to invite you over to visit with my mother this evening.  It’s Christmas.  The lady smiled and said, yes it is Christmas and I thank you for bringing us peace, the peace of the child Jesus.

What is the invitation that Jesus, the baby Jesus, inviting you to do.  We have been preparing for 9 days each evening by revisiting the Scripture which says that Joseph and Mary travelled 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem and while there she gave birth to a son and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn or the common room where visitors were able to stay.  SO the child was born in the humblest of human poverty and yet there was provided a bed and warmth and later visitors who happily spoke of the child being given for all people, not just the very holy ones.  The child is for all the outcasts and comes as an innocent child who no one will be fearful of and who attracts all the world to the mysterious birth of GOD as an innocent, helpless, powerless child, emptied of all divinity and yet taking on our human condition in the poorest of human conditions.

SO What or WHO is that child that comes to us?  Isn’t it the child that is within us all, the child who innocently reaches out to the lost ones, the ones who have been lost from us in our ways of judging and arguing and even yelling at another person.  Is there a neighbor, a friend, a family member who we are not talking to?  Is there someone who we do not have ROOM FOR in our busy and rich lives?  Is there someone who is left out in the cold whom we could get up and go see and invite to celebrate Christmas with, just like      did and really said: “This is what Christmas, the birth of our God is all about!” HE comes to bring us Peace, He comes to give us the tools and the heart of a CHILD within us.  May we let the CHILD speak to us and then accept the invitation to do, like Mary did and be the servant of the WORD OF GOD.  WHAT IS THE WORD OF GOD INVITING YOU TO DO now in front of the Christmas birth of our God into our humanity.  WHO did he invite to His birth and who did He mostly associate with: ‘HE ATE  WITH  SINNERS,’ outcasts.  So let us hear the invitation to invite also those who are out of our lives, out of our social group to come and see the real meaning of Christmas.  Can you all say together with me?  “IT’S CHRISTMAS”. So let’s give peace a chance and see the children also who have immigrated here seeking peace and refuge.  May we also invite them in and not shut the door because we HAVE NO ROOM FOR THEM.



3rd Sunday of Advent: More light, more joy because we welcome the stranger and know we are not a god:

Today once again we meet the prophets Isaiah and John the Baptist.  There is confusion about the identity of John as to whether he is the Savior, but he plainly tells the people that he is a little messenger who cries out for us to make straight the way of the Lord.  He calls us to remove the obstacles that are making our lives crooked and not letting the Lord come straight into our lives.   Like the prophet Isaiah ,  another messenger who brings glad tidings-good news-Gospel to the POOR, to the Captives, to the brokenhearted, a YEAR of Grace and Favor,  John continues that good news by calling the people to the teachings of the one who can save us from destruction. John prepares the way for Jesus to come by calling us to remove the OBSTACLES like a orange cone that stands in our way or a detour that stops us while work is being done or something is being repaired or made new like the Paseo del Norte overpass.

What are the Obstacles that stand in the way of the Lord, the savior, the salvation from coming into our lives? I would like to point out 2 of them: Our prideful arrogance of playing God and secondly our unwillingness to find room for those who come to our door wanting to enter our lives.

1)      John the Baptist who had a lot of people coming to him, wanted him to call himself the Savior.  To be one who saves someone else can be an attractive temptation.  But John clearly pointe out who he was when he humbled himself to say he was not even worthy to until the sandal of the great one who was coming after him.  He was only preparing the way for the people to be receptive to Jesus, not an OBSTACLE to people.  His humility is like Juan Diego who when the Virgin appeared to him, told her that he was not worthy to carry out the message she wanted to be taken to the Bishop: that she wanted a church built where she would be able to show her motherly love, compassion for the poor, help and defense and give remedy to their misery, pain, and sorrows.  She called him: “Juanito, el más pequeño de mis hijos.” She herself considered herself unworthy of being the mother of the Savior and yet God had chosen her just like the prophets and Moses for an important task.  God chooses the little, humble ones who are willing to carry the message and not be an OBSTACLE for the message to come to the people.  The question which we need to consider is: Am I an OBSTACLE to anyone so that they cannot see God working in me?  Am I pretending to be god and arrogantly putting myself above other people.  Do I judge and condemn the people around me who I live with or deal with in school or at work?  Even in our church experiences we can fall into the temptation to consider ourselves ABOVE others, special, and condescending toward others as If I am God.  We all have to say as John the Baptist and Juan Diego: I am not worthy, I am not the Savior, I am not god to judge and condemn you, I am not the one who will save you!  And I am only a messenger with a message that leads you to the one who can save: Jesus (his name means:  he will save his people from their sins). 

2)      The other OBSTACLE that we need to look at is who we let come into our lives.  This week we begin the 9 day reflection and novena called Las Posadas.  Each night we think over the words of the Gospel: Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem and while there, she gave birth to a son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the common place for visitors. (Y alli nació su hijo y lo envolvió en pañales y lo acostó en el pesebre porque no había alojamiento para ellos en la posada” Luke 2:7) Each evening, beginning on Tuesday, we will hear someone tell of how they immigrated to our country and how they were received.  Some will tell the struggle to enter, and others will tell of how people DID NOT HAVE ROOM FOR THEM and did not want to LET THEM ENTER!  This is the Gospel story repeating itself in our day.  It happens at times in our families also.  But the most disturbing experience is that some Christians sadly, do not want to let in the immigrant.  Actually, Jesus was an immigrant and was taken out of Bethlehem by Joseph, because Herod wanted to kill him.  That is many times the story of WHY children and mothers have escaped from Central American countries, coming here where they hear that we will open our doors to protect those who seek freedom from violence or being killed.  There are over 60,000 children and mothers here and some people want to send them back, because we have no room for them and they are a burden on our rich and secure lives.  How sad it is that we as a Christian country do not have room for them who Jesus says: I was a stranger and you did not welcome me! That is our final judgment and hopefully we welcome and have room for Jesus in our lives TODAY!

Tomorrow, Monday evening at 7 pme we will offer the Sacrament of Forgiveness in order to help you remove those OBSTACLES to the coming of Salvation into your life.  It is a chance to examine yourself to see if you have PLAYED GOD and also whether you have not found room in your life for someone in your family or room for the IMMIGRANT,  The GOOD NEWS is that God forgives and forgets our sins as the prophet Micah says in 7:19 of his prophecy: He buries our sins in the depths of the sea- Tira , pues al fondo del mar todos nuestros pecados."  So come and remove the OBSTACLES!
2nd Sunday of Advent

This past week we have heard many people crying out at the top of their voices in the streets: “I can’t breathe, we can’t breathe.  My hands are up.” These cries respond to a cry for justice and sound like the prophet’s call in our readings.

This Sunday, we hear 2 prophets Isaiah and John the Baptist, both called to go and Announce good news:  “Cry out at the top of your voice, fear not to cry out and say:  Here is your God! Prepare a straight path for our God!”  The message calls people to REPENT, to remove all obstacles to the coming of the Lord.  John the Baptist calls the people to enter a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  In the Gospel of St. Luke, John calls the people to show this repentance in practical ways: “Anyone who has 2 tunics must share with the person who has none and anyone with something to eat must do the same. Tax collectors must not exact more than the appointed rate (No Title loans of more than 36% interest). Soldiers are to stop intimidating, not extort protection money, and be content with their pay.  Even Herod, the Roman governor, is called upon to give back his brother’s wife and stop the other crimes he had further committed.  And yet he added a further crime to all the rest by shutting John up in prison.  John al pointed to Jesus as the one who will show the path that leads to life.  Jesus tells us that there are 2 paths in life: one is wide and easy and many are on it, but it leads to destruction. (What is destroying our families, marriages, communities, world and us today?)  Jesus calls us to take a narrow difficult path by denying our self- centered choices, take up his teaching such as conquering evil by the power of good, forgiving like God forgives us, and giving our lives for the sake of others as He did on the cross. This path is difficult and there are many obstacles that we have to remove before we can enter it.  We have to ‘stop following the crowd’, or stop justifying things because everyone else is doing it and getting by with it.  We have to break with bad friendships that lead us to do bad things.  Someone wrote: Because our desire to feel good or feel nothing seems more important than the truth. Denial is predictable, persistent mark of the person trapped by an enslaving habit. Self-absorbed desire drives addicted person to deny they have a problem because they can’t imagine living without the object of their dependence.   Alcoholics think they need the bottle to make their lives bearable. Workaholics think they need to work 80 hours a week to prove their importance.  It’s unthinkable for such persons to give up the source of their good feelings.”(-from a booklet ‘When we just can’t stop’)

Again, we are called to remove the obstacles so that God can come to us.  One of the obstacles that is hard to remove is the IMAGE that we have created of God.  We ‘think that God thinks the way we humanly think! Peter and the other disciples thought that Jesus should be a KING, a powerful political Ruler, who finally would get rid of the Roman government.  It is like thinking that if we get rid of this or that political person, then we will be happy.  To the great surprise of the disciples, Jesus entered Jerusalem, not on a powerful horse and chariot with warriors, but rather came as a humble shepherd like Solomon, riding on a donkey, the animal carrying the burdens of others.  He called himself the GOOD SHEPHERD and today, we hear that wonderful image at the end of the 1st reading: “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock, in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.”  This great image is the GOD WHO COMES TO US, not the God we think will come to punish and condemn.  Can you IMAGE or Imagine yourself being carried by the Good Shepherd and THEN EVEN being held close, like a mother holding a child and nursing the child.  Can you allow yourself to feel that embrace when you are feeling down, depressed, alone?  Instead of turning to a drug of your choice when feeling this way, could you allow yourself some pray time, closing your eyes and imagining being held and embraced by the Lord?  If you can, then you will find in the Lord, what you have been looking for in other places or faces as the song told us:  “I was looking for LOVE in all the wrong places and faces.  Now can you say as one man prays:  May I find in YOU, Lord, what I was looking for in that? Yes you can! Now is the time to remove that obstacle to intimacy with the Lord because of a false image of God as a Punisher.  Let the Lord hold you and embrace you, like the Footprints speaks of carrying us in those moments when we felt the absence of God. Let the Good Shepherd hold and embrace you and calm your cries that you are feeling now in this dark and troubled world.

 


1s Sunday of Advent :

Do you have a GPS in your car?  Or did you buy one on Black Friday?  This device is used to direct a driver to their destination.  The driver punches in where he is and then the place he wants to arrive at.  As he drives, if he gets off course, or takes a bad turn, the eyes of a satellite speaks through a voice and tells us to turn around and get back on the path/road that is the best.  But sometimes, some of us do not like to listen to that voice and ignore it because we deny that we are lost.  But if we are humble and wise, we go back and get back on the path for our journey. 

Today we begin a journey to Bethlehem and beyond.  We see the prophet calling the people to get back on the path that God has given us. Just like the voice of the person on the GPS, the prophet Isaiah strongly calls: ‘RETURN for the sake of your servants,. You have wandered from the ways of God... you have hardened your hearts and you do not see the awesome deeds God has done for you.’

  When we read the Bible, the instruction book, the Spiritual GPS for our lives, we see that already with Abram, God called the people to begin a journey and leave the familiar for a promised land of greater happiness.  This journey took them to Egypt and when they settled,  but there were feared as immigrants and so they were enslaved and treated violently.  God heard their cry and sent Moses back to be the Shepherd to bring them out of this deadly violence. God led them into a journey in the desert and eventually to Jerusalem, but when they strayed away again, they were led off to Babylon and then later returned.  The Journey eventually led 90 miles away from Nazareth to Bethlehem, then from Galilee to Jerusalem, and after the Resurrection back to the Lake of Galilee.  When the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, they went out and then the journeys of St. Paul and St. Peter led to Rome. This journey continued and now we are invited to revisit these places and continue our journey.

As we begin this Journey to Bethlehem and other places, it would be good to focus some attention on the wonderful image which is  the prophet used at the end of the 1st reading:  Yet, O Lord you are our father, we are the clay and you the potter, we are all the work of your hands.”  This image reminds us that WE are the clay and God is the potter who forms and shapes us.  Nevertheless, at times, we seem to turn this around and we want to make God the CLAY and we want to shape and form God as we think God should be.  Can you imagine yourself as CLAY in the Hands of God the Father and TRUST that God wants to turn out something beautiful?  Yet in the process of making a beautiful pottery, for example, the clay has to be soft, pliable, and moldable.  If the clay is hard, the potter cannot form and shape the clay.  A Jemez potter also told me that the potter has to prepare the clay by removing any pebbles and then also removing any bubbles in the clay so that when it is put into the furnace, the clay will not crack or fall apart when it is fired.

So as we begin this journey toward Bethlehem, ask yourself: are you hard on people or your wife or children?  Are your hard with certain people in your life and refuse to talk to them?  Are you hard on a group of people such as immigrants?  Can you soften up when you see that over 60,000 children and mothers have immigrated here from the threat of death because they refused to pay protection money or allow their children to join a drug gang?  Can you soften up when you refuse to listen to the other person or feel entitled to hold vengeance toward them? Finally can you let God shape your life, rather than try to shape God according to how you think God should let things turn out? The spiritual journey begins today, and if your conscience or that Spiritual GPS voice tells you have gotten off course, or are lost, LISTEN and humbly come back to the path that leads on the journey to Bethlehem and beyond, like Joseph did with Mary, even when in the night they had to take the child and immigrate to Egypt out of fear that Herod would kill the child.  Pope Francis wrote:’ But where are we journeying? Is there a common goal?  And what is this goal?  Jesus Christ is both guide and goal of our pilgrimage and the pilgrimage of the entire People God. And in his light the other peoples may also walk toward the kingdom of justice and peace.  This journey never comes to an end. Just as in each of our lives we always need to begin again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our lives, so also for the great human family it is always necessary to rediscover the common horizon toward which we are journeying.  The horizon of hope! We need to listen to that spiritual GPS more and get back on the Journey!

Feast of Christ the King and the final exam 

Have you ever taken a final exam and had the questions for the test beforehand? That would make the exam a lot easier to prepare for. We are given today the final exam that Jesus will judge us on. Yet they challenge us to prepare for that exam because Jesus, the King of all people will judge us. He will judge by his criteria and what He considers important for us to learn and live, rather than how we might judge ourselves and others.  The standard for judgment is compassion and care for the weak, but also to recognize that Jesus is present in the most weak and poor around us.  Each group asks   WHEN did we see You, Jesus and where were you.  The Lord answers each group by saying that He was present in the hungry person, in the naked person, in the sick person, in the stranger or immigrant and in the one who was in prison for being unable to pay their debts.  The point of judgment is whether you Did something for Jesus or did Not do anything for Jesus.  So it is really WHO we saw or did not see. Did we see Jesus or only a poor person whom we helped?

This is the Challenge: SEEING Jesus in that other person, especially the most poor and needy.  A psychologist once told us that when he began to apply this insight toward his wife and saw her as Jesus, his whole marriage took a turnaround.  He had a greater reverence, respect, love, caring and tenderness for his wife.  He treated her differently, because what he did to her, he was doing to Jesus.

This is what Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: ‘ I see Jesus in every person.’ To be able to see in that manner, she had a rule for her sisters:  If you work 4 hours out on the street with lepers, dying persons or anyone you see as poor, then you have to spend 4 hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament where the Lord is present too.

So how would you fair if you were to be judged today?  Have you seen Jesus in the Poor person, the homeless, the sick person, the one needing clothing, in the immigrant mothers and children and in the person in prison?  Yes we see people standing on the street crossing with a sign asking for help, but do we see JESUS?

So there are two levels of seeing: seeing the person in need, like the immigrant/stranger who is a person/mother fleeing for safety or children who have escaped from gangs in Central America or certain death. On the second level, do you see JESUS in that person, that poor child Jesus who was born in a stable and was taken up in the night be Joseph along with his mother and had to flee in the night to escape the hatred/jealousy and killing that Herod intended for the child.  Is that much different than the children feeing from the threat of death?  YET, many want to sent THEM back, because of breaking a law, when we are breaking the law of Christ which calls us to see Jesus in these children and to see Jesus who broke the Sabath rest and out compassion, healed the sick and fed his disciples.  He too was an immigrant escaping the scourge of death threats and breaking a law for a greater law, the law of LOVE. 

So let us exam ourselves and ask if we will pass the final exam.  Remember the old saying:  ‘If they arrested you for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

 

Third Sunday of Advent

December 14, 2014

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Day

Today is often called Gaudete or “Rejoice” Sunday because the entrance antiphon begins with the word “Rejoice” and we are halfway through Advent – so much closer to Christmas. Today’s second reading also begins with “Rejoice”. On this third Sunday of Advent, what do you have to rejoice about? How are you Advent preparations for Christmas going? Let us pray today for the extra boost of joy in this season of watchful waiting for the coming of the Lord.

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Word

Our reading from Isaiah today is the same passage that Jesus quotes at the beginning of his ministry in response to John the Baptist’s followers. Why is it here today? Traditionally, it lists the signs of the coming of the Messianic kingdom. Between this reading and the Gospel with John’s announcement of the coming of the Lord, the anticipation for the Lord’ arrival is mounting. Let us listen to God’s word today and rejoice.  

Tercer Domingo De Adviento

14 de diciembre 2014

Introducción de la Liturgia del Día

Con frecuencia este domingo de hoy se conoce como Gaudete o domingo de la “alegria”, porque nos encontramos a mitad de camino del Adviento, por tanto mucho más cerca de la Navidad. La segunda lectura de hoy también comienza con la exhortación de “vivan siempre alegres”. ¡Cómo van tus preparativos de Adviento para la Navidad? Oremos hoy a fin de que se nos dé ese refuerzo adicional de alegría en este tiempo de vela y espera para la venida del Señor.

Introducción a la Liturgia de la Palabra

Nuestra lectura de Isaías hoy es el mismo pasaje que Jesús cita al comienzo de su miniserio para responderle a los discípulos de Juan el Bautista. ¿Por que está aquí hoy? Tradicionalmente la lectura menciona los signos de la venida del reino mesiánico. Entre esta lectura y la del Evangelio con el anuncio de Juan sobre la venida del Senor la ilusion por la venida del Señor va creciendo Escuchemos la palabra de Dios hoy y alegrémonos?

 

Mass Intentions

Monday, 12/15, 7:00am

VCarol Back by Anita

VErnest Moya by Dora Moya

Sacred Heart of Jesus by Mrs. Sanchez

Tuesday, 12/16, 7:00am

Intention of Trinh Bui 

Blessed Trinity by Dora Moya

Wednesday, 12/17, 7:00am

VDavid M. Gonzales by Gonzales Family

Thursday, 12/18, 7:00am

Intention of Trinh Bui

For the Health of Abrian Naranjo by Peggy & Louie

Friday, 12/19, 7:00am

Anniversary VPrudence Rubi Andrade

by Jennifer Vinci & Family

Saturday, 12/20, 4:30pm

VAurora Chavez by Jose & Family

VJoe M. Herrera Jr. By Vita Herrera & Family

VE.J. Barboa Jr., VMr. & Mrs. Eraquio , VCloyd &

VLeroy Chavez by Mrs. E.J. Barboa & Family

VFidel Padilla by Corina Beatrice & Sophie

Sunday, 12/21, 8:00am

Gallegos, Lucero, Sedillo & Montoya Family

by Alex Gallegos

VRichard Sanchez by Gilbert Sanchez

VMerlinda Candelaria by Family

VVera Chavez & VJose D. Pacheco

by son Lawrence & Darlene Pacheco

Sunday, 12/21, 10:00am

VMarcial Urbina by Familia

VBelen Gutierrez by Hija Luz & Family

VAurelia P. Maes & VJose D. Maes

by Daughter Gloria Gutierrez

Sunday, 12/21, 12:00pm

For the People of the Parish

 

Pray for the Deceased of the Parish

Julia M. Lucero - Decmeber 4, 2014

Pablo Reyes – December 5, 2014

 

Pray for the Sick of the Parish

Lillian Montgomery, Virginia Garcia, Frances Sanchez, Mary Jean Chavez, Baby Lucio Grady, Darlene Santistevan, Lillyana Sanchez, Joe A. Garcia, Ernest “Blue” Sena, Leandra Rios, Gene Sena, Stacey Armijo, Millie Garcia, Abrian Naranjo and Renee Gomez. 

Advent Penance Service /Confessions   Holy Family will be having a Penance Service on Monday, December 15, at 7:00pm. There will be several Priests available.

During Advent

During Advent we go into the desert with John the Baptist to prepare the way of the Lord, cleaning up our life abandoning bad habits, and avoiding temptations and occasions of sin so the God may lower our mountains and exalt our valleys through Christ’s death on the cross, where he bore God’s judgment, condemnation, and punishment of our sins to shield us from this and to put his joy into our hearts. 

 

Annual Catholic Appeal

We are getting close to reaching our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We need $3,000.00 to reach our goal which helps the Archbishop to carry out various programs of promoting the Catholic Faith in our Archdiocese.  If you go over our goal we will continue to recondition Brother Matthew Hall. We have redone the floor of the main hall and 2 meetings rooms and recently the entry. We still need to tile the bathrooms and kitchen which will make that area clean and pleasant to have gatherings. Many groups meet there each evening such as AA, Al Anon, and Narcotics Anonymous. These groups help our families and people to have a life that is of benefit to us all. Thanks for your generous monthly help.

 

Holy Family Christmas Schedule

Wednesday, December 24, Children’s Eucharist at 6:00pm Midnight Mass - 12:00am

Christmas Day Masses will both be Bilingual

10:00am & 12:00noon.

New Year`s Eve Mass Schedule:  December 31, 4:30pm.

Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Year’s Day, Eucharist will be Bilingual 10:00am & 12:00noon.

The parish office will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26th.

The Parish Office will also be closed on Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1, 2015. 

 

St. Vincent De Paul

Holy Family St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank our Knights of Columbus for supplying us with 30 turkeys for our Thanksgiving Food Boxes, also a special thank you to all who contributed to our Thanksgiving Day Mass collection.
Your continual support is very much needed and appreciated.

 

Coat Drive
We are collecting Coats or Sweaters for the needy of our parish. If you have a new or slightly used jacket or coat that you would like to donate, please bring them to the parish office.

 

Live a vigilant, watchful life

Christ wants us to live a vigilant, watchful life, purifying our thoughts and our whole way of living, and avoiding temptations, to be blameless now so that we will be blameless when he comes in glory. If this is the way we live now, we will be prepared when he comes, and he will also come more deeply into us as we live quiet and joyful moderation, awaiting his coming.

 

Estás inscrito en la parroquia?

¿Como saber si estás inscrito?  Si recibes los sobres de la parroquia en tu casa, estás inscrito o registrado. Si celebraste una boda en esta parroquia, o que tus niños recibieron sus sacramentos aquí no te hace automáticamente un feligrés inscrito.  Si no recibes nuestros sobres en el correo en tu domicilio, no estás inscrito. Recuerda que si tienes dieciocho años de edad o más, necesitas tener tu propia inscripción.

El uso de los sobres es la herramienta más eficaz para probar su actividad y participación en la parroquia). Los padres y padrinos que no sean miembros registrados de la Iglesia Sagrada Familia deben tener una carta de autorización firmada por el pastor de la parroquia a la cual pertenecen.

 

Reglas para Padres y Padrinos

Se requiere que asistas a las clases de bautismo si no lo ha hecho en los dos últimos años. Ambos Padres y padrinos deben asistir a las clases.  Estas clases son impartidas el segundo sábado de cada mes de 9:00 am a 3:00 pm.  Usted debe ser un miembro activo de la Iglesia Católica por lo menos por tres meses para recibir el permiso para ser padrino/a . Esto también aplica si usted quiere bautizar a su hijo en otra iglesia. Usted debe tener todos los sacramentos y si está casado/a debe estarlo  por la Iglesia. La próxima clase de bautismo se llevará a cabo el sábado 10 de enero del 2015. Se requiere una colaboración de $10.00 por persona. Se debe registrar  en la oficina parroquial antes del mediodía del jueves previo a la clase.  No se aceptan personas sin la debida registración.  Por favor no traer niños.

Holy Family Weekly Schedule

Monday, 12/15

5:30pm  Contemplative Prayer – Mary’s Chapel

6:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Halloran – Hall

6:30pm  Bible Study with Santos – Office Kitchen

6:30pm  Religious Education 1st – 3rd - Hall

 7:00pm Acts Group – West Loft

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Tuesday, 12/16

1:00pm  Bible Study – 4 Way Classrooms

6:30pm  Adult RICA – San Francisco Room

6:30pm  Youth Growing Toward Discipleship

              Confirmation Class – Parish Hall

7:00pm  Knights of Columbus - Bro. Matthew Hall

7:00pm  Cursillo Leader School – Bro. Matt Classroom

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Wednesday, 12/17

6:00pm  Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional

              Family Group – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

6:30pm  Religious Education 4th – 8th - Hall

6:30pm  Youth Growing Towards Discipleship

7:00pm  Al Anon Spanish – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

Thursday, 12/18

6:30pm  Nar Anon Group – Bro. Matthew Chapel

Friday, 12/19

5:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

5:30pm  Confirmation Retreat – Parish Hall

6:30pm  Grupo de Oración – Church

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Saturday, 12/20  

8:00am   Confirmation Retreat – Parish Hall

10:00am Choir Ministry – Church

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Sunday, 12/21

10:00am Youth Growing Toward Discipleship – Hall             

10:30am First Holy Communion Program – Hall

1:30pm   Emmaus Women’s Group – San Jose Room

2:30pm   Secular Franciscans – 4 Way Classrooms

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

 

Collection for December 6 & 7, 2014

Envelopes $7,902.30

Children Envelopes $164.00

St. Vincent De Paul $2,510.86

Designated $406.00

Prayer Group $158.75

Thank you for your very generous gifts to the Lord and your support for the works of our Church Family.


My good deed of the Week

Helping my Mom bake bread for friends and family for

the holidays. by Makayla & Keeanna Molina


Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 21, 2014

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Day

After two Sunday’s of hearing from John the Baptist, today we encounter the other major figure of Advent, the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this last Sunday before Christmas, how fitting it is that we should ponder once again Mary’s response to God’s invitation through the Angel Gabriel. Let us pray for the grace to respond to God’s invitations to us as we begin our final preparations for the coming of the Lord.

 

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Word

What a fascinating juxtaposition of first reading and Gospel today! On the one hand, we have King David, who seeks to build a dwelling place, a temple for the Lord. Instead, it is the Lord who promises to establish a house, a legacy for him. On the other hand, it is Mary’s yes that brings that legacy to its culmination, the birth of the Savior from the House of David.

Let us listen and ponder God’s faithful promise-keeping.

 

Cuarto Domingo De Adviento

21 de diciembre 2014

Introducción de la Liturgia del Día

Después de haber tenido a Juan el Bautista al centro de los dos domingos anteriores hoy encontramos al otro gran personaje del Adviento, la Santísima Virgin María. En ester ultimo domingo antes de la Navidad cuán apropiado es reflexionar una vez más sobre la respuesta de María a la invitaciónes que nos extienda Dios ahora que comenzamos estos preparativos finales para la venida del Señor.

 

Introducción a la Liturgia de la Palabra

¡Qué union más fascinante la de la primera lectura y el Evangelio de hoy! Por un lado tenemos al rey David, que quiere construir un templo Nuevo para el Señor. Pero en vez, es el Señor quien promete establecer una casa, que será un legado para él. Por otro lado, es el “si” de María lo que lleva ese legado a su culminación, esto es, el nacimiento de Salvador, descendiente de la casa de David. Escuchemos y a la vez reflexionemos en cómo Dios cumple sus promesas.

 

Mass Intentions

Monday, 12/22, 7:00am

VMarvin Steinmetz by Stan & Clair Steinmentz

Tuesday, 12/23, 7:00am

Anniversary VMary Steinmetz by Stanley & Clair

VAll Souls by Chavez Family

VJohn Ortiz by Lydia Chavez

VMary Jean Sena & VMax Maldonado by Sena Family

Christmas Eve Wednesday, 12/24, 6:00pm

Children’s Mass

Christmas Midnight Mass

12:00am

Christmas Day Thursday, 12/25, 10:00am

VPorfiria Romero by Family

VHector & VElizabeth Rodriquez by Mom

VLiberato & VJosie Ortiz & VIrene La Grange

by Lydia Chavez

Christmas Day Thursday, 12/25, 12:00pm

VSalazar & VTavasci Family Members by Family

VJosecito Rodriquez by Family

VBernabe Pino & VTony Cruz by Roberta Lopez

Friday, 12/26, 7:00am

VLa Verne Hoffmeier by Lestor Hoffmeier

All VDeceased Members of Ulibarri Family

by Gloria Ulibarri & Family

Saturday, 12/27, 4:30pm

VRicardo, VEddie & VJoseph by Jessie & Family

VRoman Paiz Sr. by Family

VMaxine Garcia by John Garcia & Family

VAntonio Sanchez by Juanita Sanchez

Sunday, 12/28, 8:00am

For the People of the Parish

Sunday, 12/28, 10:00am

VDavid Steven Chavez by Mom & Family

Our Lady of Guadalupe by Jose Rodriguez

VRobert Romero by Fidelma Romero & Family

St. Anthony & Blessed Virgin Mary for

Favors Received by Betty Barela

VMaria Natividad Rios by Daughter & Family

Sunday, 12/28, 12:00pm

VMary D. Chavez, VMichael Anthony & VFermin Perea

by Ben & Elizabeth Perea

VHerman Santistevan by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sierra

VCatherine Sanchez by Johnson Family

 

Pray for the Deceased of the Parish

Jim E. Lopez – December 3, 2014

Monica M. Enrique – December 3, 2014

Pasty Pedroncelli – December 6, 2014

Pedro “Pete” Castillo – December 8, 2014

Angie Naranjo – December 11, 2014

Christine E. Montano – December 13, 2014

Leandro “Leo” Aragon – December 15, 2014

Pray for the Sick of the Parish

Juanita Artiaga, Sherrie Cline, Dan Gurule, Rosie Gutierrez, Isabelle Gallegos, Ralph Gonzales, Lillian Montgomery, Virginia Garcia, Mary Jean Chavez, Baby Lucio Grady, Darlene Santistevan, Lillyana Sanchez, Gene Sena, and Abrian Naranjo.

 

Holy Family Giving Tree

Please take a tag from the Giving Tree and purchase what is on the tag, and return it to the parish office by Monday, December 22, no later than 3:30pm. These gifts will be giving to the homeless. We want to thank Maria Padilla, she has been doing this for our parish for the past twenty years.

 

Holy Family Christmas Schedule

Wednesday, December 24, Children’s Eucharist at 6:00pm Midnight Mass - 12:00am

Christmas Day Masses will both be Bilingual

10:00am & 12:00noon.

New Year`s Eve Mass Schedule:  December 31, 4:30pm.

Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Year’s Day, Eucharist will be Bilingual 10:00am & 12:00noon.

The parish office will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26th.

The Parish Office will also be closed on Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1, 2015. 

 

Luminarias For Sale

The Youth group will be selling Luminarias $1 each, or 12 for $10.00, after all masses and in the parish hall. Please help support the Youth Group.

 

Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1: 41-42 (NABRE © 2010 CCD. Used with permission.)

 

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

God of wisdom, bless us with Mary’s “Yes” as we welcome Emmanuel into our heart and homes. Amen

 

Baptism Classes

Holy Family will not be having any Baptism Classes during the month of December. The next class will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Please register in the parish office no later than Noon on the Thursday before the Class. Baptisms are held on the first and second Sunday of the month. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office. 

 

Children Envelopes

If your child would like his/her own, come to the parish office during business hours and register. Children can write their Good Deed of the Week, on the corner of their envelope, and it may be in the bulletin.

 

Live as Christians

In the growing darkness of Advent we await the light, the second coming of Christ with all his saints; for on that day there will be a great light. We prepare ourselves now to meet him when he comes by purifying our hearts, avoiding all temptations, and guarding our sight and heart from things that will lead us astray and obess us. This is how we are to live as Christians, especially during Advent.

 

Luminarias

Grupo de Jovenes esta vendiendo Luminarias, $1 cada uno o 12 por $10. En la oficina de Jovenes o despus de todas la misas. Por favor suporta el grupo de jovenes.

 

Estás inscrito en la parroquia?

¿Como saber si estás inscrito?  Si recibes los sobres de la parroquia en tu casa, estás inscrito o registrado. Si celebraste una boda en esta parroquia, o que tus niños recibieron sus sacramentos aquí no te hace automáticamente un feligrés inscrito.  Si no recibes nuestros sobres en el correo en tu domicilio, no estás inscrito. Recuerda que si tienes dieciocho años de edad o más, necesitas tener tu propia inscripción.

El uso de los sobres es la herramienta más eficaz para probar su actividad y participación en la parroquia). Los padres y padrinos que no sean miembros registrados de la Iglesia Sagrada Familia deben tener una carta de autorización firmada por el pastor de la parroquia a la cual pertenecen.

Reglas para Padres y Padrinos

Se requiere que asistas a las clases de bautismo si no lo ha hecho en los dos últimos años. Ambos Padres y padrinos deben asistir a las clases.  Estas clases son impartidas el segundo sábado de cada mes de 9:00 am a 3:00 pm.  Usted debe ser un miembro activo de la Iglesia Católica por lo menos por tres meses para recibir el permiso para ser padrino/a . Esto también aplica si usted quiere bautizar a su hijo en otra iglesia. Usted debe tener todos los sacramentos y si está casado/a debe estarlo  por la Iglesia. La próxima clase de bautismo se llevará a cabo el sábado 10 de enero del 2015. Se requiere una colaboración de $10.00 por persona. Se debe registrar  en la oficina parroquial antes del mediodía del jueves previo a la clase.  No se aceptan personas sin la debida registración.  Por favor no traer niños.

Holy Family Weekly Schedule

Monday, 12/22

5:30pm  Contemplative Prayer – Mary’s Chapel

6:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Halloran – Hall

6:30pm  Bible Study with Santos – Office Kitchen

6:30pm  No Class - Religious Education 1st – 3rd

 7:00pm Acts Group – West Loft

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Tuesday, 12/23

1:00pm  Bible Study – 4 Way Classrooms

6:30pm  No Class - Adult RICA

6:30pm  No Class -Youth Growing Toward Discipleship

7:00pm  Cursillo Leader School – Bro. Matt Classroom

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Wednesday, 12/24

6:00pm  Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional

              Family Group – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

6:30pm  No Class - Religious Education 4th – 8th

6:30pm  No Class - Youth Growing Towards Discipleship

7:00pm  Al Anon Spanish – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

Thursday, 12/25

6:30pm  Nar Anon Group – Bro. Matthew Chapel

Friday, 12/26

5:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

6:30pm  Grupo de Oración – Parish Hall

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Saturday, 12/27  

10:00am Choir Ministry – Church

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

9:00pm   All Night Youth Retreat – Parish Hall

Sunday, 12/28

10:00am Youth Growing Toward Discipleship – Hall             

10:30am No Class - First Holy Communion

1:30pm   Emmaus Women’s Group – San Jose Room

2:30pm   Secular Franciscans – 4 Way Classrooms

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

 

Collection for December 13 & 14, 2014

Envelopes $5,983.45

Children Envelopes $134.30

St. Vincent De Paul $401.00

Designated $766.98

Our Lady of Guadalupe $746.66

Retirement fund $2,039.51

Immaculate Conception $99.16

Thank you for your very generous gifts to the Lord and your support for the works of our Church Family.

My good deed of the Week

I threw out the trash. By Ray Avila

 

 
 

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