December 14, 2014

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December 14, 2014
December 14, 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
14 de diciembre de 2014
Tercer Domingo de Adviento
The statements of three men recently ordained
to the priesthood reveal some strikingly similar
sentiments.
One man said, “When I first told my family
and friends that I was entering the seminary,
none was surprised. They told me, ‘Oh, we
expected that.’ I was shocked.”
Another said, “Mrs. Graham, my third grade
teacher, told me that I was going to be a priest. I
remember thinking, ‘How does she know?’ ”
A third added, “I’ve always had the feeling God was touching me on the shoulder, saying, sometimes gently and sometimes not, ‘I want you.’ ”
Los testimonios de tres hombres recientemente
ordenados
sacerdotes
revelan
ciertos
sentimientos sorprendentemente similares.
Un hombre dijo: “Cuando le dije por primera
vez a mis familiares y amigos que iba a entrar al
seminario, ninguno se sorprendió. Me dijeron:
‘Ah, suponíamos que lo harías’. Me quedé
atónito”.
Otro dijo: “La Sra. Graham, mi maestra de
tercer grado, me dijo que iba a ser sacerdote. Recuerdo haber
pensado: ‘¿Cómo sabe eso?’ ”
El tercero agregó: “Siempre he tenido la sensación de
que Dios estaba tocando mi hombro y decía, algunas veces
amablemente y otras no, ‘te quiero a ti’”.
OUR DIVINE MISSION
NUESTRA MISIÓN DIVINA
Today’s readings remind us that all vocations are divinely
inspired. Similar to the way Jesus has been sent by God on
his divine mission, John the Baptist is also sent from God. He
came for a very specific task, to speak for the Light. John the
Baptist is not the Light, he is only a witness to speak for the
Light.
What about us? We have all been chosen specially by God
to do something. How can we find out what that something is?
Paul’s words to the Thessalonians in the second reading offer
a way: Be happy. Pray. Be thankful. Avoid evil. And never try
to suppress the Spirit that directs our lives as we witness to
the good news of Christ and anticipate his glorious coming
as well.
Even Jesus used the resources given to him by his Father
to find his way. The words of the prophet in today’s first reading were first spoken in regard to the restoration of Zion, but
when Jesus finds them and speaks them they refer to his own
divine mission.
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,” Jesus will say
(Isaiah 61:1).
And you can imagine friends, family, teachers of Jesus
responding: “We already knew that.”
Las lecturas de hoy nos recuerdan que todas las vocaciones
son inspiradas de manera divina. De la misma forma que Jesús
ha sido enviado por Dios en su misión divina, Juan Bautista
también es un enviado de Dios. Vino a cumplir una tarea muy
específica, dar testimonio de la Luz. Juan Bautista no es la
Luz, es sólo un testigo que da testimonio de la Luz.
¿Qué hay de nosotros? Todos hemos sido elegidos
especialmente por Dios para hacer algo. ¿Cómo podemos
averiguar qué es? Las palabras de Pablo en Tesalonicenses en
la segunda lectura ofrecen un camino: Vivan alegres. Oren.
Den gracias. Absténganse del mal. Y nunca impidan la acción
del Espíritu que dirige nuestra vida mientras damos testimonio
de la Buena Nueva de Cristo y anticipamos su gloriosa venida.
Incluso Jesús usó los recursos que su Padre le había dado
para hallar su camino. Las palabras del profeta en la primera
lectura de hoy se pronunciaron por primera vez respecto de
la restauración de Sión, pero cuando Jesús las encuentra y las
pronuncia éstas aluden a su propia misión divina.
Jesús dirá: “El espíritu del Señor Dios está sobre mí” (Isaías
61:1).
Y puedes imaginar a los amigos, familiares y maestros de
Jesús respondiendo: “Ya lo sabíamos”.
Today’s Readings: Is 61:1–2a, 10–11; Lk 1:46–50, 53–54; 1 Thes 5:16–24;
Jn 1:6–8, 19–28
Lecturas de hoy: Is 61:1–2a, 10–11; Lc 1:46–50, 53–54; 1 Tes 5:16–24;
Jn 1:6–8, 19–28
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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
110 E. South Street Alvin, Texas 77511
ADMINISTRATOR
Rev. John Taosan
DEACONS: David Bowman, Dale Hayden and Eddie Stoughton
SUNDAY MASSES: Saturday at 5:00 P.M. Sunday at 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 Noon (Spanish)
DAILY MASS: 8:30 A.M. Monday – Friday
CONFESSIONS: 30 minutes before Sunday Masses or by appointment.
Church Office: Monday - Friday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. ~ 281-331-3751 ~ Fax ~ 281-331-5430
CCE: Mrs. Mary Voigt ~ 281-824-0877
Parish Website ~ www.stjohnalvin.org
Tercer Domingo de Adviento
14 de diciembre de 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
December 14, 2014
Vivan siempre alegres, oren sin cesar.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
— 1 Tesalonicenses 5:16
COLLECTION
Sunday Collection:
$13,555.35
Black Bag Collection:
$ 2,544.00
Retirement Fund for Religious
Please give generously to today’s second collection, the
Retirement Fund for Religious, to ensure that the elderly
Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests
receive the care they deserve.
Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosos
Le rogamos que haga un donativo generoso en la segunda
colecta de hoy, el Fondo para la Jubilación de Religiosso
para asegurar que los heermanos, hermanas y padres catolicos reciban el cuidado que tanto merecen.
Baptism Classes / Clases de Bautismo
The next English & Spanish Baptism classes (2 classes)
will be on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Parish Hall. English Baptisms are Saturday, January 10,
2015 at 5:00 p.m. Mass and Spanish on Sunday, January
11, 2015 at the Noon Mass. Please sign up at the Church
Office and bring the child’s Birth Certificate.
Los proximos Clases de Bautismo en Ingles y en español
(2 clases) serán el Jueves, 8 de emero de 2015 -7:30 p.m.
Bautismos serán en Ingles, el Sabado, 10 de enero de
2015 a las 5:00 p.m. y en Español, Domingo, 11 de enero
de 2015 a las 12:00 p.m. Inscribase en la oficina y por
favor de traer la acta de nacimiento de el/la niño/a
Contribution Envelopes / Sobres de la contribución
By now you have received your contribution envelopes
for November 30, 2014 thru January 25, 2015. Includes
Dated envelopes are for each Sunday, 2nd Collections, or
for special occasions. Please use them accordingly.
Dentro de estos dias usted ya deberia de haber recibido
sus sobres de la contribución de el 30 de noviembre, 2014
hasta el 25 de enero, 2015. Los sobres tienen las feches
para los domingos y segundas Colectas, otros son para las
ocasiones especiales. Por favor úselos.
This is the last weekend to support Prison ACTS
Ministry by purchasing a ham / turkey breast for
Christmas. Pick-up will be Friday, December 19th at
the Parish Hall kitchen from 12 Noon to 7:00 P.M.
Bulletin Announcements Deadline Due Dates
Deadline
Issue Date
December 17th
Bulletin for December 28th
December 22nd
Bulletin for January 4th
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Saturday
2:00 P.M. Sanchez Quinceanera
5:00 P.M. †Trudy Morritz
†Marvin & †Dorothy Appelt
Sunday:
8:00 A.M. For the People
10:00 A.M. †Valentine Diehl
†George & †Ruth Meyer
12:00 P.M. †Teresa Mendez
†Miguel & †Patricia Lozano
†Domingo & †Juana Segovia
†Guadalupe & †Refugio Recio
Monday: 8:30 A.M. Karissa Flores
†Leonard Jurek
Tuesday: 8:30 A.M. Lucy & †James Abschneider
†Kevin Teer
Wednesday: 8:30 A.M. †Angel Presas
†Gene Williams
Thursday: 8:30 A.M. CDA Living & Deceased Members
†Julia Arebalo
Friday:
8:30 A.M. †Juan & †Maria Aleman
†Mack Cuello, Sr.
Saturday:
5:00 P.M. Dawson J. Janik
†Gilberto & †Santos De La Rosa
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc-9; Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23; Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Thursday: Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25
Friday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25
Saturday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27;
Lk 1:26-38
LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA
Lunes: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a; Sal 25 (24):4-5ab, 6, 7bc-9; Mt 21:23-27
Martes: Sof 3:1-2, 9-13; Sal 34 (33):2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23; Mt 21:28-32
Miércoles: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Sal 72 (71):1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Jueves: Jer 23:5-8; Sal 72 (71):1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25
Viernes: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Sal 71 (70):3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lc 1:5-25
Sábado: Is 7:10-14; Sal 24 (23):1-4ab, 5-6; Lc 1:26-38
Domingo: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Sal 89 (88):2-5, 27, 29;
Rom 16:25-27; Lc 1:26-38
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
December 24th - Christmas Eve:
6 pm Christmas Vigil Mass
10 pm Christmas Night Mass
December 25th - Christmas Day:
10 am Christmas Day Mass
12 pm Christmas Day Mass (Spanish)
The 2015 Flower Calendar is now available at the Church’s entrance.. You may
sign up for flowers on the altar in honor
of birthdays, anniversaries, etc. or in memory of a
loved one. The cost is $35.00 for each request.
Pray for Vocations Crucifix Schedule
5p.m. Dec 20 Henry & Catherine Liescheski
8a.m. Dec 21 Russell & Debbie Darrow
10a.m. Dec 21 Tanya, Adam Allen & children
Isabella & Blaise
12p.m. Dec 21 Fidel Y Gloria Barrios
To participate, Contact Polly Aucoin,
Tel: 281-388-1046
Coronilla de La Divina Misericordia
12/14/14: Familia Reyes /
Coronilla:sabado, 20 de diciembre /6 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
For information call Denise at 281-585-5436 or
Remie at 281-331-2567
Para mas información llame a Denise/281-585-5436 o
Remie Cuello / 281-331-2567.
Rosario a la Virgen de Guadalupe
Familia Reyes / 713-259-1853
Rosario: sabado / 20 de diciembre, 2014 / 6:00 P.M.
Altar Server Training / Pizza Party
Attention Altar Servers. We are having a training
session / pizza party for all current Altar Servers
and for anyone who may be interested in being
an Altar Server. It will be on Sunday, December
21st at 4:00 p.m. in the Church. If you have any
questions, please call Larry & Beth Nelson @
281-331-6415. We hope to see you there.
Office of Vocations / Oficina de Vocaciones
713-652-8239
Men’s Discernment Retreat will be held at St. Mary’s Seminary
on January 2-4, 2015, giving men 18 years or older an inside
experience of seminary life and serious discernment toward
priesthood.
A one-day visit to the Carmelite Monastery on January 4, 2015
for women 18 years and older, connecting us with these Sisters
who pray for our Church and Archdiocese.
Retiro de Discernimiento de hombres en el Seminario de St.
Mary el 2-4 de enero de 2015, dándoles hombres de 18 años o
más una experiencia interior de vida del seminario y serio
discernimiento hacia el sacerdocio.
Un dia de visita al Monasterio Carmelita el 4 de enero de 2015
para las mujeres 18 años y más, conectándonos con estas
Hermanas que oran para nuestra Iglesia y Archidiócesis.
To add or remove someone on the prayer list, call:
St. John’s Prayer Line-Joyce Chiasson, 713-410-4247
St. John’s Prayer List-Church Office, 281-331-3751
Pray for the Sick / Rezen por los Enfermos
CDA Meeting
Catholic Daughters will hold their monthly meeting
on Wednesday, December 17 in the Parish Hall.
Join us for the rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a
business meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Students- win Cash in CDA Education Contest
Catholic and Non-Catholic students 4th through 12th
grades are eligible to participate in the CDA 2015 Education Contest using the themes “Love Your Neighbor As
Yourself” or “Be A Good Neighbor.” Categories to enter
are Essay, Poetry, Art, Computer Art, Music and Photography. All entries must be contestant’s own original work
and creation and reflect one of the two themes. Get the
Forms and Rules for each category. Request the electronic version from Frances Schneider:
[email protected] Deadline is January 30
(postmarked or received by).
Contest Awards and Prizes /There are 60 local prizes:
3 winners for each Division & Category: First - $15 (goes
on to State Contest); Second - $10; Third - $5. 1st place
local winners are sent to the state contest. 1st place state winners go to the National Contest and are eligible for prizes in
each division and category: First $100, Second $50, Third $25
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Ayala, Gooch Baccigalopi, Rita Barales, Art Barborak, Jr., Victor & Rosa Becerra, Rita
Blanco, Kelly Bolander, William Bolfing, Cameron Brantley, Marian Briones, Joy Bryant,
Norma Bustamante, Rudy Bustos, Rosendo Butrion, Olga Caballero, Mary & Joseph Canales,
Chuck Cannon, Dolores Cardenas, Angelina Colburn, Juanita, Ralph & Rose Castro, Ron
Cook, Anabellah Collins, Karen Collins, Hannah Cole, Ronnie Coleman, Wilmer Comeaux,
Frank Cortese, Helen Crevier, Jason Cortez, Gary Cunningham, Jesse Davila, Teresa
Davison, Mercedes DeLaO, Daniela Delgado, Roy Delgado, Ludwina Dennis, Victor De La
Cruz, Brad & Leanne Dennis, Catherine DeWitt, Lorenzo & Maria Diaz, Leanne Doud,
Consuelo Espinosa, Richard Esslinger, Patti Estes, Aurora Estrada, Mike Farmer, Benny
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Mary Gutierrez, Ray Guzman, Glenda & Jacob Hamblen, Dorothy Hansen, Stephen Hayes,
Douglas & Ralph Hernandez, Betty, Gary & Cindi Hill, Lea Heinrich, Victor Huerta, Peggy
Huff, Bethany Hunt, Donald Hutchinson, James Janik, Virginia Jones, Jeanette Juarez, Jean
Kacz, Roxanne Kascak, Don King, Sidney, Cheryl, & Mary Knape, Mark Kowalski, Wilfred
Krause, Sarah Kurusz, Theresa Lansing, Eunice Lay, Nancy LeBlanc, Mary LeCompte,
David & Lupita Llanes, Tim Lawless, Vira Leroy, Andrew & Troy Lewis, Madeline
Liescheski, Mary Light, Joshua, Joe, Louisa & Palmira Lopez, Rodrigo Lozano, Jo Belle
Lucas, Betty Macik, Emmanuel Maira, Mary Makosky, R. J. Mata, Jordan Matejowsky,
Matilde, Betty Matula, Beatriz & Felicia Martinez, Eric Marquette, Debbie Mayville, Luis,
Lupe & Marisa Medina, Efrain Mendoza, Mary Leah Miller, Debbie Milner, Justin Minton,
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Morales, Sarah T. Moreno, Joe & Lonnie Muniz, Joe Murillo, Derrell Naschke, Joe & Mark
Navarro, Blanca Nino, Nikki Orsak, Josue M.Ortiz, Henry Palomarez, Jr., Kathy Parks,
Belinda /Mitchell Patton, Albert & Cecilia Perez, Chelsea Pesek, Felicitas Ponce, Janet
Pounds, Jose Prudente, Sierra Pryor, Stephanie Pucek, Mercedea Ramirez, Erick & Alfredo
Reyes, Mickey Rohan, Julia Romero, Angeles Romo, Raymond Ruiz, Rafael & Frankie
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