St. Mary`s Catholic Church



St. Mary`s Catholic Church
March 13, 2016 —Fifth Sunday of Lent year C
St. Mary’s
Catholic Church
St. Mary's is a community of believers dedicated to the living
worship of God. As the only Catholic Church in Limestone
County, our faith community reflects the ethnic diversity of the
towns in which we live. We gather to fulfill our mission as
disciples of Jesus Christ: we hear His Word, we celebrate the
Sacraments and we witness His love to others. Our Christian
witness consists of sharing our spiritual gifts with the grace of
God and the example and prayers of our patron saint, the
Immaculate Conception, among us and with others - striving
to grow in Holiness.
606 North Bonham St., Mexia, TX 76667
Phone:(254)562-3619 Fax:(254)562-6377
Web page:
Sunday: 9:30AM - 11:30AM
4th Sunday: Closed
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Summer: Wednesday 10:00 AM – 4:00PM)
Pastor: Rev. Fr. Justin Nguyen
Email: [email protected]
Deacon Richard Johnson
Email: [email protected]
Deacon Dwight Mahoney
Phone: (254) 729-2573
Deacon Daniel Ramirez
Phone: (254) 562-9196
Secretary: Juanita Rodriguez
Email: [email protected]
Finance Manager: Mary Seale
Email: [email protected]
CCE Directors: Filo Contreras and Gladys Mendoza
Parish Council Chairman: Mary Jane Mehringer
Finance Council Chairman: Don Altland
Sunday Masses:
8:00 & 10:00 AM (English); 12:00 PM (Spanish)
Weekday Masses: Tuesday - Friday 12:00 PM
Established 1886
Adoration: 1st Fridays 11:00 AM
3rd Saturday 7:00PM (Spanish)
Rosary: 30 minutes before Sunday Masses
Wednesday 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Sunday AM : 7:15-7:45, 9:15-9:45, 11:15-11:45
During office hours or by appointment.
Miércoles 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Domingo AM: 7:15-7:45, 9:15-9:45, 11:15-11:45
Durante las horas de la oficina o con cita.
Baptism is after Sunday Masses.
Baptismal classes:
English class: By appointment.
Spanish class: 3rd Sunday of each month at
Bautismos: después de la Santa Misa en Domingo.
Las clases pre-bautismales para Padres y Padrinos.
Clases en Ingles: son con cita
Clases en Español: El tercer Domingo
de cada mes a las 9:00AM-11:00AM
Contact the office at least 6 months in advance.
Contact the priest immediately if you or your family
members are seriously ill or will have a major surgery.
or are old aged or in danger of death.
Comunicasen al despacho parroquial con 6 meses de
Comunicasen con el padre inmediatamente si usted o
un familiar esta grabe o va tener una operación seria o
si es una persona de la tercer edad o peligro de muerte.
Altar Servers:
8:00AM: Quang Nguyen, Charles Bendford,
Amanda Howard, Lewis Taylor & Chris Staton.
10:00AM: Johnny Nguyen, Jose Contreras,
Makayla Contreras, Mani Contreras & Alex Lira.
12:00PM: Diego Hernández, Stephanie Hernández,
Alexis Rivero, Ana Mendoza & Mariel Rodríguez.
8:00AM: Sharlot Parker (L) & Linda Kuborn (A)
10:00AM: Lalo Hernandez (L) & Alex Lira (A)
12:00PM: Yadira García (L) & Fernando Padilla (A)
8:00 AM: Pro Populo
10:00 AM: +Joe R. Bielamowicz
12:00 PM: +Pascual Contreras & +Celestino Arvizu
Tuesday: Communion Service
Wednesday: Communion Service
Thursday: No Intention
Friday: No Intention
Bishop Vásquez’ Prayer Request
Extraordinary Minister of the Cup:
8:00AM: Don Staton
10:00AM: Jane Schlitt
12:00PM: Ramiro Hernández
Pastoral Council members: Marie Keale, Enrique Crosby, Michael Gragg, Margaret May, Matt Wilson, Linda Kuborn, Darlene
Arrington, Filo Contreras, Jeanette Estrada, and Daniel Mata III.
Finance Council members: Rick Schlitt, Richard Greff, Don Atland, Marcelino Ayala, Janice Davis, Helen Matthews, Polo Mora,
Ray Zies, and Mary Seale.
Let us pray for the sick: Soraya Milagro Alvarado, Jackie
Contreras, Allen Alleman, Emily Burkhart, Brian Thornton, Ethel
Goolsby, Jim Rodgers, Jimmy Burrow, Lisa Hill, Jim Rodgers,
David Goolsby, Marie Williams, Sharon Parsons, Frances Arrington,
Ruth Palmer, Walter Kimmerling, Wendy Simmons, Randy Goolsby,
Dian & David Frederick, Charles Little and Nelta Little.
Let us pray for the deceased: Rojelio Hiram Camarillo, Norma
Lee Budai, Barnett Lown, Mike Broderick, Jerry Lee Wills, Jake
Schmidt, Alberto Sanchez, Larry Graham, Joseph Sandifer, Mike
Tekell, Thera Tacker, Bud Stelly, Joan Burns, San Juana Prado,
Sarabeth Matthews, Ralph G. Lee & Raymond Fuentes.
Please call the parish office to update the list.
Por favor llame al despacho parroquial para actualizar la lista.
As stewards of God’s mercy, may we all share in God’s ministry of reconciliation within our families, among our friends, and
in our places of study and work, we pray…
Como administradores de la misericordia de Dios, compartamos en el ministerio de Dios de la reconciliación dentro de
nuestras familias, entre nuestros amigos y nuestros lugares de
estudio y trabajo, oremos al Señor...
Catholic Social Teaching Corner
March 12-13, Fifth Sunday of Lent—When the officials brought Jesus
the woman caught in adultery he did not condemn her, but with compassion and forgiveness invited her to a new way of life. We too are beneficiaries of God’s compassion and forgiveness. We too participate in
God’s life through our baptism. Are we in turn compelling signs of
God’s mercy and compassion? Are we sacraments of God’s transforming love in the world? Do others see in us the hope and promise of
God’s Kingdom already active in our world?
12 y 13 de marzo, Quinto Domingo de Cuaresma— Cuando los oficiales llevaron a Jesús a la mujer sorprendida en adulterio, él no la condenó, sino que, con compasión y perdón la invitó a una nueva manera
de vivir. Nosotros también somos beneficiarios de la compasión y el
perdón de Dios. Nosotros también participamos en la vida de Dios a
través de nuestro bautismo ¿Somos nosotros, en reciprocidad, signos
irresistibles de la misericordia y la compasión de Dios? ¿Somos sacramentos del amor transformador de Dios en el mundo? ¿Ven los otros
en nosotros la esperanza y la promesa del Reino de Dios ya activos en
nuestro mundo?
The Solemnity St. Joseph Mass: Please come and join me to celebrate the only Solemnity Mass of St. Joseph during Lent on Saturday, March 19th, at 9:00 a.m.
Liturgical ministers of Palm Sunday and Holy Week: If you have
been called to participate on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil, please pick up the schedule in the sacristy
The Easter Triduum Schedules:
Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: at 7:00pm.
People who will be participating in the foot washing: 1) Pat Simmons, 2) Don Staton, 3) Alex Lira, 4) Charles Benford, 5) Carlos
Mendoza, 6) Arturo Cisneros, 7) Jose Perez, 8) Ramiro Hernandez,
9) Mary Schaefer, 10) Darlene Arrington, 11)…
Solemn Adoration Schedule After Mass until midnight:
8:30-9: parishioners / 9-9:30: Ladies Altar Guild and Spirits /
9:30-10: Knights of Columbus / 10-10:30 Spanish Lectors/
10:30-11: Guadalupanos and Manto De Maria / 11-12: Charismatic Group.
Good Friday:
Bilingual Stations of the Cross: 5:00pm in the Church
Fish Fry dinner: at 5:30pm – 6:30pm sponsor by Knights of Columbus.
Good Friday Service: 7:00pm
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8:30pm
Easter Sunday: Regular Sunday schedule.
Good Friday Pontifical Collection Every year, each parish in the
United States takes up a collection on Good Friday, as designated by
the Holy Father. This collection helps support the work of the Franciscans in the Holy Land. The money is used to care for the people and
places of the Holy Land. This collection helps keep Christianity alive in
this area made holy by the life, suffering, death and resurrection of our
Lord, Jesus Christ.
First Communion & Confirmation class begin Next Sunday March
 The front pews will be reserved for the sacramental students at
10:00 and 12:00 Mass.
 Mandatory class: at 11:00-11:45am. For Confirmation Class will
meet at the HS classroom. First communion Class at the 2 nd grade
Adult Bible Study:
The Book of Exodus Bible study group will meet next Sunday at
9:00 a.m. in the conference room of the parish hall.
Class for the book review , “Biblical Walk Through the Mass”
facilitated by Deacon Dwight, will begin on Sunday, April 3rd at
9:00 a.m. in the conference room of the Parish Hall.
Easter Basket Raffle The Ladies Altar Guild is selling raffle tickets
after Mass. They have two baskets: one for children and one for adults.
Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00; all proceeds go towards the Church.
Jamaica Raffle The Guadalupanos are selling raffle tickets for a John
Deere Dll0 Riding Lawn Mower. Tickets are $10.00 and the drawing
will be held on May 1st. Help us build a religious education building for
our children
Donut Sunday is today; stop by the Parish hall and enjoy chatting with
parishioners while enjoying coffee and donuts.
Ladies Altar Guild & Knights of Columbus will meet today after the
8:00 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall. Members are requested to attend.
Eater Lilies The Ladies Altar Guild will be accepting donations for
Easter Lilies in memory of or in honor of someone. You may pick up
your envelope in the church foyer and place it in the offering basket.
Stations of the Cross We encourage you to join us to follow the steps
of Jesus on his “way to the cross” on Fridays during Lent at 6:00 p.m.
Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday and goes through Sunday,
April 3rd. Chaplet Booklets are in the church foyer.
40 days of Lent Food Drive The Knights of Columbus invite everyone to participate in this act of charity. You may drop off canned goods
at the church office. All food collected will be delivered to Caritas.
Waco Deanery Lent Penance Services
Wednesday, March 16th, at 7:00 p.m. – St. Joseph (Waco)
Friday, March18th, at 9:00 a.m. – St. Louis (Waco)
From Ashes to Easter With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of
redemption. We can help make things new with small, yet joyful sacrifices. The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to
the aid of our neighbor. With continued generosity to the Ashes to
Easter Lenten Mission Campaign, local missionaries are able to instruct, advise, console and comfort the poor in the mission areas they
serve. Please be generous.
The New Liturgical Schedule for March through May is in the
Church foyer. Please pick one up. If you know that you will not here
on your assigned date, please find someone to be your replacement.
Thank you for your ministry.
Weekly average needed: $3,400.00
Offering Last Sunday 03/06/16: $ 3,607.25
Catholic Relief Services: 553.75
Thank you for your generosity!
Lirios de Pascua Las Señoras del Altar está aceptando donaciones
monetarias para Lirios de Pascua. En el pasillo se encuentra unos sobres. Se lo puede dedicar en memoria de ser querido o honor alguien
especial. Pueden dejar su donación en la canasta del ofertorio o pueden
pasar al despacho parroquial.
Nuevo calendario Litúrgico de marzo hasta mayo, esta ubicado en el
pasillo de la Iglesia. Por favor llevasen uno. A dado caso si no pueden
asistir la fecha asignada. Por favor buscan un remplazo. Gracias por su
Solemnidad de Señor San José habrá misa este sábado el 19 de marzo a las 9 de la mañana. Todos son muy bienvenidos de asistir.
Atención padres de Primera Comunión y Confirmación empezando
el próximo domingo 20 de marzo. Habrá clases obligatorias y de asistir
la Santa Misa. Se les aplica a todos aquellos alumnos que van a recibir
su Primera Comunión o Confirmación finales de esta primavera.
 Las bancas en frente va estar reservadas para los estudiantes sacramentales para la Misa de 10 y de 12.
 Clases Obligatoria a las 11:00 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. Para los alumnos
de Confirmación se reunirá en salón de preparatoria y para los
alumnos de Primera Comunión en salón de segundo grado.
De Cenizas a la Pascua Con el Señor hay misericordia y una total
redención. Podemos ayudar a que las cosas se renueven a través de
pequeños, pero gozosos sacrificios. Las obras de misericordia son acciones caritativas por las cuales acudimos en ayuda de nuestro prójimo.
Con continua generosidad hacia la Campaña Misionera De las Cenizas
a la Pascua, misioneros locales son capaces de instruir, dar consejo,
consolar y confortar a los pobres en las áreas misioneras en las que
sirven. Por favor sea generoso.
40 días de Cuaresma Los Caballeros de Colón invita a todos ustedes
de participar en un acto caritativo durante la Cuaresma puede trae a
comida enlatada. Todo lo que se recauden se entregan a Cáritas. Puede pasar y dejar su comida enlatada al despacho parroquial.
Vía Crucis Los invitamos a que se unan a nosotros para los Vía Crucis
seguir los pasos de Jesús todos los viernes de Cuaresma a las 6 de la
Peregrinación a las Santa Puertas a la Parroquia Sagrado Corazón en
Waco se llevara acabo este viernes, nos reuníamos a las 4:30 p.m. en el
estacionamiento de la parroquia y nos vamos todos en carro particulares.
.Servicios de Penitencia en el Decanato de Waco
Durante La Cuaresma
Miércoles, 16 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m. - San José (Waco)
Viernes, 18 de marzo, a las 9:00 a.m. - San Luis (Waco)
The Fall of the Angels
Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to
God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. (Gen 3:1-4; Wis 2:24) Scripture and the
Catholic Church's Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called "Satan" or the "devil." (John
8:44; Rev 12:9) The Catholic Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by
God: "The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing."
Scripture speaks of the sin of these angels. (2 Peter 2:3) This "fall" consists in the free
choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We
find a reflection of that rebellion in the temper's words to our first parents: "You will be like
God." (Gen 3-5) The devil "has sinned from the beginning"; he is "a liar and the father of
lies." (1 john 3:8; John 8:44)
It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine
mercy that makes the angels' sin unforgivable. "There is no repentance for the angels after their
fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death."
Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls "a murderer from
the beginning," who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father.
(John 8:44; Matt 4:1-11) "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the
devil." ( 1 John 3:8) In its consequences the gravest of these works was the mendacious seduction that led man to disobey God.
The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the
fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God's reign.
Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus,
and although his action may cause grave injuries - of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of
a physical nature - to each man and to society, the action in permitted by divine providence
which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that
providence should permit diabolical activity, but "we know that in everything God works for
good with those who love him." (Rom 8:28)
Ministros de la liturgia del Domingo de Ramos y Semana Santa. Si usted ha sido llamado a participar en el domingo de Ramos, Jueves Santo, Viernes Santo y Vigilia de Pascua,
por favor pase por la sacristía a recoger la hoja de los horarios.
Horarios del Triduo Pascua (Semana Santa)
Jueves Santo
Misa de la Cena del Señor a las 7:00 pm.
Las personas que van a participar en el lavado de los pies:
1) Pat Simmons
2) Don Staton
3) Alex Lira
4) Charles Benford
5) Carlos Mendoza
6) Arturo Cisneros
7) José Pérez
8) Ramiro Hernández
9) Mary Schaefer
10) Darlene Arrington,
11) …
Solemne Adoración Horario Después de la misa hasta la medianoche
8:30-9: parroquianos / 9-9:30: Las Señoras del Altar y Los Espíritus de Sta. María / 9:30-10:
Caballeros de Colón / 10-10:30 Los Lectores del Español / 10:30-11: Guadalupanos y Manto
de María / 11-12: Grupo Carismática.
Viernes Santo:
Habrá Vía Crucis bilingüe a las 5:00 p.m. en la Iglesia
La cena de pescado frito será a las 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. patrocinadado por los Caballeros de
Servicio de Viernes Santo a las 7:00 p.m.
Sábado de Gloria: Vigilia de Pascua a las 8:30 p.m.
Domingo de Pascua: Horario regular
Colecta especial para Viernes Santo Cada año, cada parroquia en los Estados Unidos toma
una colecta el Viernes Santo, según lo señalado por el Santo Padre. Esta colecta ayuda a apoyar el trabajo de los Franciscanos en la Tierra Santa. El dinero se utiliza para el cuidado de
las personas y los lugares de la Tierra Santa. Esta colecta ayuda a mantener vivo el cristianismo en esta zona santificada por la vida, el sufrimiento, la muerte y la resurrección de
nuestro Señor, Jesucristo.
Joe Rosas
[email protected]
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Vice-President: Mary Demny
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Secretary: Margaret May
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Treasurer: Darlene Arrington
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