3rd Sunday of Advent December 13th, 2015 “...Rejoice in the Lord


3rd Sunday of Advent December 13th, 2015 “...Rejoice in the Lord
March 24, 2013/24 de Marzo 2013
“… Welcome the stranger, serve the poor, free the oppressed, speak out for justice, and love one another.”
3rd Sunday of Advent
December 13th, 2015
“...Rejoice in the Lord always…”
Philippians 4:4
Luke 3:4
Parish Information
Opening Our Hearts to Christ and to the World
Abriendo Nuestros Corazones a Cristo y al Mundo
Phone: 404-696-6704 Fax: 404-696-4735
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
After Hours/Emergency Line: 304-280-3588
Email: [email protected]
Website: saintpaulofthecross.org
[email protected]
Pastoral Staff
Rev. Fr. Jerome McKenna, C.P., Pastor
Rev. Fr. Alberto Cabrera, C.P., Parochial Vicar
Rev. Mr. Hilliard M. Lee, Jr., Deacon
Rev. Mr. Joseph Goolsby, Deacon
Rev. Mr. George Smith, Deacon
Served by the Passionist Community
Founded in 1954
Sunday: 7:00am (Español), 10:00am (English)
1:00pm (Español)
Monday - Friday: 7:30am
Wednesday: 7:30am Communion Service
Saturday: 9:00am Communion Service
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30pm (English)
Eucharistic Adoration
First Friday Mass: 12:00 noon. (followed by Exposition)
Divine Mercy Chaplet: 3:00pm Benediction: 8:00pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 4:00pm (or contact the office for an appt.)
Sacrament of Baptism
First and Third Sundays (except during Lent)
Preparation Class: 2nd Saturdays of each month.
Contact the office for information.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Contact the Pastor at least six months before setting a date.
Anointing and Visitation of the Sick
Contact the Pastor or the Parochial Vicar
Adult Faith Enrichment
Bible Study: Thursdays, 3:00pm
Prayer Group: Tuesdays, 6:00pm
T he Pastor’s Corner
My dear Parishioners,
It is plainly evident now that Phase One of our development
plan for our facilities is nearing completion. The bulk of the
exterior work has been completed and our contractors are
concentrating on the interior of the building. The work itself
is moving quickly. However, several more inspections must
be made during the time remaining. I personally hope that
we will be able to use the building by mid-January.
December 13 - 19, 2015
Sunday, 10:00 am: People of the Parish
Monday, Thursday , and Friday, 7:30 am:
Living and Deceased Passionist Benefactors
Tuesday, Wednesday, 7:30 am, & Saturday, 9:00 am:
Communion Service
In the course of construction, several challenges arose due to
the fact that the builders had to devise ways of remodeling a
portion of the original building. Those were met, but other
concerns arose, not with the new construction but with other
areas; the grounds, the walkways, railings, roofing, outdoor
lighting, the bell tower, the low railing in the choir loft, to
name a few. These concerns came to light through two inspections of buildings and grounds, one by our insurer,
Christian Brothers Services, and the other by the Catholic
Construction Services of the Archdiocese. Both revealed a
number of safety issues requiring immediate attention.
Utilizing several of the contractors employed in our construction project, we set about the necessary work. While
some pressing safety issues have been addressed, there is
much, much, more to be done. None of this work is covered
by our present budget and the parish has no contingency
fund. I have discussed this problem with our Finance Council and with the Co-Chairs of our Capital Campaign, Cynthia
Spence and Sybil Scott. I have asked Cynthia and Sybil to
speak with you at Mass this weekend, and seek your help.
Listen to what they have to say, pray over it, and may the
Holy Spirit direct you to do what you can to help our Parish
at this critical time. May God bless each and every one as
we meet this challenge together.
— Fr. Jerome, C.P.
Dec 6, 2015: $12,527.00
Needed: $12,000.00
(Includes Sunday and mail-in contributions)
Immaculate Conception
Holy Christmas
Retirement Fund for Religious
Solemnity of Mary
Youth Religious Education
Christmas Flowers
Catholic Charities
Initial Offering
Lector Workbook
Capital Campaign Goal:
Pledges Received to Date:
November Hispanic Food Sales
Payments Received to Date:
Capital Campaign Contributions may be made up to the end of June 2016.
Retirement Fund for Religious Second Collection
December 12-13, 2015
Aging religious need your help. In the United States today, there are more than 33,000 senior Catholic sisters,
brothers, and religious order priests. These religious
worked tirelessly in Catholic schools, hospitals, and
agencies, usually for little to no pay. As a result, many
religious communities lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to today’s collection for
the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide medications, nursing care, and more. Please be generous.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
3rd Sunday of Advent
(Gaudete Sunday)
11:30a Religious Education - School
11:30a KPCLA 301 Monthly Meeting - Spiritual Center
3:00p KPCLA Senior Parishioners’ Christmas Party - School
Monday, December 14
2:00p Legion of Mary - Spiritual Center
7:30p-9:00p English Classes - Last class until January
4th 2016 - Última clase hasta Enero 4, 2016
Tuesday, December 15
2:00p Stewardship Meeting - Spiritual Center
6:00p English Prayer Group - Chapel - Last Meeting
until January 5th, 2016
Wednesday, December 16
7:00p Adult Religious Education ONLINE
7:00p Choir Rehearsal - Church
7:30p Spanish Mass
Thursday, December 17
3:00p Bible Study - Spiritual Center
7:00p Advent Communal Penance Service
Friday, December 18
6:30p Hispanic Prayer Group - Church
Saturday, December 19
6:00p Junior Youth Christmas Party - School
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Our Sick, Homebound and hospitalized
Christmas Concert Pageant
The 3rd Annual Christmas on the Hill
Concert and Pageant, at the Shrine of
the Immaculate Conception, will be
Sunday, December 13th, 2015, at
5:30pm. The pageant will feature
Deacon Lee narrating the part of
Joseph and Jaye Watson of 11 Alive,
as Mary. The Homeward Choir, The
Shrine Choir and Orchestra will also
Mary Williams
Philip Wiltz
Leslie Collins
Grace Hinds
Daisy Barhams
Mary Wiggins
Jeanie Sadler
Marynell Brooks
Myrna Yancey
William Leggett
Martha Barnes
William Crowder
Matthew Catel
Jean Ashe
Alfreda Yancey
Janelle Todd
Bryan Medina
Delores Green
Pauline Pitts
Merlin Todd
Walter Longino
Bobby Morales
Joyce McBee
Richard, Ryan, Jr.
On December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception,
Pope Francis opened the Holy Year Door at St. Peter’s
Basilica in Rome and symbolically led the gathered
assembly into this wonderful New Year of Mercy.
Words will never be able to express
the gratitude we feel to God for
everyone of you and the prayers you
so freely offered for our son. We were
granted a big miracle with his recovery thus far. Please continue to keep
him and his family in your prayers as
he continues his recovery. God bless
Richard and Linda Ryan
St. Paul of the Cross Parish will be taking part in this
Holy Year of Mercy. Look for announcements in this
Bulletin during the year. Meanwhile, there are many
special Holy Year of Mercy flyers and prayer cards on
the table at the rear of the church. Be sure to take your
pick and learn more about the meaning of this special
Holy Year. Our Holy Father has composed a beautiful
pray for the Holy Year of Mercy. It may be found on
the card bearing his picture on the front.
Why not pray it every day?
The Annual Church Wide Youth Christmas Party will be on
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 5:30p- 8:30p. All
children age 7 years of age - 17 years of age are invited.
Parents are also welcome to accompany their children.
This is a real fun time with delicious food; great entertainment and fellowship.
La Fiesta Anual de Navidad Juvenil será el Sábado, 19 de
Diciembre 2016 de 5: 30p- 8: 30p. Todos los niños y
jovenes de 7 -17 años de edad estan invitados. Los padres
también están invitados a acompañar a sus hijos. Este será
un momento muy divertido con deliciosa comida; un gran
entretenimiento y compañerismo.
Dec. 17th: Advent Penance Service—7:00 p.m.
Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve - Mass 4:30pm (English),
7:30pm (Spanish)
Dec. 25th: Christmas Day-12:00 Midnight Mass (English)
10:00am Mass (English), 1:00pm (Spanish)
Dec. 27th: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Dec. 28th: Parish Office closed
Dec. 31st: Vigil of Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God n
- Parish Office closed Jan. 1st, 2016: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
- Day of Prayer for World Peace
Jan. 3rd: Epiphany of the Lord
Our Parish Staff
Ms. Patricia Elguera, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Alison Mason, Adult Faith Formation
Ms. Veronica Hodges-Johnson, Religious Education
Ms. Kristi Crawford, Youth Ministry
Dr. Lawrence Weaver, Music Director
Dr. Gregory Nash, Music Associate
Mr. Elmer Cortez, Bookkeeper
Mr. Eric Mannings, Facilities Manager
Mr. Edgardo Rubio, Custodian
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Diciembre 13, 2015
¡Bienvenidos a San Pablo de la
Tercer Domingo de Adviento/C
Este Domingo tiene como característica la ALEGRIA. Y
esto, por la cercanía de la Navidad. Otro motivo es el
cumplimiento de las Promesas del Senor. Todo lo anunciado se esta cumpliendo. Y esto debe llenarnos de
alegría y esperanza en el Dios de la Vida.
Santa Misa en Español: Domingos, 7 a.m. y 1 p.m.
Todos los Miércoles a las 7:30 p.m. en la capilla.
Horas de Oficina: Lunes - Jueves, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
P. Alberto Cabrera, cp.: 347.819.5968
Numero de Teléfono (Oficina): 404-696-6704
Numero de Teléfono (Emergencia): 304-280-3588
Educación Religiosa: Se ofrece a ninos desde los 4
a los 18 anos. Las clases son antes de la Misa de
11:45am - 12:30pm, de Agosto 24 a Mayo.
Bautizos: Para toda informacion y preparacion,
comuniquese con: Alma Robles 678-717-9619 o
Antonia Pacheco 770-891-6765.
Santo Rosario: Todos los Domingos a partir de las
12:30pm nos prepararemos para la celebracion de
la Santa Misa con el rezo del Santo Rosario
Presentación de los niños: Llamar a Ofelia
Gonzalez al 404-956-9789
Confesiones: Durante la semana a cualquier hora
en la Rectoría. Los Domingos antes de la Misa de
1:00 p.m.
Matrimonios: Juan O. y Luz Pacheco: 770-823-1938
Quinceañeras: Contacte a: Antonia Pacheco
770-891-6765 o Luz Zavala 678-704-5829.
En la primera lectura Sofonias denuncio como profeta,
los pecados de Jerusalen y de sus habitantes: idolatría,
increencia, corrupcion. Y les llamo a la conversion. Cuando dejamos espacio para Dios en nuestras vidas el pecado se aleja, y Dios renueva su amor por nosotros. Por
eso , la ALEGRIA, LA FIESTA, EL GOZO debe ser nuestra
característica de bautizados.
San Pablo, es su carta a los Filipenses les hace un nuevo
llamado a la alegría. El Senor esta cerca y nos da su paz.
Por su parte San Lucas en el evangelio nos presenta el
ministerio de Juan bautista. La narracion que hace nos
situa en el contexto de lo que significa preparar la venida de Jesus: la propuesta es enormemente exigente y las
imagenes son impactantes (“quemar la paja en una
hoguera que no se apaga”).
El evangelio nos pide una preparacion etica y nos formula una promesa mesianica. Ante la venida del Mesías la
cuestion es ¿Que hacemos?. El evangelista presenta una
seria larga de preguntas y respuestas. Ahora bien, y
¿Cual es la nuestra?.
En la respuesta de Juan a la gente encontramos la Gran
respuesta: el Mesías nos dara el bautismo en el Espíritu
Santo… Seremos los hombres Nuevos. El Nuevo Pueblo
de Dios que camina en la historia con la esperanza de
llegar al Reino de Dios y gozar de el por toda la eternidad.
Segunda Colecta del Fondo de Jubilación de
Religiosos 12-13 de Diciembre de 2015.
Los religiosos y religiosas ancianos necesitan de la
ayuda de ustedes. En los Estados Unidos hay hoy día
mas de 33,000 religiosas, religiosos y sacerdotes de
ordenes religiosas ya ancianos. Ellos trabajaron sin
descanso en escuelas, hospitales y agencias de servicio social catolicos, muchas veces con poco o ningun
salario. Como resultado, muchas comunidades religiosas ahora carecen de fondos para su jubilacion y
cuidado geriatrico. Su donativo hoy al Fondo para la
Jubilacion de Religiosos ayuda con las recetas medicas, cuidados de enfermería y mas. Sean generosos.
Esto es el motivo de la Alegría que debemos vivir de un
modo especial en esta semana y en toda nuestra vida.
Nos espera el encuentro con el Dios del amor misericordioso.
P. Alberto, C.P.
Lectores: Maria Valverde y Veronica Vazquez
Ministros de la Eucaristía: - Ignacia y Bartolo Escalante
- Yulma y Armando Delgado
Guías: Roberto Gonzalez, Juan Pacheco, Antonia
Pacheco, Veronica Ozuna y Enrique Wences
Monaguillos: Angel Ozuna - Yansi Ozuna
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