St. Brendan the Navigator


St. Brendan the Navigator
Solemnity of the Ascension
May 17, 2015
The Navigator
El Navegante
St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church
Cumming, GA
Go… Baptize… Teach…
Vayan… Bauticen… Enseñen…
God m ounts his throne to shouts of
joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions
for May Universal: That, rejecting the culture
of indifference, we may care for our
neighbors who suffer, especially the
sick and the poor.
intercession may help Christians in
secularized cultures be ready to
proclaim Jesus.
Mass Etiquette: Each Saturday and
Sunday we have a minimum of 8
Masses at St. Brendan’s. Your help
is requested to keep the pew areas
neat and orderly. Please straighten
up your own pew before you leave.
Replace hymnals and brochures in
the pew rack, take any trash with
you, and leave the kneelers in the
upright position. Children can be
great helpers with this and they will
learn much about how to behave in
God’s house by learning how to
respect the worship space.
Mark your calendars now for the 20th
Annual Eucharistic Congress – June
5 & 6. Details inside this bulletin.
Pastoral Staff
Rev. Fr. Matthew VanSmoorenburg, L.C., Pastor...
Rev. Fr. Juan Guerra, L.C., Parochial Vicar ...........
Rev. Fr. Patrick Langan, L.C., Parochial Vicar ……
Rev. Fr. Jason Brooks, L.C, Parochial Vicar……....
Rev. Mr. Roger Fraser, Deacon ............................
Rev. Mr. Luis Carlos Lorza, Deacon ………………
Rev. Mr. Ed Rubio, Deacon ..................................
[email protected], ext. 42
[email protected], ext. 12
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[email protected], ext. 43
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How Do I?
Register at the parish?
Visit or pick up a “Welcome” packet in the Narthex.
Receive personalized offertory envelopes?
Elba Banderas at [email protected] or ext. 10.
Make arrangements for a wedding?
Contact Fr. Juan, ext. 12 at least six months before an anticipated wedding date.
Contact someone about my interest to become Catholic?
Amy Comacho at [email protected].
Contact a Priest in a Sacramental Emergency?
Phone 678-224-8448, 24 hours a day.
Arrange for Communion to the sick or homebound?
Call the parish office at 770-205-7969.
Arrange to have my child baptized?
Sandy Spera, ext 27 (English), Deacon Luis Carlos Lorza, ext. 43 (Spanish)
Request Baptismal, Confirmation or Marriage certificate?
Luisa Rubio, [email protected] or ext. 15.
Place an announcement in the bulletin?
Online form available at or contact Susan Shirley,
[email protected], ext. 14.
Receive information about an annulment?
Deacon Roger Fraser, [email protected].
Reconnect with the Catholic Church?
Don Conklin, [email protected] or ext. 40.
Register my child/children for Religious Education?
Stacy Applegate, [email protected] or ext. 33 (English), or Monica Plew,
[email protected] or ext. 26 (Spanish)
Make arrangements for a Funeral or Burial?
Deacon Luis Carlos Lorza, [email protected] or ext. 43 or
Lynne Sterritt, [email protected] or ext. 20.
Schedule an appointment with a priest?
Mary Ann Mallon, [email protected] or ext. 11.
Request a Mass intention?
Elba Banderas ext. 10.
Reserve a meeting space at St. Brendan?
Online form available at
Volunteer in the parish?
Opportunities are updated weekly and listed online at
Seek counseling services for myself or my family?
Holy Family Counseling Center, 678-993-8494 or Catholic Charities of Atlanta, 404-920-7725.
Receive assistance from the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry?
Open Wed. 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Barn behind the Church or contact Barbara Gordon at
[email protected], 404-431-9924.
Seek emergency financial assistance?
Good Samaritan Hotline: 770-205-2324; leave a message and expect a call back within 24 hours.
Sign up for electronic giving?
Look for the “online giving” link on our homepage at or Laura Myers,
[email protected], ext. 21.
Receive a tax receipt for donations?
Laura Myers, [email protected], ext. 21.
Find out about St. Brendan’s Preschool?
Julie Lahey, [email protected], ext. 19.
Saturday Vigil:
5:00 pm & 7:00 pm (en Español)
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am,
1:00 pm (en Español), 5:00 pm
Daily Mass
Monday – Saturday: 8:30 am
Tuesday, Thurs. & Fri.: 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 pm (en Español)
Rosary – after weekday am Mass
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
en Español
Sundays at 12:30 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
in St. Sebastian Chapel
Tuesday - 6:30 pm – Wednesday
6:45 pm
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. until last
person served and 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Tuesday: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 - 6:45 pm
English and en Español
Please note: Mass times may vary
on Holy Days. Check the Mass
Intentions in this bulletin or the
website calendar.
Parish Office Hours:
Oficina Parroquial:
Mon – Thurs
9:00 am – 4:00 pm,
Fri 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Maintenance Personnel Contact
Mac McKinney – 678-467-6490
Melvin Rogers – 404-313-2330
Alex Ayala – 770-500-9341
St. Brendan the Navigator
Catholic Church
4633 Shiloh Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-205-7969
Fax: 770-205-5040
Celebrate May, Mary’s Month, With Daily Prayers Each day in the month of May, our Facebook page will feature a prayer dedicated to Mary. The daily posts are a great way to start your day and direct your thoughts and prayers during Mary’s month. If you haven’t found us on Facebook yet – be sure to “like” our page to have the updates delivered to your personal newsfeed.
tholicChurchATL More Rewards for St. Brendan’s from Kroger Effective immediately, Kroger Stores are offering to share their Community Rewards program with St. Brendan’s. Based on customer purchases that are linked to St. Brendan’s, Kroger will donate a % of the sales to the church. Once you have received a Kroger Plus card from any Kroger store, you can link your card number to our Parish ID number (58367) on line. When that link is established, Kroger will provide a rebate to St. Brendan’s on a routine basis. To link your Kroger Plus card to St. Brendan’s, log onto and follow the instructions to make the connection to our ID –58367. Any time you shop at Kroger, simply present your Kroger Plus card for store savings and rewards for St. Brendan’s. All proceeds will go toward our Building Fund. Upcoming Senior Luncheon St. Brendan's Seniors will meet for lunch at Provino’s, Market Place Blvd., Cumming at 11:30 AM on Thursday, May 21st. New members are always welcome. Please RSVP by Monday, May 18th, to Pat Pisanelle, 770-­‐205-­‐7451 or [email protected]. Please bring a non-­‐perishable food item to the church for the food pantry. Membership has its Benefits! If you are new to the area, or just new to St. Brendan's and haven't officially registered with the parish, now is a good time to do so. Membership has its benefits! Registration aids in obtaining sacraments, education for adults and children, and emergencies that may arise. Stop by the Welcome Desk and ask for a registration packet to become a member of St. Brendan the Navigator! Month of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
Respect Life – Fill the Crib This weekend, May 16-­‐17, Respect Life Ministry is holding its annual "Fill-­‐the-­‐Crib" campaign. We are collecting donations of diapers, wipes, new and gently used baby clothing, equipment and supplies. Items will be collected in the narthex and delivered to Whispering Hope. Whispering Hope is a Christian-­‐based pregnancy resource center in Cumming endorsed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Food Pantry Update Contact: Barbara Gordon [email protected] On May 1st, eighth grade students from Piney Grove Middle School arrived at the food pantry to divide 1000 pounds of rice that they donated and delivered. This is the fourth year our pantry has been part of Grizzly Great Day of Giving. What a wonderful group of kids! Hat's off to their Principal, Ms. North, for her inspiration and leadership! She is giving young students an opportunity to do such worthwhile projects for our community. As summer vacation time approaches please remember that the pantry does not take a vacation, and we need continued help and support during the summer months. A special request for: powdered milk and jelly (any kind) Garden Help Needed The Garden Ministry has one team coach to tend our garden each week. If you can lend an hour or two to work at the Garden, please contact one of our coaches for their work schedule. Kristin Mccabe (May 10-­‐16) [email protected]; Kathy Powell (May17-­‐23) [email protected]; Clare Clare (May 24-­‐30) [email protected]. The next Garden Ministry Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 in the Barn. Join us as we learn from the Master Gardeners, work, and have fun growing produce for the Food Pantry. No experience needed, just a willingness to serve. Ann Marie Dusek [email protected] 678-­‐513-­‐0050. St. Brendan’s Endowment Fund Charitable Gift Annuities vs. CDs -­‐ If you have CDs you wish to gift to the parish, please consider establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity. With a CGA, you receive quarterly fixed payments for your life. Part of the payment is tax-­‐free. You receive a significant charitable deduction the year established or over 5 years. The interest rate of payment is based on age. Sample rates: age 65 – 4.7%; age 85 7.8%; age 90 and older 9%. At your death the remainder of the CGA will go to St. Brendan’s Endowment Fund. For personalized illustrations call Diane Duquette, 404-­‐497-­‐9440 or [email protected] Mass for Separated or Divorced Catholics Join us for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross for Divorced Catholics, and a Mass for those who are suffering through the pain of separation or divorce on Friday, June 19, 2015, at 7:00 pm. For more information, contact [email protected]. "May we become islands of Mercy in the sea of indifference." Pope Francis Do You Watch EWTN? The Eternal Word Television Network airs commercial-­‐free family friendly programs from a Catholic perspective. EWTN and EWTN Espanol's diverse programs include Daily Mass, devotionals, global Catholic news, powerful documentaries, music specials, teaching series with noted theologians, live call-­‐
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Readings for the Week of May 17, 2015 Sunday:
Acts 1:1-11/Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13 or Eph 1:17-23/
Mk 16:15-20
Acts 19:1-8/Jn 16:29-33
Acts 20:17-27/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38/Jn 17:11b-19
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Jn 17:20-26
Acts 25:13b-21/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday AM: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Jn 21:20-25
Saturday Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or
Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Next Sunday: Acts 2:1-11/Gal 5:16-25 or 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13/
Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or Jn 20:19-23
Eucharistic Congress June 5 & 6 Each year the Eucharistic Congress brings together Catholics from across the Archdiocese and the country to celebrate the visible, living presence of Jesus. Archbishop Gregory, along with Bishop Talley and Bishop Zarama, ask that you join them for this year’s 20TH ANNIVERSARY Eucharistic Congress at the Georgia International Convention Center. Mark your calendars now for this great Catholic FREE event that is perfect for the entire family. A bus will be leaving St. Brendan’s at 7:00 am (arrive by 6:45 am) on Saturday, June 6, and will return to St. Brendan’s about 8:00 pm after the closing Vigil Mass. There are 48 seats available on a first-­‐come, first-­‐served basis. Bus registration and payment of $10/person is required in advance. Congress T-­‐shirts are also available for $10/each (see display in Narthex). Contact Lisa Satory at [email protected] for registration and pay for the bus at the Information Desk at any time. If you are traveling on your own, look for the St. Brendan’s banner at 8:30 am for the morning procession. For more information about this year’s Eucharistic Congress, access: Archbishop Gregory Communicants Invites First Archbishop Gregory invites all First Communicants and their parents to take part in the morning and/or afternoon processions on June 6th for this year’s Eucharistic Congress. Those who would like to participate should wear their First Communion dresses and suits and arrive at 8:00am for the morning procession and 4:30pm for the afternoon. This is a special moment for the First Communicants and the church community, so come and be an important part of the day. For more information go to: Upcoming Pastoral Council Elections Pastoral Council Elections are coming soon. Are you interested in becoming a member of the St. Brendan’s Pastoral Council? For more information about the Pastoral Council and the election process go to­‐and-­‐
administration/#Pastoral Council. Did y ou k no w…… … .. Our Knights of Columbus and Respect Life Ministry 2015 Baby Bottle Campaign collected $14,475.00, which was donated to Whispering Hope. Whispering Hope is a pregnancy resource center located here in Cumming. This will h elp Whispering Hope continue its invaluable efforts saving the lives of the not-­‐yet-­‐born; supporting the well being of their mothers, both pre and post natal; and ensuring that the newborns get a good start. Here are some interesting fun facts about the 2015 baby bottle campaign. Total Contributions = $14,475 Total number of bottles distributed = 850 Total number of bottles returned = 273 Total number of bottles not returned = 577 Total coins collected = 29,600 (16,100 pennies, 3,575 nickels, 5,350 dimes, 4,500 quarters, remainder half dollar and dollar coins) • Total number of checks received = 135 • Total number of checks received greater than $100 = 26 • Check amounts ranged from $2 to $1000 The Baby Bottle Campaign would not be such a success without the generosity of you, our very own parishioners. Your offertory gifts make it possible for these ministries to promote the campaign with flyers and bottles, and your specific campaign gifts provide an amazing outreach effort to the county’s pregnancy resource center. This campaign also requires a great deal of volunteer time and effort to prepare the communications, stuff the bottles with flyers, distribute and collect bottles at all Masses over the weekends, and count the money. We are very blessed to have every helping hand: donors, volunteers or both – your support of these efforts is greatly appreciated. If you would like to help or want more information about the annual Baby Bottle Campaign or any of our Respect Life initiatives, please contact either Ann LeClair Ash [email protected]; or Curtis Weeks at [email protected]. •
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Cristo Renueva Su Parroquia le
invita a su Segundo Retiro de
Hombres aquí en nuestra Parroquia de San Brendan. Los días
Sábado 23 y Domingo 24 de Mayo
en el Centro de Formación de Fe
de San Brendan.
Todos los caballeros interesados
favor de llamar a Miriam Torres
al (404) 353-1802 o con Raúl al
(770) 334-4883.
¡Cristo te espera!
Si usted es nuevo en el área o nuevo en nuestra comunidad parroquial de San Brendan, le invitamos
a que se registre como feligrés. Ser
miembro de la iglesia tiene sus
beneficios: nos ayuda a planear
para la recepción de los sacramentos, tanto en la formación de fe de
los adultos como en los niños y
adolescentes. También nos ayuda
en la planeación de eventos ó fiestas religiosas; y cuando existen
emergencias, en poder asistir a los
necesitados. Por favor tome un
folder de bienvenida a la entrada
de la iglesia, el cual contiene la forma de registro parroquial.
Llame a Elba Banderas para hacer
sus intensiones de misa y ofrendas
florales, al (770) 205-7969 ext. 10.
El Programa de Nuestra Familia
invita a todas la damas de nuestra
comunidad parroquial para que
participen en el programa escolar
2015-2016. Los registros se llevarán a cabo a partir del día de
hoy y hasta el 15 de Junio.
Las clases inician el 24 de Agosto y
continúan hasta el 13 de Mayo,
2016. Las clases incluyen Inglés, Habilidades Sociales y preparación
del GED (para obtener su titulo de
High School).
Para más información por favor
vea las formas de registro a la entrada de la Iglesia, ó llame a la Sra.
Elba Banderas al (770) 205-7969.
¿Te gusta bailar? Te invitamos a
formar parte del Grupo de Danza
de San Brendan. El grupo es responsable de las danzas para la Virgen de Guadalupe y para eventos
de la Iglesia donde podamos presentar también bailes folklóricos.
Hay oportunidades para niños y
adultos tanto hombres como mujeres. Anímate y participa! Para más
información puedes llamar a Mariana Carreño al (678)800-4061 ó
Mariana Loya al (770)205-7969
ext. 41
Ministerio Matrimonial “Primero mi Pareja” le invita a participar en nuestro Grupo de Parejas, donde
podemos revivir el entusiasmo de
estar juntos.
Próxima reunión es el Viernes, 14
de agosto de 7pm a 9pm Salon Social de San Brendan.
Para más información llame al
(678) 341-9631. o en el correo
[email protected]
Tenemos guardería de niños, llame y haga su reservación.
El Congreso Eucarístico es la gran
celebración anual donde se reúne
toda la comunidad de católicos de
la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta de toda raza, cultura e idioma para
adorar y dar gracias al Señor Jesucristo, presente en la Eucaristía.
Este es un gran evento Católico
para toda la familia y es GRATIS.
Tiene lugar en el Centro Internacional de Convenciones de Georgia. Un autobús saldrá el Sábado 6
de Junio de San Brendan a las
7:00 am (las familias deben llegar
a las 6:45 am) y regresará alrededor de las 8:00 pm (después de la
misa de clausura). El cupo es limitado a 48 personas. El registro y
pago de $10 por persona debe
hacerse con anticipación. Si desea
viajar en el autobús comuníquese
con Mariana Loya al (770) 2057969 ext. 41. Si usted desea viajar
por su cuenta, busque el estandarte de San Brendan a las 8:30 am
para tomar parte en la procesión
de apertura. Para mayor información sobre el Congreso Eucarístico, visite la página de internet de
la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta:
Las Elecciones para el Consejo Parroquial ya se acercan y los invitamos a considerar su llamado de
discípulo del Señor. Interesados
favor de visitar la página de internet para más información:
-and-administration/#Pastoral Council
Ascension of the Lord
Prayer for a Stronger Faith
Gracious Father,
you have provided for us,
and we stand awestruck before you.
Our Lord Jesus has ascended,
but still is with us
as we spread the news of the salvation
he brought to us.
Strengthen our faith so that we will go
about the work
of proclaiming your goodness.
Let us not fear to take on our ministry
to teach and evangelize,
and be part of building up the Body of
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Our Baptismal Call
Today’s Readings: Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47: 2–3, 6–7, 8–9 (6);
Ephesians 1:17–23 or Ephesians 4:1–13; Mark 16:15–20. The
Acts of the Apostles is addressed to a person, Theophilus.
We can think of the evangelist Luke as telling a follower a
story in two parts. He begins with the Gospel, the Good
News of Christ’s birth, ministry, Passion, Death,
Resurrection, and Ascension. The second part, or the Acts
of the Apostles, relates the beginnings of the Church. Since
Theophilus means God lover, the story may very well be
addressed to you.
Both today’s First Reading from Acts and the Gospel
from Mark provide accounts of the Ascension. In the narrative from Acts, angels ask the Apostles why they are looking
at the sky. The angels could be asking them why they are
wasting time that could be spent spreading the Good News.
That message is one for all of us to consider. Our baptismal
call is to spread the Gospel. Why are we waiting?
In Mark’s account of the Gospel, Jesus instructs the
Apostles to go everywhere and proclaim the Gospel to all.
Hearers of the Gospel who believe and are baptized will be
saved. This message parallels what was heard throughout
the Gospel. Jesus noted during his ministry that people were
healed because of their faith. To the woman who hemorrhaged until she touched his cloak, Jesus said, “Daughter,
your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34).
With such faith, we proclaim the Gospel. We see in
Mark that Jesus ascends but also stays with the Apostles. He
“worked with them” and confirmed their preaching through
signs. Do we understand that Jesus accompanies us when we
tell of the Good News?
This Week at Home
Monday, May 18, 2015
Our Refuge
Thursday, May 21, 2015
St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest,
and Companions, Martyrs
Though they try, the Apostles in today’s Gospel cannot yet
understand what Jesus is saying. They may grasp what he
means when he says “the hour is coming” or that they will
leave him alone. Still, he offers them consolation by telling
them, “in me you may have peace.” We, too, should be consoled by this. At times, we will seem alone; however, we can
always take refuge in Christ. Today’s Readings: Acts 19:1– 8;
Psalm 68:2 – 3ab, 4 – 5acd, 6 –7ab (33a); John 16:29 – 33.
Today we honor twenty-two priests and three laypeople
killed during the religious persecution in Mexico between
1915 and 1937. Christopher Magallenes, whose name represents the group, was targeted after he taught seminarians displaced when the government closed seminaries. He and the
other martyrs tended to the sacramental needs of Catholics
while opposing the use of violence. Today’s Readings:
Acts 22:30; 23:6 –11; Psalm 16:1– 2a and 5, 7– 8, 9 –10, 11 (1);
John 17:20 – 26.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Glory in the Cross
Friday, May 22, 2015
St. Rita of Cascia, Religious
In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows his readiness for the Cross as
he prays that the Father glorify him. The discourse notes that
Christ already has been glorified in his followers, who have
received Jesus’ words and know that all comes from the
Father. Concerned for his followers, Jesus asks the Father to
protect and unify them just as the Father and Son are unified.
During Easter Time, we might want to pray for the unity of
Christians. Today’s Readings: Acts 20:17– 27; Psalm
68:10 –11, 20 – 21 (33a); John 17:1–11a.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest
St. Bernadine (1380 –1444) certainly carried out Paul’s
instructions in today’s reading from Acts. He tended the
flock in many ways. As a young man, he traveled on foot
throughout parts of Italy, preaching devotion to the Holy
Name of Jesus. Taking a break from traveling, he wrote on
theology and established schools to teach the friars. During
the two years before his death, he returned to preaching and
died while preaching on his way to Naples. Today’s Readings:
Acts 20:28 – 38; Psalm 68:29 – 30, 33 – 35a, 35bc – 36ab (33a);
John 17:11b –19.
Rita of Cascia (1377–1457), an Italian Augustinian nun, is the
patron of abused wives and mourning women. She had been
abused by her husband, and after his death and the death of
their two sons, entered the Augustinian Order. In today’s
Gospel, Jesus gives three commands to Peter. He tells him to
“feed my lambs,” “tend my sheep,” and “follow me.” St. Rita
followed Jesus as she cared for sick nuns and counseled individuals. How is Christ calling you to act in the world when
he says, “feed my lambs”? Today’s Readings: Acts 25:
13b–21; Psalm 103:1–2, 11–12, 19–20ab (19a); John 21:15–19.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Follow Me
It can be helpful to see that Jesus’ first followers were sometimes caught up in their all too human concerns. Jesus has
just told Peter to follow him when Peter asks about John.
Jesus instructs Peter not to be concerned about John’s role
and again says, “follow me.” We need to stay focused on how
we follow Jesus. Concentrating on another’s path will be a
detriment to our vocation. Today’s Readings: Acts 28:16 – 20,
30 – 31; Psalm 114:4, 5 and 7 (7b); John 21:20 – 25.
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Reproducibles for Lent-Triduum-Easter 2015
Ascensión del Señor
Oración para fortalecer la fe
Padre de toda gracia,
tú eres siempre providente con nosotros,
y te damos gracias.
Nuestro Señor Jesús ha ascendido,
pero todavía está con nosotros
para expandir la Buena Nueva de la
que él nos trajo.
Fortalece nuestra fe
para que trabajemos proclamando tu
Que nunca temamos
al realizar nuestro ministerio de evangelizar
y edificar el Cuerpo de Cristo.
Te lo pedimos por Jesucristo, Señor
que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del
Espíritu Santo,
y es Dios, por los siglos de los siglos.
Domingo, 17 de mayo del 2015
Nuestra vocación bautismal
Lecturas del día: Hechos 1:1–11; Salmo 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9 (6);
Efesios 1:17– 23, o bien 4:1–13; Marcos 16:15 – 20. El libro de
los Hechos de los Apóstoles está dedicado a Teófilo. San
Lucas compuso su narración en dos partes. La primera, el
evangelio, cuenta la Buena Nueva de Cristo, su nacimiento,
ministerio, pasión, muerte, resurrección y ascensión, y la
segunda, Hechos de los Apóstoles, cuenta los comienzos de
la Iglesia. Puesto que Teófilo significa “el que ama a Dios”,
tú también puedes sentirte incluido en ese nombre.
Tanto la lectura de Hechos como la de Marcos cuentan
sobre la Ascensión. En los Hechos, unos ángeles preguntan
a los apóstoles porqué están mirando al cielo. Quizá pregunten
porque están perdiendo un tiempo que debían emplear en
divulgar la Buena Nueva, ese mensaje que todos debemos
tomar en cuenta. Nuestra vocación bautismal es anunciar el
En la narración de san Marcos, Jesús instruye a los apóstoles a ir por todas partes a proclamar el Evangelio a todos.
Los que escuchen, crean y se bauticen serán salvados. Es el
mismo mensaje que resuena en toda la narración. Jesús
remarcaba que la gente era curada por tener fe. Recordemos
a la mujer hemorroísa que le tocó el manto, y a la que Jesús le
anunció: “Hija, tu fe te ha salvado” (Marcos 5:34). Con tal fe,
proclamamos el Evangelio. Vemos en san Marcos que Jesús
asciende pero que está con los apóstoles; “trabajaba con ellos”
y afianzaba su predicación con signos. Esa misma confianza
debemos tener cuando anunciamos la Buena Nueva.
La semana en casa
Lunes, 18 de mayo del 2015
Nuestro refugio
Aunque lo intentan, en el evangelio de hoy, los apóstoles no
comprenden aún lo que dice Jesús. Entenderán cuando “llegue la hora” y lo hayan abandonado. No obstante, Jesús les
consuela diciéndoles que “tengan paz en mí”. También debemos consolarnos con esas palabras. A veces, estaremos solos;
sin embargo, hemos de refugiarnos siempre en Cristo.
Lecturas del día: Hechos 19:1– 8; Salmo 68:2–3ab, 4 – 5acd,
6 – 7ab (33a); Juan 16:29 – 33.
Martes, 19 de mayo del 2015
Gloria en la cruz
Jesús muestra su disponibilidad a la cruz, cuando le pide al
Padre que lo glorifique. En el discurso se ve que Cristo ya ha
sido glorificado en los que han recibido sus palabras y reconocen que ha salido de Dios Padre. Jesús, preocupado por los
suyos, pide al Padre que los proteja y los guarde en la unidad,
tal como Padre e Hijo están unidos. Pidamos por la unidad
de los cristianos, especialmente durante el tiempo de pascua.
Lecturas del día: Hechos 20:17– 27; Salmo 68:10 –11, 20 – 21
(33a); Juan 17:1–11a.
Miércoles, 20 de mayo del 2015
San Bernardino de Siena, Sacerdote
San Bernardino (1380 –1444) siguió las instrucciones de san
Pablo en la lectura de los Hechos, pues cuidó del rebaño de
muchas maneras. Joven todavía, atravesaba las regiones de
Italia a pie, para extender la devoción al Santo nombre de
Jesús. Luego se dedicó a componer escritos teológicos y
fundó escuelas para enseñar a los hermanos. Dos años antes
de su muerte, volvió a la predicación y murió predicando en
su camino a Nápoles. Lecturas del día: Hechos 20:28 – 38;
Salmo 68:29 – 30, 33 – 35a, 35bc–36ab (33a); Juan 17:11b–19.
Jueves, 21 de mayo del 2015
San Cristóbal Magallanes, Sacerdote,
y compañeros mártires
Honramos a veintidós sacerdotes y a tres laicos ejecutados
durante la persecución religiosa en México entre 1915 y 1937.
Cristóbal Magallanes —representa al grupo— fue capturado
mientras enseñaba a los seminaristas desplazados, pues el
gobierno había clausurado los seminarios. Junto con otros
mártires, él administraba los sacramentos a los fieles, y se
oponía a la violencia. Lecturas del día: Hechos 22:30; 23:6–11;
Salmo 16:1– 2a y 5, 7– 8, 9 –10, 11 (1); Juan 17:20 – 26.
Viernes, 22 de mayo del 2015
Sta. Rita de Casia, Religiosa
Rita de Casia (1377–1457), monja agustina italiana, es la
patrona de las esposas abusadas y de las mujeres en duelo.
Ella había sido abusada por su esposo, y tras su muerte y la
de sus dos hijos, entró en la Orden agustina. En el evangelio
de hoy, Jesús le da tres órdenes a Pedro. Le dice: “alimenta
mis corderos”, “alimenta mis ovejas” y “sígueme”. Santa Rita
siguió a Jesús cuidando de las monjas enfermas y dando consuelo a las personas apesadumbradas. Descubre cómo Cristo
te llama a actuar en el mundo cuando te dice “alimenta a mis
ovejas”. Lecturas del día: Hechos 25:13b–21; Salmo 103:1– 2,
11–12, 19 – 20ab (19a); Juan 21:15 –19.
Sábado, 23 de mayo del 2015
Resulta útil ver que los primeros seguidores de Jesús, a
veces, se quedaron encerrados en sus propios intereses
humanos. Jesús apenas le ha dicho a Pedro que lo siga,
cuando éste le pregunta por Juan. Jesús le dice que no se
preocupe por el papel de Juan, y le repite: “Sígueme”.
Concentrémonos en seguir a Jesús. Si nos fijamos en el
camino de otro, nos distraeremos de nuestra propia vocación.
Lecturas del día: Hechos 28:16–20, 30–31; Salmo 114:4, 5 y 7
(7b); Juan 21:20 – 25.
© Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Texto de Michael R. Prendergast.
Ilustración de Cody F. Miller. Texto bíblico conforme a La biblia de nuestro pueblo. Biblia del
peregrino (2001). Aprobación canónica de la Arquidiócesis de Chicago, 30 de octubre del 2014.
Recursos reproducibles para Cuaresma-Triduo Pascual-Pascua 2015

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