Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 24, 2013

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 24, 2013
2001 N. Western Ave., Edmond, OK 73012
www.stmonica-edmond.org
Office: 405-359-2700 ● Fax: 405-341-0023 ● Rectory: 405-330-2699
PARISH STAFF
Rev. Stephen Hamilton - Pastor
359-2700
[email protected]
Rev. Cory Stanley - Parochial Vicar
359-2700
Youth Director
[email protected]
Lee Hunt - Deacon
348-9461
[email protected]
Jerry Rakosky - Deacon
341-2805
[email protected]
Katie Gordy - Pastoral Associate,
359-2700
Director of Religious Education, Spiritual Counseling
[email protected]
Stacy Sample - Bulletin Editor/Office Manager
[email protected] 359-2700
Sheryl Lacy - Facility Manager
471-4255
[email protected]
Carmen Snow - Hispanic Ministry/Ministerio Hispano
[email protected]
359-2700
Marie Connolly - Music Director
341-4889
[email protected]
Melani Roewe - Music Director
282-3140
[email protected]
Kenneth & Kelly Hughes - Saturday Choir 341-6549
[email protected]
Kelli Pereira - RCIA Director
359-2700
[email protected]
PERPETUAL ADORATION
24 hours/7days a week
MASS SCHEDULE
Tuesday
Wednesday
Benediction
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
RECONCILIATION
Tuesday, Thursday
Saturday
By Appointment
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:20 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
5 p.m.
8,10:30 a.m.
1 p.m. Spanish
4:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
WEDDINGS Contact church office six months in
advance
BAPTISMS Contact the Church Office at 359-2700
BULLETIN DEADLINE
Noon Monday
COMMITTEE CONTACTS
Bobby Burger, Knights of Columbus
330-8432
Taylor McGarry, Pastoral Council
315-7274
St. Vincent de Paul
341-8128
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 24, 2013
READINGS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
2 Sm 5:1-3/Col 1:12-20/Lk 23:35-43
Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4
Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11
Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk
21:12-19
Thursday:
Dn 6:12-28/Lk 21:20-28
Friday:
Dn 7:2-14/Lk 21:29-33
Saturday:
Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Next Sunday: Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44
MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 23
5 p.m.
† Mary Sue Schultingkemper
Sunday, November 24
8 a.m.
People of the Parish
10:30 a.m.
† Marjorie Misciagna
1 p.m.
† Altagracia Sandoval
Tuesday, November 26
5:30 p.m.
† Roy Shobe
Wednesday, November 27
5:30 p.m.
† Carmel & David Joseph
Thursday, November 28
8 a.m.
Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29
5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 30
5 p.m.
People of the Parish
Sunday, December 1
8 a.m.
† Chester Crocker
10:30 a.m.
† Safa Khanom Missaghi
1 p.m.
† Guadalupe Luevano
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE
November 16, 17
Sunday Offering ...............................$21,123.08
Less Charity 10%............................. $2,112.31
Parish Offering .............................$19,010.77
All St. Monica parishioners are asked to
contribute 8% of their weekly income to the parish.
Give electronically at www.stmonica-edmond.org
and select “online giving.”
Pray the
Rosary
Before all Weekend Masses
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PARISH EVENTS THIS WEEK
Sunday, November 24
9 a.m. - Sunday Donuts - Parish Hall
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Religious Education
9:05 a.m. - Adult Bible Study - Mother Teresa
9:05 a.m. - Whole Parish Catechesis - Hall
3 p.m. - Holy Hour - Church
4:30 p.m. - Jr. Hi Youth - Youth Rm.
5:30 p.m. - Orchestra Rehearsal - Church
6:30 p.m. - Knights of Columbus - Hall/St. Michael
7 p.m. - High School Youth Group - Youth Rm.
Monday, November 25
3 p.m. - St. Camilla Comforters - Parish Hall
Tuesday, November 26
9 a.m. - Hispanic Community - Mother Teresa
9 a.m. - Women in the Bible Study - St. Michael
4:15-5:30 p.m. - Religious Education
6:30 p.m. - Boy Scouts - Parish Hall
7 p.m. - Bible Timeline - St. Anthony
7 p.m. - Pastoral Council - St. Michael
Wednesday, November 27
No Religious Education
Offices closed at Noon
11 a.m. - Baptism
11 a.m. - Busy Needles - St. Michael
7 p.m. - Bell/Adult Choir - Church
Thursday, November 28
Offices Closed
8 a.m. - Daily Mass - St. Augustine Chapel
Friday, November 29
Offices Closed
10 a.m. - Baptism
5:30 a.m. - That Man Is You - Hall/Kitchen
5:30 p.m. - Daily Mass - St. Augustine Chapel
Saturday, November 30
8:30 a.m. - Cleaners - Church/Parish Center
6 p.m. - Baptism
Sunday, December 1
No Religious Education
9 a.m. - Sunday Donuts - Parish Hall
9:05 a.m. - Adult Bible Study - Mother Teresa
4:30 p.m. - Jr. Hi Youth - Youth Rm.
5:30 p.m. - Orchestra Rehearsal - Church
7 p.m. - High School Youth Group - Youth Rm.
Reception for Mary Smith,
Archdiocese Educator of the Year
Our own Mary Smith was named Educator of the
Year by Archbishop Coakley on Sept. 21. The Parish
wants to honor Mary with a reception on Sunday,
Dec. 15, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. IF MARY
TAUGHT YOU OR ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN,
PLEASE COME BY TO EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE
TO THIS WONDERFUL CATECHIST.
Discover Natural Family Planning
Celebrate God’s Vision of Human Sexuality
Discover God's plan for marriage. Attend the next
Natural Family Planning class series in the St. Patrick
Room at 1 p.m. on the following days: Sunday, Dec. 8;
Monday, Jan. 13; Monday, Feb. 3. Childcare is available. For more information and to RSVP contact Matt
and Michaela Dietrich at 319-541-3181.
Parents of Young Children
Save the date! Every second Saturday of the month,
the St. Monica Parents of Young Children group gathers for a little grown-up fun! The next gathering is
scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. This
month we are treating our wonderful nursery helpers
to dinner. We are meeting in the parish hall. If you'd
like to join us, please send an email
to [email protected] Details will be emailed.
If you have any questions, please email. We always
have a great time. Hope you can make it!"
Holy Hour
Sunday, Nov. 24
3-4 p.m. in the Church
A Prayer Initiative to promote
the Dignity of Life, Marriage
and Religious Liberty
Bulletin Supporter of the Week
Kierl Orthodontics
341-5020
Please Patronize our Sponsors. Their
generosity makes this publication
available to you at no cost to the
parish
The St Camilla’s Quilters Group is making
Isolette Covers for a local hospital. We have assembled kits for the tops, which will be quilted by a volunteer with a long arm quilting machine, then returned
to us for binding. We also have placemat kits for quilting, these go to meals on wheels. Those who are interested in joining the mini sew-in or picking up a kit
the meeting will be Monday, Nov. 25, from 3–5 p.m.
in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Annita Leehan at 740-5193.
Christmas Giving Tree, Bring
Unwrapped Gifts back by Dec. 8
St. Monica’s annual Christmas Giving Tree project
starts Nov. 24. The Giving Tree with cards is located
in the Narthex. Please take the gift tags and return
unwrapped gifts with cards attached, either to the Narthex
or the Parish Hall no later than
Sunday, Dec. 8. Social Ministries committee members and
other volunteers are needed to
help sort and bag the gifts on
Sunday after the 10:30 a.m.
Mass.
Gifts that are donated will be given to the following
agencies: Catholic Charities, Santa's Cause, Travelers
Aid, Infants Crisis Services, Citizens Caring for Children, Childrens Care Center, Positive Tomorrows
School, Center of Family Love (Okarche) and St.
Ann's Home.
Prepare the Way
Whole Family Catechesis
Event is Sunday, Nov. 24, 910:20 a.m. in the Parish Center.
Parish talent will share traditions and activities to assist families Prepare the
Way for the Coming of Jesus, geared toward
families with pre-k and grade school children.
Whether you are a parent or grandparent, come
with the children to enjoy this Advent presentation
as we discuss the reason for the season. Coffee,
juice and breakfast pastries will be served.
November 24, 2013 - 3
Perpetual Adoration
Urgent Needs - Thursday 8 a.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.
Second Adorer Needs - Sunday - Midnight to 1
a.m., 1 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4
p.m., 7 p.m.; Monday - 1 a.m.; Tuesday - 1 a.m., 3
a.m., 11 p.m.; Wednesday - 2 a.m., 3 a.m.; Thursday 1 a.m., 2 a.m.; Friday - 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 3 p.m.; Saturday - 1 a.m., 3 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
An hourly coordinator is needed for 6 a.m. Sunday
through Saturday. A division leader is needed for 6
p.m. to Midnight.
Contact Toni Harrelson regarding these needs at
341-2199 or [email protected]
PARISH COMMUNAL RITE OF PENANCE
St. Monica will celebrate its Advent Communal Rite
of Penance on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Church.
1st-8th Grade Religious Education classes will meet
as regularly scheduled from 5:15-6:20 p.m. (notice
early release). 9th-12th Grade RE students will go to
Parish Reconciliation.
Mass Schedule Change
Thursday, Nov. 28 - 8 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 29, - 5:30 p.m.
Youth Schedule
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
Christian sympathy is extended to: Jocile
Crocker at the death of her husband, Chester
Crocker.
Sick and Suffering: Joe Brevetti, Mary Nave,
George Wizda, Bobbie Filippo, Georgia Lamirand, Jim
and Janet Hatcher, Lori Ackman, Janice Hardie, Art
Hardie, Jon Soerensen, Victoria Brown, Alex Boyd,
Ruth Charbonneau, Judy Townsend, David Welch,
Charles Neal, Marlena Chenault, Deanna Biddle, Gail
Norris, Micah Calise, Beth Jeffcoat, Luke Smith, Mike
Kenny, Mary Durand, Donna Miner, Fayelene O’Connell, Cadie Doyal, Jacque Lighty, Rita Lawrence, Keaton Barron, John Nichols, Brock Hart, Dick and Peg
Feuerborn, Faye Norton, Anne Foreman, Pat Lenhart, Emilyn Killough, Jeanette Bollman, Lisa
McLaughlin, Debbie Yandell, Laura O’Hara, Doug &
Marla Robinson
St. Monica Seminarians: Kelly Edwards, Jerome
Krug, Tomas Sandoval.
Military Overseas: Steve Reny, J.R. DeLeon,
Daniel Broda, Jacob Seibold, Jeremy Easley, George
Perry Jr.
Communion to the Homebound
If you or someone you know is ill, in the hospital,
homebound or not able to get to Mass because of circumstances beyond their control, call the church office at 359-2700 so a Homebound Communion Minister may bring them Communion.
HIGH SCHOOL
Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. - Ugly Sweater Party with
Bingo, awesome prizes and snacks.
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. - Potato peeling for
Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Meet at St.
John’s. College age students welcome.
Text message updates
send text to: 405-703-6368
with message: @smc2013
JUNIOR HIGH (7TH/8TH GRADE)
Sunday, Nov. 24, 4:30-6 p.m. -Ugly Sweater Party
with Bingo, awesome prizes and snacks.
Text message updates
send text to: 405-703-6868
with message: @jhyg2013
Youth Director - Rev. Cory Stanley - 359-2700
[email protected]
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All men of St. Monica Parish are invited to the new
That Man Is You on Fridays, at 6 a.m. Doors open
for a free light breakfast at 5:30 a.m.
This nationally acclaimed program is open to all
men, regardless of marital status, who are committed
to upholding the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding the sanctity of marriage and family.
This week’s title: The Third Millennium of Families
Join us each week for men’s fellowship with all new
material. For more information contact David
Lassiter at 924-6661 or Jerry Krittenbrink at 3178635.
I don’t usually involve myself in promoting things in the entertainment
industry, however I do encourage
you to go out to the movies and to
see The Christmas Candle. We are
approaching that time of year when
everything is Christmas. Too often
the figure that dominates this time of
year is Santa, almost to the exclusion
of the real focus and the real figure:
Fr. Stephen Christ Jesus and his birth in time as
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our Savior. Thus it is refreshing
that The Christmas Candle tells the
Christian story and is based on faith in Christ and the
practice of virtue. The entertainment industry has a
real power and real influence in our culture. The stories of culture express our values, our hopes, our focus, and what drives us. Telling the story of faith is at
the heart of Jesus' own work and preaching (think of
parables). Telling the story of Jesus is the mission of
the Church. It must be our work too as disciples. Go make disciples! Many good Christians are
seeking to use their talent (in acting, filming, directing,
& producing) to influence the entertainment industry.
But, let’s face it, it is a secular industry and it will take
notice of what makes money. If movies that tell the
Christian story in a positive light are to get any notice
and to be supported in a secular industry then the fact
is there needs to be a statement at the box office. In
other words, we as Christians need to put our money
where our mouth is. Thus, I was happy to help by
giving away free tickets last weekend to the movie’s
opening day. Many of you have already seen The
Christmas Candle. We don’t know how long it will
remain at local theatres. I encourage you to go to the
theatre soon (in the next few days) and help shift the
cultural needle that Hollywood reads by going to see
The Christmas Candle!
This week we observe that particularly American holiday of Thanksgiving. Thankfulness and gratitude.
Could we not say that this holiday speaks to our parish in a particular way as a stewardship parish? Recall
the definition I share for “stewardship:” The Christian steward is a disciple who lives in gratitude
by recognizing and embracing God’s gifts and
sharing them in love of God and of one’s
neighbor. Fostering gratitude is the heart and center for us as disciples of Jesus Christ. We are supremely grateful to God for loving us and sending His
Son to save us. We express that gratitude in the
most special way at Holy Mass, recalling that the term
“Holy Eucharist” uses the very word from Greek
(eucharist) that means “to give thanks.” Every Holy
Mass puts us in touch with the sacrifice of the Cross
and it is our gathering of thanksgiving for salvation.
Seek to foster gratitude in your life as a disciple not
only this Thursday, but every day! Allow that gratitude to motivate you to more generous use of your
time, talent, and treasure. The Lord awaits your generous response in our Adoration Chapel, in service in
any of various ways in our parish activities, and in the
financial gift you offer by tithing. I am grateful for you
and, as spiritual father here, I raise you and your
needs in prayer always to the Father of lights from
whom every good thing comes (cf. James 1:17)!
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Stephen Hamilton
Breakfast with St. Nicholas
is Dec. 8
Plan to attend the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast and have
pictures taken with St. Nicholas on
Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in
the Parish Hall.
EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINES
Dec. 21/22: Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 12
Dec. 28/29: Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 19
Jan. 4/5 : Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 26
November 24, 2013 - 5
Three Great Daytime Studies offered to Adults
The Adult Faith Enrichment Committee is very
pleased to announce that it now offers the entire series of the highly acclaimed Great Adventure Bible
Study Program during the daytime.
The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation
This 24 week study is a fascinating journey through the
entire Bible that goes deep
into each period of salvation
history discovering the amazing story woven throughout
all of Scripture. But don’t let
that sentence scare you away.
It’s the perfect study to really
help you understand how it
all fits together. From its beginning in Genesis through
the coming of Christ and the
establishment of the Catholic
Church—you will see how God’s loving plan for humanity has unfolded, resulting in a greater love for
God and a deeper appreciation for your faith.
Melani Roewe will facilitate this on Tuesday mornings
fro 9:00-10:30 beginning January 7, 2014. Please call
Melani at 282-3140 or Virginia Osgood at 341-7648.
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
This 24 week study was specifically designed to follow
Bible Timeline. Matthew: The King and His Kingdom shows how Jesus builds on
the foundation laid in the Old
Testament to inaugurate the kingdom of heaven on earth.
In Matthew: The King and His
Kingdom, you will
see Jesus as the Son of David, the
Son of Abraham, the new Moses,
the true manna, the new Temple
– and learn what this means for
us today.
This study, facilitated by Virginia
Osgood, will meet on Wednesday afternoons from
1:30-3:00 beginning January 8, 2014
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
The third in the series building on the first two, shows
how Christ's Kingdom on earth is empowered to
carry out his work in the world. The book of Acts
shows the Church, enlivened by the Holy Spirit,
teaching, preaching, healing, and restoring outcasts in
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the same way that Jesus did on earth.
The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Paul’s letters in particular come alive in a new
way when they are read within the context of the
Acts narrative.
This 20 week study, facilitated by Virginia Osgood, will
meet on Wednesday afternoons from 9:45-11:15 beginning January 8, 2014.
For more information on the Matthew or the Acts
series contact Virginia Osgood at 341-7648 or [email protected]
The parish will pay the first $20 of materials cost; the
remaining $20 is to be paid by parishioners except in
hardship. Baby Sitting is available with advance notice
at no charge.
Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano
(CCHD) La Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo
Humano (CCHD) le proporcionara fondos a los grupos que efectúan cambios duraderos y dan aliento a
los pobres en Estados Unidos.
En los últimos cinco años, mas del 36% de las donaciones de CCHD se ha dirigido para mejorar la la
educación, apoyar el desarrollo económico y mejorar
la vivienda en los vecindarios de bajos ingresos.
Ayúdenos a continuar defendiendo la dignidad humana
y a borrar a la pobreza del mapa. Contribuya generosamente a la Colecta de CCHD.
FIESTA DE LA VIRGENCITA
DE GUADALUPE
Jueves , 12 de Diciembre
5:30 am - Mañanitas
( en el atrio de la iglesia)
A continuación, nos reuniremos en el
salón parroquial para el desayuno
6:00 pm – Misa Solemne
Continuando con la fiesta y convivio en el salón parroquial. Por favor taiga su plato favorito, postre,
suficiente para su familia y para compartir
con 10 personas más.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, contacte a Carmen, 359-2700.
Horario de Ministerios 1˚ de diciembre
Proclamadores de la Palabra: Graciela Reyes, Luis Fernando
Escobar
Ministros de Eucaristía: Rudy Huizar, Mayela Paéz
Monaguillos: Miguel Esparza, José Esparza, Cristóbal Jiménez
PREGUNTA DE LA SEMANA
Cristo Rey
Tema: En Cristo, la vida continúa.
Apuntes de la Palabra
Texto sugerido para compartir la fe: El Evangelio de
hoy
Paso uno: Escuchar la Palabra
Al escuchar esta conocida historia de Jesús en la cruz,
¿qué palabras o frases llaman su atención? En esta lectura, qué les toca el corazón? ¿Qué imagen les impacta?
Paso dos: Examinar su vida
Pregunta para los niños: Jesús siempre es bueno con
los que lo aman. ¿Cómo muestran su amor por Jesús?
Pregunta para los jóvenes: Al final, como lo muestra el
Evangelio de hoy, Jesús nunca dejó de perdonar. En tu
vida de joven, ¿qué papel juega el perdón? ¿Cómo has
aprendido a perdonar?
Pregunta para los adultos: A medida que piensan en
Jesús en la cruz, en la compasión que tuvo por el
“buen malhechor”, ¿qué lección sacan de esto para
sus propias vidas?
MENSAJE DE NUESTRO PÁRROCO
Normalmente no me envuelvo en la promoción de los
asuntos de la industria del espectáculo , sin embargo yo
los animo a que vayan al cine a ver la película The Christmas Candle (La Vela de Navidad). Nos acercamos a la época
del año cuando todo es Navidad. Con demasiada frecuencia, la figura que domina esta época del año es Papá Noel,
casi hasta la exclusión de la atención real y la figura real:
Cristo Jesús y su nacimiento como nuestro Salvador.
Por lo tanto, es alentador que The Christmas Candle (La
Vela de Navidad) cuenta la historia cristiana y se basa en la
fe en Cristo y la práctica de la virtud. La industria del entretenimiento tiene un poder real y verdadera influencia en
nuestra cultura. Las historias de la cultura expresan nuestros valores, nuestras esperanzas, nuestra atención, y lo
que nos impulsa. Relatar la historia de la fe está en el corazón del propio trabajo y la predicación de Jesús (piense
en las parábolas). Contar la historia de Jesús es la misión
de la Iglesia. Debe ser nuestro trabajo también como discípulos . ¡Vayan y hagan discípulos!
Muchos buenos cristianos están tratando de usar su talento (en actuar, filmar, dirigir, y producir) influenciando así
en la industria del entretenimiento. Pero, seamos sinceros,
es una industria secular y toman en cuenta lo que genera
dinero. Para que las películas que cuentan la historia cristiana de una manera positiva llamen la atención y sean
apoyadas en una industria secular entonces tiene que tener
público. En otras palabras, nosotros, como cristianos debemos predicar con nuestro ejemplo. Por lo tanto, yo estaba
feliz de regalar entradas el fin de semana pasado para que
vayan a ver esta película. Muchos de ustedes ya han visto
The Christmas Candle (La Vela de Navidad). No sabemos
cuánto tiempo va a permanecer en los teatros locales. ¡Yo
los animo a que vayan al cine pronto (en los próximos
días) y así cambiar el concepto que Hollywood tiene acerca de lo que es realmente importante.
Esta semana observamos la festividad estadounidense el
Día de Acción de Gracias. Agradecimiento y gratitud.
¿Podríamos referirnos que este día de fiesta se dirige a
nuestra parroquia de una manera particular como parroquia de corresponsabilidad? Recordemos la definición
que comparto sobre " corresponsabilidad”: " El
cristiano responsable es un discípulo que vive en
gratitud al reconocer y aceptar los dones de Dios y
compartir en el amor de Dios y del
prójimo.”Fomentar la gratitud es el corazón y el centro
para nosotros como discípulos de Jesucristo. Estamos
sumamente agradecidos a Dios por amarnos y haber enviado a su Hijo para salvarnos. Manifestamos esta gratitud
de la manera más especial en la Santa Misa, recordando
que la palabra " Eucaristía " utiliza la misma palabra del
griego (eucaristía), que significa " dar gracias”. Cada Santa
Misa nos pone en contacto con el sacrificio de la Cruz y es
nuestra reunión de acción de gracias por la salvación.
¡Trate de fomentar la gratitud en su vida como discípulo no
sólo este jueves, pero todos los días! Permita que la gratitud lo motive para ser más generoso con su tiempo, talento y tesoro. El Señor espera su respuesta generosa en
nuestra capilla de Adoración, en el servicio en cualquiera
de las diversas actividades de la parroquia, y en el regalo
financiero ofreciendo su diezmo. ¡Estoy muy agradecido
por usted! Y como padre espiritual, elevo a usted y a sus
necesidades en la oración al Padre de la luz de quien procede todo lo bueno (cf. Santiago 1:17).
Sinceramente en Cristo, Padre Hamilton
Debido al feriado del Día de Acción de Gracias
(Thanksgiving) no nos reuniremos el viernes 29.
Nuestro próxima junta se llevará a cabo el viernes 6 de
diciembre a las 7:00 p.m.
en nuestro salón parroquial
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. This week will be one of the busiest for travel.
Local news channels will broadcast stories about
Thanksgiving meals and also about the poor who will
be served by others. The president will pardon a turkey. Stores will gear up for Black Friday sales and a big
shopping weekend. Financial markets in the United
States will be closed down Thursday and have shortened hours on Friday. The collision of sentiments of
gratitude and crass commercialism on a single weekend can make for a certain incongruence in one's experience of these few days.
As we celebrate the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe, we are presented with a seemingly huge incongruity in the Gospel that is proclaimed
this year. We celebrate a great King, and in our human experience when we hear of a king we think of
fine robes, sumptuous feasts, grand castles, and scores
of courtiers and servants. The Gospel today gives us a
broken man, abandoned by his friends, condemned,
reviled by a criminal, and hanging on a cross. This is
the King we honor today.
Thank God that we can live with a certain amount
of dissonance in our lives. It is what allows us to hold
in balance seemingly contradictory notions, like the
fact that a crucified man is our Lord and King. One of
the criminals crucified with Jesus asks that he be remembered when Jesus comes into his kingdom. That
plea, uttered near the moment of his death, has become a prayer for Christians through the centuries,
because we believe that the death of Jesus was not
the end. We believe that his death was just the beginning, ushering in a new kingdom, and promising a new
life that can be ours if we submit ourselves to the rule
of this universal King. The promise Christ makes to
the repentant thief is the promise he makes to us: we
will be with him in paradise.
Spiritual Book Club
Lighthouse Catholic Media
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is our discussion
book for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the St Michael
Room. This is a book of oral literature, addressed to
the English people as wartime radio broadcasts on the
Christian faith delivered over the air from 1942 to
1944. Lewis seeks "to help us see the religion with
fresh eyes, as a radical faith whose adherents might be
likened to an underground group gathering in a war
zone, a place where evil seems to have the upper
hand, to hear messages of hope from the other
side." (Kathleen Norris, p.xix)
Future reading: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI; The Everlasting Man by
G.K. Chesterton; Not Peace but a Sword by Robert
Spencer. For more information/questions, please call
Ali Howard at 330-6618.
The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for
Human Development (CCHD) provides funding
for groups that make lasting change and uplift the
poor in the United States. In the last five years, over
36% of CCHD’s grants have gone to improving education, supporting economic development, and improving housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us
continue to defend human dignity and take poverty off
the map. Give generously to the CCHD Collection. For more information contact Becky VanPool, Diocesan Director at 405-523-3003.
8 - November 24, 2013
The Joy of Stewardship: Time, Talent, and Treasure by
Fr. John Lanzrath: How is stewardship linked with the
Eucharist as a response of our faith in God for His
many blessings? Father Lanzrath show is how to develop an attitude of gratitude to grow in grace, incorporate a spirituality of stewardship in every aspect of
daily life, and overcome the selfishness that keeps us
from recognizing God's gifts.
Contraception: Cracking the Myth by Dr. Janet
Smith: Professor Smith presents a God-centered view
of sexuality that can bring married couples a joy that
they could never have imagined. Backed by statistics
and armed with decades of research, she show the
crippling effect of the contraceptive culture on our
relationship with God, our marriages, and the culture
at large. CDs and pamphlets are located in the kiosk
on the southside of the Narthex.
The Christmas Candle Movie
The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for
the entire family is based on a book by America’s
most inspiring author, Max Lucado. The Christmas Candle introduces the acting debut of British singing sensation Susan Boyle, alongside an ensemble cast of beloved Hollywood talent.
This classis story of hope is in theaters nationwide.
Movie showings are at AMC Quail Springs and Tinseltown. Watch the trailer at
www.christmascandlemovie.com.
Catholic Charities Thanks Donors
THANK YOU to all who have made their annual
gift to Catholic Charities’ appeal. Your support provides help to more than 15,000 persons in Oklahoma
who depend on Catholic Charities for help. The good
works you do are a sign of your faith, giving hope to
those who seek charity. All whom we serve bless you
with their gratitude at Thanksgiving. It’s not too late
to support Catholic Charities by making a gift to their
Annual Appeal. Please make a gift today by visiting
www.catholiccharitiesok.org/appeal. Brochures and
envelopes are also available at the parish office.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be held
Thursday, December 12. Please join us on this special
day to celebrate and honor Our Holy Mother.
“Mañanitas” (sing along to Our Lady) will take place
at 5:30 a.m. in the Narthex. After “Mañanitas,” hot
Mexican chocolate and “pan dulce” (sweet bread) will
be served in the Parish Hall.
Mass will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the
Church, followed by a potluck dinner and fellowship.
Mariachi music will accompany during the Mass and at
the dinner. Please bring your favorite dish (enough for
10 people). If you have any questions, please contact
Carmen Snow at 359-2700.
Time/Date
Sharon Neal
Tom Peterson
Lectors
A Baptismal Class will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18,
at 7 p.m. in the St. Michael Room. To have your baby
baptized, one must be an active member at St. Monica
for six months. Also those who want to be Godparents must be active Catholics and attend the class.
For more information and to register, contact the
Parish Office at 359-2700.
SUNDAY, Dec. 1
Bill Winters
Michael Widell
Michael Bardrick
Jodie Luxner
Heather Hicks
Natalia Wallace
Greeters
Baptismal Class
SAT Nov. 30
Anita Winters
Tom Luxner
Dan Hufnagel
Melissa Simpson
Don Hoffman
Kathleen Hufnagel
Jennifer Cote
Diane Hoffman
Mike Polito
Michael Melssen
Becky Cooper
Dennis Kunnanz
Jorge Pereira
Jim Carel
Ladine Kunnanz
Kelli Pereira
Joe Brevetti
Cheryl Tran
Caroline Marchel
C.J. Fedor
Long Tran
Carma Reagan
Sue McGinley
Tina Moore
Tanya Niermeier
Keith Cera
Sheryl Lacy
Andy Hoke
Pat Gibson
Regina Lowry
Katie Krug
Mary Alexander
Justin Lowry
Janet Harlan
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Three new members are needed for St. Monica’s
Pastoral Council. The primary function of the pastoral
council is to develop a life-giving vision of the Church,
be a consultative body for the pastor, be pastoral,
prayerful, representative, discerning, cooperative and
collaborative. Council members must represent the
entire St. Monica community and membership is open
to all of Christ’s faithful who are in good standing with
the Roman Catholic Church, are eligible to participate
in the full sacramental life of the church, are registered members of St. Monica Parish and at least 18
years of age. Contact Taylor McGarry at 315-7276 if
interested in serving in this ministry.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS
Altar Boys
St. Monica’s Pastoral Council
Are you Being Called to Serve?
Helen O’Connor Carolyn Womack
Christina Dukeman
E Schultingkemper
Kristin Schwarz
Larry Steichen
Mary Smith
Mary Steichen
Jackie Smith
Beth Goetz
Andrea Gonterman
Need volunteer
Jerry Jackson
Chance Anderson Trevor Moore
Sean Lipps
Brian Bogumil
Wil Hundl
Spencer Ferguson
Austin Sykora
Noah Orel
Drew Hoke
Ciaren Pedulla
Perpetual
Adoration
Families, couples and single persons
are welcome and encouraged to
spend time before the
Blessed Sacrament
To sign up for a Holy Hour,
contact Toni Harrelson at 341-2199
or [email protected]
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