Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
AWAIT & Prepare !
Prayer Services at 5 pm in the Chapel on the Sundays of Advent
for December 14th. On that day, there will be a
Festival of Prayer and Carols at 7 pm in the Church.
Sunday of Advent—Gaudete (“Rejoice”)
The story is told about a
young man coming out from the Mass in a Church one day. The priest
pulled him aside and said: “My child, you need
to join the army of the Lord!” the young man answered. “I’m
already in the Army of the Lord, Father.”
“How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and at Easter?” the
priest asked. “I’m in the Secret Service, Father,” he
whispered in reply.
Advent is a time of preparation
for the coming of the Lord: His coming to us sacramentally at Christmas,
His coming to us individually at the
end of our lives and His coming to us collectively at the end of time.
That is why in the First Sunday of Advent, we talked about preparation
by being watchful because we do not know when Christ will come again,
in other words, the key word in this First Sunday of Advent was the word
W-A-T-C-H or let us watch our Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character and
Heart. In the Second Sunday, we also talked about how to prepare and
be watchful and that is preparing the way of the Lord by way of repentance.
Today’s, Third Sunday of Advent talks about Christ’s Coming
or His presence among us especially nowadays.
The reason why, nowadays,
we could not recognize Jesus as our Lord and Messiah, it is because
like the Jews in Jesus’ time, we have definite
ideas that Messiah would suddenly descend from heaven. So when finally
Jesus came, born of a woman like every other person, they could not recognize
Him. He was too ordinary and too unimpressive. In our case, when we celebrate
Christmas too it seems that we celebrate Christmas without Christ. What
pervades more is the spirit of commercialism that robs away the real
meaning of Christmas.
As Christians, actually, we
may recognize the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, in the Eucharist and
other Sacraments, in Word and many more. We may
also recognize Him in our fellow human being especially among the poor,
the marginalized, those who have no voice in the society for whom Jesus
said: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you did this
to me,” (Matt 25:40).
Fr. Henry Rebello SAC
"Festival of Lessons & Carols" Sunday
- December 14 7:00 p.m. in Church
Join us in a special evening of readings, music, prayer and reflections
as we prepare ourselves for Christmas.
Discover the Big Picture of the
And How To Live It—(Brought to you by the Evangelization Committee)
SYMBOLON continues today, Sunday
When: Sundays @10:15 a.m., between the Masses.
Where: The Rectory Meeting
Room—enter through the Altar Servers’ Sacristy
Parish members have been asking for some kind of follow up after Alpha
and the Catholicism series. Just such a resource has become available
to the Evangelization Committee, and it is shown here at St. Valentine.
Symbolon: The Catholic Faith
Explained opens up the “big picture” of
the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate
it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and state-of-the-art
video, author, speaker and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of
dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of
the Catholic faith.
On Christmas we take a special collection, and this collection is different
from all of the other collections during the year. As you know we get
to keep 100% of this collection whereas we only keep 93% of the regular
collection. This creates a wonderful opportunity for each of you, and
you will get the biggest bang for your buck. You can serve and honor
God with a special gift for the Christmas collection, and I ask you to
be as generous as your situation allows. Know for sure that every dollar
you contribute will be used for the good and betterment of St. Valentine
Parish community. Thank you in advance.
Along with St. Paul I would say, I thank God for you all the time, for
your faithfulness, generosity, kindness and love.
The third grade would like to invite everyone to the children's mass
on Christmas Eve. They have been working hard in preparation of their
performance of the Nativity Play. Join us as we walk you through the
events that surround the coming of Jesus. Mass starts at 4:00
p.m. on December 24th. We hope to see you there!
8th graders attended their Confirmation Retreat at Marianhill this
Fr. Socorro will
be on a vacation to India starting from November 9th 2014. He will
also take part in the solemn public exposition of
the relics of St Francis Xavier, which are kept in a silver casket
at the Basilica of Bom (Infant) Jesus in Old Goa, India. He will be
back on December 4th 2014. Let us pray for his safe trip. As announced
Monday and Tuesday daily Mass will be at OLL and Thursday and
Friday at St. Valentine. All masses start at 8:30 a.m.
The third graders in our Faith Formation program decorated pumpkins
for the church last week. Take some time this weekend to read the
sayings on the pumpkins. Thank you to Mrs. Joan Ricotta and Mrs.
Amy Davis for their inspirational messages.
The St. Valentine Women's Club met and assembled Pillow
Cases for Angels Place. Please be sure to join us next month, November
19th when we welcome Akroyd's Bakery to our meeting.