1 S AINT MARY PARISH 11 FIRST STREET GILROY, CA April 26, 2015 PASTORAL STAFF Rev. Robert Brocato, Pastor ~ Rev. Jose Rubio, Parochial Vicar ~ Rev. Vincent Pineda, Parochial Vicar ~ Rev. Mr. Pat Allen, Deacon ~ Rose Barry, Pastoral Associate ~ Hilda Porcella, Pastoral Associate ~ Barbara Zarka, Director of Catechetical Ministry ~ Carlos Barba, Coordinator of Youth & Young Adults ~ Kim Shields, School Principal ~ David Cox, Social Concerns ~ Debbie Pelliccione, Office Manager ~ Rebeca Aldaz, Administrative Assistant ~ Emerita Murillo, Religious Education Secretary ~ PARISH OFFICE HOURS * HORAS DE OFICINA Monday Friday, 9:00 AM 8:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM Sunday Office CLOSED on Sundays. TELEPHONES * Parish Office: Fax: First St. * Parish School: Fax: Church St. * Catechetical Ministry Office: Church St. * St. Joseph s Family Center: Church St. DAILY MASSES Monday Friday: (Lunes a Viernes) 7:15 AM English Lunes a Viernes: (Monday Friday) 12:10 PM (Español) WEEKEND MASSES * MISAS DE FIN DE SEMANA Saturday: 8:30 AM (English) 5:00 PM (Vigil, English) 7:00 PM (Vigil, Español) Sunday: 6:30 AM & 8:00 AM (English) 10:00 AM (Español) 12:00 Noon (English) 5:00 PM (English) 7:00 PM (Español) INFANT BAPTISM * BAUTISMOS Contact the office before or after the child s birth. Preparation should begin at least three month prior to the desired date. Preparation can begin before the birth of the child. Instructions are held every 1st & 2nd Wednesday in English at 7:00 PM. Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only. Venga a la Oficina Parroquial por un folleto de información bautismal y un cuestionario. Haga una cita con el Padre para llenar la solicitud de Bautismo. Las clases son el jueves y viernes da la primera y cuarta semana de cada mes a las 7:00 PM. MARRIAGE * MATRIMONIO Bride & Groom must begin preparation with the priest a minimum of six months prior to intended date of marriage. Los novios deben comunicarse con el padre con seis meses de anticipación a la fecha de su celebración. RECONCILIATION * CONFESIONES Saturday 4:00-4:45 PM or by appointment. Sábados de 4:00 a 4:45 PM ó entre semana con previa cita. A WARM WELCOME TO ALL WHO WORSHIP WITH US Thank you for joining us in prayer and sacrament. Whether you are long-time residents or newly arrived in the Parish, if you are not registered, please complete the information below and place it in the offertory basket or mail it to the Parish Office. Name: Phone: ( ) Last Name Husband Wife Address City Zip New Parishioner Moving (please remove from parish directory) No Sunday Offertory Envelopes at this time New Phone Number New Address Please send Sunday Offertory envelopes
2 Fourth Sunday of Easter SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 15th St. Mary will celebrate our 150th Birthday Party!! Dear brothers and sisters, Often we imagine shepherds as sweet and meek caretakers of the sheep. Maybe it is because our first encounter with the shepherds is through the Nativity story, as they saw the angels and went in haste to adore the Christ Child. In this 4 th Sunday of Easter, we reflect on the image of the Good Shepherd (Jn 10:11-18). Jesus calls himself the good shepherd, and for a good reason. He is the perfect shepherd of the flock, possessing the qualities needed to care for and protect his own. A shepherd must be first, a strong and courageous man. You cannot be a shepherd if you are a weakling. Remember that in the Old Testament, David as a shepherd killed lions as part of his work as a shepherd. Jesus says there are shepherds who run away when the wolf is coming. These are not true shepherds for they fear for their life and expose their flock to danger. Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he knew how to lay down his own life that his sheep may continue to live and live meaningfully. A shepherd must also be gentle to the flock. If the shepherd is hard on the wolf, the shepherd must be close and familiar to his sheep. It is amazing that the sheep really listen to the voice of their shepherd and obey him. Instinctively, they know that the shepherd is their friend. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads the flock. He knows his sheep in a personal way and guides each one according to its need. Today, we have shepherds in the person of people who lead us in the church, in government and in the home. Are our shepherds courageous in defending the sheep? Are our shepherds gentle in leading the weak? Are we those shepherds fashioned after the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ? Easter Blessings, Fr. Vincent Pineda My Dear People, We have received news today that one of our priests, Monsignor Hien Minh Nguyen, has been arrested on charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. The Diocese has been cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation by the Internal Revenue Service into the conduct of Monsignor Hien since October of Any facts in the matter are the part of the investigation, and only the IRS has the authority to make disclosures at a time of its choosing. We do not know when that might be. At the request of the IRS, we have had minimal direct communication with Monsignor Hien. He is on a personal leave of absence, which he requested. I would be grateful if you would keep all involved in your prayers at this time. Sincerely, Bishop McGrath SAVE THE DATE Sunday, June 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate your Wedding Anniversary in Jubilee Style! Join us for a Special Mass celebrating the sacredness of marriage and expressing our gratitude for the growth of your marriages through the years. All couples celebrating any anniversaries in 2015 are welcome. The celebration will include vow renewal and a reception following the Special Mass. Call the Parish Office to Register. THANK YOU ST. MARY S!!! The Sacrificial Giving subcommittee of the Pastoral Council has taken your very generous donations and made the following distributions recently. This money ($22,000) represents 4 months of Sacrificial Giving collections. $1000 to the Gilroy Youth Task Force. $3000 to the Learning and Loving Education Center for program assistance. $3000 to Informed Choices (formerly the South Valley Pregnancy Center) for purchase of an ultrasound machine. $3000 to the English Youth Group for scholarships to LA Congress and the Tahoe Youth retreat. $4000 to the Soladados de Cristo (Hispanic Youth Group) for scholarships to LA Congress and materials for the 2015 Passion Play. $8000 to the 2015 Mexico Mission for rental vans. We will be looking to make another distribution later this year. As always, the Sacrificial Giving subcommittee welcomes your thoughts and suggestions for organizations to receive donations. You can send your nominations to Cat Tucker at Fernando Lopez at or Kathy Dockendorf at
3 Cuarto Domingo de Pascua ~ 26 de Abril, 2015 Queridos hermanos y hermanas, A menudo nos imaginamos a pastores, como dulces y mansos cuidadores de las ovejas. Tal vez es porque nuestro primer encuentro con los pastores es a través de la historia de Navidad, ya que al ver a los ángeles se fueron de prisa a adorar al Niño Jesús. En este 4o domingo de Pascua, nos vemos reflejados en la imagen del Buen Pastor (Juan 10:11-18). Jesucristo se llama a sí mismo el buen pastor, y por una buena razón. Él es el pastor perfecto de el rebaño, que posee las cualidades necesarias para cuidar y protegerlo como si fuera propio. Un pastor debe ser en primer lugar, un hombre fuerte y valiente. Usted no puede ser el pastor si es débil. Recuerde que, en el Antiguo Testamento, como el pastor David mató a leones como parte de su labor como pastor. Jesús dice que hay pastores que huyen cuando el lobo está a punto de llegar. Estos no son verdaderos pastores para que teman por su vida y exponen a su rebaño al peligro. Jesús es el Buen Pastor porque sabía cómo entregar su propia vida a fin de que las ovejas pudieran seguir viviendo y vivir con significado. Un pastor también debe ser suave con su rebaño. Si el pastor es muy duro con el lobo, el pastor debe estar cerca y conocer a sus ovejas. Es sorprendente que las ovejas realmente escuchan la voz de su pastor y le obedecen. Instintivamente, ellas saben que el pastor es su amigo. Jesús es el Buen Pastor que conduce al rebaño. Él conoce a sus ovejas de un modo personal y guía a cada una según su necesidad. Hoy en día, tenemos pastores en la persona de las personas que nos llevan a la iglesia, en el gobierno y en el hogar. Son nuestros pastores valientes a la hora de defender a las ovejas? Son nuestros pastores suaves al conducir a los débiles? Somos los pastores que modelamos al corazón de nuestro Señor Jesucristo? Bendiciones de Pascua, Padre Vincent Pineda Mis Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo, Hoy hemos recibido noticias que uno de nuestros sacerdotes, Monseñor Hien Minh Hguyen, ha sido arrestado por cargos de fraude bancario y evasión fiscal. La Diócesis ha estado cooperando con una investigación criminal en curso por el Internal Revenue Service sobre la conducta de Monseñor Hien desde octubre del Cualesquier hechos en el asunto son parte de la investigación, y solo en IRS tiene la autoridad para hacer revelaciones en un momento de su elección. No sabemos cuando podría ocurrir. A petición del IRS, hemos tenido comunicación directa mínima con Monseñor Hien. El esta en una licencia personal, la cual el pidió. Les agradeceré si pueden tener presentes en sus oraciones a todos los involucrados. Atentamente, Obispo McGrath es damos a todos la más cálida L bienvenida y nos alegramos con los que nos visitan y se unen con nosotros en la celebración de la Eucaristía este fin de semana. Si usted es nuevo en esta Comunidad Parroquial, le invitamos a llenar la forma incluida en este boletín y le enviaremos por correo el paquete de membresía. LOS CINCO UNOS PARA SEGUIR A JESÚS La fe cristiana siempre es un viaje. Cómo desarrollar la fuerza necesaria para seguir avanzando y creciendo, cada vez más abiertos a las inspiraciones del Espíritu? Todos los miembros de Santa María son alentados para que se comprometan con una disciplina básica llamada los "Cinco Unos." Una hora a la semana en la oración Una hora a la semana con la Escritura Una hora a la semana estudiar algún aspecto de la fe o la espiritualidad Una hora a la semana en el servicio a los menos afortunados en nuestra comunidad, y en agradecimiento por todo lo que Dios nos ha dado, Una hora de pago en el Ofertorio cada fin de semana Tomemos el compromiso de caminar juntos, a partir de lo básico. Para muchos de nosotros será una decisión en tomar en serio el discipulado por primera vez. Será abrirnos a la gracia de poner nuestras historias únicas, nuestro tiempo, energías y recursos al servicio de lo que Dios está soñando aquí en Santa María! LECTURAS PARA LA PRÓXIMA SEMANA Quinto Domingo de Pascua Abril 26, 2015 Hechos de los Apóstoles 4: Juan 3:1-2 Juan 10:11-18
4 Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 26, 2015 LITURGY ICE CREAM SOCIAL FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 1PM-4PM SERRA COTTAGE (small building on Church St.) REUNION CON HELADOS PARA ESTUDIANTES EN LA HIGH SCHOOL DOMINGO 17 DE MAYO, 1PM-4PM SERRA COTTAGE (edificio por la calle Church) This wonderful Easter season is the time we celebrate the sacraments of initiation all 50 days of Easter. We prepare during the week and celebrate sacraments on the weekends. What are the sacraments of initiation? Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist / Communion. In the early church, these were celebrated all together, as we do at the Easter Vigil, and the celebrations happened only after lengthy preparation. The early church was an underground, persecuted church. It required great courage to take or give instruction, formation, toward becoming a member of the Way the name of the early church. Modern inquirers have a much shorter, less dangerous road to travel toward initiation, at least in this country. In addition to our great celebration at the Vigil, we begin baptizing infants after our long, dry Lent (no baptisms). May is our month of first communions, so every weekend is full of this great joy as we share the Body and Blood of Christ with our youngsters. Then on May 2nd we celebrate Confirmation with 102 teens who have been preparing for two years for this moment of becoming fully initiated Catholics. All the preparation work of the teams comes to fruition in this glorious season! Join in the joy! Rose Barry, Pastoral Associate MORNING MASS A steady group of people enjoyed praying Mass M-F at 8:30 a.m. during Lent. They so appreciated the time that they have lobbied to make this permanent. Your pastoral staff has decided against this for these reasons: history indicates that the worshippers of Lent soon dwindles to 3-4; we currently have only one daily Spanish Mass and to add a second English Mass would be unjust; three daily Masses makes the church less available for the 3-4 weekly (average) funerals we hold. On a spiritual exhaustion note, if a priest has two daily Masses scheduled, then has a funeral Mass, three Masses in one day can spiritually drain our priests. On a traffic-flow note, the traffic for the 8:30 a.m. Mass conflicts with the incoming school traffic. A NEW CLOTHING RESOURCE Life Advocates (LA) is a support organization for pregnant women, especially those with very limited financial resources. One service they provide is gently used baby and mom clothing and baby equipment. The first clothing distribution will be on May 15th. You can help. Do you know a young mom or mom-to-be with a stressed-out budget? Perhaps you could refer her to LA. Have your children outgrown those adorable baby clothes? Perhaps you would donate them to LA. Would you like to help with the distribution? Volunteers, especially Spanish-speaking, are very welcome. Call LA at or stop by: 1335 First Street, Suite E, Gilroy. WEEKEND LITURGY QUESTIONS/COMMENTS 1. It may not seem like much of a compliment to be compared to a sheep. Most of us view sheep as dumb, unthinking (and smelly!) animals. But sheep are also faithful: they know their shepherd and trust him to bring them safely to their destination. 2. Jesus, our spiritual shepherd, promises to lead us to the kingdom of God, even if it means laying down his life for us. 3. Do we trust Jesus to lead us to safety? How have we demonstrated that faith to our friends and family?
5 Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 26, 2015 ST. MARY SCHOOL OFFICE: (408) OPENING IN SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL St. Mary School is seeking a parishioner to serve on St. Mary School s School Advisory Council or SAC. The Board meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The School Advisory Council is a consultative body that assists in the formation of educational policy and in the financial administration of the school. Its function and duties include: Create better understanding and support of Catholic education and recommend policies governing the operation of the school to the School Administration and Pastor. Final decision-making rests with the Principal and Pastor. If you are interested in serving on the School Advisory Council, please contact Principal Kim Shields at MEN S CLUB SPAGHETTI DINNER St. Mary School Men s Club will host its Bi-Annual Spaghetti Dinner on May 1st, celebrating 53 continuous years of serving dinners to raise money for St. Mary School and its after school sports programs. Dinner will be served in the school gym, 15 First St. Take out service begins at 4:30 p.m. and the sit down dinner is served from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors and children age 15 and younger. Proceeds benefit St. Mary School programs, including the after-school sports program and Endowment Fund. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the school or that evening at the door. The dinner features spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, drinks and dessert. A benefit drawing will take place throughout the evening for great prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the school at or visit at 7900 Church St. Tickets also may be purchased from a St. Mary School SV GIVES For the second year, the Gilroy Foundation is teaming up with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour online Day of Giving. On May 5th, families and friends of St. Mary School will be able to give to SMS by visiting Last year, St. Mary School raised $1,015 during SV Gives. Thank you for your generous gifts last year. We respectfully ask that you consider giving again this year. Every gift helps us carry out our mission of providing a quality Catholic education for our students and helping them to become caring and responsible citizens, active learners and persons of faith. To give to St. Mary School, visit on May 5th. Click on Silicon Valley Gives then click on Donate next to St. Mary School Development Foundation Fund. Thank you for your support! ST. MARY SCHOOL SIMPLY THE BEST! Are you seeking a quality Catholic education for your 4-year-old? St. Mary School has several openings in its Transitional Kindergarten program for the school year. Please come visit St. Mary School to learn more about our wonderful program. Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2015 and potty trained. To schedule a campus tour, please call Applications are available in the School Office at 7900 Church St. or at For more information, visit or call Emily Morris, St. Mary School Admissions Director, at RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (408) RELIGIOUS EDUCATION The last days of our classes are this week. We look forward to having our families return in September!!! How can you best continue your child's spiritual education at home? Come as a family to Mass each week and talk about the Gospel to your children!! Keep the Gospel alive to your children and share how Jesus is a vital part in your family life. Spend time looking over their books that they worked on this year. We want our families to have a wonderful summer break and we look forward, again, to seeing you at Mass. Closing Mass Every year our Religious Education Program ends the year with a closing Mass for all of our families. This closing celebration will be on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. It is our hope that many of our families will join us for this end of the year Liturgy. This is a wonderful way for the children to end the year. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION First Eucharist Celebrations will begin in the Month of May. Our first celebration will be on Saturday, May 9th at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will have four more Mass celebrations on the following weekends: Saturday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 17th at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please pray for these children and their families as they come into a deeper relationship with Jesus by participating in the Feast of our Lord!! RCIA=RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS/CHILDREN CIC Baptisms: For the past two years, six children and their parents have been preparing for their child's full initiation into the Church. On Sunday, May 3rd at the 8:00 a.m. Mass and the 12:00 p.m. Mass, these children will be baptized, celebrate First Eucharist, and Confirmation. We are happy for these families and pray that their relationship with God has grown and will continue to grow for the rest of their lives!!
6 Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 26, 2015 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONFIRMATION YR. I & II Our Year II Candidates are celebrating the Continuing Conversion Rite at all Masses this weekend, April 25th and 26th. Please keep our Year II Candidates in your prayers this weekend as they are in the last remaining days before the celebration of their Confirmation on Saturday, May 2nd. We will welcome Bishop McGrath as he will be here to celebrate Confirmation with our Year II Candidates. We will have two Liturgies with our Bishop. The First Liturgy will be at 10:00 a.m. and the second Liturgy will be at 2:00 p.m. Any Year II Candidate that was not able to attend the retreat is REQUIRED to attend the Year I Afternoon of Reflection, TODAY, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the Common Room of St. Francis Center. The Reflection Afternoon will end after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Please call Barbara in the Religious Education Office for more information and if you have questions. NEXT SUNDAY S READINGS Fifth Sunday of Easter May 3, 2015 Acts of the Apostles 9: John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 APRIL 19, 2015 Weekly Goal $ 20,000 Actual $ 20,631 Thank you for sharing God s gifts, just as God has shared them with You! PRAYERS FOR THE SICK OREMOS POR LOS ENFERMOS We offer our prayers for the ill from our community. Please keep them in your prayers. O Heavenly Father, healer of all, source of all goodness. We thank you for the good health these people enjoyed before. We thank you for bringing comfort and solace to these who now suffer and who desire our prayers: Ofrecemos nuestras oraciones por los enfermos de nuestra comunidad. Por favor mantengan a estas personas en sus oraciones diarias. Señor concede a tus hijos tu protección y gracia. Concédeles la salud de cuerpo y mente y un perfecto amor por Ti y por los demás. Y concédeles estar confiados a tu misericordia. Rhonda Nelson, Jovita Chavarria, Evette Chavarria, Claudia Jewel Alosi, Paul Cova, Baltazar Santiago, Stella Arde, Oscar La Garda, Rolando Vergara, Vanessa Bernal, Monica Gonzalez, Maria Lopez Rodriguez Jesus Chavez & Lidia Chavez. A P R I L M A Y (A) Anniversary of Death (MM) Months Mind (B) Birthday MASSES FOR THE WEEK An offering to the work of the Parish has been made in memory of, or on behalf of, these persons who are hereby included in the special prayers of our community at our daily Masses this week. Mon 27 7:15am Carmen B. Castro Fay Lachica 12:10pm Perfecta Zarza (A) Moise Garcia Uriel Tues 28 7:15am Filomena Rocha (B) 12:10pm Apolonia Ramos de Torres Valentin & Mario Alcantar (B) (Living) Wed 29 7:15am Ken Vick Anna Cortes 12:10pm Jorge Pablo Sergio Mendoza Thu 30 7:15am Sylvia Hayton (A) Sanchez & Clark Family 12:10pm Alberto Sanchez Dora Martha Gutierrez Fri 01 7:15am Manuel & Filomena Rocha Victoriano & Cruz Castañeda 12:10pm Sarah Lopez Camacho Maria Madril Sat 02 8:30am Federico Zavala Perez (B) Maria Madrigal Sanchez The Priests of the Parish celebrate Sunday Eucharist for the intentions of all the Parish. Please pray for the ill of the Parish and for the recently deceased Debra Smith, Otilio Jacoba, Jay Morlow, Constantino Alfonso, Carolina Arrieta, Martin Duenas and Fay Lachia.
7 St. Mary Parish Gilroy # Bulletin Editors: Rebeca Aldaz, Debbie Pelliccione & Rose Barry Bulletin: April 26, 2015