1 S AINT MARY PARISH 11 FIRST STREET GILROY, CA February 8, 2009 PASTORAL STAFF Rev. Daniel Derry, Pastor Rev. Hugo Rojas, Parochial Vicar Rev. Tadeusz Terembula, Parochial Vicar Rev. Mr. Pat Allen, Deacon Rose Barry, Director of Liturgy Hilda Porcella, Pastoral Associate Barbara Zarka, Director of Catechetical Ministry Christa Hanson, School Principal David Cox, Social Concerns Becki McLoughlin, Music Director Debbie Pelliccione, Office Manager Rebeca Aldaz, Administrative Assistant PARISH OFFICE HOURS * HORAS DE OFICINA Monday Friday, 9:00 AM 8:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON TELEPHONES Parish Office Fax Parish School Fax Catechetical Ministries Office: Church Street St. Joseph s Family Center: Church Street RECONCILIATION * CONFESIONES Saturday 4:00 4:45 PM or by appointment. Sábados de 4:00 a 4:45 PM o entre semana con previa cita. Weekday: Saturday: Sunday: MASSES 7:15 AM 12:10 PM (Wednesday only in Spanish) 8:30 AM 5:00 PM (Vigil, English) 6:30 PM (Vigil, Español) 7:00 AM & 8:15 AM (English) 9:45 AM (Español) 11:30 AM (English) 5:00 PM (English) 6:30 PM (Español) LENT DAILY MASS SCHEDULE: From Wednesday, Feb 25th to Wednesday, April 8th daily Mass will be 6:30 a.m. INFANT BAPTISM * BAUTISMOS Contact the office before or after the child s birth. Preparation should begin at least one 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 7:30 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. 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 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Dear Parishioners, Not longer than three weeks ago we witnessed the new RCIA Catechumens and Candidates being blessed by their sponsors during the Holy Eucharist. The following Monday evening our RCIA group gathered together and we had a sharing about how each of those who blessed and those being blessed felt at this particular moment in time. There is no need to mention that everyone perceived this moment as a special one and while listening to the testimony of our Candidates and their Sponsors I recalled being blessed by my parents after the Ordination before my first Mass in my home town. This was for me a very powerful experience as it was on that Sunday for our RCIA Candidates. Not to forget the importance of a blessing in our lives, I decided to reflect on it and share with you some thoughts. So, what is a blessing? According to Wikipedia, a blessing is the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one s hopes. Well, it is a good definition but I would go further and say that a blessing is a word which is meant to give us something. It is kind of a divine feeling which is given to loved ones. It is a feeling of protection, progress and immunity from anything bad in this universe. It is a faith which is given to the near or dear ones which cannot be bought with money or any tangible assets. There are many blessings in different languages in different countries across the planet but the ultimate reason of the blessing is to live a happy life. If we look at all religions we will find that they have their own teaching about blessing, and people who profess no religion at all nevertheless come up with ways to wish one another well a and desire that good things all happen. In Biblical terms a word that stands for blessing can be traced back to Abraham who among other things was told that I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12, 2-3). What a wonderful scripture passage! The New Testament tells us that we, followers of Jesus, are counted as spiritual descendants of Abraham. This might not sound like terrific news, but it actually should because it reassures us that God s blessing has been bestowed upon us. Now, sadly the word blessing has lost some of its importance and energy nowadays and I become aware of that every time I see people leaving the Church before the Mass is completely over. I know we are rushing to other things. but we need to remember that the Greek word for blessing means a good word, a word that is and does us good and not just one that sounds nice. A blessing has the idea of enabling and empowering a person, of propelling them forward into their future. It is important that a blessing is spoken aloud. Unlike prayers, which, if we prefer, can be just internal and shared only with God, a blessing needs to be spoken to or spoken over a person. Throughout the Bible, the power of the spoken word for good and for ill is emphasized. And it is necessary to remember that God speaking is a powerful thing. When He speaks something, it comes to pass. In Genesis He spoke and there was light. He spoke again and the heavens were formed and so on through the creation story. When God speaks, things happen. His word is powerful and will always accomplish the purpose He speaks it for because He said: From my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return (Isaiah 45, 23). Therefore words of blessing we speak are not empty noises but are powerful and significant. The Church has been given the gift of pronouncing God s blessing and by virtue of our baptism all of us have become messengers of the One who is the Source of all blessings. I therefore have watched the sponsors blessing our RCIA candidates with delight because once again I became aware that this blessing was something they put into their souls, by word or act, that continually will help them grow more beautiful like a very long-term fertilizer. Deep in my heart I am convinced that if you bless someone well, they will remember your gift for years and years. Much later in our lives the blessings we have received will still be influencing us to grow more into a more whole and wonderful person. I wish all of us that we remember the power of blessing and exercise it by using every opportunity to bless those who are dear to us. Fr. Tad ASH WEDNESDAY On Ash Wednesday, February 25th, Masses and Liturgy of the Word are scheduled at the following times: 6:30 a.m. English Mass 3:00 p.m. Eng. Liturgy of the Word 9:00 a.m. English Mass 5:00 p.m. Sp. Liturgy of the Word 12:10 p.m. Spanish 6:30 p.m. English Mass 8:00 p.m. Spanish Mass Ashes will be blessed and distributed during these Masses and will not be available before or after the Masses except for those who are homebound or hospitalized. We are grateful to the ministers who will be administering ashes to these parishioners. ASH WEDNESDAY IS A DAY OF FAST This law binds those who are years old. On this day, one full meatless meal may be eaten. Two other meatless meals may also be taken sufficient to maintain strength, but together they should not equal a full meal. Liquids, including milk and fruit juices may be taken between meals. If health or ability to work are affected, the law does not oblige. NEXT SUNDAY S READINGS Sixth Sunday in O. T. February 15, st - Leviticus 13:1-2, nd -1 Corinthians 10:31 11:1 Gospel Mark 1:40-45 WEEKLY COLLECTION REPORT February 1, 2009 Weekly Goal $ 21,000 Actual $ 17,675 Rel Ed & Charity $ 3,382 Thank you for sharing God s gifts, Just as God has shared them with You!
3 Quinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario ~ 8 de Febrero, 2009 Queridos amigos, hoy nos toca comentar el Evangelio según San Marcos, 1, La actitud de Jesús frente a la suegra de Simón presenta caracteres absolutamente nuevos. El Evangelio nos dice que Jesús se acercó, la cogió de la mano y la levantó. Se le pasó la fiebre y se puso a servirles. En primer lugar, aclaremos que era un rabino, rabinos eran los maestros de religión que enseñaban y comentaban las enseñanzas de los profetas y la ley de Dios. Ahora bien, en la época de Jesús un rabino nunca se habría dignado acercarse a una mujer, menos aún cogerla de la mano para devolverle la salud. Pero, sobre todo, un rabino no se habría dejado nunca servir por una mujer. Jesús hizo todo lo contrario, y no solamente pone en cuestión estas reglas de los rabinos, sino que invierte todos los presupuestos de las relaciones sociales, dando al "servicio" un nuevo estilo y un nuevo contenido. El "servicio" era, a los ojos de algunas culturas antiguas, una cosa indigna. Dominar, no servir: esto era lo característico de un ser humano. Por el contrario, en la vida y doctrina de Jesús el concepto de servicio se basa en el amor al prójimo, elemento central de la actitud moral que Dios nos pide. El acto de Jesús es profundamente innovador, en cuanto que, en su valoración moral, ha invertido la relación entre "servir" y "hacerse servir:" El mismo más tarde dirá "el Hijo del hombre no ha venido para hacerse servir, sino para servir" (10, 45). Así el servicio ejercido por la suegra de Simón inicia un nuevo estilo en las relaciones humanas. Finalmente, el Evangelio también nos cuenta que Llegado el atardecer, puesto ya el sol, le llevaron a todos los enfermos y endemoniados y toda la ciudad se reunió a la puerta; curó a muchos pacientes de diversas enfermedades y echó muchos demonios. La persona y presencia de Jesús libera del mal, de todo mal, de todo lo que hace daño: ya sea pecado, enfermedad, mal moral y mal físico, mal espiritual. Que Dios los bendiga! ORACIONES PARA LOS ENFERMOS Últimamente hemos tenido una lista muy grande para orar por los enfermos de nuestra comunidad. Para poder mencionar a todos con mas eficiencia, lo que haremos de hoy en adelante es mencionar sus nombres solo un fin se semana y después los pondremos en el boletín. Gracias por su paciencia y bendiciones! Padre Hugo Rojas ACTIVIDADES DE CUARESMA En preparación para el Miércoles de Ceniza limpiaremos y decoraremos la Iglesia el 24 de Febrero de 9:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. si te gustaría ayudar aquí te esperamos. También necesitamos ayuda para planear la Obra de la Pasión de Cristo. Las practicas empiezan el 15 de Febrero de 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. en la Iglesia HORARIO PARA EL COMIENZO DE LA CUARESMA El Miércoles de Cenizas es el, 25 de Febrero y es el comienzo de el Tiempo Cuaresmal. El Horarios de Misas serán las siguientes: 12:10 p.m. Misa en Español con imposición de las Cenizas. 5:00 p.m. Liturgia de La Palabra en Español con imposición de las Cenizas. 8:00 p.m. Misa en Español con imposición de las Cenizas. Las cenizas solo se impondrán durante la Celebración de Misa, a menos que sea para un enfermo que no pueda asistir a la celebración. 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. RECEMOS EL SANTO ROSARIO Te invitamos a rezar el Santo Rosario, todos los Viernes a las 6:30 de la tarde enfrente de la Imagen de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Fortalezcamos nuestra oración en comunidad. Ven, te esperamos!! LECTURAS PARA LA PRÓXIMA SEMANA Sexto Domingo del T. O. Febrero 15, 2009 Levítico 13:1-2, Corintios 10:31 11:1 Marcos 1:40-45
4 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 8, 2009 In God s economy, The meek get the earth, and the Will be First! YG (Youth Group) Meeting after 5:00 p.m. Mass in the St. Francis Center, Common Room. Who do you serve? ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL FIRST REPORT After the first week of this year s Annual Diocesan Appeal, the figures look like this: $23,035 has been pledged toward our $187,110 goal. Thank you to all who have remembered to bring your pledge envelope or filled one out after Mass last week. Additional pledge brochures and envelopes are available at the doors of the Church and in the Parish Office. Thank you for your participation and consideration. MINI-LENT RETREAT Experience Healing of Memories & a Forgiving Heart, a Saturday morning miniretreat at the beginning of Lent, Feb. 28th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon in the Chapel. Conducted by Anne Juri, M.A., MFT, Catholic Marriage and Family Therapist. Music led by Beverly Blount. Individual prayer and brief counseling sessions will be available during the afternoon. A Love Offering will be received. Sponsored by the Gilroy-Morgan Hill Chapter of Christians in Commerce for women and men of all denominations. For more information call Leila Osler at 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 a 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. Geraldine Young, Mabel Gomez, Jose Montes, Connor Williamson, Edwin Colmer, Alex Sheffield, Ernie Angulo, Gelasio Avendaño, Dominic Loperena, Lizzie Strong, Bill Tomlin, June Evans, Javier Bolaños, Rigoberto Godinez, Jackie Beldon, Daniel Sanchez, Mariah Ball, Peggy Fry, Gilbert Vasquez, Becky Kaiser, Jerry Navarro, Gladys Keller, Marsha Velasco, Martha Sanchez, Marcia Linden, Charlotte Cimino, Tracy Bedwell, Baltazar Haro, Mary Silva, Phillip Gutierrez III, Remedios Jimenez, Caley Camarillo, Teresa Benavidez, Jose Rangel, Rosa Quiñones, Sue Sommer, Leonila Gutierrez, Jesse Hernandez, Jesse C. Suarez, Edna Monzon, Rebecca Costanza, Matthew Brown, Dan & Teresa Kuhn, Beverly Kludt & Alissa Sandoval. F E B R U A R 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 09 7:15 am Robert Porter, Jr. (A) Romeo Bunag (B) Tues 10 7:15 am Maria del Carmen Muñoz Living and Deceased Member of Catholic Ladies Aide Society Wed 11 7:15 am Olga Graham (A) Angel Aguila 12:10 pm Jose Juan Narvaez Judith Echauni (A) Thu 12 7:15 am Jane Sanchez (A) Vincent Sanchez Fri 13 7:15 am Maria Luz Razo Living and Deceased Members of Italian Catholic Federation Sat 14 8:30 am Norman and Betty Blake (A) Hermelinda Moreno (A) 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.
5 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 8, 2009 ST. MARY SCHOOL OFFICE: (408) WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ACADEMIC DECATHLETES Ten students from Grades 6, 7, and 8 are preparing to participate in the Diocese of San Jose Academic Junior High Decathlon, which will be held on March 7 at St. Francis High School. The Decathlon consists of eight individual events: Religion (Brittney Souza); Math (Kathryn McGill); English (Kristen Dennis); Literature (Clara Kennedy); Social Studies (Drew Gipson); Science (Andrew Blankley); Current Events (Anna Reeves); Fine Arts (Alyssa Zoppi); and two team events: a Logic Quiz and a Super Quiz (which includes questions about the novel Bud, Not Buddy, the Gospel of John, artist Claude Monet, Muscles, and American Civil Rights). Tricia Phillips and Mariah Garcia (not pictured) are also on the team and will participate in the LogicQuiz and Super Quiz. REGISTRATION FOR Registration for St. Mary School will take place in the gym on Saturday, February 28th at 9:00 a.m. Please visit the school s website or phone the School Office at for additional information or to be added to our mailing list. RACIAL NONDISCRIMINATORY PLICY AS TO STUDENTS: ST. MARY SCHOOL does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in the admission of students, the administration of educational policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY St. Mary School invites the community to its upcoming BLUE & WHITE AUCTION, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." The event, which will be held on March 7, is the school's main fundraiser. Tickets cost $50 and include a barbecue dinner, drinks, dessert, silent and live auction, music, dancing, and a chance to socialize with St. Mary families. The auction is a wonderful way to celebrate the community. Auction coordinators are seeking donations, auction sponsors, and advertisers for the auction catalog. Donations may be tax deductible. For more information about how to donate to the auction or for tickets, contact Catherine Lowney at St. Mary School at or 17 TH ANNUAL ALUMNI BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, SATURDAY, MARCH 21, Teams, 1 Annual Tournament makes for one day of fun and family to celebrate St. Mary School! Get a team together and call Frank Campanella (SMS Class of 63), or Vicki Campanella, Development Director, Deadline to sign up is March 9 th! RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (408) RELIGIOUS EDUCATION There will be NO Religious Education Classes on February 15, 16, 17 due to the President's Day weekend and the Gilroy Unified School District Winter Break. Please be sure not to send your children to classes and mark these dates. Jr. High students will meet on Thursday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Common Room of St. Francis Center for classes. Jr. High students will be assessed for the Diocese on February 12th. Please be sure that your child attends class. CONFIRMATION II Confirmation Candidates in Year II will meet today in the Common Room of St. Francis Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Large Group session will end AFTER the 11:30 a.m. Mass. All candidates are required to attend Mass as a community. SACRAMENTAL PREP The next First Eucharist Parent Preparation Session will be held on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym of St. Mary School. Please call Barbara in the Catechetical Ministry Office if you are not able to attend the Parent Session. Children should have completed Chapter 1 of the Eucharist Preparation Book. Books are available for purchase at the parent sessions.
6 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 8, 2009 DONUT DAY! Next Sunday, February 15th, is Donut Day or Friendship Sunday. It will be sponsored by our Filipino-American Association. Stop by the gym after Mass to enjoy treats and conversation. Learn more about one of our Parish cultural groups. FLOWERS Many thanks to the Church Ladies who donated the gorgeous flower arrangements this weekend, honoring Sue Fink. If you wish to honor someone with a gift of flowers, you may use the flower donation envelopes near the front door of the Church, bring flower donations to Church, or contact Rose at the Parish Office. Remember that we will not use flowers in the church during Lent. PRAYERS FOR THE SICK We have a very long list of our loved ones who are sick. Our intentions are good and we all want to pray for these people and their families. Many have ongoing conditions and wish to be prayed for constantly. However, our list of names at Mass has gotten too long. We don t wish to offend anyone or turn anyone away, but the number of names is unwieldy at Mass. We will mention the names of those who have become ill during the week and those our priests have anointed, at the next weekend Mass that s eight masses. Then, the name will appear in the bulletin for a month or until the family asks to remove the name. Thank you for your understanding and for your prayers. ANOINTING OF THE SICK In honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, which fall on February 11th, we will anoint the sick after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 15th. This beautiful Sacrament is not just for the dying, as in the old days. The updated Sacrament, with its beautiful prayers, laying on of hands, and anointing with the Oil of the Sick is for those with grave illness, upcoming life-threatening surgery, chronic and debilitating illness. We do not judge those who come forward for the Sacrament, but we ask you to use your good judgment. People with colds, routine allergies, sprained ankles and similar non-life-threatening conditions should not come forward. People awaiting open heart surgery, on dialysis, suffering cancer, muscular dystrophy, muscular sclerosis, debilitating arthritis and similar serious conditions should come forward. Jesus says Come to me all you who suffer. My yoke is easy and my burden, light. Family and friends, join the prayer. Suffering souls, come to our priests who will anoint you. CRAB FEED Sponsored by the Gilroy Knights of Columbus Council 2469 Saturday, February 14, 2009 Crab, Pasta, Salad Garlic Bread, Wine and Dessert. * 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour * 7:00 p.m. Dinner * 7:00-10:00 p.m. Music * 50/50 Raffle Tickets available at St. Mary Parish Office or you may call Frank Borge at , Stanley Villalobos at or Kumar de Silva at Donation: $40 per person Tickets will not be sold at the door - no take outs. Proceeds benefit St. Mary School Scholarships and other charitable activities. Saturday February 21, 2009 Italian Catholic Federation #28 POLENTA DINNER (Prepared by Chef Mario Fiorio and Crew) Purchase your tickets at the Parish Office Tickets will not be sold at the door Dinner served from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Donation: $15 Adult ~ ~ ~ $5 Children under 12 years For more information please call Anna Barberi at LITURGY LITURGICAL CATECHIST What happens to the parts of Mass during Lent? First, a very different environment greets you on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. The Church is in the desert, so the water is gone, the colors are subdued, we fast from flowers. Our backdrop is the hills of Jerusalem, Golgotha, the place of execution. Three bare crosses stand there waiting for the Passion of the Christ. Lent is a time of preparation and penance. In fact, the pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (or charity). We invite you to set aside some special or additional time for prayer. Many join us for daily Mass at 6:30 a.m. This changed time, 45 minutes earlier, enables many who work to attend morning Mass. The Rice Bowl Project offers prayers for every week of Lent. Family rosary time is another way to add prayer to your Lenten Devotion. Fasting is part of Lent: Fridays we abstain from meat; Ash Wednesday and Good Friday we fast altogether. The Church herself fasts during Lent: no flowers, no Gloria nor Alleluia at Mass for these six weeks, forty days. Rice Bowl suggests families try a meal from the developing world and put the savings into the Rice Bowl collection. That brings us to almsgiving: certainly the Rice Bowl that benefits Catholic Relief Services is a great way to fulfill this pillar. Or, maybe it s time to clean out your closets and give your excess to St. Vincent or another charity thrift shop. Or, maybe you can give time or money to Saint Joseph Family Center. There are certainly plenty of places to give! And the need is great. So, use this time of reflection to prepare yourself for God s great gift to the world: the life, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus the Christ. May it change all of us! Rose Barry, Liturgist LENT ACTIVITIES Lent begins in a few short weeks, on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. Our worship and environment will change. If you want to help clean and decorate the Church, we will do that on Tuesday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Soon, we will publish our schedule for penance services, missions, and Holy Week. We will begin preparing our Passion Play on Sunday, February 15th, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. If you would like to be part of the Passion Play, contact Rose at the Parish Office or come to the first practice.
7 St. Mary Parish Gilroy # Bulletin Editors: Rebeca Aldaz & Debbie Pelliccione Bulletin: February 8, 2009