December 20, 2015 - Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
The Door of Mercy is a special Holy Door which Pope
Francis has asked to be
opened in every Diocese during the Extraordinary Holy
Year in order to allow the
faithful in every part of the
world to experience the Mercy of the Father in its fullness.
In the Bull of Indiction Misericordiae Vultus, he writes: “On
the same Sunday [Third Sunday of Advent], I decree that in every local church, at the
cathedral – the mother church of the faithful in any particular area–or, alternatively, at the co-cathedral or another
church of special significance, a Door of Mercy will be
opened for the duration of the Holy Year. At the discretion
of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any
shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to
these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments, as people discover a path to conversion” (MV 3).
Indulgence and Conditions
a Puerta de la Misericordia es una Puerta Santa especial
que, durante este Año Santo extraordinario, el Santo Padre Francisco ha pedido que se abra en cada Diócesis,
permitiendo a los fieles de todo el mundo experimentar
plenamente la Misericordia del Padre. El mismo Papa Francisco lo expresa así en la Bula de Indicción Misericordiae
Vultus (n. 3): «Para el mismo domingo [Domingo III de Adviento] establezco que en cada Iglesia particular, en la
Catedral que es la Iglesia Madre para todos los fieles, o
en la Concatedral o en una iglesia de significado especial
se abra por todo el Año Santo una idéntica Puerta de la
Misericordia. A juicio del Ordinario, ella podrá ser abierta
también en los Santuarios, meta de tantos peregrinos que
en estos lugares santos con frecuencia son tocados en el
corazón por la gracia y encuentran el camino de la conversión».
Indulgencia y Condiciones
El tiempo de gracia del Jubileo de la Misericordia se caracterizará, naturalmente, por la posibilidad de obtener la
indulgencia plenaria a través de algunos ejercicios de piedad – culminados por la entrada por la Puerta Santa o
Puerta de la Misericordia – que acompañarán la oración y
las celebraciones de los sacramentos de la Reconciliación y
de la Eucaristía, como signos concretos del camino de conversión e “inmersión” en la Misericordia del Padre.
The season of grace which is the Jubilee of Mercy, will naturally be characterized by the possibility of obtaining the
plenary indulgence through certain pious exercises culminating in entering through the Holy Door, the Door of Mercy. These pious exercises will accompany the prayer and
celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the
“Para vivir y obtener la indulgencia los fieles están llamados
Eucharist as concrete signs of conversion and “immersion” in
a realizar una breve peregrinación hacia la Puerta Santa,
the Mercy of the Father.
“To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are
called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in
every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign
of the deep desire for true conversion. Likewise, I dispose that
the Indulgence may be obtained in the Shrines in which the
Door of Mercy is open and in the churches which traditionally are identified as Jubilee Churches. It is important that this
moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of
Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist
with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany
these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer
for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the
good of the Church and of the entire world”. (Pope Francis).
abierta en cada catedral o en las iglesias establecidas por el
obispo diocesano y en las cuatro basílicas papales en Roma,
como signo del deseo profundo de auténtica conversión.
Igualmente dispongo que se pueda ganar la indulgencia en
los santuarios donde se abra la Puerta de la Misericordia y
en las iglesias que tradicionalmente se identifican como Jubilares. Es importante que este momento esté unido, ante todo,
al Sacramento de la Reconciliación
y a la celebración de la santa Eucaristía con una reflexión sobre la
misericordia. Será necesario acompañar estas celebraciones con la
profesión de fe y con la oración
por mí y por las intenciones que
llevo en el corazón para el bien de
la Iglesia y de todo el mundo”.
(Papa Francisco).
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2015
Christmas Schedule
Thursday 24th
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
Friday 25th
Thursday 31st
Children Christmas Program
Vigil Mass
Christmas Carols
Solemn Christmas Eve Mass (MIsa de Gallo)
Masses: 8:00 am., 10:00 am and 12:00 pm Masses
(NO 5:30 pm Mass on this day)
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
Solemn First Vespers and Holy Hour
Vigil Mass
Friday 1st
Sunday 3rd
Sunday 10th
Masses: 8:00 am., 10:00 am and 12:00 pm Masses
(NO 5:30 pm Mass on this day)
11:00 am
Octave of Christmas Masses 12:00 & 5:30 pm
Solemn Mass: The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel & St. Therese Parish
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us
your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being
enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from
seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep
after his betrayal, and assured Paradise
to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one
of us, the words that you spoke to the
Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible
In its present form the custom of displaying figures de- Father,
of the God who manifests his power
picting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St.
above all by forgiveness and mercy: let
Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or
the Church be your visible face in the
manger for Christmas Eve of 1223. The blessing of the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on You willed that your ministers would also
the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time.
be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compasWhen the manger is set up in the home, it is appropri- sion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who apate that it be blessed by a parent or another family
proaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its
All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of
grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthuOur help is in the name of the Lord.
siasm, may bring good news to the poor,
R/. Who made heaven and earth.
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
One of those present or the leader reads a text of sa- and restore sight to the blind. We ask this of you, Lord Jecred Scripture, for example, Luke 2:1 (lines 1-8) or
sus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Isaiah 7:10 (lines 10-15, the birth of Emmanuel).
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy
Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.
Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessing of a Christmas Manger or
Nativity Scene
R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The leader prays with hands joined:
God of every nation and people,
from the very beginning of creation
you have made manifest your love:
when our need for a Savior was great
you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.
To our lives he brings joy and peace,
justice, mercy, and love.
bless all who look upon this manger;
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,
and raise our thoughts to him,
who is God-with-us and Savior of all,
and who lives and reigns forever and ever.
R/. Amen.
Cuarto Domingo de Adviento
20 de diciembre de 2015
7:30am, 9:00am (Español), 11:00am, 1:00pm,
6:30pm (Español). (Discalced Carmelite Nuns at 7am)
Monday ~ Friday: 12:00pm & 5:30pm
(Discalced Carmelite Nuns at 7:00am)
Saturday: 8:00am & 5:30pm (Vigil)
(Discalced Carmelite Nuns at 7:00am)
Tuesday: 5:30pm Carmelite Community Mass
Thursday: 9:00am Little Flower School Mass
1st Friday: 5:30pm Mass for the Sick
Thursday: 6:00pm~7:00pm Holy Hour
Monday ~ Sunday Our St. Elias Chapel is open for
Adoration from 8:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday: 6:00pm ~ 7:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm ~ 5:00pm & 7:00pm ~ 8:00pm
By appointment, call the parish office.
Spiritual Direction, call the parish office.
Call the parish office.
TODAY - CHRISTMAS Arts & Crafts Sale
English: Second Sunday of the month
Spanish: Third Sunday of the month
For more information:
Do you have lasting minute Christmas shopping? Come to
our Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale. We will have over 40
vendors ready with a variety of gift ideas. We will also
have coffee, tacos, donuts, etc.
At least six months prior to wedding date. View requirements on website:
Little Flower School
Where: Parish Hall
When: 8am to 3pm
905 Kentucky Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78201
Tel. (210) 732-9207 * Fax (210) 732-3214
The altar flower arrangements for this
weekend are being offered in thanksgiving
on the occasion of their marriage.
Little Flower Gift Shop
Joseph & Meghan Garza
920 Kentucky Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78201 (210) 736-3889
From Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Garza
Parish Staff Directory - Phone 210-735-9126
Senior Secretary:
Religious Education:
Apostolate Magazine:
Human Resources:
Business Manager:
Sylvia DeHoyos ext. 116
Rita Beltran ext. 110
Consuelo Salazar ext. 104
Gloria Acosta ext. 112
Laura Cole ext. 105
Susana Cantu ext. 114
The Little Flower Gift Shop
The Little Flower Gift Shop is having a 20% off sale
on all items except on books and candles. Sale starts
Sunday, December 6th. (210) 736-2883
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
Join us for Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:00am
in the Pastoral Center, located at 824 Kentucky Ave.
We will be studying the Letter of St. James, 1st &
2nd Letters of St. Peter and
the Letter of St. Jude. Classes are being led by Fr.
Gregory on the following
dates: December 30th.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus.
Come and born in my heart.
Freaky Clean Express Car Wash Fundraiser
Freaky Clean Express Car Wash is proud to introduce
our NEW Little Flower Freaky Cleanest $15 car wash
package. Each time this new package is chosen,
Freaky Clean Express Car Wash will donate 20% of
the proceeds to the
Little Flower Parish! That's $3.00 donated to the Church each & every
time! Be sure to choose the new Little
Flower Freaky Cleanest car wash
package on your next visit to benefit
your car & our Parish!
Little Flower School has received an early Christmas gift.
The Westerman Foundation awarded the school a grant for
$10,000 to be used for the purchase of Chromebooks for
student use. In addition, an anonymous donor gifted the
school with $5,000 for technology.
On Wednesday afternoon, we ordered 70 Chromebooks
and three charging carts that will arrive after the Christmas
break. We will now have 110 Chromebooks and 30 desk
top computers at the campus.
THANK YOU to PTC for providing breakfast treats for the
faculty and staff on Tuesday.
REGISTRATION for the 2016-2017 school year has begun.
Enrollment is on-going. We have great teachers, strong
academics, a variety of extracurricular activities, and a
nurturing environment that prepare faithful disciples and
good friends of Jesus. Call and make an appointment for
a personal tour.
Office: 732-9207
St. Therese, pray for us.
Altar Society News
There will be no monthly meeting on December 27,
2015. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, January
24, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. Please join us at the Parish Administration Center, 824 Kentucky Ave. Please join us on Saturday, January 23, 2016 as we worship together at the
5:30 P.M. Mass. New members always welcome!
Our annual Christmas Party on December 6, 2015 was
rescheduled and we will celebrate it on the Epiphany,
Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the Little Flower School
cafeteria at 1:00 P.M.
Penance Service for Advent
Little Flower Parish Penance Service is
scheduled for Tuesday, December 22,
2015. The Rite will begin before the
final blessing at 5:30pm Mass.
Please keep in mind, this will be your
final opportunity for the friars to hear
confessions before Christmas.
Faith Formation - A Special Thank You
Our visit to the San Antonio State Hospital residents is
December 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. This visit includes reWe are so blessed to have such a great group of High
freshments and gifts. Thanks to all who support this ministry School Confirmation students. This year they have been
of mercy. The residents are very grateful.
very busy providing service in the following areas:
Until next year, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
to all our members, active and honorary!
God bless you,
Imelda Garcia, President, Little Flower Altar Society
Parish Festival
The Opening of the Hold Door Ceremony
La Gran Posada
“Make a Difference Retreat” where they provided gifts
and sang Christmas Carols at two nursing homes.
Thank you for demonstrating to the community that “Faith
without works is dead.” James 2:14
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2015
Lectors /Commentators
Second Collection:
Church Maintenance Fund
5:30pm Rosie Rodriguez, Sylvia Montoya/ Yvonne Gunderman
7:30am Bill Rodriguez, Christine Hammes / Liz Heredia
9:00 am (S) Diocelina Rendon, Maribel Martinez/Mauro Martinez
11:00am Gerard Migeon, Francis Muzquiz / Anthony Zamora
1:00pm Children’s Mass / Douglas Dionne
6:30 pm (S) Sonia Garcia, Estela Perez / Lucy Torres
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
5:30pm Imelda Garcia, Brenda Villarreal
7:30am Alois Iltis, Jaime Macias
9:00 am (S) Maribel T. Martinez, Ma. Teresa Casas, Mari Berumen
11:00am Homer & Annie Cadena, Diana Ibarra
1:00pm Cynthia Reyes, Jeannette Santos, Isabel Santos
6:30 pm (S) Mirna Martinez
Mass Intentions
7:30am +Lee Enriquez
9:00am +Robert Rother
11:00am Little Flower Mass Assoc.
1:00pm In Thanksgiving
6:30pm For Our Parishioners
12:00pm Renato Davide - Special Intention
5:30pm Poor Souls in Purgatory
12:00pm +Antonio C. Rodriguez
5:30pm Poor Souls in Purgatory
12:00pm Jackson Holland
5:30pm +Roy & +Cuca Romero
12:00pm +Maurilia & +Joe Rodriguez
5:30pm Christmas Vigil Mass
9:00pm Christmas Eve Mass
8:00am +Florencia Silva
10:00am +Jose A. & +Celia Salas
12:00pm +Dolores Valdez
8:00am +Joseph A. Beltran
5:30pm +Hazel Walker
December 25th - Assumption Seminary –Archdio.
December 27th - Church Maintenance Fund
Weekly Collection
December 13, 2015
First Collection:
Retired Men &
Women Religious:
$ 7,112.51
$ 1,576.75
$ 254.50
$ 460.00
Total $ 9,403.76
Thank you for your support!
Lord, hear our prayers
The following friends and members of
the Parish need your prayers. Please
add these names to your prayer list.
Contact the Parish Office 735-9126 to
have names added to the prayer list.
Pray for the Sick and intentions of…..
Mary Curiel
Ernestina Silva
Kay & Gloria Shaw
Julie Shaw Akins
Maxine Cadena
Sylvia Rodriguez
Erika Huerter
Ken Narendorf
Homer Gaytan
Gary Young
Zachary Casarez
Soledad Contreras
Mario Alfaro
James E. Gillette
Jerry Noriega
Elizabeth & Gim L. Ng
Hermelinda & Raymond Guadiano
Sue Ruiz
Evangelina Gamboa
Arturo Herrera
Jaime Vega
George Zentella Sr.
Jane Bernal
Gemma Pfeil
Araceli & Jorge Ortega
Henry Posos
Lucy Phalen
Chad Hammes
Alexis B Cruz & Family
Cielo Salinas Sanchez
Chuck Whitehead
John Griffin
Mark Griffin
Alma Gonzalez
Christina Polanco & Baby
Claudia Ramon
Kim Nester-Atiee
John Cortez
Rosa Castillo
Adrianna King
Rosa Maria Garcia
James Barron
Ivon Fuentes
Kristi & Christian &
Salma & Carolina Hernandez
Maria Antonieta Calderon
Alvaro Padilla
Maria Sartorio & Family
Angela Marie & Axel Torres
Andrea Vega
Violet Sandoval
Julia & Roland Sandoval
Roland & Alex Sandoval
Chevelle Sandoval
Gloria Morales
Jose Corona
Teresa Rangel
Gloria Rangel
Gloria Ramos
The Cruz Family
Mary Helen Mendoza
Guillermo Hernandez, Jr.
Guillermo Hernandez, Sr.
Emma Vallejo
Michael Chapa
Olga Silva
Maria Ramos & Family
Mary Gonzales
Toni Resendez