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Tel. (215) 672-7280
In emergency, call anytime 24/7.
Otherwise, please call during Office Hours.
Faith Formation Office (PREP) Tel. 267-803-0774.
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Rev. Gary J. Kramer, Pastor
Rev. Gerald C. Ronan, Parochial Vicar
Rev. James E. McVeigh, Weekend Assistant
Deacon Daniel J. Rouse, Financial Administrator
Mrs. Diane Falchetta, Secretary
Loretta Ceniviva, Secretary
Mrs. Christine Flack, Faith Formation Coordinator
Mrs. Lisa Quaranto, Music Director &
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Mrs. Janet Shepherd, Bulletin Editor
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12/11 12/17
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Mass Cards/Mail/Messages/Documents/Facility Keys
are available only during regular Office Hours:
Sat./Sun.: Closed.
Mon. to Thurs.: 9 am to 12 noon; 1 to 4:30 pm;
Evenings 6:30 to 8:00 pm by appt.
Fri.: 9 am to 12 noon; 1 to 4 pm. Eve. closed.
Confession: 3 to 3:30 pm; 6 to 6:30 pm.
Vigil Mass: 4:00 pm (English); 7:00 pm (Spanish).
Sun. Morning (12/11)
No Confession: AM Masses: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 am.
F Our Lady of Guadalupe 12/11-12
Patroness of All the Americas
Patroness of Mexico
Patroness of Pro-Life Movement
H C P (E)
Within St. John Bosco Parish Priest is “on-call” (24
hrs./7 days wk.) for emergencies within our parish
area incl. Majestic Oaks Nursing Home and Hospice
Unit at Abington Health Center in Warminster.
Outside Our Parish Area Other hospitals,
nursing homes, rehabs, have their own “on-call”
priests “24/7”. Patients or family at any time may ask
facility staff to contact the local Catholic parish or the
assigned Catholic chaplain for that facility.
S., 12/11, MAÑANITAS (SPANISH)
5:00 am to 6:15 am . Traditional Blessing & Iluminación of Guadalupe Shrine, Marian Vigil Hymns with
SJB’s Hispanic Choir.
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) 7:00 This “Vigil” (“Mass of
Anticipation”) uses Monday’s Feast Day liturgy, i.e.
prayers, readings, etc. proper to Monday. Therefore,
attendance at this Vigil for Guadalupe does not meet the
requirement to attend Sunday liturgy offered here on Sat.
evening or Sun. morning at above times.
HOLY FAMILY AND FRIENDS NEED A
LIFT!
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M., 12/12 F. 12/16.
Confession: 8:15 to 8:35 am. Daily Mass: 8:45 am.
Sun., Dec. 11,
12:00 Noon
Help needed to take
the Nativity Figures
out of storage in the
Gym and move them over to
Church. We meet in the Gym.
Strong arms and rucks a plus.
S. (12/17)
Confession: 8:30 to 8:50 am. Rosary: 8:30 am.
Daily Mass: 9:00 am Novena: After Mass to Our
Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
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Sunday, Dec. 17-18 Masses/Confessions next week
will be same as Dec. 10-11 above. Next week’s Bulletin will have detailed Mon. to Fri. and Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day schedules.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
The Unsatisfied Longing
I’ve always sensed that the Advent attitude of waiting, expecting, hoping and anticipating somehow speak to the
deepest desires of our heart. That is probably because our whole existence here below is characterized precisely
by this state of yearning.
The world is filled with wonderful things and experiences, - deep joys and satisfactions. But we all know that
nothing here finally satisfies us.
No matter how much we love, we want greater love. No matter how much beauty we attain, we sense that there is
a perfect beauty that we haven’t seen.
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.” That great Advent hymn catches our ache. As
we go through this season of anticipation, allow that ache to develop, preparing you for the satisfaction that will
arrive only in Christ.
the Third Sunday of Advent in the Liturgical
calendar of the Catholic Church (and Anglican, Lutheran, and other mainline Protestant churches). It’s
name is from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"), first word in the Latin Entrance Antiphon (introit) of
today's Mass: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus
hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ
innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob. Translated
as: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your
forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in
all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.
Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob."
(Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):2).
Today, rose vestments may be worn instead of violet, which is the otherwise
prescribed Advent color. In churches with Advent wreaths, a rose candle is
lit in addition to two violet candles lit on the first two Advent Sundays. See
Christmas Wreath on today’s Bulletin cover. Advent readings’ theme is the
need for Penitence, the color of which is violet; but, today’s Mass readings
emphasize joyous anticipation of our Christmas Celebration of the Lord's
First Coming. Rose is the color of Joy.
Advent is a season of joy
because our salvation is already at hand.
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MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
P P O F D
CLAUDE EDWARDS
12/11 SUN.
7:00 PM Pro Populo (For the People)
12/12 MON. 8:45 AM James McHugh
12/13 TUES. 8:45 AM Adele & Salvadore Saccarelli
12/14 WED. 8:45 AM Jim Healy
12/15 THURS. 8:45 AM John F. Smith, III
12/16 FRI.
8:45 AM Bob Lawler
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016
9:00 AM Paul F. Petrun
4:00 PM Susan Kiel
7:00 PM Pro Populo (For the People)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016
7:00 AM John F. Smith, III
9:00 AM Dolores & Harry Armbruster
11:00 AM The Kent Family
Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the
Faithful Departed through the mercy of
God rest in peace. Amen.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK AND INFIRM.
Phil Adamo, Jr.
Patricia Ambrose
Judy Baran
Michael Beach
William J. Brady
Joseph Campbell
Helen Cannon
Brother Carmen Ciardullo
Linda Cunningham
Ellen Dardis
Valeria Fetzer
Florence Flavell
Patricia Florentino
Rita Garafolo
William Gaida
Nancy Alexander Horner
Tim Keebler
James Kirk Patrick
Joseph Kraft
Maris Kraft
Sean MacDonald
Gail Maines
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Mon.: after 8:45 am Mass to 7 pm.
Tues. to Fri.: 8 am to 7 pm.
Sat. Sun. Closed.
Please do not come to chapel outside
of above hours due to security concerns.
P I C (6) burn alongside
Blessed Sacrament in Adoration Chapel this week for:
Bob & Barbara Filosa, Jim Healy, Peace in the
Middle East, John F. Smith, III, Special
Intention, Thanksgiving for Favor Received.
H : Just send your name with intention &
offering to ADORATION CANDLE c/o Parish
Center. Please name one Person, Couple (engaged or
married), Family, Group per request. Candles for
living or dec’d. Offering: $ 15. Adoration Chapel will
be closed Christmas Week, Mon., Dec. 26 to Sun., Jan.
10.
Richard McBride
Florence McHugh
Rick Obert-Thorn
Rolene Rose
Catherine Sarsfield
Maddie Swensen
Esteban Vera, Sr.
Mary Vincelli
Brett Vivian
Frank Waltrich
CharLynn Conaway Wertz
Jim Wyatt
H :
We list sick persons for
one month at their own or
family member’s request.
To place/extend a listing,
please call Parish Center.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
Communion should wash hands
before Mass begins, and even use
alcohol based anti-bacterial
solution in the pew before distributing, and after
purifying fingers after Holy Communion.
People feeling ill should avoid taking Communion
from Chalice.
Sign of Peace: Simply bow or nod politely to your
neighbor rather than shake hands if either of you has
cold symptoms.
FOOTBALL MANIA WINNERS
Week 11
# 2768 $ 25.00 Joe Cimino
Week 12
# 2786 $ 25.00 Tom Greco
Reminder: Every Ticket is good
every week of 17 week NFL Season.
BLOCK COLLECTION:
As of Nov. 30, 2016 the total is
$ 35,225.00.
Please consider giving to this
important collection in order to keep
our parish in financial stability.
Please submit items for Bulletin Sun. issue dates (left)
by 12 noon on submission dates (right):
i Jan. 1.....New Year’s Day................Mon., Dec. 12
i Jan. 8.....Epiphany (3 Kings)...........Mon., Dec. 19
i Jan. 15……………………………....Mon., Dec. 26
i Jan. 22................................................Mon., Jan. 2
i Jan. 22................................................Mon., Jan. 9
Please send info./questions to Bulletin Editor at
Parish Ctr. Email Bulletined@saintjohnbosco.org.
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Social Security ~
Solutions, Strategies, Answers
Please note: these sessions are for
people who are not already on Social
Security; therefore they are generally
aimed at folks in their 50s to
early/mid-60s.
St. VINCENT de PAUL
SJB’s Conference Volunteers
help local persons and families with
Financial and Food needs. To request
assistance, volunteer, or donate:
call Parish SVdP Tel. 215-882-2707.
FOOD CUPBOARD
Coffee and spaghetti sauce are most needed
items. Also needed are tea, peanut butter,
jelly, mac and cheese, canned fruit, juices,
laundry detergent, liquid dish soap, and
personal grooming /hygiene items/toilet paper.
Are you planning to receive your Social Security
retirement benefits? Do you have questions about
eligibility, when to collect, & the application process?
If so, this free session is for you!
Come get answers to all your questions.
Social Security Administration employees will cover
these topics: Your full retirement age … How your
benefit is figured …Creating your personal online
account …When to take benefits …Rules for
collecting benefits while working …Family benefits …
Enrolling in Medicare
Wed., Dec. 14
Rose Tree Corporate Center
Building 2, First Floor
1400 N Providence Rd.
Media, PA, 19063
Choose either of these 90-minute sessions:
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Social Security Administration,
this free seminar is open to the public, but
registration is required by tomorrow, Monday,
December 12. To register, send an email to:
edward.lafferty@ssa.gov or
call 866-398-3469, extension 29305
SJB’s St. Vincent de Paul
Conference
needs your help! Christmas is around the corner.
We have families in need of our assistance. Here are
sways you can help:
CHRISTMAS OUTREACH
1. Adopt-a-Family. Call 215-882-2707.
2. Donate Meal items, e.g., Turkey/Ham, and/or any ,
any part of a meal.
3. Monetary Donation. (Check to SVdP, Cash,
or Gift certificate/card. Please leave in Parish
Center Office with SVdP on your envelope.)
4. Giving Trees. Angel(s) with gifts were due for
return under the trees by yesterday 12/10.
Because the need for vocations is great,
Saint John Bosco is establishing a
St. John Bosco Senior Club
Meeting/Christmas Luncheon
involving a traveling statue. A statue of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus will travel for one year from household
to household within our parish beginning 1/8/17. You
are invited to bring the statue to your home for a
week. This is a unique opportunity for you to have
special prayer time. Usually the statue is transferred
over the weekend at church. Traveling devotions help
keep prayer and spirituality close to home for many.
f you would like to host the Statue in your home,
please fill out and return the form below.
You will be contacted with detailed information.
Yes, I would like to host the
Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue.
Family Name: __________________________
Williamson Restaurant,
Dec. 14, 2016, 12 noon Info. Dave B. at
FROGMAN8@VERIZON.NET
ARRANGING MARRIAGE
Engaged couple needs to meet with a parish priest
here at least six (6) months before desired wedding
date. Please do not make financial commitments
before confirming church date/time.
Marriage Convalidation
Couples in a civil or non-Catholic religious union
without our Church’s explicit permission are not in a
valid Catholic marriage. They cannot receive other
sacraments or serve as Catholic Sponsors at Baptism
or Confirmation. Absent any impediments, this
situation often is easily remedied by “convalidation”,
a ceremony popularly called “getting a marriage
blessed”. Please contact parish priest for information.
Phone Number: _________________________
Drop in any Collection Basket or
leave at Parish Office.
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Please accept this massive
THANK YOU to everyone
who has helped me help
others through the toilet paper
drive over the past seven years.
This year we received some
2,000 rolls. Since 2010 the
donations rolled in (pun
intended). A total of 7,150 +
rolls have been donated to St.
Vincent de Paul’s food pantry with your help and the
overwhelming support of neighbors, friends, and our
surrounding community. All collected donations have
been distributed to those who needed it – in our
parish, in our community, and even in northern New
Jersey after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. I am
humbled by the generosity of all who have supported
this important collection drive throughout the years.
As I indicated in my letter to you in October
Bulletins, I am currently a Senior at Archbishop
Wood High School with plans to attend college away
from home next Fall, so this was my last year running
the toilet paper drive. Our parish’s St. Vincent de
Paul: Mini Vinnies Youth Group will continue this
drive in the years ahead, so please continue to support
this important cause. Food pantries can always use
toilet paper, so place a 4-pack in with your food
donations throughout the year. It really does make a
difference and is very much appreciated.
Thank you again!
Anastasia “The Toilet Paper Girl”
ARRANGING BAPTISM
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First (Spanish) and Last (English)
Sundays each month. Call Parish Center. \Before
date is confirmed, parents must have/obtain:
x Registration in Parish:
Family from another parish must obtain written
permission from “home” parish for Baptism at SJB.
x Certificate of Eligibility to Serve as Sponsor
x Letter of Pastor for Christian Witness.
One baptized non-Catholic may serve as Christian
Witness and must present Letter of Good Standing
from current Christian pastor. A Catholic not
eligible to be a Sponsor may not be a Christian
Witness.
Sundays
11/21/16
11/23/15
Amount *
$ 12,702.30
12,199.80
11/27/16
$ 12,268.33
11/29/15
9,760.00
* Incl. E Giving
12/04/16
12/07/15
$ 12,595.00
12,024.50
Fuel Collection
11/21/16
$ 1,467.00
11/23/15
2,411.00
Craft Like Crazy group gets
together each Thurs. 9:30 to 11:30 AM
in Parish Center to craft, create, chat,
teach’n learn, share and get inspired.
All are invited to join us!
Info.? Please contact Janet, Tel. 215-718-7841.
Difference
+ 502.50
+ 2,508.33
+ 557.50
-
944.00
Retirment Fund for Religious Men & Women
12/04/16
$ 2,306.50
11/23/15
2,230.00
+ 76.50
Queen of Angels School ~ Update
Help is needed next Sun., Dec. 18
to decorate our Church for
Christmas.
with everything except the
poinsettias.
We’ll meet in church right after 11 AM Mass.
And…
Volunteers are also needed Thurs., Dec. 22
right after morning Mass to put out the
poinsettia. Many hands make light work. Thanks
in advance for whatever you can do to assist with
the major undertaking.
Please join us at these upcoming events!
QOA Christmas Band and Choir Concert
Wed., Dec. 14 at 7 PM
Upper School Gym
QOA Christmas Pageant
Mon., Dec. 19 at 7 PM
Upper School Gym
Please support the Queen of Angels Regional Catholic
School “Choirs of Angels" Annual Fund!
Go to qoaschool.org and look for our
Give Now button.
For more information, contact our
Advancement Office at 215-309-4028.
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Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Office of the Archbishop 222
North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
December 5, 2016
I want to draw your attention to an excellent article by Philadelphia Inquirer business reporter
Harold Brubaker last week. Brubaker documents the release of an important University of PA study:
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/The-cconomic-heft-of-churches.html
As the story indicates, Catholic education and social ministries contribute at least $ 4.2 billion worth of
positive economic impact to the Greater Philadelphia region every year. That's a conservative estimate, and
it does not capture the enormously positive human impact of those same ministries. As Penn's Professor
Ram Cnaan noted on November 30, critics sometimes complain that the government subsidizes the Church
in her social ministries; but it's arguably the Church that subsidizes the government through her high
quality, efficient and low cost services, which public agencies could not easily replicate.
Professor Cnaan is director of Penn's Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society
(PRRUCS), which produced the study. The full PRRUCS study on our Archdiocese’s economic
"halo effects," led by Mr. Joseph Tierney of Penn's Fox Leadership program, can be found online.
I strongly urge you to read it and share its content...:
http://catholicphilly.com/media-files/2016/11/Nov-30-Report-v8.1-FINAL-11-28-16.pdf
May God bless you during these days of Advent.
Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap.
Editor’s Note: We are most pleased to accept the Archbishop’s invitation to share the above information with
Bosco Parishioners and Visitors. The next page contains the Archbishop’s weekly blog post and column which
goes into more detail on this important subject. Many times, representatives of “popular culture” question the
Catholic Church’s leadership and its members’ values and action-oriented ministries which can be “counter
cultural”. This unusual study gives us another lens through which to assess the Catholic Church’s “impacts” -- in
socio-economic terms. Archbishiop Chaput (next page) states” “the positive economic impact of Catholic
ministries on our Greater Phila. area is about $ 4.2 billion annually. *** That’s a lot of impact. It includes
various education and social welfare efforts directly linked to the Archdiocese and 200+ parishes; many
independent Catholic non-profits: hospitals, universities and similar institutions. Of course, and even more
importantly, the positive human impact of all these ministries – in terms of formation of moral character,
creation of opportunities and transmission of hope – is beyond measuring.
The lesson is this: Faith matters. *** The more deeply we encounter God, the more profoundly he reorders our
thinking, our actions and our entire lives. As a consequence, real faith is always personal but never private.”
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Cont. from preceding column.
Public Value of Catholic
Social Witness
Some social scientists tend to regard
religion as an invention or projection of the
human need for meaning. But what that says to the
sincere Christian believer is that some social
scientists haven’t yet met God.
The Collegium Institute, whose work I greatly
admire, is itself an example of Catholic men and
women living their Christian faith by using their
talents in service to the wider public. In this case,
that means the cultural and intellectual life of the
Penn academic community, which clearly has an
impact well beyond Phila. In like manner, every
other form of Catholic ministry in Phila. named in
today’s report began with the same impulse: to put
into practice the words of Jesus Christ and the
demands of the Gospel.
Catholic social service is fruitful precisely because
it’s never simply “humanitarian.” Rather, it’s a very
concrete and particular expression of our faith. We
offer our help to persons in need without strings
attached, but always with a deeper religious
purpose. Our ministries don’t exist to proselytize,
because that kind of approach to social service is
simply a form of coercion. It would demean the
people we’re trying to serve. Proselytism dressed
up as charity and service robs vulnerable people of
their freedom. But our education and social welfare
ministries do very much exist to witness to the
mercy of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate our love
for God. They’re statements of what we believe,
incarnated through our actions. As a result, no
“Catholic” social service or education effort is
effectively pursued or sustained without a strong
Catholic identity and religious sense of mission.
Obviously many aspects of Catholic social work
can be shared by all people of good will. Catholic
social ministries should and do welcome
opportunities to work with other individuals, groups
and social agencies. The challenge, of course, is
that cooperation can sometimes run the risk of
turning Catholic organizations into sub-contractors
for donors, foundations and public agencies with
very different anthropologies and thus very
different notions of authentic human development.
That can compromise both the purpose and
effectiveness of Catholic social work. So in Phila.
our focus is very much on protecting and
deepening the Catholic identity of our ministries,
not only for our own sake, but to ensure the
continuing value of our work for the common
good. Today’s report shows how significant the
Catholic contribution to the common good of
Philadelphians has been. I’m grateful and proud
that the Church has played that role so well in our
common life for so many decades. End.
From Nov. 30 remarks by Archbishop
Chaput at U. of P.’s Hillel Center where
he took part in release of a report by
Penn’s Program for Research on Religion &Urban Civil
Society on the economic impact of Catholic ministries in
Greater Phila. Penn’s Collegium Institute for Catholic
Thought & Culture co-sponsored the event. Source:
archphila.com
I want to thank Mr. Joseph Tierney of the Fox
Leadership Program for the great work he’s done
on the report we’ll talk about in this session. The
report is being released through Penn’s Program for
Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, and
I hope it will spark similar studies in other urban
areas. We’re living through a time of tension and
deep division in our country. It’s easy to become
cynical. Today’s data remind us that a lot of good is
also being done, every day. It’s being done by
ordinary people who don’t make headlines, but who
do make a big difference in the lives of thousands
of our region’s young persons and people in need.
Mr. Tierney’s study shows that the positive
economic impact of Catholic ministries on our
Greater Phila. area is about $ 4.2 billion annually.
We can compare that to the City of Philadelphia’s
$ 4 billion General Fund Budget FY 2016. That’s a
lot of impact. It includes various education and
social welfare efforts directly linked to the
Archdiocese and 200+ parishes; many independent
Catholic non-profits: hospitals, universities and
similar institutions. Of course, and even more
importantly, the positive human impact of all
these ministries – in terms of formation of moral
character, creation of opportunities and
transmission of hope – is beyond measuring.
The lesson is this: Faith matters. Religious
conviction always has consequences. If we really
believe that God exists, then nothing is more
important than that fact. The more deeply we
encounter God, the more profoundly he reorders
our thinking, our actions and our entire lives. As a
consequence, real faith is always personal but
never private. It naturally seeks public expression.
And this is why organized works of mercy and
charity in every religious tradition – Jewish,
Christian or Muslim – have such a
disproportionately fruitful effect. Evidence is in the
data. Doing good things in the government’s name
isn’t quite the same as doing good things in God’s
name. The two paths aren’t mutually exclusive, of
course. Plenty of very good people work in secular
service organizations. But I do think that explicitly
religious forms of social service, at their best, have
God as a kind of “force multiplier”, and also as an
on-going judge of their honesty and stewardship.
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7th Annual Ladies Retreat
“Faith and Friendship”
January 6, 2017
Friday 5:00 PM– 10:00 PM
in the SJB Parish Center
Our retreat presenter will be
Msgr. George Majoros.
Night will begin with Potluck Dinner,
then continue with Retreat Talks, and
time for Reflection, Confession and
Adoration. There will be time for
friendship and fun as well. Call the
Faith Formation Office if you have any
questions at 267-803-0774.
Cost: $ 15.00
Ladies Retreat
Registration Form (Please register by Jan. 2)
Name_______________________
Phone #____________________ Email ________________________
Cost: $ 15.00
I can bring the following to share:
____ Dinner Entrée ____ Dinner Salad/Side
____ Dessert
Plates, utensils, coffee, tea and water will be provided.
Please bring your favorite snack food and beverage if desired.
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M
ontezuma’s Aztec empire in today’s Mexico fell to Spanish conquerors under Cortes in 1521.
Less than 20 years later, 9 million inhabitants of that land converted to Christianity. What produced such
an incredible, unprecedented conversion of persons who for centuries had worshipped various deities
and routinely had practiced human sacrifice of their own children? Here is a brief version of the answer.
In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to Native American Juan Diego on Tepeyac hill in present day Mexico
City. She identified herself as Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord
of heaven and the earth. She asked that the local Bishop build a church on the hill. When the Bishop asked Juan
for a sign, the Lady sent her messenger to the hill top in mid-December to gather roses (by then well out-ofseason). He carried them to the Bishop within his native tilma, a poor quality cloth made from cactus fiber which
he wore over the shoulders as protection against the weather. When Juan opened the tilma, he and the Bishop
were stunned by Mary’s image imprinted on the cloak and as Juan saw her. Science cannot explain its origin, and
that type of cloth should have deteriorated in 20 years. More than 475 years later, it is on display in the Basilica of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, with no sign of decay. Our Lady wears the garb of a pregnant Native American.
Her eyes in the image appear to reflect what was in front of her in 1531 when Juan opened the tilma in the Bishop’s presence! Symbols on her garb, e.g., sun, serpent, zodiac, suggest supremacy over native deities. Her
conversion of millions of Native Americans to Christ, her son, effectively ended infant and child sacrifice so
common in that ancient culture.
A
n incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has been
honored officially by 25 popes. Yearly, 18 to 20 million pilgrims visit Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Basilica,
now Christianity's most visited sanctuary.
Pope John Paul II visited four times. He entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and placed under
her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those in danger of not being born. Her message of love
and compassion, her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind, as well as the story of her apparitions to Juan Diego are
described in the 16th century document "Nican Mopohua" written in the native Nahuatl language. Juan Diego’s
wife Maria Lucia died in 1529. Juan then went to live with his uncle closer to the church in Tenochtitlan. He
walked many miles to church every Saturday and Sunday, departing early morning, before dawn, to be on time for
Mass and religious instruction classes. It took about three and a half hours
between villages and mountains. He walked on bare feet as did all the people
of his class, the macehualli. Only upper class Aztecs wore cactlis (sandals)
made with vegetal fibers or leather. On chilly mornings, he wore the tilma — a
coarse mantle woven with fibers from maguey cactus. Cotton was only used
by upper class Aztecs. Our Lady’s first apparition took place on such a walk.
Mary spoke in his language, Nahuatl. She addressed him in motherly terms,
e.g., "Juanito, Juan Dieguito" , "the most humble of my sons", "my little dear".
He was 57 years old, an old age in a time and place where male life expectancy was barely above 40 years. After the miracle of Guadalupe and with the
Bishop's permission, a chapel was built as requested. Juan Diego moved to a
room attached to the chapel that housed the sacred image. Juan Diego passed
the rest of his life there as a hermit. He cared for the church and the first
pilgrims going there to pray to the Mother of Jesus. He spoke of Mary to
them. At age 74, he died in 1548. In 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized him
St. Juan Diego at the Basilica in Mexico City.
Resource Credit: www.sancta.org has very good, well-organized info.
on Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Editor)
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NOVENA: 3 a 11 Dic. Empieza el
sábado, 3 Dic. 6:15 pm en la Iglesia
antes de Misa Hispana a las 7 pm.
Termina el domingo, 11 Dic.
Familias anfitrionan oraciones de
novena y rosario durante la Novena.
Translation:
From Dec. 3 to 11 Hispanic families are praying the Rosary Novena
to Our Lady of Guadalupe every
evening one hour before Spanish
Masses (church): Dec. 3, 10, and
11. On other evenings host families
open their homes to guests who
wish to pray together.
ALTAR DE LA VIRGEN
Montarlo el Viernes, 9 Dic. de las
6:30 a 8:30 pm. Adornarlo el
Sábado, 10 Dic. de la 1:00 a 2:30
pm. Bajarlo el Miercoles, 14 Dic. 6
pm.
Translation: Volunteers will erect
the altar (special shrine) of Our
Lady ofGuadalupe in church on Fri.
12/9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Volunteers will decorate it on Sat. 12/10
from 1 to 2:30 pm. Help is welcome!! Vols. Will take down the shrine on Wed. 12/14/16 at 6 pm.
MAÑANITAS Domingo, 11 Dic.
5:00 am Se Incluyen: Iluminación del
Altar; Oración y Bendición del Altar;
Cantata mariana tradicional por Coro
Hispano y Canciones por algunos
huéspedes.
NOVENA: 11 Dic. La Conclusión de
la Novena (rosario y oraciones) se reza
a las 5 pm en la Iglesia
MISA SOLEMNE 11 Dic Solemn
Vigil Mass of the Feast Day. Entrada:
6 pm Feligreses pueden llevar flores
para poner las en frente del altar donde
será espacio designado para flores
llevadas en la entrada. Al fin de la
Misa el coro tendrá un tiempo para
cantar 3 himnos tradicionales marianas.
REFRIGERIOS LIGEROS
(Convivio en la Cafeterı́a) 11 Dic.
después de Misa y Cantata. Limpieza a
las 9:00 pm
Translation: All are welcome to share
light refreshments in the cafetería after
the Solemn Mass and a brief choir
cantata in church of Marian hymns.
Porque la necesidad de vocaciones es grande,
San Juan Bosco está estableciendo un
Programa de Conciencia Vocacional
que envuelve una imagen viajera. Comenzando el 8 de enero del 2017, una imagen del
Sagrado Corazón de Jesus viajará por un año de hogar en hogar dentro de
nuestra parroquia.
Usted está invitado a llevar la imagen a su hogar por una semana. Esta es una
oportunidad única para que usted tenga un tiempo especial de oración. Usualmente la
imagen es transferida durante el fin de semana en la iglesia.
Las devociones viajeras ayudan a mantener la Sí, me interesa alojar la imagen de
oración y la espiritualidad cerca del hogar
Sagrado Corazón de Jesus
para muchos. Si le interesa alojar la imagen
en su hogar, por favor complete y devuelva el Family Name: __________________
formulario a continuación.
Usted será contactado con información
detallada.
Phone Number: ________________
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