PARISH SPIRITUAL LIFE - St Joseph Catholic Church

FEBRUARY 15, 2015
15 DE FEBRERO, 2015
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
5:00 pm Joseph J. Rodriguez†
Sunday, February 15, 2015
8:00 am Dorothy Zabawa-Dames†
10:00 am Souls in Purgatory
12:00 pm Armond & Christina White
Monday, February 16, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12:10 pm Kerry E. Walsh
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
12:10 pm Minerva “Neva” Hernandez†
Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:10 pm Souls in Purgatory
Friday, February 20, 2015
12:10 pm Souls in Purgatory
That everything we do is for the glory of God. “Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do everything for the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Do a quick check of your priorities. Where does God
rank in that list? If He’s not first, you have some work
to do. Putting God first in everything helps develop the
attitude of, “I am grateful for the gifts God gave me”
instead of “I want more.” For most people gratitude
leads to generosity.
Please pray for the sick:
Homer Arredondo, Arnold Bertrand,
Ernest Recio, Joan Terrell, Fr. Than
Vu, Annie Jane Coronado Ofelia Gonzales Herrera, Stephen Sloper, Marita
Mc Celvey, Alonso González, Lydia Ostrander, Herman Phillips, Blanche Mireles, Maria Cano, George &
Marianne Thomas, Maria Zach and Robert Hocko,
Guadalupe Rios, Alan Bertrand, Raymon Esparza, Joe
Talamantez, Maria Guerrero, Billie Bowman.
* Please call the parish office with an update.
Let us pray for the souls of the departed …
Including. . . Ann Holden Thompson† . . .
“May their souls rest in peace.”
Stewardship Report
Readings for the Week
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lv 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32;
1 Cor 10:31—11:1; Mk 1:40-45
Monday Gn 4:1-15, 25; Ps 50; Mk 8:11-13
Tuesday The Seven Holy Founders of the Ser
vite Order
Gn 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29; Mk 8:14-21
Wednesday Ash Wednesday
Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2;
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday Dt 30:15-20; Ps 1; Lk 9:22-25
Is 58:1-9a; Ps 51; Mt 9:14-15
Saturday Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and
Doctor of the Church
Is 58:9b-14; Ps 86; Lk 5:27-32
For the Weekend of February 8th , 2015
5:00 pm
8:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
Week Offering
Children’s Offering
E-giving: Electronic Offering is available at St. Joseph Catholic Church. It is
safe and secure. Simply follow the link
"E-Offertory" on our web site and establish your account.
You have full control of your e-giving and can change
it anytime.
Escobedo & Ushers are the sponsors
of today’s kitchen. Come and join us
for food and fellowship!
Visa & Master Card are accepted.
FISH FRY: Pre-sale tickets $8.00 per plate. Buy
your ticket after Mass; tickets
will be $9.00 at the door. The
Knights of Columbus will be
the sponsors on February 20,
2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DAY OF PRAYER for students that prepare for Reconciliation on Saturday February 21, 2015, from 9:30
am to 3:30 pm.
PALM SUNDAY: We will be collecting blessed
Palms from last year, Palm Sunday or any from previous years. We will burn the palms from years past
to make the ashes for use on Ash Wednesday. The
Church has always taught that blessed objects must be
burned or buried. Therefore, you will find baskets
near each door of the church for these palms. We
hope to make this a yearly tradition. Thank you for
your help in making our liturgies more meaningful.
EASTER FLOWERS: There are Easter Flower envelopes available on the tables at the entrance of the
Church. Mark your envelope with the name of the
person to be remembered and drop your envelope in
the collection basket. Thank you.
with Mass and Imposition of Ashes,
on February 18 at: 7:15 am, English,
12:10 pm, English, 5:30 pm English
and 7:00 pm Español. Catholics are
especially encouraged to perform
acts of penance during the season of
Lent. Lenten regulations begin on the morning of Ash
Wednesday and continue through Holy Thursday.
Good Friday has its own rule of fast and abstinence.
Lent at 7:00 pm. It is an opportunity to meditate on
what the Lord did for us! All Parishioners are encourage to attend, particularly all Parish Groups.
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OF LENT: February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13 and
March 27 Come join us as we
pray the Stations of the Cross in
the Church and enjoy a Lenten Meal before or afterward
in the cafeteria.
RICE BOWL You’re invited to participate in
Catholic Relief Services’
Operation Rice Bowl.
This Lent, our faith
community will be joining millions of Catholics
across the country by participating in CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl. Your family is invited to pick up a Rice
Bowl packet available on the tables at the back of the
church and join in this simple yet powerful Lenten
practice. Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice
Bowl invites us to pray with our families and faith
communities, fast in solidarity with those who are hungry, learn about our brothers and sisters around the
world, and give sacrificial contributions to help those in
need. Visit for additional resources to use at
Archdiocese Youth Conference
In Downtown Houston on July
31 - August 2, 2015.
For all High School Students
For information and pick up a
registration packet, come to St
Joseph’s School building on
Sunday March 1st, at 11:00
am. Event scholarships available!
Week of February 15, 2015
Sunday, February 15:
8:30 am English CCE―School Building
10:30 am Español CCE ―Edificio de la Escuela
Monday, February 16:
5:30 pm Legion of Mary ― Choir Room
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The past couple of weeks I’ve been writing about our
preparation for the Lenten season as individuals and
as a Church community. Ash Wednesday is now
soon upon us and we begin this week the great and
joyful season. In Church tradition we call the season
joyful because we know in faith that even as I
acknowledge my sinfulness and failures, I do so in the
light of God’s mercy – whose love pours out to the
world from his side on the cross. Here is another section of Pope Francis’ message to guide our prayer this
season. You can find this message and other messages of Pope Francis by going to our web-site and selecting the option with Pope Francis’ picture.
“2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) – Parishes
and Communities
All that we have been saying about the universal
Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body
which receives and shares what God wishes to give?
A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do
we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace
the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk 16:19-31)?
In order to receive what God gives us and to make it
bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the
boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.
In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with
the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on
earth establish a communion of mutual service and
goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment
in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back
on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splendid
isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way. Saint
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Therese of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed
her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of
crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is
still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and
cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain
idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the
Church and for souls” (Letter 254, July 14, 1897).
We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as
they share in our struggles and our longing for peace
and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen
Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our
indifference and hardness of heart.
In the second place, every Christian community is
called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of
the greater society of which it is a part, especially with
the poor and those who are far away. The Church is
missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed
but sent out to every nation and people.
Her mission is to bear patient witness to the One who
desires to draw all creation and every man and woman
to the Father. Her mission is to bring to all a love which
cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ
along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to
the very ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8). In each of our
neighbours, then, we must see a brother or sister for
whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves
have received, we have received for them as well. Similarly, all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift
for the Church and for all humanity.
Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all
those places where the Church is present, especially our
parishes and our communities, may become islands of
mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!”
May God bless you and your families, thank you for
your works of mercy and kindness each day in the love
of Christ,
Fr. Brendan
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,
En el último par de semanas he estado escribiendo
sobre nuestra preparación para la temporada de Cuaresma, así como individuos y comunidad de la Iglesia. Miércoles de Ceniza esta ahora sobre nosotros y
comenzamos esta semana la gran y alegre temporada.
En la tradición de la Iglesia llamamos la temporada
alegre porque sabemos en la fe de que así como yo
reconozco mis pecados y fracasos, lo hago a la luz de
la misericordia de Dios - cuyo amor derrama al mundo de su lado en la cruz. Aquí esta otra sección del
mensaje del Papa Francisco para guiar nuestra oración esta temporada. Usted puede encontrar este mensaje y otros mensajes en nuestro sitio web seleccionando la opción con la imagen del Papa Francisco.
2. «¿Dónde está tu hermano?» (Gn 4,9) Las Parroquias y las Comunidades
Lo que hemos dicho para la Iglesia universal es necesario traducirlo en la vida de las parroquias y comunidades. En estas realidades eclesiales ¿se tiene la experiencia de que formamos parte de un solo cuerpo?
¿Un cuerpo que recibe y comparte lo que Dios quiere
donar? ¿Un cuerpo que conoce a sus miembros más
débiles, pobres y pequeños, y se hace cargo de ellos?
¿O nos refugiamos en un amor universal que se compromete con los que están lejos en el mundo, pero olvida al Lázaro sentado delante de su propia puerta cerrada? (cf. Lc 16,19-31). Para recibir y hacer fructificar plenamente lo que Dios nos da es preciso superar
los confines de la Iglesia visible en dos direcciones.
En primer lugar, uniéndonos a la Iglesia del cielo en
la oración. Cuando la Iglesia terrenal ora, se instaura
una comunión de servicio y de bien mutuos que llega
ante Dios. Junto con los santos, que encontraron su
plenitud en Dios, formamos parte de la comunión en
la cual el amor vence la indiferencia. La Iglesia del
cielo no es triunfante porque ha dado la espalda a los
sufrimientos del mundo y goza en solitario. Los santos ya contemplan y gozan, gracias a que, con la
muerte y la resurrección de Jesús, vencieron definitivamente la indiferencia, la dureza de corazón y el
odio. Hasta que esta victoria del amor no inunde todo
el mundo, los santos caminan con nosotros, todavía
peregrinos. Santa Teresa de Lisieux, doctora de la
Iglesia, escribía convencida de que la alegría en el
cielo por la victoria del amor crucificado no es plena
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mientras haya un solo hombre en la tierra que sufra y
gima: «Cuento mucho con no permanecer inactiva en el
cielo, mi deseo es seguir trabajando para la Iglesia y para las almas» (Carta 254,14 julio 1897).
También nosotros participamos de los méritos y de la
alegría de los santos, así como ellos participan de nuestra lucha y nuestro deseo de paz y reconciliación. Su
alegría por la victoria de Cristo resucitado es para nosotros motivo de fuerza para superar tantas formas de indiferencia y de dureza de corazón.
Por otra parte, toda comunidad cristiana está llamada a
cruzar el umbral que la pone en relación con la sociedad
que la rodea, con los pobres y los alejados. La Iglesia
por naturaleza es misionera, no debe quedarse replegada en sí misma, sino que es enviada a todos los hombres.
Esta misión es el testimonio paciente de Aquel que
quiere llevar toda la realidad y cada hombre al Padre.
La misión es lo que el amor no puede callar. La Iglesia
sigue a Jesucristo por el camino que la lleva a cada
hombre, hasta los confines de la tierra (cf. Hch 1,8). Así
podemos ver en nuestro prójimo al hermano y a la hermana por quienes Cristo murió y resucitó. Lo que
hemos recibido, lo hemos recibido también para ellos.
E, igualmente, lo que estos hermanos poseen es un don
para la Iglesia y para toda la humanidad.
Queridos hermanos y hermanas, lo que más deseo es
que en todos aquellos lugares donde la Iglesia está presente, especialmente nuestras parroquias y nuestras comunidades, puedan convertirse en islas de misericordia
en medio de un mar de indiferencia! "
Que Dios le bendiga a ustedes y a sus familias, gracias
por sus obras de misericordia y bondad de cada día en
el amor de Cristo,
Padre Brendan