St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish - John Patrick Publishing Company

St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish
1421 New Road, Northfield, New Jersey
Parish Office:
609-646-5611
Parish Office Fax:
609-484-8345
Religious Education Office: 609-484-0249
www.stgiannanorthfieldnj.org * stgianna@comcast.net
Reverend Jason T. Rocks, Pastor
Reverend Armando Rodriguez Montoya, Parochial Vicar
Mr. George Del Rossi, Permanent Deacon
Mr. Luis Correa, Permanent Deacon
Sr. Helen Lodge, OSF, Pastoral Associate
Miss Mildred DiCicco, Religious Coordinator (609) 484 0249
Sheila Naticchione, Business Manager
Claudia A. Costa, Parish Secretary
Bettie Timm, Director of Music Ministry
Jeff Young, Director of Youth Ministry
Trustees: George Hornberger and Blanca Ruiz
Parish Finance Council Chairperson: Anthony Mazzeo
OUR MISSION
We, the members of the diverse community of St. Gianna Beretta
Molla Parish, united by one faith, inspired by the Word and
strengthened by the Holy Spirit, will bear witness to the contemporary pastoral challenges identified in the Pastoral Priorities of
our Diocese. Trusting that our efforts will address the needs of
those with whom we interact, we will increase the levels of worship and witness in the New Parish.
MASS SCHEDULE
SUNDAY MASSES: 4:30 PM Saturday Vigil
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM; 1:00 PM Spanish
WEEKDAYS: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 AM
FRIDAYS: 7:00 PM Spanish
HOLYDAYS: Vigil 7:00 PM; 8:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Monday, December 8, 2014
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday, November 15
4:30 PM
Dominica Puleiot & Luigi Spagnuolo
r/b The Family
Sunday November 16
8:00 AM
Barbara Mora r/b Dave & Maureen
Somers
9:30 AM
Jule Bonner r/b Michael & Dawn McGee
11:00 AM Clotilde, Matteo, Al & Victor Vergulti
r/b The Vergulti Famaily
1:00 PM Intentions of the People of the Parish
Monday, December 8 at 8:30AM
Monday, December 8 at 5:30PM
Monday, December 8 at 7:00PM (Spanish)
Monday November 17
8:30 AM
Mass Schedule is as follows:
Gil Pacana r/b Olivia Pacana
Tuesday November 18
8:30 AM
Alfred & Ann DeMeo r/b Estate
Wednesday November 19
8:30 AM
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturdays 3:30 PM thru 4:15 PM. Anytime by appointment.
John Davis, Jr. r/b The Family
Jean Palmieri r/b Vici & Gerri Butler
Msgr. Thomas Sharkey r/b Dante &
Mary Ann Vergulti
Patricia Lomangino r/b Mel & Kathy
Thomspson
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Arrangements must be made in advance by calling the
Parish office. Parents and Godparents must attend
Baptism Preparation Class.
Thursday November 20
8:30 AM
Muriel O’Brien r/b M.J. O’Brien
Friday November 21
8:30 AM
7:00 PM
Jean Palmieri r/b Marie Dolceamore
James Malia r/b Wife Lena
Saturday November 22
12:00Noon Conmemoración de la Festividad de
4:30PM
Sta. Cecilia-Spanish Mass
In Thanksgiving r/b Mildred Del Viscio
Sunday November 23
8:00 AM
Jackie Surace & Mike Mazza r/b Dante
& Mary Ann Vergulti & Janet & Mike
Morey
9:30 AM
Jim Malia r/b Dave & Maureen Somers
& Katherine Chelsea
11:00 AM Charles Rempfer r/b Wife, Kathleen
1:00 PM
Intentions of the People of the Parish
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REQUESTS FOR ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATES
The role of a sponsor is primarily a spiritual role to
model a Christian life for the child. Therefore, anyone
requesting a certificate must be a registered, participating member of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish, a
practicing Catholic in good standing (not living in
violation of the Church laws), at least 16 years of age
and have received the sacraments of initiation
(Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). Please call the
Parish office for an appointment.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Registered parishioners who wish to marry at St.
Gianna Beretta Molla Parish should contact the pastor
during office hours before making any other arrangements one year in advance. Call the Parish office to
schedule an appointment.
FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION
Please call the Parish Religious Education Program
(PREP) Director, Mildred DiCicco at 484-0249.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY
A Word from Fr. Rocks…
"Couldn't you keep watch with me for one hour?" our Lord asks St. Peter and those with him in the garden (Mt.
26:40). It is a question put to you and I as well. If the Apostles had difficulty spending an hour with the Lord in
the garden, how much more difficult is it for us today?
We are all busy with so many things and activities: work, caring for family, clubs, kids sporting events and the like,
not to mention all the daily choirs. All this can make it difficult to spend some time with the Lord in prayer, conversing with him as friends do. Yet, how important it is to take some time from the busyness, hustle and bustle,
and sit quietly with the Lord, especially before his presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The philosopher Josef Pieper wrote a marvelous work entitled Leisure the Basis of Culture. Pieper stresses the importance of taking time away from work, spending it thinking, or, contemplating truth, goodness and beauty. What
better place to do just that than before the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating divine love and goodness, particularly in the person of Jesus Christ. Such time will transform our lives, allowing us to then transform our culture with the love and goodness of God.
In order to assist the parish in doing this, we will begin to have a Holy Hour every first Wednesday of the month,
from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm. This will begin on Wednesday December 3 (the first week of Advent, not a bad way
to prepare for Christmas). The hour will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, quiet time
and will end with Benediction.
I hope that many of you will come and join me for part or all of the hour. The time will rejuvenate those who
come, allowing them to take on all the demands of a busy world with the strength of Christ Jesus.
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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 14, 2014 AT 1:00 PM
ur Parish will observe the Feast of the Patroness of the Americas, Our
Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Mass in Spanish at 1:00
PM; Fiesta with will follow immediately in the Family Memorial Center, the
Parish Hall. The Spanish community of the parish is conducting a Raffle to underwrite the expenses of the Mariachi’s appearance. Chances are available at the
Parish office Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-4:00PM. The cost is $5.00 each or five
for $20. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
November 22-23, 2014
ext week, we will take up the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection (CCHD).
It was founded by the U.S. bishops, who recognized that the lives of those in need will not improve until the systems and policies that keep people in poverty change. For over 40 years, CCHD
has funded community groups that create lasting change. Fight poverty in America. Defend human
dignity. Let’s follow Christ’s example of love and solidarity with the poor. Please be generous in
next week Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
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From the Desk of Miss Millie DiCicco,
Coordinator of Religious Education
E-mail: gianna1421@Yahoo.com
Religious Education Office Winter Hours
Mondays 9:00AM to 7:00PM
Tuesdays - 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Did Pope St. John XXII really say
he wanted to open the windows of
the Church? If so what did he
mean? To find out, come join Fr.
Rocks on Wednesday, November
19th, at 7:00-8:00PM in the Parish
Hall. Fr. Rocks will present a brief talk on the
Vatican II document Lumen Gentium. He
promises there will be no exams afterward!
Sodality Members
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
he Annual Sodality Christmas Dinner will be held
on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM at
the Crab Trap in Somers Point. Tickets are $30 each
(choice of three delicious entrees) and can be purchased by calling Hilda at 646-2933. Time is short. Get
your tickets as early as possible; it promises to be a
delightful evening.
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ATTENTION!!
Be A Server At The Altar!
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ow we are recruiting new
Altar Servers. Children
who are in 4th grade and up
and who have received first
Holy Communion, are most
welcome. Please if you are interested in becoming an Altar Server contact the parish office (646-5611).
P
lease keep the servicemen and women who
are presently serving our
country in your thoughts
and prayers.
November 17: Sacramental Work: Lesson
4 should by handed into the Religious
Education office.
November 18: Home School Meeting
6:30PM in the Parish Hall. Testing Unit 2.
There are some Candidates who have registered to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and have not
completed the paper work required for the reception
of the Sacrament. Please call the Religious Education
Office (484-0249) if you are in doubt about these requirements. Please be sure to contact Mr. Young (2146179) if you have not gotten an email relating to your
responsibilities as a Confirmation Candidate.
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he Sodality of St. Gianna Parish welcomes all infants into
the Church and prays for all expectant mothers who request prayers
for their babies who are soon to be
born. All pregnant women are welcome to call
Connie Canesi (609)665-0199 for further information. At this time we ask prayers for the following expectant mothers: Stephanie Corcoran,
Julie Thomas, and Katie Gerace Figlus.
Diocese of Camden Lay Ministry Formation Program
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he Office of Lifelong Faith Formation invites you
to a Mass celebrated in gratitude for all Lay
women and Men who minister in the Diocese of Camden.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, - 7:00PM
Christ the Good Shepherd Parish
1655 Magnolia Rd., Vineland, NJ 08361
Principal Celebrant: Most Rev. Dennis J. Sullivan
Light Reception to follow in the Parish Hall
(Spouse, family and friends are welcome!)
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THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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F
irst Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-29, 30-31
An encomium for a good and worthy wife, this
passage from Proverbs extols all the virtues which a
worthy wife possesses – fidelity, industriousness, skill,
charity to the poor, and fear of the Lord.
econd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Once again, Paul reassures the Thessalonians,
who are anxious about the coming of Christ, that they
need not fear being unprepared because they are
“children of light.”
Holy Hour
tarting on Wednesday,
December 3, 2014, our
Parish will have a Holy
Hour each month on the
First Wednesday at 7:00PM
Mark your calendar!!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3
7:00PM
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e are sincerely thankful to you for your
cooperation in using contribution envelopes each Sunday. It shows not only good example but helps us in our system of running
your parish since donations are recorded by envelope number. GOD BLESS YOU FOR IT!!
Please remember that in order to keep our records up to date and also, stop the mailing of
contribution envelopes during the winter
months, we would appreciate hearing from parishioners who are summer residents in our
parish before they move away. Thank you!
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here will be NO Coffee
& Donuts in December.
We will resume in January
2015. Please keep in mind
that we are still looking for volunteers to help
with this joyful activity on the SECOND SUNDAY of each month for 15 minutes, in the gathering area of the church. If you are able to help
please contact Kathy Morrison 645-3995.
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ospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus narrates the parable of the talents – in the
story, the silver pieces given to the three men. Two
of the men invest their coins and double their worth,
but the third buries his coins in the ground and earns
no return. The message of Jesus is that we must use
to the fullest the talents we have received.
Stewardship Reflection
od expects us to nurture and develp the gifts
He has given us and then generously give
back with increase. He doesn’t want us to waste or
hoard the gifts He has given us; He expects us to
grow our gifts, use them wisely and be generous
with them.
Stewardship of Treasure
Collection Report
November 8-9, 2014
he Parish is profoundly grateful to the parishioners and visitors for their faithful and
generous support. St. Gianna’s last weekend
Collection amounted to $8,917.
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Remember ALWAYS
to give thanks
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PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS THE SICK OF OUR PARISH
AND THOSE WHO ARE IN NURSING HOMES AND IN HOSPITALS
CHILD ASSAULT PREVENTION SESSIONS
he Office of Child and Youth Protection is announcing CAP sessions. CAP is the safe environment training program for adults who have regular
contact with minors. Attendance is required in order
to comply with the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of
Children and Young People. The policy of the diocese is
that adults will attend CAP once every five years.
CAP 1 teaches attendees to recognize child abuse and
neglect and how to report to the proper authorities.
CAP 2 is NO More Bullies, No More Victims and is a
workshop on bullying awareness and bullying prevention. Cyber bullying is also addressed. Both sessions
are 90 minutes.
CAP 3 is called Cyber-Empowerment and is a workshop
which promotes adults understanding of cyber activity
of youth while teaching them realistic ways to help
children keep their own rights and guard the rights of
others in the cyber-sphere.
Each presentation is 90 minutes. Adults who are new
employees or volunteers should attend CAP 1 before
attending CAP 2 or CAP 3. The following sessions will
be offered in November:
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CAP 2: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00PM at
St. Vincent de Paul, Mays Landing, Church.
To attend one of these classes, please call the CAP
registration line in the Office of Child and Youth
Protection at (856) 583-6165 or email at
Diane.Diggons@camdendiocese.org to register.
Retreat for Pastoral Caregivers
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00AM-2:00PM
Catholic Campus Ministry Center, Stockton College of NJ, 235 Pomona Rd, Pomona. The retreat
will be led by Linda K. Robinson, Spiritual Director. Cost is $25 per person or $20 per person
in groups of two or more. Continental breakfast
will be provided. Bring a bagged lunch. For
questions call Colleen at 856-583-6118.
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ur parish hosts “Bingo”
on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10:00AM in the
Family Memorial Center, Parish
Hall. Doors open at 8:00AM. Come and join us!
$1,000 in prize money, instant winners and progressive jackpots! Also, coffee, bagels, donuts and
lots of fun.
C
ome and join us!! We meet
the 2nd & 4th Wednesday
of the month in the Family Memorial Center at 1:00PM. Light
refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
S
aint Gianna Prayer group
meets every Tuesday from
10:00 to 11:00AM in the Family Memorial Center, the Parish Hall. Everyone is
welcome.
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n Saturdays evening and
Sunday morning Masses,
family and friends whose Mass is
being offered for a loved one are
invited to bring up the Offertory Gifts at the
Mass. Before the Mass begins, please notify one
of the ushers of your intent.
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aint Gianna’s Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
Communion are readily available to bring Communion to
the homes of the sick on a schedule agreeable to
the sick person. If you or someone that you know
is a shut-in and would like to receive the sacraments, please let us know by contacting the Parish office.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2014
CELTIC TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS
PLEASE JOIN PHIL COULTER- ANDY COONEY
AND THE IRISH POPS ORCHESTRA
DECEMBER 6, 2014 @ 7:30PM
TD BANK ARTS CENTER, SEWELL, NJ
Proceeds will support the South Jersey Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for financial assistance to attend Catholic Schools.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Atlantic City
has made arrangement for transportation by
bus for those who wish to attend. Tickets are
$50 each (bus +concert). If you are interested
please call Marcie at 609-344-0287.
A Holy Spirit Tradition Returns
Mark Your Calendar!
Join fellow alumni, students, parents and the
entire Holy Spirit Family as they celebrate Holy
Spirit High School’s 50th Anniversary in Absecon, NJ.
The Homecoming Bonfire...is Back!
November 26, 2014 6:00-8:00PM
Ed Byrnes Stadium
Alumni, come back and celebrate your SPARTAN PRIDE! Enjoy a great night of friends, food
& festivities!
Thanksgiving Day Gridiron Rivalry
November 27, 2014 10:00AM
Ed Byrnes Stadium
Be there to cheer on the Spartans as they take on
the Vikings of ACHC in this Thanksgiving tradition!
St. Monica’s Christmas Party
Our Lady of Sorrows
Young Adult Groups
Meets the 1st Sunday of the Month
7:00PM in the Hall Kitchen
For more information call Tom Salerno 609-9278679 or Email Vivian at Bibianad2@hotmail.com
Advent by Candlelight
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 -6:30-9:00PM
$10 per person - Quinn Hall
100th & 3rd Avenues, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Celebrate the blessed season of Advent with an
evening of quiet festivities and beauty. A light
meal is served and tables are set with a sense of
warmth to reflect the opportunity we have to
welcome Jesus into our own hearts. Guest
Speaker Msgr. William Quinn. For more information call Janet Levinson 609-967-7667.
Christmas Tree Sale
Sponsored by Our Lady of Sorrows
Youth Group
Sale starts on Saturday, November 29th
Monday-Friday: 4:00PM to 8:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00AM t0 8:00PM
Location: Behind Our Lady of Sorrows church,
corner of Wabash & Poplar Aves., Linwood.
Northfield Boy Scouts
Christmas Tree Sale
Starting Friday, November 28, 2014
Weekdays: 2:00PM-7:00PM
Weekends: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Fire House on Burton Avenue in Northfield
(North of the entrance to Birch Grove Park).
Tickets are on sale now! St. Monica’s Christmas Gala
will be held on Saturday, December 13 at Quaremba
Hall at 10 N. Mississippi Avenue. The fun friendly
party runs from 7:00 PM to Midnight and features live
entertainment plus DJ music, dancing, home cooked
food and door prizes. Take a chance to win the 50/50
raffle or bid on gifts at the silent auction. For more
information, call 345-1786.
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DOMINGO 16 DE NOVIEMBRE, 2014
TRIGESIMOTERCER DOMINGO EN TIEMPO ORDINARIO
Hora Santa de Adoratión Eucarística
L
os preparativos para la gran celebración en honor a
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Patrona de las
Américas, que se llevará a cabo el día domingo 14 de
diciembre, ya han comenzado. Estamos en búsqueda
de voluntarios que quieran colaborar con las tareas del
evento y la organización del mismo. Si usted esta interesado en donar su Tiempo, Talento o Tesoro no dude en
comunicarse con la oficina parroquial de lunes a viernes
o al finalizar la Misa (viernes y domingo) con Maria
Jimenez. Su contribución, cualquiera sea (tiempo, talento, flores, bebidas, bocadillos, arroz, frijoles o algún
otro platillo de su país natal), será inmensamente
agradecida.
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tro punto muy importante, es que con el objetivo
de recaudar fondos para decorarar nuestra iglesia
con arreglos florales y también para agasajar a todos los
invitados en la festividad que se llevará a cabo inmediatamente despues de la Misa, en el Salón Grande, con
Mariachis y mucho más, necesitamos unir esfuerzos
para vender los tickets que ya están a la venta. Usted
puede comprar un ticket por $5 o cinco tickets por $20.
Desea vender tickets? No dude en solicitarlos (hay un
hermoso premio reservado para aquellos que vendan 50
tickets). Los tickets están disponibles al finalizar la Misa
(Viernes y Domingos) en las puertas de la iglesia y también en la oficina parroquial. Confiamos que con la
ayuda de Dios y la colaboración de toda la comunidad la
festividad en honor a nuestra Madre Celestial será un
hermoso testimonio de fe, unidad y mucha alegría. Gracias!!
“Permaneciendo en silencio ante el Santísimo Sacramento, es a Cristo, total y realmente presente, a
quien descubrimos, a
quien adoramos y con
quien estamos en relación” (Carta al Obispo de LieTe invitamos cordialja, Bélgica, 1996).
mente a la Hora Santa que nuestra parroquia comenzará el Miércoles 3 de
diciembre a las 7:00PM y que llevará a
cabo los primeros miércoles de cada
mes. Juntos tendremos una hora de
adoración ante Jesus en el Sacramento de
la Sagrada Eucaristía, rezaremos el Santo
Rosario, meditaremos en silencio y concluiremos con la bendición. Proclamemos
juntos que Jesús está aquí, hoy, verdaderamente presente entre nosotros. Los
esperamos!
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ecuerden que como de
costumbre, el Círculo de
Oración NO se reunirá el
martes 25 de noviembre debido a que esa semana se celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias. Próximo encuentro: martes 2
de diciembre a las 6:30PM en la iglesia.
CURSILLO DE CRISTIANDAD
Cursillistas, marquen sus calendarios!!
Sábado 6 de Diciembre, 2014
6:00PM Santo Rosario
Padre Armando R. Montoya celebrará la Santa
Misa a las 7:00PM.
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BIENVENIDOS Y GRACIAS POR ESTAR AQUI!!
“¿Ni siquiera una hora pudieron ustedes mantenerse despiertos conmigo? nuestro Señor le preguntó a Pedro y a los que estaban con él en el huerto (Mt. 26:40). Es una pregunta que también nos hace a ti y a mí. Si los apostoles tuvieron
dificultad de mantenerse despiertos en el huerto con nuestro Señor, ¿qué tan dificultoso es para nosotros hacerlo
hoy?
Todos estamos ocupados con muchas tareas y actividades: trabajo, familia, clubes, deportes de los niños y cosas
similares, esto sin mencionar las demás tareas cotidianas. Nuestras obligaciones y trabajos hacen dificultoso que
encontremos un tiempo libre para orar con nuestro Señor, conversar como lo hacen los amigos. Sin embargo, qué
importante es liberarnos de nuestras obligaciones, ajetreos y bullicio, y sentarnos en silencio con nuestro Señor,
especialmente en su presencia frente al Santísimo Sacramento.
El filosofo Josef Pieper hizo un maravillosos trabajo titulado Leisure the Basis of Culture. Pieper enfatiza la importancia de tener tiempo libre, sin actividad laboral para emplearlo en pensar, contemplar las verdades, la bondad y la
belleza. Qué mejor lugar para hacerlo que frente al Santísimo Sacramento, contemplando su divino amor y bondad, particularmente en la persona de Jesucristo. Un momento asi transformaria nuestras vidas, permitiendonos
transformar nuestra cultura con el amor y la bondad de Dios.
Con el proposito de asistir a nuestra parroquia para lograrlo, comenzaremos a tener los primeros miércoles de cada
mes una Hora Santa de 7:00 a 8:00PM. Esto comenzara el miércoles 3 de diciembre (primera semana de Adviento, excelente manera de prepararnos para Navidad). Durante la Hora Santa tendremos la Exposición del
Santísimo Sacramento, rezaremos el Rosario, tendremos un tiempo meditativo y concluiremos con la Bendici ón.
Espero que muchos de ustedes puedan acompañarme durante toda o parte de esta hora dedicada exclusivamente
a Cristo, nuestro Señor.
Domingo 16 de Noviembre
Celebración del día de la Virgen de la Providencia
Patrona de Puerto Rico
La imagen de Nuestra Señora de la Divina Providencia, inspira devoción a cualquiera
que la mira. Representa a la Madre suavemente inclinada sobre el Niño dormido en la falda, una de cuyas manitas sostiene a la altura del corazón. El símbolo es doble. Por una parte recoge un cuadro familiar entre madre e hijito. Por otra el abandono de María en los
brazos de Dios. El título "de la Divina Providencia" se ha atribuido a San Felipe Benicio,
quinto superior de los Siervos de María pues un día, cuando sus frailes no tenían nada que
comer, después de invocar la ayuda de la Virgen, encontró a la puerta del convento, dos
cestos llenos de comida cuyo origen no pudo averiguarse. El Papa Paulo VI, en un decreto
firmado el 19 de noviembre de 1969, declaró a Nuestra Señora Madre de la Divina Providencia, patrona principal de la isla de Puerto Rico. En este documento se decreta también
que la solemnidad de la Virgen se transfiera del 2 de enero al 19 de noviembre, día en el que la isla fue descubierta.
La intención es juntar los dos grandes amores de los puertorriqueños: el amor por su primorosa isla y el amor por
la Madre de Dios.
NOTICIAS DE EDUCACION RELIGIOSA
**Lunes 17 de Noviembre: Trabajos Sacramentales (Unidad 4) deben ser presentados en la oficina de Religion Educativa.
**Martes 18 de Noviembre: 6:30PM en el Salón Grande habrá examen (Unidad 2) para los niños que estudian en la casa.
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ARMANDO CON EL PADRE ARMANDO
Las virgencitas de nuestros países.
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os hispanos tenemos profundas manifestaciones religiosas, enraizadas en las enseñanzas que hemos recibido de
nuestros padres. Hablar de la Guadalupana llena de orgullo a
los mexicanos y la historia de sus apariciones nos llena de
asombro y piedad. Nuestra Señora de la Divina Providencia
se venera orgullosamente por los puertorriqueños, a quienes
nos unimos contentos hoy para participar de su gozo. La Virgen de Chiquinquirá es venerada en la Catedral de un bello
pueblo colombiano que lleva el mismo nombre. Por su parte,
los dominicanos se muestran felices de participar culturalmente en la celebración de la Virgen de Altagracia, en el mes
de enero. Los peruanos veneran a la Virgen de la Candelaria
de Chapi, a cuyo santuario siguen acudiendo miles de devotos, en la ciudad de Arequipa. Nuestra Señora de Coromoto
es una advocación mariana venerada en Venezuela, de hecho
tengo entendido que es la patrona de dicho país, o al menos
de Caracas. Nuestros hermanos hondureños celebran el 3 de
febrero a Nuestra Señora de Suyapa, su patrona, con grande
júbilo; hermosa es la gente hondureña, de gran corazón y una
honda devoción a sus tradiciones. En Argentina la advocación de la Santísima Virgen, como Nuestra Señora de Luján,
es considerada como protectora y patrona, al mismo tiempo
que lo es en Paraguay y Uruguay. En el monte de Cojutepeque, en el Salvador, se muestra orgulloso el santuario consagrado a la Virgen de Fátima, donde las procesiones de devotos que rezan el santo rosario y cantan son frecuentes. Los
cubanos veneran a Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre,
quien es su patrona y protectora desde el año 1916.
Sé que he dejado de mencionar otros países de nuestra América Latina, que se sienten identificados también con la devoción a alguna advocación mariana. Pero tenemos en común
que nuestros pueblos latinos son devotos y cálidos en fervor,
de gente buena y honesta, con muchos problemas económicos y sociales, que hacen derivar situaciones de inseguridad y
pobreza más graves. Pero también sabemos que nuestros
pueblos son ricos en calidad humana y cristiana; que las expresiones de fe, herencia de las tradiciones, nos han ayudado
a mirar con esperanza hacia el futuro.
Nuestras devociones marianas, sin embargo, no son garantía
de la vivencia de una fe verdadera y desafortunadamente pueden llegar a convertirse en mero fanatismo o superstición,
cuando les adjudicamos un lugar que corresponde solamente
a Dios. Es revelador que, a diferencia de los demás días del
año, el día de la solemnidad de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
uno no puede encontrar una iglesia vacía o sin fiesta. En
cambio, los domingos (y no digamos ya un día entre semana)
la asistencia es "normal", por no decir que baja. Debemos
revisar si estamos dando a nuestras devociones marianas el
lugar justo que les corresponde. Si estas expresiones nos conducen hacia Jesús y el Evangelio, estamos en el lugar correcto. Pero si se quedan solamente en el júbilo de la virgen correspondiente, habrá que preguntarnos obligatoriamente si
nuestra fe es verdadera.
Atención Comunidad!! Todos están invitados a saborear comida étnica puertorriqueña (surullitos fritos, pasta de guayaba y
queso blanco, galletas, pastelillos, bacalaitos, bizcochos, pudin de leche y pan, y
mucho más) y a continuar agasajando a la
Virgen de la Providencia con mucha alegría y entusiasmo. Los esperamos hoy, domingo, 16 de noviembre, inmediatamente
al finalizar la Misa en el Salón Grande.
Y
o soy María Isabel Cerón y
participo en nuestra parroquia ayudando a colectar, también como ministro de la Eucaristía y como proclamadora de
la Palabra de Dios. Mi familia
colabora también en la parroquia. Me gusta compartir con mi
familia todos los aspectos de mi
vida. Lo que más me gusta de
mi iglesia es la unión de la comunidad, las homilías,
y todo lo que tiene que ver con el servicio de Dios.
Esto lo disfruto porque siento que experimento dentro de mí el amor de Dios. Me gustaría que nuestra
parroquia impartiera clases de biblia a los jóvenes y
de vida matrimonial a las parejas.
MARQUEN SUS CALENDARIOS!!
Inmaculada Concepción de la Virgen María
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