• TH2 New Priests prepare to give first blessings to family and friends
  • TH2 Anointing of Hands
  • TH2 New Priests Bless the Bishop
  • TH2 Concelebrating Mass with Bishop Robert Morlino
  • TH2 Handing over of the bread and wine
  • TH2 Laying of Hands (Ordination)

Mass Schedule for New Year’s Eve and Day

This is the Mass Schedule for Friday, January 1, 2016, in celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God – a Holy Day of Obligation:

St. Mary Parish

New Year’s Eve

5:00 pm English Mass

New Year’s Day

9:00 am English Mass

12:00 noon Hispanic Mass

St. Augustine University Parish

New Year’s Day

8:00 am Latin Mass

10:30 am English Mass

This Week’s Parish Bulletin

Parish Bulletin December 27, 2015

Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection

December 27, 2015

In those days…

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled” (Luke 2:1). With those words begins the most beautiful story of all time, the story of the birth of Jesus, a story that remains ever fresh, never growing old for more than 2,000 years. We could never count how many words have been written, how many songs have been sung, about the precious birth of the Christ Child.

There is one verse in the story, however, that is sometimes overlooked. Once the shepherds have come and gone from the birthplace of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are alone once again with their child, and “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

The Blessed Mother is captured in silent reflection. Imagine Mary and all she has experienced. From the announcement of her being chosen by God as the mother of the Savior, through the hurried pilgrimage to Bethlehem, to the birth of her Son with strangers coming to visit him and with angels on site. Mary takes a deep breath and drinks it all in — not missing a single moment of the beauty of her Son’s birth.

This Christmas, we should all take that breath like Mary. To pause and think and pray. To reflect on what the story of the birth of Jesus truly means to us and for us; to reflect on how we can and must live our lives differently because of Jesus as “God with us”; to make sure that we truly take this story to heart, as Mary did in that little town of Bethlehem.

Perhaps you can steal away a few moments of quiet at  Christmas (as I plan to do) so that, like Mary, we all too can keep this great day close to our hearts. It is my prayer that you and I can live each day… grateful for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God.”

(Adapted from reflections by Bishop David A. Zubik, Diocese of Pittsburg)

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Outside the Camp – Bishop Merlino Homily, 2/15/2015

In his homily at the Mass of installation of a member of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest as Lector and Acolyte, Bishop Morlino reflects on what it means to live ouside the camp - a place of isolation and shame. We must join Jesus outside the camp and suffer with Him as we carry our crosses.

 

Our Lady’s Chapel

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Dear Faithful of Saint Mary’s Parish,

I hope you all are doing well! I want to share with you one idea that the Pastoral council and I have given some thought to in the past several weeks. As you know, our Church has a beautiful Chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this chapel there is an altar with a tabernacle on it. But the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is not in that tabernacle except from Holy Thursday evening to Holy Saturday night as a sign of the three days that Jesus Christ was in the tomb. During these days, the liturgy of the Catholic Church says that the main tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary should be emptied and moved to an altar on one of the sides of the Church.

We want to put the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in the tabernacle that is in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Also, we want to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary. So there will be two places in our Church for praying: one in the main Church and one in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Sometimes, people would like to have a quieter place to pray, or more intimacy with God, and if so, they could go to this Chapel. And people who wish to pray in the main Church can continue to do so because the same Lord will be in both places.  

I think this is an opportunity to reinforce our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We need this as much as our bodies need to eat and drink. You remember that Saint Paul says, “devote yourselves  to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2) as well as “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Phil 4:6). We can pray anywhere, but praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament is the best place to pray if we can. Remember that our Church is open from 3am to 10pm. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop by the Church and just tell God how much you love him? Isn’t it something we like people to do with us? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we acquire the custom of reserving a time of the day for prayer, before or after work, and be with Jesus Christ to give Him thanks?

We would like to do this as soon as possible, on this coming Thursday, after which, Adoration on Thursdays will be held in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. I would like you to know that we need people who want to make a commitment to be adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. The commitment is just to pick a time of the day where you will come to adore Jesus Christ. When you parents ask me what you can do for your children after having raised them as Catholic, they do not practice anymore what you taught them, I say, “Just pray for them because that is the unique thing you can do now.” In the Gospel of Luke 18:1, you see this: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”.

Finally, something that you know, which is my love for all of you in the heart of Jesus Christ and my constant prayer for you and all your families.

May God bless you always.

Father Faustino Ruiz

Love Thy Neighbor – Jamaica 2015

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A heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the parishioners of St. Mary’s for their prayers and financial support of the 2015 Mission Team that was in Jamaica 22 thru 30 January!! The lives of several poor Jamaican families were made significantly better because of you! Through your support we built one small new home, resided and reroofed another home, replaced the roofs on three additional homes, and did some minor repair at the church rectory. We were also able to leave Br. Baylon with $4,800.00 to support the ongoing needs of his parish and the local community. Most of the sites we work at do not have water and sewer. Some have electricity. All of the families we helped were in desperate need of assistance. A young family of (5) will live in the new home we built. Their existing home was approximately 8’ X 8’ in size and was constructed out of tree limbs and a variety of other scrap materials. Thank you again and may God bless each of you and your families throughout the New Year.

 

Christ’s Peace To You Always, Deacon Bill Bussan

 

Thoughts and Reflections on the Holy Eucharist

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Father Mike Schmitz from St. Paul, MN. speaks to 10,000 college students at this year’s Focus Conference in Nashville, TN. about the Holy Eucharist and offers a wonderful perspective on how we might develop a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. (The talk actually begins 12 minutes into the video, so you might want to forward past the first 11 minutes.)

Fr. Mike Schmitz Video