There is a reason that John the Baptist appears in our Gospel reading for this Second Sunday in Advent calling out, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” We might conclude, and not entirely in error, that the reference point is the imminent birth of Christ, the ultimate conclusion of Advent.
However, the meaning of this is much deeper and broader, something which needs to strike a chord in our hearts and in our lives of stewardship. Often we make reference to the fact that stewardship requires conversion. There are actually two accepted translations of μετανοέω/metanoeō, the original Greek word construed as “repent” which begins John the Baptist’s admonition. One is “repent” which is always good advice to us.
The other is “change.” Last week Jesus told us to wake up. This week John the Baptist is telling us to change. Advent is the time for us to come alive, but it is not just an occasion for action. It should also motivate us to alter the way we approach living — to seek ways to live out stewardship in service, in love, and in gratitude.
But, yes, it is a time to be penitent as well. It is a time to repent in the original sense of that word. St. John Chrysostom wrote eloquently on how to repent. He gave us five paths (terms) to lead us to repent: 1. Confession; 2. Forgiveness; 3. Prayer; 4. Almsgiving; 5. Humility. That is good advice for Advent.
LAST WEEK'S COLLECTION
Your gifts of stewardship:
Thanksgiving Mass - $1,108.00
Sunday Mass - $4,290.00
2nd Collection (“Typhoon Haiiyan Relief”) - $566.47
Love Loaves Collection - $65.21
As of 12/01/2013 the Grand Total for the 2nd Collection
(“Typhoon Haiiyan Relief”) amounted to $3,379.83
Grand Total for the Love Loaves Collection amounted to $2,214.01
Thank you to all who so generously and faithfully support our parish and helped
our brothers and sisters most in need. God Bless You All!
Dec. 8 – 14
Glorina Perez and Lucia McDonald
Dec. 15 – 21
Letty Bartels and Emily Cruz
Sacrament of Baptism:
Baptisms are celebrated only on 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 5:30pm (Before 6pm Mass). Please contact the parish secretary at least two weeks in advance to prepare and schedule a baptism.
Sacrament of Matrimony:
Please contact the parish office at least six months before the date of the proposed marriage.
Church & Social Hall Usage:
To reserve the church and/or social hall for a funeral, wedding, anniversary, a special occasion, rosary, event, or meeting please call parish office.
All new parishioners are encouraged to register.
Parish Bulletin Notices:
All announcements for the weekly bulletin must be submitted no later than the 12 NOON on Wednesdays of the previous week (11 days before the Sunday in which the announcement should appear).
2nd Sunday of Advent
In this week's Gospel Reading and next week's, our Advent preparation for Christmas invites us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. In this week's Gospel, Matthew describes the work and preaching of John the Baptist.
John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets of Israel, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. In fact, the description of John found in this reading is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In this reading, John directs a particularly pointed call to repentance to the Pharisees and Sadducees, parties within the Jewish community of the first century.
John marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have practiced ritual washings for similar purposes, and John's baptism may have been related to the practices of the Essenes, a Jewish sect of the first century. John's baptism can be understood as an anticipation of Christian baptism. In this passage, John himself alludes to the difference between his baptism and the one yet to come: “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11).
In this reading, John makes very clear that his relationship to the Messiah yet to come (Jesus) is one of service and subservience: “. . . the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals” (Matthew 3:11). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, today's passage is followed by Jesus' baptism by John, an event that is attested to in all four of the Gospels and appears to have been the start of Jesus' public ministry.
John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus in the first century, we, too, are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by our repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives, as John did, the coming of the Lord.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation - Fridays, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
- Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (holy day of obligation ), Dec. 9, 2013. Mass at 8 a.m. There will be NO 6 p.m. mass at the parish. Proclamation of the gospel/homily & procession at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
- Christmas Eve,Tuesday, Dec. 24, 11 p.m., Christmas Day
- Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec, 25, 7 and 9 a.m.
New Year's Masses
- New Year’s Eve,Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
- New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7 to 9 a.m.
Christmas Floral Dedications
We invite you to dedicate a loved one in prayer by offering beautiful Christmas poinsettias for our church during this Christmas season. Members dedicated may be living or deceased. Donation is $40 for each individual floral dedication naming one person, a couple, or family group. All names dedicated in prayer will be printed in the church bulletin for the weekend of December 21-22 and December 28-29, but will not appear on the plants.
Fill out the form(s) in the back page of the bulletin and submit with a check made payable to OLBS, with memo: Christmas floral dedication. Drop in the collection basket or at parish office by Dec. 15. Thank you for your participation in this special opportunity this Christmas.
OLBS Christmas Decorating Plans
We are accepting donations starting this weekend until Dec.13. We are in need of the following:
- Lumot - as much as possible
- 4 plain artificial wreaths (approximately 3 1/2 ft in size)
- (3) 14 individual pre-tied medium/large-size red bows (will be used for the middle of wreath). Can be found at Home Depot or Kmart.
- 30 boxes of white Christmas lights
- 30 boxes of colored Christmas lights
- (8) One roll of fishing line
All donations can be brought to the parish office during office hours. Deadline to submit all donations is Friday, Dec. 13, at 12 noon. If you would like to make a monetary donation please make sure that you make notation that it is for the OLBS Christmas Decorating Plans. We thank you for your continued kindness and generosity!
We will start decorating the church for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7 to 11:30 p.m. And continue decorating on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8:30a.m. to 12 noon. We are asking that all Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation students and altar servers come assist and we welcome all who would like to help decorate! This is a wonderful way to come together as a parish community and Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Blessing of Niñus (Baby Jesus)
on the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Fr. Andre will be doing the blessing of the Niňu (Baby Jesus) on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the 6 p.m. Mass and Sunday, Dec. 15, at both the 7 and 9 a.m. Masses. So we invite children and/or families to bring their Niňu (Baby Jesus) from home to be blessed as we begin the novena in honor of Niňu Jesus. It was Blessed John Paul II that began the tradition of Blessing the Niňu Jesus during Advent and before the novena to the Niňu Jesus. So let us continue this tradition and be a strong sign that we believe in Christmas and that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Calling All Eucharistic Ministers,
Lectors, and Techas
The commissioning of all (current & new) Eucharistic ministers, lectors, and techas will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the 9 a.m. Mass. All are asked to attend.
Parish Council Meeting
There will be a Parish Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:45 p.m. in the Fatima Hall. All members are asked to attend.
PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, DEC. 9
5th Annual Angel Blessings
If you did not have the opportunity to get an Angel Blessing yet, please call Cynthia Agbulos, OFS at 483-6583 or 477-6584 and she will make sure to get that to you.
The items they are asking to donate are 2 shampoo, 2 conditioner, 2 toothpaste, 2 4-pack toliet tissue and 4 bars of soap. These items will be packaged and delivered to the parish homebound and sick, Guma San Jose, Guma Mami, Zero Down and Guma Trankilidat.
Please attach the angel tag to your items and leave it at the Front Entrance of the Church or at the front of the Parish office before or by no later than Saturday, December 21st. You can also drop off to the parish office during office hours. Someone will come by daily to pick up.
Thank you for giving to the less fortunate and most in need on our island. It is by your generosity that makes the Christmas season joyful and beautiful for others. May God bless you always.
Please remember our sick and homebound in your prayers:
Lord Jesus, we lift these people on our prayer list up to you:
You are the healer of the sick, who raised the dead to life.
We praise you for the faith you give us to keep on
hoping and praying for those who are ill.
Listen to the silent tears of those who weep within as they yearn
to see their loved ones made whole again.
Your healing was the center of your earthly message.
May we continue to pray for those who are sick and homebound
and may your inner peace come to us all. Amen.
(Adapted from: Living Faith).
Our sick and recovering:
Deacon Louis Agbulos, Jr., Eddie Aguon, Rose Borja, Mark Cruz, Donna Jones, Sr. Jacinta Marsil, Isabel J. Munoz, Manuel Santos, Michele B. Santos, Barbara Fujikawa
Simpliciano, Irene Sobrevilla, Annie Untalan
George Agobao, Maria Aguon, Joyce Camacho, Juanita Deoro, Serafina Fejeran, Juan Garcia, Esther Lizama, Dolores Luzano, Maria Reyes,Francisco San Nicolas, John and Winnie Suzuki, Rosa M. Torres
Global Wave of Prayer to End Hunger
Archbishop Anthony Apuron invites all parishes and schools to join Pope Francis as he launches the One Human Family, Food for All global wave of prayer on Tuesday, December 10th at 12noon. For more information, please go to www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or www.caritas.org.
This is a great way to close out November’s food and fund drive for Catholic Social Service and Kusinan Kamalen. The Archbishop thanks each and every one of your for your kindness and generosity as we serve our brothers and sisters who are most in need.
Please pray the Campaign Prayer below on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at 12 noon.
O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that
we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.
You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood
and to teach us your Law of Love.
Through His death and resurrection,
we have been formed into one human family.
Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food—
even transforming five loaves and two fish
into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.
We come before you, O’ God, conscious of our faults and failures,
but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.
Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business,
as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and chartable solutions
to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.
Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment,
we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All.”
Praying for Our Military
Pease pray for the following military members of our parish, as well as all of the men and women serving in the military who protect and keep us safe each day.
***Daniel Afaisen—Army National Guard
***Matthew Afaisen—Army National Guard
***Glen John Q. Asprec—Army National Guard
Brian Aflague— Navy Reserve
Rianna Aflague—Air Guard
Brian Aguigui—Air Force
Joseph Aquino Jr.—Army National Guard
Louiena Aquino—Army National Guard
Mark Aquino—Army National Guard
***Ray Aromin—Army National Guard
Michael Bartels—Air Force
***Gordon Blackmon—Army National Guard
Leona I. Blas—Army Reserve
Dan A. Camacho—Navy
John Joseph D. Camacho—Air Force
Kenneth F.D. Camacho—Air Guard
Lena I. Castro—Air Guard
Travis Chanco—Army National Guard
***Timothy Chargualaf—Army National Guard
Mark Cook—Coast Guard
Byron Cruz—Air Guard
Jon Cruz—Coast Guard
Mylyn Rose Cruz — Army
***Timothy Scott P. Cruz—Army
Vicente Cruz, Jr.—Air Force
Jacob Cummings—Coast Guard
John F. Delgado—Air Guard
Jon Anthony F. Delgado—Air Force
***Joshua Delgado—Army National Guard
David Diamadi—Air Force
Annicah Diaz—Air Force
***Jaimen Christopher Calvo Diaz—Army National Guard
Richard Diaz - Air Force
Sheena A. Drilon—Air Force
Jesse Duenas, Jr. —Army National Guard
Anna Teresa Indalecio Eustaquio—Army Reserve
Jerrilee Finona—Air Force
Steven Christopher San Nicolas Finona—Air Force
Christopher Flores—Coast Guard
Rick Flores—Air Guard
***Rickey Flores—Army National Guard
Peter Guerrero—Army National Guard
***Joe Halmi—Army National Guard
Xylina S. Halmi —Air National Guard
***Vaun Laguana—Army National Guard
LeRoy Leon Guerrero— Air Force Reserve
***Jared Manibusan—Army National Guard
Dominique Manipol—Air Force
Marshall Jonathan Manipol—Air Force
Charles McDonald-Air Guard
Carl A. Mendiola —Army
Charles C. Meno—Army
Zachary Velez Palomo—Air Force Reserve
Jonathon Q. Pangelinan—Coast Guard
***Stephen Pangelinan—Army National Guard
Raymond Perez-Air Guard
Ronald Raguindin—Air Force
Joshua T. Reyes—Army
Leonard Reyes -Air Guard
Veronica Reyes—Coast Guard
Maurissa T. Rosario -Army National Guard
Tybolt Rosario—Army National Guard
Vincent Sablan—Coast Guard
Peter San Agustin—Army National Guard
Randy San Nicolas—Army National Guard
Joseph Santiago- Army
Joseph Santos-Air Force
***Mark A. Santos—Army National Guard
Patrick C. Santos—Army
Eugene Taitano-Army National Guard
Hadrian Torres-Air Guard
Henry Torres Jr.—Navy
***Anthony M.A. Toves—Air Guard
Jeremy C. Untalan—Air Force
Victorino T. Untalan—Navy
Vinton H. Velez—Air Force Reserve
Jeffrey Ventura—Coast Guard
If you have a loved one serving in the military and would like to add him/her to our list, please call the parish office at 472-6246 or email the military member’s name and branch of service to email@example.com. Thank you.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
they perform for us in our time of need.
And give us peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.