November 18, 2018
2018 Weekend Collection: $ 2,369.00
2017 Weekend Collection: $ 2,240.50
Prayers for the Living: Francisco Cervantes, Jimmy Lehr, Whitey Mendenhall , & Brendan Reagan
Prayers for the Deceased: All Souls
Next Sunday, November 25th, is the day of our patrion Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Save the Date! Saturday, December 1st, 14th Annual Ladies Christmas Brunch in the Parish Hall: Tickets available in the Church Rectory $5.00 each. For more information call Claudia 310-809-0629.
Confirmation Classes: No classes for 1st year and 2nd year students on Sunday, November 18th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
First Communion Classes:
No classes for Lesly & Chely’s students on Monday, November 19th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be class Monday, November 26th.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Please be generous in this week’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, one in seven people lives in poverty. With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country. 25% of funds collected are used to fund anti-poverty projects in the Archdiocese. You can make a gift online by visiting archla.org/cchdgive
Campaña Catόlica Para El Desarrollo Humano: Por favor, sean generosos en la segunda colecta de esta semana para la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano. En los Estados Unidos, una de cada seis personas vive en situación de pobreza. Con esta colecta ustedes dan su apoyo a programas que tratan con las causas de la pobreza y brindan un futuro sostenible a aquellos que están luchando en todo el país. Además, el 25 por ciento de los fondos recaudados permanecerán en nuestra diócesis para financiar proyectos anti-pobreza en nuestra área.
Weekly Reflection: We are approaching the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and if the advertisers are to be believed, the Christmas shopping season is already in full-swing. Today’s readings stand in stark contrast to all this worldly merry-making, warning us of dark times ahead and our inevitable judgment day. How should a modern-day disciple and steward respond to these seeming contradictions? Keep this question in mind as we take a look at the Word of God presented to us this week.
The First Reading, from Daniel, describes a time “unsurpassed in distress since nations began” and warns that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, and others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.”
The Second Reading, from Hebrews, speaks of Christ who “waits until his enemies are made his footstool.”
Even the Gospel Acclamation is ominous: “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.”
In the Gospel passage, from Mark, Jesus describes a time of tribulation after which “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”
Sobering messages indeed. It’s enough to make you lose your appetite for that second piece of pumpkin pie. But for a committed disciple of Christ, these messages are simply a healthy (and vivid!) reminder of why our first priority is God Himself.
For when we have firmly established for ourselves as individuals, as a family and as a parish that we will give to God the first and best portion of our Time, Talent, and Treasure, the warnings we read in the Scriptures today need not cause us alarm. In
fact, we can receive them as an encouragement — to “Keep Calm and Steward On,” no matter what comes our way.
One of the blessings of a stewardship way of life is this: In challenging times, whether in our homes or workplaces, or even our beloved Church itself, we can take great comfort in knowing we have a concrete plan to keep our priorities in right order. And when we put God first in all aspects of our lives, we will experience the peace that He gives that surpasses all understanding.
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Sabias Que? Los padres de familia se encuentran en una posición única para conocer no sólo a sus propios hijos, sino también a los amigos de sus hijos. Si usted es un padre confiable, el amigo de su hijo puede acercarse a usted con secretos. ¿Qué hace usted si un niño le cuenta sobre un abuso? Como adulto, es fundamental que permanezca calmada y no reaccione de forma exagerada. Las víctimas infantiles a menudo están asustadas y confundidas, y su confusión y enojo no ayudan a la situación. Su preocupación y apoyo, sin embargo, reafirmarán al niño de maneras importantes y pueden ayudar a comenzar el proceso de sanación de un niño víctima que ha sufrido bajo las manos de un depredador. Para obtener más información sobre los pasos a seguir si un niño le cuenta sobre el abuso, envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com
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