January 19, 2020
PARISH OFFERTORY FOR: Jan 12, 2020
2020 Weekend Collection:
01-12-2020 $ 1554.00
Building Fund $ 74.00
2019 Weekend Collection:
Building Fund $ 44.00
Guadalupana donation to
Together in Mission $800.00
Prayers for the Living: Frankie Alonso, Bill Brock, Jim & Valle Burke, Lyly Cardenas, Kimberly Fiallo, Isabella Armstrong, , Linda García, Melissa Gemilere, Miguel Leyva, , Estelle McKeown, Raquel Peguero, , Benjamin Reyes, Christina Saldana, Richard Saldana, Maria Elena Sillas, & Dayanara Tamayo, Ralph Morrow, Jose Luis Cazarez, Mathew Nushwat, Margaret Warner
Prayers for the Deceased: Jack McAleavy,
John Connery Heggernan lll, Michael Georgio, Margarita Ponce, Isabel Lopez, Maria De Jesus Cabellero, Frances Castruita, Ronald Castruita, Margaret Fine, Ed Fine
We conclude the Christmas season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The feast recalls Our Lords second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of his baptism by John in the River Jordan, In the Eastern Catholic churches this feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan God appeared in three persons. The sinless Christ did not need the baptism of John for repentenance. Jesus would institute baptism as the first sacrament for us to share in the Paschal mystery of his blessed Passion. Through the Sacrament of Baptism original sin and all personal sins are cleansed, we are given a new birth in the Holy Spirit and are made adopted sons and daughters of God. This feast is an opportunity ro reflect on the divine life that we partake in and live out every day as Jesus disciples.
This celebration of the Baptism of the Lord closes the Christmas season. In the scriptures we see one more epiphany, or manifestation, of the Spirit of God in Jesus, but this time it is as an adult, rather than as a child. Jesus baptism also serves as the inauguration of his prophetic mission and the messianic age..The reading from Isaiah describes Gods chosen Messiah upon whom Gods spirit rests In the acts of the Acts of the Apostles Peter says that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power” Acts 10:38 Finally, in the proclamation from Matthews Gospel Jesus baptism in water goes almost unnoticed. The crucial moment comes when the Spirit of God comes upon Jesus and a voice from heaven echoes the words of Isaiah “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well Pleased” Matthew 3:17
January 12th First year
January 19th Cancelled
January 26th Second year
February 2nd First year
February 9th Cancelled
February 16th Cancelled
March 8th , 22nd Second year
March 1st, 15th First year
To be announced
A CALL TO RENEW OUR PARISHES
Father William Ruther, when I came to the Parish of Saint Catherine of Alexandria I found leaking roofs, dead plants and a hedge that was old ugly and destroyed by the deer making dinner out of it. I used a ladder and went onto the sacristy with Henry’s roof patch and tried to find and patch all the leaks. The roofing was so old that there were many bad spots that were caused by sun damage over many years. It came to the attention of our Archbishop Jose Gomez that many parishes
throughout the Archdiocese are also in need of many repairs. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles started a few years ago a capital campaign throughout the whole Archdiocese to renew and repair our facilities. According to our normal Sunday collection they gave each parish a goal to reach as a fund raiser for our parish and for many other poorer parishes.
We need some good Parishioners to come to our aid in this time of need to help our parish. I need your help and expertise to help us to fulfil what our parish and me, your pastor, are being asked to do for the good of our parish and the whole Archdiocese. The Archdiocese has contracted the aid of an organization that specializes in fund raising. Their staff will help guide us in an effective way to motivate our parish in the implementation and caring out our part of this Archdiocesan fund raising and renew program.
Our roofs are 70 years old. You can see the tiles on the top of the roof but you cannot see how old and worn out and deteriorating the roofing that is under it. We need to go down to the bare wood and rebuild our roofs and then choose the good tile that can be reused and replace the broken and defected tiles. There is much more to be done to fix these old worn out buildings.
In the spirit of a Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. So now let us change the word country to the word parish. Ask not what your parish can do for you but what can you do for God and our parish. I am sure God will bless the cheerful giver. Thank you for your time and talents that you will use for the greater glory of God. May the blessings of God be with you.
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