November 11, 2018
Prayers for the Living: Tina Voci
Prayers for the Deceased: All Souls, Maria de Jesus Martinez, and Edward McGinty
PreBaptism Class: The next class for parents and godparents is scheduled for Friday, November 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Parish Office at (310) 510-0192 to register for the class.
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 12th and for Veterans Day. Also Monday, November 19th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be class Monday, November 26th.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Together in Mission: Our Parish goal was $13,254.00 our pledged amount raised $6,804.00 which left us a balance due of $6,450.00.
A special thank you to our Hispanic Community for the fund raisers they held over a span of four weekends which brought in $6,140.00
to bring us within $200.00 of our goal.
Gracias a todos los que donaron a juntos en misión: Nuestro objetivo de la parroquia era de $13.254,00 el monto comprometido levantado $6.804,00 que nos dejó un saldo de $6.450,00 debido.
Gracias especial a nuestra comunidad hispana para la recaudación llevado a cabo en un lapso de cuatro fines de semana que trajo en $6.140,00 para llevarnos dentro de $200,00 de nuestro objetivo.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Next week, our second collection will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over 43 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found by visiting archla.org/cchd
Campaña Catόlica Para El Desarrollo Humano: En la próxima semana, nuestra segunda colecta será para la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano. Más de 46 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos viven en situación de pobreza. Esta colecta financia programas que empoderan a las personas para identificar y encarar los obstáculos que enfrentan mientras que tratan de salir de la pobreza. Al dar su apoyo a esta colecta, ustedes están dándole a la gente una mano, no una limosna. Infórmense más acerca de la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano en www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
Weekly Reflection: Today’s First Reading from the First Book of Kings, as well as the Gospel passage from Mark, both center on the actions of two poor widows. The Gospel passage is often called the story of the “Widow’s Mite.” But taken together, perhaps a more fitting title of the stories of these two ladies would be, “The Mighty Widows.”
In our First Reading, the prophet Elijah encounters a widow during a terrible famine. She is preparing to make one last meal for herself and her son before their supply of food runs out. Elijah, acting as God’s messenger, tells her not to be afraid and asks her to give him something to eat before preparing a meal for herself and her son. In an extraordinary act of trust — and heroic hospitality — she agrees to Elijah’s request! Again speaking as God’s own messenger, Elijah assures her of God’s special provision for her, telling her that her “jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth.” Sure enough, the widow and her son were able to eat for a year, just as God promised.
In the Gospel, Jesus observes the crowd as they make their offerings to the synagogue treasury. He sees the wealthy people putting in large sums, while a poor widow contributes only two small coins. Seizing on this teachable moment, Jesus calls His disciples to Himself and tells them that according to Hiscalculations, it is the widow who has made the most pleasing offering. Unlike the rich, who gave a portion of their surplus, the widow gave all she had, “her whole livelihood.”
In the eyes of the world, particularly in Biblical times where there was no life insurance or Social Security, these widows were weak and dependent on others to take care of them. They each found themselves in desperate situations — one in the midst of famine with a child to care for, and the other clearly impoverished. Yet each demonstrated strength and generosity that distinguished them from those around them. From where did this strength come?
It came from knowing who they are, andWhose they are. These women must have known that their security would not come from a good life insurance policy or connections to someone with a hidden storehouse of flour.
No, their security came from knowing they were daughters of the Most High God and from putting their faith in Him. They had no need to panic in the midst of natural disaster or cling desperately to their menial resources. Their faith in God set them free to trust Him when all seemed hopeless. Their faith kept them detached from material possessions. Their faith allowed them to be brave and generous, to think of others despite their own trials.
These women saw themselves as stewards, not owners, of the resources God gave them, regardless of how much or how little they had. And acting as stewards made them gracious, generous and mighty indeed.
Did You Know? Parents are in a unique position to know about not only their own children, but their children’s friends. If you are a trusted parent, your child’s friend may come to you with secrets. What do you do if a child tells you about abuse? As an adult, it’s critical that you remain calm, and don’t overreact. Child victims are often frightened and confused, and your confusion and anger does not help their situation.Your concern and support, however, will affirm the child in important ways and can help begin the healing process for a child victim who has suffered at the hands of a predator. To learn more about steps to take if a child tells you about abuse, email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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