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November 17th ✙ 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for November 17th, 2019

       WE LIVE IN A WORLD which is full of confusion and unrest. In the midst of such a world we are expected to witness to Christ. To be good and faithful witnesses we need help from on high. Therefore, it is to God we now turn for the courage and strength we need.
        Lord Jesus, you strengthen us when we are weak. Lord, have mercy. You give us courage when we are afraid. Christ, have mercy.
        You give us hope when we fall into despair. Lord, have mercy.

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The Time Has Come

       Many Jews in the first centuryanticipated the "Day of the Lord" or Doom's day. John the Baptist had preached its nearness. There was a debate over the exact nature of this event and its imminence. Jesus warns His followers not to become unduly upset over it. He urges them not to be worried over the signs that were said to presage it.
        He clearly teaches that the "Day" would not bring the destruction of the world, but the conclusion of the pre-Christian era. In the new world, Christians should expect persecution. He promises to give His disciples spiritual wisdom to counter their foes.

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Preparing for Advent

      Advent is a time when we can step back from the hectic routine, slow down and contemplate the Mystery of the Incarnation. It marks the beginning of a new liturgical year in the Church that slowly builds momentum towards Christmas as the weeks go by.
      As with all new beginnings, this season is intended to renew our joy, hope, faith and love.
      While the rest of the world rushes through to get to Christmas, let us slow down and appreciate this season and rejoice in the lead up to the birth of our Savior this Christmas.

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Your prayers are requested for these Parishioners and Friends

Angie Pigoni Barbara Entsisle
Oralee Floria Marilyn Birkett
Barbara Crownover Lori Wise
Barbara J. Ferguson Janet Renon
Penny Davis Jim Mathews
Marian Bryant Sarah Bryan
Randy Bertolucci John McAvoy
Ted Lockett Joe Bonchonsky
Jean Marie Sylwanowicz Joe Spini
Nellie del Nero Kitty Lyons
Sandy Zan Ed Flynn
Rebecca Weston Robert & Cathy Neptune
Lyn Lockett Steve Smith
Rita Heikura Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado
John Dell'Amico  

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November 16th, Saturday
Eucharist: Chuck Rosecrantz
Cups:Bill Navarre & Jan Davis
Lectors: Paul Schwartz & Chuck Schlumpberger
Altar Servers: Nathan(Altar Prep) & Jennifer Roach (Book)
Cross Bearer: Nathan Dolf
Ushers:Mark Clure & Bill Acord
2nd Collection:****

November 17th, Sunday
Eucharist:Sandy Meneni
Cups:LaVada Erickson & Deacon Ed Pecis
Lectors:Mark Sadler & Tonio Dolf
Altar Servers:Jacob Chapman (Altar Prep) & Austin McWilliams (Book)
Cross Bearer:Liam McWilliams
Ushers: Dante Capovilla & Alvin Garcia
2nd Collection:****

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Reflections

From Failure Up

Can a man grow from the dead clod of failure?
Some consoling flower,
Something to wear as a buttonhole in Heaven?
Under the flat, flat grief of defeat maybe
Hope is a seed.
Maybe this is what he was born for, this hour
Of hopelessness
Maybe it is here he must search
In this hell of unfaith
Where no one has a purpose
Where the web of meaning is broken threads
And one man looks at another in fear.
O God, can a man find You when he lies with his face downwards
And his nose in the rubble that was his achievement?
Is the music of playing behind the door of despair?
O God, give us purpose.
(The Complete Poems of Patrick Kavanagh, 1984, Goldsmith Press)

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

What are the Four Last Things?

The Sacred Tradition of the Church speaks of death,
judgment,
hell
and heaven.

Death is a reality for everyone.
Death is also definitive: after death you cannot change anything about your former earthly life.
During that life, you were free to respond positively, or negatively, to the love of God, but after death comes judgment.
Particular judgment: Immediately after we die, we face God’s particular judgement, when we are confronted with the consequences of the choices we made during our lives.
It is particular because it refers to everything about our individual lives.
Last judgment: At the end of time, when Jesus returns to us in glory there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and evil will be no more.
Then our bodies and souls will be reunited, and the truth of each man’s relationship to God will be laid bare. The last judgment is not another judgment:
we will be judged only once.

Heaven

Hell

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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. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano, Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army Nick Kennedy, US Navy
Commander Michael Quigley, US Army James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

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