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ADVENT DAY BY DAY: OPENING DOORS TO JOY

BY: KATHY COFFEY

 

 

Advent calendars help us enter into the season’s delight. With each day’s reading and reflection, we advance on a path that culminates with the celebration of Christ’s birth. Let’s open the first “door.”

 

Sunday readings vary according to each year’s cycle—A, B, or C. Weekday readings are the same every Advent.

 

FIRST SUNDAY

A: Is 2:1–5; Rom 13:11–14; Mt 24:37–44

B: Is 63:16b–17, 19b; 64:2–7; 1 Cor 1:3–9; Mk 13:33–37

C: Jer 33:14–16; 1 Thes 3:12—4:2; Lk 21:25–28, 34–36

The Good News Begins

As days shortened, our ancestors feared the sun might never return. We too rejoice when Jesus promises tender leaves, signs of spring. We await One so good, so full of compassion, that we stand tall, heads high, eager to see him enfleshed.

 

MONDAY: A: Is 4:2–6; B and C: Is 2:1–5; A, B, C: Mt 8:5–11

When Will It Ever Happen?

We hear Isaiah’s image of swords turned into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, yet wars still rage. All are one in the Body of Christ, yet still we harm the Christ in the other, his likeness obscured by differences of nationality or religion.

 

TUESDAY: Is 11:1–10; Lk 10:21–24

Through a Child’s Eyes

What a relief when Jesus praises the childlike—not those set in smug certainties but those as wobbly as calves. God became a human infant to see the world with a child’s fresh wonder. A baby has no ego or accomplishment to protect but simply trusts that what is given is good. That’s all God wants us to do.

 

WEDNESDAY: Is 25:6–10a; Mt 15:29–37

Promise and Reality

Hunger and death are countered by Isaiah’s promise. Jesus wiped away tears by curing disease and deformity. His pity for the crowd’s hunger led to a feast of loaves and fishes. For people who hadn’t eaten in three days, that meal must have tasted like “juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines” (Is 25:6).

 

THURSDAY: Is 26:1–6; Mt 7:21, 24–27

Gold at the Bottom of the Barrel

We can identify with Isaiah’s condemnation of “those in high places” (26:5). As Jesus taught and lived, we learn more from failure than success. By losing a little life, we gain a larger one. What have you learned from failure or disappointment?

 

FRIDAY: Is 29:17–24; Mt 9:27–31

No Instant, Microwave Gratification

“A very little while” (Is 29:17) can seem like an eternity. Our speed-obsessed culture has lost the art of waiting. How many dark days did the blind men endure before they met Jesus? Maybe their long wait, yearning for light, helped them answer, “Yes, Lord” to “Do you believe that I can do this?” (Mt 9:28). For what do you long? Has your long wait ever sweetened the fulfillment of a desire?

 

SATURDAY: Is 30:19–21, 23–26; Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6–8

What If?

Imagine a Jesus who condemns, punishes, and predicts fiery damnation. In contrast, consider how people welcome him who teaches, cures, forgives, and has pity. We, too, are sent to serve from a kingdom perspective and a brightness within.

 

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ADVENT FEASTS OF MARY

 

12/8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gn 3:9–15, 20; Eph 1:3–6, 11–12; Lk 1:26–38

Ephesians reminds us that we are chosen just as Mary was. At some level, we should know clearly “The Lord is with you.” What does that certainty mean in your daily life?

 

12/12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zec 2:14–17 or Rv 11:19; 12:1–6, 10; Lk 1:26–38 or 1:39–47

Mary’s appearance to Juan Diego restored life to an indigenous people so brutally colonized they had a collective death wish. Advent is a good time to look at our own yearnings. What do we most fear? For what do we most long?

IMNO NI STO. TOMAS

STO. TOMAS ON HELPING THE NEEDY: If there are people who refuse to work, that is for the authorities to deal with. My duty is to assist and relieve those who come to my door.

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FIRST FRIDAY HOLY HOUR AT DEVOTION

 

SA APRIL 4, 2014 AY FIRST FRIDAY. 

 

DUMALO TAYO SA MISA,

 

HOLY HOUR AT PARISH RECOLLECTION

SIMULA 6 PM,

 

KUNG SAAN MARIRINIG NATIN ANG MENSAHE

 

NG SACRED HEART PARA SA ATIN SA BUWANG ITO.

 

MAYROON DING PAGPAPAHID NG LANGIS SA

 

KARANGALAN NI STO TOMAS.

 

MAGKITA-KITA PO TAYO!

 

 

PAANYAYA PARA SA MGA KABATAAN

kabataan,

MAGING malapit sa diyos at DAGDAGAN ANG KAIBIGAN AT BARKADA! 

dumalo sa parish youth ministry,

ang kilusan ng mga kabataan ng ating parokya. 

magkita-kita tayo sa parish hall tuwing sabado

simula alas-7 ng gabi

para sa kwentuhan, pagdarasal,

pakikipag-kaibigan sa diyos at sa isat-isa. 

ISAMA ANG LAHAT NG mga TROPA!

 IBA ANG SAYA KASAMA SI KRISTO!!! 

PAANYAYA PARA SA LOVE OFFERING SA PANGINOON

ANG MGA LOVE-OFFERING ENVELOPES NA IPINAMIMIGAY SA ATIN SA HARAP O PINTO NG SIMBAHAN AY MALAKING TULONG NINYO PARA SA MGA GAWAIN NG ATING SIMBAHAN.  UGALIIN NATIN NA SUPORTAHAN AT TULUNGAN ANG ATING PAROKYA.  BAGAMAT ITO AY HINDI SAPILITAN, SANA’Y MAUNAWAAN NATIN NA ANG ATING SIMBAHAN AY PANANAGUTAN NATIN NA ITAGUYOD SA KANYANG MGA PROYEKTO, MAINTENANCE AT MGA PLANO PARA SA IKADARAKILA NG DIYOS.  MAAARING IBALIK SA OPISINA O KAYA’Y IALAY SA OFFERTORY PROCESSION NG MISA ANG ATING MGA LOVE OFFERING.    ANG BUKAS-PALAD SA DIYOS AY PINAGPAPALA NIYANG LUBOS.  SALAMAT PO.

SCHEDULE OF LITURGICAL SERVICES
HOLY MASS:

SUNDAYS        6:00 AM         

8:00 AM         10:00 AM
4:00 PM           5:00 PM

6:30 PM

MONDAYS    6:00 PM

TUESDAYS
    6:00 PM

WEDNESDAYS
   6:00 AM and 6:00PM

followed by Perpetual Help Novena

THURSDAYS
    6:00 PM

FRIDAYS          6:00 PM

followed by Sto. Tomas Devotion

1st FRIDAYS     6:00 PM

followed by Holy Hour and Parish Recollection                      

SATURDAYS    6:00 AM and
5:30 PM ANTICIPATED MASS

PANALANGIN NG PAROKYA NI STO. TOMAS DE VILLANUEVA

 

AMANG MAPAGMAHAL

TUNGHAYAN MO PO AT KAAWAAN

ANG IYONG MGA ANAK

SA DELA PAZ AT SANTOLAN

NA BUMUBUO SA PAROKYA

NI STO TOMAS DE VILLANUEVA.

NAWAY MAG-UMAPAW

ANG PAGKAKAISA, PAGMAMAHAL

AT PAGLILINGKOD SA AMING LAHAT

KAUGNAY NG AMING OBISPO, KURA PAROKO

AT MGA PARING LINGKOD.

MARANASAN NAWA NG BAWAT

PAMILYA AT PAMAYANAN

ANG IYONG PAGGABAY AT

PAGPAPALANG MATERYAL AT ESPIRITWAL.

ITAGUYOD NAWA NAMIN

ANG MISYON NG SIMBAHAN

NA MAY MALASAKIT SA AMING KAPWA

AT TUNAY NA PAGBIBIGAYAN.

SALAMAT PO SA PAROKYA

NAMING ITO NA SIYANG

TAHANAN NG AMING PUSO

AT BUONG PAGKATAO.

SA PAMAMAGITAN NI KRISTO

KASAMA NG ESPIRITU SANTO

MAGPASAWALANG HANGGAN.  AMEN.

STO. TOMAS DE VILLANUEVA,

IPANALANGIN MO KAMI.  

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