Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2019
12/08/19 thru 12/15/19
9:00am. Pedro Vargas offered by Lorraine Chavez.
+Julie Jackson offered by Dolores Jackson.
11:00am. +Benina Ramos & +Esikio Campos
offered by Dcn. Jorge Campos & Family.
WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:
9:00am. Orlando Orona offered by Eva Orona.
Special Intentions offered by Rita.
9:00am. +Chester Dyson offered by
Bob & Kay Dyson.
9:00am. Healing of the Sick.
9:00am. +Frank Orona offered by Eva Orona.
9:00am. Pat Murlless offered by Bob & Kay Dyson.
FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 12/01/19
YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:
Sunday Offering .. $
Childrens Fund . $3.00
Capital Fund . $80.00
General Fund .. $
Capital Fund . $
Childrens Fund ..$
The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in
The Church Office for Review
Church Secretary; Meredith Pryor
Office Telephone: 928-333-4423
Please contact Monica Boehning at 333-5539 for prayer requests. Leave a message if no answer, include your name and phone number, with info.
THIS WEEK PLEASE PRAY FOR:
+Lawrence Rheaume, +Victoria Chavez,
+Edward Tim Timmons, +Ernest Anaya, +Felix Baca.
Ricky Barraza, Lily Hill, Susie Apodaca,
Pat & Victor Rubalcaba, Bernice Chavez, Confie
Lesuer, Maria Morales,Teresa Barbier, Richard Pena,
Clara Archuletta, Judy Bragg, Dolores Jackson,
Jessica Williams, Eva Orona, Charlie Orona,
Sophie Montoya, Joe Tapia, Cruz Milligan,
Juanito Quevedo, Krystna Kocol,
Irene Moya, Lydia Gonzalez.
Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the
9:00 am Mass or Contact;
Dean Smith at 928-853-6307
CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Rosary before Mass.
CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.
ENGLISH MASS, 9:00am
SPANISH MASS: 11:00am
Rosary before mass.
C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.
RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.
Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.
Rosary before mass.
6:30pm English Choir practice in church
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday
of the month.
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Stations of the Cross every Friday During Lent.
Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.
St. Helena Parish, Alpine, Az.
Mass 4:00 pm
Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi
Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707
Lora Harrison - (928) 333-0148
Esmerelda Ontiveros - (928) 812-0049
Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919
Altar Servers: Tasheena James .
Charles Rand . .. .(928) 333-3541
Church Cleaning: Vacant.
Funeral Director: Diane Fritz .(928) 333-5919
Lectors: Mary DiFilippo . .(928) 333-3338
Music Director: Bob Dyson . (928) 333-2809
RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos .(928) 333-2150
Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore .(928) 333-0148
Ushers: Jim Morrison ...(928) 333-0928
Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring, ...(928) 551-6003
St. Vincent De Paul Org ..(928) 333-4879
Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning .. (928) 333-5539
MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR December 15th.
9:00am. Paige Baldwin, Cyenna
Shepherd, Aaron Madariaga.
11:00am. Angela & Naida Enriquez.
9:00am. Monica Boehning.
11:00am. Lupe Gonzalez.
9:00am. Marge Tapia, Jessica & Mike
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Holy Fathers Prayer Intention:
The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize
the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.
We have space in our bulletin for your business Ads.
If you would like to put one in the bulletin please call the church office.
RCIA:- The lesson On December 9th The Sacraments an Introduction Instructor, Dcn. Jorge Campos..
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MASS will be held in the coffee room to save on the cost of heating the church.
LITURGY MINISTRY MEETING (involving Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors & Altar Servers) on December 13, 2019 at 4:30 in the coffee room.
CHILDREN FROM THE PARISH ARE NEEDED to learn a special song to be sung at the Childrens Mass on Christmas Eve. Practice will be after the 9:00am masses in the gym and Monday during religious education classes. Practice will be Dec 8, Dec 9, Dec 15, 16, Dec. 22.
We will also work on learning Christmas Carols!
OFFERING ENVELOPES: The annual offering envelopes will be available soon. If you or someone you know wants to participate in our Sunday offering envelope program, please stop by the office or contact the office at 333-4423. This is one way you can assist your Parish with everyday expenses. At the end of the fiscal year you will receive a letter from St. Peter's Parish thanking you and giving you an account of your contributions for annual taxes.
2020 CENSUS 101: Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U. S. once, only once, and in the right place.
CENSO 2020 101: Todos contamos. El censo cuenta a toda persona viviendo en Estados Unidos una vez, solamente una ves en el lugar appropiado.
SPIRITUAL READING MINISTRY IS A SUCCESS! Please continue to use this wonderful resource! The Spiritual Reading Book Cart will be in the Narthex January 5, 2020 with the theme of Joy and Peace. Please return previously borrowed books to the book cart by January 5. If finished sooner you can return your book to the choir on Sunday.
~ May your Spiritual reading be your Spiritual feeding.~
ADVENT AND OUR COMMUNITY:
DECEMBER 9: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THE ANNUAL REASON FOR THE SEASON CONCERT will be Monday, December 9th at 6:00pm at the Round Valley High School Auditorium. Father Anselm has been asked to give the Christmas message and he has accepted. Lets all be there to support him and listen to some great music pertaining to the true meaning
of the Advent & Christmas Seasons.
LUMINARIES will again be placed along main street of both Eagar and Springerville on December 24th. If your family or you would like to participate please call the office at 333-4423
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT: YEAR A
IS 11: 1-10, ROM 15:4-9, MATT 3: 1-12.
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
THEME: THE ADVENT OF AFFECTIVE TRANSFORMATION
INTRODUCTION: The prophecy of Isaiah foretells the coming days when a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse to usher in the era of affective transformation; when the jungle of brutes will become a garden of reconciliation, where wickedness will give way to affective relationship. This is fulfilled in the church through the good news that transforms brutality that hitherto characterized human relationship into love. The gospel attracts even brood of vipers to neutralize their poisonous venom in the waters of baptism. The true mark of salvation is inner transformation where love conquers our natural animalistic tendencies.
LIFE FROM JUNGLE TO THE GARDEN: The human life in the primitive state of nature is like a jungle where beasts cannibalize on each other. The coming of Jesus brought about a new exodus from the primitive jungle to the garden of peaceful co-habitation. Through the good news God has fulfilled his promise I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from you and give you a heart of flesh (Ez. 36:26). Through the power of love announced in the good news of salvation, the promise has come true. What the law could not do, the gospel of love has done; transforming brutish hearts of stone to sanctuary of love. Hence, the wolf is a guest to the lamb; leopard lies down with the kid; the calf and the young lion browse together.
The image of animals in the prophecy of Isaiah depicts the different habitual traits congenital to different individuals in the original state of nature prior to salvation. To check the ugly emergence of these inborn tendencies, the law was given, but to no avail. What the law could not achieve effectively, the gospel does affectively. So it can be said that Paul before his conversion, was a wolf to believers, whom Christ referred to as My lambs (Jn. 21:15), but in the light of the gospel, the wolf lives with the lambs in peace. Likewise, our natural tendencies, when exposed to the light of the gospel are transformed from bad to good.
When it is said that these animals will browse together with little child to guide them, it means, in the church, the rich and the poor, the powerful and the lowly, kings and peasants, will stay together to be led by little children; that is, the apostolic class, whom Jesus refers to as mere children to whom the mystery of the kingdom is revealed (see Lk. 10:21-22). To prove this further Jesus says, Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18:4) An infant is one who is a child with regard to evil (1cor. 14:20). These will put their hands in the hole of snakes, (that is, the kingdom of Satan), and rescue souls without being harmed. In childlike simplicity lies our authority.
FROM BROOD OF VIPERS TO GROUP OF BELIEVERS: As the voice of John cries in the wilderness, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, many responded to this call, including the Pharisees and Sadducees whom he addresses as brood of vipers. To respond to the call to repentance means yielding to a change of heart. Vipers have a beautiful and glittery skin but are filled with poison within. This can be likened to holy appearance of the Pharisees who are filled with wickedness and hearts of stone. Hence the preacher challenges them to produce good fruits as evidence of repentance. It is not enough to wear a holy countenance without a corresponding transformation of heart. As it is the nature of vipers to rip their mothers open and burst their entrails to be born, so is religiosity without true repentance a threat to the holy mother the church. The mark of true Christianity, therefore, is sincere transformation of heart and not beautiful uniforms, titles, merit awards and unnecessary classism; as evident in Pharisees and Sadducees. This can only identify brood of vipers which has only external beauty but inwardly poisonous. From brood of vipers, let us turn to group of believers.
When John said that God can raise children to Abraham from the very stones, gentiles are implied. In fact, when the stonehearted gentiles accepted the good news, they became children of Abraham in faith. St. Hilary sees the prophets dress of camels hair as pointing to the gentiles. The preacher of Christ, he says, is clad in the skin of unclean beasts, to which the gentiles are compared, and so by the prophets dress is sanctified whatever in them was useless or unclean.
CONCLUSION: The church is prefigured in the ark of the deluge, which housed all kinds of animals, clean and unclean, differently natured, yet dwelt in peace. In the New Testament, Peter saw still the ark lowered down from heaven with every kind of animals, this time declared clean (Acts 10:11-12) Our appearance does not matter but our inner disposition. We have to abandon our hearts of stone and put on the heart of Christ.