Page 1. ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH BULLETIN: NOVEMBER 29, 2020, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Page 2. REFLECTIONS: THEME: AWAITING THE MASTER’S RETURN;
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NOVEMBER 29, 2020
11/29/20 thru 12/04/20
9:00am. +Lawrence Rheaume, requested by
11:00am. Eddy Gerlach, requested by
WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:
FINANCIAL REPORT FOR WEEK 11/22/2020
YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:
Campaign Human Develop…………$80.00
The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in
The Church Office for Review
Church Secretary; Vacant
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:
Family of +Linda Kay Romero,
Denia Duncan, Irene Moya, Lydia Gonzalez.
Jason Pittman, Eileen Tyrrell, Rebeka Talbot,
Charles Rand, Roxanne Chavez, Ricky Barraza,
Lily Hill, Susie Apodaca, Confie LeSuer, Liz Ketring,
Pat & Victor Rubalcaba, Bernice Chavez,
Maria Morales, Teresa Barbier, Richard Pena,
Clara Archuletta, Judy Bragg, Dolores Jackson,
Jessica Williams, Eva Orona, Sophie Montoya, Joe
Tapia, Juanito Quevedo, Krystna Kocol,
Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the
9:00 am Mass or Contact;
Dean Smith at 928-853-6307
Weekdays from 8:00am-12:00 noon.
CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:
Due to COVID
Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.
Rosary before 9:00am mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:00am – 8:50am.
Rosary before Mass.
CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.
C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.
RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.
Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.
6:30pm English Choir practice in church
7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday
of the month.
Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.
ST. HELENA PARISH, ALPINE, AZ.
Mass 4:00 pm
Pastoral Administrator 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: Susan Ely………….
Funeral Director: Diane Fritz…………(928) 333-5919
Lectors: Mary DiFilippo……….…………(928) 333-3338
Music Director: Bob Dyson………….…(928) 333-2809
Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning………(928) 333-5539
RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos…………(928) 245-5638
Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore…………(928) 245-5382
Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring..……...(928) 245-6992
St. Vincent De Paul Org………………….(928) 333-4879
Ushers: Jim Morrison……………………..(928) 333-0928
MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR DECEMBER 6th.
9:00am. No Servers Assigned
Due to Covid Phase One
9:00am. Nancy Golightly.
11:00am. To be appt.
9:00am. No Eucharist Ministers
Assigned Due to Covid
Phase One Reopening.
PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF
TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT
Holy Father’s Prayer Intention:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence
may always serve humankind.
· 2021 CALENDARS: Are available in the Narthex table. One per Family.
· 2021 CALENDARIOS: Están disponibles en la mesa del Narthex. Uno Por familia.
· NEXT HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION: Tuesday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass that day will be at 9:00 am only.
· BLOOD DRIVE: A blood donation drive will be held on Wed. Dec. 9th, 9am-6pm, at the Springerville American
Legion. Contact Cora Bynum at 928-245-0493. Give someone your gift of life this month.
· SAVING BABIES: Join Living Hope’s “Defenders of Life Club”. Just $20.00 per month can save a life! Please
contact Emily Kortan at 928-551-2206, or visit livinghopecenters.org/defend
· ROUND VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE: Needs coaches for 3rd to 6th Grade Teams.
Call or text to Terry Shove at 928-580-7112.
SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: YEAR B.
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: YEAR A.
Is. 63: 16-17, 64:2-7; 1Cor. 1:3-9; Mk. 13:33-37
THEME: AWAITING THE MASTER’S RETURN
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
INTRODUCTION: Israel wandered away from God and hardened their hearts. God as it were, allowed them to stray. Hence, in their affliction they cried: “Why do you let us wonder, O Lord, from your ways…” (Is. 63:16). Actually, it was not God but their free will. God allows our free will for didactic reasons. Like the prodigal son who wandered away from the father, that they may seek and cherish the presence of the God. In their state of alienation, they acquired a deep awareness of their own misery and recognized that they are nothing without God. This self-knowledge begets humility and sincere repentance. The quest for God is the actual meaning of advent season.
THE PAIN OF ALIENATION: There is an ontological gap in us that can only be filled by God. When an age exiles God from their scheme of affairs, there ensues a collective feeling of emptiness. The inner hunger for fulfillment pushes them to futile search for the meaning of life. In the wake of this reality, many take to excessive pleasure to find fulfillment, but emptiness and void multiplies. People take to amusement parks where there is laughter without joy, excitement without peace of soul. Money and materialism may promise to help, but after investments comes a harvest of dissatisfaction, unsatisfied greed and exaggerated thirst for more. Where is the fulfillment?
The growing cases of teenage suicide and terrorism are byproducts of frustration and meaninglessness of life alienated from God. After trying every other thing: alcohol, immorality and entertainment without a solution to inner void, some decide to end their meaningless life. However, the Prophet Isaiah has offered us a solution: It lies in search for God. He is the only true object of our souls’ desire. We should earnestly beseech his speedy return thus: “Tear the heavens and come down.”
THE GAIN FROM THE PAIN: Since the desert leads to the Promised Land, God allows us in our free will to wander into the desert of our own folly so that we may gain knowledge. First, we gain self-knowledge. The difficulty we encounter in our isolation from God makes us recognize our miserable state: “Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all withered like leaves…” (Is. 64:5). As a result, we begin to seek God in humility, like dry land without water.
The pain of alienation generates an impatient desire for God: “O Lord, you are my God for you I long. For you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you like a dry land without water” (Ps. 63:1). It is an expression of an ardent desire to see God and never again to be separated from him. There is no medicine for the pain of alienation except to be with the Lord. To secure this intimacy with the Lord, the soul cannot be in idleness but be on the duty post watching and praying.
THE WATCH AT NIGHT: Jesus prescribes the attitude of a passionate longing for the master’s return; when he says: “watch”! We keep awake at night for that which is of great importance to us. Only a value of great measure is worth the night rest. When Jesus calls us to watch, he invites us to give our utmost priority to his second coming and to consider it a pearl of greatest value. It is a call to shun every possible object of distraction arising from sensible attraction or pursuit of worldly trifles.
A watchman keeps awake while others sleep. Night time is mostly the right business time for the sentinel In the “Dark Night of the Soul” St. John of the Cross interprets it as a time when all members of the household are asleep. According to him, the members of the soul’s household are the lower operations, passions, and appetites of its soul. The night in the spiritual life is when these lower operations are put to sleep or quelled. Hence, the words of Christ in Matthew 10:36, that “One’s enemies are those of one’s household,” is here applied to the soul, and the faculties of our lower nature are members of its household. (See Bk. 1, Ch. Xiv, Par. 1). So, to effectively keep watch and wait for the master’s return, we should first put the operations and movements of these members to sleep. Self control and mastery of our disordered inclination is the first step in this journey. Otherwise, like discontented children who ask this and that from their mothers without being satisfied, they will distract us from focusing on the duty post.
To be on the watch is to be prompt to detect and ward off inversion of the enemy and to respond with speedy welcome to the householder. The discipline lies in spiritual alertness and vigilance. The watchman sleeps when he loses sight of his primary assignment and gets preoccupied with mere fancy. It calls for a single minded attention and devotion to the one and only Master by giving no room to distractions. This is exactly what the Magi did when they sought the infant Jesus. They found pleasure neither in the beauty of the city of Jerusalem, nor in the magnificence of Herod’s court, nor in the brilliance of the star. Their hearts sought the little cave at Bethlehem and its little child (See Francis De Sales, Treatise on the love of God: Bk. 5, Ch. 7).
CONCLUSION: The pain of alienation we experience in our exile from God is a school master that teaches us the lessons of spiritual life. The major regret of the prodigal son was that he could have enjoyed enough stuff at his father’s table whereas he had eaten filth among pigs. Likewise, our souls are made for God, and so, whenever we seek satisfaction elsewhere we meet regrets. We conclude with St. Francis as follows: God does not will that our heart should find a place of rest, any more than did the dove that went out from Noah’s ark so that it may return to him from whom it came.