Second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2019

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

12/08/19 thru 12/15/19

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. Pedro Vargas offered by Lorraine Chavez.

                +Julie Jackson offered by Dolores Jackson.

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am. +Benina Ramos & +Esikio Campos

                   offered by Dcn. Jorge Campos & Family.

 

   WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am. Orlando Orona offered by Eva Orona.

                 Special Intentions offered by Rita.

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am. +Chester Dyson offered by

                  Bob & Kay Dyson.

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am. Healing of the Sick.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am. +Frank Orona offered by Eva Orona.

                  Special Intentions.

 

   FRIDAY:

   9:00am. Pat Murlless offered by Bob & Kay Dyson.

 

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 12/01/19

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

 

   Sunday Offering………………..…$

   Children’s Fund…………….…………$3.00

   Capital Fund…………………….……$80.00

 

EXPENSES:

 

   General Fund…………………..…$

   Capital Fund……………………….…$

   Children’s Fund……………………..$

 

 

The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in

The Church Office for Review

 

Church Secretary; Meredith Pryor

Office Telephone: 928-333-4423

 

 

 

PRAYER TREE:

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:

   Families of;

   +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:

 

   Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the

   9:00 am Mass or Contact;

   Dean Smith at 928-853-6307

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

 

 

 SUNDAY:

 Sacrament of Reconciliation:

 8:00am – 8:50am.

 Rosary before Mass.

 CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.

 

 ENGLISH MASS, 9:00am

 SPANISH MASS: 11:00am

 

 MONDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.

 RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.

 

 TUESDAY:

 9:00am Mass

 Church Cleaning.

 Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.

 

 WEDNESDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 6:30pm English Choir practice in church

 

 THURSDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 7:00pm Mass.

 7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday

 of the month.

 

 FRIDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 7:00pm Stations of the Cross every Friday During Lent.

 Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.

 

   St. Helena Parish, Alpine, Az.

 

 SATURDAY:

 Confessions, 3:30pm

 Mass 4:00 pm

 

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Pastoral Adminstrator

               Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi

Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707

Emergencies Only; 505-906-8421

 

 

Pastoral Council:

Chairperson:

Lora Harrison  - (928) 333-0148

Secretary:

Esmerelda Ontiveros   - (928) 812-0049

 

Building Committee:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

 

Finance Council:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

Finance Secretary:

Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919

 

PARISH MINISTRIES:

 

Altar Servers: Tasheena James…….

Eucharistic Ministers:

Charles Rand………………………….…..….(928) 333-3541

Church Cleaning: Vacant.

Funeral Director: Diane Fritz………….(928) 333-5919

Lectors: Mary DiFilippo……….………….(928) 333-3338

Maintenance: Vacant.

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.

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am. Paige Baldwin, Cyenna

                Shepherd, Aaron Madariaga.

  11:00am. Angela & Naida Enriquez.

 

Lectors:

 

   9:00am. Monica Boehning.

 11:00am. Lupe Gonzalez.

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers:

 

   9:00am. Marge Tapia, Jessica & Mike

                 Becker.

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT

 

www.stpeterchurch-az.com

 

 

Holy Father’s Prayer Intention:

December 2019

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.

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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.

 

 

 

OUR PARISH:

 

 

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 Children’s 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. Let’s 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

 

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 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 prophet’s dress of camel’s 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 prophet’s 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.