Third Sunday of Advent
Announcements from our bulletin of December 16, 2018
Today has traditionally been called Gaudete
Sunday. The Latin tag is derived from Paul's
appeal in the second reading to rejoice always in
the Lord, and the Latin Mass text based on that
reading. The irony and paradox of this Christian
joy is underlined by the fact that Paul wrote those
words in prison. But from there he could see the
progress of Gods work.
Is it obvious to us?
We feel that this is not the
time for joy when there is so much suffering and
moral evil. It is interesting, then, that the first
reading is from the prophet Zephaniah, who is
almost exclusively concerned with gloomy visions
of Judgment Day. Today the Church selects the
only optimistic text in Zephaniah, in which the
prophet has been touched by the spirit of joy.
This, we are assured on all sides, is the season of
joy. Let us recapture that feeling of joy in our
lives and reflect it to those who are joyless.
Christmas Schedule 2018
Fund for Religious
This weekend’s Second Collection is for the 2018 Retirement FundáforáReligious.
Christmas Novena in Our Parish (Bilingual)
Share with your family the Christmas Novena
while we prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Sunday, December 16th to Sunday, December 23rd at 7:30 PM at Church.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Flowers
We will be collecting for the Christmas flowers on December 15th - 16th before and after Masses.
St. Vincent de Paul Society - Christmas Food Drive
Christmas is a time when we pause to
express our gratitude to God for the many
blessings He has poured out upon our
country and ourselves. Please bring all kinds of
non-perishable foods starting immediately.
We will be collecting for one more week.
The collection boxes are
located inside the Church by the doors. Thank you very
much! Good Bless you!
To obtain more information about the Society and this Collection contact us at SVDP1aliciagalvan@gmail.com.
2019 Bilingual Calendars
Please note that the we have available the 2019
Bilingual Calendars English/Spanish.
They are in the rear of the Church.
Please take only one Calendar per family due to
the amount we have is limited.
Becoming a godparent/sponsor in the Catholic Church
Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.
Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as “active Catholics.” They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities.
Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the “godchild” in the years ahead.
Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
- Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
- A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
- Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancÚ of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary Magdalen Church requires that the person be registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of the Baptism.
Treasures From our Tradition
Years ago, the trick question on religion
quizzes would be to name all the liturgical
colors, or the colors of the vestments worn at
Mass. Rose is a color seldom seen, used at most
two days a year. Today, “Gaudete Sunday,” is
one of those days. The name of the day is
drawn from an opening verse in the old Latin
Mass texts: Gaudete is Latin for “Rejoice!” This
year’s Gospel certainly reflects that mood as
Elizabeth feels her infant within her leaping for
joy at the presence of Mary. Mary’s visit to her
aged cousin is an act of compassion between
women, as two kinswomen who are bearing
children into the world share their joy.
Some churches retain the custom of having
the priest wear rose vestments today, and
many will use a rose candle in the Advent
wreath. Violet is the official color for Advent
and Lent, but many parishes employ different
hues for each season, trying to keep them
distinct. In medieval times, dye was costly, and
poor parishes used unornamented plain cloth
for vestments. Dyes were expensive and some
colors, particularly purple, difficult to achieve.
In England, purple dye was made from
mollusks, yielding at best a deep indigo or
blue and not the desired violet. Thus, the color
of Advent in the British Isles has long been a
deep blue, reminding many people of Mary’s
presence at the heart of the Advent mystery.
That theology is largely unplanned: it’s all
because of the clams!