November 27- December 03
Sat. 4:30 p.m. Imogene Enderle
Sun. 7:30 a.m. Domingo Mireles
Sun. 10:00 a.m. Kay Bounds
Wed. 8:00 a.m. No Mass
Thurs 8:00 a.m. No Mass
Fri. 8:00 a.m. No Mass
04 December 4:30 p.m.
Lector: Liz Gallier
05 December 7:30 a.m.
Lector: Ward Lowe
05 December 10:00 a.m.
Lector: Camille Briggs
Money Counters: Karen Halsell & Rhonda Ducote
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY- if the office is closed and you
have an emergency, Call 409-782-4115
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: William Anderson Ronnie Benoit, Elliott Bounds,
Emma Edwards, Vincent G. Fertitta, Gerald Fontenot, Yvonne Godeaux, Barbara Hawkins,
Bill Jannise, Lexi Jones, Denise Klages, Xandria Linden, Liz Medlin, Carrie Rashall, Irby Thibodeaux,
& Tommy Wright.
SACRAMENT-ANNOINTING THE SICK
Anointing of the sick is received by those who are ill or suffering. It bestows grace through the Holy Spirit. If you or a family member is suffering from an illness and would like to receive the sacrament of Anointing, please call the Church office
BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Mary Abbo, Tomas Aguilera, Chuck Benoit, Katy Cartwright, Junius Edwards III, Rosie Garcia, Lotus LaRocca, Payton Leger, Frank Morrell, Ginger Payne, & Sarina Thomas.
Happy Birthday, May God Bless You!
We have a group of parishioners that meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the church to pray the rosary. Please join us!
Our Knights of Columbus will be having a FISH FRY the second Friday of each month. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or until) DINE IN or CARRY OUT
CCD /CYO NEWS
CCD and CYO has started. We are very excited to see our kids again! We meet on Sunday morning and night. You will find Calendars and registration forms at each door. They are also available on our website. Ourladyofsorrowschina.com Go to Forms page
Morning class 8:30am to 9:45 am PreK-7 grade Night 6:00pm to 7:15 pm 8-12th grade
If you are interested in reading and making announcements at Mass we need you! Please join this most important ministry. You can choose the Mass time you would want to read at. Saturday @ 4:30, Sunday @ 7:30 or 10:00.
ALTAR SOCIETY - The Ladies Altar Society will have their monthly meeting and Christmas gathering on Tuesday December 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall . All ladies are invited, please bring a covered dish to share.
The Advent Wreath- The four candles of the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy & peace. The fifth is the Christ candle- who brings light into the world. The first candle lit is purple for Hope as we begin our advent journey. Hope is like a light shining in the dark.
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
“Lord God, let your blessings come upon us as we light these candles.”
Today, whether at evening, morning, or midday, in many communities of different churches around the world, the first candle lighted in each Advent wreath silently but beautifully announces the beginning of a new liturgical year. This new beginning presents a grace-filled opportunity for us to resolve to live not simply according to the secular calendar of our commercialized society, but according to the spirit of the liturgy. There’s nothing wrong—indeed there can be something quite holy—about planning to celebrate God’s surprising gift of the Son by surprising our loved ones with thoughtful gifts at Christmas. But how important, amid the rush of holiday preparations, to take the time and to make the effort to appreciate Advent’s early twilights and later sunrises, awash in the purples, deep blues, and even the dusky rose colors we associate with Advent. Thus we let nature’s own “Advent” prompt reflections on the “Advent” that Jeremiah saw coming.
IMAGES OF THE END-TIMES
How forcefully today’s scriptures challenge us to attend to the ominous nature of the Kingdom’s definitive in-breaking! The call echoes through Jeremiah’s prophecy: “In those days, in that time” and in Paul’s letter: “at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.” The theme intensifies toward a crescendo in Luke: “there will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth . . . dismay and perplexity.” People will be scared to death—literally—“in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,” as “seas and waves roar” and “the powers of heaven will be shaken.” And all of this will be just a prelude to “the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” In the face of this “awful” (that is, filled-with-awe) ending, Jesus warns his disciples to guard against two equally debilitating extremes, both of which seem to be trademarks of our contemporary culture: deadening diversion on one hand, and frantic anxiety on the other.
PREPARATION FOR THE END-TIMES
In light of these predictions of frightening end-times, Jesus advises us to embrace his three-fold “Preparation for the End Program”: (1) “Beware!” that is, be aware of what really matters, life’s true priorities. (2) “Be vigilant at all times,” that is, watchful for Christ’s coming not only at the end but in the meantime, in family and neighbor, friend and stranger. (3) Above all, “pray.” Prayer, communion with God, will help us to remember that for faithful disciples, The End of this world—or our own lives, whichever comes first—will be The Beginning of a joy no one can take from us, fullness of life that will never end. How lovely if this Advent’s renewal prepared us to look forward to the moment of Jesus’ coming—in his glory or our death—not as a cataclysmic disaster, but as a reason for which to “stand erect and raise (our) heads (in joyful expectation) because (our) redemption is at hand.”