December 03- December 09

Saturday       4:00 p.m.   Susie Fontenot  

Sunday        10:00 a.m.   Imogene Enderle

Tuesday        8:00 a.m.   Sam Scalisi

Wednesday  8:00 am     Patricia Rizzato

Thursday      8:00 am     Bula B, Lucy & Earl Kibodeaux      Friday            8:00 a.m.   People of the Parish

                         

10 December  4:00 p.m. Lector : Tara Cook                                             Communion Minister:  Tara Cook                                    Altar Servers: Thad Cook & Corbin Mackan

11 December 8:30 a.m. Lector : Ward Lowe

                   Communion Minister: Ward Lowe

     Altar Server: Julianne Edwards & Junius Edwards

 Money Counters: Rachal Jordan & Rhonda Ducote

                               

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Holy Day- Thursday December 8th- the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Times- Our Lady of Sorrows- 8:00 a.m.   Our Lady of Victory- 6:00 p.m.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Barry Adams,  William Anderson,  Elliott Bounds, Mallorie Cabrerr, Emma Edwards, jack Gilley, Yvonne Godeaux, Elizabeth Harris, Barbara Hawkins, Bill Jannise, Maureen Elizabeth Lee, Melissa Lewis, Tammy Louviere, Liz Medlin, Amanda Mitchell, Sherry Paschal, Darlene Presley,

Carrie Rashall, Jake Smith, Irby Thibodeaux,  & Tommy Wright.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Tomas Aguilera, Tammy Ballard, Charles Benoit, Chase Borel, Venisha Fontenot & Nicholas Landry Happy Birthday! May God bless you and bring you peace.

****ADORATION***** We now have Adoration every Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Benediction starts at 11:30 a.m. Please come spend time with our Lord.

                ROSARY PRAYER GROUP- A group of parishioners gather to pray the Rosary every Wednesday                   at 6:00 p.m. in the Church. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to

                 thee!  Please join us!

ALTAR SOCIETY- The ladies Altar Society will have their monthly meeting and Christmas party on Tuesday December 6th at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited, please bring a covered dish to share.

RCIA- During the month of December, RCIA will be meeting in Sour Lake at Our Lady of Victory’s Church Hall. Tuesday’s at 6:00 p.m.

APPEAL for CATHOLIC MINISTRIES-As we meet our goal all donations above the goal amount are returned to our Church. To donate to the Appeal for Catholic Ministries online. Please go to this link: dobgifts.org/appeal-for-catholic-ministries-2022/

INSTALATION MASS- There will be an Installation Mass for Father Polycarp Otieno on Sunday December 4th at 10:00 a.m. Mass. Bishop David Toups will be at Our Lady of Sorrows to install Father Poly as the Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows. There will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass that day. There will be a meal to follow in our church hall.

                   KNIGHTS KNEWS- Our Knights will be providing Christmas food boxes to those in need.         

                   Money raised at the dinners goes to fund various causes, such as the food boxes. Thank you                       for your support! Next Fish Fry is Friday December 9th, 5:00p.m.to sell out.

 

CHILDRENS MASS- We will start having a children’s/youth Mass the second Sunday of each month. The children will walk in with Father, sitting together, and participate in the parts of the Mass. They will be lectors, collections, gift bearers, ect. Starting Sunday December 11th.

DONATIONS NEEDED- The Hardin Jefferson Food Initiative is in need of nonperishable food donations. If you would like to donate, there are plastic crates by each door in the church. Canned soup, pasta or any food items you can donate is appreciated

Second Sunday of Advent
In our scripture translations, word choices matter. When today’s first reading tells us that a “stump” will bring forth a new shoot, it’s Isaiah’s way of telling us that God’s miraculous power is at work. Seeds bring forth shoots. Even buried roots can bring forth shoots. But a stump? When we look at a stump, essentially we are seeing the corpse of what used to be a tree. Mortal eyes look and see death, but divine eyes look and see new life. And what a life the Spirit of God will bring forth from this stump! A life filled with wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and fear of the Lord—the life that we name “Jesus.” How fitting it is that we will also look upon the wood Calvary’s cross—a tree of death—and behold that the Spirit of God has turned that tree into a Tree of Life!

NAME CALLING
We often change our tone of voice and vocabulary when we really want to get somebody’s attention. Parents will add a middle name to indicate a child is in trouble (a middle and last name when the child is really in trouble). Change of tone and words invites attention, demanding a response. Today John the Baptist does a bit of name-calling: “You brood of vipers!” Even for someone like John, who regularly used potent vocabulary, this way of addressing the holy men—the Pharisees and Saducees—this level of name-calling stands out. Snakes were commonly understood as a representation of evil, and a poisonous snake in the ancient world held the power of life and death, as the holy men thought they did. Instead of thinking about their own power, John tells them to produce good fruit. We still get ourselves in trouble today when we think that we truly hold any type of power over others, when it’s a power that belongs only to God.

EMBRACING CHANGE
Words like John’s might cause fear in us, or may hold us back, hesitant. Words like these can also invite us to change our lives. When we do so, we open ourselves to a core virtue of the Advent season: hope. Changing our lives can also open us up to a more vigorous presence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit—wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and fear of the Lord—named in Isaiah today. Recall that it was in that very Spirit we were named for Christ at Baptism. Open your ears and heart to the voice of God, who knows the name given to you on that day. Respond not out of fear, but in love, to the ways that God is calling to you today; calling you to change what needs to be changed, and to welcome Christ today, as you will once again on Christmas day.

 

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