November 4, 2018 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 November 4, 2018 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time SAINT LAWRENCE THE MARTYR CATHOLIC PARISH AND EDUCATION CENTER 1971 ST. LAWRENCE DRIVE SANTA CLARA, CA TEL. NO FAX NO Address: Website: Celebrating Our Catholic Faith through Worship, Education, and Service MASS TIMES Sunday 8:00 AM 10:00 AM (Children s Liturgy of the Word) 12 Noon 1:30 PM (Mass in Spanish) 6:00 PM (Youth Mass) American Sign Language (ASL) Mass 3:30 PM (In the Church) 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month Saturday 8:30 AM 5:00 PM (Sunday Vigil) Monday Friday 8:30 AM Reconciliation Saturday 3:30 PM 4:30 PM or by appointment Eucharistic Adoration Thursday 9:00 AM Solemn Benediction 8:30 PM Devotions Rosary (English) Monday to Saturday After the 8:30 AM Mass Rosario en Español Martes 6:30 PM en Capilla Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Tuesday 8:15 AM Chapel Open Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Fr. Ernesto Orci Pastor Ext. 438 Fr. Joseph Page Parochial Vicar Ext. 440 PARISH OFFICE Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - Noon Giuliana Barragan Office Manager Ext. 431 Vickie Wallace Office Assistant Ext. 432 CATECHETICAL OFFICE SUNDAY SCHOOL OF RELIGION M. Eleanor de Paz - Catechetical Director Ext. 433 MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY M. Eleanor de Paz Ext. 433 HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY Ext. 433 HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION Elgin Presa - Coordinator Katrina Antonio - Coordinator YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL (Pre-K - 8th Grade) Carina Lares - Principal CHILDREN S CENTER Teen Center & Extended Day Care Trini Martinez - Director

2 We are now selling SCRIP at the Parish Office Thursdays From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Thank you for supporting Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish November 11, 2018 Education Center November 18, 2018 Campaign for Human Development November 25, 2018 Fund for Church Loan Payments and Maintenance Notes: Stewardship is defined as the total collections from the regular weekly masses - Saturday 5:00 pm vigil, Sunday (8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm). Special Masses (i.e. Christmas and Easter) are also included and will be reflected in the chart during those specific weeks. Second collections and stipends are excluded from this data. St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish accepts donations electronically using your computer, tablet or smart phone. Parishioner Benefits Set up your own contributions Your donation is automatic and safe Electronic giving is efficient, practical and easy Please prayerfully consider Online Giving. Visit our Parish website at for more information or to sign up. Has someone you know and love lost the faith? On the last Sunday of each month a Mass is offered for them. Please join our Saint Monica Sodality. There are no dues and no meetings, only your prayers are required. Send your names of loved ones to be remembered to The Saint Lawrence Parish Office. We will add these names to our special album and a prayer card will be given to you. Please pray each day that all of our loved ones will return to God. November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 2

3 Liturgy Corner by: Deborah Ferry One Priesthood in Christ (taken from Commentary On Today s Second Reading) This weekend we continue to hear from the Letter to the Hebrews. As early as the second century, this treatise bore the title To the Hebrews. Although no author is mentioned (for there is no address), a reference to Timothy suggested connections to the circle of Paul and his assistants. Yet the exact audience, the author, and even whether Hebrews is a letter have long been disputed. Priests played a significant role in Jewish religion, and the high priests served the special role of making sin offerings in the Temple and each year entering the Holy of Holies to offer atoning sacrifice for his own sins and those of the people. For several weeks now, the author of Hebrews has been contrasting the Jewish Levitical priesthood with the High Priesthood of Christ. Not only has Jesus sacrificial death made Jewish ritual sacrifices unnecessary, the author argues, but Jesus has even rendered the Levitical priesthood itself meaningless, because he himself has become the one and only priest of the new covenant. That might sounds odd, but in Christian faith, every priest shares in the one priesthood of Christ. They have no priesthood independent from his. Just as Christ s sacrifice, offered once for all on the Cross, is made present in every Eucharist, so the one priesthood of Christ is made present in every bishop and priest. Because Jesus is the eternal high priest, the new covenant he initiated has no need for the endless succession of priests required by the old law. Jesus has already accomplished for all time what the high priests had to repeat day after day. Further, under Mosaic law, only men subject to weakness, that is, sinners, could assume the mantle of priesthood. But Christ, who is holy, innocent, and undefiled, has become our eternal priest, perfectly fulfilling the word of [God s] oath Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever (Psalm 110:4). Every Thursday, in the Chapel, All Day Adoration starts at 9:00 AM and ends with Solemn Benediction at 8:30 PM WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF COMMITTED ADORERS. If you would like to commit to a one hour of weekly Adoration, please contact : The Parish office at (408) Forms are also available in the Church. Thank you! Please Pray For... Our Parishioners, Friends, and Family Vince Adan Ann Ayala Razon-Barragan Malu Bautista Paul Bazigian Mayeth Bernardo John Bonette Cheryl Ann Coutcher Craig DeGiovanni Jr. Toni DeGiovanni Suzanna Fossom Matt Hardin Margaret Haselden Connor Higgins Mary Lou Hostetter Ann Lizotte Luli Maldonado Alvina Martinez Patricia Martinez Jesus Julio Morales Jr. Mackena Naki Pat Naki Emily Grace Navarra Ernie Ortiz Elizabeth Ostachuck Ana Perez Alberta Perkins Lina Pirotta Moses Pirotta Fatima Reis Joel Rivera Dorothy Schwehr Ramón Valadez Soledad Valadez David Vega Lina Velasco Ricardo Villagomez Soyong Williams Alma Zamora November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 3

4 Save the Date Friendship Luncheon November 14, :30am Parish Hall RSVP only if coming Ellen Navarra (408) Cora Tarcha (408) Menu: Mexican Food After the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Masses in the Parish Hall MENU: 3 Pancakes - 2 Sausages - Scrambled eggs - Coffee - Tea - Milk Just $ 5.00 Children under 4 FREE November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 4

5 November 4 to 11, 2018 YEAR B for the Now on its Year! The Luck of St. Lawrence is back! Tickets are now available at the Parish Office You can be the next Lucky Winner! The name of the winner of the October 31 st drawing will be published in next week s bulletin. The Next drawing will be on November 22, 2018 for a $500 prize. Remember that each ticket you buy now gives you 8 chances to win. Please return your sold ticket stubs with payment to the Parish Office since the sooner you turn in your sold tickets, the more chances you have to win the prizes money. November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 5 Deadline: Tickets must be returned to the Parish Office on Nov. 21, 2018 before 12 Noon for the drawing on Nov. 22, 2018.

6 Palabra que da Vida No hay división en el Amor. Un letrado se acercó a Jesús y le preguntó: Qué mandamiento es el primero de todos? Respondió Jesús: El primero es: Escucha, Israel: el Señor, nuestro Dios, es el único Señor; amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, con toda tu alma, con toda tu mente, con todo tu ser. El segundo es éste: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. No hay ningún mandamiento mayor que estos. (Mc 12, 28-34) Una de las muchas trampas que han acechado -y a veces cazado- a los católicos en estos años del posconcilio, ha sido la de intentar separar el amor a Dios del amor al prójimo. Durante un tiempo, se presentó el amor a Dios como competidor del amor al hombre, e incluso se llegó a decir que, si se amaba al prójimo por amor a Dios, en el fondo no se amaba al prójimo. De este modo se intentó cercenar la raíz del amor, la motivación religiosa. Sin otro motivo que el del amar al hombre por el hombre, pronto ese amor languideció, empezando por dejar de amar a aquellos que no eran amables : los enemigos, los antipáticos, los que son de otro país, de otra cultura o de otra religión. En cambio, los que han resistido la prueba, han visto fortalecido su amor al prójimo, porque cuando el motivo humano para amar ya no era suficiente, estaba aún el enorme caudal del motivo divino. Si no haces las cosas por él -nos dice Dios, refiriéndose al prójimo-, hazlas por mí. Se trata, pues, de comprender que sólo hay un mandamiento: el del amor. Y que este mandamiento único tiene dos dimensiones inseparables: Dios y el hombre. No se puede amar al primero sin amar al segundo y viceversa. Pero el amor a Dios precede al amor al hombre, pues es su raíz, su alimento, su continua fuente de renovación. El amor al hombre, por el contrario, es la prueba de que nuestro amor a Dios es verdadero y no sólo una teoría retórica. Propósito: Ama a Dios y ama al prójimo. No un amor a Dios prescindiendo de las personas. No un amor al prójimo prescindiendo de Dios. Pbro. Santiago Martin. Responsable MARC. November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 6 For St. Lawrence Fifth Grade! Apply at (and request April 8-12, 2019) For St. Lawrence Sixth Grade! Apply at (and request February 25 March 1, 2019)

7 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign is now over! The planning team thanks all of you who attended the events, prayed at the vigil, or fasted and prayed at home. The dates of the Spring campaign are March 6 to April 14, If you d like more information and especially if you d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Rilene at (408) or How would you rate your marriage? You are eligible for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend not because you need it, but because you and your marriage deserve it! It s a Weekend experience designed for married couples of all ages and backgrounds to enrich their marriage. Make this season special by devoting one weekend to your marriage. The next Marriage Encounter Weekends include: November 9-11, 2018 in San Jose, CA and February 15-17, 2019 in San Jose, CA. For more information and/or to register for a Weekend, visit our website at: or contact Ken & Claranne at or RETREAT: FROM GRIEF TO HEALING November 9-11, 2018 The Jesuit Retreat Center 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA The death of someone we love is one of the greatest sorrow we ever suffer and grieving is our way of dealing with this loss. Together we will explore insights into the grieving process within a spiritual context. This will be a time for healing, understanding and solace through prayer and sharing. Facilitators: Fr. Andrew Rodriguez, S.J., Ms. Farelyn Lehane and Ms. Naomi. To register, Click on Weekend Retreats. See the flyer in the lobby/parish office for more details. Sign-up to schedule a visit from the Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima in your home. A statue of the Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima travels from home to home and remains in the home for one week subject to extension upon request for an additional one week. Please contact: The Legion of Mary, Vickie Raniel at Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Diocese of San Jose Anthony Gonzalez Phone: Fax: Emergency line: Office of Financial Services If you suspect financial mismanagement or misconduct in your parish, school, or in the Diocese of San Jose, please contact: EthicsPoint or hotline CATHOLIC CEMETERIES OF THE DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE Gate of Heaven Cemetery Cristo Rey Drive Los Altos, CA (650) Calvary Cemetery 2655 Madden Avenue San Jose, CA (408) Please call ahead for Pre-Needs or At-Need Arrangements November 4, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Page 7