LASER-COM COVER SHEET CHURCH NAME: St. Thomas the Apostle Riverside BULLETIN #: 513571 PHONE #: 951-689-1131 CONTACT PERSON: Arcelia (RC) Lopez COMMENTS: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 3774 Jackson Street • Riverside, CA 92503-4359 Phone: (951) 689-1131 • F AX : (951) 354-7402 Visit our website at: www.st-thomas-riverside.com [email protected] (Check out our website for the staff e-mail directory.) St. Thomas the Apostle ~ Mission Statement OVER 100 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN FAITH We, the parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, witnesses in faith to the risen Christ, commit ourselves to His Gospel and empowered by the Holy Spirit, strive to share the Good News. Pastor Fr. Frank T. Dicristina Deacon Couples Deacon Mike and Pat Cruz Deacon Paul and Elsie Ann Myers Parish Staff 689-1131 Maureen Schultz Administrator Pat Sutay Parish Liturgist Brenda Diaz Director of Catechesis Arcelia Maldonado-López Parish Secretary Maria Cordeiro Receptionist Karen Morehead Wedding Coordinator Gary Owens Music Director Catechesis Staff (Faith Formation) Dana Robles Child Catechesis Kindergarten through 6th grade, Virginia Espinoza Teen Catechesis Confirmation and Middle School Catechesis Marisol Aceves Bobbie Kobus Spanish Ministry & Catechesis Coordinator Youth Ministry & Young Adult Ministry St. Thomas the Apostle School 9136 Magnolia Avenue 689-1981 stasriverside.com wwwfacebook.com/stthomastheapostleschool Cathy Thompson Principal Martha Ochoa Secretary Schedule of Masses Saturday: Vigil: Sunday: Weekday: Devotion: 8 am 5 pm, 6:30 pm Spanish 7, 9, 11 am, 5 pm 8 am Novena to St. Anthony, Tuesday after Mass Parish Office Hours Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Closed for lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm) Friday: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Closed for lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm) Baptisms Families and Sponsors must be registered, active and contributing parishioners for 90 days prior to Baptism registration. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) On the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturday of the month at 8:30 am until all are heard. First Communion and Confirmation Youth: Please contact the Religious Education Office. Adults: Please contact the Parish Office, or R.C.I.A. Coordinator. Weddings At least a full six months advance notice is required. Please call the Parish Office for an appointment. Anointing of the Sick Second Saturday of the month at 4 pm. Patients in hospitals and nursing homes call the Parish Office at the time of admittance. PAGE 2 ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Traditions!! The Advent and Christmas seasons have many traditions. There are common ones such as decorating our homes with Christmas trees, Nativity scenes and lights on our houses. Yet every culture and every people have their own special ones. This can also be what a family establishes as to their customs for celebrating the Christmas holiday. My Mother was the one who brought some of the traditions of her Polish heritage to our celebration of Christmas as a family. Because the house I grew up in was the one my Grandparents lived in it was the center for the Christmas eve celebration for all of my mother’s family. The house would be full of Aunts and Uncles and Cousins. We would have something to eat together and then it was time for Santa to make an early stop at the house. With great anticipation all of us kids would wait to hear the stomping of the antlers hooves and the ringing of Santa’s bells which signaled his arrival. The gifts were usually left at the door and the Aunts and older Cousins would bring in the bags of wrapped gifts. We all sat on the floor and waited for our names to be called. If you were one of the last you were on pins and needles until you finally heard your name. After the gifts arrived it was usually time for everyone to depart for their homes so the kids could get to bed before Santa would come and bring all the rest of our gifts. Before we left we had the Polish tradition of sharing the oplatki. This was a rectangular wafer bread like communion that was broken and shared with one another. The sharing was special because I would take a piece of your oplatki and you would take a piece of mine. We would eat the oplatki and give each other a kiss and wish each other a Merry Christmas. This was very special. After everyone had shared this exchange with all those present then it was time for the rest of the family to head for their homes. Those who were old enough would go off to midnight Mass and the young kids would go off to bed when they arrived home. With eager anticipation we 2013 Christmas awaited Christmas morning. How do you celebrate Christmas? What special things do you do? What kinds of food and sweets do you prepare for Christmas? Share your traditions with the parish family. Write down your traditions and we will use them here in the bulletin to share with the community. It will be a marvelous way to learn from you how you make Christmas special with your traditions. I look forward to hearing from you what you do for Christmas. Mass Schedule Christmas Eve Masses Tuesday, December 24 5:00 p.m. - English 7:00 p.m.- English 9:00 p.m. - English There will be no Midnight Mass. Christmas Day Masses Wednesday, December 25 Fr. Frank Pastor 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. - English 1:00 p.m. - Spanish FNE Raffle Winners CONGRATULATIONS To: Manuel Jaure and Stephanie Myers = $500 Anticevich, Pedro Martinez, and Lucille A Woolsey Mike Simmons and Claire Timpson = $100 Stater Bros SCRIP = Commemorative Tile Tuesday, December 31 8:00 a.m. - Mass New Year’s Eve Mass Tuesday, December 31 5:00 p.m. Mass New Year’s Day Mass Wednesday, January 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Mass DECEMBER 8, 2013 St. Thomas Filipino Ministry’s SimBang Gabi Friday, December 20th 7:00 p.m. Mass reception following in the hall St. Thomas the Apostle Advent Reconciliation Service Saturday, December 14 th 10:30 a.m. in the church. A Treasured Filipino Tradition! 2013 Advent Communal Penance and Reconciliation Services A heartfelt thank you (Riverside Vicariate) from Miguel Cardoza (long time parishioner) for all of your prayers and warm loving thoughts during his illness. Please continue to keep Miguel and his wife Emily in your prayers. Monday, December 9th - 7:00 p.m. Thank you, God is good! St. Anthony St Mary Magdalene Tuesday, December 10th - 7:00 p.m. Corpus Christi St. Catherine of Alexandria Monday, December 16th - 7:00 p.m. Join Us At Our Christmas Tree Sale! through Saturday, December 21st Lot Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Weekends: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. We are located at 7907 Magnolia Ave. (Corner of Jefferson and Magnolia, across from Ramona High.) Flocking and glitter will be available. Receive 10% OFF any Christmas Tree on our lot. Limit one coupon per purchase. Must present coupon at time of purchase. FLAG RETIREMENT The Boy Scouts will again be retiring flags tomorrow Monday, December 9th at the Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree lot. If you have a flag that needs to be retired, join us at 7:00 p.m. on the 9th or drop off any flags at the parish office. Remember, all flags should be respectfully retired and not thrown away. St. Edwards Friday, December 20th - 7:00 p.m. St. Mel Monday, December 23rd - 7:00 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Congratulations and Welcome to the recently Baptized of the parish! He calls us each by name. Alexis Clare Aguirre, Blake Richard Genovese, Emily Giana Medrano Gutierrez, Michael Angelo Piazza, Jesse Jake Magdaleno II, Caris Lee Richards, Ethan David Rocha, and Benjamin David Watson. Second Sunday of Advent December 8, 2013 The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. — Isaiah 11:9 Page 4 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Advent Rosary Rally Saturday, December 14th at 11a.m. Join us as we pray outside for Life, Conversion of our Country and World Peace. Please bring your own lawn chair as we will be outside on the grass lawn next to the parish hall. “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His Mercy and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.” -St. Louis de Montfort Adopt a St. Thomas Family for Christmas! If you are looking for a way to make the Christmas season more meaningful, please consider “adopting” a needy St. Thomas family or individual that does not have the resources to celebrate the season. If you are unable to adopt an entire family you can still help by donating gift cards from: Target, Big Lots, Walmart, Stater Bros., The Galleria, AMC Movie Theater, Fast Food, Amusement Parks, etc. Last year we were able to make the holidays very special for 41 families from our parish with your generous response. Every child deserves to open a gift on Christmas morning. If you are interested in participating, please contact RC or Maria at the parish office. Call 689-1131 for more information. Gift card donations may be brought into the parish office or put in the collection basket. Clearly mark your envelope “Adopt a Family”. If you write a check, please make it out to St. Thomas and in the memo section please write “Adopt a Family”. Thank you! Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry is in need of ministers! Training starts in January 2014. If interested please call the parish office. wwwstephenminister.org ANOINTING OF THE SICK Saturday, December 14th Who can be anointed? Anyone who is seriously ill; the elderly, even if no illness is present; those waiting for surgery when a serious condition is the reason for the operation; sick children who have sufficient use of reason to be helped by the celebration; and those who are unconscious or who have lost the use of reason, provided that they probably would have asked for the sacrament had they maintained the use of their faculties. Here at St. Thomas, we celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick on the second Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the church. Wednesday Night Bible Study St. Peter Wednesday, December 11th our adult faith study group will begin at 7:00 p.m. Our focus this fall is on Fr. Robert Barron’s series “Catholicism”, a great chance to reflect on our faith tradition if you missed it last spring. We will also spend time reviewing the Scripture from the weekday liturgies. All are welcome! Call Bob Davis for meeting location, 359-8436. JUSTICE AND OBEDIENCE JusƟce is the insurance we have on our lives, and obedience is the premium we pay for it. —William Penn, English Quaker Thursday Morning Liturgy Based Bible Study Join us every Thursday, immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Communion Service. Join us for great fellowship and treats. We will begin our regular study at 9:00 a.m. and end at around 10:00 a.m. We meet at the KDC. Call Kathy Varga at (951) 7898743, or the parish office for more information. Heart of the Nation Sunday Catholic TV Mass for the Homebound Sundays at 9:00 a.m. KDOC Ch. 56 or Charter 9:00 a.m. Ch.10 DECEMBER 8, 2013 READINGS FOR THE WEEK LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Monday: Lunes: Tuesday: Martes: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps/Sal 98:1-4; Eph/Ef 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk/Lc1:26-38 Is 40:1-11; Ps/Sal 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13; Mt 18:12-14 Wednesday: Is 40:25-31; Ps/Sal 103:1-4, 8, 10; Miercoles: Mt 11:28-30 Thursday: Zec/Zac 2:14-17 or Rv/Apo 11:19a; 12:16a, 10ab; Jdt 13:18bcde, 19; Lk/Lc 1:26-38 Jueves: or/o Lk/Lc 1:39-47, or any readings from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nos. 707-712 Friday: Is 48:17-19; Ps/Sal 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19 Viernes: Saturday: Sabado: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps/Sal 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, 10-13 Sunday: Domingo: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Ps/Sal 146:6-10; Jas/Stgo 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 Seniors’ Christmas Pot-Luck Luncheon Next Wednesday, December 18th 11:30 a.m. in the hall. All Seniors 55+ are invited. ! Please bring a dish to share with 8 people. as m t Stay for all the fun. Remember to bring ris h C an unwrapped gift for the raffle. rry e Have questions? M Call Lorraine Cardin at: 687-3619. Our Lady of Sorrows Rosary Making Group Meets Tuesday, December 10th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the KDC Rest In Peace † Blanch Camino † Richard Strebel † Betty Barnard SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 t h . 8:00 a.m. Ints. Friends, Families and Benefactors of the Parish Confessions †Al Fernandes †Victor & †Dora Sandoval SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 t h . 7:00 a.m. †Manuel Ballesteros 9:00 a.m. †Bernie Soria 11:00 a.m. Ints. Rebecca & Darwin Caraan 5:00 p.m. Ints. Families, Friends and Benefactors of the Parish MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 n d . 8:00 a.m. †Consuelo Sanchez Alcala TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 t h . 9:00 a.m. School Mass Ints. Bob and Elain Schulte WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 th. 8:00 a.m. †Maria D. Noronha THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 t h . 8:00 a.m. †Lupe Sanchez Alcala FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 t h . 8:00 a.m. †Ann Hinton SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 t h . 8:00 a.m. †Johnny and †Linda Huerta 8:30 a.m. No Confessions 4:00 p.m. Anointing of the Sick 5:00 p.m. †Deceased of Korson Eisenbart Family 6:30 p.m. †Eliseo and †Margarita Blanco SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 t h . 7:00 a.m. Ints. Families, Friends and Benefactors of the Parish 9:00 a.m. † Ed Moran 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Ints. Sergio & Rosa Ochoa 40th Wedding Anniversary Ints. Doreen McDade Sanctuary Candle † Steve Esquivel Page 6 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT St. Thomas Spanish Ministry’s ¡El Rosario Guadalupano! Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration Thursday, December 12th 5:30 a.m. Mañanitas in the church. 6:30 p.m. Novenario sera hasta el 11 de diciembre, a las 7:00 p.m. en las casas de nuestros feligreses. El calendario con los domicilios de los hogares anfitriones esta desponible . Spanish Liturgy Solicite uno en la oficina de la parroquia. Reception immediately following in the hall. Acompañenos. All are invited! Come to a Christmas Party! ¡Ven a la Posada! Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the hall. Come to a fun event with Christmas caroling, piñatas, raffles, delicious tamale dinner and treats for all the children. Venga con toda la familia a celebrar las posada navidena de la iglesia de Sto. Tomas. Tendremos piñatas. Villancicos, aguinaldos para los ninos, deliciosos tamales y mucha divircion. ¡Los esperamos! We hope to see you! MARAVILLAS La reacción normal frente a una sorpresa es asombro, graƟtud y deleite. Por definición, las sorpresas no suelen anƟciparse. Cuando ocurren, nos damos cuenta que no siempre podemos adivinar o moldear el futuro. Por supuesto, hacemos cuanto podemos; llevamos a cabo nuestras tareas diarias como es nuestro deber. La gracia está ciertamente aquí en la esfera de lo mundano y Dios está en los detalles. Dios está también presente en las gratas sorpresas. Las lecturas de hoy están repletas de asombrosas novedades. Es el clamor de la trompeta de uno de esos extraordinarios y únicos profetas anunciando la llegada del Señor. Isaías revela asombrosas y sorprendentes imagines de la casi imposible reconciliación de los contrarios: el lobo y el cordero, el puma y el cabrito, el niño y la serpiente. La visión de Isaías muestra todas esas criaturas viviendo en armonía. Esto es de nuevo el Edén; esto es el paraíso. Esto es la sorpresa y la promesa de Dios. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. St. Thomas Church will host FREE Citizenship Classes for Catholic Charities If you want to become a U.S. Citizen, these classes will help to improve your language skills and to prepare you for the USCIS test and interview. Classes will fill up fast so register NOW! Si quiere convertirse en ciudadano estadounidense, estas clases le ayudaran a mejorar sus abilidades de lenguaje y prepararle para su Examen de entrevista. Las clases se llenan pronto favor de registrarse AHORA! To register please call Para registrarse favor de llamar al (909) 388-1239 Classes will be 5 consecutive Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the KDC. January 15, 22 and 29, February 5 and 12, 2014.
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