Photographs by Charlene Dorman 210 Oak Grove Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 tel: (650) 323-7914 fax: (650) 323-3231 www.nativitymenlo.org The Church of the Nativity MASSES Sundays Saturdays Weekdays Holy Days 08:00, 09:30, 11:30 AM and 05:00 PM 08:00 AM and 05:00 PM (Vigil) 07:30 AM and 05:30 PM 07:30 AM, 05:30 and 07:30 PM SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Opus Dei priest) 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (parish priest) (also by appointment) BAPTISMS1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month (contact rectory 2 months in advance) WEDDINGS Saturdays 11:00 AM and 02:00 PM (contact rectory at least 6 months in advance) PASTOR Rev. Msgr. Steven D. Otellini PAROCHIAL VICAR Rev. Alner Nambatac PERMANENT DEACONS Rev. Mr. Dominick Peloso Rev. Mr. Thomas Kelly WEEKEND ASSISTANTS Rev. Jerome Magat Rev. Paul Maillet, S.S. Rev. Gladstone Stevens, S.S. SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Mrs. Monica Hickam • (650) 804-2390 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration HEARING LOOP ENABLED Dedication of the Lateran Basilica FIRST READING They shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Ezekiel 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12 RESPONSORIAL PSALM God is our refuge and our strength, an everpresent help in distress. 09 November 2014 Psalms 46 Do you not know that you are the temple of God? SECOND READING I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. 1 Corinthians 3: 160 1 Corinthians 3: 9-11, 16-17 GOSPEL He was speaking about the temple of His Body. Calendar John 2: 13-22 SCHEDULE OF MASSES AND INTENTIONS WEEK OF 09 - 15 NOV SAT 05:00 PM Priest’s intentions SUN Masses Priest’s intentions MON 07:30 AM † Souls in Purgatory 05:30 PM † Willi Helbig TUE 07:30 AM † Jose Rel 05:30 PM † Souls in Purgatory WED 07:30 AM The Neylan and Cardine families 05:30 PM Imelda Hertado; Fr. Bud Stevens; † Charles T. Donohue, Jr.; † Souls in Purgatory THU 07:30 AM † John and Kathleen Demeter 05:30 PM † Frances Galea SUN MON-FRI MON-FRI TUE THU SAT SAT SAT SAT Holy Hour for Priests Morning Prayer Evening Prayer Cenacles of Life Rosary Perpetual Help Novena Men’s Prayer Group Morning Prayer Confessions (Opus Dei priest) Confessions (parish priest) 09 NOV (Sunday) 10 NOV (Monday) 09:00 AM 07:30 PM 07:30 PM Bible Group Legion of Mary RCIA (Tuesday) 09:30 AM 07:00 PM Faith Formation Faith Formation 11 NOV FRI 07:30 AM † Souls in Purgatory 05:30 PM † Marie and Ralph Charkins SAT 08:00 AM The Peloso, Munk & extended families; † Souls in Purgatory; † Ronald Wilkinson; † Gregory Piccinini 07:00 PM 07:10 AM 05:10 PM 06:00 PM 06:00 PM 06:15 AM 07:40 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 03:30 PM 04:30 PM 12 NOV (Wednesday) 07:00 PM Confirmation Class 13 NOV (Thursday) 09:30 AM 11:00 AM Please pray for those in need of physical or spiritual healing 14 NOV (Friday) 15 NOV (Saturday) Opus Dei Women’s Group The Thursday Group Adopt-A-Family The parish office will be closed on Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 for Veterans Day. Parish OfferINGS HOLIDAY PIE PICK-UP (SUNDAY) If you ordered a pie last weekend from the Corpus Christi Chapter of Dominican Laity please pick it up on Sunday after the 09:30 and 11:30 AM Masses only. The pies come unbakedfrozen and keep perfectly in the freezer for 10-12 months for fast and convenient baking any time! They are great to tuck in the freezer for upcoming holidays or to offer as gifts to friends and family. Thank you to all those who ordered pies. WEEK OF 25-26 OCT TOTAL: $10,861 Music Fund: $2,430 Annual Diocesan Appeal Progress: 2014 ADA Goal: $25,390 $130,840 Ministry and Group News PRO-LIFE MEETING San Mateo Pro Life will meet Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 07:30 PM. Worner Center of St.Gregory parish, 138 28th Ave, San Mateo (cross street Hacienda). Special Presentation: “Unjust Threats to Life in the Medical Setting” by Cyrus J. Johnson, Esq., Director of Life Legal Guardians. A project of Life Legal Defense Foundation to address threats to the culture of life. Learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from such threats. Don’t miss this golden opportunity! For more info, call Jessica at 650/572-1468. NATIVITY MOMS AND DADS OF YESTERYEAR Renew past friendships and make new ones. Join the Nativity Moms and Dads of Yesteryear at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City, on Tuesday, 11 November 2014, at 06:00 PM. For information only call Bonnie Neylan at 650/3228645. NATIVITY MOMS GROUP All moms are invited to join the Nativity Moms’ Group. Our next meeting will be Friday, 14 November 2014 from 09:3011:00 AM in the O’Hare Center. Come meet other moms, share the joys and challenges of motherhood, and pray a rosary for our families! Refreshments will be provided. If you have little ones at home, please bring them along. Contact Christine Semler at 650/594-4637 for more information. You have never strayed too far for the Father’s forgiveness and grace. PRE-ADVENT RETREAT Why do we know what to do, but do not do it? Are we lacking in will, grace or both? How do we overcome our weaknesses? On Saturday, 22 November 2014, Nativity Parish will host the South San Mateo Legion of Mary pre-Advent retreat entitled “The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak.” All are welcome to attend as a great way to get ready for another Catholic Liturgical Year. It begins with Holy Mass at 08:00 AM and ends with Benediction at 12:00 PM. Deacon Dominick Peloso will present three conferences based on Elizabeth Kindelman’s “Flame of Love.” They will hopefully rouse us out of our sleep as we are called to arms. There will also be a complimentary continental breakfast and opportunities for silent reflection. For more information and the schedule, see the posters around the church or call Deacon Dominick at 650/269 6279. STANFORD BLOOD DRIVE CHRISTMAS ADOPT-A-FAMILY This year Nativity will be celebrating the 24th annual Adopt-AFamily program. In this program, individuals, families, or work groups can adopt an identified needy family. The adopting family then purchases gifts for each of the children, and a family gift (towels, utensils, etc.). They are dropped off at the school gym on Dec. 13th and delivered by our volunteers. The signups will occur after the Masses on the weekends of 15-16 and 22-23 November 2014. At that time you will be given suggestions and ideas for your purchases, some of which come from the families themselves. On Friday, 12 December 2014, volunteers are needed to pack the food, and on Saturday, 13 December 2014, more volunteers are needed to deliver the gifts of Christmas cheer to the families. You may also sign up for packing, delivery, phone calls or shopping. We would like to thank everyone in advance for your generosity this year and in past years. It is truly a blessing for the committee, participating parishioners, those who received it, and the parish as a whole. This is a great way to share our blessings from God with those who have much less. For questions or help, call Mary Ellen Peloso at 650/269-7794. Remember, you only take to heaven what you have given away. God bless us all. NATIVITY BLOOD DRIVE Our next Nativity Community Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, 16 November 2014 from 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Stanford Bloodmobile will be located in the Nativity parking lot and the staff make every effort to ensure your comfort. You can schedule an appointment by logging onto bloodcenter.stanford.edu. Click on “Make an Appointment” and search by zip code 94025. If you prefer, you may contact Sebastian Trucios at 650/888-5442 to schedule your appointment. Remember: The Blood You Give May Help Save a Life! EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Nativity Church is open 24/7. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration and there is always someone present in prayer. Won’t you join us by signing up for your weekly Holy Hour? When you sign up, you and your intentions share in the grace of everyone who comes to visit. Come and experience the dramatic presence of God in our lives. Please consider the following hours as there is no one currently assigned to them (or pick an hour that works for you): Monday: 02:00 PM (Prayer Partner) Tuesday: 04:00 AM (Prayer Partner) Friday: 01:00 PM Saturday: 11:00 AM Thank you in advance for your generosity. The God who is not outdone in generosity will certainly bless you and your intentions. Call Mary Ellen Peloso (650/269-7794) to sign up. Pregnant? Need Help? Please contact the Juan Diego Society (408/258-2008), the Gabriel Project (800/910-0191) or Community Pregnancy Center (650/964-8093). Announcements OUR PARISH FAMILY Please keep all of our newest members in your prayers, as well as those who have preceded us to the Father. BAPTISMS MARRIAGES • Jonathan Solbeck and Rosamaria Garcia PARISHIONERS • Tatiana Srebrodolskaya and Tony Sarathchandra (Abigail) • Theresa Suarez • Karen Anne Saylor DEATHS • Pat Smyth SPECIAL COLLECTION Next week there will be a second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Checks for all special collections should be made out to the Church of the Nativity. In the memo line write the appropriate reference for your donation, for example: Catholic Campaign for Human Development. ALTAR SERVER TRAINING Fr. Al is looking for students in the 5th grade and older who would like to be trained as Altar Servers. Training will begin in November after school on selected Tuesdays and Fridays. Applications and the schedule of training can be found in the vestibule of the Church or on the Altar Servers website: www. nativitystars.com. Fr. Al is also looking for an adult that would be willing to volunteer to help with the altar server training. If you are interested in helping with this very important ministry please contact Fr. Al at 650/323-7914 or [email protected] NEW MISSAL/HYMNAL COMING IN ADVENT On Sunday, 30 November 2014, Nativity will begin using Journeysongs: Assembly Edition with Lectionary Readings, published by Oregon Catholic Press. This permanent, hardcover pew hymnal will replace both the Glory and Praise hymnal, which is now outdated, and the Breaking Bread missalettes, which expire annually and need to be replaced. It includes the Sunday lectionary readings for all three yearly cycles. Other advantages are that its permanence and appearance reflect the solemnity of the liturgy, it reduces the number of books in the pews, and will save the parish money over time. It does have two disadvantages. First, it does not include the texts of the four Eucharistic Prayers, but we have noted that few parishioners open the missalettes to follow them, and these prayers are readily available online for those who want them. Second, it does not contain any resources for daily Mass. A pew missal that would add all these items would be too heavy to be useful, and none have been published. Daily Mass participants are encouraged to use other worship sources, such as Magnificat, The Word Among Us, or their own missals (as many already do). For more information on the new Journeysongs, please go to www.ocp.org/products/21002. PRAYER FOR VETERANS Almighty God, we commend to Your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with Your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of Your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. In The Community NATIVITY BOOKS AVAILABLE We have several books which are still available in the parish office. • Nativity Illuminated: A Celebration of Our Church and the Symbols Within [ $10.00 ] • Father Lucky: Trust in Jesus. A collection of the stories of the late Fr. Clement A. Davenport [ $10.00 ] • The Spirit of Nativity: Celebrating Christ on the Peninsula for 140 Years •[ $6.00 ] paperback in black and white •[ $140.00 ] for 12” x 12” a beautiful hardback in full color If you are interested in purchasing one or all of these books they are available between 09:00 AM and 04:00 PM Monday through Friday. 650/323-7914. SCHOLA SERAPHICA CHRISTMAS CONCERT Tickets are available for Schola Seraphica’s Christmas Concert on 07 December 2014, 02:30 PM at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. They may be purchased at the Nativity parish office. Seating is limited. We are looking forward to sharing more beautiful music with you. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is proud to announce an exhibit of “A Prayer for Children,” which is accompanied by photographs from around the world, taken and hung by parishioner Charlene Diane Dorman. This exhibit will be in place until after the first of the year. For information about exhibit hours contact the Cathedral at 415/567-2020. DAY OF DISCERNMENT Are you seeking for Truth? Are you yearning for the infinite and for happiness? Christ is the Answer! Come and See! During the Year of Consecrated Life, Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery located at 215 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park, CA, will host a Discernment Day for young women on 17 January 2015. RSVP by 12 January 2015 or for more information contact Sr. Joseph Marie, O.P. at [email protected] or visit our website at nunsmenlo.org/vocation-discernment-dayjanuary-2015/. The day begins with Mass at 08:00 AM followed by Divine Office, Rosary, Conferences and much more given by our Dominican nuns and friars. THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS From the Holy See Each month His Holiness asks for general and missionary prayer intentions. For November 2014, the Holy Father’s prayer intentions are: Universal: Lonely People That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others. Calendar of Novenas 09 NOV (SUN) 10 NOV (MON) 11 NOV (TUE) VETERANS DAY 12 NOV (WED) 13 NOV (THU) FIRST DAY: Saint Cecilia 14 NOV (FRI) SECOND DAY: Saint Cecilia 15 NOV (SAT) THIRD DAY: Saint Cecilia 16 NOV (SUN) FOURTH DAY: Saint Cecilia 17 NOV (MON) FIFTH DAY: Saint Cecilia 18 NOV (TUE) SIXTH DAY: Saint Cecilia 19 NOV (WED) SEVENTH DAY: Saint Cecilia 11 NOV (Tuesday) VETERANS DAY 20 NOV (THU) EIGHTH DAY: Saint Cecilia 21 NOV (FRI) NINTH DAY: Saint Cecilia SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS, Bishop (c. 316-397) Martin was born to pagan parents; his father was a Roman military officer and tribune. Martin joined the Roman imperial army at age 15. He once gave a beggar half of his heavy officer’s cloak, and later had a vision of Jesus wearing the cloak. Martin was persecuted by the Arians, who were openly hostile to Catholics, and later became first a hermit, then the bishop of Tours. Martin was the first non-martyr to receive the cultus of a saint. 22 NOV (SAT) Feast of Saint Cecilia Missionary: Mentors of Seminarians and Religious That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors. Saints and Observances SOLEMNITY, FEAST, MEMORIAL • OPTIONAL MEMORIAL • OTHER 12 NOV (Wednesday) SAINT JOSAPHAT, Bishop and Martyr (1580-1623) 13 NOV (Thursday): SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI (1850-1917) Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Frances and six Sisters arrived in New York from Italy in 1889. They worked among immigrants, especially Italians. Mother Cabrini founded 67 institutions, including schools, hospitals, and orphanages in the United States, Europe and South America. Like many of the people she worked with, Mother became a United States citizen during her life, and after her death she was the first US citizen to be canonized. 14 NOV (Friday): SAINT NICHOLAS TAVELIC AND COMPANIONS, Martyrs (d. 1391) As Franciscan custodians of the shrines in the Holy Land, Nicholas, Deodat, Peter of Narbonne and Stephen of Cuneo decided to take a direct approach to converting the Muslims. On November 11, 1391, they went to the huge Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem and asked to see the Qadi (Muslim official). Reading from a prepared statement, they said that all people must accept the gospel of Jesus. When they were ordered to retract their statement, they refused. After beatings and imprisonment, they were beheaded before a large crowd. Nicholas and his companions were canonized in 1970. They are the only Franciscans martyred in the Holy Land to be canonized. FIND THE NOVENA PRAYERS St. Cecilia: nashvilledominican.org/charism/st_cecilia/Novena_ to_St_Cecilia OTHER NOVENA PRAYERS Infant Jesus of Prague (nine-hour): www.ewtn.com/library/ PRAYER/PRAGNOV.TXT St. Therese “24 Glory Be’s” Novena: www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/24_glory.htm Novena for Priests: www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/ priests.htm Effecacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: www.ewtn. com/devotionals/heart/sh_novena.htm In The Community ANNUAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER SERVICE The Vallombrosa Choir will present an afternoon of music, prayer, reflection and refreshments under the direction of Patrick Feehan, a well-known local composer, conductor and teacher, on Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 02:00 PM at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park. The Prayer Service is free and open to everyone. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Please RSVP by calling 650/325-5614 or on our website. Vallombrosa Center • 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 • www.vallombrosa.org HOLY HOUR - HAPPY HOUR (H4) Young adults in their 20s and 30s are encouraged join us for a Holy Hour at the Church of the Nativity (210 Oak Grove, Menlo Park) on Thursdays from 08:00-09:00 PM, followed by drinks at 09:00 PM at a nearby pub of café. If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] INDULGENCED PRAYER Young Believers Reciting any of these prayers with a properly reverent and contrite intention gives you a partial indulgence. Why not save this page and recite these prayers often? The Angelus Hail, Holy Queen The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, Most Gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruits of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen. Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary . . . And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. Hail Mary . . . Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. The Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. The Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from Christ’s side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me, and bid me come unto Thee, that I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels forever and ever. Amen. Angel of God Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, to guide. Amen. The Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand -- sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen. The Church also grants a partial indulgence each time these short prayers are said (memorize them!) My Jesus, mercy! (300 days) All for Thee, O most Sacred Heart of Jesus (300 days) Blessed be God! (50 days, if said upon hearing a blasphemy -- remember our No OMG campaign?) Grant, O Lord, that I may know Thy Will and do it (300 days) My God, I love Thee (300 days) O Jesus, save me (300 days) Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee (300 days) Mother of Mercy, pray for us (300 days) Merciful Lord Jesus, give them (him, her) everlasting rest (300 days, applicable to the deceased) May it please you, O Lord, to reward with eternal life all those who do good to us for your Name’s sake. Amen.
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