The Church of the Nativity 210 Oak Grove Avenue

Photographs by Charlene Dorman
210 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
tel: (650) 323-7914
fax: (650) 323-3231
The Church of the Nativity
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
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)
Rev. Msgr. Steven D. Otellini
Rev. Alner Nambatac
Rev. Mr. Dominick Peloso
Rev. Mr. Thomas Kelly
Rev. Jerome Magat
Rev. Paul Maillet, S.S.
Rev. Gladstone Stevens, S.S.
Mrs. Monica Hickam • (650) 804-2390
24-hour Eucharistic Adoration
Dedication of the
Lateran Basilica
They shall be watered by the flow from the
Ezekiel 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12
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?
I laid a foundation, and another is building
upon it.
1 Corinthians 3: 160
1 Corinthians 3: 9-11, 16-17
He was speaking about the temple of His
John 2: 13-22
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
Holy Hour for Priests
Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer
Cenacles of Life Rosary
Perpetual Help Novena
Men’s Prayer Group
Morning Prayer
(Opus Dei priest)
(parish priest)
09 NOV
10 NOV
09:00 AM
07:30 PM
07:30 PM
Bible Group
Legion of Mary
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
07:00 PM
Confirmation Class
13 NOV
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
Please pray for those in need of physical or spiritual healing
14 NOV
15 NOV
Opus Dei Women’s Group
The Thursday Group
The parish office will be closed
on Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014
for Veterans Day.
Parish OfferINGS
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.
25-26 OCT
Music Fund:
Annual Diocesan Appeal Progress:
2014 ADA Goal:
Ministry and Group News
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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).
Please keep all of our newest members in your prayers,
as well as those who have preceded us to the Father.
MARRIAGES • Jonathan Solbeck and Rosamaria Garcia
PARISHIONERS • Tatiana Srebrodolskaya and
Tony Sarathchandra (Abigail)
• Theresa Suarez
• Karen Anne Saylor
DEATHS • Pat Smyth
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.
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. 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]
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
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
We have several books which are still available in the parish
• 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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)
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)
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
12 NOV (Wednesday)
SAINT JOSAPHAT, Bishop and Martyr (1580-1623)
13 NOV (Thursday):
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):
(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.
St. Cecilia:
Infant Jesus of Prague (nine-hour):
St. Therese “24 Glory Be’s” Novena:
Novena for Priests:
Effecacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: www.ewtn.
In The Community
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 •
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]
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.