Saint Bruno's Catholic Church
First Sunday in Advent
November 30th, 2008 - Bulletin

Welcome to St. Bruno’s Church

Bienvenidos a la parroquia de San Bruno


At our Sunday Mass, we come together from all our small communities and celebrate our oneness in Christ. Take a little time to get to know the folks you are celebrating Mass with.


Weekly Schedule

Monday, December 1st

Esquipulas 7-9 pm Main Hall (Upper Room)
Confirmation Study 6:30-8:30pmMain Hall (Upper Room)
Spanish Bible Class 7-9:00 pm Church or Main Hall

Tuesday, December 2nd

Legion de Maria 7-8:30 pm Pilgrimage
Tongan Choir Practice 8-9:30 pm Church
Y.L.I. 12-3 pm Main Hall - 2nd Tuesday of the month

Wednesday, December 3rd

Our Lady’s Prayer Group 6-10 pm Church
Gift Shop Opens 5:30-8:30 pm
Women’s Guild 11:30-1 pm Main Hall - 1st Wednesday of the month

Thursday, December 4th

OE Group 5-6 pm St. Gabriel’s Hall
RCIA 7:00 PM Upper Room
Legión de María 7-8:30 pm St. Gabriel’s Hall
Tongan Choir Practice 8-9:30 pm Church

Friday, December 5th

La Purisima 6:30-8:30 pm St. Michael’s

Saturday, December 6th

CCD 9-11 am All Rooms
Gift Shop Opens 5:00-8:30 pm

Sunday, December 7th

Gift Shop Opens 12:30 pm
Tongan Choir Practice 2-4 pm St. Michael’s
Gift Shop Opens 6:00-7:30 pm

Readings for the week of November 30, 2008

Monday:

Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 8:5-11

Tuesday:

Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24

Wednesday:

Isaiah 25:6-10a; Matthew 15:29-37

Thursday:

Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7:21,24-27

Friday:

Isaiah 29:17-24; Matthew 9:27-31

Saturday:

Isaiah 30:19-21; Matthew 9:35—10:1,5a

Sunday:

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Mark 1:1-8


Your Contribution / Su Contribución

We are grateful for your consistent financial support each week. Please remember us in prayer and offering even when you are not able to be present.

First Collection - $2,950.35
Second Collection - $986.25

Estamos muy agradecidos por su constante ayuda financiera. Por favor recuérdenos en sus oraciones y ofrendas aún cuando no pueda estar presente.


MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, November 29th

4:30 PM

All Souls

7:00 PM

All Souls


Sunday, November 30th

8:00 AM

All Souls

10:00 AM

All Souls

Noon

All Souls

6:00 PM

All Souls


Monday, December 1st

8:00 AM

Laci KayYeo Roberts (2nd Birthday)

6:00 PM

Dora Salvana (Birthday)


Tuesday, December 2nd

8:00 AM

Elisa Alvarez

6:00 PM

+Consiglia Ellul


Wednesday, December 3rd

8:00 AM

Poor Souls inPurgatory


Thursday, December 4th

8:00 AM

+Rena Coturri (Deceased)

6:00 PM

Santification of All Priests 7 Religious


Friday, December 5th

8:00 AM

Bernardo & Clarita Yeo (48th Anniv.)

7:00 PM

+Federico Coronel


Saturday, December 6th

8:00 AM

Chancy Lynn (Birthday)


A reflection on the Gospel for the First Sunday in Advent

Waiting can be boring. Sometimes we spend so much time waiting for something we forget what it was we were waiting for. On the other hand, the familiarity with something can become a routine. To repeat the same actions or words at home, work or in church can become a comfortable routine, which little by little can lose it’s meaning. On the other hand, the media and widespread advertising force feed us through eyes and ears things that appear “normal” such as divorce, abortion or uncontrolled consumerism and even there we can fall in the trap of not thinking or analyzing things critically. As we face this, today we are told to remain vigilant, or alert. Maybe we can continue to do the same things at work and at home, but by being alert we do them with joy, with more care and with love. By being alert and vigilant, we will not confuse the meaning of what is normal with the norm or something habitual. Sometimes things are very habitual but it does not mean they are appropriate. Today we begin Advent, which is the wait until the arrival of Jesus in our lives. If we wait routinely, it is possible we will not recognize him. How can we be vigilant? By being alert to the people in our surroundings, listening to our spouses and children; putting care into our job; treating everyone with kindness and demanding justice for the people in the community.

Una reflexión sobre el evangelio del Primer domingo de Adviento

Esperar puede ser algo aburrido. A veces de tanto esperar, se nos olvida qué estamos esperando. Por otro lado, la familiaridad con algo a veces nos hace caer en la rutina. El repetir las mismas acciones, o las mismas palabras en la casa, en el trabajo, o en la iglesia, nos puede llevar a una rutina cómoda, que poco va perdiendo el sentido. Por otro lado, los medios de comunicación, los anuncios, nos meten por los ojos y los oídos cosas que parecen “normales” como puede ser el divorcio, el aborto, o el consumo incontrolado. Y también ahí podemos caer en el no pensar y analizar las cosas críticamente. Frente a todo esto, se nos dice hoy que hay que estar vigilantes. Es decir, despiertos. Quizá sigamos haciendo las mismas cosas en el trabajo o en casa, pero al estar despiertos las haremos con más alegría, con más cuidado y con más amor. Y al estar despiertos y vigilantes, no confundiremos el significado de normal como norma o como algo habitual. A veces las cosas muy habituales no son necesariamente las más adecuadas, es decir, las más normales. Hoy comenzamos el Adviento, que es la espera de la venida de Jesús a nuestras vidas. Si esperamos rutinariamente, es posible que no lo reconozcamos. ¿Cómo ser vigilantes? Estando atentos a las personas de nuestro alrededor, escuchando a nuestros cónyuges e hijos, poniendo cuidado en nuestro trabajo; atendiendo con amabilidad a todos; poniendo cuidado en nuestro trabajo; atendiendo con amabilidad a todos, defendiendo la justicia para las personas de la comunidad.

the sick, Vince Jimenez, Jesus Rodriguez, Travis Barb, Jose Ibarra, Zeniada Brion, Guillermo Villanueva, Clara Trujillo, Marie Romero, Raul Medina, Andrew Lamis, Alexander Lamis, Maria Mora, Maria Olivas, Miguel Aquino.


It’s the Time of the Year

It’s that time of the year again when the church does get busy, with celebration after another. First we have the celebration of the Nicaraguans’ La Purissima, honoring the Blessed Mother under her title as the Immaculate Conception. The novena culminates with the Griteria on December 6th. Next comes the Mexicans Guadalupe celebration starting on December 3rd with a novena and culminating with the Mananitas, Mass and La Obra drama on December 12.

Another beautiful practice that we have this time of the year is the Posadas, a dramatization of Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn. This starts on December 16th at the parish hall and runs for 9 evenings going through different houses and culminating on December 23rd. The Filipino celebration of Misa de Gallo follows. This is a Triduum (3 days) of dawn masses at 5AM on December 22-24. The Midnight mass on December 24 will be preceded with a street drama, similar to Posadas, with the community participation. Our Tongan brothers and sisters will lead the Christmas carols as we process around the church. More about this in later column.

Aside from these events, I will also be celebrating my Silver Jubilee to the priesthood which is today, November 30th. How time flies. It feels like only yesterday when I was at my hometown church kneeling before Bishop Odilo Etspueler, with his hands imposed on my head signifying the sanctification with the Holy Spirit, being configured to Christ and promising to serve Him and His people. I thank God for His guiding hands and all who have been supportive of my priestly ministry (especially my parents who are both deceased) and those whom I have been privileged to serve. Kindly remember me this day in your prayers.

Fr. Michael B. Brillantes


ST. BRUNO’S FESTIVAL SUMMARY 2008
ON OCTOBER, 4TH & 5TH , 2008

Raffle

Profit

Net Profit

Ticket Sales

$14,213.00

$11,213.00

Popularity Queen’s Coronation Dance

$2,590.00

$2,165.00

Candidates Votes

$7,000.00

$7,000.00

Dances Tongan Comm.

$7,216.00

$7,216.00

Sp. Youth

$505.00

$505.00

Food Sales Tongan Comm.

$4,113.00

$4,113.00

Filipino Comm.

$2,205.25

$2,205.25

Couple 4 Christ

$780.00

$780.00

Singles 4 Christ

$235.00

$235.00

Guadalupe Community

$1,163.00

$1,163.00

Guadalupe Car Wash

$380.00

$380.00

Mary’s Prayer Group

$125.00

$125.00

Purisima Comm.

$800.00

$800.00

Spanish Bible Comm.

$3,122.00

$3,122.00

Esquipulas

$770.00

$770.00

Women’s Guild

$221.25

$221.25

Jovenes/Sp. Youth Car Wash

$200.00

$200.00

Games

$248.05

$248.05

Bingo

$213.00

$213.00

Mini Raffle

$100.00

$100.00

Fe & Esperanza Choir Dance

$15.00

$15.00

Fe & Esperanza Choir Food

$300.00

$300.00

Movimiento Familiar C.

$201.00

$201.00

Our Lady of Manaoag

$961.97

$961.97

Donations

Peg Ritner

$100.00

$100.00

Josephina Palafox

$100.00

$100.00

For Games

$100.00

$100.00

Second Collection

$968.12

$968.12

$48,945.64

$45,520.64