Saint Bruno's Catholic Church
Forth Sunday in Advent
December 21st, 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 22nd

Esquipulas 7-9 pm Main Hall (Upper Room)
Confirmation Study 6:30-8:30pm Main Hall (Upper Room)
Spanish Bible Class 7-9:00 pm St. Michael’s Hall

Tuesday, December 23rd

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 24th

Our Lady’s Prayer Group 6-10 pm Church
Holy Spirit Choir Practice 8:00 pm Main Hall
Gift Shop Opens 5:00-9:00 pm
Women’s Guild 11:30-1 pm Main Hall - 1st Wednesday of the month

Thursday, December 25th

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 26th

La Purisima 6:30-8:30 pm St. Michael’s
Grupo de Jóvenes 7:30-9:30 pm Upper Room
St. Bruno’s Youth Group 7:30-9:30 pm Upper Room
Holy Spirit Choir 9-11 pm Church

Saturday, December 27th

CCD 9-11 am All Rooms
Gift Shop Opens 7:00-9:00 pm

Sunday, December 28th

Gift Shop Opens 11:30 am
Tongan Choir Practice 2-4 pm St. Michael’s
Gift Shop Opens 6:00-8:30 pm

Readings for the week of December 21, 2008

Monday:

1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56

Tuesday:

Malachi 3:1-4,23-24; Luke 1:57-66

Wednesday:

2 Samuel 7:1-5; Luke 1:67-79

Thursday:

Isaiah 9:1-9; Luke 2:1-14

Friday:

Acts 6:8-10; Matthew 10:17-22

Saturday:

1 John 1:1-4; John 20:1a & 2-8

Sunday:

Genesis 15:1-6; Luke 2:22-40


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 $3,293.34
Second Collection $1,162.84

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, December 20th

4:30 PM

Carmen Pineda & Family

7:00 PM

+Rene Avendaño (Fallecido)


Sunday, December 21st

8:00 AM

+Rigoberto Chavez (Deceased)

10:00 AM

+Jesus Eduardo (27 años de Fallecido)

Noon

George Simoneon

6:00 PM

+Katarina Kaloucava (Deceased)


Monday, December 22nd

8:00 AM

+Fr. Michael Cruickshank (Deceased)

6:00 PM

+Ana Barazorda (Deceased)


Tuesday, December 23rd

8:00 AM

+Rebecca Peña (Deceased)

6:00 PM

+Vicente Cruz (Deceased)


Wednesday, December 24th

8:00 AM

Poor Souls in Purgatory

6:00 PM

+Jesus Duran (Fallecido)


Thursday, December 25th

8:00 AM

Maria Olivas (Health)

10:00 AM

+Alicia Duran (Fallecida)

12:00 Noon

+Martha Sotelo (Deceased)


Friday, December 26th

8:00 AM

+Tevita Tonga (Deceased)

6:00 PM

Carlos Robledo Sr. (Birthday)


Saturday, December 27th

8:00 AM

+Maria Fulgencio (Deceased)


A reflection on the Gospel for The Fourth Sunday in Advent

We all have a home of our dream. The place where we live is extremely important to us. In a way, we want our home to reflect not only our identity, but for it to be a comfortable and welcoming place for our family and friends. We all imagine ourselves living in a place that is really pleasing to us. God also has a place where he wishes to live but it is not made from stones. In today’s readings we hear about the house of God. And God says it is not in our hands to build it, but that He will give us a living temple. The true house of God, the place where he pleasantly lives is none other than Mary. It is Mary who received the son of God in it. She never could have imagined that with a simple yes, she would become the temple in which God would dwell. What did Mary have that pleased God so much he chose her as his dwelling? The first thing that calls to our attention in Mary is her attention to the World; she listened to what God wanted. It could not have been easy. She was an unmarried woman and she probably seemed too young to take on such an important mission. To accept the mission to become the mother of the Messiah could be difficult and also dangerous. Mary is realistic enough to know this. She most likely confused and scared when she received her calling and the message from the angel.

Una reflexión sobre el evangelio de Cuarto domingo de Adviento

Todos tenemos una casa de nuestros sueños. El lugar donde vivimos es muy importante prar nosotros. Queremos que nuestra casa, de algún modo, refleje no sólo nuestra identidad, sino que también sea un lugar cómodo y acogedor para nuestra familia y nuestros amigos. Todos nos imaginamos un día viviendo en un lugar que de verdad sea de nuestro agrado. También Dios tiene un lugar donde desea vivir. Pero no es de piedra. En las lecturas de hoy se nos habla de la cas de Dios. Y dice Dios que no está en nuestra mano construirla para Él, sino que Dios mismo nos dará un templo vivo. La verdadera casa de Dios, es lugar donde habitará con más agrado no es sino María. Es María quien abre la puerta de la venida de Dios al mundo y quien recibe al hijo de Dios en sí misma. Nunca se lo hubiera imaginado, pero con un sencillo sí, se convierte en el templo en que Dios havite. ¿Qué había en María que tanto agradaba a Dios como para hacerla su morada? Lo primero que llama la atención a la Palabra, se escucha de lo que quiere Dios. No puede ser fácil. Era una mujer soltera y quizá nos hubiera parecido que demasiado joven para llevar a cabo una misión tan importante. Aceptar la misión de ser madre del Mesías podría ser dificil e incluso llegar a ser peligroso, María no es tan poco realista como para no darse cuenta de eso. Lo más probable es que, al recibir la llamada y el mensaje del ángel, se sintiera confusa y asustada.

the sick, Vince Jimenez, Jesus Rodriguez, Jose Ibarra, Zeniada Brion, Maria Mora, Maria Olivas, Miguel Aquino, Phoebe Ann Emia, Aubrey Tendell, Connie Vera.



2008 CHRISTMAS WEEK SCHEDULE

December 22 & 23, Monday & Tuesday:
5AM Misa de Gallo

December 24, Wednesday:
5AM Misa de Gallo
6PM Vigil Mass (Spanish)
9AM “Search for an Inn”: A street drama
10PM Midnight Mass (Multi-lingual)
NB Confessions: 5PM-6PM

December 25, Thursday, Christmas Day:
8AM English Mass
10AM Spanish Mass
12Noon English Mass

December 28, Sunday, Feast of the Holy Family
Blessing of Families at all masses

December 31, Wednesday:
11:15PM Midnight Mass (c/o Our Lady’s Prayer Group)

January 1, Thursday, New Year’s Day:
8AM Morning Mass
6PM Evening Mass (Spanish)

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!


To Jesus through Mary
By Fr. Michael Brillantes

Advent is the season to prepare for the coming of the Lord: his first coming on Christmas and his second coming at the end of time. Yet our celebrations so far have been heavily Marian. Recently, the Nicaraguans celebrated the feast of their patroness, La Purisima, the Blessed Mother venerated as Most Pure. On December 8th, the parish celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Last Friday was the big feast of the Hispanics, especially Mexicans, as they honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. All of them were big celebrations.

As if that were not enough we still have the Posadas, dramatization of Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn. Mary figures prominently again in this tradition. Then we have the misa de gallo, dawn masses which are Marian in character. Dawn symbolizes Mary.

This preponderance of Marian feasts and celebrations appear to crowd out Jesus who is supposed to be focus. But let’s look at it this way. Without Mary, there is no Jesus. Mary leads us to her Son. In Latin there’s a saying “Ad Jesum per Mariam. We go to Jesus through Mary.

May our love and devotion then to Mary draw us closer to her son Jesus.

A Jesús por Maria
Por Padre Michael Brillates

Adviento es un tiempo para prepararse para la venida del Señor Padre: su primera venida en Navidad y la segunda venida al final del tiempo. Pero al final nuestra celebracion es Mariana. Recientemente, los Nicaraguenses celebraron la fiesta de su patrona, La Purisima, la Bendita Madre venerada y Más Pura. El 8 de Diciembre, la parroquia celebro la fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Y el viernes pasado fue la gran fiesta de los Hispanos, especialmente los Mexicanos, horaron a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Todas fueron unas celebraciones muy grandes.

Como si no fuera suficiente todavia tenemos las Posadas, la dramatizacion de Jose y Maria en busca de un lugar donde pasar la noche. Prominentemente de nuevo otra tradicion Mariana. Despues tenemos la misa de gallo, misas del amanecer que tambien son Mariana en character. Amanecer significa Maria.

Esta preponderancia de fiestas Marianas y celebraciones parecen que llevan a Jesus para afuera que debe ser el enfoco. Pero veamos de esta manera sin Maria, no habria Jesús. Maria nos lleva a su Hijo. En Latin ay un dicho “Ad Jesum per Mariam.” Vamos a Jesús por Maria.

Que nuestra amor y devocion y Maria nos lleve mas cerca a su hijo Jesús.