Saint Bruno's Catholic Church
Baptism of the Lord
January 11th, 2009 - 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, January 12th

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, January 13th

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

Wednesday, January 14th

Our Lady’s Prayer Group 6-10 pm Church

Gift Shop Opens 5:00-9:00 pm

Women’s Guild 11:30-1 pm Main Hall - 1st Wednesday of the month

Thursday, January 15th

OE Group 5-6 pm St. Gabriel’s Hall
RCIA 7:00 PM Small room by the kitchen
Legión de María 7-8:30 pm St. Gabriel’s Hall
Tongan Choir Practice 8-9:30 pm Church
2nd Thursday Meeting 7:30 pm Upper Room
Finance Committee Contact person Maritza A.
Finance Council Contact person Lola L.

Friday, January 16th

La Purisima 6:30-8:30 pm St. Michael’s
Grupo de Jóvenes 7:30-9:30 pm Upper Room
2nd Friday Meeting 7:00 pm Upper Room
Liturgy Contact person Pamela R.

Saturday, January 17th

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

Sunday, January 18th

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 January 12, 2009


Hebrews 1:1-:6; Mark 1:14-20


Tuesday: Hebrews 2:5-12; Mark 1:21-28


Wednesday: Hebrews 2:14-18; Mark 1:29-39


Thursday: Hebrews 3:7-14; Mark 1:40-45


Friday: Hebrews 4:1-5; Mark 2:1-12


Saturday: Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 2:13-17


Sunday: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10; John 1:35-42

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 $3,727.43
Second Collection $1,149.69

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


Saturday, January 10th

4:30 PM

+Tevita Tonga (Deceased)

7:00 PM

+Eva Linez (Fallecida)

Sunday, January 11th

8:00 AM

+Mario Rodriguez (Deceased)

10:00 AM

+Rosa Maria Chaffo (Fallecida)


Enrique Paguio (Thanksgiving)

6:00 PM

+Katalina Kaloucava (Deceased)

Monday, January 12th

8:00 AM

+Fr. Michael Cruickshank (Deceased)

6:00 PM

Pilar Afuang

Tuesday, January 13th

8:00 AM

Pilar Afuang

6:00 PM

Rog & Dee Villaflor

Wednesday, January 14th

8:00 AM

Robert & Ana Maria Olivas-Flores (Anniv.)

Thursday, January 15th

8:00 AM

+Marlon Despues (Deceased)

6:00 PM

+Tevita Tonga

Friday, January 16th

8:00 AM

+Jacob Olivas (3 yrs. Anniv.)

6:00 PM

+Marlon Despues (Deceased)

Saturday, January 17th

8:00 AM

Holy Souls

A reflection on the Gospel for The Baptism of the Lord

Many Hispanics immigrants in this country are employed in the service sector, in restaurants, hotels, and transportation. In times of economic struggles and huge anti-immigrant sentiments we often ask ourselves what would happen if there were no immigrants working in the service sector. We know that many large cities would become practically paralyzed. Service is indispensable in our society and those who serve are extremely important people during the course of human life. But as Christians we are all called, without exceptions, to a greater service. In our baptism we were anointed and to be anointed means to become a servant. In Christian life, becoming a servant is the only path to follow Christ. When the disciples asked Jesus if they could sit on his right side, he responded by asking them if they were willing to serve the smallest and to be last ones. Jesus said that he did not come to be served but to serve and to bring salvation for everyone. It is a generous service; one filled with sacrifices and sometimes it is even risky. To serve is not an easy thing. Often those whom we serve fail to demonstrate even the slightest bit of gratitude. To serve is hard because it can entail leaving behind a lot of comforts, giving up our time and even money, as well as the privacy we would like to have.

Una reflexión sobre el evangelio del domingo del Bautizo del Señor

Muchos de los inmigrantes hispanos en este país están en trabajos de servicio, como en restaurantes, hoteles, transportes. En momentos de lucha y de gran sentimiento antinmigrante, a veces nos preguntamos qué pasaría si no hubiera inmigrantes sirviendo. Sabemos que muchas grandes ciudades quedarían prácticamente paralizadas. El servicio es indispensable en nuestra sociedad. Los servicios son personas importantes para el transcurso de la vida humana. Pero, como cristianos, estamos llamados todos, sin excepción, a un servicio mayor. Por el bautismo, fuimos ungidos. Y ungidos significa servidor. En la vida cristiana ser servidor es la única manera de ser seguidor de Cristo. Cuando los discipulos le preguntan a Jesús si pueden estar a su derecha, él les pregunta a su vez si están dispuestos a servir a los más pequeños, a ser los últimos. Jesús dijo de sí mismo, que no habia venido a ser servido, sino a servir y a conseguir la salvación de todos. Es un servicio generoso, sacrificado, a veces incluso arriesgado. Servir no es fácil. A menudo aquellos a quienes se sirve no demuestran siquiera un minimo agradecimiento. Servir es duro, porque supone dejar muchas comodidades, renunciar a tiempo, a veces a dinero, y a la privacidad que no desearia.

the sick, Vince Jimenez, Maria Robledo-Mora, Maria Olivas, Miguel Aquino, James Moye, Sergio Cangura, Carlo Soberano.

Invitation To Serve—Star the New Year off right!

Are you looking for ways to experience God? It can be difficult. God is a spiritual being. How do you experience a “spiritual being”? Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Bruno’s Parish invite you to share in theit ministry of experiencing God in the poor. “The Word became flesh and lived amomg us, and we saw His glory” (Jn 1:14) We see Christ in the poor and, when we see Christ, we experience God. For those interested in the works of SVDP here at St. Bruno’s, an information meeting will be held on Wedenesday, January 21, 2009 at 7pm in the St. Michael’s Hall and listen for more information this weekend of January 10th/11th at all the Liturgies. A full day of training for new members throughout the country will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2009, so please save this date.

A New Year’s Letter

Dear Parishioners,

20 † C M † B † 09

It is not a secret code as Da Vinci code. Neither is it a scientific formula nor part of a mathematical equation. It’s a blessing.

In the past the inscription “20 † C M †B † 09” was written above the main door of a house as a New Year’s blessing.

The letters are initials of the magi’s names: Caspar, Melchor & Balthazar. The numbers when joined together make up the “2009”. The “†” is not a plus sign but a cross which represents blessing. There are three of them which mean fullness of blessing.

The wise men from the East paid homage to the newborn King bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On this New Year 2009, we ask them to visit our homes and bring us, more than anything else, peace, harmony and happiness.

Actually, the original meaning of the inscription is more Christ-centered. CMB is an acronym of the Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat.” May Christ bless our home. The whole text then reads, May Christ abundantly bless our homes this New Year 2009!

This is a blessing not so much for the house but for the family who lives in the house. As we begin the New Year, we ask the Lord to give us a fresh start; that we shirk off the bad things that bedeviled us in the past year of 2008. We ask the Lord to give us a new hope, new attitude and new energy. We pray for peace and prosperity not only for us but for the whole world. We pray for tolerance, eradication of hatred and animosity. We pray for love.

Affection and endearment are also found in the text in yet another interpretation. It is said that in the age of chivalry, before a man asks the hand of a woman in marriage, he must have already built a house for them to live in. Thus after the wedding ceremony, they walk to the house and at the door the groom invites the bride to step in saying, “Come, My Beloved.”

We are the beloved of Christ. While we strive to follow his commands of love (of God and others) we hope that at the end of our lives, he ushers us into his heavenly mansion saying, “You have done well. Come, my beloved.”

Happy New Year to all!

Fr. Michael B. Brillantes

Una Carta de Año Nuevo

Estimados Feligreses,

20 † CM † B † 09

No es un secreto como el codigo de Da Vinci. Tampoco es una formula de científico ni tampoco matematico. Es una Bendicion.

En el pasado la incripcion “20 † CM † B † 09” estaba inscrito arriba de la puerta principal de las casas como una bendicion de Año Nuevo.

Las letras son las iniciales de de los nombres de los magos: Gaspar, Melchor y Baltazar. Los numeros cuando los juntamos son el “2009”. La cruz significa las bendiciones. Hay tres, que quiere decir lleno de bendiciones.

Los hombres magos del oeste, dieron homenaje a recien nacido que era Rey y le dieron regalos, oro, incencio y marro. En este Año Nuevo 2009, les pedimos que visiten nuestros hogares y que nos den, mas que nada, paz, armonia y felicidad.

Actualmente, el significante de la inscripcion esta mas centrado en Cristo. CMB son letras de la frase Latina “Christus mansionem benedicat.” Que Cristo bendiga nuestros hogares. El texto entero dice, Que Cristo bendiga nuestros hogares en abundancia en este Año Nuevo 2009!

Esta bendicion no es solamente para nuestro hogares sino que para las familias que viven en nuestras casas. Al comenzar este Nuevo Año, le pedimos al Señor que nos de un comienzo fresco; que nos quite las cosas malas de este año 2008. Le pedimos a Dios que nos de nueva esperanza, nueva actitud, nueva energia. Oremos por la paz y prosperidad, no solamente para nosotros si no para todo el mundo. Oramos para tener toleranza, para quitarnos el odio, enemistad. Oremos por el amor.

Otra forma de interpretar el texto de afecto y cariño tiene significado, como cuando un hombre pide la mano de una mujer para casarse, tiene que construir su casa y despues de la ceremonia el invita a la novia a que entre y le dice “Ven querida”.

Tambien nosotros somos queridos por Cristo. Mientras siguimos los mandamientos del Amor de Dios y los demas, esperemos que al final de nuestra vida el nos llame a la masion y que nos diga que “ han hecho bien, vengan mis queridos”.

Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!

Padre Michael B. Brillantes