Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Advent is a season of hopeful anticipation, a time of preparation, for celebrating the birth of our Savior, and of readying ourselves for his eventual return. In God's goodness he gave us his own Son, who willingly took on our humanity to save us. Jesus forgives sins, heals the suffering and teaches the truth: he is the long-awaited Messiah.
Announcements from our bulletin of December 15, 2019
In Preparation for Christmas, join us in celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent.
- Third Sunday of Advent: December 15th
- Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 22nd
Christmas Eve Masses:
- Family Mass: 5:00pm
- Vigil Mass: 10:00pm
Christmas Day Masses::
- 8:00am; 10:00am; 12:30pm (en español)
Remember to grab your Women’s Club Christmas Bazaar 50/50 raffle tickets while you can! The prize is over $1,687.50 so far.
This is the last weekend you get yours !
The drawing is this Wednesday, December 18th.
All over town, the churches are humbly asked that their parishioners provide Christmas cookies for the prisoners in our local jail.
In these jails are mostly young, scared, men.
Last Chance Ministry, with Brother Gary Roberts collects the cookies from all the local churches. San Pablo always was a big provider in the past.
On December 21st, The cookies are sorted onto individual plates that follow jail protocol and Brother Gary along with 5 helpers will take the cookies to the prisoners.
There, they will read the prisoners the Nativity Gospel from St Luke, lead them in Christmas carols, and make sure that each one has his own full plate of Christmas cookies. Bringing Christmas to them is one of the works of mercy and a great joy for everyone to experience.
Please bring your plates of cookies to the parish office by Thursday the 19th during open hours.
Please pick up your San Pablo Offertory Envelopes.
They are available in the parish office during the week, Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Brothers and sisters Relevant Radio, a Catholic network of radio stations across the US, has recently acquired stations in South Florida. I invite you to tune in to this English language Catholic station broadcasting 24/7.
You can find the station at 880 AM.
Of course, the Archdiocese of Miami's RADIO PAZ, continues to broadcast in Spanish 24/7 at 830 AM.
In the Third Week of the series, Mother of the Messiah: In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah prophesies about the coming Messiah and the Messiah’s mother. Since Jesus, the anointed one of God, who saves his people from their sin, is truly the foretold Messiah, then his mother, Mary, is truly the Mother of the Messiah.
This week, go to FORMED.org and watch and listen to Week 3 in the series, Lectio Mary: The Bible and the Mother of God.
Questions? Contact Jean: firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 432-6662.
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Eucharistic adoration is a Eucharistic practice in which the Blessed Sacrament is adored by the faithful. This practice may occur either when the Eucharist is exposed, or when it is not publicly viewable because it is reserved in a place such as a church tabernacle. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, Who is be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host, that is, sacramental bread. From a theological perspective, the adoration is a form of latria, based on the tenet of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
Adoration takes place everyday from dawn to dusk in the church. Please feel free to join us.
Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament
Exposition is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.
Exposition takes place every Friday during Advent and every first Friday of the month immediately following Mass until 4:30 PM. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available.
Adorers needed, plan to spend one hour with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
To sign up for an hour, call Sharon Starling at (517) 474-4155.
SAN PABLO WOMEN'S CLUB is comprised of SEASONAL and LOCAL members of the parish who gather on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Parish Hall at 5:00pm.
Meetings include dinner.
The San Pablo Women's Club provides opportunities for the woman of San Pablo to grow in spiritual relationship with Jesus and to develop relationships with parishioners through prayer, projects and events. All are welcome.
Classes will be in the parish hall from 11:00am - 12:15pm.
- Sunday, December 15th: Classes
- Sunday, December 22nd: Rehearsal for Christmas Eve and birthday party for Jesus All San Pablo children invited!
- Tuesday, December 24th: Preparation for Mass for all angels & shepherds, Mary & Joseph at 4:00pm in the Parish Hall
- January 10th: Three Kings party - all families. Share foods from all countries!
- January 12th: Classes resume every Sunday
Donations of snacks much appreciated!
YOU, if you love spending time with children, love your Faith, and are available on Sundays from 11:00-12:15, until May 2020.
We need you to guide a small group through the materials that will prepare them for Reconciliation and 1st Communion. This is a blessed experience for all involved!
For details, call Terry Walters, DRE at (305) 393-1407 or email at email@example.com
Class for this week is December 18th.
Classes will continue to meet weekly on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm. After this week, there will be no further classes until January 8th.
Contact: (954) 328-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Helpers of the Florida Keys asks the community to help bring a smile to a child’s face. Holiday Helpers is a collaboration of agencies in the Florida Keys (Wesley House Family Services [Lead Agency]; Salvation Army; Key West Police Department; Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition; SOS; Early Learning Coalition and many more) providing holiday gifts to children of families who are economically challenged working in the service industry, construction, tourism and water/based economy.
Beginning the first week of advent, we are collecting gifts for small children. Decorating the trees on both sides of the Altar are tags with a child's age, who you can select a gift for! Simply remove the tag from the tree and securely attach it to a present you brought for them and feel they would enjoy.
Place your gift under either of the two trees or bring it to the Parish Office.
All gifts must be given and collected by Monday morning, December 16th.
Thank you for your generosity during this season of giving!
The Marathon Rotary Club is hosting a Senior Lunch at the Sombrero Country Club on Wednesday, December 18th at noon.
Seating is limited.
Call Melissa Loun at (305) 731-3113 for reservations.
Pope Francis takes us back to the Italian town of Greccio, which Saint Francis visited in the year 1223. The caves he saw there reminded him of the countryside of Bethlehem.
On 25 December, friars and local people came together, bringing flowers and torches, writes the Pope.
"When Francis arrived, he found a manger full of hay, an ox and a donkey." A priest celebrated the Eucharist over the manger, "showing the bond between the Incarnation of the Son of God and the Eucharist."
This is how our tradition began, continues Pope Francis, "with everyone gathered in joy around the cave, with no distance between the original event and those sharing in its mystery." With the simplicity of that sign, Saint Francis carried out a great work of evangelization, he writes. His teaching continues today "to offer a simple yet authentic means of portraying the beauty of our faith."
Pope Francis explains that the Christmas creche moves us so deeply because it shows God's tender love. From the time of its Franciscan origins, "the nativity scene has invited us to 'feel' and 'touch' the poverty that God's Son took upon Himself in the Incarnation", writes the Pope. "It asks us to meet Him and serve Him by showing mercy to those of our brothers and sisters in greatest need."
For further reading, please see our Parish website
*Decorating San Pablo for Christmas Time
According to our custom, we are hard at work decorating San Pablo for Christmas time. Please take a night time walk through our beautiful prayer garden and enjoy the wonders the many lights and ornaments. This Advent Season is the perfect time for peaceful reflection on ourselves and our relationship with God.
Garden is lit from sunset to 9:30pm from now through the Baptism of the Lord on January 12th.
Stewardship, placing our time, talent and treasure at God's disposal, is then the path of discipleship by which we grow in our friendship with God, and with one another, becoming in Christ, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the persons that God meant for us to be.
To say that we are "stewards" is to say that we are not the "owners" of our time, talent or our treasure. Everything we have received is from others. What we have, we have received freely from our parents, our families and from those who have mentored us and afforded us so many opportunities. All these gifts find their origin in God who is never outdone in generosity. But God does make us "managers" or "administrators" of what is his, to act on his behalf. God in his mercy still calls us despite our sinfulness into his vineyard to work to multiply the gifts he has given us. (cf. Matthew 25:21)
The good steward is a missionary disciple who shares God's love, by selflessly contributing his or her time, talent and treasure, and in doing so offers a future of hope to all, especially to those most in need.
Set up an account with WeShare to continue to support our parish electronically while you're away!
A big ''thank you'' to all of those participating in online giving with WeShare! Online giving has been a big help to our parish. San Pablo Parish has received more consistent donations and been able to reprioritize office tasks. WeShare saves the administrative staff valuable time with its ability to accept credit and debit cards and to make automatic withdrawals from checking and savings accounts. This means more time to serve you and our mission as parish.
No matter how you give, your gifts are always appreciated! If you have not yet made the switch to online giving, we invite you to consider doing so. Online giving offers our parish a stable, sustainable future. We know that you share in this vision and we're excited about giving our parishioners many ways to participate in our growth as a parish family.
Thank you for your support!
Go to our website www.sanpablomarathon.org and click on Online Giving
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