4th Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014
Online Giving is now available at San Isidro!
You Are Invited To Our Novena 2014
Every day from Tuesday, December 16, 2014 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Garden, in front of the Blessed Virgin Statue.
You are welcome to bring your instruments to play and sing.
After the Novena there will be some Refreshments in the Parish Hall.
The office of Religious Education is asking once again of your generosity. We have families in our community in need of assistance to make their kids Christmas more joyful.
Please donate a gift card from Wal-Mart, or K-Mart or any other store by December 19th.
Thank you for your donation and may you receive abundant blessings in return!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
|Wednesday, December 24th||Christmas Eve Mass||6:30pm|
|Thursday, December 25th||Christmas Mass||9:00am|
|Wednesday, December 31st||End Of The Year Mass||6:30pm|
|Thurday, January 1st||First Mass Of The New Year||9:00am|
The 2014 Poinsettias
|The 2014 Poinsettias Were Offered For The Repose of The Soul Or Intentions Of:|
|Adrián Valdez,||Kids & Parents,|
|Almas de los Sacerdotes en el Purgatorio,||Ledesma, Hermelinda,|
|Bautista, Chira Yolanda,||Luis Valdez,|
|Bermúdez, Antonia,||Martínez, Lázaro & Diana,|
|Contreras, Sonia,||Mercedes, Bryan,|
|Cruz, Evelyn,||Perez, Mercedes,|
|Dana,||Por los no nacidos,|
|Dr. Chanelle Cox||Powers, Eddie,|
|Echeverría, Jaime A.,||Religious Vocations,|
|For the Children,||Rev. Ignacio, Morras,|
|For the Homeless,||Souls in Purgatory,|
|For the unborn,||Turcios, Amy,|
|Girón, Jocelyn,||World’s Peace,|
Due to the Holy Days the bulleting had to be send two weeks before to be printed, for that reason the rest of the intentions will be published on the next bulletins.
Do Not Lose The Sight Of Christmas’ True Meaning
All of us I think have enjoyed again and again the Christmas classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which was ﬁrst broadcast nearly 45 years ago and is still a holiday TV staple.
Toward the end of this wonderful story by Dr. Seuss, after the "mean one, Mr. Grinch" has stolen just about every possible sign of Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville, he gleefully sits atop his mountaintop anxiously awaiting the angst that a Christmas-less Christmas morning will bring.
Instead, the narrator tells us, the Grinch gets a very big surprise. The sounds of the Whos’ voices rise to his ears. "This sound wasn’t sad. Why this sound sounded glad! Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without any presents at all! He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming. It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same. It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"
Fantasy aside, I wonder how any of us would react to waking up to a barren Christmas, one without decorations, a brightly lit tree, sans all the glitter and mounds of presents we have come to associate with a good Christmas Day.
Optimist that I am, I think most of us would shuck off our shock and react like the Whos down in Whoville. While many of us, myself included, take part in all the glittering of Christmas that has been going on for decades, I do think that most of us truly understand that its true meaning does not depend on and rises well above all attempts to commercialize it.
What it means, of course, is that our loving God gave us the greatest gift possible:
His own Son. God gave us a savior, the Prince of Peace, the promise of eternal life and all the wisdom, peace and comfort the little child Jesus would grow to give us as a very way of life and a pathway to God.
This gift that changed humanity forever came to a couple without much means, without the ability to lavish presents on anyone, in the form of an innocent child born in a simple manger full of animals and straw. All they really had was each other and a love that gave them the drive and conﬁdence to endure all, and to do God’s will.
There is a lesson for us all in this. God could just as well have chosen a rich woman to give birth to Jesus, but he chose a poor one. God could just have easily ensured Jesus was born in the ﬁnest beds surrounded by silk sheets and servants. God could just as easily have chosen to make life easy for Mary and Joseph, but instead they faced many obstacles and hardships before and after Jesus was born.
I think the lesson of this ﬁrst Christmas is that the trappings of this world do not really matter in the end. Yes, we are blessed to have them and should be grateful for every comfort and for the security they bring, but none of that matters in the larger scheme of things.
Presents are wonderful, of course, and we do well to make others happy by giving them, but Christmas and what it means for us would be as powerful and as life-changing without them. Lights, tinsel, candy canes and all those things that have come to symbolize this magical holiday are fun and do make Christmas special. There is nothing wrong with that.
But would you agree that what really matters 2,000 years ago and today is the spirit of love that is Christmas God’s love for us and our love for each other? Just ask any modern-day family struggling to make ends meet and who survive on little but the warmth of their love for each other.
Dr. Seuss said it very well:
"Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we."
Peace to all, and Merry Christmas!
By Bishop Matthew H. Clark