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January 26, 2014 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Church Address 8220 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL PARISH OFFICE Hours: 9am - 4pm 5124 Gateway Dr. , Tampa, FL 33615 Ph. 813.885.7861 Fax: 813.884.3624 SCHOOL OFFICE 5111 Webb Rd., Tampa, FL 33615 Ph. 813.884.4502 Fax: 813.885.3734 MASS SCHEDULE Monday through Friday: 7am & 8:30am Saturday: 8:30 am & 4:30pm (Vigil) Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am (signed), & 12pm MISAS EN ESPAÑOL: Cada domingo a la 1:30pm Cada viernes a las 6:30 pm LATIN MASS: Sundays at 4:30pm

CONFESSIONS: Saturdays - 2:30 to 3:30pm

DEVOTIONS Morning Prayer Group: Liturgy of the Hours Mon., Tue., Thurs., Fri. & Sat.: 8:10am - 8:25am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every 1st Friday following the 8:30 am Mass until 6:15pm ROSARY: Thursdays at 11:30am in the chapel ROSARIO EN ESPAÑOL - Jueves de 5:30pm-6:30pm en la capilla

Next Sunday, the celebration will continue with a reception in St. Michael’s Hall after the 10:30am & 12pm Masses.

A farewell reception for Deacon Frank & Barbara is being held in St. Michael’s Hall this Sunday after the 9am, 10:30am & 12pm Masses. Please join us!

(Our Lady of Altagracia (High Grace)  The story of Our Lady de Altagracia dates back to when Spain first colonized the island of Hispaniola (today, Dominican Republic and Haiti).  Two men, Alonso y Antonio de Trejo, brought a painting of the Virgin to Hispaniola from their home in Placencia, in the region of Extrema‐ dura in 1502. The legend states that the image of the Virgin mysteriously disappeared from the house of the brothers Trejo. The painting  later reappeared in an orange bush. The location of this bush is where the first church of Higuey was built. Now thousands of devoted visi‐ tors make the trek here to deposit offerings and to ask favors of the Mother of Christ. Dominicans pray to her for miracles and cures and for  intercession for whatever troubles them. Las Noches de Vela/ the Nights of Prayer are celebrated the night before Altagracia day.  The painting is found in the Basilica in Higuey and it is said to have been painted in the late 15th century in Spain. It was mysteriously delivered by a shrouded old man who dropped the painting and disappeared. This painting shows the scene of the birth of Jesus. The frame is made from Dominican gold and inlaid with fine enamels, precious stones and jewels. The painting has been completely restored. (

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CLERGY Very Rev. Michael Suszynski, Pastor Rev. Jairo Atehortua Parochial Vicar Rev. Philip Clement, Parochial Vicar Deacon Frank Julian Deacon Pablo Maldonado Deacon Ramon Rodriguez

STAFF Parish Business Administrator - Paul Hunter Facility Manager - Dave Arnold / 919-4284 Parish Secretary / Bulletin Editor - Irene Martinez Receptionist/ Asst Editor - Silvia Rivera Director of Faith Formation - Carmen Cayon Sacrament Prep. & Youth Ministry - Philomena Johnson Faith Formation Apprentice Meg Kanatzar -

Photos: imagoRB/iStock/ThinkStock, sodapix/F1online/ThinkStock

READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10; Ps 89:20-22, 2526; Mk 3:22-30 Tuesday: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7-10; Mk 3:31-35 Wednesday:2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-30; Mk 4:1-20 Thursday: 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Ps 132:1-5, 11-14; Mk 4:21-25 Friday: 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17; Ps 51:3-7, 10-11; Mk 4:26-34 Saturday: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-17; Mk 4:35-41 Sunday: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:1418; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]

DIVISION It is a situation that plays itself out in more and less significant ways: Christians divided. A CYO basketball game between two neighboring parishes. Parents of the young players scream insults and threats at one another and assert their “superiority.” A Protestant and a Catholic church sit on adjoining properties. Each is vigilant about having parking violators removed from its own “private” parking lot. An old pastor retires but continues to reside at the parish. A new pastor arrives and quickly finds his faith “community” choosing sides against him. Saint Paul addresses similar disagreements in the early church at Corinth. He encourages the church there to make up their differences and to be united again in their belief and practice. Today’s first reading from Isaiah speaks of a people weighed down by the yoke of sin and darkness. Certainly the bickering and differences among us can be classified as such. The Gospel tells of the beginning ministry of Jesus. The Light has come, encouraging us to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It will be held January 26 – February 1. The event is the 40th anniversary of the week and each day marks special celebrations! The annual Catholic Schools Week celebration is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the week, established in 1974 to recognize Catholic education as a great gift to the Church and the nation. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” 2|

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January 26, 2014

† Mass Intentions † SUNDAY - JANUARY 26 - THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 7:30 A.M. +Don Shamblin by Connie Hennessey 9:00 A.M. +Jane Cacacie by ICCW 10:30 A.M. +Tom Leonard and +Michael Paccione by Loretta 12:00 P.M. PEOPLE OF INCARNATION 1:30 P.M. +Hugo Millan by Myriam 4:30 P.M. (SI) Wagner Children by Mr. and Mrs. Rivera MONDAY - JANUARY 27 - ST. ANGELA MERICI, VIRGIN 7:00 A.M. 8:30 A.M. (SI) Alexa Matesich by John and Diane Fye TUESDAY - JANUARY 28 - ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, PRIEST 7:00 A.M. 8:30 A.M. +Miguel Soto by Maria Soto WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 29 7:00 A.M. +Frank Fernandez by Celia Fernandez 8:30 A.M. THURSDAY - JANUARY 30 7:00 A.M. 8:30 A.M. FRIDAY - JANUARY 31 - ST. JOHN BOSCO, PRIEST 7:00 A.M. 8:30 A.M. +Elena Hernandez by Vinalon and Hernandez Families 6:30 P.M. (SI) In Thanksgiving by Rosa, Diego and Jaime Alberto SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 1 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M. +Daniel Witonski by Maria Witonski SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 2 - THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD 7:30 A.M. (SI) Prayer Box Intentions by OLM Prayer Group 9:00 A.M. +Helen Webber by Judy Rawnsley 10:30 A.M. +Joyce Kielpinski by Friend 12:00 P.M. +Rose Teresa Warder by Warder and Dreger Family 1:30 P.M. PEOPLE OF INCARNATION 4:30 P.M. +James Francis Parker by Whalens Family


Please Pray for One Another If you would like to add a name, e-mail Silvia Rivera at: or call the parish office. Lord, hear our prayers for the sick listed below and for all those who are not listed, but are in need of our prayers: Jeannette Abrenica Bella Andrew Lucas Baker Maria Barrios Julie Bianchi Gisela Brandes Roxane Charles Michelle Chirino Nora Cortes Bernice Cox Louis Crapsi Leslie D’ Elia Enid Diaz Jack and Lucy Dietz Jan Douglas Edward Drost Manuel Duran Shannon Elver Aurora Esparza Deborah Fisher Harry Folk Agustina Galan William Gareau Joe Giangiacomo

Sal Giordano Michael Griffin Nancy Gwinn Robert Hasty Joane Hellenbrand Richard J. Hernandez Jim Horn Don Hughes June Jebson Peter Jebson Mimi Kuhla Dale Levi Tom Lom Antonio Mabini

Bob Patterson JR Pearce Kim Perez Mary Perkinson Tom Phillips Tom Price Jessica Prieto Bernard Rafferty, Sr. Donna Ridgeway Irvin Rivera, Jr. Rose Ann Robert Dewey Roberts Isaias Rodriguez Lydia Santiago

Matthew McClane, Sr.

Dianna Slowey Thomas

Gabriel McPfimel Marie Mendez Cam Metcalf Sandy Moley Beba Montero John Morrisroe Rene Music John Nevadomski Noah Nero Lisa Paige

Adriana Smith Bill and Angie Spink Adam Sprouse Shirley Sullivan Philip Traina Ines Velazquez Rose Vrabel Brett Wallick Jerry Wegman Nick Wolf

OFFERTORY (First Collection) is used solely for the operation and maintenance of the parish. Weekly Target ..................................................$23,000.00 01/19/2014 Offertory Donations .....................$18,166.08 Shortfall ............................................................$ 4,833.92 Tuition Assistance ............................................$ 297.00 Dominican Parish .............................................$ 1,248.00 RENOVATION & BUILDING FUND (Second Collection) is used to pay the monthly principal and interest obligation on our Church Renovation Loan and to fund repairs and updates to our Church building. 01/19/2014 Renovation Donations.................... $ 1,721.00


Sergio Pages, Jr. PV2 Chad Michael Burgess PV2 Angelique Burgess Ryan Wegman, Afghanistan Lt. Col Gregory Palmer, Afghanistan

Cormac Lomasney, Afghanistan Brian McPhillips, Afghanistan Esteban Gonzalez, Afghanistan SGT Damian Patrick Bumm SSG Michael Haley

Thank you to Buds Blooms & Beyond for their donations of flower arrangements for our weekend liturgies and for our Chapel

If you have any questions about our finances or parish renovation activities, please contact Business Manager, Paul Hunter at 813-8857861 or by e-mail:

DONATION STATEMENTS FOR TAX PURPOSES Please request donation reports for tax year 2013 by e-mail This saves time for you and postage for the church. Please do not call to make the request unless you do not have access to email.

11234 W. Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, FL 33635 (813)818-9600 (800)531-2837


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FAITH FORMATION NEWS Director of Faith Formation & R.C.I.A. Carmen Cayon

Faith Formation Apprentice Meg Kanatzar

Grades Pk-12/ Youth Ministry Sacrament Preparation Philomena Johnson

Young Adult Ministry Fr. Philip Clement


Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Are you being called home into the Catholic Church? Do you hunger to know more about Jesus and his Church? If you are an adult that desires baptism or that needs communion and/or Confirmation please call Carmen Cayon at 885-7861 or email her at for information on how to prepare for receiving the sacraments. Adults will begin meeting this Monday evening at 7:00 pm until 8:30pm in the Parish Conference Room. You are welcome to come and see! No registration is necessary.

The Acts of the Apostles provides us more than a history of the First Christians - it is the story about the Early Church with the Holy Spirit as the protagonist. Christ did not leave His Apostles alone - He sent the Holy Spirit to guide, instruct and equip them. Enrich and deepen your faith as you learn how the Apostles continued Christ’s mission on earth through the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Blessed are You, O God! You are with us at all times, in all places. We give thanks and praise that You continue to reveal Yourself to us as we undertake the Strategic Plan for Catholic schools in our diocese.

Join us for Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom beginning this Monday at 7:00pm in Classroom One. For more information or to register for the study, contact either Carmen Cayon at 813-885-7861 or via email or Martin Butler at 813-9282083 or via email

Give our administrators, teachers and staff in Catholic schools the grace of insight in their endeavor to educate minds, bodies and spirits in Your life-giving ways. Give our diocese the courage to overcome obstacles and persevere in the pursuit of academic excellence, stewardship and service to God’s people.

Prayer for Catholic Education “We have Faith in Catholic Schools”

For our pastors we ask the gift of wisdom to guide the staff, students and advisory board members. We thank You for the generosity of our catholic families and community donors who continue to sustain our schools’ programs through volunteerism, participation in fund-raising and contributions of goods, services and remembrances in their wills and behests. With grateful hearts we recall all who have gone before us on a pilgrimage of faith and hope. We ask Your blessing on all who have sacrificed so much to ensure the viability of our Catholic Schools. "Proeliatores Dei" is our parish's young adult group. Young adult parishioners ages 18-28 are welcome to join us every Thursday night from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Lion's Lair for faith, fun, and fraternity. For more information, please go to our website: or call Fr. Philip at the church office (813-885-7861). We hope to see you there! 4|

Awaken in the hearts of our youth openness to the way of life You have designed for them. May they grow to be priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, married or single persons who faithfully spread the Good News of Your kingdom. May all in our school communities find in You the source of all truth. This we pray in the name of Jesus our Savior and Brother. AMEN

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 26, 2014


TREE OF LIFE MEMORIALS ALTAR SERVERS - David Smith - EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS - Frank Salamone READERS - Will Beran - 882-0178 ENVIRONMENT/ART - Connie Hennessey - 884-8326 USHERS - Tom Osborn - 885-3829 VISITORS OF THE SICK - Fr. Jairo Atehortua - 885-7861

In memory of a loved one who has passed away you may want to consider the Tree of Life Memorial at the church’s entrance. You may also want to remember a special Anniversary or a family member with a Leaf on the Tree. For information call Connie Hennessey at 884-8326.

BIBLE STUDY - Carmen Cayon - 885-7861 CARNIVAL - Paul /Norma Hunter - 854-1171 COLUMBIETTES - Suzanne Perry-Casler - 610-6456 or Meet every 2nd Thursday at 7:00pm, St. Patrick's Room FINANCE COUNCIL - Deacon Frank Julian - 885-7861 HELPING HAND - Paul Hunter - 885-7861 ICCW - INCARNATION COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN Diane Fitzpatrick - 813-926-4921 - Gen. Mtg. 1st Thursdays - Rosary at 7pm - Mtg. starts at 7:30pm JOB SEARCH SUPPORT - Hilda Lyons - Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the Town ’N Country Public Library KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 4th Degree Assembly 2984 Harry - 813-765-5725 - meets every 3rd Monday at 7:30 PM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - Stan Schmidt - 598-2737 LIFE MINISTRY - Teresa Trubilla - 841-6563 - MUSIC MINISTRY Tuesday Rehearsals, 7 - 9pm in the Church Music Room PRAYER SHAWL GROUP - Silvia Rivera - 885-7861 2nd Tuesday, 7pm in Faith Formation Office RELIGIOUS ARTICLES STORE - Connie Hennessey - 884-8326 SPECIAL EDUCATION - Mary Thomson - 884-8040 STEWARDSHIP - Tim Madden - 831-9770 THAT MAN IS YOU - Michael Rivera - 598-0972 Tuesdays at 5:15am in St. Francis Rm 12 STEP MEETINGS - Mary at 813-884-7171 Men's Closed Meetings - Tuesday, 7 pm St. Patrick's Room Closed Meetings - Wednesday, 7 pm St. Patrick's Room Al-Anon Closed Meetings - Wednesday, 7 pm St. John's Room


ANOINTING OF THE SICK gives spiritual strength in the face of suffering. A Parish priest is on call 24 hrs. in cases of emergency and is available for appointments. Call the Parish Office at 8857861. MATRIMONY (Marriage) - Couples need to contact the Parish Office at 885-7861 before setting a date. The preparation process takes a minimum of 6 months. HOLY ORDERS is for single men answering the call to priesthood. Any man or woman interested in the religious life should contact one of our parish priests or the Diocesan Vocations Director at 345-3338. HOMEBOUND MINISTRY - Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Holy Communion to the sick at home. Please call the Parish Office at 885-7861 to make arrangements.

COMITÉ PASTORAL HISPANO - Padre Jairo - 885-7861 Se reúne el tercer jueves de cada mes CORO HISPANO - David Funes - miércoles a las 7:00pm y los domingos a las 12:00 pm EMAUS DAMAS - Karla Navas-Rodriguez 813-263-4220 o Liliana Astete 646-339-4286. Miércoles de por medio 7pm. EMAUS HOMBRES - Stevenson Quirindongo

ESCUELA DE EVANGELIZACION JUAN PABLO II Maria Teresa Aguilar 813-315 0925. Viernes 7pm, salón de clase #3. GRUPO DE JOVENES - Carmen Cayón - 885-7861. Viernes 7:30pm, salón St. John. GRUPO DE JOVENES ADULTOS - Ana Acevedo al 359-7722. Viernes, 7:30pm, salón de conferencia. GRUPO DE MATRIMONIOS - Lecy y Dante Sanchez - 850-4526. Viernes, 7:30pm, salón St. Francis 1.

our newly renovated Religious Arti-

GRUPO DE ORACION - Maria Rodriguez al 813-926-6436 . Martes 7:30pm, salón St. Michael.

cles Store. Located at the main en-

LECTORES - Alan Aguilar- 315-0928

trance of the church, on the left

LEGION DE MARIA - Azucena Zavala 813-410-5737. Sábado 9:30am, salón St. Francis.

hand side. Open before and after the weekend Masses. MANY NEW ITEMS! Need information? Call Connie 813.884.8326

MINISTROS DE EUCARISTIA - Tito Bello - 516-2619 MONAGUILLOS - Doris Quirindongo - 843-6654 UJIERES - José Guaba - 504-5538



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AROUND THE DIOCESE VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE OF LOURDES, FRANCE North American Lourdes Volunteers will present a 90-minute prayerful VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE to Lourdes, France at Saint John Vianney Church, 445 82nd Ave., Saint Pete Beach, on Sunday February 9th at 6pm. During this guided Lourdes experience you will immerse yourself in the Message of Lourdes with images of the Grotto in Lourdes, France. You will have the opportunity to touch the Grotto Rock and to bless yourself with Lourdes Water. As part of this spiritual opportunity to draw nearer to God with Our Lady and St. Bernadette, you will receive a Eucharistic blessing, pray a decade of the Rosary and receive a bottle of Lourdes Water. Of course, great care is taken to preserve the reverence and sanctity of the pilgrimage itself as we bring it to those who cannot actually go to Lourdes because, like an actual prlgrimage to Lourdes, our Virtual Pilgrimage is a holy encounter with God under the watchful care of Our Lady A Virtual Pilgrimage of Lourdes is the next best thing to being at Lourdes itself! It is a pilgrimage journey without the travel! Invite your family and friends! All are welcome! Sponsored by the Columbiettes Pope Pius XII Auxiliary 5131. For more information contact: Mary @ 727-331-4179

February 1st 2014 9am - 2pm FREE Citywide Boys Baseball & Girls Softball Clinic At Tampa Catholic High School Baseball Complex

Ages 8 - 14 Registration starts at 8am Visit to sign up. Instructors will be former professional and college coaches.

January 26, 2014

INCARNATION CASINO NIGHT Saturday, February 8, 2014 Casino Night 2014 is seeking sponsors and donations for a new electric sign for our Church and School. Parishioners who have a business that might benefit from the advertising should consider one of the several levels of sponsorship: Black Jack; Royal Flush; Four of a Kind; Full House and Flush. For information on individual donations or sponsorships please contact Connie Hennessey at 813-884-8326.

Thank You to Our Sponsors! Gardner - Gibson Sun Coatings – Event Underwriter Teresa Trubilla & Bill Cawley- Full House Bast Floors & Staircases – Full House Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hyde – Four of a Kind Alma and Don Shamblin – Flush level Green Thumb Nursery – Flush level Mastro Subaru - Royal Flush Law Office of Mark E. Pena – Flush level Incarnation Council of Catholic Women – Four of a Kind Incarnation Columbiettes – Full House Plantation Animal Hospital LLC – Flush level Elite Casino –House Party Blackjack table with dealer Westchase Golf Supercuts Taylormade Properties, Inc. TGIF Skateworld –T & C Surf Shack G. Peppers Grill & Tavern Sergio’s Jewelry Jared the Gallery of Jewelry Busch Gardens Vision Ace Hardware - Gunn Vigo & Alessi Products Hwy Emelina’s Bridal Boutique PF Chang’s Restaurant Sheraton Suites Hotel Goodyear (W. Hillsborough) CASINO TICKETS ON SALE: We accept Cash /Credit Card or Checks payable to: Incarnation Catholic Church. Register for tickets at the parish office (9 - 4PM Mon.–Fri) or mail in your request for tickets including your check to: Incarnation Catholic Church, CASINO NIGHT EVENT, 5124 Gateway Dr., Tampa, FL 33615. Questions? call Connie Hennessey at 813-884-8326.


Kids receive free breakfast Free t-shirts, Free backpacks, Free Life Skill Books & Autograph Poster Participant brings Glove & Bat

Food Donations Needed For Casino Night Sample of items needed: Shrimp (26-30 per lb), Mini Meatballs, Croissants, Mini Sandwich Rolls, Block or Cubed Cheese. Contact Rae Stabile: or by phone at 813-493-3069 if you are able to donate food. Thank you!


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Ryan Baker, 14, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 with his loving family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer. A funeral service was held in our parish on Monday, January 20th. Please keep Ryan and the Baker family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Please join us as we bid farewell to Deacon Frank & Barbara. A farewell reception is being held in St. Michael’s Hall this Sunday after the 9am, 10:30am & 12pm Masses.

Mr. Thomas Melchiorre, 89, passed away on January 6, 2014. Some of you may remember him from the 4:30pm Vigil Mass where he served as an Usher for a number of years. A funeral service was held on January 10th at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater. He is survived by his wife Judy Melchiorre. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

MARK MARCH 8th ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL ST. PATRICK DINNER DANCE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW Annual St. Michael's Fundraiser & Networking Dinner February 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Christ the King Guest Speaker Mayor Bob Buckhorn RSVP at St. Michael's Legal Center for Women and Children, Inc. (SMLC) is a not for profit pro-bono legal service organization. SMLC serves persons in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. The main purpose of the corporation is to provide legal advice and representation in the areas of Family Law, including child support, visitation, custody, and dissolution of marriage. SMLC may also provide advice and representation in other areas that impact families economically, such as assisting persons facing foreclosure; represent clients in other areas of the law; and provide legal information to the community.


Did you know that our parish has a Traditional Latin Mass said every Sunday? Come experience the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it was celebrated for centuries, the Mass many of your favorite saints would have attended. The Latin Mass is celebrated by Fr. Philip Clement, Fr. Patrick Hough, S.J., and Fr. Paul Mangiafico and is offered every Sunday at 4:30pm. If you would like to experience the Latin Mass in its fullness, come on the last Sunday of the month for the Solemn High Mass and hear the Latin Mass Schola sing their beautiful Gregorian Chant, or come to a High Mass on either the second or third Sunday of the month and hear the beautiful singing as well. For a quieter, more sublime experience, consider coming to the Low Mass offered on the first Sunday of the month. Come experience part of our Catholic heritage. Next weekend is our Monthly Food Collection Please bring non perishables and place them in the plastic bins located in the church foyer. Monetary donations can be left in the Helping Hand box located at the rear of the church. Thank You

Tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario 26 de enero de 2014 Ármate de valor y fortaleza y en el Señor confía. — Salmo 27 (26):14 Domingo 26 de Enero de 2014 Tercer Domingo Tiempo Ordinario Reflexionando la Palabra de Dios La conversión nace como respuesta a esa Buena Noticia que debería ensancharnos el corazón: en Jesús ha aparecido, en toda su profundidad, el amor increíble y sorprendente de Dios al hombre, a cada uno de los hombres; el amor de Dios a todos nosotros, a cada uno de nosotros. Este es el acontecimiento que tengo que aceptar, del que tengo que fiarme, y por el que tengo que conducir toda mi vida. La conversión, en el Nuevo Testamento, incluye siempre dos aspectos que no podemos separar: uno, el arrepentimiento, lo que nosotros solemos entender por "penitencia", que implica reconocer que somos pecadores y que queremos caminar hacia una vida de más amor; implica girarse hacia Dios, abrirse a su amor, dirigirse hacia Él. Es, por tanto, una renovación personal que abre a una Realidad: salir de las tinieblas para caminar en la luz y hacia la luz. La llamada a la conversión, una llamada siempre constante para el cristiano, no se apoya en nosotros, en nuestros méritos, no es consecuencia de nuestros propósitos. Tiene una base más objetiva, más real, más poderosa: se basa en que Dios, todo lo que es de Dios, está cerca, es decir, se nos ofrece, es una posibilidad a nuestro alcance. Dicho de otro modo: la conversión es una RESPUESTA a un hecho. Este hecho, que es la Buena Noticia que nuestro Señor Jesucristo anuncia, que Dios nos ama, que su vida hecha de verdad y amor, de alegría y libertad, es una REALIDAD presente en nuestra vida y que puede hacerse aún más presente, más activa, más transformante. Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, en los inicios de su predicación, y ahora a cada uno de nosotros, a todos los que buscan, llama a conversión, a la renovación. A girarse hacia Dios. No como si se tratara de buscar un Dios lejano, no para presentar una lista de méritos propios, sino para descubrir un Dios presente en nuestra vida. Un Dios presente, pero que pide más, ofrece más, espera más. Esta es la Buena Noticia de Jesús, siempre "buena", siempre "nueva", para nosotros. No significa necesariamente que seamos grandes pecadores y debamos hacer penitencia. Significa que debemos tomar en serio a Jesús en nuestra vida, que debemos acoger sinceramente su evangelio y lo vayamos asimilando en las actitudes fundamentales de la vida. Plantearse la conversión cristiana es preguntarse si uno ha elegido alguna vez definitivamente a Jesucristo. P. Jairo

Invitación a celebrar la fiesta de Nuestra Sra. De la Altagracia La Parroquia Encarnación invita la comunidad a la Misa en honor a Nuestra Sra. de la Altagracia, Patrona del pueblo Dominicano. La Misa será oficiada el sábado, febrero 1, 2013 a las 7:00pm por su Excelencia Nicanor Peña Rodríguez, Obispo de la Diócesis Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, Higuey, Republica Dominicana. Después de la misa, compartiremos refrescos y amistad en el Salón St. Michael. Las personas que necesiten una copia de su contribución a la Parroquia de Incarnation durante el año 2013, para sus impuestos, por favor envié un correo electrónico a Paul Hunter—


8 de febrero, 2014 ¡Sea usted nuestra “Carta bajo la manga”! Contribuya con sus donaciones para que este evento sea un éxito. Necesitamos, entre otras cosas: camarones, panecillos tipo croissants, albóndigas miniatura, y queso.

Para pensarlo

Si le es posible contribuir, favor de comunicarse con Connie Hennessey al 813-884-8326.

Sugerencias para no empeorarlo todo: Si no puedes mejorar algo, por lo menos haz lo posible para no empeorarlo. Dios, de a poco, hará que vuelva a salir el sol. El alcance del poder de Dios excede la magnitud de cualquier “tormenta”. Por lo tanto, no nos soltemos de Su Mano. Nos pueden fallar, podemos fallarle al otro, pero Dios nunca nos falla. Cuando Él creó al hombre, sopló y le dio aliento de vida. Su Aliento nos da vida. Él es principal alentador. No esperes de la gente lo que sólo Él te puede dar.



26 de enero de 2014 TRADICIONES DE NUESTRA FE Esta semana recordamos la memoria de san Juan Bosco conocido como “Don Bosco”. Es curioso el apelativo de “Don” ya que es un título para nobles señores. En siglos pasados era el título común para un sacerdote diocesano, mientras que el título hermano se reservaba para sacerdotes y hermanos religiosos. En la Iglesia católica existen dos clases de sacerdotes. Unos son diocesanos o seculares quienes dedican su vida a la diócesis a la que pertenecen. Estos sacerdotes hacen voto de celibato y obediencia al obispo local. El otro grupo de sacerdotes son los que pertenecen a órdenes religiosas. Ellos viven en comunidad y hacen votos de pobreza, celibato y obediencia a su comunidad. En muchas partes a todos los sacerdotes religiosos o diocesanos se les llama “padre”. Este título fue usado en la Primera Iglesia y durante la Edad Media para honrar a hombres santos, ya fueran laicos o sacerdotes. Se les llamaba “padres” sólo cuando habían llegado a mostrar, con una larga vida, que podían animar a los demás con su buen ejemplo. Todos los sacerdotes debían vivir de tal manera que merecieran el título de padre, sin desearlo directamente. —Fray Gilberto Cavazos-Glz, OFM, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

CONSTANTES EN LA FE Si ustedes perseveran firmes en la fe frente a cualquier prueba, el Señor les dará la paz y el descanso temporalmente en esta vida y para siempre en la otra. —San Jerrnimo Emiliano


LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10; Sal 89 (88):20-22, 25-26; Mc 3:22-30 Martes: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19; Sal 24 (23):7-10; Mc 3:31-35 Miércoles: 2 Sm 7:4-17; Sal 89 (88):4-5, 27-30; Mc 4:1-20 Jueves: 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Sal 132 (131):1-5, 11-14; Mc 4:21-25 Viernes: 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17; Sal 51 (50):3-7, 10-11; Mc 4:26-34 Sábado: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Sal 51 (50):12-17; Mc 4:35-41 Domingo: Mal 3:1-4; Sal 24 (23):7-10; Hb 2:14-18; Lc 2:22-40 [22-32] El Obispo Robert Lynch será el celebrante principal en la Misa de Acción de Gracias en la cual se honrará a todos los matrimonios de la diócesis que celebran este año sus bodas de plata o de oro, así como las parejas que cumplen más de 50 años de matrimonio. Será el domingo, 23 de febrero, 2014 a las 3:00pm, en la Catedral de San Judas en St. Petersburg, 5875 5th Ave. N.―Por favor de llamar a la oficina parroquial y den sus nombres, dirección, y fecha de aniversario antes del 3 de febrero, 2014. EL CAMINO A DIOS El único camino que nos lleva a Dios es la humildad; todos los demás caminos sólo descarrían, aunque estuvieran cercados con todas las virtudes. —Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

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Incarnation Catholic Church bulletin for January 24, 2014

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