JANUARY 2, 2011
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we proclaim that Jesus, the light of the world, was born for all the people of the world. On this Feast of the Epiphany, and as we begin this new year, let us be like the wise men from the East, and all wise people everywhere, welcoming the light into our lives. PENITENTIAL RITE Lord Jesus, You were born to bring light to the nations: Lord, have mercy. Christ Jesus, You were born to shed light within all communities: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, You were born to shine Your light into our hearts: Lord, have mercy. SCRIPTURE READINGS Isa 60:1-6 Nations shall walk by Your light. Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 Gentiles are co-heirs and copartners in the promise. Matthew 2:1-12 The wise follow the star.
The St. Therese School Auction supporting academic programs and scholarships is around the corner! You are invited to Shoot for the Stars on Saturday, February 26 at 5:00 PM. Not only a school fundraiser, this annual event has evolved into an inspiring evening for our parish and school supporters, bringing hope and stability to the children in our school community. We need your help for this great event in one very important wayâ€” please attend the auction with your friends and relatives. It is a great opportunity to have fun, enjoy great food, and celebrate this important ministry with parish and non-parish friends alike. We also welcome donations of new items for the auction and sponsorships as well (a great venue to market your business or employer!). If you have any questions, please contact Gina Purdy at (206) 324-0460, ext. 117, or for more
God Gives it All and then Calls Us to Share Parish stewardship Monthly Collection - 724 Households Budget for December: $73,000 Total for December, 2010: $61,907 BUDGET 2011: $ PLEDGED: $ St. Vincent de Paul $3641.01
Stewardship is also about sharing your Time & Talent. Thank you to all who shared their time and talent to make Christmas at St. Therese special! Chauncey Boyle, SP Nancy Buckland Jon Cantalini Gail Eshom Joan McNabb Janet Rooks Quynn Family: Jennifer Allen Sofie Lilly Frances John Scearce 14 families who decorated the wreaths!
information and/or to purchase tickets please go to http://stthereseauction.wordpress.com.
Epiphany of the Lord
Blessing the Home God our Father, source of love and harmony, bless our home. In our kitchen, nourish us with stories and spirit. Help us remember here Jesus’ gift of Himself in a meal. In our bedrooms, give us rest. Make them peaceful places, where we find energy to serve Your people and do Your work. In our living room, give us strength to welcome all guests, Christ in disguise. From our porch or garage, send us forth to bring Good News. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Sunday, January 2, 2011 Welcome, Everyone! We learn in today’s Gospel that Mary practiced inclusion long before Jesus preached it. Imagine being the mother of a newborn, exhausted from a trip to register for the census in Bethlehem. Then picture giving birth in a stable, which was probably not as cozy and clean as most Christmas cards depict. Mary is far from her support system, so she can’t rely on her mother, relatives or friends for help. No casseroles, no baby blankets. Then, according to Luke, a crowd of shepherds arrives. They must be strangers, but there is no record of Mary feeling uncomfortable with these uninvited guests. Instead, she treasures the memories and is filled with gratitude. Matthew’s account of the Magi doesn’t mention Mary’s response, but she must have wondered, How many more strangers would crowd into their temporary housing? These surprise visitors aren’t even Jewish—and they bring the strangest gifts. Mary’s experience should give us fair warning. If we hang around with Jesus, we’d better keep our doors open. He brings along an odd assortment of friends. They may not bring frankincense or myrrh, but they arrive unexpectedly when there are only two pork chops for dinner. They come disguised as the children’s friends or the lonely neighbor who talks too long while the rolls burn. They phone at the worst possible times, and they interrupt our most cherished plans. And in these, says Jesus, you’ll find me, an epiphany, or appearance, of the divine. This solemnity seems to celebrate James Joyce’s description of the Catholic Church: Here comes everybody! Today’s Readings: Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians 3:2–3a, 5–6; Matthew 2:1–12
Monday, January 3 Count the Magi How many Magi visited Jesus in Bethlehem? If you answered three, re-read yesterday’s Gospel (Matthew 2:1–12). The number is never mentioned there. Maybe we get three from the song We Three Kings of Orient Are, or from the number of gifts. How many other Christmas images are shaped not by scripture, but by carols and customs? Today’s Readings: 1 John 3:22—4:6; Matthew 4:12–17, 23–25. © 2010 Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Kathy Coffey. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend John F. Canary, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on June 29, 2010.
Tuesday, January 4 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Few know that Mother Seton (1774–1821), founder of American Catholic schools, was a devoted single parent. After her husband died, she raised their five children and his brothers and sisters. When Elizabeth became a Sister of Charity, the community allowed her to continue to care for them. Two daughters died young; her sons wasted every opportunity presented to them. She always prayed for them and lavished love on them. Today’s Readings: 1 John 4:7– 10; Mark 6:34–44.
Wednesday, January 5 Memorial of Saint John Neumann John Neumann was an organizer. Born in the Czech Republic in 1811, he immigrated to New York at age 25, and was ordained soon after. As Bishop of Philadelphia, he organized the Catholic school system and increased the number of students dramatically. He wrote that education should be directed toward people’s final end and the good of the society. If you know teachers or students, encourage them in their work. Today’s Readings: 1 John 4:11–18; Mark 6:45–52.
Thursday, January 6 Optional Memorial of Saint Andre Bessette Saint Andre (1845–1937) had failed at every trade he tried: shoemaker, baker, blacksmith. At first he wasn’t admitted to the Congregation of the Holy Cross because of poor health. But he squeaked in, joking, When I joined this community, the superiors showed me the door, and I remained 40 years. He worked as doorkeeper and in the laundry, which should renew our appreciation of all who perform support services and may seem invisible to us. They are often ignored but help us mightily. He once said that artists paint best with small brushes. Brother Andre’s sanctity soon became clear. He was so well known for his healing touch that it took four secretaries to handle the 80,000 letters he received annually. Thank someone you’ve overlooked, whose work makes your life easier. Readings: 1 John 4:19—5:4; Luke 4:14–22a.
Friday, January 7 Optional Memorial of Saint Raymond of Penaforte If you could live 100 years, what would you do? Saint Raymond did live so long and filled his days with fruitful service. Born into the Spanish nobility, he began teaching canon law at age 20. Further study, teaching, and writing followed. Raymond joined the Dominican order and then became the Pope’s advisor. Appointed a bishop at the age of 60 and head of the Dominicans at 63, he visited all their houses on foot. He died in 1275 at age 100. May his great industry inspire us and his prayers intercede for us. Today’s Readings: 1 John 5:5–13; Luke 5:12–16.
Friend of the Bridegroom As a prelude to tomorrow’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, read today’s Gospel from John (3:22–30). When John the Baptist’s disciples come to him, puzzled and offended that Jesus is attracting so much attention, the Baptist responds with perfect peace about his role as the friend of the bridegroom. Why do you think John’s impact must decrease, and why might he be so comfortable with that? When have you found yourself in a decreasing role? Today’s Readings: 1 John 5:14–21; John 3:22–30. © 2010 Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Kathy Coffey. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend John F. Canary, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on June 29, 2010.
Pastoral care St. Therese MASS TRANSIT program Your fellow parishioners sometimes have need of transportation to Mass due to age, infirmity or injury. This may be on a long- or a short-term basis. We are asking those who need such assistance to make themselves known to the Pastoral Care Commission. We are also asking those who may be available to offer rides once in a while, to let us know of your willingness to do so. This is a ministry of very practical assistance to your fellow parishioners. Please join us in making this new service available. Blessed is (s)he who comes in the name of the Lord. Please contact Kevin Peterson at (206) 2820469 or Doug O‟Brien at (206) 328- 7160.
Please pray for the health of: Josie Vicenzio‟s son, Michael Carter, Myra Brisky‟s aunt, Damaris Pearson, Pauline Ridley‟s niece Tanya Boyd, Kristine Simenstad-Mackin, Martha O‟Fallon and Austin O‟Fallon, the granddaughter of Dave and Mary Ellen Haley, Bevis Chappell, Cleo Molina, Andrea Buckmeier, Bernice Welch, Dick Welch, Bernetta Branch‟s daughter, Bernadette Harris‟ brother, Theresa Davis, Andrew Knowles, Gary Chamberlain, Patrick Burr, Sue Boyle, George Nassar, Sharon Rederford‟s mother, Jody Greger, Alison Hendricks‟ family, James Adams, Judy Harding, Hannah Jungers, Nate Albro, Roxanne Harrison‟s family, Deborah Nimmons‟ mother, Suzette Puente‟s cousin, Sandra Cotton, Art and Erville Wheeler, and Cecil Hughey.
Parish life Martin Remembered An Ecumenical Tribute in Music
This year our ecumenical event will be held at Madrona Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM. All St. Therese Choirs will be participating. Sponsored by: Epiphany Episcopal Church Liberation Ministries Madrona Presbyterian Park Shore Presbyterian St. Therese Church
******************************* Catholic Schools Week January 30-February 5, 2011 ******************************* The Food Bank at St. Mary's is currently in need of Home Delivery Drivers and Pick Up Drivers. Please give me a call if you or someone you know is looking for some volunteer work. Tina Kimbrell Administrative Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator (206) 324-7100 x23
******************************* IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER January-February 2010 Programs & Events For more information about all of these programs and events, please visit www.ignatiancenter.org.
Discernment in Daily Life: Pew cards listing Pastoral Care services can be found in the pew cardholders. If you or a family member are in need of pastoral care, you may communicate your needs by calling the parish office at (206) 325-2711.
A series for those pondering life's decisions Tuesday evenings: January 11-February 15, 2011 6:30-9:00 PM Seattle University Fr. Mike Bayard SJ and Marilyn Nash Registration due by January 4th.
The language of Worship: That the World May Believe The dream of Jesus, the vision of Christ, and the will of the Father need the passionate fire of the Holy Spirit. We still long to see in one another what this risen Christ sees in us. It is a dream, a vision, and a passion which seem to be dependant, in some way at least, on us - on the strength of our faith, on the depth of our commitment, on our willingness to belong, and on the sincerity and truth of our words. "I pray not only for these," Jesus proclaims, "but also for those who will come to believe in Me through their word, so that all may be one...that the world may believe that You sent Me" (John 17:20-21). In times like these, that vision and dream may seem, to some, elusive, to others, impossible, and to still others, dangerous. The words we are asked to receive for our prayer around the Lord's table - so that "from the rising of the sun to its setting a pure sacrifice may be offered" - are given in the midst of a struggling Church longing for truth, compassion, healing, forgiveness, and unity. These words are given to the Church in the midst of a culture longing to hear a word of hope, but they are also given to a Church whose locked doors have been broken through, to disciples commanded to feed and tend, to a faithful band who know the voice of their true shepherd, and to people who will not be orphaned. They are words addressed to a Church that is commanded to "not let the heart be troubled or afraid." In the midst of everything, we have been given the gift of Christ's peace, but to receive it hearts must change so that the words are true. The vision we hold is the promise of Christ to be with us always and "with the spirit" of the whole Church! The language of the liturgy is not the words of a new translation that we are about to be given and are asked to receive. The language of the liturgy is not Latin or the language of forms "ordinary" or "extraordinary"; it is not Greek or English, Spanish or Vietnamese, Salish, Blackfeet, or a hundred other languages. Nor is the language of worship the words we might have hoped to receive. The language of the Lord's Supper is always and forever the language of conversion: words which must lead us to change our ways, our mind, our sight, our hopes for the future. They are the words which must change our hearts - mine and yours, ours and theirs - words which must change the heart of the whole Church again, and again, and then again. We are still on the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus, with dreams unmet ("But we had hoped," the disciples told their unknown companion). We are still on the way with minds that need to be opened, and foolish hearts that need to grasp what is most important, and eyes that need to recognize, finally, the one whose life we are to live, whose dream we are to fulfill, whose very wish is our command. This is the One whose Passover we have entered, whose vision we are to hold, and whose life we are to proclaim. But we are the ones - we are the ones - who are the Father's gift to Christ! And so, in times like these, we are given words - words from the one who goes ahead of us: "Take courage, for just as you have borne witness to my cause, so you must also bear witness again." And he prays: "I have made known to them, Father your name, and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them" - may be in them - "and I in them" (John 17:26). And so we "make ready, until he comes again," trusting that the fiery passion of the Holy Spirit for which we long will teach us everything and remind us all of the words he has spoken and of the mission to which we are called, "that the world may believe." This is an article adapted from a homily by Rev. Ed Hislop, a presbyter of the Diocese of Helena, Montana, and delivered for a diocesan gathering on the new English-language Roman Missal. Reprinted from Pastoral Music 34:5 (September 2010), copyright ÂŠ 2010 National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Sacramental information Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated communally, in the context of the Sunday Eucharist. We celebrate baptisms of young children quarterly at all of our weekend Masses. First time parents/ guardians are asked to participate in a Baptism Preparation Class to update their understanding of Baptism, the important responsibilities of Christian parenting, and the many ways our parish supports families. To reserve a date for your child‟s Baptism, please contact Mary Lou Colasurdo. Our next scheduled Baptism dates in 2011 are January 89th, April 30th and May 1st.
The Church looks on marriage as a “covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life” (Catechism 1601). In its understanding of marriage, the Church looks back to the union between man and woman ordained by God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-2).
First Eucharist At about age 7, children can begin to prepare to receive communion, the Body and Blood of Christ, for the first time. In conjunction with the new Archdiocesan guidelines, preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two-year process that includes preparation for First Reconciliation. First Communion celebration is in May. In 2011 it will be on the weekend of May 21/22nd. Contact Nicole St. Hilaire at (206) 720-7277 or email@example.com.
Reconciliation The Church Fathers sometimes called this sacrament “the more difficult Baptism.” St. Ambrose drew a parallel between Reconciliation and Baptism: “There are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays, by appointment before Mass in the Reconciliation Chapel, located across from the west facing door of the church. Communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated two times a year in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
Confirmation The Sacrament of Confirmation is, with Baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; Confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of Baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285).
Christ worked His first miracle in the context of a wedding feast. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, the married couple become, in their unity and in their love for one another, “an efficacious sign of Christ‟s presence” (Catechism 1613). Couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage should contact the parish eight months prior to the desired date. Preparation for celebrating and living this sacrament is required.
Anointing of the Sick The Anointing of the Sick - formerly known as „last rites‟ - is no longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead, this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age. Communal celebrations of the sacrament are celebrated in the Advent and Lenten Season. It is also celebrated any time there is a serious illness or health crisis. Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Funerals Please contact the parish after a death and before making arrangements with a funeral home so we may be of assistance as soon as possible. For more information on all sacraments, please contact Mary Lou Colasurdo at (206) 720-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org .