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1 The Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5, 2017 Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master s joy. Matthew 25:21 The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time November 19, 2017 Divine Mercy Catholic Church 2231 Club Center Drive, Sacramento, CA Tel: (916) PASTOR Rev. Soane Kaniseli Deacon Rick Morales Deacon James Ogbonna Contents Page Sacraments and Rosaries Mass Schedule A Word From 2 Pray without Ceasing 3 Mark Your Calendars 4 Giving is Worship 5 Church Ministries 6-7 Advertisers 8 Full transcripts on A Word From, pg. 2 can be found at: and Sacrament of Penance Saturday 3:45-4:45 PM By Appointment Call the Parish Ofc Sacrament of Baptism Every 3 rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM or within the Mass (in some special cases to be determined by the Pastor). Please contact the Parish Office to talk with the Pastor 2 months before the Baptism day. Sacrament of Matrimony Please contact the Parish Office to talk with the Pastor 6 months before the wedding day. Anointing of the Sick Please call the Parish Office. Rosary English: 30 mins before every Mass Spanish: Thursdays at 7:00 PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy Immediately after every Mass Saturday Vigil Mass Sunday Mass 5:00 PM 7:30 AM 9:30 AM 12:30 PM Youth Mass 5:00 PM Every 1 st Sunday of the Month followed by Eucharistic Adoration Spanish Mass Every 2 nd Sunday of the Month Filipino Mass Every 3 rd Sunday of the month Tongan Mass Every 4 th Sunday of the Month 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 2:30 PM WEEKDAY MASSES Mon - Wed - Fri 6:30 PM Tue - Thur - Sat 8:30 AM Every Friday Holy Hour 3-4 PM (Blessed Sacrament Exposed) First Friday Morning Mass 8:30 AM Exposition* 9:00 AM Benediction 5:45 PM Evening Mass 6:30 PM *Hourly Adorers needed during Exposition MISSION STATEMENT ~ To establish a faith-filled community bonded by love. To proclaim the good news, foster personal encounters with the living Christ and strengthen the family by witnessing the gospel values of love, mercy, justice, forgiveness and service to all.

2 Page 2 Will You Use Your Gifts In the Service of God? Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry Sunday Connection 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A Word From... The Beauty of the Mass: A Walk Through The Worship of God. Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion At Mass order-of-the-mass First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31 The virtues of a good wife are extolled. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5 Blessed are those who walk in God s ways. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Paul warns the Thessalonians to stay alert because the day of the Lord cannot be predicted. Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in which he teaches about the importance of using the gifts that God has given to us in service to the Kingdom of Heaven. Background on the Gospel Reading: This week s Gospel speaks of how Jesus disciples are to conduct themselves as they await the Kingdom of Heaven. In the preceding passages and in last week s Gospel, Jesus taught that there is no way to predict the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. His disciples must, therefore, remain vigilant and ready to receive the Son of Man at any time. Jesus parable talks about Christian discipleship using economic metaphors. Before he leaves on a journey, the master entrusts to his servants a different number of talents, giving to each according to their abilities. A talent is a coin of great value. Upon the master s return, he finds that the first and second servants have doubled their money, and both are rewarded. The third servant, however, has only preserved what was given to him because he was afraid to lose the money. He has risked nothing; he did not even deposit the money in a bank to earn interest. This servant is punished by the master, and his talent is given to the one who brought the greatest return. Read in light of last week s parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, this parable teaches that God s judgment will be based on the service we render to God and to one another in accordance with the gifts that God has given to us. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God s judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand, if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more responsibilities. General Principles In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. (1) When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, "the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion (GIRM 162)." Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. In all matters they should follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop ( Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States of America, NDRHC, no. 28). When recourse is had to Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, especially in the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds, their number should not be increased beyond what is required for the orderly and reverent distribution of the Body and Blood of the Lord. In all matters such Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop (IBID). All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. Should there be any mishap--as when, for example, the consecrated wine is spilled from the chalice--then the affected "area... should be washed and the water poured into the sacrarium [ GIRM, 280]." (NDRHC, 29). Next Week: Details Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and Liturgy of the Eucharist This Gospel reminds us that Christian spirituality is not passive or inactive. Our life of prayer helps us to discern the gifts that have been given to us by God. This prayer and discernment ought to lead us to use our gifts in the service of God and our neighbor. God s grace allows us to share in the work of serving the Kingdom of Heaven. +

3 Page 3 Pray without ceasing-...i Thessalonians 5:17 Prayers of the Faithful Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time With joy and hope, we present our petitions to our generous and loving Father. For the Church of God, that she will joyfully proclaim and live the faith of Christ in the world. For the priests serving in the Diocese of Sacramento, that each of them will be strengthened in their ministry. For all those called to the priesthood or consecrated life in the Diocese of Sacramento, that their hearts will be alert to the call. For all God's people, may they use their many talents to proclaim the sanctity of life in the arenas of business, media, the arts, and politics. For mothers and fathers who await the birth of their child, that God might fill their hearts with an ever-deepening love each day. That those who are sick and those who care for them will feel God s gentle love and that their anxieties will be alleviated. For the dead and all those who mourn, may they be comforted by the promise of new life in Christ. Each Sunday, a family, couple, or individual is called forward at Mass to receive the vocation cross and a special prayer written to accompany it. In taking the cross, they commit themselves to pray during the week for an increase in holy vocations, and the gift of our priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons. All are invited to participate. SAINTS AND READINGS OF THE WEEK Sunday, Nov 19 St. Nerses the Great PRV 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; 1 THES 5:1-6; JN 15:4A, 5B; MT 25:14-30 Monday, Nov 20 St. Edmund Rich 1 MC 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; PS 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158; JN 8:12; LK 18:35-43 Tuesday, Nov 21 St. Gelasius 2 MC 6:18-31; PS 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; 1 JN 4:10B; LK 19:1-10 Wed, Nov 22 St. Cecilia 2 MC 7:1, 20-31; PS 17:1BCD, 5-6, 8B AND 15; SEE JN 15:16; LK 19:11-28 Thursday, Nov 23 Bl. Miguel Pro 1 MC 2:15-29; PS 50:1B-2, 5-6, 14-15; PS 95:8; LK 19:41-44 Friday, Nov 24 St. Andrew Dung Lac 1 MC 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 CHR 29:10BCD, 11ABC, 11D-12A, 12BCD; JN 10:27; LK 19:45-48 Saturday, Nov 25 St. Catherine of Alexandria 1 MC 6:1-13; PS 9:2-3, 4 AND 6, 16 AND 19; SEE 2 TM 1:10; LK 20:27-40 Remembering the Sick in Prayer Heavenly Father we lift up all those who are facing various illnesses. Give them the hope and courage they need today and every day. Comfort their pain, calm their fears, and surround them with Your peace. In Jesus name. Amen. Please pray for all the Sacramento Diocese Priests. To see who has signed up and to those who have not signed up yet; please stop by and check out our SIGN - UP CORNER at the Narthex counter top. Is God inviting you to Pray for the Vocations? Nov 25th/26th 5:00 pm Gilani Resuello 7:30 am Cita Brazil 9:30 am OPEN 12:30 pm OPEN Learn to savor how good the LORD is; happy are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:9 Teach me to savor your goodness, my God. May your presence be my refuge. Amen. Domingo Navasca Romulo Cabantac, Sr. Alejandro Biag Eddie Tiangson Brian Biag Araceli Barrera Fausta Laquindanum Joyce Butler Ethel Magno Cynthia Fernandez Evangeline Zarate Yolanda Fernandez Armi Alandy Oscar Baldonado Clement Rodriguez Epifania Fernandez Sally Miller Renato Velasco Fortuna Velasco Jenis Rideb Marilous Geginio Divine Mercy Catholic Church is not liable to users of the data or information provided herein, or to any other party, for any loss or damage, consequential or otherwise, including but not limited to time, money or goodwill, arising from the use, operation or modification of the data or information. Remembering the Military in Prayer Father all-powerful and ever-loving God, from before we were born, your love has nurtured and sustained us. Hear our prayer for our sons and daughters. Keep them safe and faithful to you, day in and day out. Bring them safely home to those who love them. We ask this through Christ our Lord. PO2 Stephen J Ramirez, U.S. Navy Samantha Chaidez, U.S. Navy SFC. Bryan J. Lowney, U.S. Army Jacob Valdes, U.S. Navy Jose Benjamin Robledo, U.S Army TSTT Jesse R. Bose, U.S. Air Force LCpl Alex Penick US Marines

4 Page 4 MASS INTENTIONS Mark Your Calendars WEEK AT A GLANCE Sunday, Nov 19 7:30 am Jim Logson + Fr Soane Angel Escarcha (Speedy Recovery) 9:30 am Remedios Mejares + Fr Soane 12:30 pm Fr Soane 5:00 pm Alberto S. Macapagal + Felomino Torres + Monday, Nov 20 6:30 pm Fr Michael Tuesday, Nov 21 8:30 am Maricel Rosario (Special Intention) Fr Michael Wednesday, Nov 22 6:30 pm Fr Soane Thursday, Nov 23 8:00 am THANKSGIVING DAY MASS IN ENGLISH Fr Michael Jerson Orencia + Dacpano Family (Thanksgiving) 10:00 am THANKSGIVING DAY MASS IN ENGLISH Fr Soane Sophia Peceli (Birthday/Thanksgiving) Friday, Nov 24 6:30 pm Romina Maulino Fabriquer + (1st yr ) Fr Soane Saturday, Nov 25 8:30 am Fr Soane 5:00 pm VIGIL MASS FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Fr Michael Erlinda Delos Trinas + Sunday, Nov 26 7:30 am ENGLISH MASS FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Fr Michael Angel Escarcha (Speedy Recovery) 9:30 am ENGLISH MASS FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Fr Soane Dominic & Graciela Ugarte + Delores Guerreo Santiago + Francisco Cruz Feja + 12:30 pm ENGLISH MASS FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Fr Soane 2:30 pm TONGAN MASS FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Fr Soane Sunday, Nov 19 9:00 am (P7 & 8) RCIA I Class by Michael Anway 10:00 am (Rectory) RCIA II 10:30 am (Narthex) CFF Class 2:00 pm (Narthex) Spanish Bible Reading Class 3:00 pm (P3) Women s Welcome Retreat Team 1 Meeting 6:00 pm (Narthex) Filipino Mass Potluck Fellowship 6:00 pm (P9) WELCOME Men's Team 1 6:30 pm (P1 & 2) Girl's Youth Ministry 6:30 pm (P7/8) Columbian Squires Monday, Nov 20 5:30 pm (Narthex) CFF Class 7:30 pm (Narthex) Galatians Bible Study Tuesday, Nov 21 9:00 am (P1,2) Catechist of the Good Shepherd 9:30 am (Narthex) Ephesians 10:00 am (P9) Inner Circle Prayer Group (SHDMDM) 3:30 pm (P1,2) Catechist of the Good Shepherd 6:30 pm Knights of Columbus Officers' Meeting Wednesday, Nov 22 10:00 am (P9) SHDMDM Divine Mercy Cenacle 5:30 pm (P1 & P2) CFF Choir Practice Thurs, Nov 23 THANKSGIVING 9:00 am (Narthex) Altar Society - Flower Arrangement 5:00 pm (P3) Legion of Mary 7:00 pm Spanish Rosary (Church or P1) 7:30 pm (P7) Beloved Young Adult Ministry Meeting Friday, Nov 24 CHURCH OFFICE IS CLOSED 3:00 pm (Church) Holy Hour 7:00 pm (P7/8) Bible Timeline Course by Jeff Cavins 7:30 pm (Church) Decorate for Christ the King 7:30 pm (Church) Adult Choir Practice Saturday, Nov 25 9:30 am (Narthex) Grief Support Meeting 9:30 am (Church) Altar Society to Decorate 10:00am (P9) Guadalupe Ministry 3:45 pm (Church) Confession

5 Page 5 Fiscal Year July June 2018 Giving is Worship Week ending November 12, 2017 OFFERTORY REQUIREMENTS (July June 2018) Average 4 week Month Requirement $ 63,000 Weekly Average Requirements $ 12,600 Week of: 5-Nov wk 1 $ 20,792 Week of: 12-Nov wk 2 $ 12,857 Week of: 19-Nov wk 3 $ - Week of: 26-Nov wk 4 $ - $ - Total Collections This Month $ 33,649 Monthly Shortage (x,xxx) or Surplus $ (29,351) CHURCH MORTGAGE Mortgage Loan Balance 10/31/2017 $ 2,625,031 THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR PARISH The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is this weekend. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from this collection will remain in the diocese to support local anti-poverty efforts. The collection weekend coincides with the celebration of the First World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis. In his statement establishing the World Day of the Poor on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pope Francis called for Christian communities to mark the occasion with "moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance" with people living in poverty. Please place your envelope for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the regular offertory basket. There will be no second collection. To learn more about the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development visit This Week: Attendance at our weekend Masses was families gave 769.7% of our Weekend Offertory We are thankful to the 38 families that gave sacrificial gifts totaling $4,578 for our Mortgage Reduction collection. God Bless You. We are thankful to all the families that made sacrificial gifts this month for All Saints remembrances of $1,815 We are thankful to all the families that made sacrificial gifts for All Souls remembrances now totaling $2,979 THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY MASSES Two masses: 8am and 10am COME and give thanks to God from whom all blessing flow! COME and give back by bringing non-perishable food and monetary donations which you will bring up during the offertory and place by the altar! COME together with your Divine Mercy Family in Christ God Bless You for Your Continuing Generosity Note: On average we need total offertory collections of $63,000 each month just to pay all of our bills here at Divine Mercy. Have your gift recorded by using envelopes. We will provide you with a record of your tax-deductible donations every year. Don t have envelopes? Call Parish office to request it s easy! Angels of Mercy Christmas Giving Tree If you know of a child who needs a Christmas gift this year, please come and sign them up after Mass in the Narthex. The giving tree will be available starting November 25. We also need old Christmas cards if you have any. May God bless your giving hearts!

6 Page 6 Divine Mercy Catholic Church Ministries Hello Divine Mercy Family!! For the past few years we have collected coats, jackets, blankets, hats, scarves and mittens for the poor. Your generous donations in the past has helped hundreds of people stay warm during the cold season. We Need Your Help Again! Please make sure your donated items are new or gently used, cleaned, and for adults only. We will begin collecting on Nov 19th through Dec. 21. Look for the Coat Collection box in the Narthex. If you have any questions please contact Jacob Martin at Discover Your Inheritance Discover what it means to be not just a son or daughter of God, but an heir to all he has to give. Learn about the great mystery of how we can love one another as Christ loves the Church. Find out that you have a place in God s plan of sheer goodness". Paul s letter to the Ephesians reveals many remarkable gifts that we as Christians are given in the Church. This letter tells us about the nature of the Church as a body, as a household, as a mystery, as a communion, as a bride, and as an army. It shows us the great inheritance that awaits us as sons and daughters, adopted fully into the family of God. It reveals how God s great love for us can transform our daily lives if we allow it. Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance is an 8-part Bible study that will enrich your faith, and show you how to live it out. Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance begins November 14th at 9:30 am in the Narthex. This is an eight week course. Class days are November 14,21,28; December 5, 12,19; and January 9,16. Grief Support Group Our Consolation Ministry offers a monthly Grief Support Group for those who have lost a loved one, no matter how long ago the loss occurred. We meet on the fourth Saturday of every month in the Narthex meeting room, from 9:30 11 a.m. There is no cost to attend. Next Meeting November 25th Note: These regular meetings provide timely information that helps the bereaved person cope with their loss, while discussing the issues they face and listening to others who have also lost a loved one. Privacy is respected. If you have questions, please call Ron or Susan Wright (916) Christmas Party Volunteers Needed Saturday, 12/2/2017 Please Dena Serrano at if you would like to assist with tent set up (10 AM - 12 PM), food serving (7 PM - 8 PM) and clean up (9:30-10:30 PM). Thank you in advance for your generosity. USHERS TRAINING/MEETING: Join us for an Ushers training/meeting, Wed., Nov 29th, at 7:30 pm, in the Narthex/Church. All are invited! Questions? Contact Usher's Coordinator Domingos Fernandes at or See you all there!

7 Page 7 ADORATION The Church is open for prayer during Parish office Hours. Visit the office for access. M-F 9:00-4:00 Divine Mercy Catholic Church Ministries Join us to enhance your knowledge of the Divine Mercy message through the DIVINE MERCY CENACLE! Holy Hour Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm Confession Available on Saturdays, 3:45-4:45 or by appointment. Call to make an appointment. When & Where: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm 5201 Alderberry Way Sacramento, CA Wed 10:00am-12:00 pm Divine Mercy Church, P9 For more information, please contact: Zeny Tandoc or Yanitza Weston To be added to the Parish s Warrior Prayer Chain Christmas and New Years Schedule of Masses Christmas Eve and Christmas Sunday, December 24, :30 am, 9:30am, 12:30pm Mass Christmas Eve: 5:00 pm Vigil Mass (Children s Mass) 10:00 pm Rosary 10:15 pm Christmas Carols 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017 Holy Day of Obligation 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 12:30 pm Mass ** NO Evening Mass ** New Year s Eve and New Year s Sunday, December 31, :30 am, 9:30am, 12:30pm Mass 5:00 pm Vigil Mass 11:00 pm Tongan Mass New Year s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Holy Day of Obligation 8:00 am Mass 10:00 am Mass ** NO Evening Mass **

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