1 1 Sunday, December 16, Third Sunday of Advent TRIPLE-HEADED WEEKENDS CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR S: The next two weekends in sequence will have Sunday/Monday/Tuesday celebrations December and December 30-January 1. PRE-CHRISTMAS RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION SCHEDULE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, COMMUNAL PENANCE 7:30PM MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 9:00 A.M. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 6:00-6:25 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 4:00-5:00 PM & 7:00-7:30 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 4:00-5:00 PM & 7:00-7:30 PM PRAYER IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS: God our Father, every year we rejoice as we look forward to this feast of our salvation. May we welcome Christ as our Redeemer and meet Him with confidence when He comes to be our judge, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR S MASS SCHEDULE CHRISTMAS EVE - MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH *5:00 PM - Msgr. Tom... Angels & Jammin 5:00 PM - (Hall) Fr. Tom Cantor 7:00 PM - Fr. Liam Jubilation 11:30 PM - Carol Service 12:00 AM - Msgr. Tom...Solemn Celebration/Combined Choirs *Please note: 5:00 PM Mass begins as soon as the church is full! CHRISTMAS DAY - MONDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 7:00 AM - Fr. Tom... Cantor 9:00 AM - Msgr. Tom Praise Alive 10:45 AM - Fr. Tom Laudate 12:30 PM - Fr. Liam Cantor 2:00 PM - (Spanish) Fr. Jorge Farias Matices No 6:00 PM Mass NEW YEAR S DAY MASS SCHEDULE The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation. The New Year's Mass schedule for the Solemnity is as follows: Tuesday, January 1, AM, 9 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM (Spanish) No 6 PM Mass. No 11:15 PM Mass on New Year s Eve. January 6, Epiphany Ministry Appreciation Reception after the 12:30 PM Mass on January 6, 2019 THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS PEACE & THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION/RECONCILIATION: Open Wide the Doors to Christ - What might some door-stoppers be that prevent us from receiving Christ with joy? As we prepare for Christmas, will the doors of our hearts open wide to Christ or are there some door-stoppers that need to be removed: Door-stoppers of sinful attitudes that can spring from any of the seven deadly sin sources - pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. An Examination of Conscience for Advent: This Advent, Jesus is inviting you to prepare your heart for His coming - Not just His first one, in Bethlehem, but His second, when He comes again in glory. He invites you to come to Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify areas of your life that need God s healing and loving touch. Take time to reflect, and use the following questions as a starting point. Yes to Love of God: Am I loving and serving God with my whole heart, mind, and strength? Where could I do better? Am I waiting and watching for the Lord through daily prayer? Am I learning to meet Him and listen to Him in His word? Have I sought Him through faithful Mass attendance and the Sacraments? Have I used my gift of speech in a way that honors God and builds up His people? Is there anything about it that needs cleaning up foul language, gossip, complaining, verbal abuse? Do both my mouth and my actions say, Yes, Lord! Does God hold first place in my life, or has something or someone else weaseled in? Is He the Lord of my time, money, and other resources? Have I been using these gifts to build His kingdom? Has desire or anxiety over money and material things affected my decisions and distracted me from God? Can I honestly say I trust God with every part of my life? Yes to Love of Neighbor: How am I doing in my relationship with family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, parishioners? Have any of my words, attitudes, or actions cause disunity? Am I harboring anger, resentment, or hatred toward someone? Is there anyone I need to forgive? Is there anyone whose forgiveness I need to ask? Do I give appropriate respect to parents, teachers, employers, and all legitimate authority? Do I accept correction from them or from others, or have I sometimes pridefully insisted on my own way? Have I done violence to anyone or treated them with disrespect? Have I used or taken advantage of anyone? Am I helping to build a world where every human being is valued and seen as having dignity? Am I more focused on building myself a cozy, comfortable life than on caring for others? Is God inviting me to say yes to some service to people in need? How am I working for the coming of Christ s kingdom of justice and peace? Am I sinning by omission in any of these areas?
2 2 Parish Communal Reconciliation/Confession Celebration: This Sunday evening, December 16th, 10 priest confessors will be available at 7:30pm during the communal Celebration of Penance to help in the exercise of pulling any door-stoppers that prevent you from receiving Christ with joy. Come receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession this Advent with the desire of a deeper conversion of heart. (See page 2 for neighboring parish communal penance celebrations schedule) The Six R s of Reconciliation/Confession: Remembering, Reforming, Repenting, Returning, Reconciling, and Rejoicing: The first step in the process of the six R s is prayerfully Remembering or recalling what we so often find easier to avoid or suppress, in our relationship with God and each other. After remembering and reviewing - God s grace calls us to Reform and Repentance - in turn we are led to Return to experience God in our deeper selves and come to His Reconciliation and peace. True reconciliation leads us to joy and Rejoicing in the Lord. Regular Weekly Reconciliation/Confession Times are scheduled here at the parish from 6-6:25pm Wednesday evenings and 4-5pm and 7-7:30pm each Saturday. Prior to Christmas, the following reconciliation/confession times are scheduled to help you get rid of any inner burdens: Christmas Week Reconciliation/Confession Schedule: Sunday, December 16th, Communal Penance 7:30pm; Monday, December 17, 9am; Tuesday, December 18, 7am; Wednesday, December 19, 6-6:25pm; Friday, December 21, 4-5pm & 7-7:30pm; Saturday, December 22, 4-5pm & 7-7:30pm. ANNUAL EPIPHANY PARTY IN TRANSITION: For many years, during the Epiphany Feast, the parish has sponsored an annual Epiphany dinner party for parishioners active in different ministries of the parish. This year on Epiphany day, January 6th the parish will sponsor an informal reception for all parishioners active in ministries after the 12:30pm Mass. There is a strong preference among parish staff and parish leadership, that this might be a more convenient time for a greater number of parishioners to participate in the annual Epiphany event. The 12:30pm Mass on Epiphany Sunday, January 6th will be offered in thanksgiving, acknowledgement and gratitude for all the gifts of service given to our Bethlehem King by our parishioners during these past years. All who are actively involved within parish ministries are invited to this Epiphany reception. The weekend bulletin of January 6th will have an honor roll list of names of parishioners nominated for special recognition because of their ministry of services to the parish. ALIENATED CATHOLICS ANONYMOUS (ACA) AFTER-CHRISTMAS SERIES: The six evenings series with emphasis on God s mercy and reconciliation will commence in the Parish Activity Center on Monday, January 7th at 7pm then continue for five consecutive Monday evenings. The series offers an ideal process for reintroducing inactive Catholics to the active practice of their faith. Personal invitations from family members or friends of those who are inactive to participate in the series from past experience makes a very significant and positive impact. Family members and friends in those instances could become sponsors in this active outreach ACA and become servant leaders with and in God s grace. Brochures for this ACA outreach are available in the vestibule of the church. Scripture Reflection Third Sunday of Advent December 16, 2018 Zephaniah 3:14-18a, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:10-18 Shout for joy! Sing joyfully! Gaudete Sunday! The church and the priests are in pink, uh, rose. It is Rejoicing Sunday! Zephaniah was telling the Israelites that once they turned back to Him, they would be rejoicing. They had a Savior already with them. At the time, it was King Josiah who followed the old covenant faithfully. Paul told the Philippians to rejoice as well. Don t have any anxiety. What a change from a couple weeks ago! Not really to those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, true? We already have the peace that surpasses all understanding John the Baptist kept telling people to treat each other fairly. They wondered if he was the Messiah, but he said he wasn t even worthy of untying the Messiah s sandals. I am baptizing with water, but one mightier than I is coming He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Lots of prophesy being fulfilled here. When you hear what Zephaniah or Isaiah or John the Baptist said, you realize how much Jesus did while He was alive or when He sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. A couple weeks ago, 23 people were confirmed, they were sealed with the Holy Spirit and so were each of you who have been confirmed. Today is Gaudete Sunday, a day to rejoice during Advent! A Savior is coming. Not only a baby in a manger. But Our Lord in His second coming. Yes, we are anticipating His coming. Are you ready for it? This evening, there is a Communal Penance Service. If you haven t been to Reconciliation yet this Advent, now would be the time. We ll have a church full of priests ready to hear your confession, offer absolution, and penances that are fair. Jesus is coming! Be ready! Rejoice! DID YOU KNOW... Did you know? That Gaudete Sunday gets its name from a Latin word meaning Rejoice? Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.
3 3 Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord Liturgy At A Glance! Austin Constable, Olivia Andrish, Daniel Ayala Lyn Bulski at or omosparish.org Dec 16 Dec 22 Dec 23 Advent Communal Penance Schedule for Eastside Parishes Communal Penance at 7:30pm Gospel Skit rehearsal at 12noon 4th Sunday of Advent- purple! PRIEST CONFESSION SCHEDULE Wednesday 6pm - 6:25 pm Saturday 4pm - 5pm Saturday 7pm - 7:30pm READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK (In some instances, the optional readings may be used) Monday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17 Tuesday: Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25 Wednesday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25 Thursday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-6; Lk 1:26-38 Friday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk 1:39-45 Saturday: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 1:46-56 Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45 Sunday Missals Looking for that perfect stuffer? Sunday Missals are still available for $5.00 in the Parish Office and it will be a gift that can be used all year long! Our Mother of Sorrows - 16 December 7:30pm St. Joseph Parish - 18 December 6:00pm Corpus Christi Parish - 19 December 6:00pm St. Cyril of Alexandria - 19 December 7:00pm St. Rita in the Desert - 20 December 7:00pm St. Francis de Sales - 21 December 7:00pm Our Mother of Sorrows Job Opening Our Mother of Sorrows Parish is seeking applicants for an immediate opening for a custodian. This part time position will be for the second shift evening crew primarily responsible for cleaning and maintaining the school buildings, Kino office, and other buildings on campus as required. The successful candidate must be a self-starter, well organized, able to work individually as well as with a team, and have a thorough knowledge of the use of the chemicals, tools, and equipment associated with custodial work and general maintenance. A high school diploma or equivalent education plus one year s experience in a commercial or private maintenance, custodial, or similar position is required. Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred. Please see the Diocese of Tucson job description at diocesetucson.org and click on the jobs tab. Christmas Poinsettias & Trees - A Memorial Gift There is an opportunity to memorialize a loved one by donating one or more poinsettias or making a donation towards the purchase of new Christmas trees to decorate the Church and Parish Hall for Christmas. If you would like to offer a memorial gift, please fill out the form below and return it by Friday, December 21st. Please include $12 to cover the cost of each poinsettia or $50 to offset the cost of a new tree. Our Mother of Sorrows will take care of ordering and picking up the poinsettias and Christmas trees. A memorial list, including the information given below, will be printed in the parish bulletin on JANUARY 13th, as a remembrance of our loved ones who have passed away. Your gift will not only help the parish but also be a beautiful remembrance during the Christmas season. CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS & TREES - A MEMORIAL GIFT Please detach and return this form by Friday, December 21st. You may: - drop it off at the parish office - mail it to: Our Mother of Sorrows 1800 S. Kolb Road Tucson, AZ place it in the weekend Mass collection basket Please include $12 for each poinsettia or $50 towards a new Christmas tree. Given by: In Memory of: Would you like this information included in the bulletin? Yes No
4 LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Sal 72 (71):1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17 Martes: Jer 23:5-8; Sal 72 (71):1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25 Miércoles: Jue 13:2-7, 24-25a; Sal 71 (70):3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lc 1:5-25 Jueves: Is 7:10-14; Sal 24 (23):1-6; Lc 1:26-38 Viernes: Cant 2:8-14 o Sof 3:14-18a; Sal 33 (32):2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lc 1:39-45 Sábado: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lc 1:46-56 Domingo: Mi 5:1-4a; Sal 80 (81) :2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Heb 10:5-10; Lc 1: Pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Angels Orphanage Saturday January 12th The next pilgrimage to Our Lady Queen of Angels Orphanage in Agua Prieta will be Saturday, January 12th. This one day pilgrimage to the orphanage and barrio is a prayerful, hands-on experience reaching out to the vulnerable and least among us. The carpool will depart from the parish at 8:00am on Saturday, January 12th and return by 8:00pm. Cars will be parked on the Douglas side of the border and the pilgrim group will walk across the border and board a bus for the 5-minute ride to the pilgrim site in Agua Prieta. There is no cost, but a freewill offering to offset the cost of the Mexican bus and to assist the orphanage will be collected. Pilgrims are responsible for paying for their own lunch at a Mexican restaurant. A valid passport is required. Interested parishioners may contact Rocio at the parish office, Thank you to OMOS parishioners who supported StandUp For Kids this year. Please pray for our youth and young adults this month as it is an especially difficult time to be living in the street. SUFK is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping with outreach one or two days a week starting in Please contact Kim Sisson for more information or visit our website at standupforkids.org. Pequeñas Comunidades de Fe: Todos los miércoles por la mañana de 9:30 11:30am PAC Rm #1 Grupo de Oración San Juan Pablo II se reúne cada lunes de 7-9pm en el centro de actividades de la parroquia (PAC), te invitamos a formar parte de esta oración comunitaria e individual. Ven y Ora, aprende y toma un descanso del ajetreo diario en los brazos de Jesús. La oración es la columna vertebral de nuestra Fe. Kino Mission Pilgrimage February 26 28, 2019 Travel by motor coach during this three day Tuesday Thursday pilgrimage, where you will visit some of the missions in Sonora, Mexico established by Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino more than 300 years ago. The tour will be led by Fr. Greg Adolf and Fr. John Arnold. A valid passport is required for this pilgrimage. The $575 fee includes all meals, transportation and lodging (double occupancy). Please see the literature rack for additional information or contact Laura Stehle at Casa Maria Sandwich Making Thursday, December 20th Beginning at 8:30am in the PAC Dining Room We have the 2019 edition of "At Home With The Word" available for $8 for individuals or groups who want to do Lectio Divina or personal Bible reflection. This paperback guides you to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures, providing the readings for this liturgical year, insights from Scripture scholars, and action steps. Available in the Parish Office. The Our Mother of Perpetual Help Rosary will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, December 18th. For more information, please call The next Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary will take place in the PAC Rm #1 on Thursday, December 20th at 7pm.
5 5 OMOS Teen MD Missionary Disciples A community of high school students, welcoming all to encounter Christ daily, to seek the truth, and transform their world through faith and service. Blessings and Prayers to you all this third Sunday of Advent. At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God s own love and concern. St.. M Teresa Thank you to our wonderful parishioners who remember our Teens this Christmas Season! Thank you Knights of Columbus for another wonderful pancake breakfast. Thank you Teens and elves for serving at the pancake breakfast and later that same day at Pueblo Springs! Hey Teens! Mark you calendars for our Christmas lock in on Sunday December 30 at 1:30pm. For details contact Kim and make sure you are on our and mailing list! OMOS TEEN CENTER All High School Teens invited! Come hang out with your friends, enjoy good food, great conversations and lots of fun (PAC) Sundays 1:30-3:30pm Thursdays 6-8pm (Thursday evening Adoration 8:15-8:45pm) 12:30pm is the Teen Mass! For information regarding youth ministry, teen programs or needs, please contact Kim Sisson, OMOS Youth Ministry... (602) Pray For Those Who Seek Healing: Domithile ANGEL TREE The Angel Tree continues to be a wonderful to affirm the dignity of the poor and give them a helping hand. As of this time we are in very short supply of children s gifts for the families that St. Vincent de Paul reaches out to. If you have not purchased a gift yet or want to purchase an addition gift, below are items with the greatest need. You do not need an angel to donate these items. Thank you for your support as we reach out to those in need. St. Vincent de Paul Red Angels Toys, building sets, balls, puzzles, books, dolls, craft sets, Play-Doh, games, ear buds, movie tickets, nail polish/make-up, Disney toys, Fry s, and fast food gift cards. Casa Maria, Primavera Shelter, Women s Shelter, Poverello House, Stand Up for Kids and TIHAN Green Angels Sweatshirts, stocking hats, gloves, white socks (men), low cut socks (women), underwear, toilet paper, and gift cards. Reachout Women s Center Blue Angels Diapers, Wipes Refugees/Migrants Purple Angels Socks & Underwear for adults and children, & towels Queen of Angels Orphanage/Barrio Outreach Yellow Angels Gift cards for discount stores (i.e. Wal-Mart) Haiti Project White Angels Cash donations that will be directed toward Joan Martin and our Haiti outreach project. Remember All gifts are due by Dec. 20th. Please do not wrap gifts. Donations for Migrants Needed!! Migrants passing through Tucson are in desperate need of some basic necessities. If you would like to help, the following items may be dropped off at the parish office: Toothpaste, Gatorade, juice for children, snacks, individual bags of chips, and fresh fruit (apples or Check out Teen Ministry on the OMOS Website!
6 THIS WEEK'S MASS SCHEDULE: If you would like to present the gifts of bread and wine at the Mass offered for your loved one, please sign up in the Gift Bearer Book behind the last pew in the back of church. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 7:00 am - Joe & Virginia Torres+ 9:00 am - Tom Diehl+ 10:45 am - Freddy Valenzuela+ 12:30 pm - Judy Alexander+ 4:00 pm - Armando Castro+ 6:00 pm - Edward E. Gradillas+ MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 6:30 am - Shirley Stafford+ 8:30 am - Rosemarie Petrus+ TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 6:30 am - Tina Gradillas+ 8:30 am - John Shears+ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 6:30 am - Gregory Dean Redman+ *8:30 am - Carol Molina+ 6:30 pm - Peace & Justice THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 6:30 am - Kiyo Cecil+ 8:30 am - Lupita Mena+ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 6:30 am - St. Anthony of Padua & Thanksgiving 8:30 am - Henry A. LaRoque+ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 8:30 am - Michelle Carrazosa+ 5:30 pm - Michael Lynn Scully+ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 7:00 am - John Taylor+ 9:00 am - Julia Gantt 10:45 am - Mary Helen Moreno+ 12:30 pm - Jessica Rodriguez+ 4:00 pm - Domenico Romeo+ 6:00 pm - Alberto Quijada+ *School Mass (when school is in session) Anointing of the Sick on the first Wednesday and Friday of the month Dec. 8-9, 2018 $20, Diocesan Seminarians $4, Thank you for your generous support! Dealing with difficulties is not a path you need to walk alone. To receive a Stephen Minister, call the Parish Office, For advertising in the back of the bulletin, please call Claudia Borders at THIS WEEK AT OMOS PARISH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 10:30 am - Breaking Open the Word - PAC Retreat Rm 2:00 pm - Teen MD s - PAC Teen Center 2:00 pm - Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe - PAC/Auditorium MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 9:15 am - Spragg Faith Sharing - PAC/Retreat Rm 6:00 pm - Grupo de Oracion - PAC Scout Rm 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Meeting - PAC Retreat Rm TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 9:35 am - Book Club - PAC Retreat Room 6:00 pm - HM Core Prayer Group Mtg - PAC Retreat Rm 7:00 pm - Care for Creation Meeting - Kino Conf. Rm 7:00 pm - Hispanic Commission Meeting - PAC Rm #1 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 9:00 am - Golden Agers Cardplaying - PAC/Dining Rm 9:00 am - Pequeñas Comunidades de Fe - PAC/Rm #1 9:15 am - Advent Light Faith Sharing - PAC Retreat Rm 6:45 pm - Lectio Divina - PAC/Retreat Rm THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 8:00 am - Casa Maria Sandwich Making - PAC Dining Rm 7:00 pm - Baptism Prep Classes - PAC Auditorium 7:00 pm - OLOG Rosary - PAC Rm #1 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 7:00 pm - Charismatic Prayer Group - PAC Rm #1 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 9:00 am - Rosary - Church SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 10:30 am - Breaking Open the Word - PAC Retreat Rm 2:00 pm - Teen MD s - PAC Teen Center 2:00 pm - Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe - PAC/Auditorium IT NOT TO LATE TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND IT WILL NOT COST YOU A DIME! Find out how you can help save Catholic education through Arizona s Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO). Please pick up a brochure in the vestibule that will explain how you can get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit or visit the CTSO website at Make your contribution by April 15, 2019 for the 2018 tax year. MISA DE GALLO The Filipino community in the Diocese of Tucson are having their annual Misa de Gallo (Mass of the Rooster) 9 day Novena in preparation for Christmas. It will be held at St. Joseph s Parish on Craycroft Rd. from December at 5:30am. Light refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome! God s Healing Love On Saturday, January 12, 2019 you are invited to a day of renewal for men and women at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Hall. The retreat is offered by Vine of Grace Ministry and will be presented by Fr. Marco Basulto, Fr. Abram Dono, and Fr. Bala Kommathoti. To register for this day of fellowship, worship, healing and spirit-filled inspiration, call (520) or go to $25 includes lunch and materials.