Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 12, 2017
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love [God], this God has revealed to us through the Spirit. — 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
“If you choose you can keep the commandments,” Sirach tells us. God “has set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand” (Sirach 15:15, 16). This is a great mystery: God does not control us so completely that we cannot choose our own path. We have certain boundaries, of course, but no one but we can choose our way within those boundaries.
In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us of our freedom and our responsibility for our lives. He calls us to look beyond the words of the commandments, all the way to their meaning. Look beyond the adultery to the selfishness that poisons our love. Look beyond the murder to the anger that eats away at our compassion. Look beyond the perjured testimony to the lies and deception that drive our behavior.
Our vocation is to choose life for ourselves, and to choose a path through our part of the world that helps make life possible and more abundant for others as well. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes
This is to announce and invite you to take part in a 12 Day Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes including Santiago de Compostela plus Paris. November 3-14, 2017. This year will mark the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the shepherd children in Fatima in 1917. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has granted a plenary indulgence to those who devoutly visit Our Lady of Fatima during the anniversary year. Cost is $3779 per person from San Antonio. Brochures are available in the Parish Office.
Concert with Michael James Mette
Friday February 24th, Michael James Mett will be sharing his music with our parish community. Michael is a Catholic musician and speaker who travels the county with his wife Michelle of 15 years and six children. His music is a modern reflection of his faith. The concert will be 90 minutes and will include video, music and testimonies by Michael and Michelle. Please consider attending the concert and supporting this ministry on the evening of February 24th
2017 Catholic Sharing Appeal
Today begins our annual diocesan Catholic Sharing Appeal. Love is our Mission! The CSA campaign gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our love for Jesus by helping those in need, promoting a culture of life, encouraging priestly vocations, and educating our youth. Every gift, regardless of its size, is vital to the success of the ministries of our Diocese of Laredo. Our goal this year is to have 100% participation. We are only asked to give to the best of our ability, each according to the blessings we have received. Please be generous.
ROSARY OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
“Be humble and accept the Divine Will, you will reach the end, offer your family to Most Precious Blood. I will save them. ” We are inviting the Parishioners of San Martin de Porres to join us in praying the Rosary to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, on Monday February 13, 2017 in the Our Lady’s Chapel. For more information contact: Rosa Gonzales at: 956-723-2789.
We would like to remind all parishioners to please dispose of your gum before entering the House of the Lord.
Be courteous and turn off your cell phone, in preparation to hear the word of the lord.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT:
2nd year communion students only. The Communion retreat will be held on February 17th from 4:45 pm to 9:00 pm. Attendance for the retreat is mandatory and a huge part of the information will be on the First Holy Communion test. All registrations forms and fees are due by Friday February 10th. For any questions please contact Mr. Martinez at 956-725-2440
NO CCD FOR SATURDAY CLASSES:
Parents reminder, there will be no CCD classes for Saturday & Monday students on the following days: Saturday Feb. 18, 2017 and Monday Feb. 20, 2017
Friendly reminder, to please make sure all documents have been turned in for those that will be receiving their Sacraments this year.
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Diocese of Laredo Pastoral Institute
Preparing Catholics for the New Evangelization
The office of Adult Formation and Pastoral Institute is now offering faith formation courses. Courses are taught by Priest and lay faithful from your community. For more information on the courses available please contact:
Leticia Valdez at 956-764-7808 or visit our Adult Faith Formation /Pastoral Institute at 1201 Corpus Christ Street. Courses are for 12 weeks.
The Ten Commandments (CCC III-2)
Will be offered here at San Martin de Porres by:
Mr. Carlos Rene Ramirez
CCD Room 4&5
Start date: Wednesday February 15, 2016 from 6:00pm—8:00pm