Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2017
Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
THE BLESSING WE RECEIVE
The blessing we experience in Christ Jesus is proclaimed in Numbers as the special blessing for the people of Israel. They and we are to be blessed by the invocation of God’s loving kindness, the shining glory of God’s face turned toward us in love, not away from us in anger. We are blessed by God’s own peace!
Our wish and our hope are fulfilled in this blessing, which is made visible in the coming of Jesus. In Jesus, the image of the invisible God, God’s face is shown to us and God’s presence is made known to us in faithful and loving kindness. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co
Prayer for the New Year
Lord Jesus Christ you are the Light of the world. You are the Alpha and the Omega. You are the Author of Life which You have lovingly shared unto us. As another year has drawn to a close and we begin a New Year, we humbly beseech your grace and blessing.
Looking back at the year 2016, we graciously thank you for the countless blessings, graces, favor and protection that you bestowed upon us. We also thank you for the previous year’s trials and challenges that have allowed us to realize that we are weak and nothing without you, and have consequently brought us closer to you and grow in faith, hope and charity. We heartily sorry for the sins that we have committed and for our omissions and disregard to do the good that we ought to do. We humbly ask for forgiveness for all our sins in the previous year.
As we welcome in Your presence, this new year of 2017, we humbly implore You, to daily bestow upon us and all our loved ones Your redeeming grace and invaluable blessings that will lead us to always do the good that we ought to do. May you be our Protector from all physical and spiritual harm, threats, hazards, calamities, illnesses. May you be our guide in all the challenges and trials that we will surely face in this year. May you increase our faith, strengthen our hope and inflame our love to you and our brothers and sisters this year. Mindful of our defects, shortcomings, worldly inclinations, and predisposition to sin, may you grant us the grace and willpower live out the virtues and to amend and reform our lives this year.
Through and with the aid and intercession of Your Saints, we consecrate this year, 2017 to your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We, weak and poor sinners, renew today our Baptismal vows. We offer you all the achievements, triumphs, failures and concerns for this year for Your greater glory and sanctification of our souls.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the point of our lives. You are the reason of our existence. May You help us to always direct our lives to You now and forever. Amen.
St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Martin de Porres would like to thank the community and all who contributed to the Angel Tree Toy Drive. We would also like to thank the following organizations for their donations:
Princess Pocahontas Society, Alexander High School HOSA, Vicente Gutierrez (Frito Lay), Rosaura Romo (TSI). The number of gifts donated made for a great Christmas day. The gifts were distributed to the most needed families, in the colonias and Santa Teresita Mission
Back to CCD Classes:
CCD classes will resume on Saturday on January 7, 2017 & Monday Classes on January 9, 2017.
For more information please contact the CCD office: 956-725-2440. We also encourage you to like us on Facebook: san martin de porres ccd program, where you can find more updates, and send messages to Mr. Martinez.
Celebrate the Christmas Season
There is a visible tension in regards to the season of Christmas in our society. In the commercial world, the Christmas seasons begins when the Christmas sales begin, usually sometime in October, and ends the day after Christmas, with the “after Christmas Sales”. In the Church, the season of Christmas begins with the Christmas Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, this season falling on January 9th.
Some have the impression that Christmas officially ends on the Feast of Epiphany, but it actually ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Throughout the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the great manifestations of Jesus as the Son of God; to the shepherds on Christmas, to the Magi on Epiphany, and to the world on the Baptism of the Lord, when the voice of the Father is heard after Jesus is baptized, “this is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Mt. 3:17) Christmas is the second most important celebration in our liturgical calendar, the most important being Easter. The Church joyfully takes a whole season to celebrate the greatest birthday of all, the Birth of Jesus. This year, celebrate the entire Season of Christmas. Leave your Christmas decorations up, or at least some of them. Take this time to reflect on the meaning of the Incarnation. Let us rejoice because a Savior has been born for us, he is
“Wonder-Counselor, God –Hero, Father – Forever, Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5).
Parish office Holiday Hours
Office will be closed. Monday January 2, 2017 We resume with regular office hours on Tuesday January 3, 2016.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year. God Bless You and your Families.