Confession was the principal daily activity of one of the very well known saint, Padre Pio. He had the ability to look within the souls of his penitents. It was not possible to lie to Padre Pio during a confession. He saw inside people’s hearts.
Padre Pio invited all believers to confess at least once a week. He said: "Even if a room is closed, it is necessary to dust it after a week."
In the sacrament of confession Padre Pio was very demanding. He couldn't bear people that went to him only out of curiosity. A monk once told the following story: "One day Padre Pio didn't give absolution to a penitent and he told him: "If you go to confess to another priest to have gain absolution you will go to hell together with him". He meant that the sacrament of confession is profaned by people that don't want to change their lives. They are guilty in front of God.
At St. Margaret Mary Parish you, the parishioners, keeps us , the priest, busy regarding the confession. That is good.
I would like to ask you to clean the church as well. Maria Cornett coordinates the cleaning in our church.
This is your parish so, come help clean your church on Monday, December 15th at 1:30 p.m.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Rafal Duda
Come and share in the anticipated joy of the birth of our Lord Jesus!
WHAT: St. MM parish bake sale & Christmas market.
WHY: All proceeds from bake sale and 10% of those from Christmas market sales will go towards the parish altar flowers.
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, after and between all Masses.
WHERE: Kozina Hall, St. MM church
WHO: All those who enjoy Christmas treats, are looking for Christmas gifts, would like to donate baked goods for the cause, have books/homemade crafts/etc. to sell.
CONTACT: Mary Sullivan: 510-701-7611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVENT PARISH RETREAT: Dec. 13 – 17, 2014: In our Community we will have a Parish Retreat as part of spiritual preparations before Christmas. Please reserve that time for your spiritual wellness. Msgr. David Link will be our Retreat Master. He will preach about: “The Holy Family: A model for all Christians Families”. Conferences will be preached on Sunday and weekdays after 8:00 a.m. Masses and at 7:00 p.m. We mailed the program to all our registered parishioners.
ADVENT RETREAT SCHEDULE:
12/13 - Saturday 12:00 p.m. Mass for the Sick 4:00 p.m.- Penitential Service with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confession 5:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass with 1st Conference
12/14 – Sunday 8:30 a.m. - Holy Mass with conference 9:30 a.m. - Conference for children & Confession 10:30 a.m. - Holy Mass with Conference
12/15 Monday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - Conference
12/16 – Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - Conference
12/17 – Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Final Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - the Final Conference after the Mass
Our Third Week of Advent; December 15th begins with "Gaudete” Sunday." Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near." This joyful spirit is marked by the rose-colored third candle of our Advent wreath, and the rose-colored vestments used at the Eucharist. This week we begin the second part of Advent. The plan of the readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophesies, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus' life began. These stories are filled with hints of what His life will mean for us.
Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory. We prepare this week by feeling the joy. And so we consciously ask: Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which His presence will bestow.
Each day this week we want to light a third inner candle. Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy. They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective. In this world of "conflict and division," "greed and lust for power," we begin each day this week with a sense of liberating joy. Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior." Each day this week, we will continue to go through our everyday life, but we will experience the difference our faith can bring to it. We will encounter sin in our own hearts and in our experience of the sin of the world. We can pause in those moments, and feel the joy of the words, "You are to name Him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins." Mt 1:21.
We may experience the Light shining into dark places of our lives and showing us patterns of sinfulness, and inviting us to experience God's mercy and healing. Whatever the day has brought, no matter how busy it has been, we can stop, before we fall asleep, to give thanks for a little more light, a little more freedom to walk by that light, in joy. Our celebration of the coming of our Savior in history is opening us up to experience His coming to us this year, and preparing us to await His coming in Glory.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit Your people.
We await Your coming. Come, O Lord.
OUR PARISH BULLETIN:
Information for the Parish Bulletin needs to be sent by Friday 12:00 noon the week before. Additional advertising support is needed to cover the expenses of printing our parish bulletin. If you are a business owner, or know of someone who might wish to place an ad, please e-mail our BULLETIN PUBLISHER: email@example.com; or call them at 888-253-4358. Please patronize our advertisers.
FOOD AND HOUSHOLD NEEDS FOR CARMELITES SISTERS IN KENSINGTON:
Some of our parishioners are covering some expenses. If you like to help, please write check to St. Margaret Mary and in memo write Carmelite Sisters. There are the collection boxes under the names: For the Carmelites Sisters and For the Poor which are attached to the wall by the St. Anthony statue in the church. Thank you for your generosity.
CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR: DEC. 28TH: No CCD Classes – Christmas Break
HOLY MASS INTENTIONS:
If you would like to have Holy Masses celebrated on certain days and times, please book earlier (we have Holy Masses booked for January, already). Donation for the Mass, please give to the Secretary at the time of booking. When another priest is celebrating Holy Mass, we don’t know how much we are supposed to give him. In our diocese the minimum donation for a Holy Mass is $10.00. Write your check to St. Margaret Mary. We have available Holy Masses in January, 2015. If you would like to have a Holy Mass celebrated for your intentions or those of your loved ones ( l. or d.), please contact the parish office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 510-482-0596.
PRAY FOR ALL THE SICK:
Fr. Stan Zak, Fr Vince Brylka; Fr Bill Marshall; Fr Seamus Genovese; Lianne Claver; Alex Porcuna; Lewis Mullen; Carmel Mahoney; Nancy Duenas; Brad O’Leary; Titus Ekanem; Elisa & Giovanni Mancarti; Vic and Nancy Miloslavich; Kathryn Rieger; Judy & Louis Delligatti; Eugenia Hunter; Rose Bloom; Stella Lurton; Sue Weber; Cornelius McCauley; Laura Montgomery; Sara Zendejas; Mary Walker, Rosaline White; Ann McHugh; Josephine Palacios; Annie Bozzardi; Dan Bruflodt;….and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.
PRAY FOR THE DEAD:
For the deceased members of our families, friends, parishioners & benefactors of our parish: Bill Leitao; Inetta Calori; Michael Smith; also for those who died recently: Maria Santori; Maria Leskiw; John Taylor; Augustine Koilparampil; Mabel de Sousa, Kathleen York, Manuel Leitão.... and for all the faithful departed, especially, for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE .
LYLE ARNOLD , RIP
Our parishioner Lyle Arnold passed away on November 30, 2014. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. EVERLASTING MEMORY.
AN APARTMENT OR A HOUSE FOR RENT:
A St. Margaret Mary parishioner is looking for rent: a 2 bedroom and 2 baths apartment, or a house, or a 3 bedroom and 2 baths apartment in a safe area either in Oakland or Berkeley. Please, help our parishioner to find a new home or if you know someone who rents the apartments or houses, please contact our parish office at 510-482-0596, ext. 201. THANK YOU for your help.
PARISH PAY and 2014 YEAR-END DONATIONS:
We are rapidly approaching the end of another year! For those interested in making a catch-up donation for missed plate collections or a one-time, year-end tax deductible donation, you can make a donation to St. Margaret Mary Church through Parish Pay, a third party service which allows parishioners to charge their contribution directly to their own bank account or to any major credit card. There is no cost to you for this service. See the paragraph titled One-time donations below for more information on how to make a special one-time donation. You can sign up for this service online by going to the website listed below and clicking on “Start giving now”. If you will be donating via direct debit to your bank account, you will need your bank’s routing number and your account number. Your monthly donation will be debited to your bank account on the fifth (5th) of every month.
IMPORTANT: If you plan to make a tax-deductible donation in December, please use your credit card for all donations made after December 1 in order to ensure that it will be received by St. Margaret Mary Church before December 31. Any donations made after December 1 which are charged to your bank account may not be debited to your account until January 2015 and, therefore, may not be deductible for 2014 income tax purposes. https ://www.parishpay.com If you don’t have a computer you can call Parish Pay’s customer service center and they will sign you up. Their customer service center can be reached seven days a week, 24 hours a day at: 1 - 866 PARISH 1 (1-866-727-4741)
PRIESTS’ LUNCH UPDATE & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Thanks to Patricia Hierro, Jo Ann Hastings, Mary Muth, I-Wen Connick, Judy Wendel, Pat Parker & Rita Faulkner for serving the priests’ lunch in Sept., Oct., & November. We need volunteers to sign up for January, March, April & May, 2015.contact Lily Mullen at (925)827-1946 or at email@example.com to sign up or if you have any questions. Our parish priests and those who join them for this monthly morning of prayer and recollection appreciate our efforts to provide a homemade meal and serve them. In this little way we say THANK YOU for their ministry to US.
Bible Study Update:
Our group just finished the Quick Journey through the Bible in November. It was an 8 week session which covered the whole of Salvation History! Yes, from Genesis to the Acts of the Apostles! The Quick Journey is an overview of the “narrative” of the Bible story- our story as children of God! Thank you to everyone who participated.’s next? Psalms: The School of Prayer At the heart of the Bible are the Psalms, prayers from God that help us learn to pray. The Holy Spirit inspired them. Israel sang them. Christ himself prayed them, as did our Blessed Mother. These sacred hymns become our heartfelt response to God’s loving and wondrous deeds for us. Their words captivate the imagination and draw us into a deeply personal encounter with God. Join Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray via DVD as they show you how to establish a deeply personal dialogue with God through the Psalms.
Join us for Psalms: The School of Prayer in Fr. Kozina Hall beginning Wednesday, January 14, 7-9 pm and continuing every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month until June 10. A study kit is required to participate in the discussion which follows the DVD presentation. The cost of the kit is $25.
Contact Lily Mullen for more information or to register and reserve your study kit at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 827-1946.
LECTORS NEEDED: We need more lectors for the 10:30am (only men lectors) Sunday Mass; 6.00pm (men and women lectors) Thursday Mass. We also need more volunteers to lead Morning Prayer (Lauds) on weekdays at 7:45 AM and Sundays at 8:15 AM. We offer training for lectors and prayer leaders for Lauds. If you are interested, please contact Lynn Suer at 510-537-3880 or email@example.com.
St. Vincent de Paul Advent Food Drive
SVdP is collecting non-perishable food items (no past expiration dates please!) in the containers in the vestibule. We will distribute the food items to those parishes in Oakland which have regular food distribution programs. Your donations will help to feed the hungry in Oakland. Thank you for your support!
St. Vincent de Paul Conference Report
Current Membership: Active Members = 5, Associate Members = 1
10/1/13 to 9/30/14 Activities Report: Person to person home visits – 25; Hospital and nursing home visits –approx 90
10/1/13 to 9/30/14 Financial Report (rounded to nearest $100)
Assistance Provided: Direct Financial $3,500, Rental $5,300, Food $3,500, Utilities $1,200, Auto $1,300, Furniture purchases $1,100, Medical–dental $300, Contribution to other SVdP conferences, dining hall, visitation center - $1,000. Total Funds Disbursed - $17,200. Donations of non-perishable food from the food barrels and donations of children’s clothing at Easter not included.
The SVdP conference meets approximately once a month. Membership is open to all parishioners. For more information, contact: William.Duffy@att.net or call him at 510-225-8667.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!
ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH NEEDS VOULUNTEERS FOR:
1) deep cleaning our church on December 15, 2014
2) For collecting every Saturday Vigil Mass collection during the Mass
Please, contact parish office at: 510-482-0596, ext. 201.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP !
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALENDAR OF SAINTS
INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH
CALENDAR OF SAINTS
INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH