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First Sunday of Advent - November 28-29, 2009

Please see Father Michael's Thanksgiving Letter - Click Here

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the way.  Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace.  By reflection and prayer, by reading and dedication, we can make out hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.


First Friday Adoration and Mass

This Friday, December 4th, offers the opportunity to come and pray before the exposed Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel – anytime between the 8:00 A.M. Mass on Friday and the 8:00 A.M. Mass on Saturday.  The First Friday Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.


                                                               CATECHUMENS – WELCOME – CANDIDATES

Next Sunday, December 6th, at the 9:15 A.M. Mass, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate and Rite of Welcome of Candidates (already baptized) preparing for Confirmation and Eucharist.  These Rites celebrate the assembling publicly for the first time those who have completed the period of inquiry. They now declare their intentions to join the Church and we the Church accept their intentions and desire.  We mark them with the Sign of the Cross, asking them to walk with us in a new way of life.  We ask them to reflect more deeply upon the Word of God.  We pray for them: “For all of these we give thanks and praise to the God who has led them by various paths to oneness of faith.  You are welcomed in the name of Christ.”


Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Please join us on Saturday, December 12th, at the 5:00 P.M. Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dinner will be available in the hall after Mass. More details next weekend.


Parish Adult Communal Reconciliation Service

All parishioners are invited to an Adult Parish Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, December 9th, at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.  The

service will include scripture readings, time for reflection and individual confession and absolution.  Come and experience the sacrament of Reconciliation in a community setting during this season of Advent.  REMINDER: Please remain in the Church until the end of the service for the communal penance.




DECEMBER 5-6, 2009

BARUCH 5:1-9

PHILIPPIANS 1:4-6, 8-11

LUKE 3:1-6


Small toys are needed for the civilian children who enter the medical clinic.  Suggested items: PEZ dispensers and candies, baby dolls (except “Barbie dolls – too immodest dress for Afghani standards), Hot Wheels, coloring books with crayons and small toys that do not require batteries (toy soldiers, GI Joes, etc. would be inadvisable).  These items may be dropped off at the Rectory Office by December 5th, we have a special mailing address for these items.  Monetary donations to enable us to mail these items would also be appreciated.  Please make checks payable to St. Victor’s Church and place it in a plain white envelope marked Father Michael Children’s Gift Postage and drop it in the collection basket or take it to the parish office.  Thank you to the parishioners that have already brought in items for these children.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING.  Most gracious Father, during this weekend of remembrance and praise, we thank You for the blessings that have been showered upon us: for health and strength, for eyes to see the beauties of the autumn coloring, for ears to hear the voices of friends, the harmonies of song, for voices with which we can speak words of love and cheer to all.  Grant us Lord, that we may use these gifts as You would choose, sharing them in the building of Your kingdom of love and friendship here on earth.  Teach us that gratitude is active, manifesting itself in service to You and to others. Amen.



Is Your Will Valid?

If your will was written in another state or your financial and/or family circumstances have changed, or it has been three years since it was last reviewed by a professional, it may be obsolete!

If you want to know more about this, the Diocese can provide free assistance.  Call Robert Serventi @ 983-0168, or write to him at: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 301 , Santa Clara , CA 95050 .


Simbang Gabi

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. St. Victor’s Parish Community will celebrate Simbang Gabi (pre-dawn worship), also called Misa de Gallo (rooster Mass) from December 16th-24th.  (The schedule will be inserted into the bulletin on December 6th and 13th.)


I Am Thankful For...

...the mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

...the taxes I pay because it means that I’m employed.

...the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

...a lawn that need mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home. shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.

...all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. huge heating bill because it means I am warm.

...the lady behind me in Church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.

...the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I’m alive.

...the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.

...weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.     [By Nancy J. Carmody]



THANKS to all who continue to bring in hygiene supplies and new socks.  They are still needed.  We will be collecting clean used coats and jackets ONLY in November and December.  Please check your closets.  Again, we will be collecting coats and jackets only – no other clothing will be accepted.  Please give those other items to another charity. [The jackets, hygiene supplies and new socks may be dropped off at the Catechetical Ministry Office.]


PLEASE NOTE: Only flyers, pamphlets, etc. that have been brought to the Rectory Office for approval may be inserted into the bulletin, placed on the bulletin boards in the vestibule or distributed on the tables around the Church.  Items that have not been approved will be taken down or removed by the office staff.  Some parishioners are being offended/upset by some of these materials.  Thank you for being considerate of others.  

                Donations to the Church may be made monthly by credit card or checking account transfers.  Parish Pay is now available at St. Victor’s.  You may access the web site @ and click on DONATE or call toll-free @ 1-866-727-4741 and give them the information over the phone.  If you have any questions, you may also call the Parish Office @ 251-7055.

Mass Intentions for the Week  

Monday             November         23         8:00 A.M.          Richard & Anita Messina

Tuesday            November         24         8:00 A.M.          In Honor of Nino de Praga

Wednesday       November         25         8:00 A.M.          Thanksgiving

Thursday           November         26         8:00 A.M.          Josephine Barreras

                                                            9:30 A.M.          Primitivo Bajet

Friday               November         27         8:00 A.M.          Andy Sanford

Saturday           November         28         8:00 A.M.          Spires Family Members

                                                            5:00 P.M.          Cesar Sousa                                                  (Father Seimas)

Sunday             November         29         7:00 A.M.          For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish           (Father Phan)

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Mario Vilala                                                    (Father Dwyer)

                                                           9:15 A.M.          Deceased Members of the John Correira Family (Father Perata)

                                                           10:45 A.M.         All Souls                                                         (Father Phan)

                                                           12:15 P.M.         Alma Fabie Arnold                                           (Carmelite)

                                                            5:00 P.M.          Abel Ponte                                                      (Father Lim)


WELCOME to all visitors.  We hope you enjoy your time and celebration with us!


In Loving Memory

The Advent greens for the Sanctuary were donated in loving memory of Margarita Flores

by her parents, brother and sister.


HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE next Sunday, December 6th, from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Come to the parish hall and shop the wonderful selection of handmade items made by local artisans, stop by to eat some great food, participate in the raffle for a flat screen TV and other activities.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Please call the Parish Office @ 251-7055 for more information. (Vendor table rentals are totally booked!)


The next Friday Night BINGO will be held in the parish hall on January 8, 2010.  More details to follow.



The Catechetical Ministry Office THANKS all those who ordered items for the Great American Fund Raiser that supports the religious education programs for all of St. Victor’s school age children.  Your generosity is appreciated.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Orders must be picked-up this Wednesday, December 2nd, from 3:00-9:00 P.M. in the parish hall.


PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING.  Most gracious Father, during this weekend of remembrance and praise, we thank You for the blessings that have been showered upon us: for health and strength, for eyes to see the beauties of the autumn coloring, for ears to hear the voices of friends, the harmonies of song, for voices with which we can speak words of love and cheer to all.  Grant us Lord, that we may use these gifts as You would choose, sharing them in the building of Your kingdom of love and friendship here on earth.  Teach us that gratitude is active, manifesting itself in service to You and to others. Amen.



EASTSIDE F.I.S.H. HOLIDAY NEEDS.  With the holiday season approaching, EASTSIDE F.I.S.H. could use donations of turkeys, chickens, or hams.  Please keep us in mind when the grocery stores are having their promotions.  If you can help, please call the Parish Office @ 251-7055.  To those who have supported us during the year - MANY THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!


The ANNUAL LAYETTE SHOWER, co-sponsored by the Office of Women of the Diocese of San Jose and St. Victor’s Altar Society, Catechetical Ministry and School, will be held on Sunday, December 6th, at Queen of Apostles Church ( 4911 Moorpork Ave. ) beginning at 2:00 P.M.  Please take the time to pick up a new infant item [newborn to 6 months only].  Santa Clara County social workers then distribute these layettes to those mothers and infants most in need, as they leave the hospital throughout the year.  {Please bring your layette items and place them in the designated box in the vestibule.} If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to St. Victor’s Altar Society and on the memo write Layette.  Your donation may be dropped into the collection basket C/O St. Victor’s Altar Society.  Thank you for your generosity.


NEEDY FAMILIES. There are several families in need of various items including: clothing for a baby boy (newborn to one year), blankets, comforters and towels.  If you are able to help in any way, please call the Rectory Office @ 251-7055.  THANK YOU to the parishioners who have brought baby boy items and towels into the office for the families in need.


THE GIVING TREE. Parishioners are invited to take a tag from the GIVING TREE in the vestibule representing a needy child in our parish community.  Please purchase a gift and return the gift unwrapped with the tag attached, to the designated box in the vestibule.  [The tag is the only way that our volunteers have of identifying the family/individual. The tags also indicate sizes for clothing; however, if you wish to purchase another type of item, please feel free to do so.]  Please return the gift by the designated date of December 18th, so that our St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers have time to sort, box and distribute them to all of the families before Christmas.  (Please return the gifts during the weekend Masses only!)  Also this year, because we are assisting so many families, our St. Vincent de Paul Society could use a few “extra hands” to deliver the gifts.  If you are able to help, please call the Rectory Office @ 251-7055 ASAP.  THANK YOU to our parishioners for your generous support during the Thanksgiving holiday food drive as well as your monetary donations.  You did much more than provide food for those in need. You shared the love of Christ in a very practical way through the donations of your time, talent and treasure.  A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers for the care of our needy not only during the holiday season, but also throughout the entire year.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES now offers expanded counseling services, including counseling for children, adolescents, couples and individuals.  For more information, please call 468-0100.



THANKS to those who supported the U.n.I. Lord Teen Bake Sale last weekend.  And, a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the teens and their families and friends, who donated items for the Bake Sale. 



$CRIP gift certificates will be available after Masses next weekend (except Sunday 7:00 and 8:00 A.M.) for all of your holiday shopping, dining and gift-giving needs.  Please make sure that you get your special orders in early. If you have any questions regarding the $CRIP program, please call the School Office @ 251-1740.

There will be a second collection next weekend for St. Victor’s Development Fund.



The Carmelite Christmas Boutique and Choral Concert – on Sunday, December 6th, in the seminary library at Mt. St. Joseph Monastery ( 12455 Clayton Rd. ) from 10:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.  Special entertainment at the boutique, The Sounds of Christmas, by “Singers Around the Bay,” will be held in the seminary chapel at 2:30 P.M. with a reception to follow.  Please support the Carmelites who assist us with our weekend services.

Cemetery Outreach  - Consolation of Grief before the holidays on Wednesday, December 9th, in the small chapel of Santa Teresa Church ( 794 Calero Ave. ) from 7:00-9:00 P.M.  The presenter will be Rev. Christopher Bennett.  For more details, please contact Frances Carrasco Leyerle @ 258-2940 x208.

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and the stars.“  (Luke 21:25)



Nov 21-22, 2009

Nov 14-15, 2009

Nov 7-8, 2009

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2009

Oct 24-25, 2009

Oct 17-18, 2009

Oct 10-11, 2009

Oct 3-4, 2009

Sept 25-26, 2009

Sept 19-20, 2009

Sept 12-13, 2009

Sept 5-6, 2009

August 29-30, 2009

August 22-23, 2009

August 15-16, 2009

August 8-9, 2009

August 1-2, 2009

July 25-26, 2009

July 18-19, 2009

July 11-12, 2009

July 4-5, 2009

June 27-28, 2009

June 20-21, 2009

June 13-14, 2009

June 6-7, 2009

May 30-31, 2009

May 23-24, 2009

May 16-17, 2009

May 9-10, 2009

May 2-3, 2009

April 25-26, 2009

April 18-19, 2009

April 11-12, 2009

April 4-5, 2009

March 28-29, 2009

March 21-22, 2009

March 14-15, 2009

March 7-8, 2009

Feb 28-Mar 1, 2009

February 21-22, 2009

February 14-15, 2009

February 7-8, 2009

January 31- February 1, 2009

January 24-25, 2009

January 17-18, 2009

January 10-11, 2009

January 3-4, 2009

December 27-28, 2008

December 20-21, 2008

December 13-14, 2008

December 6-7, 2008

November 29-30, 2008

November 22-23, 2008

November 15-16, 2008

November 8-9, 2008

November 1-2, 2008

October 25-26, 2008

October 18-19, 2008

October 11-12, 2008

October 4-5, 2008

September 27-28, 2008

September 20-21, 2008

September 13-14, 2008

September 6-7, 2008

August 30-31, 2008

August 23-24, 2008

August 16-17, 2008

August 9-10, 2008

August 2-3, 2008

July 26-27, 2008

July 19-20, 2008

July 12-13, 2008

July 5-6, 2008

June 28-29, 2008

June 21-22, 2008

June 14-15, 2008

June 7-8, 2008

May 31-June 1, 2008

May 24-25, 2008

May 17-18, 2008

May 10-11, 2008

May 3-4, 2008

April 26-27, 2008

April 19-20, 2008

April 12-13, 2008

April 5-6, 2008

March 29-30, 2008

March 22-23, 2008

March 15-16, 2008

March 8-9, 2008

March 1-2, 2008











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