Second Sunday of Advent - December 6-7, 2008
SECOND COLLECTION TODAY FOR ST. VICTOR’S DEVELOPMENT FUND
Today’s second collection is for St. Victor’s Development
Fund, which assists with the never-ending repairs and projects on the parish
grounds. Thank you for your
of Guadalupe Celebration
join us this Sunday, December 7th, at the 12:15 P.M. Mass in
honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Catechumens – Welcome -
This Sunday, December 7th, 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.”
Conception – Holy Day of Obligation
Belief in the Immaculate
Conception asserts that God preserved Mary from all sin from the moment of her
conception, thus preparing a pure vessel for the Incarnation of the Son. This
belief is not expressly contained in the Scripture, but it enjoys a widespread
following in the Church’s tradition. Although
the Immaculate Conception of Mary has been affirmed since the earliest centuries
of Christianity, it was not formally proclaimed a dogma of the Church until
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Monday, December 8th,
is a holy day of obligation. Masses
at St. Victor’s will be celebrated at 6:30, 8:00 and 11:00 A.M. and 7:30 P.M.
Parish Adult Communal
are invited to an Adult Parish Reconciliation Service this Wednesday,
December 10th, 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.
Charitable Trust Can Increase Your Income!
The IRS allows you to use a charitable trust to increase your
income and reduce your taxes. The
trust is especially useful for highly appreciated assets (real estate or
securities). The trust can also be
used to help loved ones with income after you have gone, but keep the principal
from being spent unwisely.
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.
OLIVEWOOD HANDCRAFTED ITEMS FROM THE HOLY LAND
will be available to purchase after all Masses this weekend, December 6th
& 7th. The olivewood carving industries has evolved as a cultural
tradition of Christians over many centuries.
Many Holy Land Christians in the Bethlehem area alone rely upon income
generated from this art form, carved by the local craftsmen.
Less than 2% of the population in that area is now Christian, as many
families are now leaving the area to find relief from the difficult conditions
of their homeland. Please help protect this very important culture and industry.
Christmas Altar Flower
the Altar Society Flowers may be made in our CHRISTMAS FLOWERS envelopes located
on the table in the vestibule of the Church.
Your contribution will help defray some of the expenses used for
beautifying the Church at this special time of the year.
Please make checks payable to St. Victor’s Altar Society and place
these envelopes in the collection basket or take them to the Rectory Office.
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.
(Please see today’s bulletin insert for all the details.)
YOU AND REMINDER
The Catechetical Ministry Office THANKS all those who ordered
items from the Cherrydale Farms Fund Raiser that supports the religious
education programs for all of St. Victor’s children.
Your generosity is appreciated.
Orders must be picked-up this Thursday, December 11th, from 2:30-8:00 P.M. in the parish hall.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU also to all those who are still faithfully fulfilling their Catholic Foundation and ADA payments for the year. Please mail payments directly to the appropriate address, as they will soon be closing their books for 2008.
There will be an
important ushers meeting on Tuesday, December 9th, at 7:30 P.M. in
Room 7 of the School. All
ushers are asked to attend this meeting in preparation for Christmas.
$CRIP gift certificates
will be available after Masses (except Sunday 7:00 & 8:00 A.M.) on December
13th & 14th, and 20th & 21st
for all of your holiday shopping, dining and gift-giving needs.
Intentions for the Week
11:00 A.M. For the People
Roger & Sofia Del Castillo
Delfina Lepe Jones
Eleanor Surace, Lillian Rose Messina, & Josephine Ruscigno
Emin & Adelina Capullari
Deceased Members of the John Correia Family
10:45 A.M. Catharine Alves &
Jose de Oliveira
Banns of Marriage
Nguyen & Chau Nguyen I
Emmer & Myrna Dela Cruz who are celebrating their 50th
for our Sick
Please pray for our sick, seriously ill and hospitalized
parishioners, as well as those preparing for surgical procedures and tests,
especially, Nelia Gualberto Lopez.
Sympathy and Prayers
St. Victor’s Parish Community would like to extend their
sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of Primitivo Bajet, Norma
Nabablit and Gertrudes Quedado.
Victor’s Christmas Boutique This Weekend
December 6th from 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., Sunday, December 7th,
from 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Come to the
parish hall and see all the handcrafted items, enjoy delicious food, meet
Santa and take a photo, enter the raffle (1st Prize is a Sharp 26
inch flat screen LCD TV), create at the kid’s craft area, have fun and
much more. For more information, please contact Carla Ryan @ 937-0280.
SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES...
NEEDY FAMILY. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society volunteers are working with several families in our parish community in need of a twin bed set, crib, several dressers and a clothes washer. If you are able to help, please call the Rectory Office @ 251-7055.
THE GIVING TREE.
Parishioners are invited to take a tag from the GIVING TREE in the
vestibule representing a needy individual of 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 20th,
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
information or an application for St. Victor’s School, please call the
School Office @ 251-1740.
WILL BE A SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND FOR THE RETIREMENT FUND FOR
Your gift will help defray some of the medical costs needed
to care for our elderly religious. Most
importantly, please remember in your prayers the retired women and men
religious living in the Diocese of San Jose.
SAVE THE DATE! Come see Father Michael play on the
championship REVS basketball team (priests vs. seminarians) on Friday,
February 6th, at 7:00 P.M. at
The Carmelite Christmas Boutique and Choral Concert – this
Sunday, December 7th, in the seminary library at Mt. St. Joseph
our Advent season must be spent in shopping for others, why not add God’s
name to the gift list? Wrap up
your heart, your time, your talent, your treasure and write His name boldly
in the label/tag. Make your life
a gift to Him and He will use you as a gift to others.
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” (Mark 1:3)