Weekend of December 8 & 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent
Barona: Mass:Wednesday through Friday. Rosary at 7:45 AM, Mass at 8:00 AM.
Weekends:Saturday, 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM.
Confessions:Saturday, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Adoration: 1st Thurs. of the month (6:00 PM) and 1st Fri. of the month (8:00 AM).
Viejas: Weekends:Sunday, 10:00 AM.
Confessions: By appointment.
Sycuan: Weekends:Sunday, Noon.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM Gilbert Rodriguez, Tom Hyde, Carol Lane, Anita Curo, Sue Kierig, Martha Boone, A. J. Samot, Angelo Samot, Donna Berardi, Secora Nelson, Daniel Vicaldo, Kash Osuna-Sutton, Gabe Dowell, Diana Pico, Clayton Curo, Dolly Albano, Ray Mayor, Mike Montes, Bobbie Turner, Mary Whitespear, Frank LaChappa, Steve and Vera Tucker, Helen Cadiente, William and Berniece Marrujo, Mae Guerrero, Susanna Gotell, Stephen Nolan
Please check prayer list and add names as desired.
Mass Intentions – December 9, 2018
Weekend Masses: Sunday, 8:00 AM John and Dora Curo Sunday, 10:00 AM Community of Viejas Sunday, Noon Community of Sycuan
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE
Barona : Grades K-8: Class meets on Thursday, 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 pm Sycuan:Grades K-8, Class meet at 10:30 a.m. before Sunday Mass High schoolConfirmation class, Wed. at 6:30 p.m.
PLEASE JOIN US for ADVENT RETREAT by Pio Estepa, SVD
Sunday, December 96:00 – 7:30 pm Monday, December 106:00 – 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 116:00 – 7:00 pm, Sacrament of Reconciliation follows
THE CHRISTMAS GOSPEL
Comic Surprises of an Advent God While Catholic churches are still singing Advent hymns, secular society is already feasting Christmas. Abounding are commercial ads that try to reinvent Christmas as a season of consumerist spree for all buyers of any creed. Yet what sustains its quasi-religious aura is the ambient replaying of traditional carols in homes, megamalls, and public media –online or offline.
2019 Calendars are now available in the back of the church.
Christmas Mass Schedule
Monday, December 24-Christmas Eve Sycuan Mass 5:00 PM Barona Mass-7:00PM Viejas Mass-10:00PM
Christmas Day Barona Mass- 8:00AM
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe, O dark Madonna of the Americas, Come again to bring us the roses Of compassion, justice and peace.
In the midst of our winter, Bestow your love on all those marginalized in these lands, And give us your gift to see dignity In the least of those among us. Amen.
Family Activities for Advent
· Wear outrageous Christmas socks.
· Offer to run Christmas errands for an elderly friend or relative.
· Volunteer as a family to work in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter during the holidays.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
STOP! LOOK! and LISTEN! It is still Advent! JB has an important message to tell!
Reflection on the Second Sunday of Advent
Today we focus on John the Baptist, one of the great figures of the bible. He is proclaiming and calling for attention. He wants to be heard and heeded. A man with a message and he is on fire with it. Repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Prepare a way for the Lord.
John doesn’t sound like the kind of man you would invite home for dinner. His message sounds so grim to us – penance, straightening crooked ways and smoothing rough ones. He thinks it’s good news. Isn’t Christmas for celebrating? Why is the Church such a killjoy, a spoilsport? It does it at Easter with Lent, and here it is, at it again with Advent. Ah, let’s celebrate with an easy conscience. After all it is office party time, mistletoe time and a bird never flew on one wing. What’s the Church trying to do?
Excitement come easy at Christmas, thank God. There’s the excitement of getting ready, getting the house clean, getting food- cakes, mince pies, pudding – excitement of getting gifts, giving and receiving socks and soap, excitement of people coming home, Pat, Mary, John. And it is all a reflection of how the excitement started, the first excitement at the first Christmas. The coming of Christ who was to be Lord, the bread of life. The coming of Christ who was a gift from God to us. The coming of Christ who was to bring people together and make the homeless at home – a huge communion of friends. So the cakes, the food, the coming together and the plane arriving at San Diego Airport are real signs of Christmas and that’s easy to see. They can be real signs of Christ too, but that’s easy to forget.
So the Church is trying to make us remember, stop us being thoughtless and make us thoughtful. It tries every way it can – with color; did you notice the purple vestments? With light, did you notice the second candle? With word – did you hear the prophet foretelling the coming of Christ, and did you hear John the Baptist who introduced Christ?
Before all the excitement, which can be great at this time of year we need to stop and think about “What I need to change in my life?” In our own life there are many things that we need to straighten out. The hills that block our view of the one who is to come could be the mounting resentment, which we never resolved. How about the valley of our patience and tolerance with one another? Has the water of charity stopped flowing from my very being? Are there any familiar ways that have become self-destructive which I can leave behind?
In my own small way, on this Sunday, what can I change? What obstacle can I remove to prepare a way for the Lord?
a way of mercy, a way of faithfulness, a way of justice, a way of peace, a way, along which we can see “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy”?