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December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Cuarto Domingo de Adviento
Rev. Hector J. Madrigal, Pastor
Luis Erwin Candelaria Pastoral Assistant
Loretta Martinez Parish Secretary
Luz M. Casillas de Cárdenas Assistant Parish Secretary
Leo Ramos and Willy Montano Deacons
Sandy Brisley Bookkeeper
Phil Seidenberger - Parish Council President Sonia Higgins - Finance Council President
Denice Haley - Altar Society President Adult Faith Formation
Lisa Alvarez - Children’s Faith Formation Jacqui Hudson—Youth Director
Saul Martinez—Assistant Youth Director Lola Wooten - Saint Luke’s Ministry
Music Ministry : Vacant - 5:00 pm Saturday Mass
8:00 am Sunday Mass Pat Carathers - 11:00 am Sunday Mass
Angi Seidenberger Saint Joseph School Principal
Gail Saiz School Board President Christine Ramos Parent Teachers Organization President
Gail Saiz St. Joseph Day Care Center Director
Office Hours Monday—Thursday 8:30am—3:30pm
Friday: 8:30 am-12:00 pm Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation ( Confession )
Saturday 3:40 PM - 4:30 PM or by appointment
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Saturday 5:00PM Sunday 8:00 & 11:00 AM,
Spanish Mass 1 PM Mon., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8:15 AM
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 5:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 5:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Mission Statement We are a family united in our Catholic faith:
To welcome all God’s children,
And continue Christ’s mission of
Love, Service and Education
To the Community.
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
4122 South Bonham Street Amarillo, Texas 79110-1113
806-355-5621 (Office) / 806-355-5622 (Fax) Email: email@example.com Website: stjosephamarillo.com Diocesan website: amarillodiocese.org BULLETIN DEADLINE: Monday at noon
CAMPUS OFFICES Saint Joseph Elementary School 806-359-1604
Saint Joseph Day Care Center 806-353-7043 Holy Cross Catholic Academy 806-355-9637
Children’s Faith Formation (K-5) and Youth Faith Formation (6-12) Wednesdays: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph School Classrooms
I.T.” Impacting Teens Third Sunday of the month
Sacrament of Baptism
First Monday of the month-English Classes
First Tuesday of the month-Spanish Classes
Sacrament of Matrimony
Contact the Parish Office
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL NEWS The Staff and Children of St. Joseph School would like to wish our Parish Family a most Blessed and Merry Christmas. Thank you for all you do for our school.
CHILDREN ’ S FAITH FORMATION
May the Infant Jesus fill your hearts with the gift of Love, encourage you with the gift of Hope, and bless you with the promise of Peace. Wishing you a holy and happy Christmas Season from the catechists! We will see you on
January 8, 2014. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 382-0311.
TEEN ’ S FAITH FORMATION AND I.T. For more information please contact Jacqui Hudson at 806-677-3198.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Scripture Study—for all Baptized, open to all adult members of St. Joseph. This week ’ s topic is “ Virgin Birth ” . We hope to see you! ( Our Lady of Sorrows Room )
ADORATION CHAPEL—CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
The Tabernacle in the Adoration Chapel will close for
the Christmas Holiday on Tuesday, December 24th at
12:00 noon. It will be open again on Thursday,
January 2, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. However, one can still
enter and spend some precious time with Our Lord if desired. We wish
our parish family a most Blessed and Holy Feast Day and celebrations
with Family & Friends.
The church office will be closed on:
Tuesday, December 24th thru Friday,
December 27th, and Tuesday, December 31st
and Wednesday, January 1st.
Fr. Hector and Staff wish you a very
Merry Christmas full of God’s
ADVENT BLESSING FOR THE FOURTH WEEK A parent leads the family in one of these blessings, or the family prays
it in unison.
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church!
4122 S. Bonham St.
Amarillo, TX 79110
Behold, the virgin shall conceive
and bear a son,
and they shall name him
which means "God is with us."
When Joseph awoke, he did as the
angel of the Lord had commanded
him and took his wife into his home. - Mt 1:23-24
4th Sunday of Advent
"They shall name him Emmanuel,
which means 'God is with us.'" No
other religion makes such a
radical claim. To be Christian is to
believe that God is truly with us,
in the most personal, intimate way
imaginable; he is one of us! What
a remarkable reality. Through the
Incarnation, God became human and lived among us to love us,
to guide us, to heal us, and to strengthen us. Three days from
now, we will celebrate this extraordinary gift that came to us on
the first Christmas Day. All other Christmas gifts, no matter
how exquisite or precious, pale in comparison to the gift of
Jesus Christ. All the joys and festivities of the season, all the
love and generosity that go into our beautiful holiday traditions,
can be all the more meaningful when we keep this in mind.
Although secular celebrations of Christmas ignore the
significance of the holy day, the church gives us Advent to help
us keep our focus. In these weeks of yuletide preparation, we
stop to remind ourselves what it means to be Christian, in case
we have begun taking it for granted. We reorient our hearts and
minds to recall, once again, the mysterious glory of the
Incarnation. We have been praying throughout this season of
anticipation, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." The real magic of
Christmas is that we get exactly what we prayed for! Jesus has
come. God has answered our prayers and given us what we truly
desire in the depths of our hearts: himself, Emmanuel, God with
IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH
FECHAS IMPORTANTES PARA NUESTRA PARROQUIA
December 24th 5:00 pm Christmas Eve—Children’s Mas Misa de Noche Buena para niños Midnight — Trilingual Christmas Mass Media Noche—Misa de Gallo Trilingüe
December 25th 11:00 am Christmas Mass—English 1:00 pm Misa de Navidad—Español December 31st 5:00 pm Vigil -Solemnity of Mary-English Misa de Vigilia— Solemnidad de la Virgen María— Inglés January 1st 11:00 am Solemnity of Mary—Bilingual Solemnidad de la Virgen María—Bilingüe
The Lord Needs Your Company!!! Your commitment to fill the following hours (even on a temporary basis) would be greatly appreciated, in order to relieve the few who have kept these hours covered at great sacri- fice. Please call the Parish Office if you can
help with day or night time hours.
Adoration Needs: Tuesday 11:00 am Wednesday 5:00 am and 10:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 am
He seeks your company and love
Could you not watch one hour with Me? (Mt. 26:40) If you cannot make your hour of Adoration please call: Louis Raef 654-8608
HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC ACADEMY The Holy Cross Catholic Academy Speech and Debate
team continues to do very well. Six members of the team
earned enough points to place second in the Tascosa High
School tournament this past weekend. Senior Addison
Tenorio placed 1st in poetry, 2nd in dramatic interp, 4th in
domestic extemp, 4th in duet acting. She was also names 2nd top
overall individual speaker for the tournament. Senior Miranda Crow
was 4th in humorous interp, 4th in duet acting, 6th in dramatic interp,
semifinalist in prose interp. Senior Kristin Huseman placed 4th in