1 Church Address: 941 Lexington St. Church Address: 941 Lexington St. Office Address: 725 Washington St. Office Address: 725 Washington St. Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara, CA Web-site: Web-site: Mass Schedule Weekend: 5:00 pm (Vigil); 7:45am, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm (English) 10:30 am (Portuguese); 12:00 pm (Spanish) 1:30 pm (Cantonese); 3:00 pm (Mandarin) Weekdays: Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat 8:00 am; Tue & Thu 5:30 pm Celebrating The Year of COMPASSION February 01, th Sunday in Ordinary Time Monday, February 2, is World Day for Consecrated Life Tuesday, February 3, is the feast of St. Blaise, a day for a traditional Blessing of Throats. Parish Office Rev. Tadeusz Terembula, Pastor Rev. Pedro Perez Sención, Parochial Vicar Mary Park, Office Administrator Paty Rascon, Hispanic Ministry Sacrament of the Sick If you or anyone you love is sick and unable to attend Mass, please call the office. St. Vincent de Paul For emergencies only, call Catechetical Ministry Paty Rascon RCIA We warmly welcome those inquiring about becoming Catholic. For information, please call the office. Reconciliation Saturdays 4:30 pm or by appointment. Prayer Groups Spanish Charismatic Group Wednesdays 7 pm Spanish Prayer Group Thursdays 6:30 pm Portuguese Prayer Group Thursdays 7 pm
2 Dear Parishioners, Pastor s Note Some people will vehemently claim that they do not need organized religion because they know God in their heart or they find God in nature, and that is enough. These claims are rooted in the truth, but only partly. God has planted a yearning for him in the human heart, and God s might and power are evident in the magnificence of creation. However, there is a higher order of revelation we must not ignore. This is God s revelation of himself that comes to us through the words of the prophets, and then, most fully, through his Son, Jesus. Why should anyone be content with just a whisper from God within oneself, or a shadow of God in nature? Jesus was real, he walked among the people. He extended his hand in healing time and time again, ate with his friends and sometimes with his enemies, and welcomed sinners and strangers into his company. Jesus brought hope to those who were living in sin and relief to those suffering dreadful afflictions. Simple words from Jesus bring about powerful results, such as those we heard today, Quiet! Come out of him! The words of Jesus brought healing and forgiveness, and they also brought comfort and direction in times of uncertainty. He said, Follow me, I will make you fishers of men; Be not afraid; I will be with you always; Today you will be with me in paradise. Sacramental Information Baptism Contact the Parish office to arrange for baptismal preparation. Baptisms are celebrated monthly except during Lent. Spanish Prep Class: 1st Mon at 7 pm; Baptism: 3rd Sat at 10 am English Prep Class: 2nd Mon at 7 pm; Baptism: 4th Sat at 10 am Weddings Arrangements need to be made at least six months in advance. Call the Parish office. Rosary The Rosary is recited daily after the 8 am Mass and before the 5:30 pm Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Hispanic Community has a Rosary Hour every Monday at 6 pm in the Rectory Chapel. The words of Peter from Saint John s Gospel express it well: Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We are to listen, believe and live accordingly. This is our task, and the Spirit of God alive in us will help us accomplish it. Wishing you a good weekend I encourage you to reflect and maybe discuss that thought with your family members or even friends. Fr. Tad Such powerful words no one had ever spoken in this manner before. The absolute authority with which Jesus spoke moved many people to follow him and listen closely to his teachings. To listen closely to the teachings of Jesus is every Catholic s responsibility today. It is easy to hear the Scriptures proclaimed each time we attend Mass, but it can be more difficult to listen with a receptive ear and a willing heart, and harder, still, to put those lessons into practice. A WARM WELCOME TO ALL WHO WORSHIP WITH US Whether you are a parishioner of long standing or new to the parish, if you are not registered, we invite you to do so as soon as possible. If there are changes to your status, please let us know. Please fill in the details below and place in the offertory basket or mail to the Parish Office. Name: Phone: Address: City: Zip: New Parishioner Moving (please remove from directory) New Address New Phone Number
3 Weekly Stewardship Report Goal for Fiscal Year $383, Collected to 01/18 $197, Collected to 01/25 $204, Budgeted to 01/25 $221, Shor all $17, Second Collec on: $2, ADA Update At our Kick-off weekend, we received 19 pledges for a total of $7,650. Thank you. If you have yet to make a pledge, please consider doing so today. Mass Intentions January 31-February 07 Saturday 5:00 pm Louis Sousa+ Sunday 7:45 am Parishioners 9:00 am Chris Da Rosa+ 10:30 am Maria L. Soares+, Luis M. Sousa+ Manuel Pedregal+, Davi Lima S. Filho+, Jose Dutra+, Maria Joao & James Chaves, Virginia Brasil & Family 12:00 pm Wilma Clives (H), Josefina Rojas+, Joao Martins+, Arminda Martins+, Marcos Mejia+ 5:30 pm Deceased Rodrigues Family: Antonio & Ephegenia, Victor, Ann Victor II, Willie & Efigenia, Anthony & Cece+, Maria Soares+, Laura Macedo+, Aurel Johnson+ Monday 8:00 am Maria Mancebo+, Souls in Purgatory+ Tuesday 5:30 pm Maria B. Guerra (B), Souls in Purgatory+ Wednesday 8:00 am Joaquim Mancebo+, Souls in Purgatory+ Thursday 5:30 pm Bill Nichols+, Souls in Purgatory Friday 8:00 am Joaquim Mancebo+, Souls in Purgatory Saturday 8:00 am Joaquim Mancebo+ Calendar of Events 02/02 Hispanic Rosary group meets at 6:00 pm in the Chapel. Bap sm (Sp.) Class meets at 7:00 pm in the Rectory. 02/03 RCIA meets at 7:00 pm in the Rectory. Social Jus ce Commi ee meets at 7:30 pm in the Rectory. 02/04 Hispanic Charisma c group meets at 7:00 pm in the Lower Church. 02/07 A Starry Night St. Clare School Benefit at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Stewardship is a Way of Life: Ministry Fair coming February 7-8 Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an option. ~Bishop John McRaith One of the most fundamental Stewardship vehicles within a church setting is Liturgical Ministries. How awesome to be able to participate in God s work! Yet that is what we are called to do in the liturgical setting. Think about the Mass, our most visible act of public worship at the table of the Lord, and see if any of these ministries speak to you: Sacristan sets up the table and prepares the dishes for the banquet. Greeter invites and welcomes others to the table. Lector gives us food for thought by proclaiming (not reading) the Word of God. Eucharistic Minister distributes the Body and Blood of Christ, the food of life. Usher manages the collection, the seating, emergencies. Altar server assists the priest at the table. Crab Feed February 21 Enjoy all you can eat crab, salad, pasta and table wine between 5:30 and 9:30 pm. Bar service will be available. Tickets are $50/person and the number is limited. All proceeds will go to help with maintenance projects in the parish. Call Manuel at for tickets.
4 Sunday Children s Programs Now that we are back from our Christmas Break and we have our children and parents in the parking lot walking to class each week, please be aware of your driving and your parking habits. We want to be sure to keep our families safe from injury when they come to class. Thank you for being aware that our program is in session!! Frequently Asked Questions First Reconciliation When is First Reconciliation? The First Reconciliation Service will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10am, Upper Church. Where do we meet and at what time? You will need to be in the Church vestibule 15 minutes prior to starting time in order to allow sufficient time to check in and be seated. How long does the service last? The First Penance Service typically lasts approximately 2 hours. The time commitment depends on how many students are receiving and how many priests are available. We will answer more questions next week. God bless you. Girl Scouts Cookie Sale The St Clare School kindergarten Daisy Girl Scouts will be hosting a Cookie sale on Sunday, February 8th following the 9:00am Mass. Proceeds from the sale will help support the girls' goal of donating Easter baskets for the St. Vincent de Paul Society to distribute to less fortunate children within our community. If you would rather not take home cookies, please consider purchasing a box to be sent to our American Forces serving abroad. Girl Scout cookies are such a welcomed "taste of home" for the soldiers. For all inquiries, you may contact troop leader Leana Dalton at Thank you! Project Corner 1) Refurbishing the Floors in the Hall - $ 2,080 2) Fixing the Pipes from the Church and the Hall - $6,350 3) Fixing the Roof of one of our Storage Units - $ 1,200 4) Replacing the Switch on the Fire Alarm - $ 1,295 5) Annual Testing of Fire Alarm Sprinkler System - $595 6) New chalice for the Church - $2000 ($1200 already donated) Any donations to these or other specific projects are very much appreciated. Art News Our students are very creative! We have explored many great artistic styles this year. Before Christmas break, students learned about portraits created in a realistic style. Students learned the proper way to draw eyes, noses, mouths, hair and ears. Also, students practiced drawing the proper proportions of the human face. With this background knowledge in realistic portraits, we have now moved onto abstract portraits. Most recently, we discussed the art of Picasso and other abstract artists. Along with Picasso s cubist style, we studied a range of abstract styles. I am looking forward to the second half of the year where we will be starting our sculpture unit. Oil clay, wire and mixed media will be our primary focus for this unit. Ky Hulton, Art Teacher First Trimester Middle School Honor Roll Congratulations to our top scholars! Sixth Grade First Honors Isabella B., Matthew M., Russell M., Salvador M. and Julia T. Sixth Grade Second Honors Caden A., Alia C., Athena C., Angel C., Michael D., Angelica E., Katelyn H., Curran L., Alejandro M., Carina N., James S., Josh W. and Kathleen Y. Seventh Grade First Honors Gennaro F., Kiana H., Eva K., Vishodhansakthi M., Svea N., Jeffrey N., Vincent S., Alexander S., Lauren T., Mahal T. and Lindsey W. Seventh Grade Second Honors Erika C., Sarah C., Joseph D., Nathan D., Fiona D., Jack H., Tramanh M., An N. and Andrew V. Eighth Grade First Honors Charles B., Daniella B., Jack C., Isaac K., Emma M. and Wylie M. Eighth Grade Second Honors Emmry C., Ria G., Mairead M. and Magali U. Annual Benefit Saturday, February 7 A Starry Night in Monte Carlo Put this event on your calendar and plan to have a great time! Enjoy a night of gaming, glitz and glamor. Tickets are $50/person and can be obtained online at
5 First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm: 95 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Gospel Reading: Mark 1:21-28 According to Moses, the people decided they didn t want to hear God s voice directly any more. It was much too frightening. Why couldn t God send human teachers, prophets, instead? God agreed, but with a warning. The people had better listen to those teachers, because they spoke in God s name. That arrangement, though, had its own problems, for them and for us. How do I know this teacher is truly from God? And if the teacher is from God, are all parts of the teaching meant for me? We have the Church and scripture to help us with those questions, but still there are always a few loose ends. That is the powerful significance of the sentence in today s Gospel: The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. The people knew that this Jesus was authentic truly a teacher sent by God. They knew it by hearing him. Copyright J.S. Paluch Co. Scripture Readings for THIS Sunday Readings for the Week Monday Mal 3:1-4 Lk 2:22-40 Tuesday Heb 12:1-4 Mk 5:21-43 Wednesday Heb 12:4-7 Mk 6:1-6 Thursday Heb 12:18-19 Mk 6:7-13 Friday Heb 13:1-8 Mk 9:14-29 Saturday Heb 13:15-17, Mk 6:30-34 Sunday Jb 7:1-4, 6-7 Ps Cor 9:16-19, Mk 1:29-39 Beyond the Parish Catholic Professionals Breakfast Meeting Thursday, February 12 7:00 am Mass (Fr. John Sandersfeld presiding) 7:30 am Breakfast and Speaker Program Speakers: Mary Aumack, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara Sister Marilyn Wilson, Member of Catholic Network to End Trafficking Topic: Compassion Commitment Community Location: Three Flames Restaurant 1546 Meridian Ave, San Jose (just north of Hamilton Avenue) Reservations needed: $15/members; $20/non-members RSVP: sjcatholicprofessionals.org, or call World Day of the Sick February 14 Saturday at 11 a.m. In 1992, Pope John Paul II introduced the celebration of the World Day of the sick on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Each year, on a weekend close to the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11) the Knights of Malta host World Day of the Sick at St. Christopher Parish. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly will celebrate the annual Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick. It is an opportunity for parishes throughout the Diocese and caregivers to celebrate the sacrament of the Sick. Lunch will follow the celebration. If you plan to attend the lunch, please or call to let the organizers know of your attendance. Wedding Anniversary Celebration Couples celebrating their 5th (or less), 25th, 40th and 50th (or more) Wedding Anniversaries are invited to the celebration. Mass and celebration are on February 14, 2015, at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. Each couple will receive a certificate signed by the Bishop. Certificates can be in English or Spanish. A reception follows the Mass. Please register with the Chancery, Office for Parish Services (we have some forms at the church entrance). To register or for more information, please contact Sylvia Blanch at
6 Boletim Paroquial Português Reflexão por; João Pereira Arruda Se hoje ouvirdes a voz do Senhor não fecheis os vossos corações. Assim nos diz o refrão do Salmo deste domingo. É mais um achego ás mensagens dos últimos dois domingos que nos encorajavam a que respondesse-mos ás chamadas que o Senhor nos faz. Para que possamos responder a um convite ou chamada temos que a entender e compreender o que está envolvido nessa chamada/convite e isso implica ouvir, a escutar-la e só assim o coração responde ao chamamento. O mesmo Jesus que no Evangelho de hoje que comanda o espírito impuro sair do Templo; é o mesmo Jesus que no começo deste Tempo Comum da liturgia convida-nos com o Vinde e vede e o mesmo que diz aos seus disípulos que é a Ressurreição, o Caminho e a Vida. A Ressureição é o prémio que se recebe ao responder positivamente á chamada de Jesus. O Caminho é a certeza de que em todas as circunstâncias das nossas vidas neste mundo Ele está connosco, Ele acompanha-nos passo a passo. A vida quando é vivida tendo Jesus no centro dela torna-se uma vida de alegria e felicidade. Vinde e vede foi o convite de então e continua a ser hoje a Sua voz que nos convida e nos dá a mesma oportunidade que os Apóstolos tiveram; está em nós dar a mesma resposta de deixar tudo e seguir-lo. Apelo Anual Diocesano Está aberta a campanha anual da nossa Diocese. A quantia alocada á nossa paróquia é de $77, (dollars). Qualquer dollar angariada nesta campanha acima do valor estipulado vem directamente para a nossa paróquia; fundos esses que podem ser usados na manutenção dos edifícios da paróquia. Cada família deve fazer uma decisão sobre a quantia a dar para esta campanha. Que seja esta quantia vinda do coração. Retiro Espiritual Está em aberto as inscrições para um fim de semana de retiro espiritual em San Juan Bautista do dia 27 de Fevereiro ao dia 1 de Março próximo. Ao contrário dos anos anteriores este retiro que antes era fechado só para casais este ano é aberto a qualquer pessoa que queira ir. Sendo o número dos quartos limitado por favor façam as suas reservas o mais breve possível pelo casal; João e Filomena Bettencourt. Dia Mundial do Matrimónio O próximo Domingo é dedicado ao Dia mundial do matrimónio. Para o efeito e como tem sido nos últimos 30 anos teremos uma benção especial para os casais da nossa comunidade e após a nossa Missa teremos o convívio especial comunitário do café. As pessoas que gostariam de colaborar com o programa dos convívios do Café por favor comuniquem-se com a Connie Silveira ou Maria A. Dias ou a Tina Silveira. Jogo de Basquetball A partida de basqueteball entre sacerdotes e seminaristas será no dia 20 de Fevereiro próximo no pavilhão desportivo da Universidade de Santa Clara. O producto financeiro deste jogo reverte em favor dos estudos dos seminaristas da nossa Diocese. O custo dos bilhetes é de $10.00 por adulto e de $5.00 por estudante. Mais do que o desporto praticado e da diversão gerada por este está o objectivo principal de ajudar os futuros sacerdote que nos irão servir no futuro. Um Santo e Alegre Domingo para todos!!1 Boletín Parroquial Español Tradiciones de Nuestra Fe Muchos católicos suelen encender una velita de cera ante una imagen de Jesús, María u otro santo. Esa velita representa un recuerdo de la oración hecha por el cristiano y suele quedarse encendida varios días. Hoy, muchos templos han reemplazado la vela de cera con luces eléctricas que imitan el fuego de la velita. A muchos no les gusta y se resisten al concepto. No los culpo, ya que hay algo muy especial en la acción ritual de encender una vela. Sin embargo, hay que recordar que lo importante es la oración y no la velita. Hoy se enciende la vela eléctrica, en tiempos pasados la vela de cera, pero en el primer milenio cristiano se encendía una lámpara de aceite de olivo. Según la historia pasaron varios siglos antes de que la Iglesia aceptara la vela de cera en lugar de la de aceite. Los cristianos del siglo XIII se negaban a aceptar lo que hoy consideramos tradicional, la vela de cera. Hay que aceptar que nuestras tradiciones cambian al correr del tiempo. No importa si quemamos aceite, cera o electricidad. Lo que importa es velar en oración. Fray Gilberto Cavazos-Glz, OFM, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co. Llamado Anual Diocesano Ya inició la campaña del Llamado Anual Diocesano con el lema Llamados a Hacer el Trabajo de Dios, Juntos en Cristo. Una vez por año, el obispo pide a cada uno de nosotros hacer un compromiso para apoyar el trabajo de los ministerios y programas diocesanos, de los cuales nos beneficiamos todos. Este esfuerzo es un medio a través del cual podemos trabajar juntos compartiendo los bienes que Dios nos ha regalado. Este año la meta de nuestra parroquia es de $110, Si no ha recibido el sobre en su casa, hay sobres disponibles en la iglesia y en la oficina. No tiene que hacer el donativo en este momento, pero si su compromiso y puede ir haciendo su donación como usted pueda de manera que la complete en 10 meses o antes. Gracias por su generosidad y pronta respuesta. Feria de Ministerios Litúrgicos. El próximo fin de semana, 7 y 8 de febrero, tendremos una feria de ministerios litúrgicos para que todos los deseen integrarse a alguno de estos ministerios se registren. Clases de Preparación para Quinceañeras Si desean celebrar su Quinceañera aquí en la parroquia, uno de los requisitos es asistir a las clases de preparación. Dichas clases se ofrecen solo dos veces al año y las que cubren las Quinceañeras en los meses de abril a septiembre serán impartidas el 16 de abril. Más información en la oficina con Paty Rascón. Información Importante Para Primera Comunión Los niños que recibirán su Primera Comunión este año tienen su Primera Reconciliación el sábado 28 de febrero, a las 10am, en la iglesia. Si necesita mas información pregunte a su catequista o a Paty Rascón.
7 Parish Information & Contacts St. Clare Parish Rectory Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed for lunch 12-1pm Emergency #: Facility Emergencies: Matt Dutra Mass Schedule Daily (Chapel) MWFSa 8:00 am TTH 5:30 pm Weekend (Church) Saturday English 5:00 pm Sunday English 7:45 am English - Family 9:00 am Portuguese 10:30 am Spanish 12:00 pm Cantonese 1:30 pm Mandarin 3:00 pm Chinese Youth (Lower Church) 3:00 pm English 5:30 pm Reconciliation Every Saturday 4:30-4:45pm Or by appointment Prayers for Vocations/ Benediction (Chapel) 4th Tues, 5:30 pm Baptism See page 2 for preparation classes and baptism dates. For private baptisms, consultation with the priest is necessary. Quinceanera Please call Paty Rascon for information about classes and liturgical celebration. St. Clare School fax Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm School Staff Principal: Madeline Rader Office Administrator: Cherell Rizzo Receptionist: Martha Ramirez Pastoral Staff (fax) Pastor (Ext. 104) Parochial Vicar (Ext. 105 ) Office Administrator (Ext. 106) Catechetical Ministry & Hispanic Ministry Coordinator (Ext. 102) Webmaster Perig Vennetier Liturgy Liturgy Committee Fr. Pedro x105 Altar Servers Fr. Tad (Eng.) Rogelio Esquivel (Sp.) Environment Robyn Schroeder Baptism Preparation Maria Gamboa (Sp.) Lucy Silva (Eng.) Funeral Coordinator Dolores Wriglesworth Quinceañera Coordinator Paty Rascon Vocations Committee Tom Bommarito Children s Liturgy Natalie Plecque (Eng.) Gloria Hackleman (Sp.) RCIA Diane Madruga Community & Service Pastoral Council Patrick Schneider Evelyn Amaya Anne McMahon Tony Colombo Marah Grace Gebala Scott McLarty Mary Correia Finance Council Joe D Amore Jim Thorn Justin Maksim Rigo Rascon Edwin Alabanza Marcy Taylor Sean McMahon Serra Club of Santa Clara Tom Bommarito St. Vincent De Paul Mick Gonzales Extension Facilities Task Force Matt Dutra Knights of Columbus Dave Vincent Young Ladies Institute (YLI) Dolores Wriglesworth Social Justice Committee Anne McMahon Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Matt Dutra Hispanic Community Elania Tablada Evelyn Amaya Portuguese Community Joao Arruda Mandarin Community Rev. Carlos A. Olivera Louis Yueh Simon Liao Cantonese Community Melissa Poon Lillian Lam