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  January 18, 2015 Welcome to Sts. Martha, Mary & Lazarus, Friends of Jesus Catholic Church Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Pastor: Senior Priest: Parochial Vicar: Deacons: Rev. Msgr. Chester L. Borski,
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January 18, 2015 Welcome to Sts. Martha, Mary & Lazarus, Friends of Jesus Catholic Church Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Pastor: Senior Priest: Parochial Vicar: Deacons: Rev. Msgr. Chester L. Borski, S.T.L. Rev. Nick Pasadilla Rev. Alfonso Tran Mr. Jon Barfield, Mr. Tony Cardella, Mr. Ed Kleinguetl, Mr. Bob MacFarlane, Mr. Al O Brien, Mr. Guy T. Puglia, Mr. John Schuster, and Mr. Alfredo Soto Baptized into Christ Jesus, we worship as one and reach out to all. Parish Office hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Friday Liturgy & Sacraments Weekend Masses First Saturday (Pro-Life Mass): :30 AM Saturday Vigil:... 5:30 PM Sunday:... 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 AM En Español... 1:00 PM Life Teen:... 5:30 PM Nursery at 9:00, 11:00 & 5:30 Life Teen Weekday Masses Monday:... 8:30 AM Tuesday:... 8:30 AM & 7:00 PM Wednesday:... 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM Thursday:... 6:30 AM & 8:30 AM Friday:... 8:30 AM Sacrament of Penance Tuesday: Church... 6:30-7:00 PM Saturday: Church... 10:30-11:45 AM Church... 4:30-5:20 PM Perpetual Adoration Adoration Chapel hrs. PARISH MISSION STATEMENT We, the community of Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Friends of Jesus Catholic Parish, are committed to our baptismal covenant with Jesus Christ. This covenant is manifested in our worship, evangelization, education, stewardship, service and our commitment to live as a community of faith. We center our parish life on Christ, Scripture and the celebration of the Sacraments in joyous worship and prayerful reflection of His love and mercy. We come together as a community of faith, in a spirit of hospitality and loving care, to serve one another in times of need and to share in the joys and struggles of everyday life in Christ. We provide all members of our diverse community the opportunity for spiritual growth through faith formation and the sharing of the richness of our Catholic tradition. We, as stewards of God s gifts, share generously of our time, talent and treasure within our community and extend that care to others in fulfilling the mission of the Church in the world. Anointing of the Sick Please call for a priest if you are seriously ill at home, about to enter the hospital, or if someone is close to death. Baptism Classes: Last Sunday of the month, call the Parish Office to register Ceremony: First Saturday of the month Marriage Preparation at least six months before the wedding. Register to attend an information meeting by calling Woodridge Parkway, Porter, TX fax TODAY S READINGS First Reading Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19). Psalm Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Psalm 40). Second Reading Your bodies are members of Christ; glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20). Gospel The first disciples saw where Jesus was staying and they stayed with him (John 1:35-42). The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 2:18-22 Tuesday: Heb 6:10-20; Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c; Mk 2:23-28 Wednesday: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 3:1-6 Thursday: Heb 7:25 8:6; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Mk 3:7-12, or any of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer Friday: Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:8, 10-14; Mk 3:13-19 Saturday: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Sunday: Mk 3:20-21 Jon 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20 SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time; Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Julian Calendar Theophany (Epiphany) Tuesday: St. Fabian; St. Sebastian Wednesday: St. Agnes Thursday: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Friday: St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope Saturday: St. Francis de Sales STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT OF THE WEEK Christian stewardship begins with the call to discipleship and today s readings offer three stories about discipleship. In the Gospel, John the Baptist points to Jesus and two of his followers immediately walk after Jesus. Jesus asks them: What are you looking for? It is a very good question to ask of ourselves. What is it that we are looking for in Christ Jesus? What is it that we want by following Him? Is it that we desire most urgently to be servants, stewards, of the Lord? Or do we want something else? Mon./Jan. 19 8:30 am Merilyn Deane Tues./Jan. 20 8:30 am Mr. & Mrs. A. Cowan 7:00 pm Sophie Kovacik Wed./Jan. 21 8:30 am Pat Grimaldi 10:00 am Bernard Keelen Thurs./Jan. 22 6:30 am Glenn Baker 8:30 am Rodney & Ruth Williamson Fri./Jan. 23 8:30 am Stephen Kovacik MASS INTENTIONS Sat./Jan. 24 5:30 pm Laurence Larry Reitsma Sun./Jan. 25 7:00 am Paul Lewis 9:00 am Pat O Brien 11:00 am Teresa Parissi 1:00 pm Eileen Hernandez Ruiz 5:30 pm Lillian E. Zalewski Please note: During the school year, the 8:30 a.m. School Mass takes place at the Woodland Hills campus. NEXT SCHOOL MASS: WED., JAN. 21. PLEASE REMEMBER THE RECENTLY DECEASED AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS Gloria Lahey (mother of Laura & mother-in-law of Tony Cardella) James Ronald Vincent (father of Matt & father-in-law of Karen Vincent) Isma Roy Escude (mother of Jody & mother-in-law of Mark Jeansonne) John E. Lee III (father of Christina Lee-Sobus) Patrick Lobo Edward Joseph Haughey (brother of Maureen Berkovich) Dr. Fernando Cuadra (husband of Venus Cuadra) Please remember the sick and their families in your prayers: Allen Polka, Concha Salazar de Russi, Daniel F. Carvajal, Victor P. Carvajal, Oscar Velasco, Lera Cordova, Carlos Mills, Rodney Gullo, Michael Peno, Robert Fulmer, Marcia Scaca, David Smith, Madeline Marley, Larry Hattersley, David Wood, Efrain Cubillos Sarmiento, Maria Saenze, Catherine Sedlak, Judy Arnold, Nicolas Zumo, Suzanne Deubner, Carol Parish, John Wildman, Jolene Aloisio, Alice Able, Pat Grant, Kevin Wooten, Chester Nimtz, Samuel Wakim, Joseph Halaby, Jude Miller, Tiare Tamura, Janie Alvarado, Dwayne Collins, Alice O Malley, Vi Henry, Linda Kraus, Richard Schmerber, Catherine Sprabary & Family, Margaret Williams, Bernard McCann, Kathy Unger, Veronica Alanis, Jim & Rhonda Rutt, Waldon Landry, Angie Stanczak, Bohumil Greif, Ada Greif, Barbara Taverite, Shannon McAlister, Laura Hoffman, Josie Perez, M. Edward Baasen, Dan & Rita Grohn, Christine Womack, Thomas J. Chuba, Sr., Pat Hyland, Cesar Dijainco, Tom Shannon, Heather Leonardis, Rosa Iñiguez, Christian Callens, Penny Gaido, Cecilia Grono, Randy Schulze, Elise Robinson, Lindsey Torres Johnson, Robert Gillman, Thomas Berkovich, Carmen Aloisio, Zacharias Salazar, Ligia Ramos, Juan Francisco Gonzales, Flor de Lis Gonzales, Charles Cooke, Elvia Zambrano, Graciela Rojas de Russy, Amparo Arguello, Vinny McConnell, Susan Thom, Allan Zumno, Ruby Orta, Teofilo Zanchelli, Al Kriston, Linda Arnold, Walt and Mary Lou Lambert, Barry and Janice Boudreaux, Eleanora Deleon, Cathy De La Cruz, Joan Evans, Grant McTaggart, Patrick Giordano, Nelson Ramirez Rojas, Josefina G. Schnabel CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS: Please join the TOPP FAMILY in prayer this week as they host the Chalice and pray for Vocations. Interested? Please contact Albert Holden at or by at to schedule a week. From the Pastor To the parish family of St. Martha, The Scripture readings for the 2 nd Sunday in Ordinary Time are a powerful reminder that God continues to call each of us at different times and in various ways and circumstances. One of the great challenges in life is to learn to listen with our hearts and discern the call of God. The figure of young Samuel in the first reading stands as a symbol of each of us. Samuel is disturbed from his rest and struggles to recognize that this indeed is a call from God. He needs someone who is more experienced in the ways of God to help him learn to hear the voice of God because at that time he was not familiar with the Lord. We too have similar experiences in our relationship with God. It was just a few weeks ago that we celebrated the great feast of the Incarnation. As we listened to the proclamation of the Christmas story in the Scriptures, we discovered that God chose to enter human history, and thus our lives, through the lives of other human beings. While angels from on high announced glad tidings, it was through the interaction with others (shepherds, Magi, relatives, etc.) that Mary and Joseph came to discern God s call in their lives and came to experience the wonderful grace of God in the birth of Jesus. God is not silent in our age. God simply speaks to us in a different voice and through different people. We must learn to discern what is truly God s voice and what is simply the noise of our world. We might reflect on the events of any given day and ask ourselves how was God speaking to us through the carrying out of our responsibilities, the interaction we had with various individuals (especially family members or authority figures), the events and challenges we encountered, etc. Do we experience these duties, people, and events as irritations and burdens and devoid of the presence of God? Do we see them as hindrances to our experience of a loving and caring God? To put it in another way, how much do we insist that God s voice sound in a certain way before we will choose to listen? Many times the voice that we hear will not sound much like God. Perhaps it will sound like a complaining friend, a demanding co-worker or an upset family member. Perhaps it will sound like a seemingly foolish regulation from the Church about certain religious responsibilities. Perhaps God s voice will sound like the practical needs we encounter in daily living, e.g. cleaning the house, doing our home-work, taking someone to the clinic, etc. Today, no less than before, we will hear the voice of God only if we are willing to recognize it for what it is. And our growth in holiness will be determined by how willing we are to accept God s call on God s terms, rather than on our own. Are we able to say with young Samuel, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Fr. Chester Borski PLEASE NOTE: The parish office will be closed on Monday, January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Bishops' Fund for Latin America Your gift helps fellow Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean who are rich in spirit but lacking in material resources to participate more fully in the life of the Church. Please be generous in the collection for the Church in Latin America next weekend. ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS FOOD DRIVE NEXT WEEKEND Next weekend, Jan. 24 & 25, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food and personal care items. Donations will benefit St. John of the Cross Food Pantry in New Caney. Thank you for your continued generosity by contributing non-perishable grocery items to help those in need. (Please place your Food Donation in the Rotunda before Mass. There will be a sign in the Narthex directing everyone to the Rotunda and a sign in the Rotunda showing where to place the food.) Adult Organizations and Opportunities ADULT FAITH FORMATION THE FAITH FORMATION OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED, MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015 FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY. THE OFFICE WILL RE-OPEN TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, AT 9:00 AM. Sunday Morning: Video Series An opportunity to learn while your children are learning A VIDEO SERIES BY ROBERT BARRON PRIEST, PROPHET AND KING Join us during the elementary Faith Formation sessions for an informal video series for adults. Drop in for a light breakfast, stimulating video presentation and lively conversation! Woodland Hills Campus Room 2. Series Dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, Tuesday Morning: Breakfast & Bible Study, 9:15 10:30 am Faith Formation Center, Room 2. Reading, studying & sharing on the Sunday Scriptures led by Carla Lewton. All are welcome. Remaining January Dates: 20, 27, 2015 Thursday Evenings: ARE YOU AN ADULT CATHOLIC WANTING TO BE CON- FIRMED? If you have questions or would like to REGISTER for Confirmation, please call the Faith Formation Office, , Carla Lewton, ext. 213 or Joanie Nugent, ext There will be a one day retreat on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at St. Mary Magdalene in Humble. The time and room location will be announced as it becomes available. Confirmation classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning April 9 through May 21, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at St. Martha s Faith Formation Campus, 3702 Woodland Hills Drive. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on one of the following dates: Saturday, May 23, Pentecost Sunday, May 24, or Trinity Sunday, May 31, The time, and location will be determined at a later date. St. Martha Adult Faith Formation Website: Recordings of previous adult classes, handouts, PowerPoints, upcoming events, schedules, important links, music, and more check it out! Adult Faith Formation videos available for viewing on You Tube. Click the You Tube icon on the website home page to view. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Up To The Minute AFF Information. Click the Facebook icon on the website home page and join. For Survivors of Abuse Maria Goretti Network (MGN) A peer to peer self help support group for women and men focusing on healing and forgiveness. For information on monthly meetings e- mail: gmail.com or call (281) PROJECT RACHEL Project Rachel is the confidential and compassionate outreach to women who have had an abortion or been involved in an abortion. Its purpose is to foster reconciliation and healing between the parent and Christ, His Church, the child, and all other significant relationships. Questions? Contact Bonnie Develle, L.P.C., , , or net. Teams of Our Lady presents One In The Lord Deacon Tom Vicknair returns to St. Martha for a day of marriage enrichment at the Family Life Center Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015 beginning at 11:30 am and ending with 5:30 pm Mass Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided. Please contact Nick and Joannah Landry for reservations: or Childcare provided, must RSVP by January 15th if childcare is needed. Child must be 12 months or older. We look forward to breaking bread and celebrating our marriage vocation with all of you! Marriage and A New Way to Love Marriage is sacred, exciting, and fun but it can also be boring, challenging, and just okay at times. A NEW WAY TO LOVE is a six week marriage enrichment series on living God s purpose for your marriage. It will start Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center (Woodland Hills). It is a great gift to give your spouse whether you are engaged to be married, married six months or 60 years. Registration is required. For questions or registration, Francine at Childcare may be requested with your registration. To cover the cost of each participant manual, $30.00 per couple will be collected at the first session. Adult Organizations and Opportunities YOUNG AT HEART LUNCHEON - Super Bowl Party!!!! Young at Heart-ers - It's Super Bowl time! Pick your favorite team and let's have a Young at Heart Super Bowl Party with all the fixins'!!!! Wear the team colors of your choice or just come along for the fun on Wednesday, January 28. Join us for fellowship, bingo, and lunch at St. Martha's Family Life Center. Bingo begins at 11 am, followed by lunch and fellowship that ends at 2 pm. For those of you interested, bridge will be played after lunch. If you don't know how to play, someone will teach you. Bring a friend with you and join the fun! We meet on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of each month. If transportation is needed, contact Minnie Romo at or Domenica Seitz at If you have any questions, please call Nancy Landvogt at x 202, or Nancy Karpinski, NORTHEAST CATHOLIC SINGLES Gather with NORTHEAST CATHOLIC SINGLES, A MINISTRY FOR SIN- GLES AGES 40+, on Wednesday, January 21, to talk/eat/drink at 7:00 p.m. at Pete s Burger Place, Loop 494 in Kingwood (1½ mile north of Northpark Drive). For more info about the group, contact Elizabeth Schields ( or or Peggy Broyles ( or gmail.com) or subscribe to us on Flocknote at either St. Martha s or St. Mary Magdalene s website. Men s ACTS Retreat February 12-15, 2015 Registration for the February Men s ACTS retreat (English) is now open. The ACTS retreat is a 3 day/3 night retreat that focuses on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, and is presented by parishioners of St. Martha. Registration is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis, and must include a nonrefundable deposit of $50. The cost of the retreat is $190, but do not let the financial considerations prevent you from attending the retreat, please prayerfully consider attending this exciting retreat!! For more information or to register for the retreat, please contact the retreat director, Chris Pozzi at or you can call Vocations Corner YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SERRA CLUB NORTHEAST OF HOUSTON S MONTHLY MEETING Serra Clubs foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life; encourage and affirm vocations to the consecrated life and nurture the spiritual growth and formation of its lay members. Membership is open to all Catholics. Monsignor Borski, our Club s Chaplain, will open the meeting in prayer. Please join us: Monday, January 26, :30 pm Social 7:00 to 8:30 pm Dinner and Program Italiano s Restaurant 217 FM 1960 at Bypass Road East in Humble, Texas The cost for dinner is $15.00 per person Sister Anita Breneck CDP, Associate Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, will speak to us about Family Life, The Seed Bed of Vocations. RSVP: Diddy Muck Pro-Life Corner Pro-Life Sunday Today is Pro-Life Sunday. Please continue to pray for the unborn and their mothers. We will have information at the table in the narthex after all Masses. If you are interested in becoming involved in the pro-life ministry, please contact Paula Amsler or [W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the culture of death and the culture of life. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. Baby Bottle Boomerang Return is Today! The Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser raises funds to support women in crisis pregnancies in our parish and surrounding community. If you did not return your bottle today, you may bring it to the church office through the month of January. Please make all checks out to Gabriel Project. Thank you for your continued support! 40 DAYS FOR LIFE - HOUSTON February 18 -March 29, 2015 St. Martha and Kingwood First Baptist will stand and pray on Ash Wednesday, February 18th, from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Join with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for 40 days of prayer, penance and fasting at: Planned Parenthood Abortion Center 4600 Gulf Freeway Transportation will be provided (free-will offering). Bus leaves St. Martha's parking lot by 9:30 AM, Returns by 1:15 PM. Reserve your seat, Information in the Narthex February 7th & 8th, 2015 after all Masses. Questions? or Parenting/Youth Events St. Martha School Scoops St. Martha Catholic School 20 th Year of Educating Students Pre-Kindergarten through 8 th Grade Open House: Tuesday, January 27, to 6 p.m Oak Shores Drive Kingwood, Texas For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Jan Rodine at Fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department St. Martha Catholic School will once again have an awesome presence in the 10 th Annual Steps for Students Archdiocesan event supported and attended by Cardinal DiNardo. This year s SMCS team will be led by Fr. Alfonso and will be joined by our seminarian Xavier Bilavendiran and many school and parish families as they promote and support Catholic education and St. Martha Catholic School. PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FR. ALFONSO S EFFORTS to raise funds to benefit our parish school and Catholic education by
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