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  Jan. 26, 2014 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.
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Jan. 26, 2014 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): :00 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 Sunday 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 God has restored the land, and brought great joy to the people. (Isaiah 8:23 9:3). Psalm The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27). Second Reading Paul exhorts the believers at Corinth: As there is one Christ, so too must there be no divisions among you. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17). Gospel After calling his first disciples, Jesus goes throughout Galilee (Matthew 4:12-23 [12-17]). The English transla on of the Psalm Responses from Lec onary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, Interna onal Commission on English in the Liturgy Corpora on. All rights reserved. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10; Ps 89:20-22, 25-26;Mk 3:22-30 Tuesday: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7-10; Mk 3:31-35 Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27 Thursday: -30; Mk 4: Sm 7:18-19, 24-29; Ps 132:1-5, 11-14; Mk 4:21-25 Friday: 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17; Ps 51:3-7, 10-11; Mk 4:26-34 Saturday: Sunday: Sunday: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-17; Mk 4:35-41 Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32] SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Catholic Schools Week Monday: St. Angela Merici Tuesday: St. Thomas Aquinas Friday: St. John Bosco Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary; First Saturday STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT OF THE WEEK In today s gospel we hear Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him. Following Jesus was a difficult journey for these first disciples. It is difficult for us today. Jesus wants to teach us his way of thinking, acting and encountering the world. But it is not easy for us to embrace his teaching. Good stewards of Jesus teachings realize they are on a spiritual journey, and must learn from their experiences of being open and resistant to the gospel. They realize the need to be liberated from those actions that keep them from enjoying a closer friendship with Jesus. What is it in our lives that we need to reform? What keeps us from revealing God s glory to others? Mon./Jan. 27 8:30 am Catherine Cook Tues./Jan. 28 8:30 am Joseph Cook 7:00 pm John Bree Wed./Jan. 29 8:30 am Mildred Guillerman 10:00 am Robert Keiser Thurs./Jan. 30 6:30 am Teresa Guzman 8:30 am Gene Alsandor MASS INTENTIONS Fri./Jan. 31 8:30 am Mike & Mary Koska Sat./Feb. 1 10:00 am Pro-life Mass 5:30 pm Jim & Callie Palmer Sun./Feb. 2 7:00 am Florence Kerrigan & Sharon Kerrigan Koenig 9:00 am Claire Haase 11:00 am Florence Kochman 1:00 pm Walter Murphy 5:30 pm Josefina Muriel REMINDER: During the school year, the 8:30 a.m. School Mass will take place at the Woodland Hills campus. Next School Mass: Wed., Jan. 29. PLEASE REMEMBER THE RECENTLY DECEASED AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS Arleen Mickein (mother of Ramona Rosales) Arvis Dalton (father of Phil & Linda Dalton) Glen Marshall Rod (Tiger) Gorman (husband of Michele Gorman) Please remember the sick and their families in your prayers: Richard Sexton, Jerry & Sandra Shrewsbury, Antonio Cervantes, John Sullivan and Bobby Johnson, Kathy Stoecker, Teresa Guzman, Janice Dassing, Teresa Salsbury, Rose McMillen, Crispin Avila, Don and Angie Chesnut, Larry Hattersley, Janette Ognoskie, Lucille Tucci, David Wood, Paula Demasi, Catherine & Joseph Casey, Dr. Perlita M. Campbell, Phong Le, Frankie Conrad, Joyce Reny, Kim DeLa Cruz, Waldon Landry, Patrick Gito, James Collins, Brandon A. Evans, Tom Aloisio, Carmen Aloisio, Perlite Campbell, Thomas Quinn, Marwan Nahed, Daisy Ramos, Myriam Varela, Emma Sheppard, Theresa Murphy, Chris Hooper, Josie Perez, John Bracker, Bob Castillo, Christine Womack, Jessica Garrison, Joe Moore, Vonda Wetherold, Hugh Evans, Brandi Wilborn, Joe Aloisio, James Ledet, Carmen Salsa, JoAnne Beck, Adriana Oblemenco, Bill Barineau, John Rusty Weber, Timothy John Timon, Joe Harlan, Fernando Orozco, Penny Gaido, Shirley Lewis, Larry Austin, Jane Henry, Kate Leber, Joanne Luke, Frances McMahon, Leonard Wood, Hubert Owens, Alexandra Vaca, Anthony Morado, Lynette Smith, Susan Thom, John and Mary Chovan, Brett Siebeneich, Betty Elizabeth Hale, Gloria Galgano, Tammy Reece, Viola Schippa, John Lyke, Lorenzo Suarez, Theron Chauvin, Frances Pilkington, Joe Toennis, Robert (Bob) Wetherold, Frances Pilkington, Brian Felker, John Castagna, Rina Flores, Tom and Mary Starkey, Joan Evans, Grant McTaggart, Patrick Giordano, Ted Kusler, Wonda Waldron, Michael Kelly, Marvin Schunacher, Billy Wade Please pray for our active military as seen on the wreath in the Narthex. To add a loved one call: Carole Parslow or CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS Please join the WILLIAMS 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. TALK FOR THE RIDE HOME Theme: Jesus calls us to follow him; our lives will never be the same. Question for Children: How do you hear Jesus calling you to do what he wants you to? Question for Youth: Jesus has already called you to be his disciple. What are some things that you are already doing because you are a disciple of Jesus? What more can you do? Question for Adults: How does Jesus call you to assist in his ministry: the building up of the Reign of God? How do you know what God wants of you in this regard? From the Pastor To the parish family of St. Martha, Today s Gospel text (Matthew 4:12-23) for the 3 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time describes the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus and the call of the first disciples who are to share in that ministry. The evangelist tells us that Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. Certainly the heart and soul of the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ are summed up in these words, Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. This image of the kingdom is deeply rooted in biblical history. God is like a king who comes to establish his reign on earth. The cures, healings, and miracles are signs that now, in Jesus Christ, God s power is active in the world. The presence of the kingdom will mean peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and a renewal of life --- in essence the gift of salvation. However, the coming of God s kingdom demands something of those called to discipleship. We must repent and be converted to God s reign. We must turn and open ourselves to the kingdom, welcome it into our lives, and live in a way that corresponds to the Gospel teaching of Jesus. Our second reading from 1 st Corinthians describes how the early Church grew to understand that this call to build the kingdom in the world was a constant challenge that required ongoing conversion of heart. History points out that we as a Christian Church have struggled mightily with Christ s call to help build the Kingdom here on earth and maintain unity in the Body of Christ as we do so. Our efforts to preach the Gospel and heal the brokenness of the world are diminished by the constant splintering of those who claim to follow Jesus but choose to do so on their own terms. In the early Church there were a number of gifted preachers and leaders. Paul was a compelling preacher and his passion for ministry enabled the Church to spread quickly to many parts of the Mediterranean world. The problem was that there were other strong leaders as well, e.g. Cephas, Apollos, etc. Sometimes people fell into a personality cult and expressed their loyalty more to the leader than to Christ, the head of the Body. Thus, in his strongly worded message to the Church in Corinth, Paul condemns this fractioning of the Body of Christ by asking: Is Christ divided? He goes on to pray that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. It is an important reminder to us as well that as we do ministry in the Church, we also work tirelessly for unity in the community of faith. This is what the late Pope John Paul II described as the spirituality of communion that should anchor the mission and ministry of each parish family. Fr. Chester Borski St. Martha Women s ACTS Retreat March 27-30, 2014 Registration for the March Women s (English) ACTS Retreat will be held on Sunday, February 9, after the 9 am, 11 am and 5:30 pm LIFETEEN Masses. The ACTS retreat is a 3 day/3 nights retreat that focuses on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service and is presented by parishioners of St. Martha. Registration is limited, is on a firstcome first-served basis, and must include a non-refundable deposit of $ The cost of the retreat is $ but do not let the financial considerations prevent you from attending the retreat. Please prayerfully consider attending this exciting retreat!! If you have any questions, you can contact the retreat Director Shannon Deitz at or God Bless!! ST. MARTHA PARISH HAS BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A NATIONAL STUDY! PLEASE READ. St. Martha s has been selected to participate in a national study of vibrant parishes conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute! You can help us by completing a minute survey online. The survey will be ed to you the week of Feb. 17 by The survey will only be available from Feb. 17 to Mar. 10 and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on what efforts the parish is doing to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as a whole. We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable as we plan ahead. We will receive the results in May/ June, at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish. To make sure we have your or that we have the correct e- mail address for you, please send your address and name to Jodi at If you do not want to participate in this survey, please contact Jodi at the parish office by Feb. 1 st. If you don t use but would like to take the survey - you can obtain a paper copy by contacting Jodi at , ext Thank you for helping with this important project! Adult Organizations and Opportunities ADULT FAITH FORMATION ARE YOU AN ADULT CATHOLIC WANTING TO BE CONFIRMED? If you have questions or would like to register for classes, please call Linda Sarman, ext. 258, or Joanie Nugent ext Classes will be held at the Faith Formation Campus every Thursday evening, 7:00 9:00 pm, beginning April 24, through May 29 th. Confirmation will take place either Saturday, June 7 or Sunday, June 8, Sunday Morning: Pillars: A Journey Through The Catechism, 10:45 11:45 am To be a Christian means being a traveler on a lifelong journey. It requires commitment and being sure you know where you are going and how you will get there. It s not easy. Committing to a lifelong journey that we are told at the beginning will be especially hard and that requires living in a radical new way has always been a tough sell. Yet Christ beckons through the ages Come, follow me. Pillars: A Journey through the Catechism, unlike any other resource, shows you how to follow His new Way and embrace and live the truths of the faith that the Catechism proclaims. Join us for Pillar I: The Creed at St. Martha Faith Formation Center, 3702 Woodland Hills Dr., Room 2, 10:45 11:45 am. No registration or fee required. All are welcome! January Date: 26 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. January Date: 28 Wednesday Evenings: CATHOLICISM A Ten-Part Series, 6:40 7:40 pm, Activity Center (Woodland Hills Campus). While the children are in Catechesis class, Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr. Robert Barron to more than fifty locations throughout fifteen countries. Discover the full meaning of the Faith. All are welcome! Series Dates: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 19, 26, April 2, 9 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. Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend The second reading today says, I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose. Build your unity when you attend a special enrichment. The next scheduled weekend is Feb , Find out more or sign up at: or call (713) Marriage Roundup at the StM Corral... Teams of Our Lady is hosting a night of Rodeo and B-B-Q. plus a little line-dancing and twostep on February 8, 7:00 pm (FLC). All couples in the parish are welcome. To make a reservation or for more info contact Ruth & Rodney or Think there isn t anyone pulling for your marriage? Think again. Teams of Our Lady USA A movement of conjugal spirituality Information Meeting TODAY, January 26, at 2:00 PM in Room 2 of the FLC. Questions? Contact Bob & Patty Murphy at or or PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Could you not watch one hour with Me? Mark 14:37 Our parish is incredibly blessed to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration available in our adoration chapel twentyfour hours a day. Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of His infinite love for each one of us, and He is always present there in the Blessed Sacrament patiently waiting for us to come and spend time with Him. If you have not yet made a New Year s resolution, an hour of time each week in adoration is a wonderful way to improve your spiritual life. It s not too late to commit your heart to spending time with Jesus each week, and you don t have to diet or exercise! Listed below are hours that are most in need of adorers at this time. However, please note that no hour is really ever filled because parishioners are always invited to choose an hour that works best for them, regardless of whether or not there are other adorers already there in prayer. Both regular adorers and substitutes are needed at this time. Even if you do not have a regular hour, please feel free to visit our Blessed Lord at any time knowing that He is always waiting for us with joyful anticipation. Second adorers are needed for the following hours: Sunday: 1-2 AM, 2-3 AM, Noon-1 PM, 2-3 PM Monday: 1-2 AM, 3-4 PM Tuesday: 1-2 PM, PM Wednesday: PM Thursday: 1-2 AM Friday: 1-2 AM, 3-4P M, 4-5 PM, 6-7 PM, 7-8 PM Saturday: 1-2 AM, 9-10 AM, 7-8 PM, PM If you are interested in participating in this ministry or would like more information, please contact Robyn Laumbach at either or embarqmail.com. If you need a substitute, please call one of our division leaders: Robyn Laumbach at for Midnight-6 AM, Karen Ehlig at for 6 AM-Noon, Annunciata Hopkins at for Noon-6 PM, and Beth Beckham at for 6 PM-Midnight. Youth Events / Parenting St. Martha School Scoops Make a commitment to Catholic education for your children or grandchildren! Let SMCS help you give the gift of a Catholic education that will benefit your child throughout life! OPEN HOUSE For prospective parents and students Tuesday, January p.m. Please contact Registrar Jan Rodine at or for information. St. Martha Catholic School is a fully accredited school for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our curriculum builds strong academic skills, Catholic values and moral character in a safe, secure, and caring environment. Our students attend weekly Mass and celebrate reconciliation during the school day throughout the school year. We are blessed to have the involvement of our parish priests in many of our school activities. We offer the sports of soccer, basketball, baseball, track, volleyball and girls softball. We also support a drama club, a band program, Rosary Guild, Student Council, BETA Club and other student activities. Visit our school website at for more information or contact Registrar Jan Rodine at for a tour. The Mission of St. Martha Catholic School is to provide a quality education sharing in the total Catholic formation of each person by developing mind, heart and spirit. MOM S PRAYER GROUP: HAVE A CHILD GOING TO COLLEGE? There are lots of changes and decisions at this time for our youth. What better way to send them to college than covered in prayer? Join other moms in prayer the first Monday of every month (February 3) at 7:15 p.m. in Room 1 of the Library building. If you can, bring your rosary or one will be provided. Questions? E- mail Pat Azzollini at Monica's Hope: Prayerful Support for Parents of Troubled Children Don't suffer in silence and solitude. Within our Catholic Community there are many with seriously troubled children of all ages. Problems like addiction, criminality, and mental disorder. Our experience is that sharing the burden lightens the load. And in the example of St. Monica you can pray for your child and you can find peace. We will meet the first Monday of each month. The next meeting will be Feb. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in room 6 (in the FLC, MDO hallway). Questions? Call Paul and Marcia Aegerter at or ST. MARTHA SUNDAY NURSERY Sundays- 9 AM, 11 AM and 5:30 PM (Life Teen) Open every Sunday, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas, New Year s Day and Easter. Ages: 12 months old through age 4. SURFSIDE BEACH RETREAT February 14-16, 2014 All Juniors & Seniors in High School are invited to our annual Surfside Beach Retreat! This amazing weekend of prayer an
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