Second Sunday of Advent : December 8, 2013
Sunday's Message Mathew 3 : 1 - 12
“John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”.
Today’s Gospel describes the preaching of John the Baptist, the classical figure of Advent. John preaches in the desert, in the traditional biblical place where, from the days of Exodus, God called His people to conversion.
We need a sincere and interior conversion, not just a pious one, that will be effective in producing fruits through a real change in our lifestyle and in our relationships with people.
All of us need conversion.
John the Baptist used a language of urgency, with apocalyptic images, hard and violent, to move his listeners to respond to God’s call and offering Salvation. Life with God and with Jesus, is always within our reach.
A FRIEND IS A FRIEND
“My friend has not returned from the field of battle, Sir I ask your permission to look for him,” said a soldier to his commanding officer. “Permission denied,” said the lieutenant. “I don’t want you to risk your life for a man who is probably dead.” Ignoring the refusal, the soldier went out to search.
An hour later, he returned mortally wounded, carrying the dead body of his friend. The officer was furious. “I told you he was already dead,” he shouted. “Tell me, was it to bring back a corpse?
The dying soldier answered, “Absolutely, sir! When I found him, he was still alive, and was able to say to me, I knew you would come. A friend is one who will be there when everybody else has gone”
The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.
— Isaiah 11:9
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PRAYER FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
“Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
(Light the second candle)
2013 ARCHBISHOP'S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE
RETIRED RELIGIOUS COLLECTION, DECEMBER 8TH
Every year at this time we remember especially all the elderly religious and priests of the United States who have devoted their lives unselfishly teaching, healing, counseling us. Now we are asked to give back.
Please show your gratitude by being generous in this second collection Sunday, December 8th.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
This year The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred from Sunday, December 8th to Monday, December 9th.
Mass Schedule Monday, December 9th:
- 8 am, 9 am (School).
- 12 Noon and 6 pm (Bilingual).
ANGEL TREE PROJECT
If you chose to participate in the Angel Tree Program this year, please remember that the gifts are due Tuesday, December 10th. Please leave them at the Pastoral Center as soon as possible.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
For more information contact Maricarmen Campano (305)812-4760 or Elena Garcia-Montes (305) 773-7157 or Ana González (305) 607-7427.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Youth Retreat December 13th to 15th, 2013!
Teens 14-18 years old are invited to attend a retreat lead by other teens.
Join us! For more information please contact Annmarie at (305) 987-2110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow all of the Youth Group happenings
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Join us for fun, fellowship and food Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in Albertson Parish Hall.
Saturday, December 14th, Father Julio Solano will direct an Advent Retreat in Albertson Parish Hall from 9 am- 12:30 pm.
The theme is: “Our call to be Saints”
MIGRANT CHILDREN’S GIFTS
For almost 30 years the generous parishioners of St. Agnes have been giving Christmas Gifts to poor migrant children in Homestead. The names of these pre-school children are placed in red bowls near the front and side door.
You can read more information on the envelope with the name. Please bring the gifts to the church by Sunday, December 15th.
The St. Agnes Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 9 am to 4 pm.We’ll have shopping, food and entertainment for the entire family. Come sell your unwanted gold, silver and platinum too. Don't miss this exciting and fun Christmas event!
Applications for the 2014-15 school year are available, from December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Tours of the school are available by appointment. If you would like to sign up for a tour, please call us at 305-361-3245 ext. 203.
A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.
"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"