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St. Aloysius of Gonzaga (St. Louis) Parish
ST. ALOYSIUS OF GONZAGA
St. Louis Church
48 West Hollis Street
Nashua, N.H. 03060
Phone: 603-882-4362 * Fax: 603-886-8923
www.stlouisnashua.org
A COMMUNITY OF WORD, WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC TRADITION
Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres ................. Pastor
[email protected]
Richard Desmarais ................................... Candidate to
[email protected]
Diaconate
Parish Council Members:
Susan Simard, Linda Paradise, Carmel Pawlowski, Liliana Pontoni,
Jhoanny Marte, Karen Deoleo, Rolande Suchocki,
Jean-Paul Archambault, Ludis Salazar
Finance Council Members:
Mrs. Rolande Suchocki - Chairperson, Mr. Leo Simard,
Mr. Douglas Pratt, Mr. Rafael Ruiz, Mrs. Denise Barnett
Faith Formation Team:
Jennyfher Briseño ..........................................Faith Formation
[email protected]
Director
Giselle North
........................................... Director of
[email protected]
Confirmation
Carmen Dussault ...........................................Pastoral care
[email protected]
Monica Quiñones .......................................... Youth Minister
[email protected]
Susan Simard ………………………………….. Bible Course
[email protected]
Coordinator
English
Office Staff:
Jennifer McInerney
................................. Bookkeeper
[email protected]
Hilariza Villar
......................................... Administrative
[email protected]
Assistant
Rafael Peña
............................................. Property
[email protected]
Maintenance
Monica Quiñones .......................................... Bulletin Editor /
[email protected]
Social Media
OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm
Closed on Fridays
MASS SCHEDULE:
Weekdays:
Monday- Friday: 8:30am
Wednesday: 7:00pm (Español)
Weekends:
Saturday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Español)
Sunday: 9:00am (Français & English) -11:00am
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
In the Church
English & Spanish
Saturday: 3:00pm
Wednesday: 6:00pm - 6:45pm & by appointment
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
at Corpus Christi Chapel 43 Franklin St Nashua, NH
Adoration on Wednesdays at St. Aloysius Church
from 9a.m. to 7p.m. (If there is a Funeral Mass,
adoration will commence after Mass.)
Closed if no school
NH CATHOLIC CHARITIES:
261 Lake St. Nashua, NH 03060 * 603-889-9431
www.nh-cc.org
Misioneras Servidoras de la Palabra
CORPUS CHRISTI FOOD PANTRY:
Sister Sara Grimaldo ................................... Convent:
Contact: Susan Dignan * 603-882-6372
603-882-0893
Emergency Assistance: 603-598-1641
Cemetery Office:
Elizabeth Klamka...........................................St. Louis,
603-886-1302
St. Francis,
[email protected]
St. Stanislaus
Welcome to our Church family! We’re glad you came to join with us in our worship time today. We hope you come again!
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
The Holy Family
New Year’s
Mass Schedule
Solemnity of Mary:
Tuesday, December 31st
o 4pm in English
o 6pm in Spanish
Wednesday, January 1st
o 10am in English
"Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt." What
a dream! Or was it a nightmare? To be commanded to
take flight like refugees in the night, to have a newborn
baby and no time to pack or plan, all this must have been
frightening to say the least.
Joseph was no stranger to life-changing dreams though.
He had already been told in a dream to take Mary as his
wife, even though she was with child. He had planned to
divorce her, but the dream completely changed his
course. And now God was asking him to change course
again, to relocate his family and live as aliens in a foreign
land, under the shadow of Herod's headhunt for their son.
But Joseph accepted these trials, placing his trust in God.
Although few of us have dreams like Joseph did, we do
share with him the challenge of reconciling our plans with
the hard facts of reality. When things don't go our way,
we can respond with bitterness, or like the Holy Family,
we can recognize an opportunity to deepen our faith in
God's providence.
The holiness of this family did not prevent them from
suffering. Rather, their holiness kept the suffering from
overwhelming them. Even with the twists and turns in
their path, they never got lost. Their faith in God was like
a spiritual compass that kept them oriented in the most
unfamiliar circumstances. When we too are called to
change course in life, may we remember to let God show
us the way.
©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc.
Prayer to the Holy Family
Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made
subject to Mary and Joseph, didst
consecrate domestic life by Thine
ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the
assistance of both, may be taught by the
example of Thy holy Family and may
attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who
lives and reigns, world without end.
Amen.
Search for Longest Married Couple
Do you know a couple that has been married for more
than 50 years? Worldwide Marriage Encounter is
searching for the longest married couple in each state of
the USA! To nominate a couple you know, e-mail their
name, number of years married, city & state of residence,
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[email protected] Be sure to put "Longest
Married Couple" in the subject line. Nominations are being accepted up to January 10, 2014.
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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Weddings
Mass Intentions:
Diocesan policy states that the couple should contact the parish
priest at least six months prior to the wedding before making any
arrangements. Please call the rectory for further information.
Monday, December 30th, 2013
8:30am - For all our parishioners
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
4:00pm - Thomas Dube by his wife Theresa
6:00pm - María Elena Delgado
Wednesday, January 1st, 2013
10:00am - For all our parishioners
Thursday, January 2nd, 2013
8:30am - Gerald Theriault by Jeanne and Maurice
Theriault (1st. anniversary)
Friday, January 3rd, 2013
8:30am - For all our parishioners
Saturday, January 4th, 2013
4:00pm - Rita Forrence by her husband Charlie
Emilia Laliberte by Michele Laliberte
Suzanne Francoeur by her family
6:00 pm - Por todos nuestros feligreses
Sunday, January 5th, 2013
9:00am - Romeo and Jeanette Marquis by their daughters
George Martin by Lina and Rick Nicosia
For the deceased members of the Delpech
family
Ange-Marie Robert by he Beaudoin family
11:00am -Anna Ricard by her family (35th anniversary)
Jessica Jo Smith by her family and friends
(15th anniversary)
Philip Donald Smith by his family and friends
(2nd anniversary)
Sanctuary Lamp:
Church: Irene Rosedoff and Ron Pelletier by
their family
Chapel: For all our parishioners
Baptisms
For catechesis and preparation information please contact Jennyfher
Briseño at the rectory or by email at [email protected]
Home Services
The first Friday of each month, we will have home visits to the sick.
If you are sick, know someone who is sick, if you are in a nursing
home or know someone who is in a nursing home and need prayer
or to receive Holy Communion, please contact Carmen Dussault at
(603) 882-4362 or by email at [email protected]
A Very Special Ministry
We are looking for people who want to participate in the ministry of
the sick, visiting with them and bringing them communion at home.
If you feel that you have a calling upon your heart to serve your
Christian community in this way please call Carmen Dussault at the
Rectory office, 603-882-4362.
Readings for the Week of December 29th, 2013
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Next Sunday:
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Mt 2:1315, 19-23
1 Jn 2:12-17/Lk 2:36-40
1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18
Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34
1 Jn 3:7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12
©Liturgical Publications Inc.
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St. Aloysius Parish
The Week Ahead:
Booster Club News
Monday, December 30th, 2013
7:55am - 8:20am: Rosary for the unborn (Church)
8:30am: Mass
10:00am: Al-Anon Meeting in Milette Manor
12:00pm - 8:00pm: Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel
4:30pm: Bible Courses (Spanish) in Milette Manor
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Bell Choir practice (Church)
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
12:00pm - 8:00pm: Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel
4:00pm: Mass (English)
4:30pm: Bible Courses (Spanish) in Milette Manor
6:00pm: Mass (Spanish)
Wednesday, January 1st, 2013
**Cemetery & Rectory Offices Closed**
10:00am: Mass (English)
Thursday, January 2nd, 2013
7:55am - 8:20am: Rosary for the unborn (Church)
8:30am: Mass
Friday, January 3rd, 2013
**Cemetery & Rectory Offices Closed**
7:55am - 8:20am: Rosary for the unborn (Church)
8:30am: Mass
6:30pm - 8:00pm: EDGE Night in the Church Hall
7:00pm: Choir “Voces del Señor” practice
Saturday, January 4th, 2013
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Children's Choir (Spanish) Practice in
Milette Manor
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Al-Anon Meeting in Milette Manor
Sunday, January 5th 2013
8:30am - 1:30pm: Confirmation Seminar in Milette Manor
10:00 - 1:00pm: RCIA Classes in Milette Manor
6:00pm: Spanish Choir Practice in the Church
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Life Night in the Church Hall
Last week’s winner will be announced in the next
bulletin.
Thank you to those who participate each week. This is a
great little fundraiser for our parish. There are envelopes
at each entrance to the church. Pick up an envelope or
two and take a chance. The winner receives 40% of the
amount collected and the parish receives 60%.
Your Weekly Contributions
December 21st and 22nd
This information was not available at the time
of printing and will be included in next week’s
bulletin. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Thank you for understanding.
Parish Nurse Center For Wellness
These events are sponsored by St. Joseph Hospital and
they will be held in the lower level of Milette Manor
Free Blood Pressure Screening/ Health Counseling Every Wednesday & Friday 9:00-12:00
Our Parish Nurses are here to
promote wellness, health, healing
and the wholeness of the body,
mind and spirit. We can help you
monitor your B/P, offer support in
your decision making about
healthcare, and share our presence,
knowledge and prayer.
Parish WebStore
Stay warm this winter with a sweatshirt! Whether you
are looking for a gift, or purchasing something for
yourself, see over 8,000
other great items for all
ages by clicking on the
Parish WebStore banner
found on our parish
website today!
Diocese of Manchester
A Jubilee Pilgrimage to Celebrate the 350th Anniversary of The Foundation of the Parish of Notre-Dame de Québec
Join Bishop Peter A. Libasci and fellow pilgrims from the Diocese of Manchester on pilgrimage to Québec City to celebrate
Notre Dame's 350th anniversary, on JULY 16 - 18, 2014. The 350th Anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec will have three
main sections. The Jubilee: a year of grace to appreciate what life gives us, to celebrate it and to project us into the future. The
Pilgrimage: a journey of faith following in the path of our ancestors whose lives traced and marked history. The Holy Door: a
passage that leads to inner peace.
TRAVEL PACKAGE INCLUDES:
† Deluxe Motor Coach transportation † Hotel accommodations (2 nights) † Breakfasts at the hotel (2) & Dinner in Québec City
(1) † Canterbury Tours Escort in Québec City † Sight seeing Tour with Guide to visit Québec City and the Shrine of
Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré. A deposit of $100 per person and reservations need to be made by March 15, 2014. Limited seating, so
reserve early to ensure a place! OPTION 1: COST PER PERSON: $499 Twin Occupancy / Deluxe 4 star hotel (Located outside
the OLD CITY) OPTION 2: COST PER PERSON: $549 Twin Occupancy / Deluxe 4 star hotel (Located in the OLD CITY). To
Make a RESERVATION call: 800-653-0017 or email: [email protected]
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St. Aloysius Parish
Faith Formation Program
K-5: Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm in the Milette Manor
Confirmation Program: The confirmation seminars are held on
the first Sunday of every month from 8:30am to 1:30pm. For
more information please contact Giselle North at
[email protected]
 EDGE: Fridays from 6:30pm-8pm in the Church Hall
 Lifeteen: Sundays from 6:30pm-8pm in the Church Hall
For more information visit our office during regular office hours
(Monday-Thursday 9am to 4pm.) or contact Jennyfher Briseño at
603-882-4362 or [email protected]
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Youth Ministry News
The youth will be on vacation from Dec. 22nd through January 3rd
(EDGE) and January 5th (Lifeteen). We hope you enjoyed this
semester. Merry Christmas! We are looking forward to seeing you
again in January.
St. Louis Souper et Soiree Canadienne
This year, our 8th annual “St. Louis Souper
et Soiree Canadienne”
will be held on Friday, January 24th, 2014. The French group
Johnny Morin and North Star are performing for us. A delicious
dinner awaits you featuring traditional French cooking: Tourtiere
(pork pie), beef, mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. A full
table of 8 may be reserved. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., and
dinner will be served promptly at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person.
No tickets will be sold at the door. The deadline to purchase
tickets is January 17, 2014. For more information please call the
rectory at 882-4362.
Vendredi, 24 janvier, 2014. Johnny Morin et North Star sera notre
invité artistes interprètes ou exécutants. Le souper sera la cuisine
française traditionnelle featuring, TOURTIÈRE (porc pie), beouf
bourguignon, dispatates pilées, des légumes et des desserts. Tables
complètes de 8 peut être réservé. La porte s'ouvrira à 5:00 h et le
dîner seront servis rapidement à 6h. Le prix pour la soirée est de 25
$ par personne, aucun billet vendu à la porte. Date limite pour les
billets est 17 janvier 2014. Pour de plus amples renseignements,
appeler au presbytère 882-4362.
Faith's Annual Christmas Artwork
Contest 2013-2014
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith's
annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2013-2014,
sponsored by the Missionary Childhood
Association, has begun! The deadline for this
year's contest is January 31, 2014. For more
information about the contest, including the
entry form and contest guidelines, visit:
www.onefamilyinmission.org/hca/advent.html.
Twenty-four winners will be selected in this competition; their
artwork will appear as e-greetings on the Society's website for
children (www.MCAKids.org) during Advent and displayed at the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in
Washington, DC, during Advent and Christmas 2014.
Sponsor of theWeek
Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home Inc.
It is very important, in all cases, to
choose a funeral home and a funeral
director you can have faith in. The
time surrounding the death of a loved
one is difficult, and the most important
job of any funeral director should be to
make that difficult time a little easier.
Choosing a professional funeral
director that deals with every family
and every request with compassion
and understanding may be the most important selection a
family has to make.
We at the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home
encourage your questions, and are always willing to give
honest, straightforward answers. We serve all faiths and
viewpoints in a professional, caring manner. Please do not
hesitate to call with your questions. We are here to help.
Paul S. Rochette Owner/Funeral Director, Eric P.
Rochette Funeral Director/Embalmer.
For more information call us at (603) 883-3041 or visit us
on the web at http://www.anctil-rochette.com/. We are
located at 21 Kinsley St, Nashua, NH 03060. “We are here
to help.”
St. Christopher School January
Open Houses
St. Christopher School in Nashua will hold Open Houses
for prospective students and their families on Thursday,
January 9, 2014 from 9:15-11:00am and 6:00-8:00pm, as
well as on Sunday, January 12 from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
The school is located at 20 Cushing Ave in Nashua.
St. Christopher School offers a superior Catholic
elementary education with high academic and moral
standards for students in grades Pre-Kindergsarten through
six. In addition to English, science, social studies,
mathematics and religion, students receive weekly
instruction in Spanish, music, art, computer skills, physical
education, and library science. The traditional curriculum is
enhanced by interactive whiteboards, a playground and
outdoor classroom, and many extracurricular activities like
band, drama, math and science clubs, as well as sports. Financial aid is available.
No reservation is necessary for the Open Houses, but
parents are welcome to call the school at 882-7442, ext. 114
or visit their website at www.StChrisSchoolNH.org.
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La Sagrada Familia
Sábado, 28 de diciembre de 2013
Esta misa es ofrecida por:
El eterno descanso de Josefina Alvarez e César Hidalgo
Grullón y por todos nuestros feligreses.
Al-Anon (Grupo de Apoyo para Familias)
El alcoholismo en una familia es como un tornado… Le puede
arruinar su vida. Los grupos de Familia Al-Anon son una
hermandad de parientes y amigos de alcohólicos que comparte sus
experiencias, fortaleza y esperanza con el fin de encontrarle solución
a su problema común. Los Grupo de Familia estarán disponibles
todos los sábados de 7:30 – 9pm en el sótano de Milette Manor.
Radio Inmaculada
Te invitamos a escuchar a Radio Inmaculada en tu
radio 101.9 FM o a travez de
www.radioinmaculada.org. Allí encontrarás,
meditaciones, el Santo Rosario, a la hermana Sara
en el programa Conociendo Tu Fe todos los martes
a las 7:00 pm y mucho más. Una radio Católica en nuestra área.
Formación de Fe
K-5: Jueves de 5:30pm a 6:45pm en el Milette Manor.
 Confirmación: Contactar a Giselle North
 EDGE (6-8): Viernes de 6:30pm-8pm en el sótano
 Lifeteen (9-12): Domingos de 6:30pm-8pm en el sótano
Para más información acerca de cualquiera de esto programas favor
de comunicarse con Jennyfher Briseño a la oficina parroquial
603-882-4362 o por correo electrónico
[email protected]
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Tienda en Línea de la Parroquia
Visita nuestra tienda en línea donde se puede encontrar una amplia
variedad de libros, así como artículos y recursos para ayudar con
problemas tales como las relaciones, crianza de los hijos y más.
Solo haz clic en el “banner”de tienda web en nuestro sitio web.
Adoración al Santísimo Sacramento
~Adoración en la capilla Corpus Christi todos los lunes, martes y
jueves de 12pm a 8pm (48 Franklin St. Nashua, NH)
~Adoración todos los miércoles en la Parroquia San Luis de
Gonzaga, de 9am a 6:45pm. Todos los miércoles durante la
Adoración en la parroquia tendremos la coronilla a la Divina
Misericordia a las 3pm.
~ El segundo sábado de cada mes tenemos Adoración Nocturna de
10pm a 5am en la Parroquia San Luis de Gonzaga. ¡Están todos
invitados!
Bodas
Favor de comunícarse a la oficina parroquial con Hilariza Villar 6
meses antes de llevarse acabo el evento, gracias.
Servicios Domiciliares
El primer viernes de cada mes, tendremos visitas
domiciliarias para los enfermos. Si usted está enfermo
(a), conoce a alguien que esté enfermo(a), si alguien
está en un asilo o conoce a alguien que esté en un asilo
y necesite de visitas para hacer oración o recibir la
comunión, favor de comunicarse con Carmen Dussault
al (603)882-4362.
Una Nueva Luz
Alcohólicos Anónimos en Español. Todos los Sábados
de 7:30 a 9:30pm en el Milette Manor ¡Bienvenidos!
Cursos Bíblicos
Recuerden que es necesario aprender a alimentarnos de
la palabra de Dios. Para más información favor de
comunicarse con la Hermana Sara al 882-0893.
Lecturas para la semana del
29 de diciembre de 2013
Domingo:
Eclo 3, 3-7. 14-17/Col 3, 12-21 o 3, 12
-17/Mt 2, 13-15. 19-23
Lunes:
1 Jn 2, 12-17/Lc 2, 36-40
Martes:
1 Jn 2, 18-21/Jn 1, 1-18
Miércoles:
Nm 6, 22-27/Gal 4, 4-7/Lc 2, 16-21
Jueves:
1 Jn 2, 22-28/Jn 1, 19-28
Viernes:
1 Jn 2, 29--3, 6/Jn 1, 29-34
Sábado:
1 Jn 3, 7-10/Jn 1, 35-42
Domingo siguiente: Is 60, 1-6/Ef 3, 2-3. 5-6/Mt 2, 1-12
©Liturgical Publications Inc.
Rosarios
Si quieres recibir el santo Rosario en tu hogar
communicate con la Hermana Sara al
603-882-0893 o con Guadalupe
Gomez al 598-9788. “María es la mano
que nos lleva a su Hijo Jesús.”
Bautismos
Las Charlas Pre-bautismales son todos los 2do sábados
de cada mes a la 1:00 pm en Milette Manor. Los papas
y padrinos deben asistir. Les pedimos que por favor nos
entreguen los certificados de confirmación de los
padrinos antes de la celebración del bautismo. Los
bautizos en español son el 2do y 4to domingo del mes a
las 12:30pm. Pueden contactar a Jennyfher Briseño en
la oficina para más información o para inscribirse.
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Parroquia San Luis de Gonzaga
La Sagrada Familia
Las familias son el signo de la presencia del amor de Dios en el
mundo. Bueno, eso sería lo ideal, ya que todos estamos llamados a
vivir la fe desde la intimidad del hogar. En la sociedad actual
muchas veces poco importa la unidad del matrimonio, y mucho
menos la formación cristiana de los hijos e hijas. Es como si esto ya
ha pasado de moda. La pregunta es: con esto que estamos viviendo,
¿ha mejorado nuestra sociedad? La familia, subraya el Concilio
Vaticano II, tiene la responsabilidad de evangelizar a sus miembros
y es hermosamente llamada la "Iglesia doméstica". Es en el hogar
donde los valores se hacen crecer y madurar, y donde se preparan
los cristianos del presente y del futuro.
Es en el hogar donde podemos iniciar y vivir nuestra relación con
Dios. Actualmente se ha perdido la enseñanza de apertura del
corazón hacia Dios. Nos da vergüenza decir que somos cristianos, y
mucho menos decir que somos católicos practicantes. La propia fe
despierta al ver como los miembros de la familia hablan en casa de
le experiencia de Dios. En este ciclo navideño, continuemos
meditando en el significado del nacimiento del Hijo de Dios en
nuestra familia. Esto nos ayudará a apreciar a la familia de Jesús y
sus valores de amor, entrega y crecimiento mutuo. Igualmente, eso
ayudará a las familias actuales a nutrirse tal como lo hizo la Sagrada
Familia de Nazaret. Nuestro reto es acoger a las diferentes tipos de
familia de la actualidad: padres solteros y madres solteras, padres y
madres divorciados, padres y madres unidos, padres y madres que
no engendren pero que sí ayudan a crecer a sus hijos e hijas.
¡Felicidades a las familias sagradas de hoy!
©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc.
San Luis “Souper et Soiree Canadienne”
La octava “Souper et Soiree Canadienne" de San Luis se llevará a
cabo el viernes, 24 de enero del 2014. El grupo francés Johnny
Morin y “North Star” estará tocando para nosotros. Esta deliciosa
cena ofrece lo mejor de la comida francesa tradicional: Tourtiere
(pastel de carne de cerdo), carne de res, puré de papas, verdura y
postre. Se pueden reservar mesas completas para 8 personas. Las
puertas se abrirán a las 5pm, y la cena será servida a las 6pm. El
costo de la cena es de $25 por persona. No se venderán boletos en la
puerta. La fecha límite para la compra de entradas es el 17 de enero
del 2014. Para obtener más información, por favor llame a la
rectoría al 882 -4362.
Noticias de la Pastoral Juvenil
Los jóvenes comenzarán sus vacaciones el 22 de diciembre y
reanudarán sus reuniones el 3 de enero (EDGE) y el 5 de enero
(Lifeteen). Esperamos que hayan disfrutado de este semestre. ¡Feliz
Navidad!
Movimiento Familiar Cristiano
¿Le gustaría mejorar su relación de pareja?
¿Quisiera tener mejor comunicación con su esposa(o) e hijos?
El Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico es un movimiento laico
que agrupa familias católicas, apoyada y con la dirección espiritual del
párroco. Si desea más información acerca del movimiento, favor de
comunicarse con Ludis al 603-318-9118.
Viviendo la misión de Cristo:
El Año Nuevo
Al comienzo de cada Nuevo Año, en el
país de Bolivia, se lleva a cabo la "Fiesta
de las Alasitas". Como preparación para
esta celebración, artesanos locales hacen
miniaturas de objetos que representan lo
que el pueblo quiere lograr u obtener
durante el Nuevo Año. Durante la fiesta
las personas compran las miniaturas que
representan sus esperanzas y sueños como una casa, un
trabajo, la amistad, el matrimonio y el crecimiento
personal. Las miniaturas las exponen en sus hogares
durante todo el año como un recordatorio que tienen que
dedicarle tiempo en acción y oración para convertir sus
esperanzas en miniatura en realidad.
Si tú fueras a participar en la "Fiesta de las Alasitas"
¿cuáles son las miniaturas que comprarías? ¿Cuáles son tus
esperanzas y sueños para este Nuevo Año? Mientras que
nuestras esperanzas y sueños varían entre nosotros, un
objetivo que tenemos en común es llegar al cielo para vivir
eternamente con el Dios que nos ama. ¿Qué medidas vas a
tomar y qué oraciones vas a ofrecer para que tus miniaturas
se hagan realidad? Afortunadamente, Jesús nos ha
enseñado exactamente lo que tenemos que hacer. Tenemos
que amar a Dios con todo nuestro corazón y compartir con
nuestros hermanos en Cristo las maravillas que Dios nos ha
dado.
Si nosotros somos los líderes de una familia o de una
parroquia tenemos que pensar también lo que podemos
hacer para proporcionar oportunidades a nuestros seres
queridos para cumplir con este objetivo de alcanzar el
cielo. ¿Promovemos los dones de tiempo, talento y tesoro?
¿Damos la bienvenida a estos dones y los utilizamos de
una manera productiva?
Este año del 2014 es un nuevo comienzo en nuestro
camino para llegar al cielo y compartir lo que tenemos en
la tierra. ¡Que cada paso que tomes sea guiado por las
enseñanzas de Cristo y por el apoyo que ofrecemos a
aquellos que están en nuestras vidas!
¡Que Dios los bendiga!
Oración a la Sagrada Familia
Señor Jesucristo, quien con María y José
consagraste la vida doméstica con Tus
inefables virtudes, concede que nosotros,
con la asistencia de los dos, podamos
aprender con el ejemplo de La Sagrada
Familia y podamos atender a su eternal
fraternidad. Por quien vive y reina por los
siglos de los siglos. Amén.
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