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Special Christmas Bulletin

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +DECEMBER 17, 2017

Today’s readings continue the preparation theme we heard in the previous two weeks of Advent. But now the focus shifts somewhat to the joy that awaits us in God’s coming Kingdom. This Sunday is Gaudete (Latin, “rejoice”) Sunday or, as Pope Francis calls it, the Sunday of Joy. In today’s First Reading, the prophet writes about the mission conferred upon him by God – to bring glad tidings to the lowly and to heal the broken hearted – and about the joy he experiences in God who clothes him in justice and salvation. By virtue of our Baptism in Christ, this ought to be our mission as well. As the prophet suggests, there is no greater joy than doing God’s work. The Gospel presents John the Baptist as the one who testifies or gives witness to the Light who is coming into the world. We can rejoice because He is the Light that darkness cannot overcome! St. Paul today admonishes us to always live in joy, praying and giving thanks, because this is God’s will for us. Everything we do and say should be inspired by this Spirit as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

My soul rejoices in my God.

SANCTUARY LAMPS

I: In memory of Antonio Madeira.

II: In memory of Paulo P. Oliveira.

 

SANCTUARY LAMPS 2018

To reserve the intention for one of the Sanctuary Lamps please call the Rectory, 508-993-4704, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We gratefully acknowledge the following donations:  $2,000 in memory of John & Mercedes Perry and James Perry; $500 from the Holy Ghost Society of the Nine Islands of the Azores; $100 from Antonio Medeiros in thanksgiving to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. May the Lord bless these and all of the benefactors of our parish.

 

ENGLISH INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

THURSDAY – 6:30 P.M. – IN THE CHAPEL

All are welcome.

 

ARE YOU CONSIDERING BECOMING A CATHOLIC? ARE YOU BAPTIZED, BUT HAVE NOT RECEIVED HOLY EUCHARIST OR CONFIRMATION?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for YOU. RCIA is a chance to learn the basics of what it means to be Catholic, to ask probing

questions and to seek ways to more fully open your life to Jesus. If you would like to know more information, please call the Rectory (508-993-4704) and leave a message for Deacon Paul.

 

FAITH FORMATION

CONFIRMATION I: Today from 6 to 8 p.m.

During the class the students will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas.

 

NO CLASSES next Saturday and Sunday due to the Christmas holiday.

 

THE GIVING TREE – Thank you to everyone who participated. You will make the Christmas of

many children much happier. These kinds of efforts make concrete our Parish Mission Statement that we “spread the message of Jesus Christ by serving all.”

 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE – Confessions

 

Tuesday – 7:00 p.m.

at Immaculate Conception Church

 

Wednesday – 7:00 p.m.

here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Saturday– 11:00 a.m. to Noon

and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

 

We encourage you to celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Forgiveness and Peace as you prepare for Christmas, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

Should you care to make a memorial donation towards the expense of decorating the Church for the Solemnity of Christmas please place your donation in an envelope with the names of those you wish to remember and either place it in the collection basket or drop it off at or mail it to the Rectory.

 

THE PARISH CHRISTMAS TREE

The Tree is decorated with the ornaments that have been given by individuals or families of our parish community. Each year we welcome new ornaments. If your family does not have an ornament on the tree please bring one in and place it on the tree. Some families have personalized their ornament with their name(s) and/or the year in which they gave it.

 

O God, how great thou art! Although we don’t always show it, we always know it, and we are grateful for the many blessings you have bestowed on us. Give us the grace to recognize and rejoice in your goodness.


+ CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE +

 

Sunday, December 24

4:30 p.m. – English

Carols at 4:10 p.m.

 

Monday, December 25

Midnight – Solemn Bilingual Mass

Concert half hour before Mass

10:00 a.m. – Portuguese

11:30 a.m. – English

 

N.B. Please note that on Christmas morning there will only be two Masses.

 

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

NEW YEAR’S DAY

 

MASSES

Sunday, December 31

4:30 p.m. – Bilingual

With sung Te Deum

(Great Hymn of Thanksgiving)

& Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament

 

Monday, January 1

10:00 a.m. – Portuguese

11:30 a.m. – English

 

The collection will be for the charitable works of our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 

  1. JAMES-ST. JOHN SCHOOL

180 Orchard Street, New Bedford

508-996-0534           www.sjsjschool.com

St. James-St. John offers a rigorous academic program rooted in Catholic values. For more information, including Financial Aid Assistance, and/or to schedule a visit please contact the Principal, Cristina Raposo at principal@sjsjschool.com

 

POPE FRANCIS PLAZA

(across the street from our Rectory)

Donations of Clothing and Furniture may be delivered to the center on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The center is in need of volunteers to sort clothing and serve clients when the store is open. If interested in volunteering please come to the center and introduce yourself to one of the workers.

 

ARE YOU HURTING FROM A PAST ABORTION EXPERIENCE? PROJECT RACHEL is a private, confidential and sensitive service that will refer you to a priest and/or counselor with special training. Call Project Rachel at 508-997-3300 or email pla@plrachel.com.

 

 

+ MASS INTENTIONS +

Saturday, December 16

4:30 p.m. – Ferdinand C. Macedo, wife, son,

brother and sisters

Sunday, December 17

7:00 a.m. – For the Parishioners

8:30 a.m. – Joao & Florinda Mota, Maria E. Pires,

Joao Raulino & filhos

10:00 a.m. – Maria dos Anjos Pacheco,

Artur Moniz & family

11:30 a.m. – Vincent Fernandes

Monday, December 18

8:00 a.m. – Joseph & Rose De Mello

Tuesday, December 19

8:00 a.m. – Maria Isabel Oliveira

& Augusto Oliveira

Wednesday, December 20

8:00 a.m. – Jose Furtado

Thursday, December 21

8:00 a.m. – Jose Moniz Cabral & esposa,

Lucas Cabral, Jaime Soares,

Amelia Vieira, Souls in Purgatory

Friday, December 22

8:00 a.m. – Emilio Da Silva, pais & sogros

Saturday, December 23

 

4:30 p.m. – Carlos Eugenio, Carlos Eugenio, Jr.

Joao & Maria Da Silva,

Manuel & Maria da Rosa,

Antonio & Maria Da Rosa,

Francisco & Cecilia Avila,

Manuel & Maria Da Silva

Sunday, December 24

7:00 a.m. – Manuel Bizarro & filha,

Eduarda Amaral, Conceicao Cabral,

Manuel Almeida & esposa,

Manuel Bizarro, esposa & pais

8:30 a.m. – For the Parshioners

10:00 a.m. – Germano Trindade, pais & sogros

Eduarda Bento & cunhados

11:30 a.m. – Jose Cabral Amaral & esposa,

Jose Moniz de Melo & filho,

Jose Arlindo Correia,

Souls in Purgatory

 

4:30 p.m. – Manuel L. Rosanina, pais, sogros,

irmãos & family

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