Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

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DEC. 12 AT 6:00 PM-

This was the first time in recent years in which we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the evening. In past years we celebrated an early morning Mass, which included the Mananitas (Mexican songs), beginning at 5:00 am, but this year’s celebration took place on a Friday night and the church was full. 2015-12-12 19.25.17

Along with the Mananitas, there was a special blessing for the numerous images and statues that occupied the foot of the altar, and then Mass concluded with the beginning of traditional Mexican dance that made its way from the church to the parking lot, where the dance continued for about 30 minutes.

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Traditional Mexican Dancers prepare for dance after Mass.

 

 

After the dance, parishioners enjoyed fellowship and food in the Parish Hall.  of Guadalupe, pray for us!

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Divine Mercy Sunday

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Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter and is a special celebration and opportunity to receive the mercy of our Lord. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm in the church. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about Divine Mercy Sunday and the graces available on the feast day, here is an excerpt from EWTN website:

During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that “throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come.” These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of  papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.

Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:

Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary 300)

I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary 341)

This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary 420)

On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.* [our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)

Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it. (Diary 742)

I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. (Diary 1109)

As you can see the Lord’s desire for the Feast includes the solemn, public  veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy by the Church, as well as personal acts of veneration and mercy. The great promise for the individual soul is that a devotional act of sacramental penance and Communion will obtain for that soul the plenitude of the divine mercy on the Feast.

*The Cardinal of Krakow, Cardinal Macharski, whose diocese is the center of the spread of the devotion and the sponsor of the Cause of Sr. Faustina, has written that we should use Lent as preparation for the Feast and confess even before Holy Week! So, it is clear that the confessional requirement does not have to be met on the Feast itself. That would be an impossible burden for the clergy if it did. The Communion requirement is easily met that day, however, since it is a day of obligation, being Sunday. We would only need confession again, if received earlier in Lenten or Easter Season, if we were in the state of mortal sin on the Feast.

Lenten Penance Service

We will have our Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00pm in the church building. Please feel free to come and feel the forgiveness of the Lord.

A helpful tool to help prepare for this service of grace and forgiveness is a printed Examination of Conscience guide to help us to know what sins we should confess. Here is a link to one such tool:  examination of conscience

Here are a couple of videos to help us remember the importance and the steps of going to Confession.

 

 

 

St. Theresa Parish Feast Day

October 4, 2015- Today we celebrated the feast day of our patroness St. Theresa of Lisieux with a trilingual mass in English, Spanish & Vietnamese. It was beautiful to hear the different languages being used to pray and sing as we worshipped our Lord. Although so many of us come from various parts of the country and of the world, we are all able to give our love, devotion and adoration to the One God who is in heaven.

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Following the mass, in the midst of a light rain, we dedicated and blessed the pavilion and named it in honor of Mr. George Rischar, who was the master mind and lead foreman in the building of the structure. George has been a pillar in the parish and has served countless hours in the service of St. Theresa’s Church through the years. Although George has gone to eternal life (December 2014), his wife Arlis and some of his children were in attendance. He is greatly missed and may he rest in peace.

Dedication of George Rischar Pavilion
Dedication of George Rischar Pavilion

After the dedication of the George Rischar Pavilion, Continue reading “St. Theresa Parish Feast Day”

Ladies’ Bake Sale ’15

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The Ladies’ Bake Sale took place on Saturday, November 21st at the Ace Hardware parking lot on 16th Avenue. A good time was had by all and the women had a wonderful turnout. The Youth Group supplied great advertising and even collected some donations on their own merits. People were lined up as usual for the famous Vietnamese Egg Rolls and the Tamales sold like hot cakes. Thanks to all who participated and donated to the event!

Lenten Penance Service

We will have our Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00pm in the church building. Please feel free to come and feel the forgiveness of the Lord.

A helpful tool to help prepare for this service of grace and forgiveness is a printed Examination of Conscience guide to help us to know what sins we should confess. Here is a link to one such tool:  examination of conscience

Here are a couple of videos to help us remember the importance and the steps of going to Confession.