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Our Lady Help of Christians Church

Parroquia Maria Auxiliadora 2401 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, California 95076

First Sunday of Lent


Sunday, February 26, 2012
Lent * St. Katharine Drexel * Rite of Election * Rite of Sending * Rite of Calling the Candidates to continuing Conversation * First Friday * Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversation * First Friday *First Saturday * Abstinence * Almsgiving * World Day of Prayer.
RECTORY Telephone ...................................................................................... 831-722-2665 Fax....................................................................................................831-722-8305 E-mail............................................................................. olhcchurch@yahoo.com Visit us on ......................................................... www.Valleycatholicchurch.org OFFICE HOURS / HORAS DE OFICINA Monday - Friday (bilingual)....................................................9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays................................................................................... closed PASTORAL STAFF / OFICINA PASTORAL Father Al Mengon, SDB Pastor................................................................................... 831-722-2665 ext. 14 e-mail .............................................................mengonsdb@yahoo.com Father Luis Oyarzo, SDB ....................................... cell 831-707-4458 Parochial Vicar & Coordinator of Youth Ministry . 831-722-2665 ext. 17 Sister Silvia Castillo, FMA Director of Religious Education ....................................................831-722-2392 STAFF / PERSONAL Isabel Abundis ...................................................................................Maria Linan Martha Tapia ................................................................................ Beverly Pini MASS SCHEDULE / HORARIO DE MISAS Monday - Friday (English)....................................................7:00 am & 9:00 am Saturdays (English)................................................................................... 8:00 am Saturdays (Spanish) ..................................................................................7:00 pm Saturdays (English)....................................................................... 4:15 pm (vigil) Sundays (English) ................................................................8:00 am & 11:00 am Sundays (Portuguese) ............................................................................... 9:45 am Sundays (Spanish) .............................................................. 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm 1st Friday of each month (Spanish)......................7:00 pm (Holy hour & mass) 24th of each month (Spanish) ..................................... 7:00 pm (rosary & mass) ADORATION ............................................Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 11:30 am VOLUNTEER STAFF Mildred McCabe .............................................................................. Altar Society Rita Eichhorn ............................................................................... Legion of Mary Juan & Juana Avalos ...................................................................Youth Group MARRIAGE / MATRIMONIO At least 6 months of preparation is needed. Please come to the office for further information. Se requiere cuando menos 6 meses de preparacin. Por favor, presentarse a la oficina para ms informacin. BAPTISM / BAUTISMO Please come to the office for further information. Por favor, presentarse a la oficina para ms informacin. QUINCEAERAS Please come to the office for further information. The 15ra has to be Parishioner of our church. Por favor, presentarse a la oficina para ms informacin. La 15ra tiene que ser feligrs de nuestra parroquia. SALESIAN COMMUNITY Brother Michael Herbers, SDB Father Al Mengon, SDB, Director ............................................ ext. 20 Father Luis Oyarzo, SDB ........................................................... ext. 17 Father David Purdy, SDB, Vice rector....ext. 21 Brother Abel Zanella, SDB ........................................................ ext. 24 ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL Mr. Keith Mathews, President, Principal .................................... 831-724-5933 CAMP ST. FRANCIS Brother Michael Herbers, SDB, Administrator CONFESSIONS Saturdays ....................................................................................... 3:00 - 4:00 pm Confesiones en espaol media hora antes de cada misa

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THE MYSTERY PLAYERS Of SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL RICHMOND, CA Our Lady Help of Christians Church 2401 East :Lake Ave., Watsonville

Mass Intentions: February 25th to March 4th, 2012


SAT. FEB. 25 8:00 am Rosa Avila (Family) 4:15 pm Adolph Jaworski (Joe Parker) Rosa O. Avila (Family) Joe Carvalho (Analise Avila) 7:00 pm In honor to El Seor de la Salud (Crispin) 8:00 am Mary Garcia (Quincy Family) Maria Viera Goncalves Ornelas (Daisy Brooks) Andres Garcias Health, The world & The Right Hand of God. 9:45 am Tomas Lopes (Lucila Machado) Conne Zorra (Joe Zorra & Family) Joe C. Silveira (Nedio Pereira & Fam.) 11:00 am Mouzart Avila (Louis Avila) Parishioners of OLHC Felipe Barranco (Family) Cristian Chvez B-Day 12:30 pm For the intentions of the Vega-Vieira Fam. Vicente Chvez (Margarita Chvez) Maria de Jess Camacho (Family) 7:00 pm Victoriana Diaz - Cantolan (Family) 7:00 am Joe Carvalho (Joe Graca Moules) 9:00 am Helen Koepke (V.R.P.G.) 7:00 am Elizabeth Powers (Bill Murphy) 9:00 am Charles Marinovich (Mary Siefke) For the intentions of the Arroyo Fam., Jorgie, Patrick, Justin & Samantha Soto 7:00 am Joe Carvalho (Joe Graca Moules) 9:00 am Conne Perez Health (Perez Family) 7:00 am Isabelle & Marjorie Secondo 9:00 am Charles Signorino (Family) 7:00 am Tomas Lopes (Borba Family) 9:00 am Joe Carvalho (Mario & Lina Silva) 7:30 pm Way of the Cross, Play 8:00 am Pedro Lima (Family) Thomas & Agnes McEvoy (A. Johnson) 4:15 pm Betty Murphy (William Murphy) Elizabeth Missy Powers (Radovich) Jos M. Borba (G.& L. Mendonca) 7:00 pm Fr. Ubaldo Chueca, SDB 8:00 am Ignacio & Frank Gomez (Glez. Fam.) Agapito & Rosenda L. (C. Lozano) 9:45 am Maximino & Family (Judy Avila) Herminia Mendonca (Tony & Lucia) Joe Carvalho (Mario & Lina Silva) Maria Machado (M & M Elias Gregorio) 11:00 am Silverio & Bernardo Gamilde (Lita Bolante) Mouzart Avila ( Louis Avila) Ethel Kristjanson Sigmar (Maria) 12:30 pm Jose Luis Vega (Vega Family) Consuelo Ruiz (Gilberto R.) 7:00 pm Parishioners, Ana Maria Hipolito (Family)

Lent Gets Back to Basics Lent Gets Back to Basics


Returning to the Lord means moving away from many things that distract us. But how to do it? Here are three ideas Catholics have been practicing for centuries. This type of simplicity is nothing new. centuries. This type of simplicity is nothing new. Prayer It may seem obvious, but getting ashes on Ash Wednesday, going to Mass at least on Sunday, celebrating the sacraments of penance sometimes during Lent and participating in parish producing Lent and participating in parish programs really focus on our faith. Taking time for family prayer, even just before diner, makes a difference. Then theres personal prayer. Might it be possible to put this prayer into your busy day, say at stoplight, before work, at bedtime or at waking? Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy o me, a sinner (Its based on the prayer of the sinner in Luke 18:13). You can repeat this prayer as you inhale and exhale a few times, or for a minute, ive minutes, even longer! Fasting Those of us without age or health restrictions give up meat on Fridays (abstinence), and we fast on Ash Wednesday and Goody Friday. Thats a minimum. We can eat less meat through all of Lent as a way to focus on the hunger of the world. Abstinence is always a way for us to turn our hearts toward God. Almsgiving Christiansindeed all people of goodwill - perChristians form acts of charity. Can you contribute to your parishs food bank? Volunteer to help your local St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, soup kitchen or any other outreach to the poor or to the elderly? Getting in touch with the physical poverty of others help us remember to simplify our own act.

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February 18 & 19, 2012 Regular Collection: Candles Donation: Total Donations: $ 4,140.50 $ 407.00 $ 4,547.50

Hoy Domingo 26 de febrero

Despus de la misa de 12:30 p.m. Estn todos invitados.

Thank you for your generosity! Muchas gracias por su generosidad!

F i r s t S u n day o f L e n t
February 26, 2012 TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION By the First Sunday of Lent, many people have given up on giving up. Yet experiencing hunger for favorite things is a sign of a desire to face our deepest hungers. We do not embrace fasting as individuals, but rather as the communitys way of life in this season. Sometimes it helps to see Sunday as an oasis in the Lenten desert, a place where fasting is not as strictly observed. If we count the days of the Lenten calendar, starting backward from the end of Lent on Holy Thursday, it is difficult to measure the forty days. Many are surprised to learn that the Sundays are counted as part of Lent, but are not counted in tallying the forty days of the Lenten fast. For that, we count the fast backward into last week, beginning on Ash Wednesday. So, until today we have been in the Lenten fast, days that function as a kind of overture to a symphony of conversion. Today Lent solemnly begins, marked in many places by the sending of catechumens and candidates to the bishop for the call to the Easter sacraments. Tomorrow with them, we embrace the Lenten fast again. Today we are exactly forty days from the opening of the Paschal Triduum on Holy Thursday.
James Field, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

Primer Domingo de Cuaresma

26 de febrero de 2012
TRADICIONES DE NUESTRA FE Regresando a los tres pilares de la conversin, el ayuno es mucho ms que el simple hecho de no comer, es aprender a negarme a m mismo para que ya no sea yo quien vivo, sino Cristo que vive en m. Es el negarme de ciertas cosas para dar vida a los dems. El ayudar es poner en prctica la caridad y la justicia social. Es buscar el cargar con nuestra propia cruz y ayudar a los dems con la de ellos. En otras palabras, es practicar la misma generosidad de Dios quien hace caer la lluvia sobre los buenos y los malos, es amar sin distincin de personas. Contemporneamente, el orar es entrar en conversacin con Dios, es recogerse para entrar en la presencia de Dios, con todo lo que uno es y todo le que uno tiene, poniendo todo en las manos misericordiosas del Padre que nos ama. Esta cuaresma procuremos hacer lo que debemos hacer todo el ao: ayunar, ayudar y orar. Es difcil, pero no nos desanimemos porque el Espritu Santo viene a nuestro alcance porque donde somos ms dbiles, Cristo es nuestra fuerza
Fray Gilberto CavazosGlz, OFM, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

The tongue is one of the most exercised muscles in the human body. Someone once calculated that the average persons daily speech would fill 500 pages of a book. It is the strongest muscle in the body and is essential to eating, swallowing and speaking. The tongue is often mentioned in the Scriptures. As we read in Proverbs 21:23, Those who guard their mouth and tongue guard themselves from trouble. Psalm 19 ends with this simple poetry: Let the words of my mouth be acceptable, the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord. Ancient Israel appreciated the rich interrelation among the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Thus, the Letter of James rightfully preaches about the dangers of the unbridled tongue as a metaphor for all sorts of sin and discord. (Adopted from Franciscan Media)