Filipino Community invites all to experience Símbang Gabí!
A Símbang Gabí Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 21 @ 7 p.m.
Simbang Gabi was adopted from the Catholic Misa de Gallo, which literally means Mass of the rooster, to indicate it is held at dawn when the rooster crows. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition that lasts for nine consecutive days. Traditionally, it is held at dawn, but some parishes offer anticipated Masses one night in advance. This religious event dates back 1565. The celebration is in keeping with the nine-day traditional festivals of Filipinos in celebrating auspicious occasions like harvest time. It was also meant to give farmers a chance to hear Mass before setting out for the fields.
Every pastor of every parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is charged by the bishop to have an active Parish Council/Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council is charged with advising the pastor on matters related to the pastoral activity of the parish, issues related –
- to the liturgical life of the parish
- to faith formation and to the sacramental preparation of children and adults,
- to the administration of the office and parish business life,
- to the ministry to the young, the youth and the not-so-young,
- to the maintenance and upkeep of the physical plant of the parish,
- to the stewardship of time, talent and treasure,
- to the full and active participation of the parishioners in the life of the community.
Pastoral Councilors are nominated by the parishioners, discerned for service by the existing councilors or appointed by the pastor, and then installed for a term of 3 years service to the community. The composition of the Pastoral Council should reflect the ethnic and racial composition of the parish as a whole so that the council is fully capable of representing the parish to the pastor.
The names of our current Pastoral Councilors are listed below. Those names marked with an asterisk (*) are the names of those councilors who will leave the Pastoral Council because they have completed their term of service.
*Sharon Fuglsang Carlos Parra
*Leo Garza *Alicia Root
Alan Harvey Brenda Sanzone
Mina Ibarra *Rose Tanega
*Gail McKnight Diana Tran
*David Osina Hermelinda Vasquez
Forms to nominate someone [or to nominate yourself] for the Pastoral Council are available at the Welcome Center. We hope to seat the new Pastoral Council at our meeting in February 2014.
As pastor, I am very grateful to the Pastoral Councilors who give so freely of themselves for the benefit of the whole parish community. In this special season, may God bless each of you with a full measure of the Light of Christ. Thank you.
DECEMBER FLOWER ENVELOPE
Included in your envelopes this month, you will find a December Flower envelope. Your generosity in this annual collection will enable us to decorate our Church for the Christmas Season with beautiful flowers. Thanks for considering a contribution to the Christmas celebrations in our parish.
You are encouraged to enroll in offertory automatic deductions by visiting www.faithdirect.net, calling toll free 1.866.507.8757, or picking up a form at the Information Wall by the Welcome Center. Faith Direct is replacing the current Logos system for on line contributions. The current Logos system will not be available to the Archdiocese for on line contributions after December 31.
Se recomienda inscribirse en deducciones automáticos para su ofertorio visitando a www.faithdirect.net, llamando sin cargo a 1.866.507.8757, o recogiendo una forma en la Pared de Información cerca el Centro de Bienvenida. Faith Direct esta reemplazando a Logos para contribuciones en linea. El sistema Logos no estará a disposición de la Arquidiócesis para contribuciones de línea después del 31 de diciembre.
Because of the Funeral Vigil for our friend and sister, Nancy Rofrano, there will be NO Baptismal Interviews on Tuesday night, December 3. Those wishing to baptize their child(ren) should call and make an appointment for an interview with Fr. Wencil. Although, be aware that because we have entered the Advent Season, Fr. Wencil will be very busy almost every night of the week hearing confessions at various parish penitential services. Evening appointments are impossible during this time period.
Por la vigilia de funeral de nuestra amiga y hermana, Nancy Rofrano, NO habra Intrevistas de Bautismo la noche del martes, 3 de diciembre. Aquellos padres que quieren bautizar a sus hijos, favor de llamar y hacer cita con el Padre Wencil. Pero por que hemos entrado a la temporada de Adviento, el Padre Wencil va estar muy ocupado confesando casi todas las noches entre semana en las varias parroquias. Citas en la noche son imposibles durante este tiempo.
Fr. Cyriacus (aka Fr. CY) is currently stationed in Kuwait. He will be there until January 19, 2014. He says hello, and asks that you pray for him and all the military people who are away from their families especially during the holidays. He is still very happy that he joined the US Air Force and is honored to be able to celebrate Mass with and counsel many of America's finest.
He is in great spirits even when he spoke of the extreme temperatures in Kuwait. When he first arrived in Kuwait, the temperature was 129 degrees. He says it is cooling down now that winter is nearing. The temperature is supposed to drop down to the low 70s. Almost sounds like Texas!
If you would like to write to him, his title and address is (the Utah base will forward him his mail):
Ch, Capt Cyriacus Onyejegbu
75 ABW/HC Bldg 475
5711 E Avenues
Hill AFB, UT 84056
10 Reasons to Make Your Offertory Contribution Through Faith Direct
Join your fellow parishioners using Faith Direct for their parish giving. Visit www.faithdirect.net, or call 1.866.507.8757 toll-free for information or help, or pick up a form at the Information Wall by the WelcomeCenter. St. Paul’s parish code is TX596.
1. No more checks to write or envelopes to find.
2. 52 weeks of predictable income for St. Paul.
3. Greater security than cash or checks.
4. No cost to you to participate.
5. Online control of your offertory giving – including special collections.
6. Reduction of envelope and postage expense to St. Paul.
7. More time for office staff to tend to other parish needs.
8. Continual access to current information regarding your contributions and taxes thru your account.
9. If you choose, Faith Direct provides you with offertory basket cards.
10. Father Wencil is enrolled in Faith Direct!!
(Second Collection December 7-8)
Support elderly religious. A parishioner writes, “As a Catholic school student from grades K–12, I was formed to be the person I am by many religious brothers and sisters, and I am forever grateful.” Show your appreciation for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who made a positive difference in so many lives. Please give generously to next week’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. For more information, visit www.retiredreligious.org.
As we approach year end, please consider closing out the year with a Christmas/End of year gift to our parish. Additionally, those that are 70½ or older, under the extended charitable IRA legislation for 2013, may make charitable gifts to St. Paul using funds from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without undesirable tax effects. The following link on the Galveston- Houston Archdiocese website provides information regarding this and other types of charitable donations. http://www.gftpln.org/Article.do?orgId=1147&articleId=18678
If you are interested and have questions or need the appropriate forms, you may contact Michelle Munoz (713.652.8242) at the archdiocese directly or Maria Conner in our Business Office. All gifts whether they are stocks, from IRA funds or cash, must be received no later than December 29, 2013, in order to be eligible for this year’s tax deductions.
New, unwrapped toys will be collected at all Masses on the weekend of December 14 and 15. Toy donations are contributed to the ICM Christmas Store, where families in need may obtain gifts with a voucher.