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  JANUARY 19, 2020


     With this Sunday we begin Ordinary Time. The readings tell us about God’s relationship with Israel and John the Baptist’s relationship with Jesus. Israel’s relationship with God is so close, so intimate, that it is through Israel that God’s “salvation [will] reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). But we know from John the Baptist that for Israel to accomplish God’s will, it must also recognize that Jesus is the Son of God. During these weeks we also get to know Jesus. We begin to understand more deeply our relationship to Jesus and what that relationship means for us, who are “called to be holy” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
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     Este domingo comienza el Tiempo Ordinario. Las lecturas nos hablan sobre la relación de Dios con Israel y la relación de Juan Bautista con Jesús. La relación entre Dios e Israel es tan estrecha, tan íntima, que es por mediación de Israel que “la salvación [de Dios] llega hasta los últimos rincones de la tierra” (Isaías 49:6). Pero sabemos por Juan Bautista que para que Israel cumpla la voluntad de Dios, debe reconocer que Jesús es el Hijo de Dios. Durante estas semanas también llegamos a conocer a Jesús. Comenzamos a entender más profundamente nuestra relación con Jesús y lo que la misma significa para nosotros, que somos “su pueblo santo” (1 Corintios 1:2).
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“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” — Isaiah 49:6b   Te voy a convertir en luz de las naciones,para que
mi salvación llegue hasta los últimos
rincones de la tierra.
— Isaías 49:6b

First Reading: Is 49:3, 5-6 * Psalm: Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10 *

Second Reading: 1 Cor 1:1-3 * Gospel: Jn 1:29-34


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

     The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.


     The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”


“Only with prayer - prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls - will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life."
-Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Catholic Bishops


     As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms.



Come Holy Spirit, Creator of all things...You who breathed over the waters at the dawn of creation and brought forth all living beings...You who filled the apostles when the Risen Lord breathed on them on the first Easter night, giving them the power to restore
life to those dead in sin...You who, on the last day, will breathe again over all the dead and raise them from the grave--COME! Come and breathe on our world again, immersed as it
is in the Culture of Death! Come, O Lord and Giver of Life! Defeat the works of death
in our midst, that abortion may no longer stain our land. We worship You, O Holy Spirit, and we rejoice in You. We know that no matter how strong the forces of death may be, we can still find in You the endless source of life. Renew that life in each of us, and make us worthy apostles of the Culture of Life in our day! Amen.

Fr. Manny Ediza 



“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.”
—Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100*




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