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Pastor

Secretary

Reception

Music Ministry

Faith Formation

Youth Ministry


Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu
msgrxavier@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2103
Phone: 903-295-7558 (res.)

 

Beth Kennedy
churchoffice@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x2102

Nayeli Gonzalez
office@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2101

Beth Kennedy

music@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2107


Freeda Dasaiyan
dff@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890  x 2105

Sonya Pereira
youth@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2106

This Week

This Week/ Esta Semana  

Feb. 08

Women's ACTS Faith Sharing; 7:00 pm, Rm. 37

Servidoras de Gdpe; 10:00 am Salon Parro.

Cursillistas; 7:00 pm, Salon Parroquial

Nueva Evangelizacion; 7:00 pm, Salon 14

Feb. 09

Scripture Study; 6:30 pm, Parish Hall

Grupo de Oracion; 8:30 pm, Salon Parroquial

Feb. 10

Men's ACTS Faith Sharing; 6:00 am, PH

Adoration; 7:30 am- 5:45 pm, Chapel

Scripture Study; 12 noon, Rm. 21

St. Vincent de Paul Society; 5 pm, Room 11

Adoracion; 7:30 am - 5:45 pm, Capilla

Feb. 11

Mass for the Sick; 12 noon

Retirees; 6:30 pm, Parish Hall

Finance Council; 6:30 pm, Conference Room

Catholic Daughters; 6:30 pm, SJP Room # 5

Misa por los Enfermos; 12 Mediodia

Crecimiento Clases; 7:00 pm, Salon # 13, 15, 37

Grupo Compartiendo la fe; 7:00 pm, Salon # 14

Feb. 12

Altar Society Meeting; 1:00 pm, Parish Hall

RICA Clases; 7:00 pm, Salon # 14

Feb. 13

Preparacion Pre-Bautismo; 4:30 pm, Salon Parro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Message

YEAR OF MERCY

11. Mercy Overlooks the Weakness

Dear brothers and sisters,

We begin the Lenten season this   Wednesday. Of course you might think that we have not removed the Christmas decorations yet! But it is not the earliest ever in the Liturgical calendar. In 2008 we had Ash Wednesday on February 6th, and Easter was on March 23rd. The next time Easter occurs on March 23 will not be until 2160, and a March 22 Easter will not happen until the year 2285. The Easter date is set around the time of the vernal, or spring, equinox, when the length of day and night is nearly equal in every part of the world.

As we prepare for the Lenten journey, let us put ourselves in the readings of this week: with Isaiah, with Paul and with St. Peter. All of them accepted their weakness or sinfulness, not after they were chosen, but before.

All of God’s Giants have been weak men. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, “It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found me, He said, ‘He is weak enough - he’ll do.’ All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they counted on His being with them.”  (Our Daily Bread)

Yes, the bible tells of so many giants who were weak but chosen. (1 Cor. 1:26-28) But God chose them not only to make us perfect, but to perfect his strength (2 Cor.12:8-10). For Isaiah, Paul and Peter the judgment was coming, and they knew it. However, they were given a clear vision that the ministry of God and of the church on earth is mercy. They accepted it. God’s mercy overlooks our weakness. Mercy - that is our message when somebody asks the reason for the hope that we have. It is not because of our ‘goodness’ God chose us, but because of our ‘weakness’ and because of His mercy. We live and move and have our being by the mercy of God!

For this upcoming season of Lent, let us make every effort to walk with the Lord daily, with corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It better to practice additional spiritual exercises with self-discipline than giving up certain food and doubly consuming it after Easter.

Wishing you a fruitful Lenten Journey with the Lord and with your loved ones.  

Blessings!

Msgr. Xavier



Special Events in the Parish

DINNER, DANCE & SILENT AUCTION 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2016

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ADULT SCRIPTURE STUDY   (IT'S NOT TOO LATE)

'THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW' Featuring Jeff Cavins

On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm & Wednesday at noon.

(we study chapter by chapter; come and join us)

 

 

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