Mass Intentions
Sunday, November 29
8:00 am
† Jens Johnson
10:00 am
Parish of St. Jerome
1:00 pm
† Maximino Mendez Mendez
4:00 pm
† Marsha Weber
6:00 pm
Parish of St. Jerome
Monday, November 30
6:30 am
† Guion J. Allen
8:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
Tuesday, December 1
6:30 am
† Ann, Vincent & Doug Desmond
8:30 am
Robert Lortz
Wednesday, December 2
6:30 am
Janet Cunningham
8:30 am
† Thomas B. Noble
Thursday, December 3
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
Edward Wisniewski
Friday, December 4
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
Saturday, December 5
7:30 am
5:00 pm
† Troike Family

First Sunday of Advent

Hey now,

"Thanks be to God."

These are the words that we respond during our celebrations as we receive the Word of God that has been proclaimed to us. We are thankful not only that we have heard this divinely inspired word, but that we have been chosen to bear this word to the rest of the world. In reality our whole liturgical celebration is a "giving thanks" to God for the gift of Jesus Christ who nourishes, inspires, and challenges us to be transformed to be disciples of his love and peace. This past week, a day simply titled Thanksgiving allowed us to "give thanks" to God for all the gifts that we have received.

While each of our Thanksgiving rituals, old and new, may vary it is a time set aside so that as we are surrounded by abundance (not only of food, but of family and friendship as well) we stop and in our own words say thank you. After these words pass our lips, we pass along plates filled with favorite delicacies whose very aroma remind us of Thanksgivings long ago, yet connect us with the people that still grace our presence. Passing those platters is a way to live out the Eucharist, as we are invited by Christ himself to feed one another.

We did that by opening up our facilities to those who had no place else to go so they could sit down and be fed with food and love. We also did this in a different way with a gift given on behalf of the Parish of St. Jerome. Someone from Andre House (for those who don't know this is an outreach ministry to help those who are living on the streets not only find a meal but support they may need) saw the stained glass that was placed under our altar. In a dialogue that ensued they asked who created the work of art as they were looking for just such a reminder to lighten up their dining facilities. As the circle of communication expanded the artist offered to remove the stained glass, repair some of the corners that had been broken and frame it so that it could be hung prominently at Andre House.

While I know many people loved this symbol here at the parish, I consented to the request for one simple reason. By our action of giving the stained glass to Andre House we were in fact living out what we celebrate upon the altar every time we gather. We were giving thanks to God for Jesus by feeding our sisters and brothers as Christ himself has done for us. We were holding our hand out to give the bread of life to those whose hand was reaching out in hunger. We have become living symbols of what was represented by lead and glass.

Yes, as we see the altar and think that it is somehow empty by the absence of this artwork we can be assured that the altar will still overflow with the gift of Christ's love that comes to us in the Eucharist. Every time that we come forward and see the simplicity of the altar we can be reminded of how we are satisfied by the simple gifts of bread and wine that become for us the Body and Blood of Christ. As we reach out to receive this gift of which we are not worthy, we can be reminded that we have reached out to touch the hands of those who hunger and fed them with the love of God. May we not look and see loss but gain in that we have lived out the message of Christ by "doing this in memory of me." What a way to cry out "Thanks be to God," and what a way to begin this Advent season. I n this season may we be reminded of the blessings God has abundantly bestowed upon us and may we graciously share them with our sisters and brothers in need.

In Christ's Peace,
Fr. Gary

Hola a todos,

"Gracias a Dios".

Estas son las palabras que respondemos durante nuestras celebraciones cuando recibimos la palabra de Dios que se nos ha proclamado. Estamos muy agradecidos no sólo porque hemos escuchado esta palabra divinamente inspirada, sino que hemos sido elegidos para llevar esta palabra al resto del mundo. En realidad nuestra celebración litúrgica es un «dar gracias» a Dios por el don de Jesucristo que nutre, que inspira y nos desafía a ser transformados para ser discípulos de su amor y paz. La semana pasada, en un día simplemente titulado acción de gracias nos ha permitido "dar gracias" a Dios por todos los dones que hemos recibido.

Mientras cada uno de nuestros rituales de acción de gracias, antiguos y recientes pueden variar en el tiempo para que estemos rodeados de abundancia (no sólo de alimentos, sino de la familia y la amistad) nos detenemos para decir con nuestras propias palabras, gracias. Después de que estas palabras pasan por nuestros labios, pasamos los platos con nuestra comida favorita cuyo aroma nos recuerda las acciones de gracias de años anteriores, y que nos conecta con la gente que aún tenemos la gracia de su presencia. Pasando los platos es una manera de vivir la Eucaristía, ya que estamos invitados por Cristo mismo para alimentar a uno con el otro.

Abrimos nuestro salón parroquial para aquellos que no tenían a donde ir para que pudieran sentarse y ser alimentados con comida y amor. También hicimos esto de una manera diferente con un regalo dado en nombre de la parroquia de San Jerónimo. Una persona de Andre House (para aquellos que no saben este es un Ministerio para ayudar a los que viven en las calles, no solo dando comida si no también cubriendo sus necesidades) vio el vitral que estaba debajo de nuestro altar. Dialogando con nosotros nos preguntó quién fue el creador de esta obra de arte, ya que les gustó la idea de tener una en sus instalaciones. Cuando comunicamos esto el creador de esta obra artística se ofreció remover el vitral, reparar las esquinas rotas y decidimos que este precioso vitral fuera colgado en Andre House como símbolo de su servicio a los sin techo.

Sé que mucha gente amó este símbolo aquí en la parroquia, pero consentimos esta petición de la acción de dar el Vitral a Andre House por una sencilla razón; nuestra realidad es que estamos viviendo lo que representa este vitral cada vez que celebramos y nos reunimos entorno al altar. Estamos dando gracias a Dios por Jesús que alimenta a nuestras hermanas y hermanos y lo que Cristo ha hecho por nosotros. Fuimos con nuestra mano a dar el pan de vida a aquellos cuyas manos llegaron con hambre. Nos hemos convertido en símbolos de la vida de lo que fue representado por el plomo y el vidrio.

Sí, al ver el altar de alguna manera se notara la ausencia de esta obra de arte, pero podemos estar seguros de que el altar se desbordará aún con el regalo del amor de Cristo que viene a nosotros en la Eucaristía. Cada vez que vengamos hacia adelante y veamos la sencillez del altar podemos recordar cómo se siente estar satisfechos los sencillos dones del pan y vino que se convierten para nosotros cuerpo y sangre de Cristo. Llegar a recibir este regalo del que no somos dignos, podemos recordar que hemos llegado a tocar las manos de aquellos que tienen hambre y son alimentados con el amor de Dios. Podemos mirar y no sentir una pérdida sino una ganancia, porque hemos vivido el mensaje de Cristo "haciendo esto en memoria de mí." Qué manera de gritar "gracias a Dios" y qué manera de comenzar esta temporada de Adviento. En esta temporada podemos nosotros recordar las bendiciones que Dios nos ha dado abundantemente y podemos alegremente compartir con nuestros hermanos y hermanas necesitados.

En la Paz de Cristo,
Padre Gary

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