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  • HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH 1416 George Street • Rosenberg, Texas 77471

    Church Office (281) 342-3089 • School (281) 342-5813



    ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON 1700 San Jacinto Street • Houston, Texas 77002

    (713) 659-5461

    Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop The Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus

    The Most Rev. Vincent M. Rizzotto, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rev. Msgr. George A. Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop

    SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - Noon Penance Service: Advent and Lent SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: Second Sunday of each month at 12:15 PM by appointment SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: One year in advance, instructions required.


    Sunday: 5:30 PM (Sat.) 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Holy Days 6:30 PM (Vigil) 6:00 AM & 8:15 AM Weekdays: 8:00 AM (Marian Hall) Thursday 8:15 a.m. (in the Church)

    ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Communal Celebrations at all Sunday Masses on the 3rd Sunday of January, May and September ROSARY: Before Sunday and Weekday Masses LENTEN DEVOTIONS: Friday: 8:15 a.m. (Children) 11:00 a.m. (Seniors) 7:00 PM (Parish)


    The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

    Today’s readings are as familiar to most of us as the carols we sing and the commercials that overwhelm this holiday season. Often Christmas finds us tired, struggling with preparations and expectations. What we really want to feel is joy and peace. The stress of preparation, of waiting, is reflected in both Isaiah and Paul’s letter to Titus. Luke tells us of the exhaustion that Mary and Joseph felt: a young pregnant wife and her husband, forced to travel just as she is about to give birth, unable even to find a room to stay in. It must have been miserable. They must have been afraid. In the midst of this exhaustion, misery, and fear, a child is born, a Son is

    WAITING IN THE DARK Isaiah writes powerfully of the darkness and the gloom, the burden and the sacrifices that the Jews have been living with for years and years. Their waiting, their misery is deep and prolonged. Yet they continue to wait. In Paul’s letter to Titus, the Christian community is also waiting, not for the birth of the Savior, but for the return of that Savior. Paul reminds us of the “blessed hope” that sustains our wait. In Luke we hear the familiar story of Mary and Joseph, the pregnancy and birth, the baby, the Son. This is the one for whom all have been waiting. His coming, long awaited, much anticipated, is real. The only reaction we are told about is that of the shepherds, and they are afraid. But they are reassured with the same words spoken to Mary by the angel who announced that she would give birth to a son, “Do not be afraid.”

    FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPLATION But how could we not be afraid? A young mother giving birth in a stable. Shepherds seeing angels. We do not need to be afraid because these stories are so familiar. Most of us could tell them almost word for word from memory. They are like the stories our children insist we read to them night after night long after they know every word by heart. They are familiar not just because we hear them repeated every year at Christmas but because they are the stories of our daily preparations, our lifelong waiting, our fear, exhaustion, misery, and our hope and joy. Their very familiarity means we don’t have to wonder what the outcome will be. We already know. We know that despite the mean circumstances into which Mary’s Son was born, her Son transforms the darkness into light. Her Son brings rejoicing. Her Son brings peace. We know that, despite our exhaustion and our fear, peace awaits us, too. 12/25/16

  • Monday, Dec. 26 8:00 a.m.: No Mass Tuesday, Dec. 27 8:00 a.m.: Paul E. Gonzales Wednesday, Dec. 28 8:00 a.m.: John Witzkoski Thursday, Dec. 29 8:00 a.m.: Leona Ernest Friday, Dec. 30 8:00 a.m.: Georgie Blinka Saturday, Dec. 31 5:30 p.m.: Carlyn Spies Sunday, Jan. 1

    9:00 a.m.: Michael White, Jr.

    11:00 a.m.: The Sick in the Parish

    Dear Parish Family, Quite often, when things begin to decline in a city, the owner of a business will pull up stakes, put up a “for sale” sign, and move to

    a city that offers more promise, that isn’t as bad off as the one left behind. Most would say it’s the wisest and most logical thing to do. God could have done likewise when it came to us. After watching creation slowly drift away, after seeing all sorts of ingratitude and lack of respect and sin, God could have turned away from us. God could have said: “These people don’t deserve me! These people aren’t worthy of me! I’m pulling up stakes and moving to another galaxy, to a better and more promising environment for my graces!” God, however, did the opposite. Seeing things on the decline, God said: “I’ll invest myself even more deeply in the world. I’ll move in with them and live with them. I’ll let them know that I’ll be at their side and I’ll love them till the end of time.” —Rev. Richard Zajac Copyright © 2012, World Library Publications. All rights reserved.

    Love, Peace & Prayers,

    Father Bill Bartniski

    SANCTUARY LAMPS The sanctuary lamps will burn this week for Julius Nowak by family and for Raymond Macha, Sr. by Martha Macha.


  • The school office is closed for the Christmas holidays. It will reopen Tuesday, January 3. Catholic Life Raffle Tickets will be sold after Mass on January 7 & 8 and in the school office. This year’s grand prize is your choice of a $20,000 Visa gift card, 2017 Ford F-150

    school will have a $1,000 prepaid Visa credit card individual winner drawn

    ) through 8th grade are available for the 2016/2017 school year. Please call

    available in the school office or at

    “Grounded in our Catholic faith & focused on academic


    9:00 a.m.: Mass Monday Church Office Closed Tuesday 8:00 a.m.: Mass - MH Wednesday 8:00 a.m.: Mass - MH NO CCE, RCIA or Bible Study Thursday 8:00 a.m.: Mass - MH Friday 8:00 a.m.: Mass - MH Saturday 5:30 p.m.: Mass (Vigil) Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

    LOVE Let those who never loved before, love now: Let those who always loved, love the more. —Anonymous

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    FAMILY REFLECTION Important Passage: But to those who did accept Him, He gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1: 9-14) Adult: How did Jesus being born change my life? Teen: Do I act like a child of God? Child: What does ‘the Word became flesh mean’? First Reconciliation and practice First Reconciliation practice is Wednesday, January 18th at 5:45 p.m. in the Church. First Reconciliation is Saturday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m. in the Church. Parents should attend practice and First Reconciliation with their child. Confirmation II Evening of Reflection The Evening of Reflection for youth in their second year of sacrament preparation and their sponsors is January 18th at 7:00 p.m. We will begin in the gym. If the teen’s sponsor is not available, the teen’s parent should attend in the sponsor’s place.



    LEARNED AT HOME The mind of Christ is to be learned in the

    family. Strength of character may be acquired at work, but beauty of character

    is learned at home. —Henry Drummond


    9am-2pm January 8 for women ages 18 or older who are interested in religious life. Deadline: Jan. 2 Free event. Register: 713-652-8239

    CHRISTMAS PRAYER God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen




    Altar and Rosary Society 3rd Tuesday of Month Janey Schumacher, 281-232-8721 School Board…………… ............... 2nd Thursday of Month Mike Reisinger, 713-562-6867 Catholic Daughters ..................... 1st Tuesday of Month Georgia Boettcher, 832-451-5909 Catholic Youth Organization ....... 1st Sunday of Month Justin Redding, 832-535-8199 (CCE) Religious Education Tina Hollopeter, 281-342-3089, x106 or x. 141 KCs 3rd Degree ........................... 4th Tuesday of Month Roy Mercer, 281-341-5023 KCs 4th Degree ........................... 1st Tuesday of Month Marty Gibula, 713-823-9182 KJT .............................................. Quarterly Michael Tydlacka, 281-232-3667 KJZT ............................................ Quarterly Martha Macha, 832-595-93