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    Today’s Reading First Reading — As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so God rejoices in the chosen Zion and Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:1-5). Psalm — Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations (Psalm 96). Second Reading — All the varied gifts and talents found in the Christian commu- nity are products of the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Gospel — At a wedding festival in Cana, Jesus changes water into wine at his mother’s request (John 2:1-11).

    January 16– January 22, 2016

    Saturday 8:00 AM Howard Carmichael † RIP 4:00 PM Thanh Van Nguyen † RIP 5:30 PM Thuy Trinh SI 7:00 PM Hon Thi Nguyen † RIP 8:30 PM All Souls† RIP

    Sunday 6:30 AM Phero Le VanVinh † RIP 8:00 AM Giuse Nguyen Van Tam † RIP

    9:30 AM Maria & Gioan Baotixita † RIP 11:00 AM Giuse Luu Van Trang † RIP 12:45 PM Veto Bermudez SI

    4:00 PM Maria Tran Thi Lien † RIP 5:30 PM Mildred Kunz † RIP 7:00 PM Luisa Ruiz Mejia † RIP

    Monday 6:30 AM Maria Tran Thi Mai † RIP 8:15 AM All Souls † RIP

    Tuesday 8:15 AM Maria Lam Thi Minh † RIP 5:30 PM Maria Thuyet † RIP 7:00 PM Margarita Torres † RIP

    Wednesday 6:30 AM All Souls † RIP

    8:15 AM Anna Lien Huong † RIP Thursday

    6:30 AM AnnaNguyenThanhHuong† RIP 8:15 AM Maria Tran Thi Oanh † RIP

    Friday 8:15 AM Mr & Mrs. Quy SI 5:30 PM All Souls † RIP 7:00 PM Maria & Hipolito † RIP

    SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES

    Sunday: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Tuesday: Julian Calendar Theophany (Epiphany) Wednesday: St. Fabian; St. Sebastian Thursday: St. Agnes Friday: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Saturday: St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope; Blessed Virgin Mary

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY ! Your donations for the week of January 9 – January 10, 2016

    $ 24,035.00 Your weekly support have been used to sustain the ministries and ongoing operating needs of our parish.

    READINGS FOR THE WEEK

    Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mk 2:18-22 Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89:20-22, 27-28; Mk 2:23-28 Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Mk 3:1-6 Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Ps 56:2-3, 9-13; Mk 3:7-12 Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11; Mk 3:13-19, or any of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer Saturday: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 5-7; Mk 3:20-21 Sunday: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30 [12-14, 27]; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

    SURPRISES Life is full of surprises, some pleasant, some not. The scriptures are filled with sto- ries of God’s surprises cropping up when they are least expected: younger children ob- taining the inheritance; the lowliest being seated highest up; an itinerant preacher, killed like a criminal, exalted to eternal, heavenly glory. Anybody who has planned a wedding or similar event knows that they are filled with opportunities for surprises. For the bridegroom in today’s Gospel story, who has no direct contact with Jesus, the pleasant surprise came because somebody else paid attention and had faith in Jesus. We may think that the point of today’s familiar story of the wedding at Cana is that when we have faith in Jesus, our lives will be pleasantly changed. A Christian, however, needs to have a broader perspective and realize that to have faith in Christ means that somebody’s life—not necessarily our own—will be surprised for the better.

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    Becky Brewer, Dani Araujo, JJ Mendez, Araujo Family, Fred Gonzalez, Mike Gonzalez, Lucy Sanchez, Tom Wil- liams, Travis Johnson Huismans, Pamela Hall, Timothy Padilla, Ivan Torres.

    Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, you have shouldered the burden of our weakness and borne our sufferings in your own passion and death. Hear this prayer for our sick brothers and sister whom you have redeemed. Strengthen their hope of salva- tion and sustain them in body and soul, for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

    God, our shelter and our strength, you listen in love to the cry of your people: hear the prayers we offer for our departed brothers and sisters. Cleanse them of their sins and grant them the full- ness of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Joe Phanning, Phaolo Nguyen Quyet, Giuse Steven Phu Tran, Maria Nguyen Tran Mai, Lucille Walker, GioanAna Pham Thi Thao, Maria de la Luz Juarez, Juan Gonzalez, Theresa Nguyen Thanh Tin, Giuse Richard Dang, Sandra Maria Guadalupe, Vincent Hai Viet Vu.

    TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Although our tradition carries a long memory of marriage as a sacrament, it may surprise you to learn that for nearly eleven centu- ries, there was no single wedding ceremony approved for use in the Church. While we have evidence of priests blessing marriages as early as the second century, in the early period church leaders relied on civil authorities to manage marriage for everyone in society. In most cases, society yielded its authority to sanction marriage to the male heads of households. From ancient times, marriage had been a family affair, managed by the father of the family, who acted as priest and guardian of fami- ly tradition. Each head wanted to keep the family gods alive, and so he would arrange for brides for his sons, paying a “bride price” as compensation for the loss of a skilled household worker. As creepy as that sounds, it was a step up from the kidnapping practice of earli- er years. Even after the kidnapping raids stopped, the customs re- mained. Every wedding contained the ritualized kidnapping of the bride, the husband abducting his bride from the festivities, carrying her over the threshold to prevent her father’s gods from following her into her new religion. There, he fed her a piece of “sacred cake,” initiating her into a new way of life. It’s fascinating to see how cus- toms endure, long after we have completely rejected the values and attitudes they originally expressed! —Rev. James Field

    Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adul- teress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!" You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who mani- fests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God. Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

    Trina Pham and Minh Nguyen On your marriage

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

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    ST. BARBARA KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

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    COÄNG ÑOAØN THAÙNH GIUSE THOÂNG BAÙO

    CAÀU CHO NGÖÔØI QUA ÑÔØI Trong niềm tin vào sự Phục Sinh của Đức Kitô, nguyện xin Chúa ban Phúc Trường Sinh cho:

    Cụ Phaolô Nguyễn Quyết qua đời ngày 29 tháng 12, 2015, hưởng thọ 84 năm.

    Cụ Joe Phanning (AKA: Phan Ninh) qua đời ngày 6 tháng 1, 2016, hưởng thọ 90 năm.

    THÔNG BÁO

    1. GIỜ GIẢI TỘI: Kể từ tháng giêng năm 2016, giáo xứ sẽ không có giờ giải tội vào thứ Bảy hàng tuần. Giờ giải tội sẽ như sau: Thứ Hai: 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM Tiếng Anh

    Thứ Ba: 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM Tiếng Anh, Tây Ban nha,và Việt nam Thứ Sáu: 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM Tiếng Anh, Tây Ban nha,và Việt nam