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  • Saint Catharine of Alexandria Church 1119 41st Street, Brooklyn, New York 11218 - 1999

    Parish Staff Reverend Jose Agustin Orellana, Pastor Reverend Dariusz P. Strzelecki, Parochial Vicar Reverend Jon Ukaegbu Deacon Dean Dobbins, Director/ Business Manager Deacon Gustavo Medina

    Rectory Office Tel: (718) 436-5917 FAX (718) 871-5140 Rectory Hours: 9:00 AM-12:00PM; 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Evening by appointment only Office Administrator: Luis A. Martinez

    Religious Education Office Tel: (718) 633-1304 Coordinator: Mrs. Grace Olavarria Secretary: Mrs. Isabel Reyes The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    Please call the Rectory Office

    Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday (Vigil): 5:00 PM in English Sunday: 8:30 AM in English

    10:00 AM in Polish 11:30 AM in Spanish

    Weekday Mass Schedule Monday-Saturday 8:45 AM in English Wednesday:7:30 PM in Spanish Every first Friday: 8:45 AM in English

    7:00 PM in Spanish 8:00 PM in Polish

    Holy Days of Obligation - Please consult the Bulletin

    Sacrament of Reconciliation Confessions: Mon.- Sat. 8:30 AM- 8:45 AM Sat. 4:00 PM-4:45 PM & by appointment: call parish office

    Sacrament of Baptism for Infants English: First Saturday of the Month Polish: Second Saturday of the Month Spanish: Third Saturday of the Month

    Please call the Rectory Office for Registrations

    Sacrament of Marriage Arrangements must be made at least six months to a year with one of the Priests.

    New Parishioners Please register by visting our Parish Rectory

  • †Masses for the Week†

    Sunday, December 1st 8:30am 10:00am †Kazimierz Orszulak i Mierysław 11:30am †Andres & Carmen Soriano– Pedida por Familia Soriano †Elena Leal– Pedida por Leticia Nava †Blanca Balbuena Monday, December 2nd 8:45am Tuesday, December 3th 8:45am Wednesday, December 4th 8:45am 7:30pm †Jose German Navarro– Pedida por su Familia Thursday, December 5th 8:45am †Mary Cerniglia Friday, December 6th 8:45am 7:00pm 8:00pm Saturday, December 7th 8:45am 5:00pm

    This Week in our Parish

    Sunday, December 1st Monday, December 1st

    • Catholic Charismatic Renewal (Spanish) Parish Hall: 7pm– 9:30pm Tuesday, December 1st

    Wednesday, December 1st

    • Young at Heart (Senior’s Club) Annex: 9am– 2pm • Ultreya de Cursillos de Cristiandad Annex Room A-1: After Spanish Mass • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (English) Rectory Basement: 7:30pm Thursday, December 1st

    • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Spanish) Rectory Basement: 7:30pm Friday, December 1st

    • Jornada de Vida Cristiana (Youth Group) Annex Room A-2: 6:30pm to 9pm • Catholic Charismatic Renewal (Spanish) Annex Room A-3: 8pm– 9:30pm Saturday, December 1st

    • NO CCD CLASSES • Infant Baptism in English at 12pm • Baptismal Interviews (Spanish) Rectory: 10am– 12pm

    PLEASE PRAY FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED: Geraldine Messina, Emilia Rojas, John Caldaro, Roberto Donis, Dimitry Ignatyshyn, Lisa Carrasquillo

    PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING SICK: Deacon Gustavo Medina, Angela Spagnolo, Alloyse Chong, Jessica Decavallas, Francesco Pecoraro, Lucio Dolcie,

    Maria Pagan, Martha Matos, Jazmayra Cedano, Diana Pratt, Lisa Foxwell, Francisco & Pedro Nieves.

    Please call the Rectory to place your loved ones on the Deceased or Sick list. Thank you


    The Weekly Gift to our Church and the Second Collection for November 23 & 24, 2019 amounted

    to $3,301 Goal: $4,000

    We would like to thank everyone for their generous support!

    Generations of Faith

    Parish Goal: $255,000 Pledged: $388,246 Raised: $199,646

    Annual Catholic Appeal 2019

    Parish Goal: $21,426 Pledged: $27,368 Rais ed: $25,779

    Thank you for your generosity!

    First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2019

    Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush. —Anonymous

  • TODAY’S READINGS First Reading — All the peoples shall stream toward the Lord’s house (Isaiah 2:1-5). Psalm — Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord (Psalm 122). Second Reading — It is the hour to cast off the dark and clothe ourselves in the light (Romans 13:11–14). Gospel — Stay awake! Be prepared! The Son of Man will come when you least expect (Matthew 24:37-44). READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Is 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-9; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Lk 10:21-24 Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday: Is 26:1-6; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a; Mt 7:21, 24-27 Friday: Is 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Mt 9:27-31 Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-6; Mt 9:35 — 10:1 Sunday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: First Sunday of Advent; World AIDS Awareness Day Tuesday: St. Francis Xavier Wednesday: St. John Damascene Friday: St. Nicholas; First Friday Saturday: St. Ambrose; First Saturday; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2019

    “You . . . must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

    — Matthew 24:44

    SAINT JOHN OF DAMASCUS (c. 675-749) December 4 From almost 1300 years ago, John’s message for the church’s spirituality and mission is surprisingly contemporary. Pope Benedict said that in our modern culture of images, sacred images often speak more eloquently than words. This “incarnational theology,” the concept that visible, tangible elements can give believers access to divine realities beyond, found an eloquent champion in John of Damascus. He challenged the Iconoclasts (image-breakers), whose misinterpretation of the biblical prohibition of idolatrous images (Exodus 20:4-5) led them to campaign for the destruction of all sacred art. Before this controversy, however, John bore witness to Christ in a way that provides a timely example for Christians in today’s pluralistic society. Succeeding his grandfather and father, John

    served as chief financial officer to the Muslim caliph, professing his Christian faith without compromise, while winning the esteem of his Islamic sovereign by his competence and integrity. No wonder John could eloquently defend icons as “windows into heaven”—he had already learned to see Christ in the living icons of people different from himself yet fashioned in the same divine image! —Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

    HOPEFUL EXPECTATION Our liturgical year begins with the season of Advent—a time of hopeful expectation of the coming of the Lord. On the First Sunday of Advent we look forward to the end of time when we will awaken to the dawn of Christ’s new day. Today we hear Isaiah speak of a day when God’s power will have brought universal peace and God’s Word will have instructed all people, radiating God’s “light” (teachings) into all of human society. Only when humanity walks “in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5), when all people desire to be instructed “in [God’s] ways” (Isaiah 2:3), will the world be set aright and our deepest longings fulfilled. The reading from Romans calls us to “awake from sleep” for this final “day is at hand” (Romans 13:11, 12). Together this Sunday’s scriptures proclaim our Christian faith that Jesus is the One who will finally come to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

    First Sunday of Advent TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Long ago in northern Europe, the growing dark and winter weather in Advent forced people to remove the wheels from their carts and replace them with snow runners. The wheels were hung high in the rafters of the house, fitted out with lanterns, and wound tightly with evergreen boughs. The first wreaths were windows into heaven, a source of light, a comforting sign of the victory of the light of Christ over our world’s dark wildernesses, its mountainous obstacles, its valleys of need. The Advent wreath started in the home, and only later appeared in church. Its four candles represent the four Sundays of our journey: typically three purple, one rose. Why not set a wreath in your own home as a place for Advent prayer? Don’t let a shortage of purple candles discourage you: some use a deep blue,

    others have white candles and weave blue and purple flowers, seashells, and pine cones into the green. When the sun sets tonight, light a single candle, sing a verse of a well-loved Advent hymn, and name a mountain to be leveled, a valley to be filled. —James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.


    Monday, December 18, 2019, has been designated as Reconciliation Monday for Advent. All parishes

    in the Diocese of Brooklyn will have priests available to hear confessions from 4:00pm – 8:00pm,

    this includes all the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York.

  • LECTURAS DE HOY Primera lectura — Todas las naciones confluirán hacia el monte del Señor (Isaías 2:1-5). Salmo — Qué alegría cuando me dijeron: “Vamos a la casa del Señor” (Salmo 122 [121]). Segunda lectura — Ya es el momento de que se despierten del sueño (Romanos 13:11-14). Evangelio — Velen, pues, y estén preparados para la venida del Hijo del hombre (Mateo 24:37-44). LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: Is 4:2-6; Sal 122 (121):1-9; Mt 8:

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