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Mark your calendars for the best Omelet Breakfast under the Big Top! Sunday, December 6, 8:00am-12:00pm OLF Gymnasium. Tickets $10 Available in School and Parish office. All proceeds benefit graduation for 8th grade class.

Texas Roadhouse Dinner
Don’t forget to pick up your Texas Road- house dinner on Wednesday December
2nd for those who purchased tickets. Dinner can be picked up via drive-thru at school front parking lot or you can dine at the Old Hall.

Our St. Vincent de Paul Society has an ongoing need for canned chicken, Hamburger/Tuna/Chicken Helper, canned meals, canned fruits, boxed side dishes, and pancake mix and syrup. Your help is greatly appreciated and goes directly to the many people we help each week. Thank you for your generosity.

Modesto Catholic Professional & Business Club
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Speaker: John Surla, executive chef/owner of Surla’s and parishioner at St. Joseph. RSVP at cpbcmodesto@gmail.com , at http://www.cpbc- modesto.org/ or Cathy (209) 968-8086. Mass 6:30 am at St. Stanislaus Church 7th & J.
Location Change For The December Meeting
SURLA’S, 431 12th St. Networking: 7 AM, Breakfast and Speaker: 7:15 AM $15 for members, $20 non-members


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The Immaculate Conception Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8
A Holy Day Of Obligation

Mass Schedule
English – 8:00 AM
English – 9:00 AM
English – 12:15 PM
English – 6:00 PM
Spanish – 7:30 PM

November 29, 2015 - First Sunday of Advent

Besides a new liturgical year, this Advent features an additional “beginning”—next week’s opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a graced opportunity to contemplate more profoundly and live more concretely the mystery of God’s unconditional love. Pope Francis says that mercy, as the bridge connecting God and the human family, opens our hearts to welcome God’s love for us sinners and our eyes to recognize others, especially society’s least loved and most vulnerable, as brothers and sisters entrusted to our care. Today’s scriptures provide a perfect Jubilee preparation. Jeremiah comforts us with the promise of God’s justice; Paul challenges us to abound in love for all; Luke bids us anticipate Jesus’ future coming as the joyful advent of our redemption. But in a unique way, this Jubilee Year’s Advent reminds us that Jesus, whose coming we await, is already present among us, in those for whom we need to become instruments of God’s mercy.

-Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

Corporal Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.

counsel the doubtful
instruct the ignorant
admonish sinners
comfort the afflicted
forgive offenses
bear wrongs patiently
pray for the living and the dead

Which one or more of these works is
God calling you to focus on during the Year of Mercy?

Advent begins this weekend.
As we enter the season of Advent we will be using a new version of the Breaking Bread missal. Today’s Missal and Today’s Music Issue will be in the pews for your use. This version is a seasonal missal. Today’s Missal will have both English and Spanish readings in one volume.
The section of Spanish readings is marked with a gray bar on the edges. You may also appreciate that this new version is LARGE PRINT.
Please take a few moments to explore our new missal.
35th Annual Guadalupe Procession and Eucharist Celebration
Join Bishop Blaire on Sunday, December 6, at 12:00 pm. Pilgrimage begins at St. Mary of the Assumption, Stockton, followed by Mass at 2:15 pm at the Stockton Arena. This year’s theme is Under the Merciful Mantel of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Feed the hungry is one of the corporal works of mercy. Pilgrims are invited to bring non-perishable items to the gathering site at St. Mary’s or to the entrance doors at the Arena. Food will be distributed through Catholic Charities Food Bank. For information contact the Office of Hispanic Ministry at 466-0636, ext. 627 or 628.

Remembering our loved ones
We have our Book of the Dead in the Narthex for you to enter the names of those you wish to have remembered during November. The names will be burned after Mass on Monday, November 30.

Second Collection
November 28 & 29—5th Sunday collection for St. Vincent de Paul Society

Save The Date:
Our Lady of Fatima presents: “The Way” with special guest John Sablan, World Ablaze Apostolate Wednesday and Thursday, December 16th and 17th in the
Old Hall 6:30-8:30 p.m. both nights. Music led by Franz Casiano

Early Bulletin Deadlines
During November and December we have several early bulletin deadlines. Make sure to get your information in early so we get it out timely.

Youth Group is open to all 6-12 graders. Weekly gatherings will be on Saturday evenings from 6:15-8 pm in Innisfree (behind the parish office). Please contact Katie Steffanic, Youth Minister, at 524-7421 or Ksteffanic@gmail.com with any questions.

Are you willing to spend a few minutes to find out about an experience that can make your good marriage even better? The next Marriage Encounter Weekends are: Feb 12-14, 2016 in Modesto, CA and in . Early Registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: http://www.stocktonwwme.org or contact John & Angelica at applications@stocktonwwme.org or 209-691-0603.

December 3 at 5:30pm in the CCHS Gym – Open House
Central Catholic High School would like to invite all junior high students in the parish to attend our Open House on Thursday, December 3 from 5:30pm-8pm.
The students will participate in an amazing race around campus, meet students and teachers. Parents will attend informational workshops including scholarship information. It has fun for the whole family and includes dinner! Please call the school at 524-9611 to reserve a spot. And bring a friend.

My Dear People,
As we begin the season of Advent a new Church year, and the Year of Mercy, we hear the call to welcome the stranger and to be open to the living Christ. I pray with you that we may be transformed during this season of longing for the presence of Jesus in our lives and in our world.
May you and everyone you love be blessed with the light of Christ shining in your lives of faith.

Yours in Christ Jesus, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton




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For security our parking lot gates will be closed at 8:15 am on school days. The sliding gate between the old hall and Church will remain closed. If you are attending weekday morning Mass we ask that you please park on the street or the parking lot in front of the school.


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Mass Schedule

Holy Days
7:30 pm Vietnamese Vigil
8:00 am, 9:00 am (school)
12:15 pm English
6:00 pm English
7:30 pm Spanish
Sacrament of Penance
Saturdays  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday-Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Parish Office: 524-7421
School Office: 524-4170
Email: school@olfmodesto.com
Religious Education: 491-3462
RCIA: 491-3468
Youth Ministry: 524-7421

Saturday Anticipated Mass
5:00 pm English
6:30 pm Spanish
8 am, 10 am and 6 pm English
12:00 Noon Spanish
3:30 pm Vietnamese
Daily Mass

8:00 am (Monday-Saturday) English
6:30 pm (Tuesday & Thursday) Spanish

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