Holy Family Catholic Church | Van Alstyne, TX


March 25, 2012 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

Holy Family Catholic Church O God, bless our family, all its members and friends, with your many gifts of love.

The New Covenant

We need you every day to keep us safe from harm, to heal the hurts we cause, to begin together afresh. Help us to be kind and patient with each other’s burdens and cares and not to miss the wonderful gifts that together we share. Bless our family; gracious God, Bless us, every one. Amen

Mailing Address: P O Box 482 Van Alstyne TX, 75495 Parish Office: 903-482-6322 For a Priest: 972-542-4667 Website: www.holyfamily-vanalstyne.org

The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house if Israel and the house of Judah.

Clergy Fr. Salvador Guzmán, Pastor Fr. Arthur Unachukwu, Parochial Vicar Deacon Patrick A. Hayes

Mass Schedule Sunday: 9:00 am - English Mass 12:00 pm - Spanish Mass Thursday: 9:00 am - Daily Mass


Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 25, 2012 SACRAMENTS



Baptisms in English: Call for appointment Baptisms in Spanish: 1st Sunday of each month

May 26, 2012 Saturday 10:00 am at Holy Family

Pre Baptismal Class Registration: Registration required by the Sunday before class begins. Classes are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please call Parish office.

Parents: Bring copy of child’s birth certificate. Both parents must attend class.

Anointing of the Sick Reconciliation/Confession Immediately following the 1st Mass Marriage/Wedding

Godparents: Must be practicing Catholics. Copy of marriage certificate through the Catholic church. Both godparents must attend class. As a courtesy, please do not bring children to class.

Both must be free to marry in the Catholic Church. Arrangements should be made at least 6 months prior to planned Wedding date.

First Communion

Talk to you Parish priest or call Fr. Rudy Garcia, Director of Vocations of the Diocese of Dallas at 214-379-2860.

June 9, 2012 Saturday 10:00 am at Holy Family

Ivah Abraham Tony Pierce Evelia Santibanez Pat Rountree Courtney Hicks Jose C. Sanchez Vonnie McClean Deacon Ray Smith Ron Thomas Brenda Adams Jeannette Sanchez Suzie Keeton Darcy Zufall Corinne Lageose Dave Parker John Hibbard

Holy Orders/Priesthood

Weekly Calendar

Elizandra Torres Julie Anderson Francisco Sanchez Miguel Arias Forinda Sanchez Justin Brazil Barbara Heath Tommie Rosenthal

St. Michael the Archangel

Sunday, March 25 8:30 am Rosary 9:00 am Mass 10:15 am-11:15 am Faith Formation 12:00 pm Spanish Mass Monday, March 26 9:00 am Rosary Tuesday, March 27 Wednesday, March 28 6-7:00 pm Faith Formation Thursday, March 29 9:00 am Mass 9:30 am Bible Class 7-9:30 pm Spanish Youth Choir Friday, March 30 7-9:30 pm Spanish Adult Choir Saturday, March 31 1:00 pm Quince

Living Stewardship Now Holy Week Schedule: April 5 - 7 Holy Thursday: The Lord’s Supper ● Bilingual Mass @ 7pm ● Washing of the Feet ● Night watch with the Lord until 12 midnight in the Chapel Holy Friday: The Passion of the Lord ● Live Way of the Cross @ 3pm (Spanish) ● Celebration of the Passion @ 5:30pm (English) ● Veneration of the Cross followed by Stations of the Cross ● Celebration of the Passion @ 7:30pm (Spanish) ● Veneration of the Cross followed by Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil ● Bilingual Mass @ 8pm ● Service of the fire/ Pascal Candle ● Baptism of the catechumens

“We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the gift of God.” —Saint Vincent de Paul (1580–1660), French priest, religious founder, servant of the poor

Offering March 25, 2012 A endance: Offering:

449 $ 1,771.77

Catholic Relief Services: $ 539.75

Searching for God Among Many Voices


We are surrounded by many voices. There's rarely a moment within our waking lives that someone or something isn't calling out to us and, even in our sleep, dreams and nightmares ask for our attention. And each voice has its own particular cadence and message. Some voices invite us in, promising us life if we do this or that or buy a certain product or idea; others threaten us. Some voices beckon us towards hated, bitterness, and anger, while others challenge is towards love, graciousness, and forgiveness. Some voices tell us that they are playful and humorous, not to be taken seriously, even as others trumpet that they are urgent and weighty, the voice of non-negotiable truth, God's voice. Within all of these: Which is the voice of God? How do we recognize God's voice among and within all of these voices? That's not easy to answer. God, as the scriptures tell us, is the author of everything that's good, whether it bears a religious label or not. Hence, God's voice is inside of many things that are not explicitly connected to faith and religion, just as God's voice is also not in everything that masquerades as religious. But how do we discern that? Jesus leaves us a wonderful metaphor to work with, but it's precisely only a metaphor: He tells us that he is the "Good Shepherd" and that his sheep will recognize his voice among all other voices. In sharing this metaphor, he is drawing upon a practice that was common among shepherds at the time: At night, for protection and companionship, shepherds would put their flocks together into a common enclosure. They would then separate the sheep in the morning by using their voices. Each shepherd had trained his sheep to be attuned to his voice and his voice only. The shepherd would walk away from the enclosure calling his sheep, often times by their individual names, and they would follow him. His sheep were so attuned to his voice that they would not follow the voice of another shepherd, even if that shepherd tried to trick them (shepherds often did this to try to steal someone else's sheep) by imitating the voice of their own shepherd. Like a baby who, at a point, will no longer be cuddled by the voice of a babysitter, but wants and needs the voice of the mother, each sheep recognized intimately the voice that was safeguarding them and would not follow another voice. So too with us: among all the voices that surround and beckon us, how do we discern the unique cadence of God's voice? Which is the voice of the Good Shepherd? There's no easy answer and sometimes the best we can do is to trust our gut-feeling about right and wrong. But we have a number of principles that come to us from Jesus, from scripture, and from the deep wells of our Christian tradition that can help us. What follows is a series of principles to help us discern God's voice among the multitude of voices that beckon us. What is the unique cadence of the voice of the Good Shepherd? · The voice of God is recognized both in whispers and in soft tones, even as it is recognized in thunder and in storm. · The voice of God is recognized wherever one sees life, joy, health, color, and humor, even as it is recognized wherever one sees dying, suffering, conscripted poverty, and a beaten-down spirit. · The voice of God is recognized in what calls us to what's higher, sets us apart, and invites us to holiness, even as it is recognized in what calls us to humility, submergence into humanity, and in that which refuses to denigrate our humanity. · The voice of God is recognized in what appears in our lives as "foreign", as other, as "stranger", even as it is recognized in the voice that beckons us home. · The voice of God is the one that most challenges and stretches us, even as it the only voice that ultimately soothes and comforts us. · The voice of God enters our lives as the greatest of all powers, even as it forever lies in vulnerability, like a helpless baby in the straw. · The voice of God is always heard in privileged way in the poor, even as it beckons us through the voice of the artist and the intellectual. · The voice of God always invites us to live beyond all fear, even as it inspires holy fear. · The voice of is heard inside the gifts of the Holy Spirit, even as it invites us never to deny the complexities of our world and our own lives. · The voice of God is always heard wherever there is genuine enjoyment and gratitude, even as it asks us to deny ourselves, die to ourselves, and freely relativize all the things of this world. The voice of God, it would seem, is forever found in paradox.

Lay Carmelite Class Starting Soon Would you like to deepen your prayer life and become a more inƟmate friend of God? Lay Carmelites are called to be involved in the mission of the Church to sancƟfy the world through prayer. We are mothers and fathers, students, and single people going about our everyday lives while reaching out to everyone in a loving way by our example. Our role models are the prophet Elijah in his zeal for the Lord, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, for teaching us the way of contemplaƟve prayer. By seeking God’s will in all circumstances, we respond to the call to live the Gospel in our daily lives. We study and meet together for mutual support. NEW CLASS STARTING! The Lay Carmelites are accepƟng candidates to begin formaƟon classes soon. For more informaƟon on becoming a Lay Carmelite, call Lydia Ford at (214) 240–1420 or Celine Powers at (903) 962–0351.

News /Meeting Schedules/Events ATTENTION: MEN OF HOLY FAMILY Have You Registered Yet????

Faith Formation/FORMACION DE FE 1st Communion has been moved to Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00 am. Se a cambiado la fecha de la Primera Comunion para el Sabado, 9 de Junio del 2012 a las 10:00 A.M.

Prince of Peace/Catholic Brothers of Christ When: Saturday April 28th 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Where:

5100 Plano Pkwy. West

Catholic Relief Services Thank you for your generous support of The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your generosity will help reunite families, teach valuable life skills to those seeking a better life, and meet the vital humanitarian needs of many people. Please visit www.usccb.org/ national collections to learn how your donations are making a difference. Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo a The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Su generosidad ayudará a reuni. car familias, a enseñar invaluables conocimientos básicos para la vida a aquellos que buscan una vida mejor y a responder a las necesidades humanitarias vitales de muchas personas. Por favor, visiten www.usccb.org/nationalcollections para que vean la diferencia que hacen sus donativos.

Prince of Peace Catholic Community

Plano, TX 75023

Open to men 18 years of age and older. * Speakers from EWTN’s “Crossing the Goal” * Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation, Mass. * Online registration is preferred and limited to the first 1,000 men…cost is $25 per person before April 24th, 2012 and $35 per person after April 24th, 2012 with a $1.50 processing fee. * Carpool from Holy Family the morning of the event . * Please contact Co-Captains Arthur Atteberry, Zeb Genn, or David Murphy for additional information.

Haven’t Been to Confession in a while? Interested, but worry you do not remember how to give a good Confession. Visit our diocesan website, www.cathdal.org for resources on How to Go Confession. Then, stop by St. Michael's in McKinney on Wednesday, April 4th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. For the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Building Fund Pledges will take place once we finalize Plans. This will give families time to consider what kind of a Pledge they will be able to make. Expansion cannot begin until the Funding has been Pledged.

Chrism Mass Invitation A reminder to parishes that all are welcome to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe, on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. Each year at the Chrism Mass, the priests of the diocese publicly renew their Priestly Promises and Bishop Farrell consecrates chrism and blesses the holy oils for the coming year. This is a beautiful and prayerful way to begin the journey of Holy Week. There is plentiful open seating for guests from our parishes

Las ofrendas para los Fondos de Construccion se llevaran a cabo una vez que se hayan finalizado los planos. Esto dara suficiente tiempo a las familias de considerar que tipo de ofrenda pueden ofrecer. La expansion no podra comenzar hasta que la financiacion haya sido ofrecida/comprometida.

El proceso de sublimación y lo sublime

Ron Rolheiser ,OMI

La celebración es algo paradójico, creado por una interacción dinámica entre la anticipación y la realización o cumplimiento, entre el anhelo y la consumación, entre lo ordinario y lo especial, entre el trabajo y la diversión. La vida y el amor deben celebrarse dentro de un cierto ritmo “ayuno-fiesta”. Tiempos de diversión siguen, de la forma más provechosa, a etapas de trabajo; tiempos de consumación se realzan con etapas de anhelo, y tiempos de intimidad crecen partiendo de etapas de soledad. La presencia depende de la ausencia, la intimidad de la soledad, el juego o diversión dependen del trabajo. ¡Hasta Dios mismo descansó, pero solamente después de trabajar seis días! Nosotros forcejeamos hoy con esto. Muchas de nuestras fiestas resultan sosas, sin gracia, porque no ha habido un ayuno previo. En otros tiempos, por lo general había un largo ayuno que precedía y conducía a una fiesta. Y entonces seguía una celebración gozosa. Hoy en día hemos invertido el proceso: hay una celebración prematura y prolongada que conduce a la fiesta; y después viene el ayuno. Tomemos como ejemplo la Navidad: El tiempo de Adviento, en efecto, da comienzo a la celebración de Navidad. Aparecen ya las fiestas, las cenas, las compras, los regalos, las decoraciones y las luces, y comienza a sonar la música típica de Navidad. Cuando por fin llega la Navidad, estamos ya saciados de los deleites y encantos del tiempo navideño; nos sentimos cansados, saturados con las cosas de Navidad, listos ya para seguir adelante en la vida normal. El día mismo de Navidad estamos ya dispuestos a volver a la vida ordinaria. El tiempo de Navidad solía durar antes hasta principios de febrero. Ahora, siendo realistas, se acaba el 25 de Diciembre. Pero no ha sido así siempre. Tradicionalmente la tensión y progresión iban dirigidas hacia la fiesta; la celebración venía a continuación. Hoy en día la fiesta llega primero, el ayuno viene después. Pero esto en realidad nos hace más pobres. Sin un previo ayuno no hay mucha sublimidad en la fiesta. A un colega mío le gusta decir que nuestra sociedad sabe cómo anticipar un acontecimiento, pero no cómo mantenerlo. Eso es verdad sólo en parte. No es tanto que no sepamos cómo mantener algo, sino que no sabemos cómo anticiparlo y prepararlo propiamente. Mezclamos la anticipación con la celebración misma porque nos resulta difícil vivir sin consumación y en tensión no cumplida o calmada. Y no nos preocupamos por resolverlo. El anhelar y el ayunar no son precisamente nuestro punto fuerte; tampoco lo es el festejar o celebrar. Porque no podemos progresar propiamente hacia la fiesta, tampoco podemos celebrarla propiamente. Tenemos que alimentar la celebración a base de paradoja: Para festejar o celebrar, tenemos antes que ayunar; para llegar a una auténtica consumación en el amor debemos primero vivir en castidad; y para degustar lo que es especial, tenemos que haber experimentado previamente lo ordinario. Cuando el ayuno, la falta de consumación y el ritmo ordinario de la vida sufren un cortocircuito, entonces la fatiga del espíritu, el aburrimiento y la decepción reemplazan a la celebración y nos quedamos invariablemente con el sentimiento de vaciedad: “¿Eso es todo?”, decimos. Pero nos pasa eso porque hemos provocado un corto circuito, un atajo, en un largo proceso. Algo puede llegar a ser realmente sublime sólo si antes se da un proceso de sublimación. Soy suficientemente “viejo” para haber conocido otros tiempos. Como nuestro tiempo actual, aquel tenía también sus fallos, pero tenía también sus puntos fuertes. Uno de estos puntos fuertes consistía en la creencia, una creencia viva, de que la celebración depende de un previo ayuno y de que lo sublime exige un previo proceso de sublimación. Guardo clara memoria de los tiempos de Cuaresma de mi infancia. ¡Qué estricto era entonces aquel tiempo! Ayuno y renuncia: sin bodas, sin bailes, con fiestas reducidas, pocas bebidas, postres solamente los domingos y, hablando en general, había “menos” de todo aquello que constituyera algo extraordinario y sugiriera celebración. Las iglesias se cubrían de morado. ¡Los colores eran oscuros y la atmósfera era penitencial, pero la fiesta que seguía, la Pascua, era realmente especial! Quizás sea mi nostalgia la que habla, mayormente; después de todo, yo era joven entonces, ingenuo y carente de malicia y dispuesto a encontrarme con la fiesta de Pascua y con otras celebraciones con un espíritu más anhelante. Puede que sea así, pero el clima especial que rodeaba las fiestas ha muerto debido a otra razón, a saber, ya no las anticipamos ni nos preparamos para ellas de forma apropiada. Hacemos atajos y corotocircuitos en el ayuno, en la falta de consumación y en el anhelo requerido previamente. Dicho sencillamente, ¿cómo puede ser especial Navidad cuando llegamos al 25 de diciembre exhaustos de cenas y fiestas navideñas? ¿Cómo puede ser “especial” la fiesta de Pascua de Resurrección cuando hemos tratado a la Cuaresma justamente como cualquier otro tiempo litúrgico? ¿Cómo, realmente, puede algo ser sublime cuando hemos perdido nuestra capacidad de sublimación? Hoy en día la ausencia del elemento “especial” genuino y del placer en nuestra vida se debe en gran parte al colapso de este ritmo. En una palabra, la Navidad ya no es especial porque la hemos celebrado ya durante el Adviento, las bodas ya no son especiales porque el novio ha dormido ya con la novia, y experiencias de todo tipo son con frecuencia sosas, sin mordiente e incapaces de excitarnos, porque las hemos experimentado prematuramente. La experiencia prematura es mala sencillamente porque es prematura; no hay otra razón. Celebrar la Navidad durante el Adviento, celebrar Pascua de Resurrección sin ayunar previamente, provocar el cortocircuito del deseo en cualquier área es como dormir con la novia antes de la boda, un fallo en la castidad. Toda experiencia prematura tiene el efecto de drenarnos de gran entusiasmo y grandes expectaciones (que sólo pueden formarse por medio de la sublimación, la tensión y el penoso esperar).Estamos ahora justamente en tiempo de Cuaresma. Si empleamos este tiempo para ayunar, para intensificar nuestro anhelo, para levantar nuestra temperatura síquica, y para aprender qué tipos de gestación pueden desarrollarse en el crisol de la castidad, entonces la fiesta posterior tendrá la posibilidad de ser sublime.

Fifth Week of Lent Operation Rice Bowl Reflection: The New Covenant In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah describes a new covenant – one which is written on our hearts. As Christians, we believe that this new covenant is fulfilled in Jesus. This week through Operation Rice Bowl, we learn about malnourished children and expectant mothers in India whose health has been compromised by their poverty. We pray that we may open our hearts to the needs of the poor and vulnerable. We fast, not merely from our excess, but from our very substance, so that new life may come to all ho suffer from poverty, illness and injustice. We give so that CRS-trained health care workers can help improve the lives of women and children throughout the world..



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Fifth Sunday of Lent; Third Scrutiny The Annunciation of the Lord Abstinence

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