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NOVEMBER 25, 2012

† From the Pastor † Parish Staff Fr. Stephen W. Bierschenk Pastor Ext. 107 Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro Parochial Vicar Ext.112 Monsignor John F. Meyers Pastor Emeritus Deacon Abel Cortes Deacon Larry Lucido Deacon Bob Marrinan Deacon Brian Mitchell Deacon Michael Weston St. Monica Church Offices (214)358-1453 Fax: (214)351-1887 Annette Díaz Parish Secretary Ext. 453 Emmanuel Espiritu Director of Youth & Youth Music Ext. 103 Melissa Franks Database Manager Ext. 111 Marilyn Hicks Business Manager Ext.144 Nedra Rideau Accounts Payable/Receivable Ext. 176 Jared Wirths Bookkeeper Ext. 102 Jeremy Wirths Director of Music Ext. 101 Sherry Flores Communications Director Ext. 142 Faith Formation

(214)357-8549 Fax: (214)357-7802

Eldie Diaz Administrative Assistant Mariangela Byrne Director of Faith Formation

Ext. 549 Ext. 132

Ministerio Hispano (214)357-8549 Fax: (214)357-7802 Maria M. Gonzalez-Rocha Director of Hispanic Ministry Ext. 131 St. Monica School (214)351-5688 Fax: (214)352-2608 4140 Walnut Hill Ln. Dallas, TX 75229 Phil Riley Principal

n 1937 a pastor by the name of Martin Niemoeller was arrested by the Nazis in Germany and sent off to the Dachau concentration camp. Most of his time there, Niemoeller was kept confined in isolation. His only view of the outside world was a small slit in the wall, where he could see the gallows where many of the prisoners were put to death. But as time went by, Niemoeller realized that he wasn't really afraid of dying. Rather, he said that what he was most afraid of was that when they went to put the noose around his neck that he would say to h i s N a z i executioner: "There is a God in heaven, and he is going to get you." Niemoeller said: "If I had said that, how far my death would have been from that of the one that I call Lord."

temptation is to feel sorry for our self or complain to all who will listen. But, in those moments, how far we are from the one we call Lord. When we hear of an opportunity to volunteer or someone presents themselves asking for our help at an inconvenient time, our first temptation is to decide that it is someone else’s turn to help. But as we ignore opportunities to forget our self and serve another, how far we are from the one we call Lord.

It is only natural to turn to the Lord seeking help in times of trouble or calling out on behalf of a loved one. Yet, often t h e s e conversations with the Lord are reserved for times of emergency. We are tempted to look at Christ as the solver of problems instead of our constant T h i s companion and weekend we declare that Christ is King. friend. As we ignore the Lord’s As we think of his life and his public involvement in our life, how far we are ministry, the point of it all was to from the one we call Lord. declare that now there was a new The Kingdom of God is here. relationship established between human beings and God. God had God accomplished his decision to begun by choosing a group of people to restore the proper relationship of be under his protection and instruction. human beings to him through Jesus. And from the time of Abraham, God And each of us became a member of had been preparing the people of Israel that kingdom on the day we were for what was occurring through Jesus. baptized. We are not far from the one God’s kingdom now encompasses the we call Lord, for in countless decisions entire world – all nations, all peoples, every day he invites us to follow him. all time. Jesus has revealed all that –Fr. Stephen W. Bierschenk God expects of us and made it possible for us to be a part of that kingdom through our relationship with Christ.

The Kingdom of God is here

Belonging to that kingdom is our life as followers of Christ. But our constant challenge is to act and speak and pray as if that is the focus of our life. When struggles come our way or suffering touches our life, our first


Mass Intentions

Renovation Reminders The church renovation is now well underway and below are listed a few reminders about Mass locations Daily Mass at 6:45 a.m. is being celebrated in the lower lounge of the Family Center Monday through Friday.

Friday is a school Mass in the old church and parishioners and parents are invited to join them.

Daily Mass at 8 a.m. is in the lower lounge Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Sunday Masses and Saturday anticipated Mass is in the old church.

Daily Mass at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and

Eucharistic Adoration is in the Rectory

Sunday, November 25, 2012 7:30 a.m. Priest’s Intention 9:00 a.m. For Our New Parishioners 11:00 a.m. For the People of the Parish 12:30 p.m. Priest’s Intention 2:00 p.m. Priest’s Intention 5:00 p.m. Priest’s Intention

Monday, November 26, 2012

6:45 a.m. Sue P. Coles † by Karen Jones 8:00 a.m. Billy Haba † by Marjorie Haba

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

6:45 a.m. Genevieve F. Vanmeter † by The Rebones 8:00 a.m. Jedeus Tresier † by Enna Jeudy

Ministry News Youth Ministry Trading Places Do you know how lucky we are? Have you ever thought about the fortune of others? Join us next week for our Youth Night. We will talk about people who made it their lives to help others, like St. Vincent de Paul, Mother Theresa, and St. Maximillian Colbe.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:45 a.m. Urban Flusche † by Monica & Bob Noyes 8:00 a.m. Leahy † & Jenkins † Families by Terry Jenkins

Thursday, November 29, 2012

6:45 a.m. Madden & Canary † Families 8:00 a.m. Suzanne F. Dudek † by Robert Dudek

Friday, November 30, 2012

Music Ministry Advent and Christmas Concert The annual St. Monica Music Ministry Advent and Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Old Church. Admission is free. The concert will feature performances by several St. Monica groups as well as congregational singing of popular Christmas carols. The concert will include the St. Monica Choir and Orchestra, St. Monica Children's Choirs, and the St. Monica Handbell ensembles. Please consider attending and bringing others. This concert is a great opportunity to introduce new people to the St. Monica community! For details call the Parish Office at (214)358-1453.

Bishop Lynch Vocal Jazz Ensemble The Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble of Bishop Lynch High School will appear at St. Monica as part of the Music Ministry Advent and Christmas Concert on Dec. 8. They will sing several famous jazz standards of the Christmas Season. The choir includes several alumni of St. Monica School.

St. Monica School News St. Monica Bingo! The Dads’ Club and Knights of Columbus are hosting Bingo for the entire St. Monica community on Dec. 1 in the small gym from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details visit

Grandparent’s Day Grandparent’s Day will be on February 1, 2013. The day will include a Mass, breakfast and a chance to spend time with your Grandchild or Grandfriend! Register by December 1 at

Christmas Market This year’s Christmas market will be an evening filled with fun and shopping, with a variety of vendors, gifts, and holiday items to help you complete Santa’s list! Join us on Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Family Center. For details call the school office at (214) 351-5688.

6:45 a.m. McLaren † & Holland † Families 8:00 a.m. Mary Jordan † by the Jordan Family

Saturday, December 1, 2012

8:00 a.m. Ed Hickey † by Nancy & Bill Sullivan 5:00 p.m. Marquis Boutte † by Joseph Bielecki

For our Sick: Joe A. Cedillo Margaret Dundas Nancy Poullos Dorothy LaDue Louise Flournoy Franco Miramontes Francine Holmberg Thelma Leuck Cynthia Gonzales Dorothy Lucido Kevin McKool Ed Fulbright Chris Nalborski Jill Rapsey Irene Ammon Maria Gutierrez Jim Thixton Louella Marx Rosemary Salm Sally Reilly Elsie Colfrey Thomas Kane Greg Hultgren Barbara Johnson Phyllis Brandt Linda Duckworth

Juan Bernal Mary H. Plank Margaret Harrington Tammy Banks Robert Smith Michael Ammon Michelle Feust Alberto Gutierrez Elsa Lampkin Daniel Hernandez Charles Anderson Jesse Acosta Juanita Hoelscher Cliff Hughes Leo Pimentel Mary Daniels Juanita Hughes Molly Gondolf Effie McMahon Caroline Bowen Ellie Belfiglio Richard Rapsey Dorothy Joubert Victor Hurtado Judy Medlicott

For our Deceased: Mary Kay Bartlett, Mary C. Little, Maria Gallegos and John Lucido, Peter E. Refakis

Sanctuary Light This week the Sanctuary Light burning in the Chapel is for the Poor Souls in Purgatory


NOVEMBER 25, 2012

News & Events

Parish Calendar

St. Monica Christmas Angel Program God always sends blessings in abundance to each of us. Today is the day that YOU can share those blessings with others! Please consider adopting a Christmas angel after Mass. A Knight of Columbus will be there to assist you. You may also adopt one by calling the Business Office Monday through Friday at (214)357-8549 or by emailing Maria Gonzalez-Rocha at [email protected]

Poinsettia Orders Poinsettia Orders from Bishop Lynch High School Choir Sale will be ready for pick up on December 2 in classroom B-12 in the Kindergarten wing of the school. Plants will be available for pick up anytime after all Masses until 6:30 p.m. Please contact Colleen Nolan (214)538-8559 or [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of Bishop Lynch High School A Capella Choir and ROME 2013! Grazie!

St. Monica Senior Outreach Ministry Parishioners providing support to seniors in our parish, such as transportation for church services, errands, medical appointments, and grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping and other assistance. To request assistance or volunteer to help, call (214)366-7164, or visit senioroutreach.

Multicultural Live Nativity A multicultural live nativity will be held on December 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in front of St. Monica Church facing Walnut Hill. There will be four different manger scenes representing the Korean, Nigerian, Hispanic and American culture. There will be hot beverages and Christmas desserts served by each group. There will also be Christmas carols, live animals and time for prayer and reflection as the Gospel is read in different languages. All are welcome! Please call the Parish Office at (214)357-8549 for details.

Stephen Ministry God has called us to build up and encourage one another. For anyone experiencing a difficult time, Stephen Ministers can provide the encouragement, care and support needed until the crisis passes. Call us confidentially at (214)2900803.

Ho-Ho-Holy Night! The Knights of Columbus present HoHo-Holy Night! a hilarious theatrical play from the producer of Late Night Catechism. Join the Knights on Nov. 30 for the most fun you will have during Christmas! Reserved seating is $40; $25 for adults (ages 12 and older); $15 for children and seniors and free for children under five. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets visit

Sunday, November 25, 2012

11:00 a.m.—12 p.m. Nursery│114 11:30 a.m. Jóvenes Adultos│211 12:30 p.m. Lectio Divina│212 2:00 p.m. Nigerian Community Mtg│201 3:00 p.m. Divina Misericordia│Chapel 6:00 p.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel

Monday, November 26, 2012 7:30 a.m. Rosary│Chapel 8:30 a.m. Legion of Mary│Conference 9:00 a.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel 1:00 p.m. Monday Bible Study│129 6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer Group│Conf 7:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul│129

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:30 a.m. Rosary│Chapel 9:00 a.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel 9:00 a.m. 39ers│Conference 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Scripture Study│129 7:00 p.m. Imm. Heart Cenacle│Chapel 7:00 p.m. Divina Misericordia│Library 7:00 p.m. Natural Family Planning│Lib

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:30 a.m. Rosary│Chapel 9:00 a.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel 5:30 a.m. Safe Environment Class│Lib 6:30 p.m. Music Reading Class│A15 7:00 p.m. Legión de María│129

Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:30 a.m. Rosary│Chapel 9:00 a.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel 6:30 p.m. Pastoral Familiar│PF Rooms 6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry│129

Friday, November 30, 2012 Family Vocation Chalice December 1 at 5:00 p.m. Jim & Dorothy Batteas December 2 at 8:00 a.m. Bob & Monica Noyes December 2 at 9:30 a.m. Jack & Melva Gates December 2 at 11:00 a.m. Mike & Mitchell Bausch December 2 at 12:30 p.m. Frank & Ana Gonzales December 2 at 5:00 p.m. Michael & Mary Burns To participate call (214) 368-3640

7:30 a.m. Rosary│Chapel 9:00 a.m.—12 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration│Chapel 6:00 p.m. Holy Face Novena│Chapel 6:30 p.m. Ho-Ho-Holy Night│ Old Church 7:00 p.m. Apoyo Familiar│201

Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Retiro de Adviento│201 Centering Prayer Group│217 Baptism Class│109 Clase de Bautismo│201

Stewardship of Treasure for November 18, 2012 Not available at time of publication

Total Mass Attendance for November 18, 2012 was: Not available at time of publication



† De El Pastor † Cáliz Vocacional Familiar 25 de noviembre Yolanda y Pepe Venegas 2 de diciembre Carmen y Manuel Cedillo 9 de diciembre Imelda y Celerino Mejia 16 de diciembre Gladys Lopez Marroquin 23 de diciembre Iraiz Roman 30 de diciembre Zoila y Victor Guevara Para llevarse el Cáliz llame a Annette Diaz al (214) 358-1453.

Jesucristo, Rey del Universo

n 1937 un pastor llamado Martin Niemoeller fue arrestado por los Nazis en Alemania y llevado al campo de concentración. La mayoría de su tiempo ahí, Niemoeller fue confinado en aislamiento. Su única vista del mundo afuera era una pequeña abertura en la pared, donde el podía ver un horca donde mucho de los prisioneros fueron puestos a la muerte. Pero al pasar el tiempo, Niemoeller realizo que el realmente no tenia miedo de morir. Mas bien, el tenia miedo que cuando le pusieran el lazo en el cuello que el diría a su verdugo: “Hay un Dios en el cielo, y lo vas a pagar.” Niemoeller dijo, “Si lo hubiera dicho, como de largo hubiera sido mi muerte de el quien yo llamo Señor.”

nosotros mismo o quejarnos a todos quienes nos escuchan. Pero, en esos momentos, como de largo estamos del quien llamamos Señor. Cuando escuchamos de una oportunidad de ser voluntario o alguien se presenta pidiendo nuestra ayuda en un tiempo inconveniente, nuestra primera tentación es decidir que le toca a otro ayudar. Pero al ignorar las oportunidades de olvidarnos nosotros mismo y servir a otro, como de largo estamos del quien llamamos Señor. Es natural llamar al Señor buscando ayuda en tiempos de problemas o llamar en nombre de un ser amado. Pero, frecuentemente e s t a s conversaciones con el Señor son reservados para tiempos de emergencia. Somos tentados a ver a Cristo como alguien que solo resuelve nuestros problemas en vez de un compañero constante y amigo. Al ignorar la participación del Señor en nuestra vida, como de largo estamos del quien llamamos Señor.

El Reino de Dios esta aquí

Este fin de semana nosotros declaramos que Cristo es Rey. Al pensar en su vida y ministerio publico, el propósito de todo era para declarar que ahora hay una nueva relación establecida entre seres humanos y Dios. Dios ha empezado por escoger un grupo de personas a estar bajo su protección y instrucción. Y del tiempo de Abrahán, Dios había estado preparando la gente de Israel por lo que estaba ocurriendo a través de Jesús. El reino de Dios ahora abarca el mundo entero—todas la naciones, todas personas, todo el tiempo. Jesús ha revelado todo lo que Dios espera de nosotros y hizo posible que nosotros seamos parte de ese reino por nuestra relación con Cristo.

Ser parte de ese reino es nuestra vida como discípulos de Cristo. Pero nuestro reto constante es actuar y hablar y orar como si eso es el enfoque de nuestra vida. Cuando las batallas se ponen en nuestro camino o sufrimiento toca nuestra vida, nuestra primera tentación es sentir lamentación por

El Reino de Dios esta aquí. Dios realizo su decisión de restaurar la relación propia de seres humanos con el a través de Jesús. Y cada uno de nosotros se convirtió a ser miembro de ese reino el día que fuimos bautizados. No estamos largo de aquel quien llamamos Señor, porque en decisiones innumerables cada día el nos invita a seguirlo. —Pdr. Stephen W. Bierschenk


Noticias y Eventos ¡Preparemos nuestro corazón para la venida del Señor!

Novenario de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Se acerca el adviento tiempo de preparar nuestros corazones para recibir el más grande de los regalos de esta Navidad, a Jesús Mismo! Imitemos la docilidad de María para dejar que el Espíritu reine en nosotros e imitemos las virtudes que nos llevaran a encontrar paz y felicidad. Iniciemos la preparación participando en el Retiro de Adviento, el 1 de diciembre de 8:30 -4 pm. en el Centro Familiar, salón 201. El evento es familiar. Para más información comuníquese a la Oficina parroquial (214)3578549.

3 de diciembre al 11 de diciembre La Comunidad Católica de Sta. Monica les invita a participar del Novenario Guadalupano que se llevara a cabo del 3 de diciembre al 11 de diciembre. Todos los días habrá algo diferente y especial para crecer en el amor y fervor Guadalupano. Tendremos reflexiones, confesiones, Hora Santa, rosario, peregrinación, matachines y mucho mas. El novenario se llevara a cabo en la Iglesia de Sta. Monica. Todos los días iniciara a las 7 p.m. (excepción del 4 de diciembre a las 6:30 p.m.) Celebración a nuestra Sta. Madre de Guadalupe será el 11 de diciembre. 8 p.m. Rosario 9 p.m. Matachines 10 p.m. Representación de Apariciones

11 p.m. Serenata con Mariachi 12 a.m. Misa de Gallo 1 a.m. Convivio

Cáliz Familiar

Divina Misericordia

Peregrinación Mariana

El Cáliz Familiar tiene mas de 200 familias participando. Este año hemos visto un gran crecimiento en el numero de seminaristas para nuestra Diócesis y sabemos que es por las oraciones de nuestros participantes. Aun necesitamos mas sacerdotes! Si usted esta interesado en orar por las vocaciones por favor llame a Annette Diaz al (214) 358-1453.

El Señor nos consuela cuando rezamos por las almas que tienen necesidad de Él y nos da el consuelo que buscamos. Promete que toda oración será siempre escuchada. Confiemos en Su Misericordia e invitémosle a nuestro hogar. Le gustaría que la Imagen del Señor de la Divina Misericordia visitara su hogar o a un enfermo. Por favor llame a Patricia Perez (469)442-6496.

Peregrinación Mariana, se llevara a cabo el 8 de diciembre a las 7 a.m. Saliendo de la Iglesia Santa Teresita, (2601 Singleton Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75212) a Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe (2215 Ross Ave. Dallas 7 5201) . Par a más in for mación comuníquese al (214)379-3172 y (214) 865- 9554.

Recuerdos de la Renovación

Legión de María

Es una organización que promueve la devoción a María con fe, amor y humildad. Si es una persona que le gusta rezar el La construcción ya ha empezado y les rosario y crecer en el amor a María le invitamos a ser parte seguimos recordando de los cambios de este ministerio. De igual manera si usted desea que nuestra parroquia: vallen a su casa a rezar un rosario o tiene algún enfermo que guste necesite oración por favor llame a Zoila Guevara al Misa Diaria a las 6:45 a.m. una Misa escolar en la (214)566-5677. será celebrada en el Iglesia Vieja y feligreses Centro Familiar cuarto y padres están invitados 109 de lunes a viernes. a participar. Misa Diaria a las 8 a.m. será La Misa del domingo y celebrada en el Centro sábado anticipada serán Familiar cuarto 109 cada celebradas en la Iglesia lunes, miércoles, jueves Vieja. y sábado. Adoración Eucarística ahora Misa Diaria a las 8 a.m. los será en la Rectoría. martes y viernes será

Bodas en Comunidad Si viven en unión libre o casados solamente al Civil y está considerando vivir su Matrimonio sacramentalmente les invitamos a que considere recibir su sacramento en las Bodas Comunitarias que se llevaran a cabo el 23 de marzo. Esta es una manera especial y económica para recibir su sacramento. Por favor llame a María González-Rocha al (214)357-8549 para recibir mas información.