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9933 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75220 214-358-1453 • Fax: 214-351-1887 www.stmonicachurch.org

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WELCOME TO ST. MONICA CHURCH!

We are pleased to have visitors join us in worship and we invite you to become active registered parishioners. Registration forms can be found in the vestibule, at the Parish Office, and online. Mass Times Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm (español), 5:00 pm

Weekday Mass Times 6:45 am, 8:00 am M-F 8:00 am Saturdays First Fridays 5:30 pm Primer viernes del mes 7:00 pm

Childcare for 11:00 am Mass Ages: 12-months to 4-years No Cost Room 114 Family Center Celina Abeyta-Barry, Leader

Reconciliation • Reconciliación Saturday/Sábado 3:30-4:30 pm • 6:30-7:00 pm

Baptism • Bautismo Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am Parents and godparents are required to attend a preparation class offered on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am. Call the Faith Formation Office to register.

POPE IN THE PARK TODAY AT 2 P.M. KLYDE WARREN PARK

Tercer sábado de cada mes a las 3:00 pm Padres y Padrinos deben asistir a una clase de preparación que se ofrecen los primeros sábados de mes a la 1:00 pm. Llame a la Oficina de Ministerio Hispano. Marriage • Matrimonio Contact a priest or deacon at least six months before the planned marriage date. Llame a un Sacerdote o Diacono por lo menos seis meses antes de la fecha de la boda.

Helplines • Linea de Ayuda

St. Vincent de Paul serves the poor or distressed on an emergency basis. 972-994-1121 (confidential) Volunteers contact: [email protected] Stephen Ministry helps those experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or another life crisis. 214-290-0803 (confidential)

september 27, 2015

Bulletin Deadline Monday at 12:00 noon • Submit notices in writing to [email protected]

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Staff Fr. Stephen W. Bierschenk Pastor - x 7107 Fr. Marco Rangel Parochial Vicar - x 7112 Fr. Edwin Leonard Vocation Director (in residence) Monsignor John F. Meyers Pastor Emeritus Deacons Abel Cortes Larry Lucido

Bob Marrinan Brian Mitchell

St. Monica Church Office Main: (214) 358-1453 • Fax: (214) 351-1887 Hours: M-F 9:00-5:00 • Sunday 10:00-2:00 Parish Secretary............................. x 7453 Faby Gomez Business Manager.......................... x 7176 Debbie Diaz Database Manager.......................... x 7111 Melissa Franks Volunteer Coordinator.................... x 7173 Maria E. Juarez-Plank Safe Environment Director............ x 7144 Shavana Lopez Bookkeeper..................................... x 7102 Jared Wirths Director of Youth Ministry.............. x 7106 Jason Trujillo Director of Communications......... x 7142 Erin Cooper Music Ministry Director of Music............................ x 7101 Jeremy Wirths Director Youth Music...................... x 7103 Emmanuel Espiritu Organist (9:30 & 11:00 Mass) Guillermo “Will” Martinez Faith Formation Main: (214) 357-8549 • Fax: (214) 351-1887 Director of Faith Formation........... x 7132 Mariangela Byrne Administrative Assistant............... x 7549 Eldie Diaz Marriage Ministry Coordinator...... x 7164 Coordinadora de Matriomonios Martha Gonzalez Ministerio Hispano Main: (214) 357-8549 • Fax: (214) 351-1887 Director of Hispanic Ministry........ x 7131 Maria M. Gonzalez-Rocha St. Monica School Main: (214) 351-5688 • Fax: (214) 352-2608 Phil Riley, Principal www.stmonicaschool.org

September 27, 2015

From the Pastor For a college assignment, students were instructed to interview children and to ask them about their views of God. One grade school student responded, “God is like my principal.” At first the college student interpreted that to mean that the child thought of God in terms of being an enforcer of rules. But the child explained, “My principal goes around the schoolyard at recess, making sure everyone gets a chance to play.” The first reading and the gospel both display a very common human characteristic. Moses had chosen 72 men to share in the work of caring for God’s people, and 70 of them had the privilege of being present when God bestowed a special portion of his spirit on them. But, when they discovered that the other two were also given that blessing, they were jealous. Of course, they did not admit it. They instead acted as if the power and prestige of Moses was being diminished because others were sharing in his blessings. The apostles did the same. They were delighted to know that they were sharing in the power of Jesus to cure people of their afflictions, but when they learned that others were also doing so they were concerned. They asked Jesus to stop them from blessing others in his name because they did not belong to their group. They were jealous. Jesus and Moses both came up with the same solution to their concern. They did not think that God’s power or blessings could be limited to only certain persons or certain situations. They pointed out that everyone gets to play. It doesn’t have to involve driving out demons or curing illness or manifesting the power of God in a dramatic way. A person is blessed simply for giving a cup of water because they want to honor Christ present in the one they help. This week Pope Francis traveled to our country to speak powerful words heard by millions. His coming is so different from the ordinary business of daily life that many stopped to pay attention. He is an eloquent voice speaking of God’s mercy, challenging

us to remember and care for the poor, reminding us to use our blessings to make a difference in the lives of those who long for the freedoms we enjoy. We will not be able to attract the same audience. But everyone gets to play, so we have to do our part. Mercy is more than receiving absolution in the confessional. Mercy is reflected in our patience with the annoying people around us. Mercy is reflected in our decision to attribute good motives to a person as we observe them, instead of assuming they are acting in bad faith. Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. And there is more to do than giving away our hand-me-downs to St. Vincent de Paul. Everyone gets to play, so we have to do our part. Make it a family project to prepare a special meal and then invite the person who lives alone for a special evening in their honor. Give away a few hours every week volunteering at North Dallas Shared Ministries. Our hearts are broken as we see the pictures of the desperate families fleeing their homeland, streaming into a foreign land looking for a better life for their children. We wish we could do something. Of course, we have fellow Catholics joining us here at St. Monica who have traveled to our country looking for a better life. And the example of Jesus inspires us to welcome people of other cultures, to welcome families that are different than ours, to welcome each person as a brother or sister in Jesus. Everyone gets to play, so we do our part. Every time we choose to take a moment to greet someone we do not know, or express our gratitude for another’s kindness, or show our gratitude for our blessings by sharing them with someone, we are involved in something powerful. The work of transforming the world with the power of Christ’s love is never finished. It only takes a cup of water given out of love for Christ. And everyone gets to play. –Fr. Stephen W Bierschenk

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 27, 2015 Stewardship 09-20-2015 Regular -$34,923

News & Events

Total Mass Attendance 09-20-2015 3,168

Mass Intentions

TODAY FROM 11 AM to 7 PM ST. MONICA SCHOOL CAFETERIA It’s not too late to sign-up for the Men’s ACTS Retreat for next weekend, October 1-4. Experience adoration, community, theology and service. Visit the St. Monica Church website at www.stmonicachurch.org for details and to sign up. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

St. Monica’s Adult Catholic Education Ministry is beginning its fall schedule on Sundays at 9:15 am in Room 217 of the Family Center with Bishop Barron’s new DVD series entitled The Mystery of God. (This is not a repeat of his Catholicism course.) No formal registration is required or fees needed – just come to class anytime. It’s never too late to join. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Internationally acclaimed speaker and founder of Eagle Eye Ministries, Fr. Nathan Cromly, will give a presentation on Tuesday, September 29th, in Room 201 at 7:00 p.m. His presentation will be on God’s mercy. Child care is available upon request by calling 214-357-8549. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Rosary every Tuesday night at 9 pm in the main church. Everyone is invited to pray with them.

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Sunday, September 27 8:00 am........ Priest’s Intention 9:30 am........ Priest’s Intention 11:00 am....... For the People of the Parish 12:30 pm ..... Priest’s Intention 2:00 pm.........Maria de Jesus Lorenzo U 5:00 pm........ Priest’s Intention

Monday, September 28 6:45 am........ Theresa Noyes U by Bob & Monica Noyes 8:00 am.......... Josephine Risinger U by Jeff & Joanne Jackson Tuesday, September 29 6:45 am........ For Madden & Canary Families 8:00 am............Charles Chambers U by Barbara Chambers Wednesday, September 30 6:45 am........ Leo Londenberg U by Rich & Sandy Haas 8:00 am.......... Marco Ramos U by Mary Herrick Thursday, October 1 6:45 am........ Flan Honan U by Tina & Senan Fitzmartin 8:00 am........ Chris Fitzpatrick U by Sheila & Jim Madden

A new rosary group is meeting weekly on Wednesday’s (right before school carpool) from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the church. Anyone who wishes is invited to join the prayer group each Wednesday. For more information, contact Iona Fernandes at [email protected]

Friday, October 2 6:45 am........ For Holiness in Our Church 8:00 am........ Intentions of Dudek Family 5:30 pm........ Felix Doran U by Mary Doran 7:00 pm........ Susan Smith by Florence Crable

Tables in Church Beginning the weekend of October 4, the side tables in the church will be used only for bulletins, contribution envelopes, Magnifikid and other items provided by the parish. Information regarding church ministries may be found in the special kiosks in the Narthex and Angel Hall. Any events that need to be publicized will be included in the weekly bulletin. Devotional items and flyers will be removed.

Saturday, October 3 8:00 am...........Effie McMahon U by Sheila & Jim Madden 5:00 pm...........Ellenore Flynn U by Helen Johnson

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The Friends of St. Francis is a new ministry dedicated to the principles set forth in Laudato Si, the encyclical issued by Pope Francis earlier this year. Our goal is to enrich our community by raising awareness and collaborating around environmental and social issues. The kick-off event will be held October 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Family Center. For more information, or to sign up, email [email protected] ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Laudato Si Study Group is an 8-week study of the encyclical led by Tim Taylor. This study group will begin on October 6, 2015 and will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the JCLC Board Room. A small donation of $15 is requested to cover the cost of study materials, including a bound copy of the encyclical. Men, women and young adults are welcome! For more information, or to sign up, email [email protected]

Sanctuary Light This week the Sanctuary Light is burning for families across the world. For Our Sick

To request a name to appear, please contact the parish office or complete a green prayer request card (found on tables at the back of church) and place the card in an offering basket.

Sammy Mireles1 Bill Walker1

Gabby Berger3

Names will appear for 3 weeks.The numbers after the names begin at 3 and count down and are intended to help those who make requests.

For Our Departed Paul Ave

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Calendar

September 27, 2015

News & Events

DAILY - Monday to Friday 6:20 am........ Rosary | Church 6:20 am........ Morning Prayer | Chapel 7:30 am........ Rosary | Church (Tues&Fri - Chapel) 9:00 am........ Eucharistic Adoration | Chapel Sunday, September 27 8:00 am........ CSA Popcorn Sales | Church 9:30 am........ Adult Education | 217 10:30 am...... Little Rock Scripture | FC 10:30 am...... Coffee & Catechism 11:00 pm....... Dads’ Club Spaghetti Dinner | Cafeteria 3:30 pm........ Youth Band Practice | Church 4:00 pm........ Handbell Rehearsal | 217 6:00 pm........ 6th -12th CCD | School C & D Wings 6:00 pm........ Youth Ministry | 220 Monday, September 28 8:30 am........ Legion of Mary | JCLC 1:00 pm........ Monday Bible Study | 217 6:00 pm........ Youth Ministry | 220 6:00 pm........ Centering Prayer Group | Bride Room 7:00 pm........ RCIA Class | 109 Tuesday, September 29 9:00 am........ Tuesday Scripture Study | JCLC 7:00 pm.......... Fr. Nathan Cromly Talk | 201 7:00 pm.......... Beloved | 109 Wednesday, September 30 2:30 pm.......... Rosary Prayer Group | Church 6:30 pm.......... Grief Support Ministry | 212 7:00 pm.......... Fall Scripture Study | 201 7:30 pm.......... Choir Rehearsal | Church Thursday, October 1 7:30 pm.......... LAPG | JCLC Saturday, October 2 6:30 am........ Metro Serra Club | 109 9:00 am........ Centering Prayer | 217 10:00 am...... English Baptism Clase | 109

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Family Vocation Chalice To participate call (214) 368-3640

October 3 at 5:00 pm David & Pat McCain

October 4 at 11:00 am Mike & Judy Curtis

October 4 at 8:00 am Dan & Pam Fete

October 4 at 12:30 pm Talley & Patty Daniel

October 4 at 9:30 am David & Sally Wengierski

October 4 at 5:00 pm Chris & Susan Schneider

MARILYN HICKS

Honoring Marilyn Marilyn Hicks served as an employee of St. Monica Parish for many years, as Business Manager & Safe Environment Director. In recognition of her many years of service and as a celebration of her retirement, St. Monica is hosting a reception on Sunday, October 11th in the Lower Lounge of the Family Center immediately following the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Masses. All parishioners are invited to drop in and visit with Marilyn and celebrate with her on this special occasion.

Men of Faith, the Tuesday morning Men’s Study Group, begins on October 6th at 5:50 am in Room 109 of the St. Monica Family Center. This fall’s Study will be based on Bishop Robert Barron’s Work The Mystery of God-- Who God Is and Why He Matters. The Study will continue each Tuesday morning through November 10th. The cost of the program is $10 per person, or if you prefer your individual Study Workbook the cost is $30 per person. Please advise as you register by contacting Deacon Brian Mitchell at [email protected] or text 214-263-5398. Workbook Delivery time is 7 days so please register at your earliest convenience. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Get Connected! St. Monica is inviting parishioners (including families) to join a new Greeter Ministry. If you are willing to volunteer to greet attendees with a smile and welcoming personality at Mass on Sundays, come to a training session on Monday, September 28th at 6:30 pm in the church vestibule. For more information, contact Maria Juarez-Plank at 214-366-7173.

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Your Parish just got FORMED St. Monica has a new online subscription to the best Catholic content all in one place! Formed can be accessed on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Formed includes informative and inspiring teaching from renowned speakers such as Scott Hahn, Edward Sri, Fr. Robert Barron and more. Programs address Adult Faith Formation, Marriage Preparation & Enrichment, Scripture Study, RCIA, Sacrament Preparation, movies on the lives of the Saints and more! Get started today by going to http://formed.org and register using our parish code: c6b211. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Join the Bread Ministry Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. A first step in this direction might be to gather and deliver bread and other baked goods and deliver them to North Dallas Shared Ministries, or other preferred donations sites. We are currently in need of volunteers to pick up bread and pastries every other Friday morning between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. at the Tom Thumb at Preston and Frankford in far north Dallas, and to pick up at the Tom Thumb and Central Market at Preston and Royal on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in this very fulfilling grace-filled community service, please call Tony Cardillo at 214-714-6452. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Registration for NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Convention, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is now open! There is VERY limited space, so head to www.L1FTministry.org and register for your spot. There is a $100 refundable deposit. Don’t miss out on this awesome experience with over 25,000 teens from across the country! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

St. Monica Church’s 8th grade and High School Confirmation program is still missing five small group leaders for Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Small Group leaders are provided with materials and training to lead small group discussion. If interested in learning more about how to become a small group leader, please email Mariangela Byrne at: [email protected]

Vigésimo Sexto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Noticias y Eventos

27 de septiembre 2015

Calendario Communitario Domingo, 4 de octubre 8:30 am........ Hispanic Ministry |LIB 11:30 am....... RICA | 201 12:00 pm...... Jovenes Adultos | 211 6:15 pm........ Catechesis Familiar | Iglesia Lunes, 5 de octubre 7:00 pm........ MEC | LIB 7:00 pm........ Ballet Folklórico | Cafeteria Martes, 6 de octubre 7:00 pm........ Rosario | Capilla 7:00 pm........ Divina Misercordia | LIB 7:00 pm........ Matachines | Cafeteria Miércoles, 7 de octubre 6:30 pm........ Legión de María | 129 7:00 pm........ Coro de Adultos | JCLC Board 7:00 pm........ Pastoral Familiar | LIB Jueves, 8 de octubre 6:30 pm........ Pastoral Familiar | Cafeteria 7:00 pm........ Coro de Niños | JCLC Board 7:00 pm........ Castos por Amor | LIB 7:00 pm........ Niños Proclamadores| JCLC Board 7:00 pm........ Pastoral Familiar | LIB Viernes, 9 de octubre 6:30 pm........ Apoyo Familiar | Upper FC Sabado, 10 de octubre 1:00 pm........ Clase de Pre-Baustismal | 109 5:00 pm........ Pastoral Familiar Retiro para Niños | Cafeteria

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Cáliz Vocacional Familiar Para llevarse el Cáliz llame al (214) 358-1453

4 de Octubre Familia Piñon Retiro de Proyecto José en español, 10 de octubre Proyecto José es la oportunidad que cambiará la vida a los hombres quienes luchan con el dolor emocional y espiritual del aborto. Este retiro en español de un solo día, es un proceso único y efectivo diseñado específicamente para ayudar a los hombres a vivir la compasión y la misericordia de Dios. No continúe viviendo con el dolor, coraje, remordimiento, o vergüenza. La esperanza y la sanación le esperan! Para más información, visite projectjosephdallas.org o contacte: sanació[email protected] projectjosephdallas.org o al número: 469-416-2101. Para retiros de fin de semana para mujeres y hombres, visite racheldallas.org o contacte 972-679-4760 o [email protected] Todas las llamadas o correos son estrictamente confidenciales.

11 de Octubre Familia Trejo 18 de Octubre Familia Martinez 26 de Octubre Familia Venegas

Vigésimo Sexto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario CASTOS POR AMOR Basado en la Teología del Cuerpo de San Juan Pablo, II, el Catecismo de la Iglesia y la Sagrada Escritura, les invitamos al primer ciclo de enseñanza del ministerio de Castos Por Amor para aprender sobre el área espiritual y personal de la sexualidad humana. Las charlas se llevan a cabo los jueves de 7pm. a 8:45pm. en el salón de la Biblioteca. Las próximas clases son: La Creación, Ofensas a la Castidad, Mito/Verdad, Mitos/Verdad en la Cultura. Para más información comuníquese con Cristiana Sánchez al 214-845-2630. __________________________________________________________________

Ministro Extraordinario de la Sagrada Comunión ¿Te gustaría servir al Señor como Ministro Extraordinario de la Sagrada Comunión? Ven a un día de reflexión para aprender sobre la presencia real de Jesús en la Eucaristía, la espiritualidad de un servidor y la función del ministerio. Sera una mañana para crecer en fraternidad y en el amor de Jesús Eucaristía. La mañana de Reflexión se llevara a cabo el 3 de Octubre de 8:30 a 1:45, en el salón de la Biblioteca. Para más información llama a Luis Alberto y Aracely Monroy 214-991-4473 o 469-321-2046.

Festival Mariano Te invitamos a promover la devoción a María a través del canto. El Festival Mariano es un evento que invita a los músicos y cantantes a componer cantos y música inédita en un canto a María. El lema es “…Y María dijo Si”, puedes participar solo o en coro o en tu familia. Las convocatorias se llevaran a cabo el 31 de Octubre, 7, 14 de Noviembre en la Cafetería de la Parroquia. Por favor visita la página de Santa Mónica para más detalles www.stmonicachurch.org o llama a la Oficina Parroquial 214-357-8549. “María nos lleva directo al corazón de Jesús”

27 de septiembre 2015

De El Pastor En un trabajo de preparatoria, se les pidió a los estudiantes que entrevistaran a niños y les preguntaran su opinión acerca de Dios. Un estudiante respondió, “Dios es como mi principal.” Al inicio los estudiantes lo interpretaron como si lo hubiera dicho pensando que Dios era un ser que ejercía las reglas. Pero el niño explicó, “Mi principal se pasea durante el recreo para asegurarse que todos tengan una oportunidad de jugar.” La primera lectura y el Evangelio de hoy tienen una característica humana muy similar. Moisés escogió 72 hombres para compartir el trabajo de cuidar la gente de Dios, 70 de ellos tuvieron el privilegio de presenciar cuando Dios les dio parte especial de su Espíritu. Pero, cuando descubrieron que a los otros dos también se les había dado esa bendición especial, se pusieron celosos. Por supuesto que no lo admitieron, sino al contrario actuaron como si el poder y los privilegios de Moisés desaparecieron porque otros compartían esas bendiciones. Los apóstoles hicieron lo mismo. Se deleitaron al saber que compartían el poder de Jesús de curar las aflicciones de la gente, pero cuando se dieron cuenta que otros también lo estaban haciendo se apuraron. Le pidieron a Jesús que les prohibiera bendecir a otros en su nombre porque no pertenecían a su grupo. Estaban celosos. Jesús y Moisés tuvieron la misma respuesta a esta preocupación. No creían que el poder y las bendiciones de Dios pueden limitarse a un grupo de personas o situaciones. Dejaron saber que todos pueden participar. No tiene que ser expulsando demonios, curando a los enfermos o haciendo manifestaciones dramáticas del poder de Dios. Puede ser simplemente dando un vaso de agua, porque quieren honrar la presencia de Dios en el necesitado. Esta Semana el Papa Francisco viajo a nuestro país para decir palabras poderosas a miles de personas. Su venida es muy diferente a otros negocios ordinarios del diario vivir, muchos se detuvieron para poner atención. Es una voz elocuente que nos

habla de la misericordia de Dios, nos reta a recordar y a cuidar del pobre, nos recuerda que debemos usar nuestras bendiciones para hacer la diferencia en la vida de otros que buscan la libertad que nosotros disfrutamos. No seremos capaces de atraer a la misma audiencia. Pero todos podemos participar y tomar parte. La misericordia es más que recibir la absolución en el confesionario. La misericordia se refleja en nuestra paciencia con las personas que nos fastidian. La misericordia se refleja en nuestra decisión de atribuir buenas cosas a una persona, en vez de asumir que están actuando de mala fe. Jesús nos dice que el pobre siempre estará con nosotros. Hay más que hacer que dar lo que ya no quiero a San Vicente de Paul. Todos podemos participar, por eso debemos poner de nuestra parte. Hacer un proyecto familiar, como es una cena especial e invitar a una persona que vive sola. Dar algunas horas de la semana para servir en el ministerio de North Dallas Shared Ministries. Nuestro corazón se quiebra al ver fotos de familias desesperadas que salen de su tierra, hacia una tierra forastera para buscar una nueva vida para sus hijos. Deseamos poder hacer algo más. Por supuesto tenemos, personas Católicas aquí en Santa Mónica que han viajado a este país para una mejor vida. El ejemplo de Jesús nos inspira a recibir a personas de otra cultura, recibir familias diferentes a las nuestras, recibir a cada persona como hermano o hermana en Cristo. Todos podemos participar, así es que hay que hacer nuestra parte! Cada vez que elegimos tomar el tiempo de saludar alguien que no conocemos, expresamos nuestro agradecimiento por la generosidad de otros, o mostrar agradecimiento por nuestras bendiciones y las compartimos con alguien somos parte de algo poderoso. El trabajo de transformar el mundo con el amor poderoso de Cristo jamás terminara. Solo toma dar un vaso de agua en el amor de Cristo. Todos podemos participar. –Fr. Stephen W Bierschenk