Christmas Mass Schedule

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Christmas Mass

DECEMBER 24—25, 2014
Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
No morning Masses
3:00 p.m. Confession

Christmas Eve Masses
5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass of Christmas with Children’s Choir
Music program will begin at 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass of Christmas
9:00 p.m. Misa de Noche Buena Con Coro en Español

Midnight Mass of Christmas
11:00 p.m. Sung Vespers
12:00 Midnight Solemn Mass Parish Choir and Children’s Choir

Christmas Day, December 25, 2014
Mass Schedule
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 Noon
2:00 p.m., Misa en Español

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Holy Day of Obligation
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Vigil Masses
5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m., Misa en Español

Thursday, January 1, 2015
8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States. Her feast day is a special day of prayer and intercession for our nation. December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation for the United States.

Mass Schedule
Monday, December 8
6:45 a.m.,
8:30 a.m.
Noon
4:30 p.m.,
7:30 p.m. (bi-lingual)

Advent Day of Reflection – December 13

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Our annual Advent Day of Reflection is Saturday, December 13th. Three talks on the Sacred Scriptures will be given by Dr. John Bergsma, a noted Biblical Scholar. This event is free and open to the public, and free child care will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to invite family, friends, and neighbors to take time and prepare spiritually for the celebration of Christmas. Click here to learn more about this event and to read about our guest speaker.

Sharing Sunday

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Sharing Sunday is our annual gift distribution for needy families that provides Christmas gifts for children ages 17 and under.

“Purple Tag Night” will be on Monday November 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Come and help prepare the tags that will go on the Christmas tree for Sharing Sunday.

Sharing Sunday will be on December 12-13; please bring unwrapped gifts to Mass along with the purple tag attached. We will also need help moving the gifts from the church to the family life center after each Mass.Sign-up at the St. Vincent De Paul office—for children only. This program is for families in need of assistance that are registered members of St. Theresa Catholic Church. The SVDP gift program is for children only,must be in high school or younger.

Please come by the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Theresa Church to sign up on Monday or Friday from 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. The dates to sign-up are November 7, 10, 14, and 17.Gifts for those signed up will be available for pick up in the Family Life Center on Monday, December 15, Tuesday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

RCIA Testimonials: Daniel Villasana

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What was your relationship with God like as a child?

As a child I was confused about God and the Holy Trinity.  We would go to Spanish mass regularly and I wasn’t able to comprehend how 3 beings could be one in the same.  My parents taught us the Our Father and we would pray it before a trip, my mom would read to us before bed or tell us Bible Stories.

 

What about your teen and college age years?

I focused on other things- sports, school, serving in the military and going out with friends.  I didn’t stop to think much about God, I just lived in the moment.  While I was at Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, California for 13 weeks of Marine Boot Camp I did attend Catholic Mass every weekend. It was my first time being away from my family and alone, but also a time to get away from the Drill Instructors and have some peace. I would pray to survive the upcoming week and ask God to keep my safe from injury. While in the Marine Corp I was tasked with the duty of being an Assistant Casualty Assistance Call Officer. This position was for Staff Non-Commission Officers, I was not even a Non-Commission Officer at the time. I was a 20 year old Lance Corporal. I was chosen because of my knowledge of the city and I was bilingual. Our job as CACO was to notify next of kin of any deceased Marine inside 300 mile radius of Houston. In 2004 the war in Iraq was at its worst. I remember doing 3 calls in 1 -2 weeks. Besides notifying next of kin, we also stayed with the families daily till ask to leave, transportation of the fallen Marine and burial ceremony. I was also part of funeral ceremonies for Marine veterans who had passed away and families asking for military honors. We averaged 3 a week. In 2004- 2005 I attended many churches of all types of religion, but I was only there for funerals. This experience in my life pushed me farther away from the church. I battled with alcoholism and depression to erase the pain I saw in so many families.

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