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Bulletin for January 12-2014

Bulletin for January 12-2014

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Published by: Michael Evernden Csp on Jan 11, 2014
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The Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, January 12, 2014
 is coming this month! Sunday, January 26
, 1-3pm in Carvlin Hall. Bill Leathers has been exercising his ‘Bingo voice’! It is a fun time for all: good food, good prizes, good company. $5 admission covers initial Bingo card, snacks, prizes.
First Wednesday: (Feb. 5):
B-Catholics, 7:15 in the Paulist Center
Special Collection for schools (Jan. 12)
 Second collection: special collection to help support our subsidized Catholic school educated.
Second Tuesday of the month (Jan. 14):
 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 9-5 St. Paul’s Chapel. Altar Society meetng, 1 pm Carvlin Hall.
Third Wednesday of the month:
(Jan. 15):
 Pastoral Council, 7 pm, Paulist Center.
Third Sunday of the month (Jan. 19):
FABULOUS French Toast breakfast hosted by the Breakfast Club after the 9:30 Mass. Great food, pricing and company!
We are looking for one or two volunteers to help with our ink and phone recycling program. No experience needed; we will train you. This is an important ministry that benefits the parish financially. Call the office and let us know if you are interested.
If you are looking for something online that is interesting, fun and religious, BustedHalo.com is full of information and short reflections. Good opinions. This online site is run by the Paulist Fathers with a variety of free-lance writers. Check them out.
Barbara’s Pastoral Corner in October suggested that we incorporate a religious magazine into our monthly home magazines. Dan Brown, from the Peace and Justice Committee, took that idea one step further and has suggested that we have a ‘religious magazine this week, Jan. 11-12, you are welcome to bring religious magazines that are from one - three months old and leave them on the magazine rack. We will try this for four to five months and see how it goes. Thank you for the idea Dan!
Our directories have arrived and are available in the back of the Church. Each family who had their photo taken receives a directory. If you did not have your picture taken, but would like a directory, there is a suggested $10 donation to help cover the cost of our expanded centennial directory.
Today, Jan. 12:
 School Subsidy Collection
Jan. 19:
 Catholic Communication Campaign: This collection communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities, and enriches our faith through internet, television, radio and print supporting local needs.
 If you’re interested in being a part of a prayer group, please consider either of the following:
Prayer Partners
 pairs two people who pray together (over the phone/email) weekly. Please contact Kait Skyler to sign up (KaitSkyler@msn.com).
Prayer Tree
 is an online prayer group who prays for the requests of
parishioners. Please contact barbarah@stphilipneripdx.org.
Lasagna Dinner & Silent Auction.
 Young Ladies Institute, Queen of Roses #164, is sponsoring their annual Lasagna Dinner & Silent Auction on February 8, 2014 at Our Lady of Sorrows Gymnasium on 52
 and Woodstock. Doors will open at 12:30 pm for bidding on auction items, dinner served at 1:30. Information: Bonnie Custer, 503.775.6731.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
 for Healing and Hope after Abortion. March 28-30 near Medford and May 2-4 near Bend. More information: www.rachelsvineyard.org or 800.249.8074.
 in your life? If God is calling you to take a closer look at the Catholic faith, please call our office (503.231.4955) or email us at barbarah@stphilipneripdx.org. We will be happy to answer your questions.
 Several parishioners asked more about prayer shawls, so here’s a bit of the history: in 1998 two graduates of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut) created this prayerful ministry, which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace and joy and celebration. Blessings are prayed into every stitch. They are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls … all are made with prayers for the recipient. These shawls are knitted, crocheted, woven or machine knitted – it doesn’t matter. What makes them important are the prayers and good thoughts during the making. These shawls can be used for those who are ill, those who are grieving, marriage ceremonies, birthing, nursing, wedding gifts, recovery, birthdays … they are meant as a blessing for whomever receives them because of the prayers that went into the making. You can write your own blessing and include it. One of our ladies in the parish knits hats for the homeless – lots of prayers there.
Marriage is a civil and religious commitment. Once the State dissolves a marriage through divorce, the ex-spouses are free to marry again according to civil law. The Church, on the other hand, examines the religious covenant of the two individuals involved to determine if there is cause for a declaration of nullity. An annulment does not affect the legitimacy of children in any way. A declaration of nullity does not dissolve or erase a marriage, but rather declares that a true covenant of marriage did no9t occur according to the vows. Information is, of course, confidential to protect all parties involved. You are not required to contact a former spouse. If you are interested in finding out more about an annulment or marriage validation, please contact Barbara Harrison at the Parish Office.
Sunday, January 12: 9:30 am Mass †Angelo & Josephine Bocci Church 10:30 am Mass Deaf Community Mass Chapel Monday, January 13: 8:00 am Mass †Shirley R. Chapel Tuesday, January 14: 8:00 am Mass For Special Intentions Chapel Wednesday, January 15: 8:00 am Mass For the Homeless Chapel Thursday, January 16: 8:00 am Mass For the sick Chapel Friday, January 17: 12:15 pm Mass Wes Dobe Chapel Saturday, January 18: 8:00 am Mass †For the Deceased of the Parish Chapel 4:00 pm Mass For the Discouraged Church Sunday, January 19: 9:30 am Mass Tom Connolly Church 10:30 am Mass Deaf Community Mass Chapel
Please fill out a Mass Intention Form (located in the foyer of the Church) if you would like a Mass celebrated for you, for an anniversary of death, birthday or marriage, or some other special event. You can also call the office.
Church cleaning for January 13-19: Mary Schleich and Mary Kavanaugh
Next Sunday’s Scripture Readings:
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19, 2014
Reading 1,
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 
 Responsorial Psalm,
Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 
John 1:29-34 
 Reading 2,
First Corinthians 1:1-3  __________________________________________________________________________________________________
Lost on a rainy Friday night, a priest stumbles into a monastery and requests shelter there. Fortunately, he's just in time for dinner and was treated to the best fish and chips he's ever had.  After dinner, he goes into the kitchen to thank the chefs. He is met by two brothers, "Hello, I'm Brother Michael, and this is Brother Francis." "I'm very pleased to meet you. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful dinner. The fish and chips were the best I've ever tasted. Out of curiosity, who cooked what?" Brother Michael replied, "Well, I'm the fish friar." 
 Father turns to the other brother and says, "Then you must be...." "Yes, I'm afraid I'm the chip monk..." 
I just put in the first load of laundry for 2014 as I write this. Life is back to normal. The Prince of Peace has arrived, been seen by the Magi, traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem and today is being baptized by His cousin John the Baptist. This weekend’s Gospel is the great transition; John is fading into the background as Jesus takes center stage. The last of the Hebrew Prophets gives way to the fullness of life the Messiah is bringing into the world.  As we move into the New Year we have to ask ourselves, what is fading, what is coming to light? John the Baptist is growing in his understanding of who Jesus really is. Jesus is growing in His self-understanding and the mission that lies before him. The days of youth are behind both Jesus and His cousin. Something new lies ahead. The days of 2013 are behind us, and something new lies ahead. We get hints about the something new that lies ahead in our first and second readings today. From Isaiah: “I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness” From Acts: “You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Go back and re-read these two passages as being spoken directly to you, right here, right now.
Our task, like John the Baptist, the apostles and disciples is to carry the message forward, and not just the message, that is not just in words, but in actions. The New Year will only be new if we think new thoughts, do new things and live in the presence of the Divine One in new ways. Living the Gospel means letting go of everything that was yesterday, having profound hope in the future, and living fully in the present moment, the only one we have. It means embracing every moment and all it contains with loving kindness.
Fr. Michael Evernden, CSP  

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