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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Father Jacob Update
Father Jacob is enjoying the cards

December 7, 2014

Advent Wreath Prayer


Light the second candle and say:

and letters he has been receiving.


He said he is keeping the parish in
his prayers, please continue your
prayers; for him. Mail for Father
may be sent or dropped off at the

The People that walked in


darkness have seen a great light!
(Isaiah 9:1-2)
God of salvation, help us give voice to the voiceless
as we cry out in the name of your son, Jesus.

parish office and will be forwarded to him. If your mail


has a return address, and time permitting, he will reply
to your mail.
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE
WEEK OF DECEMBER 7TH, 2014

Sunday:

Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14, 2 Pt 3:8-14


Mk 1:1-8
Gn 3:9-15,20 Ps 98:1-4 Eph 1:3-6,11-12,
Lk 1:26-38
Is 40:1-11 Ps 96:1-3, 10ac,11-13 Mt 18:12-14
Is 40:25-31 Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10 Mt 11:28-30
Is 41:13-20 Ps 145:1, 9-13b, Mt 11:11-15
Zec 2:14-17 or Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
(Ps) Jdt 13:18bc, 19 Lk 1:26-38
Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 Ps 80:2-3,15-16, 18-19
Mt 17:9a, 10-13

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:

Next Sunday:

Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 (Ps) Lk 1:46-50, 53-54


1 Thes 5:16-24 Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

2015 RELIGIOUS CALENDAR ~ The 2015 calendars are


here! Be sure to pick up your calendar which will be
available in the vestibule of the church and in the kiosk
after all the masses. The calendar is filled with beautiful
photos of Pope Francis.

Reflect: The candles on the Advent wreath remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. How
might we reflect the light of Christ to others this
season and beyond? Amen.

Family Advent Activity - Blessing the Tree


As you put up the family Christmas tree, give
thanks to God for the gift of evergreens in the winter, lights to remind us of Jesus coming into the
world, and special ornaments that remind us of
family, friends, and holidays past.

MASS SCHEDULE AND INTENTIONS


Dec. 6, Sat:

4:30 pm
Dec. 7, Sun:

8:00 am
11:00 am
Dec. 8, Mon:

8:00 am
7:00 pm

Second Sunday of Advent (Vigil)

For the Parishioners


Second Sunday of Advent

+Zuhair Sarata
+Mary Smith
The Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feast day
Of the United States of America

Intentions of Benny Youkhana


+Francis & +Stella Parzych

Dec. 9, Tue:

Advent Week

8:00 am

+Pat Nevins

Dec. 10, Wed: Advent Week

8:00 am

Intentions of Mrs. Vi Liddell & Family

Dec. 11, Thu: Advent Week

8:00 am
Dec. 12, Fri:

8:00 am
Dec. 13, Sat:

4:30 pm

Intentions of the Oblates of Merciful Love


Our Lady of Guadalupe

+Ernest McAbee
Third Sunday of Advent (Vigil)

+Mike Clemens

Dec. 14, Sun: Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am
11:00 am

+Aaron McAbee
For the Parishioners

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

SANTA SOPHIA ACADEMY

SEEKING WISDOM.
LIVING VIRTUE.
ENCOUNTERING CHRIST.
Learn more at
www.santasophiaacademy.org
Contact us to request a pre-admission packet
and to arrange a meeting,
a screening test for entrance, or a tour!

December 7, 2014

PARISH OFFICE
Monday - Friday
AFTER DAILY MASS - 4:30 pm
Phone: (619) 463-6629 ~ Fax: (619) 463-8101
parish@santasophia.org
www.santasophia.org
Facebook: SantaSophiaCatholicChurch

RECTORY

SANTA SOPHIA ACADEMY (K - 8)


Karen Laaperi, Principal
(619) 463-0488 ~ santasophiaacademyoffice@gmail.com
Fax: (619) 668-5469
Extended Day Care: (619) 668-5471

Pastor:
Rev. Jacob Bertrand
Administrator:
Rev. Timothy Deutsch Ext. 100
Business Manager:
Bill Smirniotis Ext. 104
Bookkeeper:
Sana Auro Ext. 105
Portress:
Sara Gonzalez Ext. 100
Administrative Assistant: Maria Belflower Ext. 102
Maintenance:
Jim Kinney Ext. 108
Priest in Residence:
Rev. John Bosco Ext. 107
musinguzijbosco@yahoo.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

SANTA SOPHIA ACADEMY LOUISE AMADO


PRESCHOOL - for ages 2 - 5
Victoria Simanek, Director
(619) 463-0141 ~ preschool@santasophia.org

MUSIC MINISTRIES

PLEASE REMEMBER THOSE


IN NEED OF SPECIAL PRAYER
Doris Kellhofer
Charles Lavoie
Ernest Stelmar
Brian Vandenberg
Jessica Kline
Leticia Rebollar
Cora Lawson

Detra Hambrick
Heather Sturgill
Vie Liddell
Debbie Giamancho
Maria Tangen
Sister Roseann Cordova

Santa Sophia Singers


Santa Sophia Kids Choir
Santa Sophia Liturgical Ensemble

Music Director:

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

Names in bold are newly added this week.


Also pray for the special intentions written
in the Book of Needs at the back of the church.

For our Recently Deceased


+Martha Munro

+Debbie Giamancho

+Alice Mary Helton

+Albert Butler

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS


Ivone Valdez and her son Giuillermo Merchant

Altar Servers, Extraordinary


Ministers of the Eucharist, Lectors,
& Ministers of Hospitality/Usher
Sacristan:

Rosemary Wellington Ext. 115

CATECHETICAL MINISTRY OFFICE


Baptism Child & Adult Religious Education
Phone: (619) 463-6011 ~ Fax: (619) 668-5458

cmo@santasophia.org

Malia Flood
Edward Espinoza
Samantha Ponce

David Stevens Ext. 113

n Father Jacobs absence, Msgr.


Callahan has appointed Father
Timothy Deutsch as temporary Administrator of Santa Sophia.
Father Timothy is the Associate
Pastor at Our Lady of Grace Parish
in El Cajon.

Director:
Administration:
Sr. High Youth:
Jr. High Youth:

Bernadette Padlo Ext. 111


Donna Hernandez Ext. 110
Gennette Medina Ext. 112
Nathan Johnson

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY


Ages 18-39
Facebook: EastCountyYoungAdults
Rachel Smith: rach.smith@yahoo.com

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 7, 2014

Advent Calendar
SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
Saturday & Sunday,
December 6th & 7th

Monday,
December 8th

Giving Tree
Purchased gifts can be placed under the tree.
Please tape your tag to the gift.

The Immaculate conception of


the blessed virgin mary
This is a Holy day of obligation and Patronal Feast Day of the United States
of America.
Masses will be at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament


Confession
Praise, Worship, and Benediction
The Santa Sophia Academy Handbell and Glee Club
The children will be performing for your Advent Journey into Christmas.
The Parish is invited to attend this joyous event.

Wednesday,
December 10th
Friday,
December 12th

Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas


Friday,
December 12th

There will be a Bilingual Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 6:00 pm, followed by a bilingual Rosary procession.
Following the mass, hot chocolate and Mexican sweet bread will be served
in the DeMoor room.

After all of the


weekend masses

8:00 am & 7:00 pm

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am
Santa Sophia Church
6:00 pm
Mass celebrated by
Fr. Emilio Magana
7:00 pm
Rosary procession
and refreshments

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT


Saturday & Sunday,
December 13th & 14th

Sunday,
December 14th

Sunday,
December 14th

Wednesday,
December 17th

Giving Tree
Purchased gifts can be placed under the tree.
Please tape your tag to the gift.
A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols
Learn about the Nativity through song.
Sung by our own Santa Sophia Singers, Santa Sophia Liturgical Ensemble,
Santa Sophia Hand Bell Choir, Santa Sophia Academy Choir/Pianist.
All under the direction of David Stevens, Director of Music.
Turkey Dinner to follow, sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

After all of the


weekend masses

3:00 pm

Divine Renewal Gift Shop ~ Religious Goods for sale

After all the Masses


this weekend

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Advent Penance service

7:00 pm

Additional Priests will be available for confession

Christmas Flower Offering


In your monthly envelopes you received an envelope
for Christmas flowers. This years fund will also purchase Christmas trees that are being replaced due to
smoke damage. You have the option to honor a loved
one, living or deceased, on the envelope. Additional
envelopes are available in the pews and the side
shelves. The list of donors and honored loved ones will
be in Januarys bulletin.

Religious Goods available for purchase - Sunday


December 14th - Their will be religious goods for sale
after all of the Sunday Masses next weekend. Divine
Renewal of Imperial Beach will be
setting up tables in Prendergast Hall.
This is your opportunity to purchase
Christmas gifts for those you love.
Visit www.divinerenewal.net to see
their entire stock of religious gifts.

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Daily Mass
Monday - Friday 8:00 am
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Reconciliation
Wednesdays 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 7, 2014

Holy Masses for the


Christmas Season

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord - Dec 24th


Christmas hymns and songs will precede all three Christmas Eve Masses for 30 min.

3:30 pm - Mass with Homily for Children and their Families


6:30 pm - Mass with Homily for Children and their Families
(Music by Santa Sophia Kids Choir)
The Jesse Tree
The Advent custom called the
Jesse Tree, uses stories to help
children develop a stronger sense
of who Jesus is and who were the
people on the path before him.
Named for King Davids father, the
Jesse Tree is a representation of
Christs family tree, suggested by
the prophets words, There shall
come forth a shoot from the root
of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1). These stories become a way for children to
experience Gods presence and a
sense of salvation history.
Beginning the second week of Advent, there will be a Jesse Tree in
the vestibule of the church so children of our parish can make ornaments to decorate the tree. We
adorn the Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the
people, prophesies, and events
leading up to the birth of Jesus.
Please watch the bulletin for weekly information and suggestions to
participate in this activity.
If you have any questions please
feel free to call the CMO Office at
(619) 463-6011.

10:00 pm - Mass at Night


The Nativity of the Lord - Dec 25th
10:00 am - Mass

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - Dec 28th


4:30 pm - Vigil Mass (Dec 27th)
8:00 am - Mass
11:00 am - Mass

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God - Jan 1st


4:30 pm - Vigil Mass (Dec 31st)
9:00 am - Mass

The Epiphany of the Lord - Jan 4th


4:30 pm - Vigil Mass (Jan 3rd)
8:00 am - Mass
11:00 am - Mass

The word became flesh,


and we have seen his glory.
John 1:14

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Daily Prayer for Priests


O Jesus,
I pray for your faithful and; fervent priests;
For your unfaithful and tepid priests;
For your priests laboring at home or
Abroad in distant mission fields.
For your tempted priests;
For your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests; For your dying priests;
For the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you
The priests dearest to me;
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses
I assisted and who gave me
Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted
in any other way
(especially...)
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly
in time and in Eternity,

Amen

Sunday, Dec. 7th - Rev. Doan Lai


Monday, Dec. 8th - Rev. Khuyen Lai
Tuesday, Dec. 9th - Peter Vu Lam
Wednesday, Dec. 10th - Rev. Justin Langille
Thursday, Dec. 11th - Rev. Steven Larion
Friday, Dec. 12th - Rev. Martin Latiff, MC
Saturday, Dec. 13th - Rev. Msgr. Roger Lechner

EAST COUNTY PENANCE SERVICES


Saint Therese, San Diego

Wed 12/10 7pm

Saint Luke, El Cajon

Thurs 12/11 7pm

Saint Martin of Tours,


La Mesa

Mon 12/15 6pm

Queen of Angels, Alpine

Mon 12/15 7pm

Guardian Angels, Santee

Tues 12/16 7pm

Holy Trinity, El Cajon

Wed 12/17 7pm

Santa Sophia, Spring Valley

Wed 12/17 7pm

Saint Pius X, Jamul

Thurs 12/18 7pm

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,


Lakeside
Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
Lakeside

Mon 12/22 9am


Mon 12/22 7pm

December 7, 2014

YOUTH GROUP
Volunteers needed ~The Senior High Youth
Group is looking for fun, creative, and dedicated vol-

unteers to assist with growing the Senior High ministry at Santa Sophia. We are looking for volunteers to
help out with technology and communication, leading
small projects, or to provide supervision. If you are
interested in finding out more information, or if you
have a High School student interested in being part of
this exciting program, please contact:
Gennette Medina at (619) 463-6011, ext. 112
or gmedina@santasophia.org

Santa Sophia Senior High youth group invites all high


school teens to grow together as young adults spiritually, mentally and physically. Enjoy social time,
Confirmation Prep/Class, Mass and meeting.
When: Sundays
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: New Youth room located inside the CMO
office.
If you are unable to attend, connect with us through
social media to keep updated with our current events
at: http://www.facebook.com/santasophia.youthgroup
For more information contact
Gennette Medina at (619) 463-6011, ext. 112
or gmedina@santasophia.org

COLLECTION REPORTS
Nov. 24th, 2014-Nov.30th, 2014
Plate
Envelopes
eGiving
Breakdown of gifts received
$0.00 to $5.00
$5.01 to $10.00
$10.01 to $25.00
$25.01 to $50.00
$50.01 to $100.00
$100.01 to $150.00
$150.01 to $500.00
Total contributing households
Preserving Our Legacy Bldg. Fund
St. Vincent de Paul
Fire Restoration Fund

$12,470.20
$1,269.70
$9,653.00
$1,547.50
54
49
155
75
29
4
5
_______

371
$50.00
$240.00
$530.00

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Saint Vincent de Paul Update


The Thanksgiving food drive was a
great success thanks to the generous
outpouring of the parish. 400 of the
Thanksgiving food bags were filled and returned.
356 families were given
these bags to help them
enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. These 356 families

are in addition to the families served monthly by the


pantry.
There are 40 bags and an array of holiday food that
will be distributed for Christmas. Families were
lining up at 6:00 am on the morning of distribution
to accept our sharing.
A heartfelt thank you to the parish for supporting,
with prayer and food, our brothers and sisters in
their time of need.
Earlier this year the Pope said, "Today, your task is to
read the fifth chapter of Matthew where the beatitudes
are, and also to read the 25th chapter where the questions are that we will be asked on judgment day.
Retirement Fund for Religious - Next weekend there
will be a special collection. Proceeds from the annual
Retirement Fund for Religious collection help religious
communities implement long-range retirement strategies. The Retirement Fund for Religious provides support for thousands of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers,
and religious order priests. There are envelopes available in the pews for your generous donation.

December 7, 2014

GIVING TREE
Once again Common Ground
and the Academy (both the
preschool and school) will
place tags on the Giving
Trees in the back of church
on November 29th & 30th
and December 6th & 7th in hopes that our wonderful parishioners will give in their usual generous
way to these two causes. Common Ground is seeking gifts for less fortunate students at some of the
poorest elementary schools in our area, and the
Academy in hopes of helping our students with
learning resources.
Once you have taken the tag of
your choice, your gifts may be purchased and brought back on December 6th & 7 and December
13th & 14th (please tape your tag
to the gift) and placed back under
the tree.
Your kindness in this season of
giving is most appreciated.
Womens Guild
Our annual Bunko Christmas party will
take place instead of regular bunko on
December 17th in the DeMoor Room.
Everyone is to bring a dish to share for the lunch
and a $10.00 gift to exchange.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm
and bunko will begin at 12:45 pm.
We will play 6 games and then our
Christmas party celebration will
begin. If you have any questions,
please contact Lorraine Sablan at (619) 309-5609.
All women are welcome and please feel free to
bring a friend to join in the fun!

Santa Sophia Kids Choir


HOMEMADE TAMALES - There are three flavors to
choose from: Chicken, Beef, & Pork. We will be taking
orders from Saturday, November 15th thru Sunday,
December 7th. Please see the order form below. There
will be baskets on the side shelves in church for you to
return your order forms. Tamale orders will be available for pick up on December 13th & 14th after all the
masses in the Parish kitchen in Prendergast Hall.

The cost is $15.00 per dozen.

The Santa Sophia Kids Choir is open to


all children of the parish in Grades 3rd
thru 8th. Rehearsals are every Thursday, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the
Academy Music Room (October- June). The Kids
Choir sings at the 11:00 am Mass every last Sunday
of the month. For more information contact:
David Stevens at (619) 463-6629 ext. 113,
or dstevens@santasophia.org.