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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:00 am
Laurie Coscolluela & Families
5:00 pm
Jeremias & Fidela Miranda†
Sunday, December 4, 2016
8:00 am
Lee & Esther Gonzales †
10:00 am John & Maria Ramos †
12:00 pm Michael Majovsky †
2:00 pm
People of the Parish
5:00 pm
Pedro Perea †
Monday, December 5, 2016
8:00 am
Rosemarie Zorne †
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
8:00 am
Michael Hill †
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
8:00 am
Alfredo S. Miranda †
Thursday, December 8, 2016
8:00 am
Doug & Felicia Graham
12:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Cyrnek †
5:00 pm
Conception Rivas †
Friday, December 9, 2016
8:00 am
Mrs. Marie LeMasson Black †
Saturday, December 10, 2016
5:00 pm
Steven Cerbo†
Sunday, December 11, 2016
8:00 am
Brad Garafula †
10:00 am Cathy Wilson †
12:00 pm Jose Fuentes †
2:00 pm
Susie Trujillo Medina †
5:00pm
People of the Parish

Prayer of the Faithful, we Pray for the
names written in our book of Intentions.

DECEMBER 4, 2016

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Devotions
Monday - Friday: 7:15 to 7:45 am
- Rosary before Mass in the Church.
Tuesday
- Pro Life Rosary after 8:00 am Mass in the Chapel.
Wednesday
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena after 8:00 am Mass
in the Church.
- Our Mother of Perpetual Help 6:00 pm in the Chapel.
Thursday
- St. Jude Novena after 8:00 am Mass in the Church.
- Spanish Prayer Group at 6:00 pm in room 13.
Friday
- Eucharistic Adoration after 8:00 am Mass until
3:00 pm in the Chapel (We need at least two people at
all times)
Saturday
- Legion of Mary 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm In the Chapel.

Readings for the week of December 4, 2016

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

Sunday: Is 11:1-10 Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Rom 15: 4-9
Mt 3:1-12
Monday: Is 35:1-10 Lk 5:17-26

“People in love make signs of love,” wrote our bishops
in a document guiding the renewal of liturgical music.
They were not merely urging us to sing at Mass, but
suggesting that the song itself is a sign of the love of
Christ. Love never expressed dies, as we know from
experience. Flowers for no special reason, a caress, a
hug, a turn around the dance floor, a note on the
pillow or in the lunchbox, the aroma of fresh bread in
the kitchen, all are signs of love’s vitality. A significant
treasure in our Catholic tradition is the place of the
sacraments as signs of Christ’s love. We can trace the
sacraments back to scriptural sources, through
centuries of history They are woven through family
tradition and our own life story. Sacraments are the
way Christ makes signs of love for the Church. For
twenty centuries, God has spoken to us in the arena of
the sacraments, and we have responded. For the next
year of “Treasure” essays, we will explore the story of
sacraments: their sources, their signs and rituals, and
the way Christ nurtures and sustains us as we
encounter him, the companion on our journey who
loves us and faithfully makes signs of that love.
—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Tuesday: Is 40:1-11 Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday: Is 40:25-31 Mt 11: 28-30
Thursday: Gn 3:9-15, 20 Ps 98:1-4 Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 Lk
1:26-38
Friday: Is 48:17-19 Mt 11:16-19
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10 Ps 146:6-10 Jas 5:7-10 Mt
11:2-11

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GUADALUPANO COMMITTEE

Immaculate Conception
IS A HOLYDAY OF
OBLIGATION
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Masses:
8:00 am
12:00 noon
5:00 pm

DECEMBER 3RD.

MAKE AN ALTAR FOR NOVENA

DECEMBER 4TH TO 12TH. NOVENA AT 6:30 PM IN
THE PARISH CENTER
DECEMBER 10TH

MAKE AN ALTAR IN CHURCH

DECEMBER 11TH

FOOD SALE AT PARISH CENTER

(9:00AM TO 5:00PM)

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Thank you for your continuing support

FAITH FORMATION INFORMATION
Please join us for our 2016 Christmas
Program

REMINDER!!!
If you recently moved or changed your telephone
number, we would appreciate an update with your
new information. Please complete and return the
updated information to the office; make sure to
check the box labeled “change of address”. This
keeps us from issuing you a new member number.

December 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Church

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER 4, 2016

St. Peter The Apostle
Catholic Community
welcomes
Our New Parishioners
October, November

Our Mother,
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebration

December 12, 2016
ROSARY 6:00 am
MARIACHI 6:30 am to 7:30 am
DANZA PREHISPANICA 7:30 am to 8am
MASS 8:00 am
CHINELOS, Play "Las Apariciones" 9am
BREAKFAST after Mass
Play, ‘Las Apariciones”
Ending Celebration with a RAFFLE

Louie Gomez
Francisco Diaz
Luz Elnar
Malu Marigomen
James & Mayra Moore
Kathleen McConnon
Brock & Alek Krumm
Larry & Myrna Cummings
Louis & Phyllis Malasig
Eleanor Malixi
Jeston & Jennifer Fisher
Kaleen Manzanares
Gabriel LeBoeuf
Rowena Bermundo
Carlos Barrera
Gilberto & Carmen Gaeta
Charlene Garcia
Kristi Rene LeBoeuf
Octavio & Maria Marroquin
Joel Shirley Gomez
Elizabeth Alfaro
Monica Alfaro
Marvin & Arsenia Melendez
Gregory & Gunn Kadlec
Arnie & Edna Oquindo
Loren Sotto
Brian Hieronymus
Lawrence & Paula Nason
Andrew & Billie Bick
George & Maria Branson
Mariano & Gloria TGH, Jr.
Samuel & Julie Francisco
Karmen Avila
Walter & Mary Wolak
Patricia Reyes
Brian Hieronymus
Paulyne Reyes
Christopher Zurita
Jose & Ofelia Martinez
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please register with the parish.

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CANONICAL- LITURGICAL FORUM
BY FR. GEM BANDIVAS, JCL, MBA, PhD

ANNULMENT OF ORDINATION
Dear Father Gem: You’ve been writing a lot about marriage
annulment in the Catholic Church. And I must say they are very
informative and challenging. I’d like you to consider what has
been bothering me these past few weeks. This is in regards to
priest’s ordination. I’m wondering if a priest could theoretically
petition for an annulment, like a married person, of his priestly
ordination? How does one determine whether a priestly
ordination is valid or not?
– Daniel, Concerned Parishioner
Dear Daniel: We often hear of Catholic couples whose marriages
from the beginning are like beds of roses, but found later on to
have been invalid. Then before we know it the couples are already
divorced and annulled. But we seldom hear of the same sort of
thing happening with a man’s ordination to the priesthood? Well,
I guess you have just raised a very excellent point that we cannot
simply ignore. Let’s first try to look at the requirements for a valid
ordination, and then at the specific situation that you mention.
If you’ve ever been to an ordination ceremony (which is
normally situated within the celebration of Mass), you know that
it can be extremely long and seem complicated. In fact, as it
developed over the centuries, the ordination ritual became so
complex that in decades past, questions were raised about which
liturgical elements were actually necessary components of the
sacrament itself, and which were “merely” additional ceremonial
actions. This isn’t an idle question: if an element that constitutes
an integral part of the sacrament is done improperly or omitted
altogether, this will naturally affect the validity of the ordination.
As canon 841 notes, only the supreme authority in the
Church can approve or define what is needed for a sacrament to
be valid. Thus Catholic theologians could weigh in with their own
professional opinions on this subject, but the final say belonged to
the Pope.
And with his 1947 Apostolic Constitution Sacramentum
Ordinis, Pope Pius XII resolved the uncertainty about this issue.
Pius stated that:
“We of Our Apostolic Authority and from certain
knowledge declare, and as far as may be necessary decree and
provide: that the matter, and the only matter, of the Sacred Orders
of the Diaconate, the Priesthood, and the Episcopacy is the
imposition of hands; and that the form, and the only form, is the
words which determine the application of this matter, which
univocally signify the sacramental effects—namely the power of
Order and the grace of the Holy Spirit—and which are accepted
and used by the Church in that sense.“ (SO 4)
So the Pope spelled out the required form and matter for
the valid conferral of this sacrament. And these have not been
changed; the current Catechism of the Catholic Church basically
repeats the same statement in paragraph 1573. The other
necessary element for a valid sacrament, of course, is a proper
intention on the part of the minister—in this case, the ordaining
bishop. (Pius XII did not discuss the issue of intention in his
Apostolic Constitution, because it was not part of the confusion

that needed to be resolved.) Taken
together, these are the bare bones
that are needed to confer the
sacrament of Holy Orders validly in
the Catholic Church.
If you want to be really
precise, there is one other important factor, which was so obvious
to everyone back in 1947 that Pius XII would never have dreamed
of mentioning it: the only person who can validly receive the
sacrament of Holy Orders is a baptized male. This is stated
unequivocally in canon 1024.
So for a Catholic priest’s ordination to be found invalid,
what would have to be established? In short, that the bishop failed
to impose his hands on the man to be ordained; or omitted/
changed the necessary words, as found in the liturgical books; or
deliberately intended that he would not ordain the man upon
whom he externally appeared to be conferring the sacrament. It
should be clear from this that it’s relatively easy to ordain a priest
validly.
While we’re on the subject, it’s worth noting that in
practice, it is virtually impossible to prove that the ordaining
bishop withheld the intention to confer Holy Orders during the
ordination ceremony. Short of an honest admission by the bishop
himself, there’s no way for anybody to know what was going on
in the bishop’s head at the moment he appeared to confer the
sacrament. This is of course true of other sacraments as well: if
they are conferred by a Catholic cleric, the Church naturally
assumes (in the absence of any concrete evidence to the contrary)
that he meant what he said and did! This is, incidentally, the
fundamental reason why many marriages are found to be null—
i.e., in many cases it can be proven that one of the spouses did not
mean what he/she said when the wedding vows were exchanged.
Marriage, unlike the other sacraments, is conferred by the spouses
on each other, not by the Catholic cleric who officiates.
Perhaps it’s fortunate for us all that it’s so hard for a priest
to be invalidly ordained! If the Church were constantly finding
ordinations to be null, sacramental life in our parishes would
effectively grind to a halt. We’d be endlessly wondering if the sins
we’d confessed had really been absolved, or whether the
monstrance before which we kneel in adoration actually contained
the Eucharist or not. And if it were easy to be invalidly ordained
to the priesthood, what would that imply about the validity of the
episcopacy? The fears about invalidity would extend even to the
Pope himself!
Obviously the Church could not function like this. If it
were easy to ordain a man invalidly, it seems safe to assume that
the Church would have virtually ceased to exist long ago. On the
contrary, the sacrament of Holy Orders has been handed down
through the generations for nearly 2000 years, which is exactly
what Christ intended.

Fr. Gem

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Our Love Offering. . .
November 20, 2016 Parish Offertory:$ 8,739.79
November 20, 2016 2nd Collection:$ 2,546.51

Second Collections Schedule
December 4, Christmas Flowers & Parish
Improvements.
Thank you for your continuing support
Please consider including a bequest to
St. Peter the Apostle in your will or living
trust.

Retirement Fund for Religious

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St. Peter places
fresh flowers in
the sanctuary
area of the
church. If you
would like to
donate the cost
of the flowers
on behalf of
your family or a
loved one,
please contact
the Parish Office at, 702-970-2500 for
complete details.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On the weekend of December 10 and 11, we will take part in the
national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. This
annual appeal for retired religious, helps to educate and assist
religious institutes in the United States to care for their elderly
and frail members. Nearly 33,000 sisters, brothers, and religious
order priests, women and men who have consecrated their lives
to serving God and the Church, will benefit from this collection.
Pope Francis tells us, “Every consecrated person is a gift for the
People of God on its journey.” Many of us, myself included, can
recall special women or men religious who played meaningful
roles in our lives. Their support of our journeys often required
great sacrifices. Most senior religious worked for small stipends,
leaving a substantial gap in retirement savings. As a result,
hundreds of religious communities now struggle to provide

adequate care for aging members.
This is but one of many worthy causes in need of our assistance.
I ask simply that you give what you can in thanksgiving for the
faithful service of senior religious. Won’t you please join me in
supporting the Retirement Fund for Religious and in praising
God for the gifts that consecrated life offers our Church.
Assuring you of my gratitude and prayers, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

Confirmation students if interested in making
hours for confirmation, this is your chance.
Michelle Couch will be decorating the Church.
12/7 @ 3:00pm, 12/9 after 8:00am Mass
12/24 @ 8:00am

What’s brewing?
As the drawing for the holiday raffle gets closer, we hope
for the best. The making of SIX (6) lucky winners has just
begun.
More tickets mean more chances to bring that handsome
“65” inch ultra HD flat screen TV to your own living room
and FIVE (5) more prizes of $500 each will add cheer to
your holiday.
So, be sure to take the time before and after each mass to
make a little investment. More tickets mean not only more
chances to increase your odds of winning a prize but it also
proves your support for your parish.
To those who have already done their part, we thank you.
May you get back your generosity a hundredfold.
We, the team members of this fundraiser, are relentlessly
working around the clock to make this event on December
23rd after the Simbang Gabi and Las Posadas Mass happy
for everyone.
To all of you, ambassadors of goodwill, we thank you for
getting INVOLVED. PLEASE KEEP IT UP.

ST. PETER THE APOSTLE
PARISH OFFICE…………………...………... 702-970-2500
Fr. Gem Bandivas, Parish Administrator ……….Ext. 2509
Deacon Bill Davis, Finance/Homebound ……….Ext. 2500
Malu Marigomen, Business Manager……………Ext. 2511
Elizabeth Schoeter, Office Manager ………..…...Ext.2502
Cindy Blatchford, Bookkeeper ...………………..Ext. 2505
Sandra Gaeta, Receptionist/Gift Shop ……..…..Ext. 2501
Don Grizzard, Facility Maintenance …………….Ext. 2500
Luz Elnar, Housekeeping…………………………Ext. 2500

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES
Liturgy Coordinator………………………………EllenLerum
Music Directors …………………………Ken & Ellen Lerum
Sacristans ……………………………………Carlos Sedano
Altar Servers ………………………………….Roger Pepper
Extraordinary Ministers ………………………..Bill Gubanic
Lectors ……………………………………….Daniel Potucek
Ushers …………………………………………..John Ramos
BUILDING & GROUNDS:
José Martinez, Sr, Tim Lawler, Ernie Rael,
Don Grizzard, Dan Driscol
FINANCE COMMITTEE:
Deacon Bill Davis(Chair),
Sylvia Deguzman Shue, Janel Potucek, Dorothy Reed,
Josie Cruz, Ellen Lerum

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION……………………702-970-2525
Maria Oswald, DRE ……………………….. …….Ext. 2528
Terry Christiansen, Faith Formation …………….Ext. 2526
Vickie Sanchez, Faith Formation………………….Ext.2525
Margie Bedosky, Faith Formation………………..Ext. 2525

OTHER MINISTRIES
Homebound ……………………………...Deacon Bill Davis
Pro-Life ……………………………………Monica Caffarella
Environment …………….…………………..Michelle Couch
Rosary-Making ………………………………..Emely Cortez
Altar Care……………………………………..Susan Mirasol
DEVOTIONS
Mother of Perpetual Help ……………..……...Ernie Mirasol
St.JudeThaddeus ……………………………...…Sacristans
Guadalupanos .……………………………..Linda Gonzales
Spanish Prayer Group .…………………………Jose Leyva
Legion of Mary ………………………………Nelly Heagney
NON-PARISH MINISTRIES
Knights of Columbus ……………………….Francisco Diaz
St. Vincent de Paul .……………………………Pat Dockins

Safe Environment Program
St. Peter’s is fully committed to ensuring a safe
environment for all parishioners. A Victim’s
Advocate Hotline, 235-7723, is available through the
Diocese for any individual who has been
sexually and/or physically abused.

Important Help Numbers
Catholic Charities Adoption Services
(702) 385-3351
First Choice Pregnancy Services
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Women’s Resource Centers of Southern NV
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Living Grace Home-(702) 212-6472 serving the
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Keep in mind…
The gates of the parking lot behind Faith
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approximately by 6:30 pm. . .

Mass Intentions for 2017 are now available. The cost
of each Mass intention is $15.00 and will come with
a card that has the name of your loved one and the
date of the Mass. We can accept check or cash for
payment. One intention per Mass is accepted unless
two people share the same last name, husband and
wife for example. There is a four Mass limit per
person and you may not request the same Mass
each week. There is no guarantee that your loved
ones name will be mentioned during the
Mass. Please come to the office to make your
requests.

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Wednesday:
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6:30– 8:00—Tagalog Choir
Thursday:
5:00 –6:30—Spanish Choir
6:30– 8:00—10:am Mass Choir

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