St. Justin Martyr Parish
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Saturday: (Vigil Mass) 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.
(signed for hearing impaired); Eucharis c Adora on
12:00 p.m. in Vietnamese; Wednesday:
5:00 p.m. in Spanish 9:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m. (Chapel)
Monday and Tuesday:
7:00 p.m. (Chapel) SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. (Chapel)
By appointment. Call the parish oﬃce.
6:30 p.m. (Chapel) in Vietnamese
Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2011
13350 Ashford Point Drive • Houston, TX 77082-5100
Telephone: 281-556-5116 • FAX: 281-556-6932
E-Mail: email@example.com • Web page: www.sjmtx.org
Fr. Paul Chovanec, Pastor • Fr. Gregory Nguyen, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Corney Llorens • Deacon Louis Provenzano • Deacon Nhat Tran • Deacon Gary Boyd
ADULT BAPTISM AND ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Rite for the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process is ongoing. Contact one of the priests in the parish office.
ADULT CONFIRMATION FOR PRACTICING CATHOLICS
Please phone the parish office.
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Please contact Dolores Gonzalez at 281-902-5711 or firstname.lastname@example.org six months to two years prior to the desired date.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN
Baptism for children through age six is held monthly except during the season of Lent. There are no private baptisms.
There are required preparation sessions for the parents. At least one parent must be a registered member of the parish
and a practicing Catholic. Expectant parents are asked to begin this process during the second trimester of pregnancy.
Please phone the parish office.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN SEVEN AND OLDER
Please contact the Religious Education office about the RCIC process, 281-902-5701.
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please phone the parish office as soon as you or someone in your family schedules surgery/hospitalization or suffers an
illness or injury. PLEASE DON’T DELAY in this prayer for Christian healing! The Sacrament is celebrated the fourth
Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Mass.
FIRST COMMUNION, FIRST PENANCE AND CONFIRMATION
Please contact the Religious Education office, 281-902-5701.
The nursery is open during weekend Masses and other parish activities. It is located in the Christian Formation Center building.
YOUTH MINISTRY AT ST. JUSTIN MARTYR
There are various activities for Middle and High School Youth throughout the year. Youth Nights take place every
Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. and are a time for youth to make friends, have fun and learn more about their faith.
For more information contact the Youth Ministry Office at 281-902-5710.
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR PRESCHOOL
Early childhood education - 18 months to Pre-K Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Before and after school care
(7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) For information, please call 281-556-1260.
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Other times, call 281-556-6882. Fax is 281-752-5985.
Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Bulletin e-mail: email@example.com
WELCOME TO ST. JUSTIN MARTYR
Please let us know you have arrived. We are anxious to meet you. Contact the parish office for a welcoming packet.
Pastoral Staff Stewardship
Coordinator of Adult Ministry Financial Stewardship
Lisa Hachicho November 20, 2011 $19,104
Director of Preschool November 27, 2011 $17,066
Deborah Lazarou Required Weekly Budget Amount $20,500
Albert Lopez Year To Date Status
Parish Administrator Income and Expenses as of October 31, 2011
Coordinator of Youth Ministries
All year to date expenses were covered by weekly
collections and future monies for special projects.
Clergy Reflection Income is weekly tithing and special collections
received for operation of the parish.
From The Desk Of Deacon Louis Expenses are actual cost to the parish for its
We look forward to gathering together with our family weekly operations. This income varies from
and friends this holiday season to celebrate with good month to month and is not consistent.
food and fellowship. However, just below the surface Campaign For Human Development Collection
of our celebration is the realization that the holiday sea- $2,565
son means more than just spending long hours in the
kitchen preparing meals or enduring long lines in the Electronic Payments to St. Justin Martyr
shopping mall. The Christmas season is really about
being with loved ones that live in far away places. It is If you wish to have this type of payment made to
about sharing the stories of our life with our children St. Justin Martyr for your tithing, contact your bank.
and grandchildren. It is about teaching our children the This is done through Online Banking or a Bill Payment
importance of family traditions and the true meaning of Plan. The next time you visit your bank ask to speak to
Christmas. It is about respect for our grandparents and a Customer Service Representative to get this process
parents. started. Thank you for your generous support of
St. Justin Martyr.
The Advent season is also more than just another liturgi-
cal celebration on the Church’s schedule. It is more Stewardship Reflection
than just lighting another candle on the advent wreath. John the Baptist’s call to repentance is echoed in the
It is more than just preparing for the coming of the baby U.S. bishop’s pastoral letter on stewardship: “Christians
Jesus. The Advent season is about witnessing the birth must beg God for the grace to conversion: the grace to
of the savior of the world. It is about the hope that Jesus know who they are, to whom they belong, how they are
brings to each of us. It is about reflecting on what the to live—the grace to repent and change and grow, the
birth of the savior means for us as a family and what the grace to becoming good disciples and stewards.”
savior means to the world. It is about the gift of a son
from a father that loves us. Retirement Fund For Religious
Deacon Louis Next weekend, December 10 & 11, is the annual Retire-
ment Fund for Religious appeal. Almost 33,000 women
religious and more than 5,500 men religious are past the
age of 70. Though they may withdraw from a paid, full
time ministry, religious continue to visit the sick, tutor
children, and volunteer in parishes among refugee popu-
lations. Your donations help alleviate the spiraling cost
of health care. Please be generous. Your support is
Readings for the Week
Prayer Needs Sun., Dec. 4th: Is 40:1-5,9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/
Mon., Dec. 5th: Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26
Mass Intentions Tues., Dec. 6th: Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
December 3rd ~ December 11th Wed., Dec. 7th: Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30
Sat. Dec 3rd 5:30 p.m. + Paula Jackson Thurs., Dec. 8th: Gn 3:9-15,20/Eph 1:3-6,11-12/
Sun. Dec 4th 8:00 a.m. People of St. Justin
Fri., Dec. 9th: Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19
Sun. Dec 4th 10:00 a.m. E. Iuliano Sat., Dec. 10th: Sir 48:1-4,9-11/Mt 17:9a,10-13
Sun. Dec 4th 12:00 p.m. + Humberto Ochoa Sun., Dec. 11th: Is 61:1-2a,10-11/1 Thes 5:16-24/
Sun. Dec 4th 5:00 p.m. + Mr. J. Jesus Estrada & Wife Jn 1:6-8,19-28
Mon. Dec 5th 7 00 p.m. + Manuel Fermin
+ Robert & Ann Brezovec
Wed. Dec 7th 7:00 p.m. US Soldiers & Their Families Sunday, December 4th - Second Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Mass
Thurs. Dec 8th 6:00 a.m. People of St. Justin
10:00 a.m. Mass
Thurs. Dec 8th 9:00 a.m. Rev. Mark Lewis, SJ 10:00 a.m. Little Church
12:00 p.m. Vietnamese Mass
Thurs Dec 8th 7:00 p.m. Rich Fanning 12:00 p.m. NEXT
Fri. Dec 9th 9:00 a.m. + Bruno Kohn 5:00 p.m. Spanish Mass
6:30 p.m. Middle School & High School CCE
Fri. Dec 9th 6:30 p.m. + Thomas L. Rabalais Monday, December 5th
5:30 p.m. Elementary CCE
Sat. Dec 10th 9:00 a.m. Fr. Paul Chovanec 7:00 p.m. Mass
Sat. Dec 10th 5:30 p.m. Maria Yu Yin 7:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study
Tuesday, December 6th
Sun. Dec 11th 8:00 a.m. Scott Johnson 6:30 p.m. Penance
7:00 p.m. Mass
Sun. Dec 11th 10:00 a.m. People of St. Justin 7:30 p.m. Perpetual Help Novena & Rosary
Wednesday, December 7th
Sun. Dec 11th 12:00 p.m. + Rev. George Twellmeyer, SJ 9:00 a.m. Mass
Sun. Dec 11th 5:00 p.m. + Tino Morin 9:30 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 p.m. Mass
7:00 p.m. RCIA Pre-Catechumenate
A Vocation Brief 7:00 p.m. RCIA
7:00 p.m. Youth Night
A misconception among Catholics is that the priest has an 7:00 p.m. Elementary CCE
ideal job: he works one day each week, Sunday. They forget 7:00 p.m. CCC
that the other six days a week, the priest works long and hard Thursday, December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate
behind the scenes: bringing communion to the sick and elder- Conception
ly, counseling troubled families, visiting school classes, pre- 6:00 a.m. Mass
9:00 a.m. Mass
paring individuals for sacraments. Often the job is frustrating, 7:00 p.m. Mass
exhausting and thankless, but always of vital importance. Friday, December 9th
Take some time this week and express appreciation to your 9:00 a.m. Mass
priests for the difficult work they do. 6:30 p.m. Vietnamese Mass
Serra for priestly and religious vocations Saturday, December 10th
9:00 a.m. Mass
Word of Life 9:00
A culture of life, not death.… This vision our creator planted 5:30 p.m. Mass
in the depth of every human person, as part of our normative Sunday, December 11th - Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Mass
law: that life is sacred; that, once God breathes it into us, it 10:00 a.m. Mass
lasts forever; that to take innocent life is so inimical to a right- 10:00 a.m. Little Church
eous society that its protection is mandated in the very 12:00 p.m. Vietnamese Mass
middle of the ten commandments; that the more innocent and 12:00 p.m. NEXT
5:00 p.m. Spanish Mass
fragile the more it begs protection; that, indeed, to protect life 6:30 p.m. Middle School & High School CCE
is the most noble of vocations.
~Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Immaculate Conception of Mary Please Pray For . . .
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary The following couples as they prepare to celebrate the
is the day we remember and celebrate that she was Sacrament of Matrimony at St. Justin:
conceived without original sin in preparation for her
vocation as the Mother of God. December 17
Sandro Espinoza & Brenda Carrera
Mary, under this title, is also the patroness of the United
States of America. This Holy Day of Obligation is
therefore a special opportunity and time to pray for our Poinsettias for Christmas
nation. Remember a loved one at Christmas by donating to-
Vigil Mass on Wednesday, December 7 wards the Poinsettias to decorate the church. Donors
7:00 p.m. English and the names of loved ones will be listed in the Bul-
Holyday Masses on Thursday, December 8 letin. Price is $10.00 for each Memorial.
6:00 a.m. English Fill in the information below and bring with payment
9:00 a.m. English to the Church Office or drop it in the Sunday Collec-
7:00 p.m. Multicultural tion. Make your check payable to St. Justin Martyr.
Please consider serving as a liturgical Minister as you
attend Mass. Sign-up in the bridesroom. ——- Poinsettias for Christmas ——
Donations for the Christmas Season Decorations I would like to donate towards decorating the Church
with Poinsettias at $10.00 per Memorial, for the fol-
Donation envelopes are available in the pews to lowing:
contribute to the cost of poinsettias for Christmas. Your
donations are greatly appreciated. 1. ____________________________
All memorials will be published in the bulletin.
We invite all interested to help decorate for Christmas.
We will be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3. ____________________________
December 20, 21 & 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We
will also be working in the evenings on December 22 & Name__________________________
23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come join us.
We work hard, have fun and pray for guidance. Phone__________________________
Art & Environment Amount Enclosed $________
December 25 Bulletin Deadline
Upcoming Food Sales:
All articles to be in the December 25 bulletin are due to
the bulletin editor by December 14, by 9:00 a.m. If you
Today, Sunday, December 4,
have any questions or need assistance with this, please
call Martha in the parish office. enjoy Breakfast
prepared by the youth
January 1 Bulletin Deadline on sale in the parish hall.
All articles to be in the January 1 bulletin are due to the Next Sunday, December 11, enjoy
bulletin editor by December 22, by 9:00 a.m. Again, Vietnamese Food
please phone Martha in the parish office if you need on sale in the
assistance. parish hall after Mass.
St. Justin Martyr Catholic Preschool News News About the Mavericks
The preschool classes are busy with all of our advent December 11, at 7 p.m., join us for a Christmas celebra-
traditions. When our classes resumed on Monday of last tion at First Baptist Church. It’s a presentation of cele-
week, we discussed the advent season. Each class lit the bration in the spirit, songs and story of Christmas. The
candles and prayed together. car pool leaves St. Justin at 5:45 p.m. If you are inter-
This week we will be celebrating the feast of St. Nicho- ested in going please call Marge at 281-498-3413.
las. This is a fun tradition we all look forward to each On December 13, at 3:00 p.m. the Mavericks are spon-
year! Before nap time, the children take their shoes off soring a birthday party at West Oaks Geriatric Center.
and leave them in the hallway and hope for a surprise Brighten your holidays by bringing cheer to these folks.
when they wake up!
December 17 at 1 p.m. is our Christmas party in the par-
ish hall. It’s a Pot luck lunch with turkey and ham pro-
Daughters of Isabella
vided by the Mavericks, followed by our fun-filled
Unity, Friendship and Charity
“White Elephant” gift exchange. Be a part of our
Our annual Christmas party and White Elephant gift Christmas cheer. Bring your holiday spirit and a small
exchange is next Sunday, December 11. It will be held wrapped gift along with a favorite dish to share.
at Fadi’s Restaurant. Nan will need a count for the res-
Mavericks share good times and great fellowship.
taurant, so please contact her to let her know you will be
There are no sign ups or dues (only voluntary) no duties
attending. Spouses and dates are welcome to join us.
or obligatory meetings. For more information, call
We will not have our regular meeting in December. If Marilyn Tovsen at 281-879-7568.
you are interested in joining, please contact Bette at:
Social Ministry News
Knights of Columbus-SJM Council 8293
Missals are a wonderful tool to help you celebrate Mass. Adopt-A-Family For Christmas
For $5, the Knights will sell you a Missal that will take Let’s share our blessings with those less
you from Advent to Lent. The Missals are also fortunate! Consider providing a traditional
bilingual. Christmas Meal to a needy family. A do-
Knights, please make arrangements to attend our Christ- nation of $30 will cover the meal, consist-
mas Party on the 17th. We will be going out to eat after ing of a gift card, Turkey and side dishes. Donations
Saturday Mass. (I wanted to give you a chance to use will be accepted in the parish hall after Masses.
Feast Day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe St. Nicholas Sunday
Everyone is invited to this special celebration on Mon- It’s not too late; if you forgot your
day, December 12, starting with a rosary at 6:15 p.m. unwrapped present for St. Nicholas Sunday,
followed by Holy Mass at 7:00 p.m. There will be a bring it next Sunday and place it under the
reception in the parish hall after the Mass where tradi- tree in the parish hall.
tional foods will be served. Please join us in honoring Reminder that “Wish Ornament” gifts must
our Blessed Mother. All services will be in Spanish. be returned by Sunday, December 11.
Sincere thanks to John Paul II Second Graders, St. Jus-
Everyone is invited to attend the annual Simbang Gabi, tin Preschool, CCE Children, and our parishioners for
a Filipino Christmas Tradition on Friday, December 16. your generous donations to the food pantry.
It will begin with a Rosary at 6:20 p.m. followed by
Mass at 7:00 p.m. with a dinner and program afterward 37 Families received a
in the parish hall. For more information call Bella Gabi- Thanksgiving Meal
ola at 281-531-9248 or Connie Herber at 832-877-4557.
Parish Life Adult Education
Intentions And Offerings R.C.I.A
For The Sacrifice Of The Mass Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a program for
The Mass renews among us the sacrifice of Jesus Christ adults who desire to become Catholic. Are you
for the redemption of the world. Ever since the earliest unbaptized? Were you baptized in another faith? Has
days, lay people joined with their priest or bishop for the the Lord has led you to the Catholic Church? RCIA is
Eucharist and provided the bread and wine necessary for the program for you! The RCIA team is here to help you
the Mass. Over the centuries, rather than actually bake with your faith journey. Please call the church office and
the bread or bring the wine, people simply made a leave your name and a contact phone number, and
donation to provide these things. Extra money in someone from the RCIA team will call you to give you
offerings was used for the poor and for the support of more information.
the clergy. Thus began the custom of making a
financial offering for a Mass. Such a donation was
Searching for a way to enrich your
made especially when the priest was asked to remember
faith? Come to Christ, Coffee &
a specific intention in the Mass prayers, e.g., the
Conservation! C.C.C. is an Adult
anniversary of someone's death.
Formation ministry that meets on
The offering does not “buy” a Mass. The offering Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in the
shows concern for the Church and for the work and parish hall. Each session contains
income of her priests. (In fact, to this day, throughout three components: Faith building, Fun and fellowship.
much of the developing world, Mass stipends remain the So plan to join us to see what God has in store for You!
primary source of support for priests in poor countries.) All adults are welcome! The nursery is available for
The offering shows a person’s willingness to make a those with children too young to attend C.C.E.
personal sacrifice and to be charitable and generous.
Canon Law, the universal law of the Catholic Church, November 30 – The Season of Advent
sets the principles for managing offerings for the December 7 – Mary, Our Blessed Mother
celebration of the Mass. Most parishes have a calendar December 14 – Annual Holiday Party & Potluck Dinner
of Mass intentions requested by friends and members of
the parish. St. Justin Martyr Parish has just such a FTCM Is Coming To St. Justin Martyr
FTCM is a theological and spiritual for-
Here are a few guidelines for requesting Masses for mation program sponsored by the Office of
specific intentions. Continuing Christian Education of the Arch-
diocese. Anyone who wants to learn more
1. Mass intentions can be scheduled on a “first about the Catholic faith, especially those in
come/first served” basis, but please be reasonable Ministry or discerning a call to ministry are welcome to
and considerate. Don’t for example, demand all attend. St. Justin will hold sessions on Tuesdays in the
the Saturday Vigil Masses for the next 12 parish hall starting January 10, 2012. The cost is $25
months! per semester. You do need to pre-register, contact
2. Please come to the office in person to schedule a Dolores Gonzalez at 281-902-5711 or e-mail
Mass. Don’t try to schedule things over the firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
phone or by email.
3. The offering recommended by the Archdiocese of
Galveston Houston is $5 per Mass. The Gardening Angels
4. Priests may not accept more Mass intentions that
they can reasonably pray in one year’s time. will be working
Right now, the parish Mass calendar goes till the this coming Saturday
end of 2011.
5. Intentions must be in accord with the Catholic 8:30 a.m.
C C E N E W S
St. Nicholas Sunday WORKS OF
Today ! MERCY
December 4, 2011 In continuing our tradition, during the
months of November and December the
Elementary CCE Students and students in
Quinceañera Preparation Classes
If you forget to the RCIA, program will be practicing
one of the: Will begin in Febr ar 2012. If
bring in a new CORPORAL ACTS OF MERCY your daughter is cur ently
- FEED THE HUNGRY - enrolled in our CCE prog am for
unwrapped toy today They are to bring in non-perishable food
her second consecutive year and
for our less fortunate children items to help the St. Justin Social Ministry
will be celebrating her 15th
bir hday this spring or summer
in our community, it’s not 2012, please contact the CCE oﬃce
too late. You may still CCE Christmas Break
Please be sure to review your
drop off before CCE calendars. There will be
no CCE , Little Church or CLOW
5:00 pm today. from December 18th, 2011 to
January 6th, 2012.
Parent Meetings in January
This is a reminder to ask that you review your CCE calendars for parent meetings
scheduled in 2012 regarding Sacramental Preparation.
Middle and High School Youth Ministry Our Annual Christmas Party is
coming up on December 14th! It
Confirmation 1 and 2! If you DID NOT will be during Youth Group time
attend the Day of Reflection on Novem-
ber 12th, you must attend the Day of Re- but we will be starting an hour
flection on February 11th! Contact Jenny early at 6 pm. Please bring
if you have any questions! snacks and be ready to watch an
awesome Christmas movie with
Youth Breakfast is TODAY!!!!!! interactive games! Everyone is
Come help support the youth! welcome!
Monthly Mission: We will be carol- We are looking for volun-
For more information about Youth ing at a local retirement home on
events and activities: teers for youth ministry
December 17th at 2:30 pm. Sign-up
Jenny Rohde, Coordinator of with Jenny if interested! and we would love your help!
Youth Ministries You don’t have to have ex-
281-902-5710, Jrohde@sjmtx.com Desiring fun and fellowship? perience working with youth
Youth Nights have begun again on
The Youth Office is located on the just a desire and willing to
2nd floor of the CFC building. In- Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm!!!
formation is also available on the Anyone going into 6th to 12th grade learn! If you are interested,
Youth Ministry page of the parish is invited! Come every Wednesday or please email Jenny Rohde at
website at www.sjmtx.org. whenever works! All are welcome!
Church name & address
St. Justin Martyr #515169
13350 Ashford Point Drive
Houston, Texas 77082
Contact person: Martha Martin @ 281-556-5116
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