Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday of Advent  

December 10, 2017


Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Mark 1:3


Sat. December 09 4:00 pm Intentions of Roger Walls by Carol Sharkey

Sat. December 09 6:00 pm Pro Populo

Sun. December 10 8 :00 am Repose of the soul of Usoalii NgWun by Rosie Howard

Sun. December 10 11:00 am Pro Populo

Mon. December 11 7:00 am Repose of the soul of Twyla McPhie by Jerry & Linda Knapp

Tues. December 12 7:00 am Repose of the soul of Usoalii NgWun by Rosie Howard

Wed. December 13 7:00 am Intentions of Cody Stearns by Mary Grevenkamp

Thurs December 14 7:00 am Intentions of Cody Stearns by Mary Grevenkamp

Fri. December 15 7:00 am Intentions of Hernan Bedoya by Sanchez Family

Sat. December 16 4:00 pm Repose of the soul of Ken Sample by Carole Sample

Sat. December 16 6:00 pm Pro Populo


Andrew Dixon - The James Ellis Family – Lori Luczak -Randy Scott - Barbara Crosby - Richard Gouin, Jr. - Lisa Marshall-Vargas - Dan Brown - Christie Sackett - Laury Francis - Kayla Connolly - Christopher Anderson -Sandra Culp - Pat Olsen - Harry Brown - James Gamber-Julie Oldenburg Klekas - Jo Chastain - Gail Frampton - Mary Glennon - Robert Dews - Ronald Benoit - Sheila Merrill - Louis Lab – Mr & Mrs Herrera - Joseph Clubb- Jack Johantgen - Doris Elliott - Jim McMullen - Jean Poole - Gloria Llamas - Charlie and Rose Hardy - Janet Girardot - Patricia Giuffrida - The LeCavalier Family- Jimmy Elsworth- Gerardo Rico- Robert Connelly- Evelyn Perez- De Ann Strang- Kylee Anderson- Ellie Walton- Kim Lihigh-Gorge Maldonado-Kathy Powell- Diana Laird-Bob Tomko Sr.-Tommy Wiebold- Terry Wilkenson- John Morgan- David Savage-Margaret Workman- Abraham Workman- Margie Snow-Rex Becerra-Pat Wert- Fred Wallis- Phil Hartz-Cindy Schlick- Dawn Kirby-Carmelita Lustig- Paul Lustig- Alan LeCavalier- Lynn Burgoyne-BrigitSullivanSalamon- Marie Neis-Jacob Gersick-Gustavo Bedoya- Laura Coats- Thomas Schultz-Ignacio Patron- Brandon Browning- Paige Butterfield- David Lehr- Michael Myers-Gabe Jacobsen-Vivian Connelly-Coss Connolly- Muriel Gouin- Kalea Ramos- Cap Aubrey Sr.- Briley Patterson- Stu Butterfield


10th – Retired Religious Fund

17th – Gold Envelope

18th – Christmas Angel


Thank you to the Christmas Craft Committee and the St. Vincentian de Paul for all of their hard work on the fundraisers. We would also like to thank all of the people that helped and support these fundraisers. All of the money raised stays here in our parish and community. The Society of St.Vincentian de Paul were able to help 10 people during the months of October and November, spending a total of $1,700.00


Need a Christmas gift? Stop by our Gift Shop or the parish office. We have 4oz. Gift Boxes of See'e Chocolate for sale, they are $5.00 per box.


Be a Rosary maker! All supplies provided, See Gift Shop after weekend Mass.Do you have used Religious items? Old Rosaries, Holy Cards or Books? Leave all donations in basket at OLPH Gift Shop.


OLPH Gift Shop will be open after weekend masses. Donations only. New and gently used religious items. Looking for a Christmas gift? Stop by the gift shop!


If you would like to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one, or to decorate the altar during the Christmas season; please use one of the pink envelope provided in the vestibule of the church. The poinsettia donation may be placed in the weekly collection basket or bring it by the parish office.


Mass intentions are currently available for all months of 2018. Mass can be offered for the intentions of the living or for the repose of the soul of the deceased. The prayer of the mass is a good gift for Christmas, birthday or for any celebration or anniversary. Contact the parish office for available dates. Mass intention envelopes can be found in the vestibule of the church. Either drop the completed envelope in the collection or bring it by the parish office.


The 2018 St. Joseph Missal has arrived, Please call Lorena in the office 760-872-7231, to arrange to purchase your copy. Cost is $3.00 each.


The Immaculate Heart Of The Eastern Sierra, Society of St. Vincent de Paul next meeting will be on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Pizza Factory.


John the Baptist urges us to “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Our culture tells us to prepare for the birth of a Baby, an event that evokes wonderful feelings of warmth and happiness. But John’s message of “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” suggests that we must examine our lives in light of the salvation we seek. It is difficult to orient our lives, anticipation, and preparation with balance and vision toward a glorious Christ who is yet to come. It is far easier to prepare for a Jesus who is a sweet, innocent Baby. The gospel challenges us to take the real events of our everyday lives—all the suffering and pain, all the anxiety and hopelessness, all the joy and peace—and see them as means to recognize the presence of Christ to us. This is what Advent is all about—recognizing the presence of Christ in our lives as salvation already come.


God speaks to us in all sorts of ways: through Scriptures, through his Church, but also through all the events, great and small, that happen to us. Since most of our lives are made up of very ordinary tasks which we must do each day, it is in these especially that the voice of the Lord is to be heard. We make the mistake so often of expecting God to speak to us through some great event or happening when, in fact, all the time He is speaking to us in all the small events of each day. Sometimes in life we don’t know what to do. God lead us even when our path changes radically, ends abruptly or is surrounded in darkness. By sitting patiently and trustingly in prayer, we gradually see or feel his presence and guidance. It is also true that God often uses the people and the happenings in our daily life to teach us and lead us on the way we should go. Advent tells us to be attentive, to listen in patience and peace.

St. Vincent De Paul wrote,” To be involved in the service of Jesus, is a sacred trust to which we have been invited”. For Assistance Call St. Vincent De Paul: 760-920-1605



Jesus, the Desire of Every Heart

January 12,13&14 2018

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd.

Paso Robles, California

Registration Pamphlet can be found in the vestibule.


First Reading — The rugged land shall be made a plain; the rough country, a broad valley (Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11).

Psalm — Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation (Psalm 85).

Second Reading — Conduct yourselves in holiness, hastening the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:8-14).

Gospel — I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:1-8).

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.


            In a time of preparation, much of it having to do with material things, it is good to hear the words of Isaiah, “Comfort, give comfort to my people, / says your God” (Isaiah 40:1). In a time of such stress and rush, when our usual burdens are augmented by piles of Christmas preparations, we can choose to slow down, take some time to heal, and appreciate the enormous gift we are about to receive. Christ, the Son of God, has become one of us, and knows our human limitations. Yet God, even now, is freeing us from the burdens that our inattentiveness to our God and to our deepest inner longings have heaped upon us. The Lord comes, not as a king with mighty armies, but as a shepherd leading the flocks with care and tenderness. Isaiah prophesies good news: our oppression is over, our sins forgiven. The savior we have awaited is coming, not the first time, but in the end times, as our salvation.

Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.


Many people think that Saint Francis originated the Christmas crèche, but its origins go far back. The Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome has housed what is said to be relics of the cradle of Jesus since the seventh century. In time, every year during the Christmas season the reliquary (container for relics) was surrounded by an increasingly grand three-dimensional scene of the place of Jesus’ birth. Rocks and trees, houses, streams, figurines of villagers going about their daily tasks were all included. It was a very dramatic presentation. If you’ve ever seen an elaborate model train installation, you get the idea. The proper term for this depiction is presepio, from the Latin word for “surround” or “hedge.”

            Over the centuries, the custom spread first to churches, and then to aristocratic homes. In Italy, whole chapels are often set aside for the presepio, and it is not unusual to have hundreds of figures. It can sometimes be a challenge to locate the Holy Family amid the crowd, almost like a Where’s Waldo? children’s book. The oldest surviving presepio is in St. Mary Major and dates from the thirteenth century, although many pieces have been broken or lost. Saint Francis of Assisi took a decidedly creative step in 1233 in the village of Greccio, when he directed his followers to fill a manger with hay and tether an ox and ass nearby. He then invited the villagers to attend Mass outdoors near the crib, the worshipers themselves becoming a living presepio. By the seventeenth century, the tradition was well-established, particularly in Naples, and had a firm hold in Portugal, Spain, and in the Provence region of France.  Today, it is not unusual to find presepios with five hundred figures, a vivid reminder of Emmanuel, God-with-us!

—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.


Monday:  Is 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Lk 5:17-26

Tuesday:  Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Jdt 13:18bcde, 19; Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47, or any readings from the Common of The Blessed Virgin Mary, nos. 707-712

Wednesday:  Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30

Thursday:   Is 41:13-20; Ps 145:1, 9-13ab; Mt 11:11-15

Friday:  Is 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19

Saturday:  Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, 10-13

Sunday: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; Lk 1:46-50, 53-54; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28


Sunday:   Second Sunday of Advent; International Human Rights Day

Monday:    St. Damasus I

Tuesday:   Our Lady of Guadalupe; Hanukkah begins at sunset

Wednesday:   St. Lucy

Thursday:   St. John of the Cross

Saturday:    Las Posadas begins


I am the Immaculate Conception.

—Words of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, 1858