Church of the Epiphany
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2008 Bulletin

Meetings This Week

Sunday, November 30

10:00am SMJ St. Michael’s Ministry

Monday, December 1

5:30pm CRY Legion of Mary
7:00pm OKH Spanish Marriage Encounter
8:00pm DR Grupo Progreso

Tuesday, December 2

11:00am OKH Holy Rosary Sodality
5:00pm RH Youth Ministry
7:30pm SMJ Grupo Hispano

Wednesday, December 3

11:00am CRY SCC (FC)
8:00pm DR Grupo Progreso

Thursday, December 4

5:00pm CAF Girls Volleyball Awards Night
6:30pm CRY Epiphany of the Lord Prayer Group
7:00pm OKH Grupo Oracion
7:15 pm RH Education Commission
7:30pm CHP Chior Rehearsal
8:00pm DR AA (English)

Friday, December 5

3:00pm CAF&KIT EPA setup for Breakfast with Santa
7:00pm OKH Spanish Baptismal Preparation Class
7:00pm RH Outreach Commission

Saturday, December 6

6:00am CAF Breakfast with Santa
9:30am CH Faith Formation
9:30am 7E & 7W & 8E & 8W Confirmation Classes
1:00pm CAF Grupo Oracion
4:00pm CH Confessions
8:00pm DR Grupo Progreso

Sunday, December 7

11:00am RH RCIA
12:30pm CAF Immaculate Conception Reception
1:00pm OKH SCC
5:00pm DR Spanish Marriage Encounter
6:00pm OKH Knights of Columbus

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 30

6:30am People of the Parish
8:30am Francesco & Maria Guiseppa Torrano
10:00am Agustina & Maria Ramos
11:30am Intention: Catalina Hernandez
1:00pm Alma Farina
5 :30pm Dorothea B. Badua

Monday, December 1

6:30am Thanksgiving: Bernal Family
Community Mass:

George Robertson
Thanksgiving: Cresenciana & Cecilia Herrera
Intention: Cordes Family

Tuesday, December 2

6:30am Intention: Elisa Mangabay
8:00am Ligaya Santos

Wednesday, December 3

6:30am Dan Frye
8:00am Severino Tigbao

Thursday, December 4

6:30am Tony & Angelina Valerga
8:00am Carmen & Juan Salinda

Friday, December 5

6:30am Til Fraguglia
8:00am Raul Imperial

Saturday, December 6

8:00am People of the Parish
5:30pm Intention: Celeste McFarland (B)

Sunday, December 7

6:30am People of the Parish
8:30am The Cordes Family
10:00am Thanksgiving: Jesus Rimon
11:30am Guadalupe, Aurora, Jose & Tomasa Diaz Arina
1:00pm Teresa Villanueva & Francisco Sanchez
5 :30pm John Quattrin

Pray for the Sick

Arnold & Allyson Artes, Odet Atiya, Angela Aviles-O’Shea, Richard Anduha, Mabel Baker, Paulette Bennett, Magdalena Blanco, Timoteo Bohol, Faustino Buenaventura, Oliva Calixto, John Campos, Delia Carrasco, Nathan Carzon, Krystal Chan, Roger Chetcuti, Winnie Cheung, Vickie Crivello, Abdon A. & John David, Magdalena David, Dawn Devenere, Aurora Escalona, Editha Esparza, Con Fahey, Al Fresquez, Jacob Garcia, Bob Gardner, Dennis Gillikin, Filmon & Sally Gotaj, Narcisa Gonzales, Samuel Gutierrez, Vilma Gutierrez, Fran Hartle, Linda Ibarra, Rosie Joseph, Leonard Huddleston, Armando Lanza, Gemma Lavapiez, Leona Lawrence, Remigio Leonardo, Diana Leung, J.R. Litehiser, Frank Loomis, Margie Lopez, Luis Lopez, Ray Lopez, Olivia Lumapas, Elisa Mangabay, Deveda Martinez, José Rene Mena, Marilyn Menjivar, Celeste McFarland, Julia Miranda, Josie Moggia, Lorena Morales, Lou Nardi, Deborah Nunu, Ramona Pinkerman, Dorothy Peter, Raul Perez, Peg Philpott, Dolores Quattrin, Remedios Ramos, Edwin R. Ramos, Elsa & Max Ramos, Evelyn Rosales, Tom Repetto, Richard Ryan, Father Franc Shifrar, Baby Natalie Solis, Tina Strebel, Joe Valerga, Ruby Vasquez, Peiling Ye.

To keep these names on the list, please notify us every 2 weeks.

Pray for the Dead

All those who have died from violence this past week.

Juan Carlos Castillo Milla

News from the Church of the Epiphany

Coming Up Soon

Children’s Ministry

Liturgy of the Word for Children will not be celebrated this Sunday, November 30th nor on Sunday, December 28th.

Memorial Mass
Valente Marini Perata
Cordially Invites Your Family to our Annual Memorial Service of Reflection and Remembrance Honoring Those We Have Been Privileged to Serve This Past Year on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10:00am at Valente Marini Perata & Company (4840 Mission Street, San Francisco) RSVPs are Requested by December 1st. (415) 333-0161 -or- ,
Our Sunday Collections

Beginning in December, we will change our procedure for taking up our collections. Both collections will be taken up after the Prayers of the Faithful. First they will collect the first collection and then will pass again collecting the second collection. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Girls Basketball

All girls in the parish are invited to join the Epiphany Girls Basketball team. Sign-up and tryout times are on Tuesday, December 2nd in the gym:

3rd Grade: 4:45pm-5:30pm
4th Grade: 5:30pm-6:15pm
5th Grade: 6:15pm-7:00pm
6th Grade: 7:00pm-7:45pm
7th Grade: 7:45pm-8:30pm
8th Grade: 8:15pm-9:00pm

For more information, please call Maureen Moriarty (415) 584-7941.

La Purisima

The Grupo Hispano-Americano invites everyone to their celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, December 7th, at the 11:30am Mass. After the mass, a reception will follow in the cafeteria.


The Giving Tree

Please choose an ornament from the Giving Tree in the church. You may bring an appropriate, new, unwrapped children’s gift or a donation for a plant for the homebound to the Parish Office by December 15th. Thank you for your generosity.

Christmas Gifts

With unemployment and poverty increasing, many families may not be able to afford Christmas gifts for their children this year. If you need help with presents for your children, please phone the parish office and leave your name, phone number and address and the names, ages, and gender of your children before December 13th. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will deliver the gifts from the Giving Tree before Christmas.

Junipero Serra High School

Junipero Serra High School (451 West 20th Avenue in San Mateo) will be holding its Annual Open House Program for elementary school students, parents and friends on Thursday, December 4th, at 7:00pm. Applications for next fall’s freshman class are currently available on the school’s website:

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Grupo Hispano-Americano invites everyone to the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 12th at 7:00PM. After the mass, a reception will follow in the cafeteria. Donations are welcome.
Please contact Maria Elena Herrera at (415) 585-7878 for information

For Your Information

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed on Monday, December 8th. This is a holy day of obligation. Masses will be held at 6:30am, 8:00am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm in Spanish.

Novena Masses

Our Parish will be preparing for the coming of our Lord. Starting Monday, December 15th until the 23rd, we will be having an Advent Novena Masses.

Morning of Reconciliation

Deanery Two & St. Paul of the Shipwreck Parish Family welcomes you in the “spirit” of Advent to a Morning of Reconciliation on Saturday, December 13th, at 9:30am to 11:30am. St. Elizabeth’s Pastor, Fr. Suan will be the presider. St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church is located at the corner of 3rd Street & Jamestown.

Today’s Second Collection:

CORRECTION: The second collection is for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Next Week’s Second Collection:

The second collection will be for our Parish School.

Last Week’s Collection Totals

Sunday’s Offering: $9,149.30
Second Collection:

Reflections GOSPEL: Mark 13:33-37
In this reading, Jesus warns us of the need to be awake and watchful for his coming at the end of time and each day of our lives. He compares himself to the master of the house who travels far away. The master places his servants in charge of the estate, each with his or her own work. They are put on alert: “May the master not come suddenly and find you sleeping.” Be on guard. Stay awake! Advent should be a time of watchfulness for us. We must never be asleep to the daily challenge of Jesus in our lives.

1.) Why is Jesus asking us to be watchful?

2.) Why might we sometimes miss the coming of Jesus?

3.) Jesus has given each of us our work to do in this world. What is your work for him now? What kind of work do you hope to do for him in the future?

4.) Identify three situations in today’s world that challenge you to live the Gospel. How can we be an Advent people, awake to meet those challenges and attentive to all the ways Jesus comes into our lives.