I’ll carry it for You

This is a true story of a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing:

Although she was very scared, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took hold of the rope, and started up the face of that rock.

Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is, on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it on its back. Well, her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

SVDP needs our help

It’s almost time for our annual Children’s Christmas Party. This year it is scheduled for December 15th and we are expecting to serve 40-50 children.

Of course it would not be a “Christmas Party” with out your generous help. We are in need of certain items for this year’s Children’s Christmas Party to be a great success. We hope that you can help us out by donating any of the items listed:

wrapping paper, small stuffed animals, scotch tape, bags of hard candies, ribbons/bows, bags of soft candies, gift bags, a filled piñata, gift boxes

Donations can be made at the church office now through December 12th. Thank you in advance for your help and God bless you.

This Week at SCB

Monday, October 29

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
4:30 p.m. ESL Intermediate – Rm 8
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning – Rm 8
7:00 p.m. High School Ministry – Hall

Tuesday, October 30

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
4:00 p.m. Choir – Church
4:30 p.m. ESL Intermediate – Rm 8
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning- Rm
7:00 p.m. RCIA – Rm 5
7:00 p.m. RICA – Rm 6
7:00 p.m. Fiesta Mtg – CR
7:00 p.m. Jr High Ministry – Hall

Wednesday, October 31

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass

Thursday, November 1

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
3:30 p.m. Choir – Church
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. SVdP – Rm 6
6:00 p.m. Catechesis Familiar
7:00 p.m. Encuentro Matrimonial – R 7

7:30 p.m. All Saints Mass – Church
7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus – Hall
Carnival Rides and Games

Friday, November 2

8:15 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass
9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
7:00 p.m. Nuevo Vida
7:30 p.m. All Souls Mass – Church
Menudo Dinner to Follow
FESTIVAL’07 Carnival

Saturday, November 3

FESTIVAL’07 Food-Carnival-Games
3:30 p.m. Confessions
5:00 p.m. Holy Mass – Church
Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Sunday, November 4

FESTIVAL’07 Food-Carnival-Games
8:00 a.m. La Santa Misa – Iglesia
10:00 a.m. Holy Mass – Church
12:00 p.m. Holy Mass – Church
Knights of
Columbus Donut Sale
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
4:30 p.m. Citizenship Class – Rm 8
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning – Rm 8

Please note: Times and locations subject to change.

"Ad orientem"

The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated every Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. This Mass is celebrated “ad orientem.” This is the ancient posture of prayer of the entire Catholic community—clergy and laity alike. The priest leads the people toward the Heavenly Jerusalem. Everyone stands at the Foot of the Cross adoring Jesus Christ the Holy Victim of our sins.

This manner of celebrating the Holy Mass puts into word and practice a vertical theology; one which directs our attention up to God rather than participating in a seemingly human dialogue on a horizontal level between minister and people. It is an offering up to the Father by all His faithful people.

This being said, the 9:00 a.m. English Mass and any Funeral Mass celebrated on a Friday will be celebrated ad orientem.

We are what we believe, and we believe what we are; creatures of God made in His image praising Him, loving Him and honoring Him for all time and eternity; here on earth, and in heaven.

Deo Gratias!

For All the Saints Who From Their Labors Rest

The Solemnity of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation. St. Charles Borromeo Parish will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m.& 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. The Feast of All Souls will be celebrated on November 2 at 8:15 a.m. with a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, and at 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. A Menudo Dinner will follow the evening Mass to kick-off FESTIVAL’07.

This Week at SCB

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
4:30 p.m. ESL Intermediate – Rm 8
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning – Rm 8

Tuesday, October 23

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
4:00 p.m. Choir – Church
4:30 p.m. ESL Intermediate – Rm 8
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning- Rm
7:00 p.m. RCIA – Rm 5
7:00 p.m. RICA – Rm 6
7:00 p.m. Fiesta Mtg – CR
7:00 p.m. Youth Called to Protect -Hall

Wednesday, October 24

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
7:00 p.m. Communion Ministers
Training in the Parish Hall

Thursday, October 25

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
3:30 p.m. Choir – Church
6:00 p.m. ESL Advanced – Rm 3
6:30 p.m. SVdP – Rm 6
7:00 p.m. Encuentro Matrimonial – R 7

Friday, October 26

8:15 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass
9:00 a.m. Holy Mass
7:00 p.m. Nueva Vida – Rms 5 & 6
7:00 p.m. Bilingual Rosary – Rm 3

Saturday, October 27

9:00 a.m. Spanish Baptisms – Church
11:00 a.m. English Baptisms – Church
3:30 p.m. Confessions
5:00 p.m. Holy Mass – Church
Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Sunday, October 28

8:00 a.m. La Santa Misa – Iglesia
10:00 a.m. Holy Mass – Church
12:00 p.m. Holy Mass – Church
Knights of Columbus Donut Sale
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
4:30 p.m. Citizenship Class – Rm 8
6:30 p.m. ESL Beginning – Rm 8

Please note:
Times and locations subject to change.