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THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

DECEMBER 25, 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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


4:00 pm
Stanley Skrabis
7:00 pm
Jose Cortez
12:00 am Stoeckinger Family
Sunday, December 25, 2016
8:00 am
Felix WM Rivera
10:00 am Marciano & Erika Funtila
12:00 pm Celeste Howard
2:00 pm
Christmas Novena
5:00 pm
People of the Parish
Monday, December 26, 2016
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
Thursday, December 29, 2016
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
Friday, December 30, 2016
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
Saturday, December 31, 2016
5:00 pm
Christmas Novena
Sunday, January 1, 2017
8:00 am
Christmas Novena
10:00 am Celeste Howard
12:00 pm James Olds
2:00 pm
People of the Parish
5:00pm
Gloria Ludivico

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION


CHRISTMAS
A young mother, her eyes shining with
fatigue, who is arranging her hair; a father
who finds himself alone with his pretty
wife and baby, straightening the stable to
make himself useful in some way;
shepherds who bring cheese and perhaps
also some curdled milk; sheep who look at
their shepherds while bleating; a donkey
who is eyeing his manger changed into a
cradle; an adorable swaddled baby whom
one calls Savior, Christ and Lord: This is
the manifestation of the goodness and the
tenderness of God. This is the most
fantastic birth in the history of humanity,
the one which changed the face of the
world! This is how far God humbled and
compromised himself with us! This is
Emmanuel!
From Gods Word Is Our Joy, Vol. 1 by
Lucien Deiss, CSSp, copyright 1998,

ST. PETER THE APOSTLE

St. Peter The Apostle


Catholic Community
welcomes
Our New Parishioners
October, November
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
Paulyne Reyes
Christopher Zurita
Jose & Ofelia Martinez
Samuel & Julie Cuvin
Wilfredo Tugot
John F. Rivera
Michael R. Calloway
Linda McDermott
Gerald & Nadine Villalobos
In order that we may better serve you,
please register with the parish.

HENDERSON, NV

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In Memoriam
St. Peter The Apostle Catholic
Community
Extend our Most Sincere
Condolences to The Families Of:
Laura Russo
James C. McComb
Vera Ramos

St. Peter the Apostle Gift Shop


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(Closed for Lunch 1pm-1:30pm)
Sunday 9am 4pm
(Closed for Lunch
12pm-1pm)
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Please Support our Gift Shop!!!
Readings for the week of December 25, 2016
Sunday: Is 62:1-5 Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29 Acts
13:16-17, 22-25 Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
Monday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Mt 10:17-22
Tuesday: 1 Jn 1:-4 Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Wednesday: 1 Jn 1:52:2 Mt 2:13-18
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:3-11 Lk 2:22-35
Friday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Ps 128: 1-5 Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
Saturday: 1 Jn 2:18-21 Jn 1:1-18

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Bible Class

FROM:
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Clergy And Staff

We will be starting Bible class again on


Tuesday, Jan 24th. It will be on the Gospel
according to John. This is a 8 week course
and will cost $17.00. As always we will meet
in the church center for class. I will be
collecting money after each mass on Jan 7th
and 8th and answering questions. You can
also pay anytime at the church office, if that
is easier, up till Jan 8th. Please try to attend
to learn more about your faith.
Thank you and God Bless - Roger Pepper

Faith Formation Office Closed


CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEARS
MASS SCHEDULE
Sunday, December 25th
8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm 2:00pm
Sunday, January 1st
8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm 2:00pm,
5:00pm
Parish Office Closed

Monday, December 26th


in
Celebration of Christmas.
Bulletin Announcements
If you wish to submit an
informational announcement for the bulletin,
please contact
Sandra Gaeta at 702-970-2500 or
sandra@stpahend.org

Christmas Break:
December 19, 2016-January 1, 2017
Last day of class will be
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Resume on Monday, January 2, 2017

Faith Formation Hours:


Sunday 9am-2pm-Monday 1pm-8pm
Tuesday 1pm-8pm- Wednesday 1pm-8pm
Faith Formation Classes Room 13
Sunday:
Pre-school & Kindergarten Classes
10:30-11:45am
Communion 2 Classes 10:30am &
Attend Childrens Mass at 12pm
Monday:
Confirmation I & II Classes
6:30pm-8pm
Tuesday:
PAR I Classes 4:30pm-6pm
RCIA Adults & Children Classes 6:30pm-8pm
Wednesday:
3rd- 8th grade & Older Communion I Classes 4:30-6pm

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HENDERSON, NV

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CANONICAL- LITURGICAL FORUM


BY FR. GEM BANDIVAS, JCL, MBA, PhD

EMMANUEL: GOD IS WITH US

December is the month when the kids begin to


discuss what to get Dad for Christmas. Some insists on a
shirt. Others insist on a pair of socks. More often than not
the argument always ends in a tie! (Smile)
Recently a youngster came up to me and asked:
Fr. Gem, can you answer a question for me. Ive been
having an argument with my siblings. Where does God
live? I thought immediately of todays liturgy readings.
Todays liturgy inspires the same rather strange
question: Where does God live? Does God live
anywhere? You probably have not asked that question
since you were a child. But kids love questions like this
one. And if you ever did ask the question, the answer was
probably rather simple: up there! That seems to hold
some kids for a few years at least.
But we now knowat least most of us knowthat
wont work anymore. At this point in human history weve
been up there in spaceships and theres no one home.
Weve been out there with extraordinary telescopes and
theres nothing to see except a dazzling array of galaxies
reaching farther than our imaginations will soar.
And perhaps last year you remember seeing a
photograph from the Hubble telescope showing the birth
of a new star at the remote edge of the Milky Way, our
own galaxy. The NASA report this from an official
agency of the Federal government said: the new star
formation looked just like a snow angel. Hmm....? So,
where does God live?
People continue to ask the question and still want
an answer. Where does God live? It only seems like a
childish question. It may have serious implications still
even in our sometimes-jaded adulthood. And there are
cognate questions that arise: What is Gods name? Does
God have a nameother than God, or other obvious
substitutes? Does God have a season? Does God shift
and change like everything else in our universe?
Everything else does! Does God?
King David and Nathan, his prophet, asked the
same question centuries ago. David is upset at the
unseemly reality that for a moment in history God seemed
to dwell in a tent. God was carried from camp to camp in
a canvas bag. Meanwhile, David himself lived in a lovely
cedar house.
Fortunately God sets the story straight with Nathan.
God is gracious enough to suggest that while they have
an interesting question (where should God really dwell),
they are both miles from the right answer. They are not
even in the right ballpark! (Or should I say galaxy?) And it
may be too early in human history for them to be able to

even imagine the real answer.


But at least we do know that it
doesnt matter much to God
whether its a canvas or cedar
home.
Jump forward several centuries. This time the
scene is set between another unlikely couple confronting
the same questions. Where does God live? Where should
God live? This time its a simple, young girl named Mary
and an angel called Gabriel. This time Gods answer
seems even more incredulous. The Most High will
overshadow you (the same word used in the Old
Testament to describe Gods hovering over the Ark of the
Covenant) and the child to be born will be called Holy, the
Son of God. Thats where God lives. Thats my choice,
says the Almighty.
Lets face it. Its really more bizarre than canvas or
cedar! Emmanuel! God is with us, sings the season.
God is in us. God dwells here! Right here! By choice!
Strange choice, it seems to me sometimes, but Gods
choice nonetheless.
And how about the cognate questions? Does God
have a name here? Yes, in this season, God has a
Winter Name (as James Carroll titled an early book):
Gods name is WORD born in the silence of the night. As
in the beautiful poem for Christmas Eve: In the stillness
of the night the Eternal Word leapt down from heaven....
As St. Augustine mused: a speechless baby is
ironically the Word of God. A Word spoken into the
darkness of our universe or perhaps into our multiverse. This is a Word that is more than a God particle. It
is a Word that is more than just a Higgs boson. This is the
very Word whom St. Luke said, became flesh and made
His dwelling among us. This Word is God and has a
human name, the name at which every knee should bend
and every tongue confess. It is the Word, St. Paul tells
the Romans, kept secret for long ages now made
manifest (Romans).
The poets always say it best: this is a silence into
which another voice may speak (Mary Oliver Praying).
And in the dark, we are invited to listen carefully, and to
watch closely. Watch for Emmanuel! For God dwells right
here. By choice!
Watch closely! Listen carefully! God, it seems,
does have a nameand a placeand a season. It is
now and forever more here. Look around at each other
and name God.

Fr. Gem

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

DECEMBER 25, 2016

OUR PARISH CALENDAR


January 1, Sunday

SOLEMNITY of MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF


GOD, THEOTOKOS
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
Masses: 8am, 10am, 12noon, 2pm (Spanish), 5pm
January 6, Friday
First Friday, 8am Mass
9am-3pm Exposition of the BLESSED SACRAMENT at the
Chapel
2:45pm DIVINE MERCY Prayers at the Chapel
January 7, Saturday
11am Funeral of Christine Straczek
January 13, Friday
9am-3pm Exposition of the BLESSED
SACRAMENT at the Chapel
2:45pm DIVINE MERCY Prayers at the Chapel
5:30pm Begin Novena (1/9) for Sto. Nio
at the Chapel
January 14, Saturday
9am Baptism Class in English, Room 13
10am Funeral of Ann Roberts
6:30pm Novena (2/9)for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 15, Sunday
6:30pm Novena (3/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 16, Monday
5:30pm Novena (4/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 17, Tuesday
5:30pm Novena (5/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 18, Wednesday 11am ANNOINTING OF THE SICK MASS
Lunch after Mass at Parish Center
5:30pm Novena (6/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 19, Thursday 6:30pm Baptism Class in Spanish Room 13
5:30pm Novena (7/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 20, Friday
9am-3pm Exposition of the BLESSED
SACRAMENT at the Chapel
2:45pm DIVINE MERCY Prayers at the Chapel
5:30pm Novena (8/9) for Sto. Nio at the Chapel
January 21, Saturday Santo Nio FIESTA, 9am Novena (9/9),
10am-Mass 11am-3pm Reception at Parish Center
January 24, Tuesday 6:30-8pm (1/8) BIBLE STUDY CLASS,
THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN at the Parish Center
January 27, Friday
9am-3pm Exposition of the BLESSED
SACRAMENT at the Chapel
2:45pm DIVINE MERCY Prayers at the Chapel
January 31, Tuesday 6:30-8pm (2/8) BIBLE STUDY CLASS,
THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN at the Parish Center

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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 ManagerExt. 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
Connor Grizzard, Maintenance Assistant.Ext. 2500
Luz Elnar, HousekeepingExt. 2500

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES
Liturgy CoordinatorEllenLerum
Music Directors Ken & Ellen Lerum
Sacristans Carlos Sedano
Altar Servers .Roger Pepper
Extraordinary Ministers ..Bill Gubanic
Lectors .Daniel Potucek
Ushers ..John Ramos

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION702-970-2525
Maria Oswald, DRE .. .Ext. 2528
Terry Christiansen, Faith Formation .Ext. 2526
Vickie Sanchez, Faith Formation.Ext.2525
Margie Bedosky, Faith Formation..Ext. 2525
Anthony Sperduti, Servant Coordinator for Youth
And Young Adults..Ext. 2525

OTHER MINISTRIES
Homebound ...Deacon Bill Davis
Pro-Life Monica Caffarella
Environment ...Michelle Couch
Rosary-Making ..Emely Cortez
Altar Care..Susan Mirasol

BUILDING & GROUNDS:


Jos Martinez, Sr, Tim Lawler, Ernie Rael,
Don Grizzard, Dan Driscol

DEVOTIONS
Mother of Perpetual Help .....Ernie Mirasol
St.JudeThaddeus ...Sacristans
Guadalupanos ...Linda Gonzales
Spanish Prayer Group .Jose Leyva
Legion of Mary Nelly Heagney

FINANCE COMMITTEE:
Deacon Bill Davis(Chair),
Sylvia Deguzman Shue, Janel Potucek, Dorothy Reed,
Josie Cruz, Ellen Lerum

NON-PARISH MINISTRIES
Knights of Columbus .Francisco Diaz
St. Vincent de Paul .Pat Dockins

Safe Environment Program


St. Peters is fully committed to ensuring a safe
environment for all parishioners. A Victims
Advocate Hotline, 702-235-7723 is available
through the Diocese for any individual who has been
sexually and/or physically abused.

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