Welcome to Our Lady of Tahoe!
Parish Mission Statement: As disciples of Jesus Christ, and in the name of Mary, Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Community welcomes and embraces all those who come to us. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through worship, the sacraments and loving service, we provide for each other's spiritual and material needs. In being so nourished, we reach out in faith to serve the larger community.
Pope Francis is Time's Man of the Year
He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.
As Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a metropolis of some 13.5 million souls, Jorge Mario Bergoglio made room in his schedule every year for a pastoral visit to this place of squalor and sorrow. MORE AT TIME.COM....
The 3rd Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, which falls on December 14th this year. Gaudete (pronounced "gow DAY tay") means "rejoice" in Latin, and refers to the first word of the Introit at Mass.
Gaudete Sunday is a counterpart to Laetare Sunday during lent, and provides a similar break about midway through a season which is otherwise of a penitential character, and signifies the nearness of the Lord's coming.
A day of gladness, it is traditional for rose-colored vestments to be worn, and to light a rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath. (SOURCE: NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA)
Our Parish Christmas Party is this Sunday, December 14th, in the parish hall. The party begins at 4:00 PM, and dinner begins at 4:30 PM. Beef and Turkey will be served, complemented by pot-luck dishes brought by our parishioners. We're expecting 150 people at the event. So, things will be cozy.
Synod on Evangelization and the Family
Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The synod will take place at the Vatican in October 2014.
(SOURCE: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)
Bishop Calvo is asking for your input for the Synod. If you haven't received a survey at church, you can take the online survey.
The synod of bishops is a group of bishops who have been chosen from different regions of the world and meet together at fixed times to foster closer unity between the Roman Pontiff and bishops, to assist the Roman Pontiff with their counsel in the preservation and growth of faith and morals and in the observance and strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline, and to consider questions pertaining to the activity of the Church in the world.
(SOURCE: CODE OF CANON LAW)
The Season of Advent
In the Catholic Church, and in many Christian denominations, Advent is a period of preparation extending over four Sundays, before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first of all, to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time. Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily. (SOURCE: ABOUT.COM)
“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” Father Oliver suggests as part of your preparation for this season, you make an Advent wreath for your home. Each evening, join with your family to pray the Rosary or read Scripture or perhaps pray the Psalms. Also, in the parish Christmas letter, which you will have very soon, there are suggested Scripture readings appropriate for the season.
During this Advent time, why not join us for daily Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30pm and Scripture class on Wednesday at 10:00 AM? Do your best to make Confession part of your Advent experience — let us not be neglectful about this Holy Sacrament of peace, joy, and healing. Consider listening to Catholic radio, Immaculate Heart 92.7 FM, and watching Catholic television, EWTN.
Father Oliver is holding a Scripture class each Wednesday before Christmas, at 10:00 AM in the parish hall. Please join us for reflection on the Infancy Narratives (the Incarnation and Birth of the Lord). Bring your Bibles.
Register for the Diocesan Conference and connect with other Catholic Christians in a spirit of community through celebration and prayer. This invitation is extended to everyone in the parish. Join us for the 2014 Diocesan Conference on January 10-11, 2014 at the Nugget in Sparks. With this year’s theme, "Come into the Light," we hope to see you there. For more information go here or call the Diocese at 7775-326-9434.
The Long Journey
Written by one of our parishioners, Victor Beelik, "The Long Journey" was published a few weeks ago as a Kindle Edition e-book on Amazon.
Claiming his story isn't unique, the author writes "Many thousands of individuals or families fled their homelands to escape the menace of communism, which was threatening Europe at the end of World War II. I hope this story will help you to understand the plight and the difficult decisions these refugees had to make, in many instances, to save their lives"
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:15 PM
Weekday: 5:30 PM (Wednesday - Friday)
Reconciliation: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Saturday)
12/13 - Outreach food box prep. at 8:30 AM
12/14 - Outreach food box distrib. at 9:30 AM
12/14 - Christmas Party prep. at 11:00 AM
12/15 - Gaudete Sunday
12/15 - Parish Christmas Party at 4:00 PM
12/17 - Women's Guild meeting at 6:00 PM
12/18 - Scripture class at 10:00 AM
12/18 - Finance Committee meeting at 3:00 PM
12/18 - Joint P.C./F.C. meeting at 3:30 PM