This Week: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
We are the Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Philomena, called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our celebrating and praying together, through our support of the faith development of each member and through our compassionate service and care for one another and the world. We do this because of our commitment to our faith, our hope in the reign of God and our love of God and neighbor.
|12/11||Our Lady of Guadalupe: Rosary at 6:00 pm, celebration at 7:00 pm in the church|
|12/12||Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mass 7:00 pm|
|12/18||Parish Penance Service at 7:00 pm|
|12/21||Simbang Gabi: Mass at 5:30 pm, with celebration following|
|12/24||Christmas Eve: Children’s Mass at 4:00 pm, Hispanic Mass at 7:00 pm, Christmas Caroling at 9:30 pm, Midnight Mass at 10:00 pm|
|12/25||Christmas Day: English Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 am, Spanish Mass at 1:00 pm|
|12/31||Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God: Vigil Mass at 5:30 pm (Bilingual)|
|1/1||Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God: Mass at 9:00 am (Holy Day of Obligation)|
Affordable Care Act Alert
If you are one of the many Washington residents who is considering purchasing health insurance through the exchange, please note that all of the exchange plans subsidize abortion. However the plan with the least coverage for abortion is the Premera Blue Cross Multistate Plan.
Note that another option is to join a Christian healthcare coop. These plans are technically not insurance, but for many people they are cheaper and better, and they do not require us to subsidize abortion, sterilizations, etc. They do fulfill the federal requirement to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act:
Also please let your elected representatives know that we want insurance options that do not subsidize abortion. If healthcare is provided by your company, please tell your HR department that you want healthcare that does not subsidize abortion. If we do not speak out, they will never know that we do not support what they are doing.
If you have any information on health care options for Washington State residents that do not subsidize abortion, please send an email to the website administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Our Library
Come and visit us in the parish hall. (At the north end of the hall.) The parish library is open during the Sunday morning coffee hour after all the morning masses. We have books on church history, spiritual reading, the Church Fathers, theology, religious education, back copies of the Lighthouse CDs, and other material. Come and check us out!
St. Martin de Porres Shelter for Men is in need of hats, warm gloves and scarves, and light weight fleece blankets. The shelter is also in need of donations of new or gently used bath towels. There will be a box at the main entrance to the church for donations.
Pregnancy Aid provides for our local needy families. We are in need of winter coats, pajamas, toys, and children’s books. We are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you can help, please call Jo at 206-878-0803 or visit our office at 730 S. 225th St. in Des Moines.
Donations of nonperishable food items are greatly needed this season at the Des Moines Food Bank. The Food Bank is located at the Des Moines United Methodist Church on 9th Avenue South and 223rd Avenue South.
There will be boxes labeled for the particular program inside the main entrance to place these items.
Check out EWTN this week: Guadalupe: a Living Image, Thursday at 11:00 am
“Monsignor Eduardo Chavez, postulator of the cause for canonization of Juan Diego, discusses the authentic historical accounts of Juan Diego and the apparitions of Our Lady and the Miracle of Guadalupe.”
Mass schedule for local cemetaries
Información de las Quinceañeras está aquí.
Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation schedules are on the Sacraments page
Traveling for business or pleasure? Don’t forget to make the Holy Mass a part of your plans: call 1-858-207-6277 or go to www.masstimes.org.
Find the readings and Gospel for today here: Daily Mass Readings from the NAB