Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pope Paul VI Awards to Liturgical Ministers

Pope Paul VIThe Diocese of San José will once again honor liturgical ministers of our parishes who qualify for the annual Pope Paul VI Award (learn more about Pope Paul VI here).

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission has established the following criteria as qualifications for reception of the Pope Paul VI Award:

  1. Service as a liturgical minister is to be calculated from December 4, 1963 (promulgation date of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). Awards are given for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40+ years of service. An individual can receive only one award in a given year.

  2. Such service is to have been rendered within the Diocese of San José since its creation in 1981 or within the County of Santa Clara before the establishment of the Diocese.

Years of service may be calculated as the cumulative number of years a person has served in any liturgical ministry. For example, one who has served as a music minister for 5 years then became a Communion minister for the next 10 years may be given an award for 15 years of service.

To apply for this award, please complete and submit an eligibility form.

The deadline for submitting names of the recipients is extended to February 28, 2006.

Awards certificates will be distributed to your parish in April, 2006. During a liturgical service in your parish, please present these certificates and acknowledge the years of ministry given by these individuals. Recipients of the Pope Paul VI awards will be recognized in a future issue of the Valley Catholic.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass - February 4, 2006

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25 and 50+ Silver and Golden
Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Aniversario de Bodas de Plata y Oro
February 4, 2006 / 4 de Febrero, 2006

10:00 am
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph / Catedral de San José
80 South Market Street, San José

Couples celebrating Silver (25 years) and Golden (50 years or more) Wedding Anniversaries are invited to the celebration. / Las parejas que celebran su Aniversario de Bodas de Plata (25 años) o de Oro (50 años o más) están invitados asistir a la celebración.

Each couple will receive a certificate signed by the Bishop. A reception follows the Mass.Cada pareja recibirá un certificado firmado por el Obispo y están invitados a la recepción.

For information call / Para su información llame: Sylvia Blanch, 408-983-0128.

Use the form below to register, or click here for a form in Word or a pdf form.

Anniversary Mass Registration Form
Misa de Aniversario Hoja de Registración

Registration deadline: January 27, 2006

Please print names exactly as you wish them to appear on the certificate. / Por favor escriba su nombre como quiera que esté en su certifidado.

Husband's First Name / Nombre del Esposo

Wife's First Name / Nombre de la Esposa

Last Name / Apellido

Anniversary being celebrated / Años de Aniversario

Street Address / Domicilio

City / Ciudad

Zip Code / Codigo Postal

Phone / Número de Teléfono

E-mail Address / Correo Electrónico

Parish / Parroquia

Number of Guests Attending* / Número de Invitados**

*For more than 6 guests, call / **Si tiene mas de 6 invitados llame (408) 983-0128.

We would like our certificate in English.
Nos gustaría nuestro certificado en Español.

We need handicapped parking/seating.
Necesitamos asistencia/estacionamiento para incapacitados.

For American Sign Language Interpretation, call Sylvia at (408) 983-0128.

Donations are optional. Please make check payable to Diocese of San José. / Las donaciones son opcionales. Por favor haga el cheque al nombre de Diócesis de San José.

Sylvia Blanch from the Office of Pastoral Ministry will contact you via the phone number or email address you gave above to confirm your registration. Please make sure all your information is correct before submitting this form.


Sample Intercessions for Epiphany - January 8, 2006

The Epiphany of the Lord
January 8, 2006

Things, events, and news items to keep in mind:

  • Click here for the readings of the day.
  • The Christmas season continues today and does not end until after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Monday, January 9.
  • Wildfires have ravaged and completely destroyed areas of Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Powerful storms have deluged Northern California.
  • The Christmas season calls for more solemnity. Consider having your deacon, cantor, or reader chant the intercessions and using a sung response. You could also use incense during the general intercessions since it is a common sign for prayers rising to heaven.
The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and Step by Step Guide to help you write your own.

Jesus Christ has come in power and glory;
Wisdom has come to teach and guide us;
Emmanuel has come, the hope of all the peoples;
let us lift our voices in prayer with the saints
and cry out with the angels: Glory to God!

For the Church to whom a promise has been given;
For members of the Body of Christ
to whom a mystery has been made known: [pause]
May we be a light for all the nations
revealing God’s presence in the world.
We pray to the Lord.

For the world upon whom light has come;
For all the ends of the earth that have seen the saving power of God: [pause]
May places overshadowed by war and devastation—
especially Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,
the Gulf Coast, Oklahoma, Texas, and Northern California—
be raised up in splendor and shine, radiant with peace.
We pray to the Lord.

For those in the military far from home;
For our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers
scattered throughout the nations: [pause]
May they continue to walk by the light of Christ
and find the star that will lead them safely home.
We pray to the Lord.

For this new year filled with expectation;
For all who hope in God’s promise: [pause]
May this year be filled with God’s grace and light,
especially for those covered by the clouds
of homelessness, depression, disease, loneliness, and unemployment.
We pray to the Lord.

For the catechumens and all who seek Christ;
For those darkened by doubt who have given up their search: [pause]
May they find in us the joy of the Gospel
to make their hearts throb and overflow with the praises of God.
We pray to the Lord.

For those who have died this year
whom we will miss most during this Christmas season,
especially those we now name: [pause]
May the glory of the Lord shine upon them
and gather us all into the arms of God.
We pray to the Lord.

God our Father, Source of Everlasting Light,
shine your mercy upon us and hear our prayers.
Do not let us grow weary in our journey to find the Christ-child
or allow the shadow of death to lead us astray,
but part the dark clouds that cover us
that we may see the splendor of your Son
and walk by his undying Light.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Morningstar,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
Emmanuel, God with us, for ever and ever. Amen.