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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

Waiting in Joy

Third Sunday of Advent

Dear brothers and sisters receive a cordial greeting on behalf of Fr. Cesar and Fr. Walter. May this season of Advent be a time of preparation and conversion. We have three great figures who can help us in this regard: the Prophet Isaiah, John the Baptist, and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

That with the gift of faith and virtue of Hope and the Gift of His love and tenderness teach us to prepare for the coming of Jesus that these three best friends help us to live the Advent. Advent is awaiting in Joy, through prayer and gratitude.


The third Sunday of Advent has a note of joy. As we have used as an answer to a Psalm, is none other but a portion of central Praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Advent garments are not garments of joy they are garments of penance, loneliness, desire for a future. But this Sunday has the note of Joy even though Hope is not present, waiting brings joy and this is the first message for this day.

Dear brother and sister one must know how to smile and one must learn to rejoice even though we have not reached the day that we are waiting for. A beautiful teaching can be taken from the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 62, 11 “As the soil casts its buds, the Lord brings out his justice and hymns to all people”. Knowing how to wait is to know how to sow and plant, it is to understand that the buds are not going to be seen, much less the fruit, nor the flowers immediately, that is why to sow reflects a lose. Another teaching that we can expect is to have patience, await the day that gushed justice. Another lesson we can take is the reading of St. Paul: “Be joyful always”. I Thessalonians 5, 18 “Be constant in prayer”. Constant, remains, having Thanksgiving. The three are permanent.

An interesting way of summarizing the will of God: Remain joyful, prayerful, thankful, and grateful. Thank you all for being here and for taking a bulletin to distribute to family, friends or neighbors who were unable to come to the Eucharistic celebration. God bless! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe! Long Live St. Juan Diego! Long live Christ the King!

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Readings for the Week

Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc-9; Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23; Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Thursday: Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25
Friday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25
Saturday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Third Sunday of Advent
Monday: Las Posadas begin
Tuesday: Hanukkah begins at sunset