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December 17, 2017—Religious Retirement
December 24, 2017—Maintenance Fund


17 de december, 2017—Julilación Religiosa
24 de diciembre, 2017—Fondo del Mantenimiento

ATTENTION: Ministries!
We would like to have descriptions of your ministry and pictures. You may have noticed we have already featured some ministries and will continue to publish different events as they arise. When they do, please send us an article describing what your ministry is all about and pictures of different events that have either just happened or go on throughout the year. Then watch to see when your ministry is featured. And don’t forget to take a bulletin home!

Been away from the Church for awhile? Non-Christian? Non-Catholic Christian? Catholic who has not completed your sacraments? Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? What would your life be like if you had a close relationship with Jesus Christ?

Discovering Christ is a small-group discussion course that will answer today’s questions about how the life and teachings of Jesus Christ provide guidance and direction to those looking to explore We meet on Thursdays at 7pm in the Library. Contact Linda Kortuem: 925-634-4154 x 117 or Email:


Respect Life

Life, particularly human life, is the possession of God alone: therefore one who attacks human life,
in some way lifts his hand against God Himself.
The Gospel of Life, 9

Living Stewardship Now -

Make a conscious decision today
to see Christ in those around you and
respond to them accordingly.

La Corresponsabilidad Vivida Ahora -

Haz una decision consciente hoy para ver a Cristo En los que están a tu alrededor y actúa como corresponde.

Respect Human Life: “It is poverty that a‘child must die’, so that you may live as you wish.”
- Mother Teresa

“ the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God.”
- Pope Benedict XVI

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Parish Ministry News and Events

How I See It! with Dcn Ron Horan

10 Quotes that Will Save Your Life

Homily May 6-7, 2017

His sheep followed him because they recognized his voice? When was the last time you heard his voice, if you're my age it could be over 60 or 70 years ago in your grade school Catholic School education? Things have changed, there is a new catechism...



Deacon Ron Horan
Phone: 963-6501

Scripture study:
Are you interested in deepening your understanding of, and engagement in the Mass and drawing closer to Jesus?
Come join us for a scripture study to delve into the coming weekly readings from our Priests and Deacons. We will discuss the historical context, in both Jewish and Catholic faith traditions, and then explore together practical applications of the readings. This will make us all more alert and receptive to Homilies at Mass, a modest investment that reaps major blessings! Each week we will cover the reading from the Old and New Testament in our Sunday/Holy Day Mass readings.
Fridays, beginning Dec. 8, our scripture study will be from 2-3pm in the Library. Our facilitator, Dr. Allan Steinhardt, will go over background context and Catholic understanding of the readings, and then we will break into groups to discuss applications.
Dr. Steinhardt has been teaching Bible studies for Adult RE, and RCIA, for over thirty years. He is a Jewish convert, and has corresponded with various Bishops and Cardinals on Jewish Catholic relations, including Cardinal Dulles, and Bishop Gregory, as well as the late Father John Neuhaus.
Contact: Dr. Allan Steinhardt; cell: 925-200-0115, or email:


We now have a code for the website FORMED.ORG
- Simply open a web browser and type in: - Go to the lo
wer right hand side and click on “Register” and follow the prompts. Our IHM code is: CM7TFZ
This is a dynamic website that has all things Catholic, on demand, all the time! Check it out!!!


Our youth ministry is in need of your help. We are desiring to give EVERY student who attends our first Saturday Masses and students in our program a rosary. If you have extra rosaries or even prayer cards you no longer need, please place them in a ziplock bag and drop them off at the parish office—labeled “Julie Figueroa.” Many of our students have even asked for extras for their friends or family who may not have a rosary of their own—this is a great way for our teens to evangelize and give witness to their faith! Any questions? Email
Thanks in advance for your help we are eternally grateful!!


Beginnng, Thursday, January 4, 2018, in the Library. Order materials, Old Testament, $15.95, at Liturgical Press: or call 1-800-858-5450. Prior to study, complete lesson one through day 3.
To save on shipping, order New Testament for next session. More info call: Linda Scott at 9178-0631 or Carol Horan at 516-3701.


NAMI course at IHM
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a FREE 12 week course that provides education, emotional support, self-care and empowerment for anyone who cares for or interacts with a loved one with a diagnosed mental illness. The course is not open to those loved ones that suffer from these illnesses. This course covers the symptoms and treatment of major mental illnesses, as well as skills to help family members communicate with and advocate
for their loved one(s) more effectively. You must register in advance to attend as space is limited. Parishioners Tony and Jan Khalil will be your Instructors.
Starts at IHM January 15, 2018 and ends on April 2, 2018. Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm for 12 weeks in a row.
For information and pre-registration, contact: Nancy Seibert of NAMI at (925) 285-5995 or email:


To all Active/Retired LEO’s, Ushers, Security Team,
and Mass Coordinators:

With all the events that have been happening in churches and in the world, we are going to have a security meeting to discuss emergency procedures at IHM, especially during Mass.
When: Thursday December 14th
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Hall C
Let’s talk about what we have done, and what we still need to do. All folks who want to come are invited – please spread the word to those who might need to know.


Guadalupe Festivities
San Juan Diego
Sabado 9 de diciembre
Saturday, December 9
Domingo 10 de diciembre/
Sunday, Decembre 10
3AM - Mañanita
1PM - Procession
2PM - Mass
Lunes 11 de diciembre
Monday, December 11
6PM - Rosary at Church
6:30PM - Pan/Bread and Chocolate at Patio
Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day
Martes 12 de diciembre
Tuesday, December 12
7PM - Mass


If you are in need of prayer
and would like to take the Divine Mercy home for one week, please contact Esmeralda Villegas at 925-759-4994.

Si siente necesidad de oración
y le gustaria llevar la imagen de la Divina Misericordia a su casa por una semana, por favor de contactar a Esmeralda Villegas al 925-759-4994.

New!! New!! IHM Golden Age “Family”
Don’t let the name fool you, this group new to IHM is for ANYONE in their golden years, or just young at heart! This is a monthly gathering that will follow the same basic format each month, beginning with Mass at 11AM, followed by some delicious, homemade hot soup. Afterwards, the focus, which will be different each month, will range from speakers, presenters about special educational topics, and maybe even card games! This is a chance for fellowship within our IHM community, as well as learning about topics of special interest concerning aging gracefully.
Our kickoff event will be Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 11AM in the church. Hot soup will be served before a special presentation on Dementia: Advances in
Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Please come as we start this brand new chapter of ministry activities here at IHM! Father Quang.



As we roll into autumn, and with our debt now paid off, there will no longer be any Faith Direct deductions for the debt reduction. If you had a weekly or monthly deduction for “Debt Reduction”, you may want to prayerfully consider moving that donation to “Maintenance Reserve”. These monies will be for the maintenance and/or replacement of the many items that now or soon will require fixing and/or replacing, such as one or more of our HVAC units, etc.
To do this you would log onto the Faith Direct website:, and go into your account to see which deductions you currently have, and/or to add “Maintenance Reserve” to those already selected.
E-Giving through Faith Direct, is the most convenient and secure way for you to make your weekly offering to IHM. Your automatic contributions through Faith Direct will save valuable time for both you and our parish staff. Visit and use our church code: CA752.
Thank you for your continued support of our parish family!


Did you know
that if you log onto, that a percentage of your purchase will go directly to Immaculate Heart of Mary?
All you have to do is to specify who you want the proceeds to go to. Once you choose Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Brentwood, CA as the charity of your choice, Amazon Smile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases!
That’s it! Thank you for all you do for IHM.


Join us on every first Saturday of the month for the Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests. The group prays the Rosary and offers up the intentions primarily
for the Pope, Bishops and Priests worldwide.


Department is growing and we need your help!
All we need is for you to share your gift of faith in the environment of a small group as a catechist. Training is provided, Blessings are promised! Please contact Linda Kortuem at 925-634-4154 x117 or email for more information. Website:

Especial está creciendo y necesitamos su ayuda!
Todo lo que necesitamos es para que usted pueda compartir su don de la fe en el entorno de un pequeño grupo como catequista. Se proporciona el entrenamiento, Bendiciones son prometidas! Por favor contacte a Linda Kortuem al 925-634-4154 x117 o por correo electronico para más información. Website:


Do you have divorce in your past?
Have you wondered what your position in the church might be? Please pick up a pamphlet in the vestibule or Call Dcn John @ 925-698-6362

Tiene Ud. un divorcio en su pasado?
Ud se pregunta que puesto tiene en la Iglesia? Favor de recoger un folleto sobre este tema en el vestíbulo de la Iglesia o llame al Deácono John at 925-698-6362.
Si esto es en Español, favor llame a la Oficina de la Iglesia. Yo me puedo encargar de las personas que hablán Ingles pero si es en Español el Padre Ruben se podra encargar de ellos o podemos tener a un interprete conmigo.



Están todos invitados a la Hora Santa todos los Jueves de las 5:15pm a 6:pm en la Iglesia.
Los invitan a formar parte del Youth Group de IHM que se reune los Viernes a las 7:00pm en la Libreria. Para más información favor de llamar a la Sr. Carina Vargas al 925-513-8154 o a Roxanna Alvarez al 925-325-5162.
Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico

Por una Familia más Feliz Estimados hermanos en Cristo y María...

Rito de Iniciación para adultos Cristianos
Los Domingos a las 5:pm en el Salón John habrán
clases para el Rito de Iniciación para adultos Cristianos.
Para aquellos que están interesados en unirse a la Fé o
catolicos quienes no han completado sus sacramentos,
por favor vengan a estas clases. Para Informacion
póngase en contacto con Virginia Chavez, télefono



This ministry meets the second Friday of each month...


For the weekend of December 10, 2017, please bring mac & cheese. THANK YOU!
Para el fin de semana del 10 de diciembre, 2017, por favor traigan macarrones con queso. GRACIAS!
For the weekend of December 17, please bring canned fruits. THANK YOU.
Para el fin de semana del 17 de diciembre, por favor traigan frutas enlatadas. GRACIAS!!

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Has your spouse died?
Are you finding it hard to cope? Have you been able to find a “new normal” life yet? Come to our grief support group held every Thursday nights from 6:00-7:15pm in Hall B. For more information, please call Sandy Heinisch at 925-513-3412 or Mary Ann Smith at 925-240-1706.

Donate Your Car or Any Vehicle!


We will pick up ANY vehicle within 48 hours in all 50 States. Free towing. 100% tax deductible. Donations used to fund the many charitable activities of the Knights of Columbus Brentwood Council #7467. Call: 925-529-2019

Los Domingos a las 5:pm en el Salón John habrán clases para el Rito de Iniciación para adultos Cristianos. Para aquellos que están interesados en unirse a la Fé o catolicos quienes no han completado sus sacramentos, por favor vengan a estas clases. Para Informacion póngase
en contacto con Virginia Chavez, télefono 925-679-5031

El Viñedo de Raquel
La esperanza, ayuda y sanación estan disponibles a través de un retiro del Viñedo de Raquel.
Para má información o para registrarse llame a:
(510) 384-6875 or

El grupo de San José se pone a su disposición visitandolos y llevando la imagen de San José que quedará con esa familia por una semana. Rezaremos el Rosario con la familia. Favor de ponerse en contacto con Reina Garcia at 510-303-7840.

¿Quieres ser un Angel?
El Proyecto Gabriel necesita su ayuda en servir a mujeres que estan embarazadas que necesitan ayuda. Para más información, por favor llame a Nancy Espinoza al (510) 813-1384 o

Reunión de Formación para Ministros, Lectores y Servidores Si eres servidor en la parroquia o te gustaría participar en algún ministerio entorno a la Eucaristia, te invitamos a participar a una reunión de formación con el Padre Rubén Morales y las Hermanas Religiosas Dia: Jueves 4 de Agosto Hora: 7:00pm Lugar: Salón B

Jesus calls you,
He is the Way!
IHM Youth Group -
Ages: 14-18
IHM Pre Teen Youth
roup -
Ages: 8-13
When: Every Friday, 7- 8:30 pm
More information call Sister Maury (925)513-8154 or
Roxanne (925)325-5162


Every Thursday 9:30am - 11:00am
at Planned Parenthood, Antioch
Nancy -
Lou -

You Are All Invited!
Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Event will be on Saturday, November 4, from 10:30am in Mark praying the rosary and petitions.

Practicing Catholics (those at Mass each week and regular at confession) are invited to receive the Sacrament. Non practicing Catholics should go to confession before receiving Holy Communion. Non Catholics are welcome to come for a blessing (cross your arms over your chest).

“ the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God.”
- Pope Benedict XVI


CONTRA COSTA FOOD BANK The Contra Costa Food Bank Mobile Produce Distribution Program distributes FREE produce on the 2nd. and 4th. Tuesdays of each month in the IHM parking lot from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm to families in need. This program is only for low income families. For more information, please call Ralph at (925)240-1177.

El Programa de Distribución del Banco de Comida Móvil del Condado de Contra Costa de productos agricolas distribuye GRATIS estos productos el SEGUNDO Y CUARTO MARTES de cada mes en el estacionamiento del ICM de 12:00 a 1:00pm a familias que necesitan. Este programa es solamente para familias de pocos recursos. Para más información, por favor llame a Ralph at (925) 240-1177..



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