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December 16, 2018 - Maintenance Fund
December 23, 2018—Religious retirement
December 30, 2018—St. Vincent de Paul


16 de diciembre, 2018 - Fondo del Mantenimiento

23 de diciembre, 2018—Jubilacion Religiosa
30 de diciembre, 2018—San Vicente de Paul

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

Attention Married Couples!.

Do you want to share the joy of your marriage with Engaged Couples?
Please join the IHM Marriage Prep Ministry Team!
Contact Peggy Murray for more information:


Just A Reminder:
During Simbang Gabi, December 16-24 we will not be having a 7 AM Mass.
The 8:30 AM Mass will continue as usual.
Please consider joining us for the Simbang Gabi Masses at 5:00 AM and stay after Mass in the Hall for the reception each day.
On December 13, there will be anointing of the sick at the 7:00AM and 8:30AM Masses.

Durante las fiestas de Simbang Gabi, 16-24 de diciembre, no tendremos Misas a las 7AM.
La Misa de las 8:30AM continuará.
Consideren en asistir a las Misas de Simbang Gabi a las 5:00AM y quedense después de la Misa en el Salón para una recepción cada dia.
El 13 de diciembre en las Misas de las 7:00AM y 8:30AM tendremos la Unción a los Enfermos.


Advent Reconciliations Services in our Deaneary:
Good Shepard:
December 17 - 7PM
St. Anthony:
December 19 - 7PM

Notice regarding the Prayer List:
All names will be removed at the end of the year. If you
wish to add names to the list either call the office and/or
send an email to Thank you.

A New Thrift Store in Town!
It is located on Brentwood Blvd, on the same lot with Ace Hardware.....lots of parking. One thing about thrift stores, they have a unique way to discount their prices. They use a colored tag to show the price of the item, but that price gets lowered each month, although with only a few employees, they don't remark the items.
They have a chart which tells you the discount for each color of tag. That means there will be many different color of tags in a rack of clothing but the
price shown is just what is was the first month. The second month, the price is 25% off, the third month 50% off and the fourth month, 75% off. Look for which color tag gets 75% off this month and get some real bargains. The St. Vincent de Paul at IHM is one of 29 Conferences making up the Contra Costa County Council. We all benefit from the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shops. There are two others, one in Pleasant Hill and one in Pittsburg. Have fun shopping!


Attention please!
Please do not bring your own candles for the chapel. This is what can happen and it could cause a fire. Our candles are made special for our glass holders and will not melt while burning. We ask you do not risk the danger.

 ¡Atención por favor!

Por favor no traigan sus propias velas a la capilla. Esto es lo que pasa y puede suceder un incendio. Nuestras velas estan hechas especialmente para nuestros envases de vidrio y no se derritiran mientras esten aprendidas. Por favor le pedimos que no tomen el riesgo de que ocurra un incendio.


Knights of Columbus and
Italian Catholic Federation

Come visit with your fellow parishioners and welcome our new parishioners at the pancake breakfast on the first Sunday of each month. Hours are 8:15am to 12:00pm.

 Caballeros de Colon y Federacion Catolica

Vengán a visitar con sus amigos parroquianos y darles la bienvenida a los nuevos parroquianos al desayuno de pancakes el primer Domingo de cada mes. Horario del desayuno es de 8:15am - 12:00pm


Over the past few months many of you have received emails from the priests requesting you to either respond for help or supply some form of financial assistance. These emails are called spooling and are done by unknown sources to cause you to respond or send financial assistance to them. The priests will NEVER ask you to do this. When you receive these emails the best thing for you to do is delete them immediately and do not respond in any way.

En los últimos meses, muchos de ustedes han recibido correos electrónicos de los sacerdotes pidiéndoles que respondan para ayudar o pidiendo alguna forma de ayuda financiera. Estos correos son llamados ENCANILLAR y son hechos por fuentes desconocidas para hacer que usted responda o envie el ayudo financiero a ellos. Los sacerdotes NUNCA le pedirán que haga esto. Cuando reciba estos correos electronicos, lo mejor que puede hacer es eliminarlos inmediatamente y no responder de ninguna manera.

Ministry of Caring
Members, Tony and Jan Khalil,
will be teaching a class at IHM starting on Sunday, February 3rd and running for six Sundays from 2:30 to 5:00pm. This FREE class is being offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for parents, guardians or grandparents as well as teachers or counselors who want to know more about mental health issues in children and adolescent. The class is limited to 12 members so please contact Jan at if you are interested in attending.


A new floor is coming!
A new floor is coming! The facility committee is happy to announce the replacement of the floor in our hall. This will take place starting December 26 with and completion before January 1, 2019. What a great way to start the New Year.
We are close to completion with the roof repairs and those, if weather permits with be completed by the end of 2018.
They have been planning the items to be done in 2019 and we will inform you of the progress.
There are many items that you may not have noticed that thanks to our facility committee are done. Maintenance upkeep at the priest house has included: painting and lock on garden gate. Bathroom caulking of shower and sink just to name a few. Lighting at entry of Hall A and in front of classrooms and office and library making it a safe area for all. Replacements of lights in parking lot.

El piso nuevo esta por llegar! El Comité de las Instalaciones se complace en anunciar que el piso del Salón será cambiado. La instalación empezará el 26 de diciembre y será completado antes del Primero de enero, 2019. Que buena manera de empezar el año Nuevo!
Estamos casi terminando con las reparaciones del techo, y si el tiempo lo permite, será completado antes de fines de 2018.
La lista de reparaciones o nuevas instalaciones sera publicada cuando el comité nos avise.
Han habido muchas reparaciones que gracias al Comité de Instalaciones han sido hechas en nuestra parroquia. Mantenimiento de la casa de los sacerdotes que incluyen: a puerta del jardin ha sido pintada y nueva cerradura ha sido instalada. Regadera y lavamanos de los baños han sido reparados. Luces adicionales fueron instaladas en la entrada del Salón A, en frente de las salones de clases, oficina y libreria hacienda estas área seguras para todos. Han instaladado luces adicionales en el estacionamiento.

Este mensaje es para todos Los niños/as
que estan interesados en pertenecer al CORO de español.
Ensayos: Viernes de 4:00 -5:15 PM
Comenzando, Viernes, Septiembre 7,2018
Para mas información, comuníquese con la Hna. Guadalupe.
Tel. (925) 513-8154


Educated Angels
Educated Angels provides free tutoring in room Matthew on Mondays from 4:15PM to 6:15PM.
For more information, email Bilal Hamid at: or call/text at: 425-444-5615. No sign-up necessary.

Angeles Educados ofrece tutorial gratis en el Salon Matthew todos los lunes de 4:15PM a 6:15PM.
Para mas informacion, favor de mandar un correo electronico a Bilal Hamid al: o puede llamar o mandar un text al: 425-444-5615.
No hace falta inscribirse.aria.


Homebound Ministry
Homebound Ministry brings the Eucharist to the sick and the homebound. They provide spiritual support and affirmation to those they visit. Please call the office at 925-634-4154

Ministros de la Eucaristia para los enfermos trae la Eucaristia a los enfermos y a los confinados en casa. Proporciona apoyo espiritual y afirmacion a quienes visitan. Favor de llamar a la oficina al 925-634-4154.


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.
Our scripture study will be from 4-5pm on Fridays in the Library. The 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:


Welcome to Golden Age Family
Come join us for the following events and topics:
Dec. 19—Nutrition and Meals on Wheeks
11 AM Mass (Church)
11:45pm Complimentary Lunch (Hall) with presentation
RSVP: 513-3412 or 240-1706


Please join us the first Saturday of the each
month at Holy Cross Cemetery for a Mass at


Los Domingos a las 5:00 pm en el Salón John

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 católicos quienes no han completado sus sacramentos, por favor vengan a estas clases. Para más información póngase en contacto con Virginia Chavez, télefono: 925-584-4268.


Are you new to Immaculate Heart of Mary?
We Welcome you!

We are a very vibrant and active parish in Brentwood whose mission is “With Mary we seek to know Christ better and to make him better known through our words and actions.” We do this in a variety of ways through our several sacramental prep programs, social outreach as well as our active ministries, Bible studies, and energetic youth program. We also LOVE new parishioners and hold quarterly “Welcome Dinners” specifically those new to IHM. See our bulletin for details on the date for the next upcoming Welcome Dinner.
Thank you for joining us this weekend! If you’re not yet registered, please call the parish office at 634-4154 and ask for Ana. She will be happy to mail you a
registration form. See you soon!


Can you help?

A parishioner who lives in Summerset needs a ride to and from Mass. Please call Richard Nahm at 925-240-9885 for more information regarding: Share-A-Mass.

Widow and Widowers Group
Mary Ann Smith 925-240-1706
Has your spouse died? Are you finding it hard to cope? Have you been able to find a new normal life yet?
Come and meet others who are walking the “grief trail.” Widow/widowers Grief Group meets weekly at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Avenue, Brentwood from 5pm to 6:15pm Thursdays in the IHM Hall B. Open to all.
A monthly potluck and also a Happy Hour (emphasis on fellowship!) is held monthly at the home of Mary Ann Smith, 443 Tayberry Lane in Brentwood. Come and bring a dish to share. Call Mary Ann at 925-240-1706 for dates.


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!!!



In this season of Advent, we are continuously preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christ's birth. Why not help our own parish prepare for the coming new year by signing up with Faith Direct? By supporting Immaculate Heart of Mary, both you and our parish can save some time and peace of mind this holiday season.
Signing up is easy! Visit and use our church code: CA752.
Already using Faith Direct?
Log in to add your Christmas or End-of-Year contributions to your account.
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.




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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