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September 30, 2018—St. Vincent de Paul
October 7, 2018 – Facility Improvement Fund


30 de septiembre, 2018—San Vicente de Paul
7 de octubre, 2018 —Fondo del Mejoramiento de las

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

October 6 - International Rosary and Reconciliation Service
October 12-13 - Marian Conference
October 21 - Welcome BBQ for New Parishioners
October 26-28 - Women’ s English Emmaus Retreat
October 26-28 - Crafty Quilter’s Boutique
November 9 - Knight’s Fun Night
November 23-25 - Divine Mercy Conference



Intercessory Prayers
One highly debated topic is turning to Mary and the Saints in prayer. Often misunderstood, many non-Catholics believe that Catholics are worshiping Mary. We are not worshiping Mary, but asking her to pray on our behalf, because of her special place with God. As Catholics, it is important that we remember to ask Mary to pray for us on our behalf, and that we do not begin to worship her instead.


Facility Update:
Our facility committee has been busy doing many things that are keeping our church maintained.
Some of these you may have noticed and some you may not.
Here are the main areas they have taken care this year so far:
• New thermostats in the Church to keep control of the temperature and help lower PG&E bill.
• Leveling of the Plaza where cement had become uneven over the years
• Basin Fence off back of kitchen
• Dead and damaged trees removed and 7 new trees planted
• Contract with roofing company for maintenance and repairs
• Upholstery of the pews steam cleaned
• Contract for weed abatement added to landscaping
• Tables and chairs in hall and classrooms checked for necessary repairs
• Increase in garbage pick up to twice a week
• As required by the Diocese and the State inspectors light switch inside of elevator room was installed
• Lights in parking lot and around front entry of hall and classrooms replaced

St. Vincent de Paul at IHM

Coming up on the last Sunday in July (July 29) is an opportunity for you to support St Vincent de Paul at IHM. With your support we help many families in the Brentwood area. “No form of charity is foreign to our Society”. But without your financial support, we could not do what we do. We offer a food pantry every Friday for low income families in Brentwood, not just those in our parish. These families receive staple items as well as fresh produce, and of course bread and pastries, which the kids really love.
Sometimes the families we serve have an emergency which makes meeting their normal financial obligations more difficult. That is when they come to us for help, and we do our best. We help these neighbors with items such as vouchers for clothing for a job interview, help with a utility payment, a ride to a court appointment when they have no transportation, and a wide variety of other things. Without your help, we could not do our work. Please remember us on the last Sunday in September. We are very grateful for your support.


Over the past few months many of you have received emails from the priest 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.
Thank you.

En los últimos meses, muchos de ustedes han recibido correos electrónicos del sacerdote 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 la ayuda financiera a ellos. Los
sacerdotes NUNCA le pedirán que haga esto.
Cuando reciba estos correos electrónicos, lo mejor que puede hacer es eliminarlos inmediatamente y no responder de ninguna manera.


When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
The Emmaus Ministry at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Brentwood is sponsoring weekend experiences based on the scripture passage in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-25 for English Men (September 7, 8, 9), and English Women (October 26, 27, 28).
The journey starts on Friday evening and ends Sunday evening. Transportation is provided to and from Immaculate Heart of Mary. Register online at

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


Weekly meetings widows/widowers
Monthly meeting with parents who have lost a child
Monthly social groups widows/widowers
One on one Counseling
For more information contact:
Sandy Heinisch—925-628-1503
Mary Ann Smith—925-240-1706


Women’s Fellowship
The Fall, 2018, session of Women’s Fellowship is a ten-week study called Symbolon-Knowing the Faith. This series will focus on the beauty and truths of the
Catholic Faith and it will reveal God’s incredible love for us — the story of our salvation. The ten sessions will take is through the Creed, the statement of
beliefs that Catholics all around the world profess at every Mass.
The series will begin on Thursday, September 6 and conclude on November 8. All sessions are held in the parish library and begin art 10:00A.M. (10:00-12:00). For further information or if you have questions, please contact Carol Horan (925-516-3801) or Ethel Reber (925-513-7359).
There is homework for these sessions. Should you wish to purchase the Participant’s Guide (not needed to attend), it is available via Amazon or from It is also available from (Parish code is CM7TFZ).


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 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!


The members of our Altar Society Ministry, help to keep our Church clean and beautiful at all times. They help to prepare a warm and inviting environment for all
who gather for community worship. Ministers/Volunteers donate an hour of their time on Saturdays. Please consider being part of this vital and satisfying ministry. It is truly a work of faith and love. If you would like more information, please contact Connie Simon at 925 634-4154
or email at:



The sale of tamales will resume the first week of October, 2018.

La venta de tamales se reanudará el primer sábado de octubre, 2018.

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!!!



With the arrival of autumn, I'd like to invite you to join Faith Direct, our parish's electronic giving program. Our to-do lists can get lengthy during this season, but Faith Direct's eGiving program will give you one less thing to remember each week--no more envelopes to find before you go to Mass.
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.




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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