SATURDAY December 3, Vigil Mass

     4:00 p.m.  Al Bosworth

SUNDAY, December 4, Second Sunday of Advent

Is. 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Pt. 3:8-14; Mk. 1:1-8

      9:00 a.m. St. Francis Xavier Society

    10:15 a.m.  Confirmation Session

    11:30 a.m.   St. Mary Parishioners

      2:00 p.m. Maennerchor Concert (in church)

     7:00 p.m.  Vicariate Mission @ St. Mary’s

MONDAY, December 5,

Is. 35:1-10; Lk. 5:17-26

     7:50 a.m.  Morning Prayer

   12:00 p.m.  Mike Holleran

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     6:00 p.m.  Choir Practice (11:30 AM Mass)

    7:00 p.m.   Vicariate Mission @ Corpus Christi

TUESDAY, December 6, Nicholas, bishop

Is. 40:1-11; Mt. 18:12-14

     8:30 a.m.   Martha Gray (grades 5-8)

   12:30 p.m.   Confessions

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

    7:00 p.m.   Vicariate Mission @ St. Mary’s

WEDNESDAY, December 7, Ambrose, bishop, doctor

Is. 40:25-31; Mt. 11:28-30

     8:30 a.m.  Rita Kemmerling (grades K-4)

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

    7:00 p.m.   Vicariate Mission @ St. Ladislas

THURSDAY, December 8, Immaculate Conception of Mary

Gn. 3:9-15, 20; Eph. 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk. 1:26-38

   8:30 a.m.    Living and Deceased of the Murphy &

                     Leger Families

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

    7:00 p.m.   Vicariate Mission Closing Mass @ St. Mary’s

FRIDAY, December 9, Juan Diego, hermit

Is. 48:17-19; Mt. 11:16-19

     7:50 a.m.  Morning Prayer

   12:00 p.m.  Edna Phillips

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     9:00 p.m.  Adult Open gym - basketball

SATURDAY December 10, Vigil Mass

     4:00 p.m.  Florence Phillips (McCreary Baptism)

SUNDAY, December 11, Third Sunday of Advent

Is. 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thes. 5:16-24; Jn. 1:6-8, 19-28

      9:00 a.m. Bea & Henry Thibaut

    10:15 a.m.  Confirmation Session

    11:30 a.m.   Living & Deceased of the Frank Wirth


      7:00 p.m. Bingo

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick or suffering, especially those homebound or in nursing homes.

Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Nursing Home: John Heider, Tim McManus

At Home: Charlie Campbell, Diane Carrick, Frankie Carrick, Roberta Cataline, Josephine Calabro, Fred Courtney, Marie Ebelberger, Sondra Fisher-Goodwin, Judy Hall, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Marie McGrath, Rita Redwood, Rick Shawver, Millie Veit.

If you are admitted to a hospital St. Mary’s may not be notified. Please give us a call if you would like a visit. Due to privacy issues no one will be listed in the bulletin sick list unless the person themselves or an immediate family member requests it.

RCIA this Wednesday, December 7th: please attend the Vicariate Mission.

Confirmation classes are held on Sunday in the Atrium from 10:15 – 11:15 AM.

Thursday, December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and a holy day of obligation. Masses are at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

Advent: Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.    Mother Teresa

The traditional Advent Maennerchor concert this Sunday, December 4th at 2 PM in church. All are invited to attend.

Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year. The Mass schedule will be as follows: Christmas Eve 4 PM (with the traditional Posada), 6 PM, 12 Midnight, and 10:30 AM Christmas Day. For the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1st we will follow the regular weekend Mass schedule 4 PM, 9 & 11:30 AM.

We will not have Bingo Sunday, December 4th – Vicariate Mission or December 25th - Christmas Day. We will have Bingo in-between – Dec. 11 & 18!!

A local firm is conducting research on nonprofit and charitable organizations. Your input will make a difference. Please go to and confidentially answer a few simple questions. At the end of the survey you and register for a chance to win a $300.00 shopping spree to Polaris Fashion Place just in time for Christmas. Entry deadline is December 5th!


                              ALTAR SERVER                                       LECTOR                                                     EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS             

  4:00 PM           Volunteers Needed                                 D.Smeltzer, A.Graf                                  D.& L. Mitchell, C.Rees, F.Carrick                 

  9:00 AM           Volunteers Needed                                M.Kelly, J.Kenneh                                    B.Hess, F.Melton, A/Metoyer,

                                                                                                                                                                    P.Mortimer, S.Naegele, C. Reis                    

11:30 AM           Volunteers Needed                                 S.Moraine, R.Randolph                         S.Brown, E.Holleran, volunteer ,                                                                                                                                                                                       B.Faford, D. & D. Bosner                                 

Coffee & Donuts 12/10: J. & P. Kenneh

From the Pastor

Dear parishioners,

       This weekend we begin our vicariate mission!  Traditionally, many parishes (or groups of parishes in our case) offer these “missions” as a kind of community retreat.  These missions help us to deepen our faith and come to a greater understanding of how God works in our lives.  We hope, as a result, to grow in holiness and have our hearts burn with God’s great love.

       So I ask everyone to please participate in the mission to the very best of your ability.  There will be a presentation every night at 7:00 PM, starting Sunday December 4th at St. Mary’s.  We plan on about one hour for the presentations, and then some priests will be available to hear confessions after the talks each evening.  Thursday night, we will conclude the mission not with a presentation, but with the holy day Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

       Please note that since we will hear confessions every night, there will not be a parish penance service for Advent this year.  Also, please note that the presentations will take place at rotating sites, so please check the bulletin for the schedule.

       Finally, for those who are unable to attend the mission, please pray for its success.  We pray for God to send the Holy Spirit to be with Fr. Thomas Sullivan, C.P.M., who will give the mission.  May this truly be a time for all of us to come to a greater awareness of God’s abundant mercy and His infinite love!

       As always, I pray for the Lord’s blessing to be with all of you during this holy season.

Sincerely in the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Hammond


Christmas rehearsals are beginning. Families are needed for the 4 pm service as well as the Christmas morning 10:00 AM Mass. We invite parents to join their children in celebration of Christ’s Birth. Brass players & vocalists are needed for midnight Mass. To join one of St. Mary’s choirs and share your talents please contact Joy Seipp at 871-4487 or

Christmas Flower Remembrances - forms are available in the back of the church for names to be remembered in the Christmas bulletin. Contributions will be used for Christmas flowers and decorations.  Please complete the form and place in the collection basket or return to the church office no later than December 18th.

St. Mary Annual Christmas Tree Sale, featuring fresh top quality Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Blue Spruce trees, wreathes and roping. November 26 through December 23. M-F 2:30-9:30pm, Sat. Noon-9pm, Sun. Noon-6pm. Visa and MasterCard accepted with proper ID.

St. Mary’s School Winter Gala Dinner and Auction will be at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Saturday evening, January 14th. This event will benefit St. Mary’s Catholic School and enable us to establish an endowment which will help sustain a 140 year legacy of learning. We pray that you will support this important cause with your attendance, your contribution or your donation of auction items. See or the parish website for more information.

Activities at St. Mary’s:

v   Adopt-a-family - return gifts December 3/4.

v   School Advent Program Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 PM in the church.

This week’s focus:   Trust in God

…by all means trust in God with your whole heart, and He will Himself be your strength, wherein you may trust with piety and thankfulness, and to Him you may say with humility and boldness, "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength; because even the love of God, which, when it is perfect, "casts out fear," is shed abroad in our hearts, not by our strength, that is, by any human power, but, as the apostle says, "by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us." 

St. Augustine


St. Mary’s School Notes:

·  Wednesday, Dec. 7 Breakfast with a Book.

·  Anyone wishing to sponsor a child for the 2005-06 school year please contact Nancy Auer at 445-9668.



 “How do I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me.”

 OFFERTORY: 11/26-27                envelopes           $3,770.00

                                                   loose change                734.00

 Of the 639 envelopes mailed 123 were used

     Less 5% ($312.30) local charities

All Saints Day                $10.00

Human Development     $98.00

The Catholic Times        $10.00

                                  Budgeted Amount                     $7,103.00

                                  Deficit this week                        2,599.00

     BINGO 11/27                                                     

                                   Figures will be reported next week.

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