SATURDAY December 10, Vigil Mass

     4:00 p.m.  Florence Phillips

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

MONDAY, December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zec. 2:14-17; Lk. 1:26-38

     7:50 a.m.  Morning Prayer

   12:00 p.m.  Living and Deceased of the Murphy &

                     Lager Families

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

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

    7:00 p.m.   Knights of Columbus

    7:00 p.m.    Social Concerns

TUESDAY, December 13, Lucy, virgin, martyr

Zep. 3:1-2, 9-13; Mt. 21:28-32

     8:30 a.m.   Sharon Watkins Spraggins (grades 5-8)

   12:30 p.m.   Confessions

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     6:00 p.m.  Bible Study – Shanks

     6:00 p.m.  Development Committee

WEDNESDAY, December 14, John of the Cross, priest, doctor

Is. 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25; Lk. 7:18b-23

     8:30 a.m.  Leonard Albert (grades K-4)

     2:00 p.m.  Early Dismissal

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     5:30 p.m.  Home & School/School Board

     6:30 p.m.  RCIA & RCIC

     7:00 p.m.  Bible Study – Dr. Ross

     7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice (9 AM Mass)

THURSDAY, December 15,

Is. 54:1-10; Lk. 7:24-30

                     No Mass

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     7:00 p.m.  School Advent Program

FRIDAY, December 16,

Is. 56:1-3a, 6-8; Jn. 5:33-36

     7:50 a.m.  Morning Prayer

   12:00 p.m.  Ruby Stickel

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

SATURDAY December 17, Vigil Mass

     4:00 p.m.  Mary Jo McCarthy

SUNDAY, December 18, Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Sm. 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Rom 16:25-27; Lk. 1:26-38

      9:00 a.m. St. Mary Parishioners

                     (Naumoff & McCreary Baptisms)

    10:15 a.m.  Confirmation Session

    11:30 a.m. Martha Gray

      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 14th we will discuss the “Meaning of Christmas”. RCIA will begin at 6:30 with sung evening prayer in the church. The discussion will follow in the atrium at 7 PM. All are invited to attend.

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

Advent: Are you ready to carry a message of hope home from Sunday Mass today? At the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit unites us as the Body of Christ. With the Spirit’s help, we can take a message of joy and hope in Jesus Christ to a world that needs to hear it.

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.

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.

Handel’s Messiah: Today, Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph Cathedral. Members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph Choir and internationally acclaimed soloists wil present Handel’s seasonal classic. Tickets are $15.00.


                              ALTAR SERVER                                       LECTOR                                                     EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS             

  4:00 PM           M.Hayes                                                    J. Testa, C.Skinner                                 E. Hayes, J.Spiert, E. Holleran, M.Detrick   

  9:00 AM           M.Badurina                                               S.Martt, H. Mathews                                D. & M. Smigelski, J.Auer,

                                                                                                                                                                    R. & T. Thomas, A.Breitfeller                          

11:30 AM           Volunteers Needed                                 P.Mortimer, D.Metnes                            S.Thompson, J. Tobin, S.Perry,                                                                                                                                                                                         S. Joy, D.VanHorn, J.Sauer                            

Coffee & Donuts 12/18: Knights of Columbus

From the Pastor


Dear parishioners,

       Today is known as Gaudate Sunday, Gaudate is Latin for rejoice. It takes it's name from the opening antiphon: 'Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice, the Lord is near.' Today we light the rose colored candle in the Advent wreath.

We thank Fr. Thomas Sullivan, C.P.M., who gave our viariate mission this past week. I hope that the experience helped us deepen our faith and come to a greater understanding of how God works in our lives.

       In our preparations for the Christmas holy day many are buying Christmas trees, wreaths and roping from St. Mary’s. Thank you to the buyers and the sellers. Sales are going well. Again thank you.

       During the retreat we had opportunity for confessions each night, so we will not have an Advent penance service this year. However, opportunity for individual confessions is available each Tuesday 12:30 to 1:30 and Saturday 3:00 to 3:30 PM.

       This Christmas season I would encourage you to attend one of the Christmas Masses. Our Christmas Masses start at 4PM on Christmas Eve with a Posada Service. The 4PM Mass is traditionally our Children’s Mass. I look forward to greeting the kids this Christmas. We also have Masses at 6PM and Midnight. On Christmas Day we will be having Mass at 10AM. For the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1st, New Years, we will follow the regular weekend Mass schedule 4 PM, 9 & 11:30 AM. There simply is no better way to start the New Year! 

       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


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.

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 through December 23. M-F 2:30-9:30pm, Sat. Noon-9pm, Sun. Noon-6pm. Visa and MasterCard accepted with proper ID.

Job opportunity: Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, a new skilled nursing facility on Columbus’ far east side, is seeking a dedicated individual to manage its Human Resources Department. Please fax resume including salary history to 614-751-8311.

Activities at St. Mary’s:

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

This week’s focus:   Trust in God

Trusting God is akin to breathing for the True Christians. "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Just as our earthly teachers may have instructed us to sit up straight at our chairs to breathe correctly, so do we endeavor to encourage the body to trust God more fully. The LORD Jesus Christ is worthy of our trust. "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:12). If we would only combine the necessities of our circumstances with the Spirit-led discoveries of who God is and how He will fulfill our needs, then we would avail ourselves of the opportunity to trust Him more.


St. Mary’s School Notes:

·  Early Dismissal Wednesday, December 14th.

·  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: 12/3-4                envelopes               $6,781.00

                                                   loose change             1,601.00

 Of the 639 envelopes mailed 155 were used

     Less 5% ($419.10) local charities

All Saints Day                  $20.00

Immaculate Conception    10.00

The Catholic Times            25.00

Religious Retirement          10.00

                                  Budgeted Amount                     $7,103.00

                                  Surplus this week                     1,279.00

  Offertory Year-to-date Actual   Year-to-date Budget    Deficit

                   $130,314.00                $156,666.00                   $26,352.00

     BINGO 11/27                                                     

     Bingo Deposit                                                       $2,204.00

     Bank                                                                           800.00

     Expenses                                                                   590.00

     Net                                                                            $814.50

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