THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
SATURDAY December 17, Vigil Mass
Mary Jo McCarthy
St. Mary Parishioners
(Naumoff & McCreary Baptisms)
MONDAY, December 19,
Jgs. 13:2-7, 24-25a; Lk. 1:5-25
Evening Prayer & Rosary
Marriage Info Night
Rita Kemmerling (All school Mass)
Helen & Pat Russell
Evening Prayer & Rosary
SATURDAY December 24, Vigil of Christmas
Is. 62:1-5; Acts. 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt. 1:1-25
William Goodwin (13th Anniversary)
John & Hilda Kulzer
St. Mary Parishioners
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, Evelyn Spiert.
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.
NO RCIA this Wednesday, December 21st
Confirmation classes are held on Sunday in the Atrium from . No class Christmas Day or New Years Day.
Advent: As Christmas draws ever nearer, our thoughts can easily turn to the demands that just won’t go away: last-minute shopping, mailing a few more cards, planning menus for meals with family and special guests. We can so easily get overwhelmed. Make time today for an act of kindness—one you don’t really have time for.
Beginning December 17th - The O Antiphons
O Wisdom of Our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: teach us to walk in the paths of knowledge. December 17
O Lord of Ancient Israel, giver of the Law of Moses on Sinai: rescue us with your mighty power. December 18
O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: save us without delay! December 19
O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom, free the prisoners of darkness! December 20
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: shine on those lost in the darkness of death! December 21
O King of All Nations, source of your Church’s unity and faith: save all mankind, your own creation! December 22
O Emmanuel, God’s presence among us, our King, our Judge: save us, Lord our God! December 23.
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES December 24-25
ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
4:00 PM M.Badurina, M.Lovett, T.Lawler T. Nierman, J. & L. Lovett,
L. & D. Mitchell, K. Badurina
6:00 PM Volunteers Needed Volunteers Needed
12:00 AM R.Ratliff, J.LaMotte C.Skinner, R. & T. Thomas
J.Testa L. & D. Mitchell
10:00 AM J. Cooper Volunteers Needed F. Melton, W. & K. Hedges,
NO Coffee & Donuts 12/25: Merry Christmas!
From the Pastor
Christmas is coming!! Are our hearts ready to receive the Lord? Let us indeed prepare His way, so that we may receive Him with great joy and wonder. I urge everyone to make a special effort this week for extra time in prayer and works of mercy, as a way of offering our hearts to the Father who gives us His only Son.
Please note our schedule for Christmas Masses. We will have Mass on Saturday, Christmas Eve, at . This will be a children’s Mass with the Posada procession. We will also have Mass at , and at . Please come early for the Midnight Mass and hear our wonderful choir! Mass on Christmas morning will be at .
Please also note that there will NOT be confessions next Saturday, due to the preparations needed for the Christmas Masses. For those who wish to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation prior to Christmas, please come this Tuesday between and . Both Fr. John Stattmiller and I will be available at that time in the two confessionals in the back of church. I am also available by appointment if you prefer another time.
Looking ahead, our schedule for New Year’s weekend will be our regular weekend schedule, which means we will have Mass on Saturday at , and Sunday at and .
I pray for God’s blessings to be with all of you as we conclude the Advent season and celebrate the Lord’s birth at Christmas!
St. Mary’s School Winter Gala Dinner and Auction will
be at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from to on Saturday evening, January 14th.
This event will benefit St. Mary’s
Contribution information for 2005 will be mailed by January 31st.
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 , Sat. Noon-9pm, Sun. Noon-6pm. Visa and MasterCard accepted with proper ID.
Christmas Flower Remembrances - forms are due today December 18th. Contributions will be used for Christmas flowers and decorations.
Our Christmas Mass schedule will be as follows: Christmas Eve (with the traditional Posada), , (music begins at ), Christmas Day. The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1st Mass schedule: , 9 & .
Market Day: You can receive a Free Gemelli Pasta & Vegetable Blend when you purchase 2 select vegetable items. Plus, all January customers will be entered into a drawing for a Superbowl basket filled with great Market Day items. To order pick up an order sheet in the back of church or visit marketday.com
Just a reminder that all our local Catholic cemeteries will close at on December 24th and be closed all day December 25th and 26th.
Need a tax
break? Donate your car, SUV, Van, motorcycle or boat to St.
Vincent de Paul. The
St. Mary’s School Notes:
· Christmas break December 21-
· Anyone wishing to sponsor a child for the 2005-06 school year please contact Nancy Auer at 445-9668.