SUNDAY, December 2, First Sunday of Advent

Is. 2:1-5; Rom. 13:11-14; Mt. 24:37-44

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

                            Coffee & Donuts

    11:30 a.m.      Parishioners of St. Mary’s

       2:00 p.m.     Maennerchor concert

      7:00 p.m.  Bingo

MONDAY, December 3, Francis Xavier, priest

Is. 4:2-6; Mt. 8:5-11

  7:50 a.m.  Morning Chapel

   12:00 noon Millie Veit

      5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer & Rosary

TUESDAY, December 4, John of Damascus, bishop, doctor

Is. 11:1-10; Lk. 10:21k-24

    12:00 noon     Rita Plageman

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

WEDNESDAY, December 5,

Is. 25:6-10; Mt. 15:29-37

     9:45 a.m.     John Heider (All School Mass)

  12:00 noon   Jim Hoblet

      5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     6:00 p.m. Bible Study (Specht Center)

     7:00 p.m. RCIA (Atrium/Burkley Center)

     7:00 p.m.  Choir rehearsal

THURSDAY, December 6, Nicholas, bishop

Is. 46:1-6; Mt. 7, 21, 24-27

      5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     6:00 p.m.   Adoration at Corpus Christi

     6:30 p.m.  Mass at Corpus Christi

FRIDAY, December 7, Ambrose, bishop, doctor

Is. 29:17-24; Mt. 9:27-31

12:00 noon         O’Neil & Collins Families

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

     5:00 p.m.  Chili and Carols school gym

SATURDAY, December 8, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

   10:00 a.m.  Leo LaPointe

     3:00 – 3:30 Confessions

     4:00 p.m.  Laurene Kennedy

SUNDAY, December 9, Second Sunday of Advent

Is. 11:1-10; Rom. 15:4-9; MT. 3:1-12

      9:00 a.m.      Parishioners of St. Mary’s

                            Coffee & Donuts

    11:30 a.m.      Living & Deceased of the Carone Family

                            Daugherty baptism

      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: Evelyn Spiert, Donna Whitacre

At Home: Catherine Allen Charlie Campbell, Josephine Calabro, Fred Courtney, Anna Czernik, Sondra Fisher-Goodwin, Judy Hall, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Tim McManus, Al Moeller, Mary Ann Prager, Frank Pulsinelli, Rita Redwood, Larry Schwartz, Tyler Zust.


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.

ECO (Electronic Contributions Option) Program is always open for new sign-ups. See the information at the rear of church or call the parish office. ECO –schedule: Weekly, December 3, 10, 17, 24; Bi-weekly: December 10, & 24; Monthly December 1 or 15, Christmas December 24.

Get into the Holiday Spirit! Come hear the Columbus Maennerchor choir annual Christmas concert at St. Mary’s Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free!    

Holy Day of Obligation: December 8th the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a day of obligation. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning December 8th.

Penance Service: Join us for the Sacrament of Penance at 2:00 p.m. on December 16th.

Christmas Remembrances – forms are available in the back of church for names to be remembered in the Christmas bulletin. Contributions will be used for Christmas flower decorations. Please complete the form and return to the church office or place in the collection basket by December 18th.

Due to early bulletin deadlines from now until after the first of the year. Please submit bulletin information at least two weeks before the intended print date. Thank you.

Year-end: 2007 contribution statements will be mailed by January 31st. Please make sure that all 2007 contributions are in the parish office by December 31st.

LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 8 & 9  (2nd Sunday Of The Month)

                  DATE          ALTAR SERVER                   LECTOR                       EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS                  

4:00 PM      Dec. 8        A. Price,                               D. Smeltzer                   D. & L. Mitchell, F. Melton,

                                    M. Hayes, K. Lawler              S. Hayes                      D.Alexander, C.Rees, 1 needed                  

9:00 AM      Dec. 9        M.Badurina,                          R.Helon                        G.Bowman, C.Goodall, S.Thibaut, P.Kenneh,

                                    C.Collins, T.Carter                 J.Kenneh                      E.Hoffman, C., M., & E., McKernan             

11:30 AM    Dec. 9         K.Dawson,                           M.Hicks,                       K.Hanson, P.Kienle, K. Hall, T.Lawler,

                                    S.Agra, T.Zervas                   L.Bonner                       S.Perry, S.Thompson                                 

Coffee & Donuts December 9: F. Melton, M.Gerlach                          Pray for our men and women in uniform 

Save the Date!  Our 3rd Annual Saint Mary Gala & Auction will take place January 26th at The Columbus Athenaeum.  The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with the opening of our Silent Auction and cocktail hour.  Enjoy dinner, live music and dancing!  This year, WBNS TV10 news anchor and longtime German Village resident, Andrea Cambern, will be joining us as our Master of Ceremonies.   All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School.   For more information go to or call 444-8994. 

Village Lights December 9, 2007 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Stroll, shop, dine, and enjoy the sight of 10,000 luminaries sprinkled all over the German Village area. Many shops and stores will be open for business, but you can also enjoy the evening just by strolling the charming Village streets and looking at the Christmas decorations in one of Ohio’s most celebrated neighborhoods. St. Mary Church and School are part of this event!

~Our Third Street sidewalk will be lit with luminaries ~Our Christmas Tree sale will be in full swing

 ~Our beautiful, historic church will be open for visitors.

~Our hand bell choir will be playing Christmas music in the church from 7:30 -8:30 pm.

~ Our Youth Group will hold a BAKE SALE near the Christmas Tree Sale.


CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO: All 7th-8th graders, and High School students are invited to come view the lights at the zoo on Saturday, December 8th. Cost is $10.00. Please take a permission slip on the back bulletin board or RSVP to Father Thomas at Deadline for reservations is December 5th. Please meet in the atrium December 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Youth Group News: ~ Our Youth Group will hold a BAKE SALE during the very popular Village Lights event on Sunday, December 9. High School students as well as 7th & 8th Graders are welcome to participate! Students might contribute a baked good or work the Bake Sale for an hour or so. For more details, call Ms. Ruefle in the School Library @ 443-2532 or email her at

Advent: Overwhelmed by the demands of the season, we can wait for Jesus in a state of anxiety, or cynicism, or harried indifference toward the miracle that is upon us. Or we can take our cue from the prayer we hear every Sunday and 'wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.' Welcoming Jesus into our homes and our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus' birth and anticipate his return.

Annual Christmas Tree Sale at St. Mary Columbus, 700 S. 3rd St., featuring fresh top quality Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Blue Spruce trees, wreathes and roping through December 23. M-F 2:30-9:30 p.m., Sat. Noon-9:00 p.m., Sun. Noon-6:00 p.m.  Visa and MasterCard accepted with proper ID.

Activities coming up at St. Mary’s:

v   Adopt-a-family: wish lists are available after Mass today. Please return your gift next weekend, December 8/9 or make arrangements with Jason in the office.

v   Chili & Carols December 7th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the school gym and ending at Frank Fetch Park with the 7:00 p.m. tree lighting.

v   School Advent Program Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.


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


OFFERTORY: 11/17-18              Envelopes        $3,844.00

                                                     Loose Change   1,110.00

                                                     ECO                      145.00

                                                         Total              $5,099.00

Human Development     $648.00

Catholic Times                    20.00

All Saints                             20.00

OFFERTORY: 11/24-25              Envelopes        $3,634.00

                                                     Loose Change   1,055.00

                                                     ECO                      915.00

                                                         Total              $5604.00

Human Development        $27.00

Mission Sunday                  10.00

Bingo deposit 11/18:   2,460.00

Bingo Deposit 11/25    2,214.00


Thank you to those who worked Bingo November 18th: Dick Hilsheimer, Suzanne Martello, Eileen Hoffman, Denise Sauter, Kurt Herman, Tim Hall, Jim & Kathy Morbitzer, Karen Durano, don Duvall, Dave Keen, John LaMotte, Theresa Ellen, and of course Leo Thurn  Kitchen: Anna Collins, Denise Sauter. BAKERS: Kelly Mullins-Thornton, Sheila Naegele.

Thank you to those who worked Bingo November 25th: Dick Hilsheimer, Lisa Peruzzi, Colleen & Rich Ruiz, Carolyn Regan, Peggy Fehr, Jim & Kathy Morbitzer, Denise Sauter. Kitchen: Denise Sauter, Theresa Ellen, Gary & Melissa Armstrong, Cari Angelo, Anna Collins. BAKERS: Kelly Mullins, Sheila Naegele.

Please remember to honor your bingo commitment!

We are in need of volunteers to sell trees on Saturday and Sunday - 2 hour slots. Saturday shifts range from 10:00am through 10:00pm, the Sunday shifts are from 10:00am through 6:00pm. Please fill out the volunteer tear out and put in the collection basket.

Name: ____________________________________

Phone Number: ____________________________

Email: ____________________________________

Preferred Time Slot: ________________________

Preferred Dates: ___________________________

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