SATURDAY, December 15,

     3:00 – 3:30 Confessions

     4:00 p.m.  Parishioners of St. Mary’s

SUNDAY, December 16, Third Sunday of Advent

Is. 35:1-6a, Jas. 5:7-10; Mt. 11:2-11

      9:00 a.m.      Kathrina “Kay” Darlington

                            Coffee & Donuts

    11:30 a.m.      Rita Plageman

       2:00 p.m.     Penance Service        

      7:00 p.m.  Bingo

MONDAY, December 17

Gn. 49:2, 8-10; Mt. 1:1-17

  7:50 a.m.  Morning Chapel

   12:00 noon John Heider

      5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer & Rosary

TUESDAY, December 18,

Jer. 23:5-8; Mt. 1:18-25

    12:00 noon     O’Neil & Collins Families

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

WEDNESDAY, December 19,

Jgs. 13:2-7, 24-25; Lk. 1:5-25

     9:45 a.m.     Laurene Kennedy (All School Mass)

  12:00 noon   Jim Hoblit

      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 20,

Is. 7:10-14; Lk. 1:26-38

      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 21,

Sg. 2:8-14; Lk. 1:39-45

               NO SCHOOL

12:00 noon         Helen & Pat Russell

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

SATURDAY, December 22,

     3:00 – 3:30 Confessions

     4:00 p.m.  Mary Jo McCarthy

SUNDAY, December 23, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Is. 35:1-6a, Jas. 5:7-10; Mt. 11:2-11

      9:00 a.m.      Roberta Cataline

                            Coffee & Donuts

    11:30 a.m.      St. Mary’s Parishioners (Doppes Baptism)

                            (Pesich Baptism)

      3:00 p.m.      Polish Mass

      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 ask a family member to call us.

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 17, 24; Bi-weekly: December 10, & 24; Monthly December 1 or 15, Christmas December 24.

The Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated:

December 16 at 2:00 here at our penance service.

December 16 at 5:30 at St. Brigid’s

December 18 and 20 at 11:15 at St. Joseph Cathedral

SPECIAL ST. LEO EVENT: Mass will be celebrated at noon on December 22nd.  The St. Leo crèche (without the holy family) will be blessed. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 5:00 to 6:00pm that same day.  Watch for other opportunities to visit the crèche in the Christmas season.

Can you assist? Readers, distributors and servers are asked to sign up today for assignments at Christmas masses.  Look for the sign up sheets near portrait of our bishop and pope.

Christmas Music: The Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Family Mass invites you to participate in the music of the Mass. Choir and instrumentalists should come to rehearsal December 16th from 12:45 to 1:45. A third rehearsal time is yet to be announced. Please plan to attend at least 2 of the 3 rehearsals and be in place and ready to sing at 3:30 p.m. on the 24th!

FYI: the Christmas Mass schedule will be:

December 22-23 -Fourth Sunday of Advent: Regular Mass Schedule 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

December 24th -Christmas Eve: 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and the traditional Midnight Mass

December 25th - Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.

The Feast of Mary, Mother of God is a day of obligation this year. Mass on January 1st is at 10:00 a.m.

LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 22-23  (4th Sunday Of The Month)

                  DATE          ALTAR SERVER                   LECTOR                       EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS                  

4:00 PM      Dec. 22       S. Regan, M.Hayes,              L.Mitchell                      D. & L. Mitchell, F.Melton, C.Rees,

                                    J.Durano                                J.Rees                          D.alexander, volunteer                                

9:00 AM      Dec. 23       M. Badurina,                         M. Keebaugh                 D. & M. Smigelski, R. & T. Thomas,

                                    A.Minner, T.Carter                 M.Keebaugh                  F. & M. Wickham, M.Gerlach, M.Kelly         

11:30 AM    Dec. 23       C.Hall,,                                 J.Vogt,                          S. Jeffrey, K.Hanson, T.Lawler,

                                    R. & J. Vogt                         K.Haytas                      K.Hall, M.Lovett, D.Martello                         

Coffee & Donuts December 23: Knights of ST. John, T. Wellington             Pray for our men and women in uniform 

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.

Thank you for all of your kindness and generosity to St. Mary’s Parish. Watch the bulletin for the date and time of our Spring Parish Appreciation Dinner – sometime in April.

"Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength."  Mother Theresa

The church will be locked up during the day of December 20th for floor polishing.  Thanks for making note of this.

Church decorating Sunday, December 23rd following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Help would be appreciated!

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

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.

Advent, which comes from the Latin word for "arrival" or "coming," is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of the Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord. The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church's "New Year's Day," at which time we change the cycle of readings we are using at Mass.

Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of penance and preparation for the great Christmas feast. The liturgical color of the season is purple, a sign of penance, which is also used during Lent. The Church discourages excessive ornamentation, boisterous music and even weddings during Advent, in order to foster a sense of quiet hope.

Offices closed: The church office will close December 24 and 25, and December 31 and January 1.

Win a $5,000 Tuition Scholarship 

Don't forget to get your tickets for our limited raffle for a $5,000 tuition scholarship!  The raffle winner can apply $5000 to any educational institution for the 2008-09 school year or place the money in a designated 529 account.  It's a wonderful gift for any student.  The winning ticket will be pulled on January 26th at the 3rd Annual Gala & Auction, and you need not be present to win.  But hurry!  ONLY 500 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!  Tickets cost $20 each and may be purchased in the school office or by calling 444-8994.

And remember to buy your tickets to attend the Gala as well!!!  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!   All proceeds benefit St. Mary School.  For more information go to our Web site or call 444-8994.

Activities coming up at St. Mary’s:

v   Adopt-a-family: Please call Jason in the parish office if you are able to help and did not pick-up a wish list.

v   School Christmas break - December 20th early dismissal at 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. January 3, 2008 when classes resume!!


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


OFFERTORY: 12/8-9                  Envelopes        $4,298.00

                                                     Loose Change   1,549.00

                                                     ECO                      915.00

                                                         Total             $6,762.00

Immaculate Conception $1,208.00

Religious Retirement           688.00

Christmas                              40.00

Bingo Deposit 12/9   3,124.00


Thank you to those who worked Bingo December 8th: Dick Hilsheimer, Jim Morbitzer, Kelly Mullins Thornton, Denise Sauter, Patty Eakin, Dave Keen, Rita & Don Alexander. Kitchen: Denise Sauter, Chris Davis. BAKERS: Kelly Mullins Thornton, Sheila Naegele, Lee Brelle.

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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