THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
SATURDAY, December 15,
Parishioners of St.
SUNDAY, December 16, Third Sunday of Advent
MONDAY, December 17
Gn. 49:2, 8-10; Mt. 1:1-17
Evening Prayer & Rosary
Jer. 23:5-8; Mt. 1:18-25
Evening Prayer & Rosary
Evening Prayer & Rosary
Helen & Pat Russell
SATURDAY, December 22,
SUNDAY, December 23, Fourth Sunday of Advent
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,
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 here at our penance service.
December 16 at at St. Brigid’s
December 18 and
20 at at
SPECIAL ST. LEO EVENT: Mass will be celebrated at on December 22nd. The St. Leo crèche (without the holy family) will be blessed. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from to 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 Family Mass invites you to participate in the music of the Mass. Choir and instrumentalists should come to rehearsal December 16th from to . 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 on the 24th!
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 22-23 (4th Sunday Of The Month)
DATE ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
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
Dec. 23 C.Hall,, J.Vogt, S. Jeffrey, K.Hanson, T.Lawler,
R. & J. Vogt K.Haytas K.Hall, M.Lovett, D.Martello
& Donuts December 23: Knights of
Annual Christmas Tree Sale at St.
Thank you for all of your kindness
and generosity to St.
"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
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.
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
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
Activities coming up at St.
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 until
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 through , the Sunday shifts are from through . Please fill out the volunteer tear out and put in the collection basket.