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

MONDAY, December 24, Christmas Eve

2 Sm. 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk. 1:67-79

   12:00 noon  Leo LaPointe

Vigil Mass -  Is. 62:1-5; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt. 1:1-25

     4:00 p.m.  William Goodwin

     6:00 p.m.  John & Hilda Kulzer

Midnight Mass - Is 9:1-6; Ti 2:11-14; Lk. 2:1-14

    12:00 Midnight         Living and Deceased of the Fred Michael Family

TUESDAY, December 25, Christmas Day

Is 52:7-10; Heb. 1:1-6; Jn. 1:1-18

     10:00 a.m.         St. Mary’s Parishioners

WEDNESDAY, December 26, Stephen, first martyr

Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Mt. 10:17-22

  12:00 noon   Millie Veit

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

THURSDAY, December 27, John, apostle

1 Jn. 1:1-4; Jn. 20:1a, 2-8

      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 28, Holy Innocents, martyrs

1 Jn. 1:5-2:2; Mt. 2:13-18

    12:00 noon     Hank Russell

     5:00 p.m.  Evening Prayer & Rosary

SATURDAY, December 29,

     3:00 – 3:30 Confessions

     4:00 p.m.  Rita Plageman

     6:00 p.m.  Dewald/Dyer Wedding

SUNDAY, December 30, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary &

Sir 3:2-7, 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Mt. 2:13-15              Joseph

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

                            Coffee & Donuts

    11:30 a.m.      John Heider

      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 24, 31; Bi-weekly: December 24; Monthly December 1 or 15, Christmas December 24.

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.

Adopt-A Family: Thank you so much for helping 11 families this Christmas! We helped 35 kids, many of whom needed essentials such as winter coats, shoes, and basic clothing. It certainly will be a merry Christmas for these families due to your generosity and love for neighbor. St. Mary’s parishioners are always so wonderful and giving. 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.

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

Christmas Mass schedule:

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.

January 1 2008, The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a holy day of obligation this year.

Mass on January 1st is at 10:00 a.m.

LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 29-30  (5th Sunday Of The Month)

                  DATE          ALTAR SERVER                   LECTOR                       EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS                  

4:00 PM      Dec. 29       J.LaMotte,                            J.LaMotte                       D.Smeltzer, S.Holleran, J. & J., Sauer,

                                    C.Peruzzi                             T.Nierman                      M.Campbell, E.Holleran                              

9:00 AM      Dec. 30       M.DuVall,                             R.Driscoll                       F.Melton, A.Metoyer, M.A.Metnes, C.Reis,

                                    R. & J. Vogt                          M.K.Oris                       S.Naegele, C.Redwood, B.Hilsheimer, M.Vogt

11:30 AM    Dec. 30       A.Bartholomew,                     P.Mortimer,                   A.VanHorn, S.Brown, D.VanHorn,

                                    V.Relli, N.Mattox                   M.Kelly                          L.Duren, P.Mortimer, S.Thompson        

Coffee & Donuts December 30: J. & P. Kenneh                                       Pray for our men and women in uniform 

Thank you for your support of the Annual St. Mary’s Christmas Tree Sale Special thanks go to all our faithful volunteers.


Religious Retirement: The average Catholic sister, brother, or order priest remains in active ministry until age 74. Today, 37,870 women and men religious are past age 70 and need our help with current high cost of living and health care. Please place your special envelope in the collection basket.

Advent: In both the first reading and the Gospel, we hear the word Emmanuel—God with us. Isaiah the prophet warns King Ahaz not to turn his back on God's intervention on behalf of the people; God wants to "be with us." That divine intervention becomes personal in Jesus Christ, as the very human story of Joseph and Mary in Matthew's Gospel makes clear. That presence of God with us is at the very heart of the Christmas celebration.

At Christmastime we naturally turn to one another at work, at home, and even on the street to wish greetings of peace and happiness. But there are also those who feel alone or abandoned. The central message of this season is Emmanuel, "God with us." Let's be generous in sharing God's gift of relationship with others.

 “Reprinted from Sunday Soundbites by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Fourth Sunday of Advent (A) December 23, 2007. Used by permission of St. Anthony Messenger Press, 28 W. Liberty St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-488-0488. All rights reserved.”

St. Ladislas Church on the southside of Columbus will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2008.  They are in the process of collecting names and notifying past students, parishioners, teachers and religious affiliates to include in their parish directory to be distributed next year at the festivities.

 If you were a member of St. Ladislas Church and/or a student of the school, please email them at  or call Tony 471-5046, Marian at 491-0716 or Katie at 497-9646. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and permission to publish this information.  If you attended school please include years you attended and graduated.  If you do not want your information published, please contact them so they can inform you of upcoming centennial celebration events thank you.

Bishop Hartley Class of 1983 - Planning for the 25th reunion is underway. The reunion is planned for the weekend of August 8, 2008. If you are a graduate of the class of 1983, then we are looking for you! Please contact Karen (Kurgis) Laws at or (614) 361-5370.

For a great stocking stuffer buy that special someone tickets to the Gala!!!  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 Saint Mary SchoolTickets are $100 each. For more information on how to purchase tickets go to our Web site or call 444-8994. Cash, check or credit card accepted 


Win a $5,000 tuition scholarship to any school!!!  That’s right, the $5,000 scholarship will be paid directly to ANY school – preschool, elementary school, high school or college – towards a designated tuition bill for the 2008-2009 school year or it may be deposited directly into a 529 account.  This includes out-of-state schools too! Tickets cost $20 each and may be purchased in the school office or by calling 444-8994.

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.



Merry Christmas to you and your kin!

St. Mary Parish Staff




Activities coming up at St. Mary’s:

·       School students and staff are on Christmas break 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: 12/815-16                  Envelopes        $3,262.00

                                                     Loose Change            753.00

                                                     ECO                           545.00

                                                         Total                  $4,560.00

Immaculate Conception $70.00

Religious Retirement       92.00

Christmas                       390.00

Diocesan Charities           33.00

Bingo Deposit 12/16   .2,347.00


Thank you to those who worked Bingo December 16th: Dick Hilsheimer, Suzanne Martello, John LaMotte, Karen Durano, Don Duvall, Tim Hal, Dave Keen. Kitchen: Anna Collins, Theresa & Greg Ellen, Eileen Hoffman. BAKERS: Kelly Mullins Thornton, Sheila Naegele.

Please remember to honor your bingo commitment!

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