THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
Sir. 48: 1 – 4, 9 – 11, Mt. 17: 9a, 10 – 13
THURSDAY, December 18,
Jer. 23: 5 – 8, Mt. 1: 18 – 25
FRIDAY, December 19,
Is. 7: 10 – 14, Lk. 1: 26 – 38
Bi-weekly: December 1, 15, 29 Monthly December 1 & 15
“How do I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me.”?
RCIA / ADULT FAITH FORMATION
The class topic for this week is “Confirmation” presented by Deacon Roger Minner. You don’t have to be investigating Catholicism to attend and grow in your knowledge of our faith. The class meets from to in the Burkley Atrium. Enter through the backdoor off of the parking lot.
CANCELLED - DECEMBER MARRIAGE INFORMATION NIGHT….due to be held on Dec. 15th has been cancelled. The next session will be held on Jan. 19th.
CHRISTMAS LITURGICAL MINISTERS NEEDED
Lectors, altar servers and extraordinary Eucharistic ministers are needed for the Christmas Masses scheduled for Dec. 24th and 25th. Please sign up on the sheets located at the back of the church under the pictures of Pope Benedict and Bishop Campbell.
TIME DATE ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
Dec. 20 Johnny Lamotte John Lamotte Chris Hilles, Pat Morris, Lois Morris,
Vince Relli Tina Nierman Andrea Fannin, Jennifer Yannayon, Open
Ruiz Rick Driscoll
Katie Murray Mary Kay Oris Cecelia Reis, Mike Chambers, Carolyn Redwood, Bertha Hilsheimer
Corey Hall Jimmy Vogt
Rebecca & Jillian Vogt Kathleen Haytas Mike & Maureen Keebaugh, Open
COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 21 – Knights of Columbus Pray for our men and women in uniform
Support our school by purchasing your Christmas tree and other holiday greenery from our Home and School Organization. Tell your friends about this opportunity!!
ATTENTION CATHOLIC WOMEN
The 2nd annual Columbus Catholic Women's Conference will be held on Sat. February 21, 2009, at the Lausche Building at the Ohio State Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus. Register early to reserve your spot. The main speaker is Rwandan holocaust survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza; second speaker is Catholic Apologist Sr. Rosalind Moss. For more information, call Eileen Fantosi at 614-457-4457.To register on-line, visit www.columbuscatholicwomen.com.
4th Annual Saint Mary Gala & Auction Early Bird Special! Want to save $20 on your ticket? Gala tickets purchased before December 31st are only $80! Enjoy an enchanting evening of great music, cocktails, food and a fantastic silent auction at the Columbus Athenaeum, Saturday, January 24th, 2009. Order forms are available in the school office, the parish office (445-9688) and the Saint Mary Website, www.stmarygv.com. Cash, check and credit card are accepted. Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities are available too! All proceeds benefit Saint Mary School!
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 2009-2010 school year or it may be deposited directly into a 529 account. This includes out-of-state schools too! Tickets only cost $20 each and may be purchased at the school or parish office. Help us sell tickets and you could win $100 if you sell the winning ticket! The winning ticket will be pulled at St. Mary's 4th Annual Gala and Silent Auction on January 24, 2009!
Vocalists who would like to participate in Midnight Mass or Christmas day services are needed. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. All voices are welcome. For more information contact Sandy Brown 443-3234.
Children who are interested in singing at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service are needed. Rehearsals will be on Sunday, December 14 and December 21 at 12:30 p.m. Contact Mrs. Monds, the music teacher at school, or Amanda Walker.
The Bells of St. Mary Handbell Choir is looking for Ringers for Midnight Mass. You do not need to be able to read music to ring, just the desire to have fun and play a musical instrument. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the bell room. Please contact Amanda Walker at email@example.com or 325-1758.
OUR YOUTH GROUP
The St. Mary Youth Group, open to 7th and 8th graders and to high school students now has a web site at stmaryyouthgroup.org.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and Midnight on Christmas Eve.
10:00 a.m. on Christmas Morning.
(The 4:00 is the most crowded, and the mass at which a lot of people have to stand.)
We are trying to organize at least five teams of bingo workers to take responsibility for the games once a month at most. Call 445-9668 to volunteer. Selling instants to folks in between bingo games is easy to learn and to do. Just two or three hours a month would be of great help.
Please help us to keep children off the stage and out of the cafeteria kitchen whenever they are not under the direct supervision of an adult (this is especially true during the coffee & doughnut hour). They are safer on the floor level of the cafeteria where they are not near natural gas stoves, meat slicers, etc.
A MUSICAL TREAT
On Sunday, December 21st, there will be mass in Polish here at St. Mary’s at 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m. two nationally known musicians will perform. David Niwa will perform on the violin, and Mariko Kaneda will perform on the piano. All are welcome to the mass and/or the concert.
INFORMATION IS NEEDED
Father Thomas would like to know if there are cub scouts from our school or parish and where their pack is. We are considering starting up cub scouts here, but we need this information first.
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The monthly gathering of Catholic young adults will be touring the Jubilee Museum at Holy Family this month! Join us on Tuesday, December 16 for dinner at 6 p.m. at Gresso's; then we'll head over to the museum for a 7:30 tour. For more information, visit www.theologyandapub.org or
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