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
Home: Evelyn Spiert, Donna
At Home :Catherine Allen, Charlie Campbell,Josephine Calabro, Frank Carrick, Judy Hall,Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Mary Laubenthal,
Tim McManus, Al Moeller, Mary Ann Prager, Larry Schwartz, Tyler Zust, Rita Ann
McCreary, James Johnson,John Wuichner, Jeff Buskey, Betty Friedlinghaus, Charles
If you are admitted to a
hospital St. Mary’s
may not be notified. Please ask a family member to call us.
Option) Program is always open for new sign-ups. See the information at the
rear of church or call the parish office. A
–schedule: Weekly: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Bi-weekly: December 1, 15,
29Monthly December 1 & 15
“How do I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me.”?
Due to the early
Christmas - New Year printing deadlines offering and bingo receipts will be
reported next week.
& PLAY BINGO
RCIA / ADULT FAITH FORMATION
resume on January 7, 2009.
The quarterly Jordon Conference session for parents who wish
to have a child baptized will be held on January 27, 2009 at in the Atrium. Please contact the
parish office at 445-9668 to confirm your attendance.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS - CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR
will be closed on the following days for the New Year holiday:January 1- 2.
office hours will resume on January 5, 2009.
SPECIAL APPEAL for BINGO HELP
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.
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for January 3 - 4
(1st Sunday of the Month)
TIMEDATEALTAR SERVERLECTOREXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
3Jonathan EngleOpenDon Smeltzer, Jim
Sauer, Jeanne Sauer,
Tim EngleAnn GrafMarissa Campbell, Jennifer
Hadden, Frances Melton
CollinsAnnie RuefleJack Auer,
Christina Badurina, Eli Disabato, Mike Gerlach
4Anthony BartholomewTom MartelloAshley VanHorn, Donna VanHorn, Sandy Brown
& Maria MartelloPat DineenLinnan Duren, Pam Mortimer, David Martello
& DOUGHNUTS: January 4 – Luisa Schurtz & Julie OrzanoPray for our
men and women in uniform
REMINDERS AND UPDATES
ATTENTION CATHOLIC WOMEN
The 2nd annual Columbus
Catholic Women's Conference will be held on Sat. February 21, 2009, at the LauscheBuilding at the OhioStateExpoCenter, 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.
YOUTH GROUP WEBPAGE….the St. Mary Youth Group, open to 7th and 8th
graders and to high school students now has a web site at stmaryyouthgroup.org.
INFORMATION IS NEEDED
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to our
4th Annual Saint Mary Gala & Auction Honored Guests: Frank and Mary Wickham
and Ray and Terry Thomas! Come join them in the celebration and honor
their many years of dedication to our St. Mary Parish. Enjoy an enchanted
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 SaintMaryWebsite, www.stmarygv.com. Cash, check and credit card are
accepted. Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities are available
too! All proceeds benefit SaintMarySchool!
Here's a Great Holiday Gift Idea! Give
a raffle ticket to 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. Only 500 tickets will be
sold. Get them while they last! The winning ticket will be pulled
at St. Mary's 4th Annual Gala and Silent Auction
on January 24, 2009! You do not need to be present to
win. Help us sell tickets and you could win $100 if you sell the
COLUMBUS LITERACY COUNCIL
Columbus Literacy Council provides free instruction to adults in reading and
English as a second language and depends on volunteers to help with tutoring or
other support services. For additional information about enrolling in a program
or to learn more about volunteer opportunities call 614.221.5013 or visit the CLC web site at www.columbusliteracy.org
LIVING with BENEDICT WEEKENDS
Benedictine Monks of St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland will be holding “Living with
Benedict” vocation discernment weekend for men between the age of 18 – 45 on
Jan. 30 - Feb.
1, 2009. For
additional information contact
at 216.721.5300, ext. 210.
the HOLY FAMILY
Appropriately, the Church places the Feast of
the Holy Family on the weekend following Christmas. Let us pray for our
Father, help us to live as the Holy Family,
united in respect and love. Teach us the sanctity of human love, show us the
value of family life, and help us to live in peace. We are united with Jesus,
Mary and Joseph because in your great love for us you sent your son to live in
this world and to share our human experience. Help us to love each other as you
love us, and to be more aware of those families in the world who struggle with
poverty, war, and disease. Bring us all to the joy and peace of your eternal
home. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
JANUARY 1 – WORLD DAY of PEACE
“Fighting Poverty to Build
Peace” is the theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s World Day of Peace message. To read
the statement and other material, please visit
for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, will be at
THE MARRIAGE and FAMILY LIFE OFFICE… asks you to consider
what theologian Jack Shea says: that we don’t see the world as it is – we see
the world as we are. If we hold an inner idea about life’s grimness, hurt, and
pain, that’s what we’ll find. If we hold an inner idea about life’s grace,
benevolence, and joy, that, too, is what we’ll discover. Sometimes in order to
make spiritual progress we need to let go of our old notions of how life is
supposed to be, and instead see life with God’s eyes. What better time than the
start of a New Year to align our inner sight with God’s, in order to discover
joy, notice grace, and be open to life’s benevolence?
MARRIAGE and FAMILY LIFE OFFICESESSIONS
The next eight-week workshop will
be held Thursday
evenings, from 7-9
PM, for the following dates: January 22,29, February5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, March 12, 2009, at
the Catholic Center, 197 E. Gay St, Columbus. The fee is $40 and
scholarships are available.
For additional information call the Marriage and
Family Life Office at 614/241-2560 or go to www.familylife.colsdioc.org and click on the Hurting Families link, to
print a brochure and registration form.
Natural Family Planning Workshop at St. Cecilia
A diocesan NFP
workshop will begin Tuesday evening, January 20, , at St. Cecilia Parish, 434 Norton Rd., Columbus.The
five-session workshop, offered through the Marriage and Family Life Office,
will continue on February 3 and 17, March 24, and April 21.Cost is $60 per
couple and includes all instructional materials; financial assistance is
available.For more information or to
register for the workshop, contact the Marriage and Family Life Office
at (614)241-2560 or FLOMailbox@colsdioc.org.