SATURDAY, December 3

         3:00 p.m.          Confession

       4:00 p.m.          Fr. Ted Thomas  


SUNDAY, December 4

       9:00 a.m.         St. Francis Xavier Society  

                                      4-S Club presentation                                                                                                                   

                                      Coffee & doughnuts 

     11:30 a.m.            Parishioners of St. Mary

         2:00 p.m.          Christmas Concert- St. Mary Bell Choir and Maennerchor Choir

         7:00 p.m.          Bingo


MONDAY, December 5

                                      No Mass


TUESDAY, December 6

       5:30 p.m.                   Fr. Ted Thomas  

       6:00 p.m.            Choir practice (11:30 choir)


WEDNESDAY, December 7

     8:20 a.m.             Patrick McCarthy   

      7:00 p.m.             Choir practice (9:00 choir)

      7:00 p.m.             RCIA – Atrium

      7:00 p.m.             Bible study – Specht Center



THURSDAY, December 8-The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

     8:20 a.m.             Margaret Campbell 

     5:30 p.m.             Charlene Schultz   


FRIDAY, December 9

      7:00 a.m.           Patrick McCarthy   


SATURDAY, December 10

          1:00 p.m.         Titus/Dieringer wedding

          2:30 p.m.         Murnane/Wolf wedding @ St. Leo

          3:00 p.m.         Confession

       4:00 p.m.          John H. Reis  


SUNDAY, December 11

       9:00 a.m.    Living/deceased Frank Wirth family                                                                                      

                                      Coffee & doughnuts 

     11:30 a.m.            Parishioners of St. Mary

                                      Hoblet baptism – after Mass

          2:30 p.m.         Southside Advent Penance Service

         7:00 p.m.          Bingo




OFFERTORY – November 26-27, 2011

Offertory: $4,660.00

 ECO deposits $235.00 (weekly, bi-weekly)

Total offering: $712.00

Bingo receipts: November 27: $4,081.00

Jackpot: $12,600.00



Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Please remember in your prayers:

Hospital, Nursing/Assisted Living facility:  Evelyn Spiert,

Donna Whitacre, Wilma Rose, Bea Sauer, Charles Campbell,

Florence Magoto,    

At Home:, Frank Carrick, Mary Ann Koch, Charles Walker, Ruth Neal, Dora Malyk, Rita McCreary, Reilly Gall, Frances Bobo


If you are admitted to a hospital St. Mary’s may not be notified. Please ask a family member to call the parish office. 


2011-12 RCIA

The topic of discussion at the weekly RCIA meeting will be “Mary, Our Model, Our Mother”. Maureen Keebaugh will be the presenter. If you are interested in learning more about your Catholic faith please plan to attend any or all of these sessions.  All are welcome.



The weekend of December 10-11, 2011 has been designated by our Diocese as a special collection weekend for supporting our retired religious. Please use your pre-printed envelopes or mark your donation accordingly.



We will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation next Sunday, Dec. 11th at 2:30 p.m. Please note, confessions will not be heard on Saturday, Christmas Eve.



Liturgical ministers are needed to assist at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the back of Church to help out as a lector or Extraordinary minister at one of these four (4) Masses.

We are also in need of volunteers to serve as Extraordinary ministers at our weekend masses. We have several openings, especially for the 1st and 2nd Sundays of each month. Please contact the parish office at 445-9668 or email  if interested in serving.


The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN….December 8th. Masses will be celebrated at 8:20 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.




LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 10-11, 2011 (2nd Sunday of the Month)


Extraordinary Ministers are reminded to cleanse the vessels after each Mass


TIME                ALTAR SERVER                  LECTOR                               EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER                              SACRISTAN

4:00 P.M.        Travis Marx                               Sherrie Hayes                              Lori and Dave Mitchell, Carol Rees,

                        Michael Hatem, open                  open                                         Don Smeltzer, John Tagnesi, open                                                               Amanda Walker

9:00 A.M.       Anthony Metnes                       Don Metnes                           Shirley Thibaut, Jennifer Yannayon, Eileen Hoffman

               Matthew Eyerman, Michael Gain          Marge Smigelski                      Christa McKernan, Chris Thibaut, open, open, open                              Ginny Holleran

11:30 A.M.      Vince Relli                                   Mike Hicks                                    Katie Lawler, Maria Martello, Tina Hall      

                       Sam Agra, Corey Hall                        Devin Russell                                Pamela Makowski, open, open                                                                   Suzi Foster     


COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 11-Chuck and Jean Bryan                                 Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 2nd Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Carolyn Fenneman





Ř  The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass schedule is as follows: Christmas Eve Mass times are 4:00 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. and Midnight. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.

Ř  2012 GALA UPDATE: St. Mary Gala on Jan. 28.  Tickets are $100 each or $750 for a table of 10. For tickets, contact the parish office at 445-9668 or email


2012 PARISH DIRECTORY: If you have moved, changed your phone number, married, or had a new baby please contact the parish office at 445-9668 or email this information to

Plans are in the works for our 2012 directories.


ELECTRONIC DONATION: Just a reminder, that the option of donating to the church via an automatic withdrawal is available at any time throughout the year.  You can set your contribution up on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Please contact the parish office if interested.


Our new Organist/Choir Director, Bianca De Maria is recruiting voices for the Sunday
9:00 Mass.  Please consider joining us for fun, fellowship and music-making!  Rehearsals are held weekly, on Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with a 'warm-up' time on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m. This is a wonderful way to participate and give your talent to the St. Mary community.

Previous choral singing experience is preferred but NOT required.  (Note - High School students are indeed welcome!)  If interested please call the parish office for more information. 







There are still many gift request and gift cards for food and gas located on the table at the back of Church. The Adopt-a-Family team will again be at the back of Church after each of the weekend Masses. If you can take just one we can, together, bring the gift of Christmas to families that are struggling in these difficult times. Volunteers are needed throughout this campaign that will run until Dec. 18th. If you can spare some time to help please contact Pam Schaal at or call the parish office.



ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC RADIO IS MOVING: to AM 820. On Tuesday, December 20th at 6 p.m., St. Gabriel Radio will be moving to its new, permanent home on AM 820.  This new AM 820 signal is much stronger and will reach your parish both day and night!  So, set AM 820 as your radio preset and enjoy inspirational Catholic programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting December 20th.  And, just in time for Christmas.



Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of the 2011 Celebrating Catholic School Virtues Gala.  This year, more than $230,000 was raised; 100% of those funds will be used for tuition assistance in the 2012/13 academic year.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 7, 2012 and join us in celebrating Catholic schools while striving to meet the needs of tuition assistance.  Again, thank you.



The quarterly Jordon Conference for parents who wish to have a child baptized will be held on Tues. January 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the atrium. Please contact the parish office at 445-9668 or email Ann at to confirm your attendance.



A Prayer for Priests
Most gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people.

May our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, for their families, and for all your people throughout the world. May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and their good works.

Assist all spiritual fathers, that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth. May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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Your contribution in honor of a loved one, living or deceased, will be used toward purchase of flowers for St. Mary Christmas season decorations.


Names to be included in the Christmas bulletin insert:

Please print





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Donor name:                                                                                                   

Amount enclosed: $                           


If additional lines are needed please attach your list to this form. You may drop this form into the offering basket or return to the parish office.

Deadline for your response is December 14th

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