SATURDAY, December 15

          3:00 p.m.         Confession

         4:00 p.m.         John H. Reis  


 SUNDAY, December 16

       9:00 a.m.           Frank Wirth family   

                                      Coffee & doughnuts

      11:30 a.m.           Parishioners of Saint Mary

      2:00 p.m.  Advent Penance Service @ Corpus Christi

      3:00 p.m.            Polish Mass

       7:00 p.m.         Bingo


MONDAY, December 17

                                       No Mass

      7:00 p.m.              St. Mary School Christmas program


TUESDAY, December 18

    5:30 p.m.              Catherine Goodall   

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

     6:00 p.m.               Scouts - Specht


WEDNESDAY, December 19

     8:20 a.m.             Virginia “Jennie” Riedy  

      6:00 p.m.             Bible study – Specht Center

      6:30 p.m.             Choir practice (9:00 choir)

      7:00 p.m.             RCIA – Atrium


THURSDAY, December 20

     5:30 p.m.             Leah Grote    


 FRIDAY, December 21 – Saint Peter Canisius

    7:00 a.m.             Helen and Pat Russell   


SATURDAY, December 22

          3:00 p.m.         Confession

         4:00 p.m.         Mary Jo McCarthy  


 SUNDAY, December 23

       9:00 a.m.           Arthur Metnes   

                                      Coffee & doughnuts

      11:30 a.m.           Parishioners of Saint Mary

        7:00 p.m.         Bingo




OFFERTORY – December8-9, 2012

Envelopes: 122 @ $4,502.00

Non- envelope donation: $2,938.00

 ECO donations: 17 @ $787.00 (weekly, bi-weekly)

Total offering: $8,227.00

Amount needed to meet expenses: $7,398.00

Bingo receipts: December 9 – gross $2,195.00

Jackpot: $8,375.00



Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Please remember in your prayers:

Hospital, Nursing/Assisted Living facility:   Donna Whitacre, Wilma Rose, Bea Sauer, Marge Stec, Martha Goodwin, Dick Zollner Mary Ann Neymeyer

At Home: Charles Walker, Ruth Neal, Dora Malyk, Rita Malyk McCreary, Reilly Gall, Sharon Kirby, Frances Grispino. Francis Bobo, Joanne Elgin, Philip Conci, Betty Albert, Ben Weilbacher, Mary Sailor, Heidi Wooley, Stuart Sinn


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


2012-2013 RCIA

The topic of this week’s RCIA session is “The Sacrament of Confirmation/Gifts of the Holy Spirit”.  The presenter is Mike Keebaugh. If you know of anyone that is interested in learning about the Catholic faith then the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is for you. All are welcome. For more information please contact RCIA Directors Mike or Maureen Keebaugh. Contact Mike @ 614-323-6715 or . Contact Maureen @ 614-323-7293 or



Ø  Saturday, Dec. 15-celebrated after 4:00 Mass

Sarli family; daughter Josephine


Kraner family; daughter Leighton

Ø  Sunday, Dec. 30-celebrated after 11:30 Mass

                    Bryant family; daughter Margaret Rose



The parish office will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 21st, 24th and 25th. Regular office hours will resume on Dec. 26th.

The following weekend for New Year the office will close on Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st, with regular hours resuming on Jan. 2nd.



Lectors, altar servers, and Eucharistic ministers are needed for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. Please sign up on the sign in sheet at the rear of the Church.


2013 CALENDARS….are available at the rear of the Church or in the parish office.




LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 22-23, 2012 (4th 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.       Juan Durano                                          Lori Mitchelll                                       John Lamotte, Don Alexander

                     Evan Armstrong, Ivra Bass                        John Rees                                              Rita Alexander Mary Minerd                                  Ginny Holleran

9:00 A.M.      Natasha Mattox                                       Mike Keebaugh                                 Dave & Marge Smigelski, Ray & Terry Thomas                       

             Dominic Mattox, Trinity Mattox                      Maureen Keebaugh                                     Cecelia Reis, Mike Chambers                   Jacquelyn Carone    

11:30 A.M.      Mary Weilbacher                                  open                                                     Angie Stoller, Ann Anderson

                         Katie Price, Travis Tilley                             Olivia DePassio                                 Sandra Thompson, Tyler Lawler                  Jacquelyn Carone                      


COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 23 – Elizabeth and Ogbe Aideman              Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 4th Sunday of the month: Lin Duren and Frances Melton





Both our Bible study group and the RCIA class will suspend their weekly sessions during the Christmas/New Year holiday. There will be no RCIA or Bible study on Dec. 26, 2012 or Jan. 2, 2013. Regular meetings for both these groups will resume on Jan. 9, 2013.


ST. MARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS                   


The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will present the annual St. Mary Christmas program in Church on Monday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. 



A team of people will gather to decorate the Church   immediately following the 11:30 a.m. Mass on December 23rd. All are welcome and many are needed. If you can spare an hour or so to decorate the Sanctuary please see Amanda Walker or contact the parish office.





Ø  Advent Penance Service is scheduled for Dec. 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi.

Ø  The wedding music workshop held monthly on the third Monday of each month will not meet in December.

Ø  Christmas Eve, 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. and Midnight (note this is a slight change from previous years)

Ø  Christmas Day @ 10:00 a.m.

Ø  There will be no 8:20 a.m. Mass on December 26, 2012 and January 2, 2013.

Ø  There will be Mass at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and at 10:00 a.m. on January 1, 2013, this is a Holy Day of Obligation.


CATHOLIC RECORD SOCIETY… founded in 1974, is dedicated to the history of the Diocese of Columbus and to bring to light the heroism of those who laid the foundation of today's Diocese of Columbus. The Society also supports the Diocesan Archives, which preserves the official records of the Diocese.  Meetings are held quarterly. Society members receive a calendar year subscription to the monthly Bulletin, the “Barquilla de la Santa Maria”, which contains invaluable records and excellently written accounts and illuminations of the people and events of the historic Diocese of Columbus.  The Society maintains a wide variety of materials and records and responds to individuals seeking genealogical information or information on the history of the Diocese of Columbus - parishes, institutions, religious orders, clergy, etc.  Basic membership is $12 with digital Bulletin, $25 with paper Bulletin, and an Institutional Subscription is $35.   Please send check or money order before December 31, 2012 to Catholic Record Society, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Also contact us by phone at 614-241-2571 or by email


Lord, in the spirit of Isaiah we yearn for Christ's coming. We pray that, with Mary's intercession, we will banish evil from our hearts and seek always what is good and just. We praise you, Lord, for the opportunity to think of you during our advent journey with Mary.




The St. Francis Center, located in McArthur, Ohio, in the Southeastern part of our Diocese, serves our brothers and sisters with most basic needs of food and clothing.  The food bank warehouse from which the center purchases food remains nearly bare.  The St. Francis Center is asking for any assistance individuals and parishes are able to give.  Needed items include: peanut butter, canned fruit, rice, pasta, boxes of macaroni and cheese, canned soup, canned tomatoes, and canned corn.  Financial donations are also accepted to purchase food at local grocery stores, albeit at a much higher price than at the food bank.  Please contact Lisa Keita at 740-596-5820 or at  St. Francis Center, 108 W. Mill Street, McArthur, Ohio  45651.  God Bless you and thank you for helping us to serve our neighbors in need.


GALA 2013

Ø  We need you! Saint Mary Annual Gala & Auction needs auction items for this year’s event. Here are some ideas for donations: Gift cards (Best Buy, Amazon, Target, restaurants, etc.), tickets for sporting events or attractions, sports memorabilia, travel miles or vouchers (cash in those points!), vacation time, artwork, jewelry or one-of-a-kind creations. Use your imagination! Go to and click on the Gala logo to link to our event website to donate or contact Vanessa Fischer at (614) 604-3891 or Help us make 2013 the best gala year ever!

Ø  Are you going to the Gala? Tickets are now available online through the parish website ( by clicking the Gala logo. Cost is $100 each or get together with a group and purchase a whole table of 10 for $750. Interested in sponsorship opportunities or helping us underwrite some of our expenses? Then, contact Brian Collins at (614) 374-5894 or


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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 17th

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