HOME VISITATION: If you know of someone that needs to be added to the list for home visitation please contact the parish office.
RCIA will be on a two (2) week hiatus with regular
meetings resuming on
will suspend their Thursday evening practices for the next two (2) weeks.
Practice will resume on
ü The Parish office will be closed on Dec. 24-25-26. The office will be open until on Dec. 27. The following week we will be open until on New Year’s Eve; closed on Jan. 1-2; open until on Jan. 3. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Mangers at the
Museum: Come see
the large display of nativity sets from around the world at the
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
A team of people will gather to decorate the Church on Monday, December 23rd at 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.
5TH SUNDAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS
There is a signup sheet at the rear of Church for 5th Sunday liturgical ministers. We do not have a regular rotation for 5th Sundays and need help in covering all the Masses.
Extraordinary Ministers are reminded to cleanse the vessels after each Mass
TIME ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER SACRISTAN
Please see the 5th Sunday sign-up sheet at the rear of Church Frances Melton
Ø Prayers after Mass: following
each Mass please kneel and prayer the following prayers: The Our Father, The
Hail Mary, The Glory Be and the Prayer to St. Michael the
Collection counters for the 5th Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Carolyn Fenneman
In your charity please pray for the soul of Pat Davis, building superintendent, who worked on the new projects here at St. Mary. His funeral was held at St. Brigid's. Please also prayer for the soul of Barbara Kowalski. She and her husband, Fred, cared for Fr. Linowski in their home. Her funeral was offered Thursday in a Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Family. May they rest in peace!
Take time to visit Mangers at the Museum. The Museum has regular visiting hours on Saturday from and Sun There will also be a tour on Christmas Day at . There are over 100 Nativities on display. There will be a contest and prices for counting them (not as easy as you think, adults are also eligible for prizes). The smallest Nativity is the size of a walnut!
Please pray for people who are having a difficult time at Christmas, especially the poor, the lonely, those who have suffered recent losses and those who are struggling with any burdens.
The Lord be with you!
Fr. Kevin F. Lutz
From the Cat at 684 South Third...
This is my sixteenth year as a creature of God. I calculate my age by the number of Christmas trees I've climbed. As I get older, I look as pathetic climbing the tree as Fr. Lutz does climbing the stairs. I am glad many of you came last week to my house. I hope you enjoyed my tree and noticed that I had not broken any ornaments this year. Many of you came and enjoyed the cookies and hot cider. I do not understand your sense of taste. Cider doesn't taste anything like tuna juice (my preference)! The rectory will be open again this weekend after all the Masses. Please enter by the front door.
Sometimes when I am up on the windowsill, I like to watch the school children playing. They're as cute as kittens! If I had opposable thumbs and pockets, I would whip out my checkbook and write an extra-generous check this Christmas for the support of the school. If you choose to, you might put in the memo, "in honor of Raphael." I may get some extra treats!
-Raphael the Cat
We are looking for choir members and instrumentalist for our Christmas Eve masses.
4:00 p.m. Children’s Mass: we will practice after the Mass on Sunday, December 22nd. Children
in the 2nd grade or older, are encouraged to join the choir
Ø Mass: singers are needed for this Mass. Contact Choir Director Bianca De Maria at 614-445-9668 for details. Rehearsal for the Mass is Sunday, Dec. 22nd at Instrumentalist are also welcome, please contact Bianca De Maria.
MEN! THE CASTUS
SOCIETY… is a
fellowship of those whose primary purpose is to live a chaste life that is in
harmony with their vocations and strives to help others achieve these same
goals. We meet and share our experience, strength and hope every Monday
at in the Atrium. All are welcome!
For additional information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-918-8299.
5th SUNDAY-SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL COLLECTION
As is our tradition on 5th Sundays’ throughout the year we ask for your donations to support St. Vincent de Paul. This organization reaches out to meet the needs of those in our community who are struggling in these difficult economic times. Please be generous. Use your preprinted envelopes for your gift or note your contribution accordingly.
DECEMBER 25–CHRISTMAS CATHOLIC CHARITIES COLLECTION
The annual collection for diocesan Catholic Charities will be taken up on Christmas. This collection allows the diocese to meet a variety of basic needs directly and through diocesan agencies and organizations including J.O.I.N. (Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs), St. Stephen’s Community House, Catholic
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR:
The annual Saint Mary Gala & Auction which will be
Hold My Hand
While Mary holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux