SATURDAY, December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe

          3:30 p.m.             Confession

         4:00 p.m.       Betty Friedlinghaus  


 SUNDAY, December 13

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.          Barb Faherty    

                             Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.        Parishioners of Saint Mary   


MONDAY, December 14 – Saint John of the Cross

        7:00 p.m.              The Castus Society – Atrium

         7:00 p.m.               Knights of Columbus – Burkley 2nd floor


TUESDAY, December 15

        8:15 a.m.        Mary Michael and Helen Lambert    – Latin Mass

        5:30 p.m.       Betty Contosta   

       6:30 p.m.              Choir practice – Christmas rehearsal


WEDNESDAY, December 16

        5:30 p.m.       Celebrant Intention     Latin Mass

         6:30 p.m.              9:00 a.m. Choir rehearsal

         6:30 p.m.              Scouts - Specht

        7:00 p.m.             RCIA – Jubilee Museum tour


THURSDAY, December 17

        5:30 p.m.        Bernard Billet     


FRIDAY, December 18

         8:15 a.m.       Patrick Mooney    


SATURDAY, December 19

         1:30 p.m.           Tank/Jewett wedding

          3:30 p.m.             Confession

         4:00 p.m.        Elaine & Carlton Ray and the living/deceased of the Anderson-Ray families  


 SUNDAY, December 20

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.          Betty Contosta  

                             Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.             Parishioners of Saint Mary    

        3:00 p.m.       Polish Mass




“SERMON ON THE AMOUNT” – December 5-6, 2015

Envelopes: $4672.00

Non- envelope donation: $3550.00

ECO donations: $932.00 (weekly, bi-weekly)

Total offering: $9154.00

Amount needed to meet expenses: $7,398.00


Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Please remember in your prayers:

Hospital, Nursing/Assisted Living facility:    

Dick Zollner, Toni Neal, Willbert Neal, Ruth Neal, Patricia Sauer


At home: Charles Walker, Dora Malyk, Sharon Kirby, Francis Bobo, Joanne Elgin, Philip Conci, Mary Sailor, Heidi Wooley, Pat Dineen, Donna Whitaker, Michael Richard, Marina Wilson, Ed Season,

Jon Erickson, Bobby Rietenback, Barbara Sullivan

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



December 12, Giannetti family, son, Joseph

December 13: Estock family, son, Joseph

                        Basset family, son, Michael

                       Heald family, son, Jackson

December 20: Garver family, son, Luke

                       Hueckel family, son, Max

December 27: Custer family, son, Jacob

                              Jorg family, daughter, Harper


RCIA…Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Burkley Center. Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, are you curious about what Catholics believe and why?  Were you baptized Catholic but never participated in the Sacrament of Confirmation? RCIA is here for you.  Please call the parish office at 614.445.9668 or Mike (614-323-6715), Maureen (614-323-7293) Keebaugh for more information.


9:00 a.m. CHOIR MUSIC

PRELUDE: – Smith: The Desert Shall Rejoice

INTROIT: – Introit for Gaudete Sunday

OFFERTORY: – Willan: Rejoice in the Lord Alway



The food pantry items for this month continue to be toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant) in which there is a great need. Please drop your donation into the container marked SSCM in the Vestibule. In November, we served 1, 431 individuals - 339 families. We are up close to 11% this year...already above last year's totals with December still to go. Thanks to all for your donations and generosity and your continued support in helping us to serve the families in the South side.



Our middle school students will present “Doors of Salvation History-A Christmas narrative in word and song” on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. All are invited.



LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 19-20, 2015 (3rd 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.               open, open                                              John Lamotte                                      Chris Hilles, open,  

                                Abigail Gischel                                            Joel Wichtman                                           open, open                               Mary Wickham

9:00 A.M.         Lulu Collins                                            Rick Driscoll       Bertha Hilsheimer, Carolyn Redwood, Mary Wickham

                           Andrew Grosko, open                              Jon Erickson       Frances Melton, Sheila Naegele, Trevor Richards    Frances Melton   

11:30 A.M.         Anna Lynch                                          Chris Bartony                                  Carolyn Zeisler, open

                                  open, open                                          James Wiley                                      Kim Anderson, Kayla Walton            Frances Melton  

v                   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 Archangel (see the back of your Missal for a copy of this prayer)                      

COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 20 – Knights of Columbus                                Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 3rd Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Lin Duren


Notes from the Pastor


Peace and all good things!  Happy Gaudete Sunday!   Rejoice!  


The Village Lights and the musical concert by the Maennerchor was a great opening to the joy of the Christmas Season.  Corpus Christi had a Bazaar and Raffle as well as a concert sponsored by the Edgewood Civic Association.  St. Mary, St. Lad's and Corpus Christi will all be welcoming back priest-sons of the parish who will help with the Christmas schedule.  Welcome back to Fr. P. J. Shelton S. J., Fr. Dan Moloney, and Fr. Don Hope, all of whom will help with the many masses of the season.  


You are invited to the School Advent Prayer Service & Christmas program this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary Church. Also St. Ladislas will have their Christmas Party at Berwick Party House today (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m.  Check the bulletin for other events not noted here.  


The Year of Mercy has begun.  This is a special time of grace.  It is also a time to remove from your heart any old baggage including bitterness, shame, sin, and whatever is robbing you of the freedom that God wishes for you!  Many confessions will begin with the words:  "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.  It's been so many years since my last confession . . ." Trust me, you are not going to set a world's record.  A humble and contrite heart He will not spurn.  



The Lord be with you!


Fr. Kevin Lutz



From the Cat at 684 South Third Street . . .


Growing at the rate of 7 years for every human year, I am certainly feeling it lately.  My hearing is not all that it used to be.  Normally I hear the pastor come in, and I begin to chant the prayer before meals.  More recently he has managed to get his dinner, sit in front of the TV and watch the news, and I don't even know he's there until he yells at some person on the news and tells them to shut up.  We are both getting old rather ungracefully.  


I hear from the secret animal network that there are children who may not have a nice Christmas because of hard times.  I've done all I can do, namely: to make you aware.  Please be kind to the little ones and take a tag from the tree, or just buy a gift, wrap it and indicate that it is for a boy or girl and what it is.  I will see that it is delivered.  Everybody takes their turn having a rough time.  Help out!  The Recording Angel (and a personal friend of mine) makes note of these things.  How great it will be at the Final Judgement when many strangers thank you as they find out that you were the Secret Santa of their lives.  


I am open to suggestions for a gift for Fr. Droll.  Maybe he'll think I at least have a heart since he doesn't think I have a soul.  



The Cat of Christmas Joy



News Worthy Notes


PROBABLE PITCHERS – Dec. 19-20, 2015

Saturday @ 4:00 @ Saint Mary – Father Lutz

 4:00 & 5:30 @ St. Lad's & Corpus Christi – Father Droll


    Sunday:  9:00 and 11:30 @ St. Mary – Father Droll

9:00 & 11:00 @ Corpus Christi and St. Ladislas–Fr. Lutz


We look ahead to the coming of the Son of Man, standing erect and with heads held high. We live in hope, not in fear. Our experience of God is no longer limited by human weakness or even human sinfulness. God has always been one step ahead of us, with a plan that exceeds our greatest desires. -from The Little Way of Advent



Week 9 (about two months) – My eyelids are starting to move – I can squint! I can also frown, or pucker my brow!



The Catholic Men’s Conference is looking for a few good men to sing in the Men’s Conference Choir at the annual Catholic Men’s Conference on February 27, 2016 at the Voinovich Building on the Ohio State Fair Grounds.  We will hold one or two rehearsals prior to the event at a date, time, and location to be determined.  Please consider attending the Men’s Conference and singing with us at this exciting event! Contact Christopher Walsh at or at 614-464-2392 to sign up or for more information.



Over 200 Nativity sets from around the world, including artist Lois Algueseva's amazing 3-D, life-size Nativity set made entirely of carved cardboard!

Bring your children and have their pictures taken with a historically accurate St. Nicholas on the following Sundays of Advent: Dec. 13th and 20th. $10 dollars per picture (photo will be placed inside an event photo holder).

Hear live choirs and musicians throughout the season.



A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will show you how to renew your marriage as a sacrament, a sign of the Lord's presence in the world. The next two weekends are in the new year on February 19-21 and April 22-24, both in central Ohio. For more information or to register, contact Paul & Marilou Clouse at 614-834-6880 or visit our website at


PRO-LIFE PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE….Greater Columbus Right to Life invites you to join a pro-life pilgrimage to Mexico set for February 13-20, 2016.  The trip, under the spiritual direction of Father Nicholas Droll, will include daily prayer at a local abortion clinic in coordination with a sister organization, two visits to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and trips to the major theological, cultural, and artistic sites in central Mexico.  Learn more at



Michael John Robbins and Tiffany Marie Johnson

January 2, 2016 @ Saint Leo




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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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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 by December 20th.


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