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Dear Friends in Christ,

As we anticipate both Culture and Church gearing up for the Holidays, the season of Advent again reminds us that the greatest event in the history of the world happened on that holiest of nights. Our Culture’s celebration is bright and busy with Carols and shopping, office parties and cooking the foods of the Season. How wonderful the positive atmosphere of these coming days, even if a bit hectic.

For you and me, on another whole track, this is the solemn celebration of the Messiah’s Birth – the night when the Eternal Son of God entered His creation, raising it (in a great mystery) to participate in the very Life of the Trinity. How sublime the Love of God in His Incarnation! The cultural icons of the season sometimes reflect this great truth, and at other times obscure it.

Advent, our preparation for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Christ, helps us keep our eyes fixed on Immanuel, and in the midst of all the gift wrap and food and bright colors, to see the manger-bed, and our humble God in the arms of the Virgin – one of us!

God Bless you all as you soon begin your “pilgrimage” to Bethlehem! As Christian Stewards it is important that this season include personal and communal time for reflection, prayer and celebration. On the back of this letter you will find our parish calendar of events for the Advent and Christmas season, offering opportunities for your family to share in the joy of the season with our community as we journey together on this pilgrimage.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Doug Lorig, Pastor

Schedule of Events for Advent and Christmas 2014

Sunday, November 30 – First Sunday of Advent. RCIA Rite of Welcome and Acceptance at 9:00 a.m. Mass.

Saturday, December 6th- Santa’s Workshop in Piper Hall from 8:00 a.m. until finished.

Sunday, December 7th—Second Sunday of Advent — Women’s’ Guild Bake Sale after all morning Masses.

Monday, December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 12 Noon Hour of Grace in Church.

Tuesday, December 9 — Feast of St. Juan Diego — 7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish.

Sunday, December 14 – Greccio Celebration – The crib and manger scene of the Holy Family with the child Jesus has been a Christmas tradition for many centuries. Petting Zoo opens at 4:00 p.m.; Living Manger with Christmas Carols and Scriptures at 5:00 p.m. Hot Dog Supper and Story of St. Joan of Arc (based on the original play by St. Therese of Lisieux) by our parish youth at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, December 15 - Christmas Caroling with SMG Youth and the Women’s Guild from 5:30-8:30.

Sunday, December 21 - Fourth Sunday of Advent. SMG Choirs Present “A Service of Lessons and Carols,” with carols, choral anthems, and scripture lessons celebrating the season at 3:00 p.m. in the church.

Christmas Mass Schedule
Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve – two Masses at 4:00 p.m., one in the church (Fr. Doug), the other in Piper Hall (Fr. Greg Rice); 7:00 p.m. Mass (Fr. Brian Fenlon); 12 midnight Mass (Fr. Doug).
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day – Masses at 8:00 (Fr. Mike Boyle) & 10:00 a.m. (Fr. Doug).

Wednesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Feast of Mary, Mother of God – Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 1 – Feast of Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)– Mass at 9:00 a.m.

ListenFr. Doug's homily from September 7th on Pope Francis and the New Evangelization.

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A Prayer for My Parish

Almighty God,

My parish family is composed of people like me.

I help make it what it is. It will be friendly, if I am.

Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.

It will do great work, if I work.

It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.

It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.

It will be a parish family of loyalty, love, fearlessness and faith, and a parish with a noble

spirit, if I - who make it what it is - am filled with these same qualities.

Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want

my parish family to be.

Bless my journey, Lord God, that I might build the Church through Jesus Christ our Lord,