Parish Office closes at 12N
Blue Cell Holy Hour/Adoration Chapel • 7:30am - 8:30am
Thursday, November 26th
Parish Office Closes
Mass Fr Kalista • 9:00am - 10:00am
Friday, November 27th
Parish Offices Closed
Saturday, November 28th
Mass Fr Kalista • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday, November 29th
Mass Fr Hollis • 8:00am - 9:00am
Mass Fr Kalista • 10:00am - 11:00am
12N Mass Fr Kalista • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree is done each year to help families for Christmas. Please take a tag from the tree, purchased the item on the tag and return wrapped with the tag on the outside and place under the tree. Our plan is to distribute the gifts by December 19. This year gift cards should be placed in the collection basket at Mass. Please know that we have helped many grateful families in the past.
The Bereavement Committee will have a Memory Tree in the SW vestibule. The tree will be up from Advent through Christmas. The memory tree is designed to remember our deceased loved ones. Bring in an ornament (name tags will be provided). Place your loved ones’ name on the tag and your phone number on the back (so it may be returned to you) and place on the tree. Ornaments may be picked up after Christmas - snow birds, let us know, and we’ll keep them for you until you return. The Elizabeth Ministry is combining with the Bereavement Committee for babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Place your child’s name on the snowflake, and then place the snowflake on the tree. Unnamed snowflakes represent babies lost of whom we were not aware within our parish family. Snowflakes may be picked up after Christmas as a memorial keepsake.
CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: PROJECT PRESENTS
The Mater Dei Academy 8th grade is working on their annual service project, A Christmas Miracle: Project Presents! Mater Dei Academy is asking our parish communities to drop off new items from toys to clothes to electronics that can be used to give families within our school and parish communities the gift of Christmas. The 8th grade will be accepting donations until Friday, December 4th. There is abox in Church, at the southeast entrance (under the MDA bulletin board) and one in St. Joseph Hall.
SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION
We will be offering opportunities for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confession. On December 13, at 3:00 pm, please join us for our Advent Reconciliation Service. Priests from other parishes will be available for individual confessions. Additional opportunities for the sacrament of confession will be on Monday, December 21, and Wednesday, December 23 from 3:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm both days.
HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
The Holy Year of Mercy set by our Holy Father that begins December 8. This day will mark an opportunity for all men and women to reflect and meditate on the Mercy of God and God’s love for all of His children. The Holy Father has asked that all Dioceses offer opportunities to reflect on God’s Mercy.
THE LIVING ROSARY
RETREAT DEC. 12th
From Fr. Kalista: as the Christmas Season approaches one of the needs we may find is some help to "center" us on the "Reason for the Season!" This year I am inviting you and your family to join me on a one day retreat. This retreat is being offered to help us all center ourselves on Jesus Christ. I realize that we all have things that we need to do this Christmas seems to take on priority, but I am asking you to consider to surrender yourselves and join me for prayer. Retreat date is Saturday December 12, 2015. Registration Required. RSVP to parish office by December 9th. Click here for information
Christmas Music Offerings at MDA
This year the Christmas Concert is going to be put on by students in Grades 1 and 2.
The program will be performed twice on December 1st
The afternoon performance will begin at 12:30pm and will be with the MDA band. (It should last about an hour)
The evening performance will only be the Christmas program. It will begin at 7:00pm and should end by 7:30pm.
The MDA band will have their evening performance on Thursday, Dec 3rd at 7:00pm.
Growing up, one of the things that my father could not stand is when we would procrastinate on projects or things that he wanted us to do. For example, we would say to my father, “Dad we will do it later!” It would irritate him like nothing else. And now, as I think of my Heavenly Father, I find myself saying the same thing to God. “God, I will do it later!” This week-end Jesus is quite clear about those who are part of His kingdom: “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (Jn 18:37) The question we need to ask ourselves is: “Do I listen to God?” Our immediate objection could be: “I would but I never can hear the voice of the Lord!” To listen to the Lord means that we need to sit with the Lord and give Him time to speak. As I mentioned last week, this weekend, after the 12:00 noon Mass, our Annual Eucharistic Devotions begin. The chal-lenge before us all is: Will I give the Lord some of my time this weekend to listen to the instructions He wants to give to me? I ask that we do not procrastinate and say, “I will do it later,” but take advantage of the op-portunity that God is giving to us to spend time with Him and to listen more attentively to His Voice. My dear parishioners, this week we have forty hours devoted to adoring our Eucharistic Lord – please take time and adore Him and unite yourself more fully to Jesus.
Please join us for the solemn closing of our Eucharistic Devotions on Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00 pm. A reception will be held immediate-ly after in St. Joseph Hall.
Please also join us for a Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 am. We will collect food and, as part of our offertory at Mass, all food items will be brought up to the altar. They will later be distributed to the needy in our community. Thank you in advance for your abundant generosity.
The Mater Dei Academy (MDA) Parent Teachers Union (PTU) Pie Sale is underway! We are selling Baker's Square Sweet Returns Cards, which you can use to purchase fresh pies when it is convenient for you! We are selling $14 cards for cream pies and $12.50 cards for fruit pies. All proceeds go directly to help fund MDA student field trips. You can purchase your cards by contacting Heidi at 440-975-1293 and at email@example.com, or Lynn at 440-269-1980 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit us after Masses on November 21-22and December 5-6. We will have samples to taste and cards there to purchase.