There will not be any post-Mass hospitality on Sunday December 22nd and 29th due to the holidays. Please enjoy this time with your family and friends. We will see you after all Sunday masses again on 1/5/14!
Our parish will facilitate a fascinating 5-part series on the Mass, entitled, A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, on Wednesday evenings, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. in the John Paul II Room. In this study, you will come to know and understand the Mass like never before. You will discover the rich meanings behind why we say what we say and do during the Liturgy. The words and gestures of the Mass will be seen in a new light, leading you to a richer, more fruitful worship experience. Registration forms and information can be found on our parish website (www.immaculate.net), and at the southwest entrance of the church and the parish office. Our Adult Faith Formation sessions have been very well attended over the past two years…and we are looking to have you join us! God bless! Deacon Paul
Registration Form available to the left under Parish Documents
The intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis for December are: General: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. Missionary: Prepare the Savior’s Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming. Please pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be each day for the Pope’s intentions.
Our Communal Penance Service for Advent is next Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 PM. There will be several priests available for individual confession as part of the communal penance service. This is our cluster’s Penance Service for Advent and so the priests and parishioners from Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be part of the service here in our church.
This is myfinal “From Our Pastor” column as I leave on Tuesday for my new assignment as pastor of Saint Ignatius of Antioch parish in Cleveland. The first column was in February of 2004. The past almost ten years have gone by very quickly for me. My cousins, the Homa family grew up in our parish and they lived on Grove Avenue right across the street from the Armory. We regularly visited them and sometimes spent an overnight at their house. My memories of Willoughby from those years in the 60’s is one of trains going by all night and of the special odor coming across Vine Street from the Ohio Rubber factory. I have very different memories of Willoughby now. We are truly blessed by God to live in such a wonderful community. The police and fire departments, our Mayor and city council and city services all work together with our parish community. Our public schools are excellent and our own grade school and now inter parochial school are ministries that we are truly proud of. My memories of Willoughby now are of strong Catholic families and faith-filled individuals who are good stewards of God’s gifts and eager disciples of Christ. Without a doubt, the past ten years have been the best years of my life. I will miss you all. Pray for me and Saint Ignatius of Antioch parish as I will continue to pray for Immaculate Conception parish and all of you. God Bless.