Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, Dec 8th

ImmaculateConceptionNext Thursday, December 8th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, a holyday of obligation.  Holyday Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 7 PM, and Thursday at 7:30 AM, 10 AM, and 7 PM.  Don’t forget to come to Mass and honor our Blessed Mother on her feast day.

Our parish office will be closed for the holyday.

Religious Retirement Fund Collection – Dec 10th & 11th

RetiredReligiousFundThe annual collection to provide assistance for retired and infirmed Religious will be taken up next weekend together with our regular offering.  This is our opportunity to show our gratitude to the many Sisters of Mercy who served in our school and the Divine Word Missionaries who assisted with our Masses over the years.

Best Advent Ever – Daily Videos

advent-webHave you ever had a Christmas where you felt like you were really prepared? Have you ever had a Christmas where you walked into Christmas Mass and you felt focused and peaceful and ready? We prepare for everything we consider important in life, and Advent is the time we prepare for Christmas.

For many people, preparing for Christmas includes shopping, baking cookies, wrapping presents, hanging decorations, and much, much more. Often these activities are stressful and chaotic, and they easily become a distraction from what Christmas is really all about.

Welcome to Best Advent Ever.

We want to prepare you to have an incredible Christmas this year. As we prepare for Christmas, we are going to learn how to recognize what matters most so that we can make the best choices with our time, energy, and effort this Advent. Each week is filled with inspiring videos and testimonies that help us discover what we really want, what matters most, what matters least, how we can become the-best-version-of-ourselves, and what it means to have a fabulous Christmas.

You can find these daily videos under the Faith Formation tab at the top of the page and then select Best Advent Ever.

Breakfast with Santa – St. Mary School Hall – Sun, December 18, 2016

SantaPlease join us for a Pancake Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by our Knights of Columbus, which will be held Sunday, December 18th from 7:30AM—12:30PM in our School Hall.  Tickets are available at our rectory office, and the cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and free for toddlers.  Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and hash browns. 

Watch for the special appearance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from 10AM—12noon.

Please join us for a good breakfast and fun event, and support our Knights!

Christmas Carol Sing-Along – Sat, December 10th – 6:00 PM

christmas-carolersChristmas will soon be upon us.  To help get into the Christmas spirit, the parish is hosting a Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Saturday, Dec 10th right after the 5 PM Mass.  We will hear the Christmas story, sing some great Christmas carols, have a little fun and then go over to the cafeteria for some snacks and refreshments.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come together as family, sing as loud as you can—good or bad voices—and just have some Christmas fun.  Put the craziness of the season behind for just one evening and let loose in some Christmas spirit.  For more info call the parish office during normal office hours at 298-0261.

Advent Giving Tree

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Please continue to find it in your hearts to take a tag, or two, from our annual Giving Tree.  We support 6 different organizations with this effort.  St. Mary’s parishioners have always been so generous and we thank you.  Here is a breakdown of the organizations we help.

 

 

Blue Mittens:  St. Mary’s Food Pantry and should  NOT be wrapped.

Yellow Stars:  Mt. Carmel Guild and should NOT be wrapped.

Red Angels:  First Way and should NOT be wrapped.

Purple Snowmen:  St. Vincent de Paul Society and should NOT be wrapped

White Snowmen:  Tabor House and should NOT be wrapped.  (This is a residence for men in recovery.)

Green Trees:  Martin House and those gifts SHOULD BE WRAPPED and it is very important that the Green Tree Tag be securely attached.  If God has been good to you this year and you wish to donate a bike, electronic toy or other special gift, just tag it for “Any Boy” or “Any Girl” and Martin House will find the perfect child for that gift.

All gifts are due before December 11th

Prayer Garden Memorial Pavers

prayergardenWe have recently installed 45 memorial pavers in our Prayer Garden, and it is our intention to install as many as 200.  If you would like to purchase one or more pavers in memory of your loved ones (living or deceased), please utilize the form which is available at our church exits or in the parish office.  The cost is $100 per paver.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

—Larry Denney, Business Administrator

Faith in Our Future Update

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As you remember, the diocese planning committee sent us their preliminary recommendation.  We, Cohort 5, met to come up with a final response to the recommendation.  After much discussion among the three parishes, St. Frances & Claire, St. Katharine Drexel and us, we could not agree on a united recommendation.  The Reid Group (diocesan consultants) allowed us to submit 3 plans, one from each parish.  The final cohort recommendation can be found on our website.

The diocesan planning committee met in the middle of Oct and gave the final recommendation to the bishop.  We will not see their final recommendation.  The bishop will consult with other groups and make his final decision on January 25th.  So now we just wait until we hear from the bishop as to how the 3 parishes will interact with each other.

Keep the bishop in your prayers that he makes the right decision for our parishes moving forward.

For more info contact any of the parish core team – Robert Pecht—609-865-0014; Patricia Solimine—609-977-3401; Virginia Richardson—609-499-1303; or Earl Alger – 609 298 7071.

New Sunday Mass Schedule

massscheduleOn the First Sunday of Advent, November 27th, we will begin a new Sunday Mass schedule.  Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.  Our Saturday evening Mass will remain at 5 PM.

Upcoming Events

St. Mary’s Parish:

  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy day of Obligation
  • December 10 – Christmas Carol Sing-along – 6:15 PM (right after 5 PM Mass) – Church

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