FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MASS SCHEDULE
Our Lady of Lourdes
- Vigil- Dec. 7th -Thursday 5:00 pm.
- Dec. 8th - Friday 8:00 am.
Our Lady of the Rosary
- Dec. 8th -12:10 pm & 6:00 pm.
Attention Parents of 2nd Graders
There will be a preparation for Reconciliation meeting for students on Monday, December 4th at 6:00 pm in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Parent attendance is required.
Attention Parents & Students Grades 6 - 10
- Sunday, Dec.3rd, 11am Mass followed by snacks and a Guest Speaker.
- Sunday, Dec. 10th, Regular Class Times.
- Sunday, Dec. 17th, Mass in the BARN - details to follow.
December 9 & 10
- 4in. pots $5.00.
- 6 in. pots $10.00.
Our cash & carry Poinsettia Sale is coming up! Plan to buy your Christmas plants here. We guarantee full plants fresh from the greenhouse. All proceeds will benefit the youth of our parish.
PRAY THE ROSARY WITH US!
The Rosary is recited every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 7:10am before Mass.
All are welcome.
A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
Readings from Ezekiel last month focused on the iniquities and calamities of God's people of Israel. They needed to repent to receive blessings and experience peace. In the chapter prior to today’s reading, the shepherds were the rulers of Israel both in church and state. They have been called to account as having been accessories to the sin and ruin of the people. They cheated them financially and exploited them spiritually. So now, God Himself will intercede and rescue His people as He prepares to send His Shepherd, the Messiah, to care for them.
On this “Christ the King” Sunday we can celebrate the fact that Jesus is our Shepherd. Since we have become His sheep along with the chosen ones of Israel, our responsibility is the same as it was in Ezekiel’s day…to love the Lord by developing a greater personal relationship with Him and by being obedient to the King Messiah, who will one day rule from His Throne in Jerusalem.
Children and adults will delight in making an Advent wreath and it is an enjoyable way to remind us all that despite the Christmas programs on TV and the displays in stores, we, as Christians, are waiting for the Birth of Christ.
A WREATH is REALLY easy to make.
This is how:
Buy a standard wire frame or make a heavy-gauge wire frame any size. Some Frames that are made specifically for Advent wreaths have holders for the candles fastened right on the frame. If your frame does not, although tapers are the usual candles to use, those in tall glass jars are the safest for home wreaths.
You can always just cut evergreen boughs small enough to arrange in a circle on a mantel without a frame. In either case, place the candles evenly spaced in the circle. Buy three purple candles & one pink candle. (Four white ones will also do). Purple is for penance, prayer, and preparation for Christmas. The pink candle is lit on the 3rd Sunday to represent the fact that our Savior is coming soon!
As the candles are lit each week, these prayers are read:
All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.
God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. ~AMEN.
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. ~AMEN
THE HOUSE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Please Help & Thank You!
Again this year we will be collecting toys for the children & teens of all ages in The House of the Good Shepherd.
Please bring UNWRAPPED toys to the Church Basement or leave them in the “Brides” room at the right of the front entrance by
Sunday, December 10th.
Your generosity will help brighten the Holidays for some local children.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver!”
THE GOOD NEWS CENTER - GRIEF SURVIVORS
“Surviving the Holidays”
When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holidays can be especially painful. Please join us for a free encouraging seminar,
Tuesday, December 12th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Rd., Utica.
For more information call (315) 735-6210. Visit online at www.thegoodnewscenter.org.
MASSES FOR NOTRE DAME STUDENTS
- December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- December 21st - World Peace.
Collection amounts will be in next weeks bulletin. Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the bulletin had to be submitted before the weekend.
Thank you for your generosity and continuing support.
We have reached 84% of our goal but we’re not there yet!!
- Hope Appeal Goal: $45,313.00
- Amount Pledged: $38,228.00
- Short of Goal: $ 7,085.00