SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT MASS INTENTIONS:

5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 9 + Daryl Hammack (Betty Hammack) 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 10 + Irma & Bill Gabrielle (Bob & Ellen Schopis) 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 10 For the People 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 11 + Helen Rocchi (Rocchi Family) 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12 Thanksgiving (Sebastian Family) 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13 Health of John Rocchi (Lilia Babbitt) 8:00 a.m. Thursday, December 14 Nicholas Ward (C.W.C.) 8:00 a.m. Friday, December 15 All Souls 8:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16 Davison & Stapleton Families (D. J. Stapleton) 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16 For the People 8:00 a. m. Sunday, December 17 + Mary Alderigi (Georgia Martin) 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 17 + Chris Freyberg (Bob & Sue Freyberg)

SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES

Sunday: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Saturday:

Second Sunday of Advent; International Human Rights Day St. Damasus I Our Lady of Guadalupe; Hanukkah begins at sunset St. Lucy St. John of the Cross Las Posadas begins

Total collection: DEC. 2/3 $4,003.00 Average expenses last 4 weeks: $3,277.24 Total in Electrical Fund: $231,925.57 Total Pledged for Electrical as of 7/24: $141,209.25 Attendance: 5:30 PM (62) 8:00 AM (37) 10:00 AM (130)

MINISTERS: EUCHARIST: LECTORS: SERVERS: USHERS:

SAT. DEC. 16 5:30 PM LILIA BABBITT JACKIE JONES GRETCHEN MCCONNELL KRYSTAL DAVISON KEITH DAVISON ROBERT KING

Pastor’s Notes Advent is a time of preparation and we do not always associate preparation with stewardship and vocations. However, both of these aspects of discipleship are part of Christian preparation for Christ’s return. Jesus on more than one occasion spoke of how we must remain vigilant until His return by being faithful stewards. Today, we hear in the Second Letter of Peter that we are to conduct ourselves in holiness and devotion. But living out our lives in holiness and devotion only comes about when we make proper use of our time, talents, and treasures in glorifying God and helping our neighbors. But even more than simple stewardship, Advent is a time for us to discern the unique way God is calling each of us to prepare His way. We need only to look at our Advent scripture readings to see how God calls people for specific tasks that go beyond what we think of as their ordinary state in life. Isaiah was called to comfort a traumatized nation with words of hope for those who repented. St. John the Baptist was called to prepare the way of the Lord by challenging human hearts to radically turn towards God. Finally, the Blessed Virgin Mary had the most unique and greatest vocation: to become the mother of the Messiah. Her acceptance of God’s will transformed human history. That is why we need to go beyond thinking of vocations in terms of our particular state of life, whether that be married life, priesthood or religious life, or celibate single life. Isaiah and John the Baptist, both by lineage members of the temple priesthood were called to things far beyond what the Mosaic Law required of Levitical priests. And of course God asked Mary to do something that no human person could ever imagine doing: becoming the Mother of God. Each of these figures accomplished what God wanted of them through their intense faith including their willingness to place themselves in God’s hands no matter what. They believed that God would be with them and help them in their tasks. And they knew that God had called them because no one else could do what they He had asked them to do. That is the attitude that each of us should have when we attempt to discern the particular task or tasks that God is calling us to do. Determining what this might be requires us to place ourselves humbly before our Creator daily and offer our whole being back to Him. If we do so in a prayerful and loving manner we discern all the tasks God wants us to do. We seek to be the good stewards Christ puts in charge until He returns. This year, prepare the way of the Lord by seeking God’s will in all things so that when Christ comes again, He may find each of us joyfully attending to the works He assigns us to do.

Father Tom

SUN. DEC. 17 8:00 AM MATT BOKOVITZ MARIE GRAVELY GABE FRAZEE JOSIAH STAPLETON LARRY BESS ED DACHOWSKI

SUN. DEC. 17 10:00 AM _____________ JANET NORTH _____________ MAUREEN KORMANIK __________ ELIJAH LEWIS NOAH LEWIS ____________ KEITH ELLIOTT MIKE STAPLETON ______

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. —Words of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, 1858

FATHER THOMAS HAMM, JR. PASTOR

DECEMBER 10, 2017________ NEWS OF COMFORT

In a time of preparation, much of it having to do with material things, it is good to hear the words of Isaiah, “Comfort, give comfort to my people, / says your God” (Isaiah 40:1). In a time of such stress and rush, when our usual burdens are augmented by piles of Christmas preparations, we can choose to slow down, take some time to heal, and appreciate the enormous gift we are about to receive. Christ, the Son of God, has become one of us, and knows our human limitations. Yet God, even now, is freeing us from the burdens that our inattentiveness to our God and to our deepest inner longings have heaped upon us. The Lord comes, not as a king with mighty armies, but as a shepherd leading the flocks with care and tenderness. Isaiah prophesies good news: our oppression is over, our sins forgiven. The savior we have awaited is coming, not the first time, but in the end times, as our salvation. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION classes today Sunday, December 10 after the 10:00 AM Mass. MASS ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 WILL BE AT 5:30 PM. RIGHT TO LIFE will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm. DID YOU KNOW THAT SINGING IN CHURCH IS LIKE PRAYING TWICE? If you would like to join the choir and practice for Christmas please join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!! SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE RETIREMENT FOR RELIGIOUS Help religious communities. “Your generous contribution helps us to care for our retired sisters and enables our younger sisters to continue in active ministry,” writes a religious sister. Your gift to today’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works for their elders! SERVICE PROJECT FOR PSR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING ADVENT NEXT SUNDAY ON DECEMBER 17 There will not be PSR Classes, but at the time of PSR (around 11:30) any families that would like to join and meet the PSR teachers and their families at Holzer Assisted Living to give cards and sing Christmas Carols are welcome to join them. FATHER BILL called on Monday and wanted to say how his is filled with gratitude to all of you for all your generous prayers and cards. He said that you all out did yourselves. He is at home still recovering. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. CONFESSIONS: Regular times are on Saturday’s 4:30 -5:15 PM; Sunday’s 7:30-7:45 AM and 9:30-9:45 AM. Special time for Advent will be on Monday, December 18th after the 5:30 PM Mass. You may also call to make an appointment. ITS’S NOT TO LATE TO SIGN UP IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON GOING ON THE MARCH FOR LIFE TRIP 2018. This year’s trip will be Thursday, January 18th thru Friday, January 19. Cost is now is $100.00. Includes Round trip motor coach bus, snacks on the bus, one boxed lunch, hotel accommodations (4 per room), metro passes, prayer materials, dinner on the way home. You can find registration forms on the table in the entryway of the hall. For more information please contact John Spencer at 740-444-9632 or email [email protected]. NAMES ON THE PRAYER LIST WILL REMAIN FOR 30 DAYS AFTER 30 DAYS THEY WILL BE REMOVED UNLESS YOU NOTIFY THE OFFICE.

These names will remain until December 31, 2017 Please pray for the health and the healing of our friends and relatives:

Gisela Alonzo, Donna Altizer, Wayne Bergdoff, Cathy Bostic, Andrew Calvert, Brent Coburn, Lori Cody, Marge Cornett, Amy Davis, Harriett Davison, Karen Davison, Keith Davison, Betty Doerfer, Greg Frasier, Sue Freyberg, Jonnie Lou Gabrielli, Albert Grable, Kelly Haas, Larry Haas, Patrick Hays, Billy Hendrix, Noah Knackstedt, Jess Luther, Davey Matheny, Jim McCausland, Bill Merry, James Merry, Lee Ann Mollohan, Sydney Elaine Preston, Bart Repass, Jeff Rider, John Rocchi, Vicky Ross, Charlotte Shaffer, Lyle Shillington, Dr. Mel Simon, Dr. Anthony Sola, Lori Stevenson, Gabe Stewart, Charles Surber, Len Sutton, Sandy Walker, Jamie Weis, Judy Werner, Jack Williams and Patrick Wolfe.

A SPECIAL MASS: On Tuesday December 12 at 11:00 AM there will be a Bi-lingual Mass and Fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Indian dancing at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta. It's a beautiful experience. The Mass will be offered by Bishop Monforton.

CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS: Our St. Vincent de Paul Group is asking for non-perishable food items to fill food baskets for Christmas. Please place your items in the hall under the table where the Christmas Cards are.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Sunday, December 24, and Christmas falls on Monday, December 25. Below are the Mass Times: Saturday, December 23 5:30 PM; Sunday December 24 8:00 & 10:00 AM. Christmas Masses: Sunday, December 24 5:30 PM Vigil Mass; Monday, December 25 Midnight and 9:00 AM. Every Catholic has two Mass obligations to fulfill: 1. 4th Sunday of Advent and 2. Christmas.

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Many people think that Saint Francis originated the Christmas crèche, but its origins go far back. The Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome has housed what is said to be relics of the cradle of Jesus since the seventh century. In time, every year during the Christmas season the reliquary (container for relics) was surrounded by an increasingly grand threedimensional scene of the place of Jesus’ birth. Rocks and trees, houses, streams, figurines of villagers going about their daily tasks were all included. It was a very dramatic presentation. If you’ve ever seen an elaborate model train installation, you get the idea. The proper term for this depiction is presepio, from the Latin word for “surround” or “hedge.” Over the centuries, the custom spread first to churches, and then to aristocratic homes. In Italy, whole chapels are often set aside for the presepio, and it is not unusual to have hundreds of figures. It can sometimes be a challenge to locate the Holy Family amid the crowd, almost like a Where’s Waldo? children’s book. The oldest surviving presepio is in St. Mary Major and dates from the thirteenth century, although many pieces have been broken or lost. Saint Francis of Assisi took a decidedly creative step in 1233 in the village of Greccio, when he directed his followers to fill a manger with hay and tether an ox and ass nearby. He then invited the villagers to attend Mass outdoors near the crib, the worshipers themselves becoming a living presepio. By the seventeenth century, the tradition was well-established, particularly in Naples, and had a firm hold in Portugal, Spain, and in the Provence region of France. Today, it is not unusual to find presepios with five hundred figures, a vivid reminder of Emmanuel, God-with-us! —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

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