FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Pastor’s Notes

MASS INTENTIONS:

5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2 Betty Merry (85th Birthday) (C.W.C.) 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 3 + Joe & Marion Brady (Bob & Ellen Schopis) 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 3 For the People 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 4 Nicholas Ward (C.W.C.) 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 5 Angels Mass (Sebastian Family) 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6 + David R. Harrison (Paul & Jean Harrison) 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7 Vigil for Holy Day All Souls (The Thompson’s) 8:00 a.m. Friday, December 8 Holy Day of Obligation For the People 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 8 Holy Day of Obligation + Ginger Litzinger (Betty Snapp & Family) 8:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9 Jack & Merry Stapleton (D. J. Stapleton) 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 SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES

Sunday: Monday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

First Sunday of Advent St. John Damascene St. Nicholas St. Ambrose; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

The Church teaches that Advent is to be a time in which we wait in joyful expectation of the Christ. We prepare ourselves spiritually for the two-fold coming of Christ: His second coming at the end of time and His first coming that we celebrate at Christmas. We can say that Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for what some say is Jesus’ “Third Coming”, His coming into each of our hearts. Thus, Advent has a penitential character like Lent, but much less so. For example, we wear purple vestments (a sign of sorrow and penance) but we continue to sing the Alleluia. We can decorate the church in moderation, unlike Lent when we strive to make things as bear as possible. Therefore, Advent focuses not so much on our reflecting on our sins as on our hope that our Savior, Jesus, is close at hand. In particular our scripture readings at Mass focus on that hope. Our Advent scripture readings single out three people who had unique vocations as signs of hope for the coming of the Messiah. 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. Advent also marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. As such, the First Sunday continues the reflection on the Last Judgement we always see at the end of the previous year. We are once again warned to be alert and on the watch because we know not the day nor the hour of Jesus’ return. In fact, the readings for the first part of Advent up to December 17th carry the theme of Jesus’ second coming. St. Augustine many centuries ago wisely asked why if we truly love Jesus we should fear His return? If we do not look forward to His second coming then it may well be that we love our sins more than Christ. The Church teaches us through Advent that we should be just as joyful in preparing for this second coming of Christ as we are in preparing to celebrate His first. Today’s Gospel also points to something that we don’t always associate with either the season of Advent or with preparation: Stewardship. Yet, Jesus implies that proper stewardship of what God entrusts to is part of being prepared for His return. Jesus tells us that He places us, His servants in charge, gives each us our own particular work to do until His return. Thus, stewardship is an integral part of discipleship. And the better disciples we become, the closer we imitate Christ, and the closer we get to Him. Maybe it is a good time to revive the concept of “Advent Projects”, some little thing we can do to help us focus on using our time, talents, and treasure in a way that gives true honor and glory to God and

Total collection: Nov. 25/26 $2,572.00 Average expenses last 4 weeks: $3,456.30 Total in Electrical Fund: $228,644.57 Total Pledged for Electrical as of 7/24: $141,209.25 Attendance: 5:30 PM (64) 8:00 AM (79) 10:00 AM (110) MINISTERS: EUCHARIST: LECTORS: SERVERS: USHERS:

SAT. DEC. 9 5:30 PM SUSAN GUST MARY KLINE GABBY MCCONNELL KRYSTAL DAVISON STEPHEN KLINE JACOB KLINE

helps keep us prepared for Jesus’ return.

And in the end, the closer we grow to Christ, the more we will look forward to his return and repeat with joyful expectation: Maranatha! “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Father Tom SUN. DEC. 10 8:00 AM PAM ROACH ED DACHOWSKI AUSTIN STAPLETON CODY STAPLETON NATHAN FRAZEE ALLAN STAPLETON

SUN. DEC. 10 10:00 AM ____________ KEITH ELLIOTT ____________ ANTHONY SOLA _____________ CAROLINA SOLA SOPHIA SOLA ____________ ALEX WHITE MIKE STAPLETON ______

LIKE A CHILD: One who aspires to the grace of God must be pure, with a heart as innocent as a child’s.

St. Nicholas

FATHER THOMAS HAMM, JR. PASTOR

DECEMBER 3, 2017________

GOD HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN We begin the season of Advent with a heartfelt call for our own repentance. We remember God’s faithful love for us, and call upon God to help us to turn back. For “behold, you are angry, and we are sinful” (Isaiah 64:4). In the first reading and in the psalm, we recall God’s promises and lament our unfaithfulness and our guilt. We call upon God’s might and power in order to save us. With Isaiah, we ask God to “rend the heavens and come down, / with the mountains quaking before you” (Isaiah 63:19). Yes, God is faithful to us, because we are the work of God’s hands. God is the potter, we are the clay. And yet, our concept of how God will come to save us is rooted in our own expectations of a warrior God who crushes mountains and thunders into our lives with great noise and glory. But God has a different plan: the Incarnation. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION classes today Sunday, December 3 after the 10:00 AM Mass. MASS ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 WILL AT 5:30 PM. THERE WILL BE NO CATHOLIC WOMENS CLUB MEETING THIS MONTH. LIVE YOUR FAITH- SERVING THOSE IN NEED. Grow Spiritually. Develop Christian Friendships. As we begin Advent we are called to “Be watchful! Be alert! as we stand in joyful anticipation for the grace of Christmas to once again bless our lives. We encourage and invite everyone to our meeting on Monday, December 4 at 7:00 PM. MINISTER LIST FOR THE VIGIL AND HOLY DAY MASSES: 5:30 PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 VIGIL MASS FOR HOLY DAY THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EUCHARISTIC MINISTER: JAGA SEBASTIAN LECTOR: PAUL SEBASTIAN SERVER: COLTON AND AYDEN STAPELTON USHERS: MATT BOKOVITZ AND VOLUNTEER 8:00 AM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 HOLY DAY THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EUCHARISTIC MINISTER: LILIA BABBITT LECTOR: MORNING MASS PERSON SERVERS: MORNING MASS PEOPLE USHERS: VOLUNTEERS 7:00 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 HOLY DAY THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EUCHARISTIC MINISTER: JOY ELLIOTT LECTOR: ALLEN WHITE SERVERS: GRETCHEN AND GABBY MCCONNELL USHERS: MIKE MCCONNELL AND FRED CALVERT

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 6 at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!!

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 November 30, 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, Margaret Coen, 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, Seth Javosky, Noah Knackstedt, Jess Luther, Davey Matheny, Richard Maynard, 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.

EUCHARIST ADORATION: We will have an all-night and all day Eucharistic Adoration beginning on Thursday, December 7 after the 5:30 PM Mass and conclude on Friday, December 8 before the 7:00 PM Mass. BLESSED IS HE THAT CONSIDERETH THE POOR: THE LORD WILL DELIVER HIM IN TIME OF TROUBLE. Psalm 41. LOAVES AND FISHES wish to extend a thank you to the following who donated to the dinner on Sunday, November 26: Lilia Babbitt, Stacie Deslich, Joan Folden, Kitty Griffith, Mary Louise Hennesy, Yolande Howard, Kathleen Patrick- Marchi, Janet North, Don & Dorothy Polcyn, Remy Simon, David Stapleton and The Thompson family. 212 meals were served. ITS’S TIME TO STARTING PLANNING FOR 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].

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 and 2. Christmas

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Advent calendars appear now in many homes, and newfangled formats are even available on line. Children have fun opening the doors and windows keyed to the days counting down to Christmas. Behind each door is a picture related to the Christmas mystery, perhaps a scripture verse or saying, but more and more these days something totally unconnected to religious life, like a small toy or a chocolate treat, appears instead. The Advent calendar is not very old as traditions go. We can trace it back to German-speaking Christians, both Protestant and Catholic. Lutherans might have originated the custom by placing chalk marks on doors starting December 1, lighting candles every day, or placing a new religious picture on the wall each day during Advent. The oldest known hand-made calendar goes back to 1851, and the first printed ones appeared in 1908 in Germany with Bible verses behind the doors. By far the most interesting calendar is a building, the town hall (Rathaus) of Gengenbach in Germany’s Black Forest. Every year the townspeople invite an illustrator of children’s books to create twenty-four paintings or motifs for each of the twenty-four main windows of the building. Every night the people gather to see a new window opened and illuminated. Very few commercial Advent calendars pay much attention to the core values of our liturgical calendar: the pivotal place of Sunday, the importance of Advent feasts like Saint Lucy and Saint Nicholas, and the clear shift in tone on December 17 from Advent longing and preparation toward imminent hope in Christ’s coming. That kind of creativity is left up to you! —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

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Page 1 of 2. FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. MASS INTENTIONS: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Betty Merry (85th Birthday) (C.W.C.). 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 3. + Joe & Marion Brady (Bob & Ellen Schopis). 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 3. For the People. 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 4. Nicholas Ward (C.W.C.).

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