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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - As we prepare for the crowds that will join us for the Eucharist on Christma--guests from out of town or other parishes, college students and other young adult--it is important to remember what we are doing and why we are doing it.
When you become distracted, disoriented, depressed or dazed by the all the details and demands Christmas can bring, take a minute to breath--deepl--and remember the words of the angelic messenger announcing the birth of Christ, 'Do not be afraid; for behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city f David, a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord" (Lk. 2:10-11).
In the spirit of Christmas we find JOY. In the light of Christmas, we find HOPE. In the hush of Christmas we find PEACE. At the heart of Christmas we find LOVE. I commend you and those you love to the care and protection of Mary Immaculate, the patron of our parish and our nation. Merry Christmas!

                CHRISTMAS LITURGY SCHEDULE
                The Nativity of the Lord
                Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

                Vigil Masses – 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
                Mass at Night – 10:30 p.m.
                Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
                Mass at Dawn – 8:30 a.m.
                Mass During the Day – 11:00 a.m.
                (“The faithful may participate fully in more than one Mass on Christmas, including the sharing of Holy Communion.”)
                Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
                Saturday, December 27 – 5:30 p.m.
                Sunday, December 28– 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
                Octave Day of Christmas - Mary, Mother of God
                Wednesday, December 31 - 5:30 p.m.
                Thursday, January 1 - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Families Always Matter, a yearlong campaign to affirm families in their relationship with God, the church and each other, in the Diocese of Erie launched December 1, 2014. Please visit the website at www.ErieRCD.org/fam.htm and help to promote this important initiative. 

THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Key Passage:
"Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.' Then the angel departed from her". (Luke 1:38)
Adult:
Take a "prayer time" of ten minutes ... ask God if there is something God would like to say to you ... and LISTEN. How do you open your heart to what God wants for you?
Child:
Is there something hard you need to do this week? What might make it easier?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Two thousand years ago, the young woman named Mary responded as the perfect steward to an extraordinary call. She first wrestled with the complexities given to her by the Angel Gabriel and while uncertain of all it implied for her own future, ultimately said, simply and directly: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”. Does faith or fear motivate your stewardship and Sacrificial Giving?

 

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