|Pastors Desk |
MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - Last month I met with our ninth
grade students to offer them a short introduction to the Bible. They received a
copy of Catholic Youth Bible at Mass on October 12. During our session, I helped
them to navigate their way through the Bible and I gave them an assignment to
read the Gospel of Mark by January 2015. I told them I would visit their
classroom and ask them to teach me—and their class—one thing they learned from
their Bible reading
As we begin the season of Advent, we start a new
liturgical year. Mark’s gospel will dominate the Sunday Eucharist in 2015
(Lectionary Cycle B). Why not take my challenge and meet Jesus—“healer and
miracle worker who accepts suffering as the cost for following God’s will”—in
the Gospel of Mark?
There are several ways you can approach this assignment.
You may want to sit down and read it straight through. With just sixteen
chapters, you could just pick up your Bible and read Mark’s Gospel in about the
time it takes to watch a DVD or the Steelers’ play.
You may prefer to read
the Gospel of Mark more slowly. The thirteen-week reading plan (below), if
started today, would take you through the end of February and the beginning of
A 13-WEEK STUDY PLAN FOR MARK’S GOSPEL
6:30 — 7:37
9:14 — 10:16
ADVENT 2014 IS A SEASON…
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES will be waiting for you after mass next Sunday.
They need donations for their “Christmas Baskets for Shut-Ins: service project.
All they ask is for you to contribute $1.00 to their project. They will purchase
goodies, pack the baskets and deliver them on Sunday, December 21. If you would
like a basket delivered to someone special, call the parish Office.
TO PREPARE ADVENT
FAMILY WORKSHOP – Sunday, Dec. 7 - 9:30 a.m. All of the families in our
parish school and faith formation program—family centered and summer camp—are
required to attend this session. We will gather in the Meisinger Center for a
time of prayer, intergenerational faith building, fellowship, and fun! Coffee
and refreshments will be served. You will have an opportunity to create an
Advent-Christmas season ornament for your family tree! The 11:00 a.m. Mass, with
a special presentation about John the Baptist, will conclude the morning’s
ADVENT ANGEL TREE PROJECT tags are in place. All that you need to do is
take a tag from the tree, purchase a new gift item, wrap it, attach the angel
tag to the package and return it next Sunday, December 14. The needs are so
great this year. The gift you purchase will give a child from our community a
merrier Christmas. Your time, talent and treasure will be a Godsend for them and
a blessing for you!
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES - Our penance service is on Wednesday, December
10 at 7:00 p.m. Penance services at other area parishes are the week of December
DECEMBER COMMUNION CALLS – Father Monty and parish
Eucharistic Ministers will be bringing Holy Communion to parish shut-ins on
Friday, December 5. If a member of your family is unable to get to Sunday Mass
and would like a visit call the parish office today.
CAMPUS MINISTRY CORNER
BLESSING OF THE BRAINS:
In preparation for finals, there will be a “Blessing of the Brains” at
the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, December 7. Following Mass, a scrumptious brunch will
be provided at the Meisinger Center.
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
MARY – Masses for this holy day of obligation and the patronal feast of
our parish will be Monday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK –
Key Passage “God is faithful;
by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1
Adult How do you
know when you are following Christ and living his teachings faithfully?
Child What good thing might God be asking you to do right now?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? We are all stewards—managers of the
many gifts God has bestowed upon us. Our challenge as Christians is to make good
use of those gifts.
SAVE THE DATE:
Dec. 9 - Salamanca Bus Trip