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4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT MASSES AND CHRISTMAS MASSES

Saturday, December 23rd, we will have our 4th Sunday of Advent, vigil masses at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Spanish) as usual. 

Sunday morning, December 24th, we will have Mass, for the 4th Sunday of Advent, at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. There will NOT be a Noon Mass. 

Beginning at 4:00 p.m. we will have our Christmas Eve Vigil Masses following our usual Christmas schedule: 4:00 p.m. Mass, 6:00 p.m. Mass, 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Mass and 12 Midnight Mass with Christmas Carols beginning at 11:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day, we will have Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The “obligation” is that you attend one “4th Sunday of Advent” Mass either on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning and one “Christmas” Mass on Sunday afternoon/night or Monday morning.
The Adoration Chapel will close at noon on Christmas Eve and re-open on Tuesday, December 26th after the 9:00 a.m. Mass

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS MASSES SCHEDULE


CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO GALLERY FOR NEW PICTURES OF THE FAMILY BINGO AND THE CHRISTMAS FEST!

DAILY ADVENT REFLECTIONS


SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT (DEC. 10-16)
The following reflections are adapted from PRAYING ADVENT. If you wish to view the full reflections go to: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/


WEDNESDAY:

Take a moment, ask yourself; how do I know God is working in my life? 
(Isaiah 40:25-31, Psalms103, Matthew 11:28-30)

Grant me the gift of hope, patience and waiting in these Advent days 
because I want the focus of my waiting to be on you. 
I want to praise and glorify you with my life. 
Let me live my gratitude to you, rejoicing! 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree


THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TREE
Today’s beautifully decorated Christmas trees are little like the first trees used by Christians to celebrate Christ’s birth all those centuries ago. Back in the 8th century, during his missionary in Germany, St. Boniface chopped down a sturdy oak tree, much to the amazement of the Druids who used it as a symbol of worship. 

Turning to a small fir tree, St. Boniface referred to it as the “tree of the Christ-child,” with its everlasting pine needles; a sign of eternal life. The triangular shape also helped to symbolize the Holy Trinity, and its green branches pointed upward to heaven. He instructed the Germans to “gather about it … in your own homes; there it will shelter no deeds of blood, but loving gifts and rites of kindness.”


CHRISTMAS TREE




The Knights of Columbus council #9347 has once again blessed us with "planting" the big and beautiful Christmas tree in green-space next to our parking lot.  Thanks to the Knights for donating your time in erecting this great tree.


ADVENT REFLECTION - WALKING BETWEEN THE LINES


Walking Between The Lines

In The Light of the STAR


On THURSDAY DECEMBER 14, at 10 a.m. (following 9 a.m. Mass), and again at 7 p.m. in Church, Earl Gervais, our D.R.E. will present a deeper look at the Advent Story. Based on his book, Walking Between The Lines, Earl will take you on a journey with THE STAR through the eyes of those who “might have” experienced that most holy of moments. For more information call Earl at the Church Office.

HELP WANTED

Volunteers Are Needed Right Away.  Our Food pantry is extremely busy this time of the year and we are working short-handed, doing our best to meet the needs of so many people in our parish.

There are 4 time periods when we need an extra volunteer.  One person can do all 4, or a different person for each period.

On both Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11:30am for food distribution; and, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm for restocking.

Please call the church office to volunteer.  Thank you.