Dec 16th News


It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Have you been like St. John the Baptist and invited someone back to Church for Christmas?  Please take a moment to send Christmas Invite Letter 2014 just put their name at the top, sign your name at the bottom and get it to this person.  We are praying for those who receive the letters…may it be a means of their knowing the Lord Jesus in a new way this Christmas!

One of the ways that the Lord Jesus wants to come to YOU during Advent is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation!  In this Sacrament we are (1) given the grace of being forgiven of the sins that hurt God and others and (2) given the grace to “start over” (isn’t that something we all need?).  Why go to Confession?  Confessions will be heard 6-8pm on Tuesday, Dec. 16th at St Vincent in Germantown, 6-8pm on Wednesday, Dec. 17th at St. Athanasius and from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, Dec. 21st at St. Raymond.  Get ready…An Examination of Conscience

We can still use more help with preparing food for Holiday of Hope for Christmas Day.  We will welcome more than 200 people on Christmas from shelters across the city.  We need FULL TRAYS (tin foil kind that will be thrown away) that will be delivered on Christmas Day anytime after 6:30am.  We need trays of turkey, roast beef, chicken or meatball, mac n’cheese, green beans, etc.  We also need help with clean up that afternoon (starting around 3pm).  Sign up after Mass this weekend or send an email to Michelle Downing.

Gifts for the Giving Tree, Angel Tree or Adopt a Family can be dropped off anytime this week at the Rectory or brought to Church this weekend.  We are so blessed to share these blessings with families in need.  God be praised!

photo (33)We will be decorating the Church on Sunday, Dec. 21st at 3pm (after confessions are done).  Can you join us for an hour or two to “create” an atmosphere where we will celebrate the Birth of Jesus?  No experience needed…we promise!

Christmas Eve Mass is at 7pm and Christmas Day Mass is at 10am.  Are you bringing a friend?  Please do…

Need an Advent Retreat but can’t get away?  No worries…try these Advent Reflections to get in the true spirit of Christmas!

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