Sunday December 16th, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Year C
Masses for the Week
Sat. Dec. 15
- 9:00 am † Myrtle, Morris & Michael D’Souza
- 5:00 pm Intention of Violeta Vilela Cuenca
Sun. Dec. 16
- 9:00 am Intention of Francis Family
- 11:00 am For the People of the Parish
- 7:00 pm Intention of Minora Coutino
Mon. Dec. 17
- 9:00 am † Dorina D’Antimo
Tues. Dec. 18
- 9:00 am Intention of the Williams Family
Wed. Dec. 19
- 9:00 am † Bernadette DiNova
Thur. Dec. 20
- 9:00 am † Ercole Raponi
Fri. Dec. 21
- 9:00 am
- † Michael & Margaret Mullane
- † Vince Mione
- † Dena Forgie
- † Martin Coyle
- † Stan Wodecki
Sat. Dec. 22
- 9:00 am Intention of Maria Fan
- 5:00 pm † Hanoriah Fitzgerald
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Advent is never more joyous than on this Sunday. Even God will sing and dance in our midst! How the Lord longs to be with us forever; his love will make us new. We respond to God’s unfathomable love with our own songs of worship. We can know the happiness which Paul wanted for the Christians of Philippi if we really believe in Christ’s nearness. Instead of giving in to worry, let us pray with thanks, confident of God’s love; then we will be filled with peace. But this happiness is not gained without effort. The gospel calls for concrete proof of conversion in our daily life. It is Christ we await, and we must not allow anyone to usurp his place. Even the Baptist, greatest of prophets, only prepared the way. Christ’s nearness demands a decision on our part, for we will be baptized either with the Holy Spirit or with the fire of judgement. John urges us to accept the Spirit’s cleansing and the Good News of Jesus. The fruit of that choice is joy and peace, the enjoyment of God’s presence. Can we choose otherwise?
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ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Archdiocesan Day of Confessions:
- Monday, Dec. 17th; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Parish Christmas Confessions:
- Monday, Dec. 17th ; 7:00 p.m.
2019 DONATION ENVELOPES
Are available for pick up in the Narthex. They are alphabetized within each tray.
Please be patient ensure you are taking your own box.
2018 CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS SCHEDULE
HOLIDAY OFFICE SCHEDULE
- Monday, December 24th - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Tuesday, December 25th - Closed
- Wednesday, December 26th - Closed
- Monday, December 31st - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 1st - Closed
Sharelife has released its annual Report to Donors, sharing the results of the 2018 campaign and demonstrating how your generosity is making a difference. Copies of the report are available at the parish or can be read online at www.sharelife.org
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER & DANCE
Taking place in the Parish Hall on Monday, Dec. 31st at 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Limited number of tickets will be sold with all the proceeds being donated to the Parish.
Tickets are $50.00 per person.
Come join us to ring in 2019 with a Bang!
ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
We are preparing to assist many families during this festive time of year. If you or your workplace would like to sponsor a family please give us a call for details on a family. [Read More]
2019 SUNDAY MISSALS
The missals are now available for sale in the Narthex at a cost of $5.00 each. There will be a limited number of Missals for use ONLY in the Church for those who do not wish to have their own personal copy. These will be found at the East and West entrances to the Church at the beginning of Advent and should be returned to their respective locations after each Mass.
GOOD SHEPHERD PROVIDE-A-MEAL PROGRAM 2019
Important sacramental announcements and actions this week!
The registration and enrollment Process and Requirements as well as the Schedule for First Reconciliation/Communion and Confirmation are now available.
Check the following pages periodically for the latest updates.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are still in need of parents to assist in teaching the monthly classes, which take one hour in length.
Classes are scheduled to begin in January until May 2019.
YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER
Youth Nativity Play
To all children and youth: Still looking for a gift to bring to Jesus? Be a member of the Nativity Play to be presented on Christmas Eve, from 4:20 to 4:45 p.m. in the church, before the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
There will be one practice from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.