From the Pastor's Desk
We have an early Christmas gift from our parish to you: a free copy of Scott Hahn’s book, Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does) . You can pick up a free copy of the book by the church entrances starting December 2-3. Scott Hahn makes Christmas familiar all over again as you read a family story of a father, a mother and a child. Join this family on their journey to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Egypt. You will read about the angels, the manger, the swaddling bands, the Magi, the star and the shepherds. This book will help you discover anew the joy of Christmas.
God Bless You,
Father John Mitchell
Reach out and invite a family to our “Retreat for Families” on December 16 where they will have fun and inspiring time rediscovering the real reason for the Christmas season! 
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Video of the Week

Click here to view videos on YouTube from the Organ Recital at our church on September 24, 2017 by Dr. Ray Bannon.

The September 24 recital was held to raise funds to pay for necessary repairs to the organ. If you would like to donate to the repairs, please click below: 

Books I Am Reading

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith”, by Father Robert Barron.

“Joy to the World”, by Scott Hahn.
Books I Have Read This Year

“He Leadeth Me” by Father Walter Ciszek. (Audiobook)

“My Sisters the Saints” by Colleen Carroll Campbell
“7 Secrets of the Eucharist” by Vinny Flynn

“Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain

" The Centurion’s Wife" by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

Will You Pray for a Priest Each Day?

Prayer Suggestion: Dear Jesus, hear my prayer on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and a firm hope. Be his comfort, his joy, and his strength. Amen.  

December 1 – Pope Francis
December 2 – Rev. John Mitchell
December 3 – Rev. Michael Rudolph
December 4 – Rev. Timothy Rudolphi
December 5 – Rev. Erich Rutten
December 6 – Rev. Patrick Ryan
December 7 – Rev. Ivan Sant
December 8 – Rev. Thomas Santa

Upcoming Feast Days:

Friday, December 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Mass at 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 23
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Mass at 8:00 am, 10:00 am

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Mass at 5:00 pm

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
Mass at 8:00 am, 10:00 am

Saturday, December 30
Solemnity of the Holy Family
Mass at 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 31
Solemnity of the Holy Family
Mass at 8:00 am, 10:00 am

Sunday, December 31
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Mass at 5:00 pm

Monday, January 1, 2018
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Mass at 9:00 am

Answer to the Trivia Question of the Week

c) Third Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent is the half-way point of Advent, and therefore we celebrate with a little more joy than usual because the Lord’s coming draws even closer. 

God Bless You,
Father John Mitchell 
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