Winter 2017
All of us at Guardian Angels Parish are wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2018! Below you will find a schedule for the remaining Advent events:

Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 23, 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, December 24, 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
No 12:00 Noon Mass on December 24

Masses for Christmas
Sunday, Christmas Eve 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Monday, Christmas Day 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.; no confessions December 30th
Full-Day Preschool Offered For 2018-2019

Guardian Angels School is expanding our preschool offerings beginning in the 2018-2019 school year! Next year, we will offer a full day program for 3 and 4 year olds along with a full day program for pre-kindergarten students. 

After care will be available for students in both programs each day until 6:00 p.m. Registration for both programs will begin in late January.
Guardian Angels School Open House

Our Open House kicks off Catholic Schools Week each year in January. Open House includes our current families as well as families considering Guardian Angels School for the future. It is a great way to meet current families, talk with teachers in their classrooms, and get a feel for the community you will find here. Our Open House will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 1:00-3:00pm.
You can RSVP for our Open House  online. This is not mandatory, however, guests do register at the door so this will speed up the process once you arrive at our Open House.
Fall Soup & Speaker Series: December 18

All parishioners are invited to join our Fall Soup and Speaker Series. The next event is Monday, December 18th. Soup will be served at 6:00pm in the undercroft; the presentation will follow. 

Come hear Fr. Sean Wilson share the life and experiences of Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin, the first married couple to be canonized together. Learn how they grew in love of each other and God despite great struggle, including the deaths of four young children and St. Zelie's early death to breast cancer. A flyer is attached.
Reminders From the Religious Education Office

Confirmation Parent Meeting/7th Grade
The Confirmation Parent/Candidate meeting has been rescheduled. The new date is February 8th at 7:00pm in the undercroft. This replaces the original meeting scheduled for January 11th. At least one parent and his/her current 7th grade student, must be in attendance.
First Communion Parent Meeting
The First Communion parent meeting, scheduled for October 26th, has been rescheduled. The meeting will now take place on February 22nd at 7:00pm in the undercroft. This meeting will be for the parents only.
Consider Becoming An Arimathean

The Arimatheans (named for Joseph of Arimathea) are persons who attend parish funerals in order to offer prayer for the deceased and support for the bereaved family. This is an excellent ministry for anyone who is able to attend an occasional weekday Mass - including retired people or stay-at-home parents with children in school. There are no requirements, obligations, dues, or meetings! 

There is a phone chain to let anyone on the Arimathean list know that a funeral will be held on a certain day and time, usually late morning.  If you cannot be there we understand, but maybe you can. Sometimes there are very few people at the funeral of an elderly person, and the families always appreciate our presence!

Call Sue Steffen at 231-4274 or the rectory at 231-7440 for more information.
Fathers Team Welcoming New Members

This men's fellowship group meets weekly to discuss current issues for fathers and their families. The one hour meetings involve prayer, scripture, catechism, song, and large and small discussion groups. A year-long syllabus is published and followed. 
Discussions this year will include:
  • Helping your children be the best they can be
  • Wholesome family entertainment
  • How to introduce the faith to young children
  • Being Catholic in a divided spiritual house
  • Balancing work and family
  • Understanding the Mass
  • And much more
All fathers are welcome! You may join at any point throughout the year. You can find more information on the parish website.
Save the Date: Passion & Purpose For Marriage

Guardian Angels Parish's Fathers Team is partnering with IHM for an event for couples in January. Dynamic Catholic presents  Passion & Purpose for Marriage on January 13th. The event will be held at IHM from 9:30am-2:00pm and features Author/Speaker Dr. Allen Hunt. Participants will discover key ingredients to a healthy and happy marriage. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online. A flyer with more information is attached. If you have any questions, please contact Reid Rooney.

Cheers to 125 Years! PTA's Annual Parent's Night Out Celebration is on Saturday,  February 10 . Mark your calendar now for a fabulous night of friends, food, drinks and entertainment...GA PTA's largest fundraiser of the year! How can you help now? We are always looking for volunteers; if you're interested, please contact  Erica Monahan
The event committee is currently collecting items for the silent auction and the Cork Pull Game. To donate items to the silent auction at the event, see the attached Amazon Wish List. The gifts you donate will be delivered right to GA.
The Cork Pull game is always a big hit! Sign-up to donate to the Cork Pull here; please plan on dropping your donation off at any one of the Masses the weekend of January 6th or Jan 20th.  The PTA will have a representative selling tickets to the event.   
Thank you and CHEERS TO 125 YEARS!
Support GA While You Shop On Amazon

You can now support Guardian Angels Parish when you shop at! GA is a newly registered participant in the AmazonSmile Program. You can sign-up to have a portion of your purchase sales come back to Guardian Angels. When you make purchases through the page, and have GA selected as your beneficiary, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products back to GA. You have to be shopping from page of the site for us to receive the benefit.

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