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The Parish Community of Saint Therese’s ~ Shavertown, Pennsylvania
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Guide us to thy perfect Light...
Fourth Sunday of Advent December 24, 2017
HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS:
The rectory office will be closing at 11:30am on Friday, December 22, 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. For emergencies, please dial 570-200-9006. Enter a number where you can be reached and Father Jim will return your call as soon as he is able.
May this Season of “Goodness and Light”
fill your hearts and your homes
with Love and Joy.
“THE TRUE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS”
Heartfelt thanks to all those who gave of their time and talent this Christmas Season, namely: our Adult and Bell Choirs for their beautiful gift of music; our Liturgy Committee for the lovely decorations in and outside our Church; our Communion Ministers for bringing Jesus to the homebound and elderly; our faithful parishioners for delivering flowers and greetings to those una-ble to join us this year, the Prayer Shawl Ministry for providing much needed love and warmth, and all Ministers of the Altar (Altar Servers, Bread Bakers, Cantors, Lectors, Parking Attendants, our sacristan; Beverly Harostock, Ministers of Hospi-tality and Ministers of Communion) for their dedi-cated service to God’s people.
May the newborn Christ Child, born of Mary, bless you with His presence and His peace, at Christmas and always!
For information relative to the cancellation of Mass, Religious Education classes, or Parish meet-ings/activities due to inclement weather, kindly dial 570-696-1144 Extension 13.
Card of THANKS
Words cannot express my heartfelt thanks for your generosity to the needy and poor of our parish community.
Your kindness and sensitivity to the needs of the less fortunate is second to none.
May God bless you all. Father Jim
A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS
Lord of light, shine on us; Lord of peace, dwell in us; Lord of might, protect us; Lord of love, enfold us;
Lord of wisdom; enlighten us. Then, Lord, let us
go out as your witnesses, in obedience to your command;
to share the good news of your mighty love for us
in the gift of your son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ. A men.
~Eleventh Century Latin Hymn
Worship The Celebration of the Eucharist
Mon.10:00AM Robert Franklin; Patrick De Gennaro Tue. 9:00AM NO 9:00 AM MASS Wed. 9:00AM John Wilkes; Sam Wilkes & Family Thu. 9:00AM Margaret Reino; Kevin & Michelle Coombs Fri. 9:00AM Leonard Bolinski; O’Malley Family Sat. 5:00PM Matthew & Mildred Weiss; Family Sun. 7:30AM Richard Adamchick; Joan Fannick 9:00AM Fran Williams (Birthday); Family 11:00AM Brent Evans; Pat & Diane O’Brien
The Eucharistic Wine consecrated at our masses on the weekend of December 23 & 24 is donat-ed in loving memory of the Fannick Family by Joan Fannick & Family.
Eucharistic Wine: In Memoriam
The altar wine blessed at our weekend liturgies is being offered as a memoriam for a loved one. If you are interested in memorializing a family mem-ber or friend who has passed away, please call the rectory 570-696-1144 for information and details.
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION: The next Baptis-mal Preparation Class for expectant parents will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm in the Rec-tory Meeting Room. Most parents prefer to attend this mandatory session prior to the birth of their child. Please call the rectory office to register.
There is a Preschool—Kindergarten Program availa-ble in the Church hall during the 11:00 Mass each weekend. Please contact Denise Williams
to register your child at (570) 696-1144 ext. 29.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: To be consid-ered for inclusion in the weekly bulletin, all items should be submitted by the Friday (10 days) prior to publication. Information can be mailed to St. Therese’s Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, Pa. 18708, faxed to 570-696-1210 or preferably emailed to [email protected].
Ministers of Communion, Lectors & Altar Servers:
A new liturgical schedule for the months of Janu-ary to April 2018 is ready and can be viewed and printed from our church web site at www.stthereses-shavertown.com under schedules or, for those without access to a computer, a paper copy can be found in the church sacristy. Also there are phone lists and mass preferences for finding substitute ministers in the sacristies. Thank you.
Any M-F parishioner, 18 years of age or older, interested in serving at funeral masses, is asked to contact Fr. Jim for details and training information. To assist you in your decision, most of our funerals are scheduled at 10:00 o’clock on weekday or Saturday mornings.
The Sign of Peace and the Distribution of the Eucharistic Wine
Due to the flu epidemic, it has been suggested that we dispense with shaking hands at the “Sign of Peace”, and with the distribution of the Eucharistic Wine. As soon as the epidemic ends, we will re-sume these liturgical practices. Meanwhile, please note that Jesus is present, body, soul, and divinity, whole and entire, in the Eucha-ristic Bread. Thank you for your acceptance and consideration of this matter.
2018 Children’s Envelopes Children’s offertory envelopes have been distributed but are still available by calling Terri at the Rectory office: 570-696-1144. Please recycle any un-used 2017 envelopes. Thank you.
WEEKEND MASS CELEBRANTS
December 30 & 31, 2017
Saturday 5:00PM—Fr. Paisley Sunday 7:30AM—Fr. Paisley 9:00AM—Fr. Albosta 11:00AM—Fr. Albosta
Commitment of Treasure
“Give to the Most High God, as God has given to you, gen-erously, according to your means, for the Lord is one who always repays, and God will give back to you sevenfold.” Sirach 35: 9-10
Stewardship of Faith Share the gift of faith by inviting
a family member or friend to Church!
Attendance weekend Eucharist (Dec. 16-17, 2017)
5:00pm 232 7:30am 180 9:00am 170 11:00am 240 SFC 75 Total 897
Compassionate Care Hospice is in need of volun-teers to provide emotional support and companionship to the terminally ill. Help is needed to assist families in residential settings, assisted living and nursing home facilities. Easy volunteer training is available. Please call 570-451-1031 for more information.
Collection Date: Sunday, 12/17/2017 Adult Offertory $11,221.00
Children’s Offertory $62.89
Loose Offertory $425.00 Adult Env. 461/1,297 Child Env. 47/200
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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Monday, December 25 at 10:00 AM
Saint Therese Father Albosta Saint Frances Cabrini Father Jim
NOTE: The Solemnity of Mary (New Years Day) is not an obligation in 2018. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00am on Monday, January 1st.
Your generosity to the Christmas collection is deeply appreciated and much needed this year. Rising expenses are challenging our parish's financial status at this time. Your “year-end” donation will help us to over-come this problem and face the New Year with optimism and stability. Thank you.
Dear Father Paisley and Members of St. Therese’s Parish Family,
Thank you for all the ways St. Therese’s has supported Mercy Services. We appreciate the backpacks which you gave us in August, the Thanks-giving food cards, and the wonderful presents from the Advent Giving Tree. A special thank you to all those from your parish who organized and delivered these contributions to our families. I know this is a labor of love. The Sisters of Mercy and the families we serve wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Sincerely, Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM
10 Great Dates to ENERGIZE your Marriage (A program to help spark
romance with memory making evenings)
Dates are held the fourth Saturday of each month, beginning January 27th. Topics do not build on each other. Therefore, you do not need to attend every month to benefit and you do not need to commit to all 10 dates.
Dates start at 6:30 pm in Father Sammons Hall. The night begins with a 15 minute DVD, before you leave for your personal date. Date ideas in-clude dinner, taking a walk, taking a drive, etc. An-ything that will allow discussion time with each other.
There is no fee to attend, and the Parish will pro-vide the accompanying book for free.
Childcare will be available. When r egister ing, ask Terri for a suggested list of Babysitters who will be happy to come to your home and look after the little ones.
“It’s never too early or too late to start dating your spouse again”
Please RSVP by Monday, January 22nd Terri Besecker, Parish Secretary at (570) 696-1144
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