Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve -All Masses in church unless otherwise stated
4 p.m. – St. Mary’s Band (chapel), 4:15 p.m. – Children’s Choir, 6:30 p.m. – piano/organ/cantor,
9 p.m. – Voices of Faith, midnight Mass – Caritas Choir
9 a.m. – Voices of Faith, 11:15 a.m. – Rejoice Ensensemble
Advent Day of Reflection
Men and women of the parish are invited to an Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Parish Center, Rooms 106/107. Take some time to prepare your heart for Jesus! If you’d like, begin with Mass at 9 a.m. For questions, contact Deacon Gary at 548-4877.
Also mark your calendars for our Advent Penance Service – Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in the chapel.
The spirit of giving and helping those in need are an intricate part of our Church community. This is our 15th year of offering the Giving Tree for the many men, women and children in our area that desperately need our prayers and thoughtful assistance. The list of organizations participating this year include: St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Vive La Casa, Gerard Place, School 30, Response to Love, Niagara Street School, Magdelene Project, Niagara County Community Mission, Aids Family Services, West Side Ministry, Catholic Charities and, of course, those in need here at St. Mary’s. Ornaments are available for selection after all Masses the weekend of November 30 – December 1. Please read the instructions on the front and back of the ornament and return your unwrapped gift in a holiday bag (under the Giving Tree) by DECEMBER 14-15th. We have committed to delivering a gift to every one of the individuals on the giving tree. Please call Sue Snyder at 688-0077 or Joan Clover 741-3165 with questions.
Are You Ready to Enrich Your Faith?
Christ Renews His Parish men’s retreat is scheduled January 25 – 26, 2014. Please consider attending the weekend to experience a rewarding spiritual renewal. A former participant summed up the weekend as a “spiritually uplifting experience that led to a closer relationship with God and others of the parish community.” Please contact Lee Vermeulen at 778-8887 with questions and/or interest in attending. Women are invited to attend the women’s weekend on March 22-23. God is calling you by name. What will your response be?
Share Your Opinions in Diocesan Survey
Parishioners, school parents, grandparents, friends and alumni are invited to participate in a survey for the Revitalizing Catholic Schools initiative. This Diocesan-wide survey provides the opportunity to share your opinions about Catholic education and the revitalization process. Please take a few minutes and let your voice be heard and share it with anyone who has an interest in Catholic grammar schools. The survey is also available on the WNY Catholic Schools website. Click on the link below to get started:
Voices of Faith Records CD
Our 9 a.m. choir Voices of Faith, has recorded a CD and copies are available for sale before and after the 9 a.m. Mass. During a summer recording session in church, these talented musicians recorded favorite songs that will inspire and enrich our faith. They make great Christmas gifts! Contact Donna Allan at email@example.com for more information.
Talented Teens Wanted
IMPACT is growing and we are now venturing into music ministry! We are looking for talented teens who can play an instrument or sing. We would ideally meet once a week. Each week teens will work one on one with an experienced musician to learn new techniques and songs. At the end of each meeting the teens would come together and play what they have learned. We want to get the ball rolling ASAP so consider joining us. If you are interested please contact Ryan Verity in the youth ministry office.
Question of the Week
The Feast of Christ the King
Adults: What sacrifices am I prepared to make in order to be closer to God?
Children: How can I show God’s love to others?
Faith Comes Alive Series
Become enlightened about your faith….join us for the Faith Comes Alive Series – Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Sessions continue through November 21. Topics include: Sept. 26 – “Passing on the Faith to the Generations of the Second Millennium” Oct. 3 – “Catholics and the Early Formation of the Church” Oct. 10 – “Sacraments & Spirit Alive” Oct. 17 “History of the Church: Reformation/Separation from the Catholic Church” Oct. 24 – Icons: Windows to Heaven” Nov. 7: ”Reconciliation…History & Formation of the Sacrament” Nov. 14 – Catholic Interpretation of the Bible /Women in the Gospels Nov. 21: ”Church as Seen Through the Miracle of Jesus”
Volunteers are needed for The Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministry that takes place every week during 9:00 a.m. Mass is looking for volunteers to help teach and assist the children. This is a wonderful ministry that gives the young ones the weekly readings on their level. No experience required, and all materials are provided. This is a perfect way to help without a big time commitment. Volunteers assist once every two months. You can choose to be a leader and a review the readings with the children or be a helper who sits in and escorts the kids. If interested please call Janice O’Brien the Family Faith Office at 688-0599.
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