St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158 US - In the Parish: News and Events
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News in the Parish Solemn Vespers This Sunday
Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2013
This Sun, Dec. 1, the First Sunday of Advent, our parish will gather to celebrate Solemn Vespers. This beautiful and ancient prayer of the Church will include beautiful music reflective of the season of Advent. The adult choir of St. Mary parish will be singing with instrumentalists. Solemn Vespers will begin at 7:00 pm. As we begin the new year of the Church and prepare for the great solemnity of the birth of Christ at Christmas, may we gather as a parish family and set our sights on spiritually preparing our souls for the great feast of the Incarnation. —Fr. Tim
Exposition and Adoration
On First Friday: Fri., Dec. 6 come spend time with Jesus from 9:00 am until Benediction on Sat., Dec. 7 at 8:15 am -- All day and all night! Also there will be the opportunity for Confession on First Friday evening between 8:00-9:00 pm. First Saturday Mass will following the time of adoration, beginning at 8:30 am. In addition to our own prayer intentions and our prayers for our pastor, this month we will ask God to hear our prayers for this special intention: For Vocations to the Holy Priesthood in the Diocese of Lansing. Come spend time with Jesus!
Adult Faith Formation in December
This month’s Bible Study will focus on Matthew, chapters 17 and 18, in which Jesus turns his attention from preaching to the crowds in Galilee to instructing his disciples, beginning with his Transfiguration. We will meet in the Fr. Fisher Hall on Mon, Dec. 9, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
“What Catholics Believe About...Sacred Scripture.” This month’s session will take place at the Parish Center on Wed, Dec. 18, starting at 7:00 pm. Please bring your Catechisms and Bibles; notes will be provided. —Dcn. Dennis
Important Religious Ed updates
*** Because of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the high school and grades 7/8 religious education classes for Sun, Dec. 1 have been cancelled. The regular high school class schedule will resume next Sun, Dec. 8.
*** Also note: The First Holy Communion preparation class that usually meets on the first Sunday of the month (this weekend) will meet instead next Sun, Dec. 8 from 6:00-7:15 pm at the parish center. The change is because of the Vespers Service tonight.
*** Also, the Youth Group asks all parishioners to remember to support their dry and canned food service drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Jackson. The drop-off box is located in the main vestibule and will be available through Sun, Dec. 1 (and at the parish center until the Taco Dinner on Thurs, Dec. 12).
Bake Sale a Success!!
I would like to thank everyone who donated baked goods or craft items to the annual Christmas in the Village Bake Sale that the Altar Society participated in again this year at the Methodist Church. Many people worked very hard, donating lots of wonderful bake sale staples, as well as specialty items that take quite some time to make, or donating craft items – in all, about 28 people contributed to the sale, making it a GREAT success!
The sale netted over $1,300.00 for our Altar Society fund, which in turn purchases necessary items like altar candles, altar linens, cassocks, etc. for our church. As usual, we had our tables packed with goodies, which many in the community look forward to purchasing each year. Special thanks to Judy Walz, Laurie Sanders, and their pretzel crew for making all the delicious German pretzels, which sold out before the end of the sale. Also, thank you to Barb Doyle who worked the whole day at the sale with me. I really appreciate everyone’s hard work! —Sincerely, Jill Bondy, St. Mary Altar Society
Taco Dinners: A Special Invitation
We would like to invite all parishioners to attend our monthly Taco Dinners. They are held the second Thursday of each month, with our next dinner being held on December 12th. It is a wonderful, hot and hearty meal, and all you can eat!! You can make a plate of nachos and cheese (or nachos with all the fixins’), tacos, taco salad, as well as having lemonade or coffee, which comes with the meal, and dessert. Pop and bottled water are also available for $1.00 more. The cost is just $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (62 and up), $4.00 for children 5-10 yrs. old, and 4 & under are free. Also, for larger families, we have a family meal deal: just $35.00 per family, which includes 2 adults and all children 18 and under.
Attendance has been low, especially attendance by St. Mary Parishioners. There were only about nine parish families (other than workers) who attended the last dinner, and it would be great to see many more families supporting our fundraising dinners! Our last dinner’s profit was just $264.00 - and we would like to bring that amount up substantially, to make this a worthwhile fundraiser! Won’t you come join us, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a great meal and support our parish? We hope to see you on December 12th! —Sincerely, Jill Bondy & Amy Parrish, co-chairs
Church Cleaning, Saturday, December 7th: “Many Hands make Light Work!”
An opportunity for teens, men and women to help! Christmas is coming! Let’s all lend a hand to be sure our beautiful little stone church shines in all it’s splendor for the coming of the Christ Child! The church cleaning will be held on Sat, Dec. 7 following the First Saturday Mass.
Please plan on attending Mass as 8:30 am and bring along a change of clothes! There will be ample time to change into your work clothes and have some refreshments before we begin cleaning at 10:00 am. There are jobs for teens, as well as both men and women.
Please bring a bucket and rags. Murphy’s oil soap will be provided. Questions? Please contact Cheryl Bauer at 517-423-2372.
Don’t forget to pick up your Beautiful, Fresh, Fragrant Evergreens!
Don’t forget to pick up your beautiful, fresh fragrant evergreens following all Masses next weekend from the rectory garage. Please remember that you are responsible for the delivery of the orders you took. The ladies of the Altar Society would like to thank you for your assistance in making this year’s fundraiser another great success! If you have questions, please contact Sandi Kwolek at 734-428-7674.
“Those who sing pray twice!”
Our St. Mary music Director Benjamin Dahl wants to remind all adults and young people in the parish – current choir members and anyone who might be considering singing at Christmas time – of the following schedule:
*** Dec. 4th: The first Children’s Choir Rehearsal at 6:00 pm in the choir loft in preparation for the Christmas Day 10 a.m. Mass at which the children’s choir will sing; Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 pm in the choir loft.
*** Dec. 11th: 2nd Children’s Choir Rehearsal at 6:00 pm in the choir loft; Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 pm in the choir loft.
*** Dec. 18th: 3rd and final Children’s Choir Rehearsal at 6:00 pm in the choir loft; Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 pm in the choir loft.
*** SINGING AT THE CHRISTMAS MASSES:
*** The Adult Choir will sing at MIDNIGHT MASS on December 25th
*** Children’s Choir will sing at the CHRISTMAS DAY MASS AT 10:00 AM
Spiritual Resources as we enter the Church
Please stop for a moment in the main vestibule to see the many resources available…
*** MAGNIFICAT ADVENT COMPANION: This beautiful publication offers daily meditations to enhance the spiritual purpose of Advent.
*** 2014 PARISH CALENDARS: In addition to beautiful classical religious art, these calendars include all the holy days for the upcoming year. Please feel welcome to take one home
*** CHILDREN’S ENVELOPES FOR 2014: For children and youth to use as they begin to practice the virtue of fidelity in good stewardship of their parish.
*** COLLECTION BOXES FOR OUR GIFTS FOR THE RESIDENTS OF ST. LOUIS CENTER: This year we are asked to provide either arts and crafts items (paper, markers, glue, stickers, etc). The collection boxes will be in the vestibule until Dec. 15 when we will deliver the gifts to St. Louis Center.
*** OPLATKI (CHRISTMAS WAFERS) AND PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS are available! Continue a family tradition with Oplatki; and look over the two new Christmas card designs. See the display table at the back of the church and use the envelopes on the table for payment.
Our Parish Advent Giving Tree
As we begin preparing for Christmas (Jesus’ birthday), let us remember to get a gift for Him! “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren…”
We are collecting gifts for the residents of St. Louis Center. This wonderful organization, founded and run by the Italian Servants of Charity priests, cares for and supports men and women who are mentally impaired. When we asked if they need anything special this year, St. Louis Center said, “Yes,” and that once again the residents would greatly appreciate donations of arts and crafts supplies. Please drop off your gifts by the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 15 so there is time to get them to St. Louis Center before Christmas. Collection boxes for gifts are in the main vestibule.
"Save the Date”…
February 17-19, 2014. Save the date for the parish mission this coming February. Peter and Debbie Herbeck, well-known speakers and television hosts (on EWTN) will be presenting this three-day mission on the topic of Discipleship. Please plan to attend. More information in the Advent Newsletter, and in future bulletins.
Speaking of Christmas… cards, that is!
Once again beautiful Christmas cards with lovely watercolor drawings by parishioner Bill Shurtliff portraying a charming aspect of Christmas at St. Mary's will be available for purchase. Cards will be available at the December Coffee Hour and from a display at the entrance of the church beginning with the First Sunday of Advent. Two new card designs are available. Be sure to stop by the display.
#8 Marriage Mentoring Minutes©: Your First Neighbor
Christ condensed the Ten Commandments into two: “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind. This is the greatest commandment and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37-39). Your first and most important neighbor is your spouse. Do you love your spouse as much as you love yourself?
Our world would change for the better if every Catholic married couple lived these two commandments and taught them to their children through words as well as actions.
Children would then live in a home in which parents spoke of God as the real, living, loving head of their home. Parents would speak with love and gratitude for God, His great commandments of love, the holy Catholic Church, the sacraments, the love they share, their marriage and the great gift of children as the most important blessings in their lives. Children would be given peace of mind and soul knowing how secure they were in the love of God as well as the love of their parents. It is this kind of stability that allows children to flourish.
Share this with your spouse. Ask your spouse if they feel important in your life. If they do not, then listen kindly to why they feel so unimportant. Each spouse may have to really concentrate on speaking and acting kinder to each other with true respect, encouraging words and appreciation. As you say grace before meals, add, “Thank you Jesus for the blessing of my precious spouse and our children.”
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The complete 52 weeks of Marriage Mentoring Minutes is in book form and can be ordered through the parish or by calling 602-743-4303.
Check it out!
Did you know that Fr. Tim’s homilies are available online? Also usher, lector, EMHC and altar server schedules, times of special parish events, recent bulletins and newsletters – and more? Check it out: stmarymanchester.catholicweb.com
The blessings of our parish
If you attend Mass here at St. Mary’s, it is important that you register with the parish. It is part of our Catholic life to be connected to a parish. Just give the parish office a call; registration can be done on the phone. Registering means that your family’s sacramental history is in the care of a priest, and that the parish is able to serve those who are attending. Please don’t neglect this important step. Call the parish office at 428-8811.
“The “Poor Box”
Perhaps you’ve noticed it: the little wooden box on the wall above the holy water font in the main vestibule. “Poor Box” it says on it. Each week, the coins and dollars dropped in this box are collected and put in a special fund. The priest then has available to him discretionary funds to use at any moment to help someone in the parish experiencing an emergency, unexpected crisis, or serious need. This has been a great blessing to a number of people. Thanks to those, young and old, who have dropped coins in the Poor Box. While the amounts are typically humble each week, occasionally there is great generosity. Thanks be to God! Sometimes our eyes become so accustomed to something that they no longer see it. But take a look. The simple wooden box is there. And what you put in it may be an answer to someone else’s prayer!
Baptism preparation classes
A reminder that if you are expecting a baby, you can arrange to attend the Baptism Preparation Class anytime before the baby is born. You will most likely find this easier than after the little one is born, and it will also mean everything will be ready for a baptism as soon as possible after birth! Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Note: All parents must take the class to be updated in their preparation.
Collection Counter Needed
We are looking for another individual who might be willing to help count Sunday collections – either as an occasional substitute or as a “regular,” once every five weeks. If you think you might be able to serve in this way, please call the parish office at 428-8811.
Mass intentions & Sanctuary Lamps
Our parish Mass book is filling up quickly. To have a Mass offered for a loved one is a great blessing, and many are anxious to take part in this. But please remember that if the Mass is already “taken” for the date you want, you can request a Sanctuary Lamp.
You recall the Sanctuary Lamps are the special candles which burn in every Roman Catholic Church to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, present in the Tabernacle on the Altar. Here at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church we add our prayer intentions to the light of the candle and bring them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intentions for the Sanctuary Lamps are for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. They are published in the bulletin as well as on the card in the main vestibule to encourage all who come to pray to remember and pray for this special intention. Cards to send are also available.
Like a Mass intention, you can contact the parish office to schedule a Sanctuary Lamp prayer intention. The customary donation is $12.
Can you be a sub for Eucharistic Adoration?
During First Friday Exposition and Adoration, there must be two adorers present at every moment of the 23-hours. Right now all the commitments are made, but there is always a need for substitutes. Can you offer your name as a sub? If so, please call Pete Nashif (428-1836) or the parish office.
If you shop at Meijers.
Please consider getting a “Meijer Guest Card” and designating our parish # 670279 to receive a donation from Meijers worth ½-1% of your monthly purchase totals made by cash, debit card, or Meijer credit card (MasterCard or store-card). This is a simple way to make have Meijers designate funds for St. Mary’s when they are donating to community organizations. To enroll, either get an application from Meijer stores or go online at www.meijer.com/rewards.
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