Announcements for December 21-22, 2019

  1. Please join us for Evening Prayer during the Advent Season on Sundays at 4pm in the Church.

 

  1. The Social Justice committee is preparing a video for our sister parish in Tamanique, El Salvador!  The video is intended to simply say “greetings from the folks at Assumption” and is to be presented to the Tamanique parish when our Assumption delegation visits there in January.  Anyone who would like to make a short “hello and best wishes” presentation can do so on Saturday, Dec 21st after 5:00 mass in the conference room.  To make the video more effective and welcoming the speaking portion will be in Tamanique’s native language – Spanish. So, if you…. Speak Spanish, or provided a Tamanique student scholarship, or went on the mission in the past, or just want to say hello stop by after mass on Saturday, Dec 21st – don’t worry, if you don’t speak Spanish we will have interpreters there to help.

 

  1. The decorating committee will be getting together after 10am Mass next Sunday to decorate the Church for Christmas. If you are available to help stick around after 10am Mass.  As a reminder Poinsettia orders are due this Sunday.  Submit the name of the loved one and to whom it is from and drop in the metal lock box.  Thank you!

 

  1. Please stop by the gathering space for a light snack and a gift from our Pastoral Council.

Announcements for December 21-22, 2019

  1. Please join us for Evening Prayer during the Advent Season on Sundays at 4pm in the Church.

 

  1. The Social Justice committee is preparing a video for our sister parish in Tamanique, El Salvador!  The video is intended to simply say “greetings from the folks at Assumption” and is to be presented to the Tamanique parish when our Assumption delegation visits there in January.  Anyone who would like to make a short “hello and best wishes” presentation can do so on Saturday, Dec 21st after 5:00 mass in the conference room.  To make the video more effective and welcoming the speaking portion will be in Tamanique’s native language – Spanish. So, if you…. Speak Spanish, or provided a Tamanique student scholarship, or went on the mission in the past, or just want to say hello stop by after mass on Saturday, Dec 21st – don’t worry, if you don’t speak Spanish we will have interpreters there to help.

 

  1. The decorating committee will be getting together after 10am Mass next Sunday to decorate the Church for Christmas. If you are available to help stick around after 10am Mass.  As a reminder Poinsettia orders are due this Sunday.  Submit the name of the loved one and to whom it is from and drop in the metal lock box.  Thank you!

 

  1. Please stop by the gathering space for a light snack and a gift from our Pastoral Council.

Mass Intentions for December 16-22, 2019

Monday, December 16

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

Tuesday, December 17

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, December 18

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Rita Schulte

Thursday, December 19

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, December 20

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory Mary Ladurini

Saturday, December 21

5:00 pm         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Sunday, December 22

8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Brittany Kock

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Dinoraht Franco de Aristizabol

 

Immaculate Conception

This Solemnity of the Church and Holy Day of Obligation calls our attention to an important doctrine.  To define what the Immaculate Conception is helps Catholics to understand what they are called to believe as a faith tradition.

The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what “immaculate” means: without stain.

The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature.  Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings.

This implicit reference may be found in the angel’s greeting to Mary.  The angel Gabriel said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).  The phrase “full of grace” is a translation of the Greek which expresses a characteristic quality of Mary.

This characteristic quality is much more than an identity of “highly favored daughter” found with some New Testament translations.  The Greek implies the grace given to Mary is at once permanent and of a unique kind.  There is a sense in its meaning “to fill or endow with grace.”  This sense further indicates that Mary was graced in the past but with continuing effects in the present.

The grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit.  The state of sanctifying grace extended over the whole of her life, from her immaculate conception onward.

Because this feast day falls on Sunday this year, the Solemnity is transferred to Monday, December 9, but the Holyday of Obligation is not.  (9:2)

Announcements for December 7-8, 2019

  1. Both Confirmation classes and any older high school students are requested to attend a special youth group meeting at 5pm on December 8, 2019 with our Mission speaker, Jon Leonetti. There will be food, praise and worship music and then we will attend the Mission session at 6:30pm.  This is a requirement for both years of Confirmation preparation as it will replace the classes for December.  Attendance will be taken.  Parents are also requested to attend at least one of the three nights of the mission for preparation for Confirmation.  Thank you!

 

  1. On the bulletin tables are envelopes for the Retirement Fund for the Religious. If you haven’t already done so please drop your donation in the metal lock box. 

 

  1. Please join us for Evening Prayer during the Advent Season on Sundays at 4pm in the Church.

 

 

SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY!!!!!

  1. Give yourself and your family the BEST Christmas gift ever this year!! Come join our Parish Mission for a Surge of the Heart with international speaker and author Jon Leonetti beginning tomorrow evening at 6:30pm. December 8th, 9th and 10th promise to fill your heart with the “reason for the Season” as you grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mass Intentions for December 9-15, 2019

Monday, December 9

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Bart Miner

Tuesday, December 10

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, December 11

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva

Thursday, December 12

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, December 13

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory Sylvester Link

Saturday, December 14

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Fr. Eugene Koch

Sunday, December 15

8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Jimmy Nixon

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Shane Connor

 

Advent

The word Advent derives from the Latin advenio, meaning “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ.  Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ.

Advent is also the start of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church.  Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays.  That means that the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3.

This season refers, first of all, to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Eucharist; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time.  Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind.  We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.

It is also at the start of the Advent season the parish assembly affirms those seeking acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance, which takes place on the First Sunday of Advent.  During this Rite, the Inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Acceptance is but one step in the process for a Catechumen or Candidate to come into full communion with the Catholic Church.  (9:1)

Announcements for November 30-December 1, 2019

  1. As we begin this Advent Season, let us prepare for a Surge of the Heart and cultivate your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our much anticipated Parish Mission begins next Sunday, December 8th and runs through December 10th starting at 6:30pm every night.  Enjoy special Praise Music with Lori Ancona the first night starting at 6pm.  How blessed are we to have this opportunity to share with family, friends, and facilitator, Jon Leonetti, in preparation for the Christmas season and in preparation for our Parish Reconciliation on December 11th.  A light social will follow each evening as well.  Please make it YOUR mission to attend!

 

  1. In the gathering space on the table in front of the bulletin are a limited number of The Advent & Christmas daily reflections booklets, help yourself.

 

  1. The Social Justice has put up the Giving Tree in the gathering space. We ask that you take a tag from the tree and returned that item wrapped with the gift tag taped to the package.  Please have your purchases returned no later than Sunday, December 15th.  Thank you!

 

  1. ON the bulletin tables are envelopes for the Retirement Fund for the Religious. Please take an envelope this weekend and return next weekend.  Thank you!

 

  1. Please join us for Evening Prayer during the Advent Season on Sundays at 4pm in the Church.

Mass Intentions for December 2-8, 2019

Monday, December 2

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, December 3

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Fr. Eugene Koch

Wednesday, December 4

8:00 am         Mass, for  health of Matthew Naert

Thursday, December 5

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, December 6

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Eddie Battani

Saturday, December 7

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Jim Severino

Sunday, December 8

8:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Charlotte Miner

 

 

Stewardship

Stewards of God’s gifts are not passive beneficiaries.  We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others.  We are also obliged to be stewards of the Church—collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church’s essential mission.

This mission—proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying—is our task.  It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops state that all members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission.  That is, parents nurture their children in the light of faith; parishioners work in concrete ways to make their parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community; and that all Catholics give generous support—time, money, prayers, and personal service according to their circumstances—to parish and diocesan programs, and to the universal Church.

The USCCB says that at times, we can find it far too easy to ignore spiritual realities and to deny religion a role in shaping human and social values.

As Catholics who have entered into the mainstream of American society and experienced its advantages, many of us also have been adversely influenced by this secular culture.  We know what it is to struggle against selfishness and greed, and we realize that it is harder for many today to accept the challenge of being a Christian steward.  It is essential, therefore, that we make a special effort to understand the true meaning of stewardship and live accordingly.  (8:52)