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First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2013


April 24, 2011 , 2010
Saturday, November30th 5:00 PM Karen & Tom Tischler 50th Anniversary Sunday, December 1st 9:00 AM For the People of the Parish 11:15AM Betty Walker & All Departed Souls+ Monday, December 2nd 8:30 AM Intention Available Tuesday, December 3rd 8:30 AM Helen Murawski+ Wednesday, December 4th 7:00 PM David Yates Intention Thursday, December 5th 9:00 AM Intention Available First Friday, December 6th 8:30 AM Intention Available Saturday, December 7th 5:00 PM Cheryl Zeigler-Eherle+ Sunday, December 8th 9:00 AM For the People of the Parish 11:15 AM Betty Walker & All Departed Souls+ Liturgical Minister Schedule Saturday, December 7, 2013, 5:00pm Lector: Bev Zeigler Servers: C. Walker / M. Levanoff E.M.s: S. DeThomas / S. Dunn Sunday, December 8, 2013, 9:00am Lector: Jane Cullin Servers: J. & J. Alberts E.M.s: J. Jack, B. Hennessey, W. Mole, P. Guidetti, R. Cooke Sunday, December 8, 2013, 11:15am Lector: Cristina Burky Servers: N. & T. Kusa E.M.s: S. Havel / M. Piazza

Since we just finished the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no PSR this Sunday, December 1st. But Id like to invite everyone to join us for the celebration of Morning Prayer at 10:15am in the church. It will last about 15 minutes and we will provide the necessary books. During the last couple of weeks I gave presentations on the official prayer of the Church which is an extension of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, called the Liturgy of the Hours. These hours are periods of the day (morning, daytime, evening, and nighttime) when Catholics around the world pause for a few minutes of prayer in order to sanctify the entire day and to obey the Lords command that we pray always without losing heart. Such daily prayer at set hours had its or igins with the Jewish people who prayed the psalms that are part of our Old Testament. The apostles modified their Jewish prayer as they incorporated their faith in Christ, and other Christians followed. Later on it became more ritualized in monasteries as monks gathered at set times to pray together, and this lead to the practice of priests praying the Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office each day (a promise we make at ordination). Such prayer allows us not only to grow in our personal relationship with the Lord but also gives us the opportunity to pray for the salvation of the world. Since it is an official prayer of the Church, it is liturgical prayer, just as the sacraments are, especially the Eucharist, since they allow us to pray together as a community. Even when we use the breviary or Liturgy of the Hours book by ourselves, we are still praying with and for the larger community. The Jewish people and Muslims as well also pray at certain times during the day, so we join with many others in the world in offering praise and prayer to God at every moment of every day. This indeed, is right and just. Please join us in this prayer called Lauds which is the praise of God.

Sunday, Readings for the Week of December 1, 2013 First Sunday of Advent Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 Monday Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Lk 10:21-24 Wednesday Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday Is 26:1-6; Ps 118; Mt 7:21, 24-27 Friday Saint Nicholas, Bishop Is 29:17-24; Ps 27; Mt 9:27-31 Saturday Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147; Mt 9:3510:1, 5a, 6-8 Sunday Second Sunday of Advent Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 Sunday 10:00am 10:00am Monday, 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:00pm Tuesday, 7:00pm Wednesday 7:30 am 5:30pm Thursday, Friday, 6:00pm Saturday, 8:00pm

December 1st Offertory Counter Team 5 NO PSR (Hall) Morning Prayer (Church) December 2nd Ladies Guild Christmas Pot Luck (Hall) Guitar Group Practice (Church) Boy Scouts/Webelos (Hall) December 3rd Choir Practice (Church) December 4th Eucharistic Adoration Meals & More (Hall) December 5th No Events Scheduled December 6th Youth Group Baking Cookies (Hall) December 7th AA Meeting (Rectory Meeting Room)

Last weeks collections: Due to the holiday schedule of our bulletin publisher, collection amounts will be added to next weeks bulletin. Thank you! Please remember the sick in your prayers: Ron Guidetti, Eleanor Roe, Margie Keep, Freda Brazis; Pat Siddall, Louise Bauer, Tracy Lenhoff, Mary Cooke, Alene & Raymond Smith, Bob Coon, Jim McWeeny, Sr. Clare Ellen Wittman, Ray Hirsch, Marilyn Reith, Lilly Gawlinski, Jared Johnson, Deacon Joe Johnson, Barb Ciuca, Dan Klamert, Nancy Catalano, Jessica Johnson, Lois Yehlik, June Kost, and all those on our prayer board. DEACON'S CORNER: Calling all men of the parish. Next Saturday Nov.30, at 8:45 AM we will have our monthly mens prayer meeting. With Fr. Jim leaving us and a new pastor soon to be assigned we really need to pray for the Holy Spirits guidance for our Bishop Richard Lennon and those who assist him in making the selection of our new pastor. This is a big change for us all and I ask everyone to pray that God will be in our hearts in a special way during this Advent season while we not only pray for the grace of a joyful Christmas to come, but also for a smooth and renewing transition for our parish. Bulletin Advertising Campaign Coming Soon! Jeff Thomas representing Diocesan Publications (our Bulletin Publisher) will be at the parish soon. He will be renewing present advertisements and seeking new ones. If interested, please call the parish office. Or you may contact Jeff directly at 614738-6150 orjthomas@diocesan.com . We feel this is an excellent service and that the sponsors get good coverage with their ads. THANKS TO YOU and DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to the parish. Thank You from CCHD Thank you for your contributions to the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! Your generous gifts will help CCHD end poverty in America through better education, improved housing, and overall economic development. Through CCHD and its beneficiaries, we manifest Catholic social teaching and carry out Jesus mission to bring glad tidings to the poor to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free (Lk 4:18) Red Cross Needs Local Volunteers! The Red Cross is looking for volunteers each blood drive at St. Stephen to spend a few hours in the Canteen helping with refreshments. If you are interested please contact Donna Bourdess at 419-9452283. Your help will be greatly appreciated. JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM MASS, SAT., 7 DEC. 2013 Join Catholic Charities Disability Services & Ministries for the Annual Journey to Bethlehem Liturgy on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at OLA/St. Joseph Center (2346 W. 14th St., Cleveland, OH). Mass will begin at 10:30am with a light luncheon following. This beautiful celebration marks the 29th liturgy for persons with disabilities, their families and friends. We encourage members of our Diocese to join us. Call 216-334-2963 or email mjscott@clevelandcatholiccharities.org for more information. NO PSR this weekend! The weekend after Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day off to allow our Catechists to visit with family.

Parishioners asked to help Philippine Typhoon victims Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon, in response to a request from Catholic Relief Services, is asking the 185 parishes of the Diocese to offer a special, second collection this weekend of November 30 - December 1, 2013.The funds will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Community in the United States. The funds will benefit the Philippine people who are victims of super typhoon Haiyan. With wind speeds of 195 mph, it is now recorded as the strongest tropical cyclone on record to have made landfall. An estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from the destruction. Donors are advised to make checks payable to their individual parish (memo - Typhoon Relief). Ladies Guild Gathering Tomorrow On December 2nd at 6:30pm there will be a Christmas Potluck Dinner in the Hall! Bring a $5 wrapped gift exchange item with a White Elephant/Re-Gift theme. All are welcomed to join us for this epic good time! Good food and much laughter, bring a friend! Support Elderly Religious. A parishioner writes, As a Catholic school student from grades K-12, I was formed to be the person I am by many religious brothers and sisters, and I am forever grateful. Show your appreciation for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who made a positive difference in so many lives. Please give generously to next weeks collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. LEADERSHIP FOR A NEW DAY (LFND) ATTN Men & Women in your 20's & 30's: Do you want to integrate mission and values in the workplace? Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of Leadership for a New Day participants! LFND is an interactive leadership formation. Participants come from a variety of settings: faith-based, public, private, and non-profits agencies. You will meet great people and be paired with professional mentors. There are only 20 slots, which will be filled on a rolling basis. The inaugural class begins January 2014. To learn more, or download an application, visit our website: https://sites.google.com/site/lfndcle/home or find us on Twitter@LFNDCLE or at facebook.com/LFNDCLE. CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST A Christmas Concert with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir will take place on Friday, 6 December 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Avenue, Cleveland. The concert is free and open to all. No tickets or reservations required. Free secure parking at the Cathedral Plaza Garage Rockwell Ave. & E. 9th St. For more information call: 216-696-6525 x5510 or email: gheislman@dioceseofcleveland.org. Each of us is called to Sainthood by Imitating Christ! Please prayerfully consider following Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. We, of the Solanus Casey Fraternity, are a community of faithful men and women practicing our Roman Catholic faith by praying the Liturgy of the Hours twice daily, wearing the Tau cross, studying the ways of St. Francis and applying those ways to our everyday life. We gather the 2nd Thursday of every month at St. Stephen in West Salem at 6:45pm. For more info or a ride to attend one of our meetings, call Carol or Rich Cooke 419-945-3038.