December 13, 2015 - St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

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December 13, 2015 - St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH & SCHOOL
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
Sunday, December 13
Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9 & 11 a.m. Mass for
children ages 4-2nd grade & 3rd-4th grade
Nursery ages 1-3 during 9 & 11 a.m. Mass, Teachers’ Lounge
Mass 9 a.m.
Sunday School during 9 a.m. Mass for children ages 3-K
Mass 11 a.m.
Church Decorating 2 p.m.
St. Paul
the Apostle
Parish & School
Monday, December 14
2750 Burton St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
www.stpaulapostle.com
www.stpaul-school.org
Communion Service 8:30 a.m.
Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Pageant 5 p.m., Church
Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Tuesday, December 15
Communion Service 8:30 a.m.
Communion Service at Cook Valley Estates 11 a.m.
First Reconciliation for REP 4:30 p.m., Church
REP Classes 4:30 & 6 p.m., Classrooms
Music Ministry Practice 7 p.m., Antioch Room
Wednesday, December 16
Communion Service 8:30 a.m.
Mass at Heartland Healthcare 10:45 a.m.
Senior Seekers Christmas Party 12:20 p.m., Damascus Hall
Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Pageant 5 p.m., Church
RCIA 6 p.m., Pastoral Center
SPACE Rehearsal 7 p.m., Church
Thursday, December 17
WEEKEND LITURGIES
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday 4 p.m.
PARISH OFFICE
616-949-4170/FAX 616-949-5295
Msgr. Ernest P. Schneider, Pastor
[email protected]
ext. 246
Deacon Ed Harwood, Pastoral Associate
[email protected]
ext. 241
Sr. Rosanne Szocinski, O.P., Pastoral Associate
[email protected]
ext. 249
Beth Kolenda-Spencer, Director of Faith Formation ext. 243
[email protected]
School Mass 8:30 a.m.
Home & School Meeting 1:30 p.m., Ss. Peter & Paul Room
Jillian Langford, Youth Minister
[email protected]
ext. 247
Friday, December 18
Barbara Rewa, Music Director
[email protected]
ext. 240
Mass 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 19
Mary Harwood, Asst. Music Director/Technology ext. 216
[email protected]
Mass 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 20
Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9 & 11 a.m. Mass
Nursery during 9 & 11 a.m. Mass, Teachers’ Lounge
Mass 9 a.m.
Sunday School during 9 a.m. Mass
Mass 11 a.m.
Junior High Youth Group 5 p.m., Damascus Hall
High School Youth Group 6:30 p.m., Damascus Hall
Sharon Colon, Business Manager
[email protected]
ext. 245
Peggy Marshall, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
ext. 244
Susana Zavala, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
ext. 242
Bulletin Submissions
[email protected]
SCHOOL OFFICE
The following people will be remember at all Masses
celebrated Monday, December 14-December 20.
† Geraldine Schneider
† Monica F. Bennett
† Monica Cooke
† Donald Vangelderen
† Ken Maly
† Frederick Dykstra
† Colin Scoon
† Alice Hoff
† Jeff Miller
Living & Deceased Members
of the Kowalski & Cwayna
Families
† Jean Murphy
† Larry Howard
616-949-1690/FAX 616-949-0836
Lori Salva, Principal
[email protected]
ext. 222
Bridget Bissell, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
ext. 221
Lenore Burnett, Office Assistant
[email protected]
ext. 216
We are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ which calls us to
proclaim our beliefs through love for and service to our community.
Strengthened by the sacraments and our celebration of the liturgy
together we are dedicated to ministering to the spiritual, education,
and social needs of all. As a caring people, we seek to teach, heal,
reconcile, and to grow in the image and likeness of God.
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 13, 2015
MINISTRY SCHEDULE, DECEMBER 19 & 20
ALTAR SERVERS
Mary Jane Aalders
Debbie Anderson
Kathy Azzolino
Michael Blodgett
Hassiba Cassis
Dorothy Crandell
Chase Dalziel
Libby Davarn
John Deederly
Marion Dressel
Amy Driscoll
Jeanie Hyde
Dave Johnson
Sr. Marita MacNall
Marie Mailloux
Sheila McGee
Robin Miller
Wayne Morford
Adam Murphy
Halina Poplawska
Vincent Portelli
Nancy Stone
Tim Topolinski, Sr.
Mary Kay Ursul
Anna Vulpetti
Patty Weiss
Theresa Williams
Mary Woodworth
And all those we know and love who are ill.
If you are seriously ill or will be hospitalized, please call to
have your name added to the Prayer List. Names are kept on
the list for four weeks.
Please call or email Deacon Ed with an update once a month.
PERPETUAL PRAYER CYCLE
This week, Kathy Lauria will be praying for the needs of our
parish. Call her with your intentions at 949-5473.
Next: Arlene Lillis
CHRISTMAS EVE CRADLE PROJECT
We will once again collect gifts at the 4
p.m. Christmas Eve Children's Mass.
Children, grandchildren, and adults are
welcome to bring these items to the altar
during offertory (4 p.m. Mass only). These
items are donated to Gods Kitchen's Infant &
Toddler Pantry. Please consider helping this
pregnancy assistance center by donating a new or gently used
item from the list below.
twin blankets
children's clothing size newborn to 5T - in season please
coats, hats, gloves
diapers - newborn to size 5
onesies
sleepers
LAST COLLECTION
12/6/2015
READERS
5:00 Marc VandenBosch, Marybeth Bradley
9:00 Mike Mooney, Anh Pham
11:00 Nadine Klein, Bob Kreha
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
5:00 Renee Frazho, Mary Hartmann, Jo Kendall,
Ann Kranenborg, Denise Makuch, Kate McDougall,
Joe Rossi
9:00 Ed Donatelli, Bruce Ford, Linda Gommesen,
Linda Graham, Sue Harmon, Daniel Measday,
Susan Miller
11:00 Anne Harrell, Kathy Lauria, Courtney McGivney,
Mary Jo Rabaut, Barb Saumier, Dan Springer,
Val Williams
USHERS
5:00 Fred Gilhoran, Charlie Jilek, Sean Leonard, Ray Vella
Tom Wysocki
9:00 Todd Jervis, Todd Mellema, Al Puglessi, Ed Roubal
Patrick VanderVeen
11:00 Brian Cole, Gary Mancewicz, Dick Wittkowski,
Michael Wittkowski, Rick Wittkowski
VIDEO TECHNICIAN
Evan Straub
HOSPITALITY
9:00 Knights of Columbus
11:00 Knights of Columbus
ALTAR CARE
Kathy Geary
INCLEMENT WEATHER REMINDER
Thank you for your generosity!
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5:00 Jimmy Chavez, Aidan McCahill, Logan McCahill
9:00 Brenden Bagnall, Bridget Bagnall, Celia Bell
11:00 Max Klein, Claire McGivney, Anna Olsen
$31,840.87
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Just a reminder that if the school is closed due to weather,
the scheduled Mass or Communion Service is also cancelled.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO DECORATE
FOR CHRISTMAS
Can you spare an hour or two to help make
our church look beautiful for Christmas?
Volunteers (high school age and older) are
needed on Sunday, December 13 to hang
wreaths and garlands, Tuesday, December 22 at 9:30 a.m. to
place poinsettias in the church & Damascus Hall, and on
Sunday, January 3 at 2 p.m. to take down all the décor.
Thank you for your help with this important ministry!
A special thanks to our SPA preschoolers for
making Thanksgiving placemats for some of our
parishioners in nursing homes. May the Lord
bless you! Sr. Rosanne
ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH & SCHOOL
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 13, 2015
ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH & SCHOOL
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
UPCOMING SENIOR SEEKERS EVENTS
Dear Friends in Christ,
Soon our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund
for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits some
33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order
priests—women and men who have consecrated their lives
to serving God and the Church.
During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis calls on
the faithful to recognize the special witness that consecrated
women and men offer our Church and world. In a letter
marking the inauguration of this special year, he says, “I
ask the whole Christian people to be increasingly aware of
the gift which is the presence of our many consecrated men
and women.” He goes on to note the spiritual influence
that religious such as Saint Benedict and Saint Teresa of
Avila continue to have on our Church and faith today.
As we reflect on the saints of the past, many of us may also
recall women and men religious whom we would consider
saints in our day. With gratitude, we remember the sister
who patiently helped us learn our multiplication tables or
the brother who coached our high school team, teaching us
that faith must be lived out even on the basketball court.
Our parishes will be conducting the annual collection for
the Retirement Fund for Religious on the weekend of
December 12-13. Many of these sisters, brothers, and
religious order priests—these saints in our midst—are
elderly. While some continue in volunteer ministry, others
are frail and need care. Most worked for years for small
stipends, leaving their religious communities without
adequate savings to meet growing retirement and eldercare
needs.
So I ask you to join with Pope Francis in acknowledging the
gift of consecrated life. Please pray for God’s blessing on all
religious and give generously to the Retirement Fund for
Religious.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids
Michael Herring, a member of Michigan
Attorneys Practicing Law for the Elderly, is
offering a free, private half hour consultation to
parishioners 55 years or older on December 16
from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the parish
office. Call Lois at 956-6742 to schedule your free, confidential
appointment.
Save the date for our annual Christmas Party & Luncheon on
Wednesday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will
be provided by St. Paul School 5th Graders. There will be a
White Elephant gift exchange and prizes. RSVP to the parish
office . Bring a friend and join us for a festive celebration!
We have an opportunity to work
with Habitat for Humanity in
providing a home for a deserving
family. This is a great opportunity
to participate in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The date for this
project is January 16, 2016, 8:30-4:30 p.m. We will be
working indoors and no experience is necessary. Habitat will
provide instruction and tools, we only have to bring a
willingness to work. Please contact Deacon Ed to volunteer or
if you have questions.
A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!
Looking for something good that will linger on throughout
the year? Something that brings people together, is inspiring
and provides a place to talk about faith, beliefs and life?
When community is built and ideas are shared?
Join our St. Paul book discussion group! We gather during the
day for about 90 minutes about every 8 weeks. Buy the book
for that special retired person, a Grandpa or Grandma, etc.
Christmas, birthday or just because!
Join us on January 25 to discuss The Magic
Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.
He makes records. He is adored. But
Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as
he realizes the power of the strings his
teacher gave him, and how, through his
music, he can actually affect people’s lives.
At the height of his popularity, tortured by
his biggest mistake, he vanishes. His legend
grows. Only decades later, having finally healed his heart,
does Frankie reappear just before his spectacular death—to
change one last life. JOIN the CONVERSATION !
ADVENT PROCLAMATION OF JOY
Men:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on
those who lived in a land of darkness a light has dawned.
You have increased their joy and given them gladness; They
rejoice in your presence as those who rejoice at harvest.
Women:
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion, Sing joyfully, O Israel. Be glad
and exult with all your heart.
Men:
Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, Rejoice!
Women:
Then Mary said: My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
My spirit finds joy in God my Savior.
All say as Candle of Joy is lighted:
I rejoice heartily in the Lord. In my God is the joy of my soul.
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