New Bible Study Beginning! - St. Matthew Catholic Church

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New Bible Study Beginning! - St. Matthew Catholic Church
ST. MATTHEW
CATHOLIC CHURCH
A PARISH OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE
CONNECTED IN CHRIST!
MOVED BY THE SPIRIT!
December 18, 2011
Pastor
Rev. Msgr. John J. McSweeney
Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil 5:30 p.m.
Also 5:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Episcopal
Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.,
10:45 a.m. (Gym), 12:30 p.m.,
5:30 p.m. (Life Teen)
9 a.m. Mass is signed for the hearing
impaired. Nursery for children ages 0 to 2
at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and
12:30 p.m. Masses.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.
Holy Day Masses Vigil: 7:30 p.m.
Holy Day: 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Reconciliaon
Saturday: 4 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
or by request.
Anoinng of the Sick
Takes place on the first Saturday of each
quarter at the 9 a.m. Mass or contact a
priest.
Eucharisc Adoraon
Commences in the Chapel Friday after
the 9 a.m. Mass and ends Saturday at the
9 a.m. Mass.
Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
704-543-7677
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
THE EUCHARISTIC CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF ST. MATTHEW LOVES
CHRIST ABOVE ALL THINGS AND OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES. IN
OUR FAITH JOURNEY, OUR PARISH FAMILY WILL BE ENGAGED AND
SPIRITUALLY COMMITTED; FULFILLING OUR VISION THROUGH SHARED
GOSPEL VALUES, PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, SERVICE, OUTREACH, AND
TEACHING.
FOURTH S UNDAY OF ADVENT
December 18, 2011
PARISH DIRECTORY
St. Ma*hew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 49349, Charlotte, NC 28277
Office Phone: 704-543-7677
Fax: 704-542-7244
Email: [email protected]
St. Ma*hew Catholic School:
704-544-2070
PASTORAL STAFF
Rev. Msgr. John J. McSweeney
Pastor, x 1032 or 1049
Rev. Patrick Toole
Parochial Vicar, x 1051
Rev. Robert Conway
Parochial Vicar, x 1185
Rectory
Emergency only, 704-846-6311
Sr. Jeanne Marie Kienast, RSM
Pastoral Associate, x 1043
Sr. Eileen McLoughlin, MSBT
Pastoral Associate, x 1057
Sr. Marie Freche*e, MSBT
Pastoral Associate, x 1073
Deacon James Hamrlik x 1040
Deacon Paul Herman
Deacon Bill Griffin
Deacon Mark King
Deacon Daren Bi*er
Facilies Director
Antoinette Usher, x 1025
Director of Liturgical Ministries
(including wedding music)
Kathy Bartlett, x 1015 or 704-400-2213
Chief Financial Officer
Jane Balbirnie, x 1046
Communicaons Coordinator
Jenny Cox, x 1030
Volunteer Coordinator
Pat White, x 1039
Bereavement
Rita Brennan, x 1007
Bapsms: Every Sunday at 2 p.m. except
the fifth Sunday of the month.
Bapsm Preparaon Class for Parents:
Select Sundays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the New
Life Center. Contact Pat McGuire
(x 1026) in the Church Office to schedule
Baptism or class attendance.
Marriages: Couples must contact one of the
priests or deacons at least six months prior
to the desired date of the wedding. To
initiate the marriage preparation process or
if you have questions, contact Michele
Gauvin (x 1049) for weddings taking place
at St. Matthew. Contact Deacon Jim
(x 1040) for Catholic weddings outside of
St. Matthew.
FAITH FORMATION
SUPPORT GROUPS AT ST. MATTHEW
Office Phone: 704-541-8362
Coordinator: Pat Tomlinson, x 2
Administrave Assistant
Carmen Dominguez, x 1
Life Teen
Katie Dunne, x 6
Adult Faith Formaon (SMyoU)
Michael Burck, x 4
Rite of Chrisan Iniaon
for Adults (RCIA)
Tom Lindemuth, 704-543-7677 x 1063
SPRED (Developmentally Disabled)
Jan Clemens, 704-246-7102
Welcome Home for Returning Catholics
(For Catholics returning to the Church after
an absence) Julie Jahn, 704-560-9202
Alcoholics Anonymous
Monday - Friday, noon - 1 p.m., Parish
Center Family Room; Tuesday and
Thursday, 7 - 8 p.m., NLC 239/241.
Al-Anon: Mondays, noon - 1 p.m.,
NLC132/125 (except on national holidays
PC 104); Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.,
NLC 202; Thursdays, 8 - 9 p.m., NLC 204;
Saturdays, 2 - 3 p.m., NLC 204.
Alateen: Thursdays, 8 - 9 p.m., NLC
234/235.
Cancer Support: First Thursday of the
month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. in NLC 208. Marilyn
Borrelli, 803-547-6181.
Caring for Caregivers: Second and fourth
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - noon, NLC 206.
Sr. Marie Frechette, 704-543-7677 x 1073.
Chrisans in Career Transion: Supports
people in career crisis. First and third
Mondays, 7 - 9 p.m., NLC. Jack Rueckel,
704-609-1492.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., NLC 206.
Compassionate Friends: For parents who
have lost a child. Third Tuesday, 7 p.m.,
NLC 234/235. Donna Goodrich, 704-8824503.
Depression/Mood Disorders
Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m., NLC 202.
Elizabeth Ministry: Support for parents who
have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or
newborn death. Rita Brennan, 704-543-7677
x 1007.
Food Addicts in Recovery (FA)
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m., NLC 202.
Healing Hearts: Support group for widowed
persons, second Monday, 11 a.m. - 12:30
p.m., NLC 102. Sr. Marie Frechette, x 1073.
Men’s Bereavement Group
For all men suffering a loss. First and third
Mondays, 7 - 9 p.m., NLC 119.
Frank Pennachio, 704-243-6132.
Narcocs Anonymous
Fridays, 7 - 8 p.m., NLC 132.
Post-Aboron Ministry (PAM)
Confidential. Andrea Hines, 704-996-4597;
Christy Annison, 704-293-6602.
SAA: An anonymous support group for
men and women dealing with addictive
sexual behavior. Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.,
NLC 204; Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., NLC
204. For more information, visit
charlottesaa.org or call 704-266-0722.
TGIF: Support group for separated/divorced.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., NLC 202. Bonnie
Motuz, 704-543-8998, afternoon calls only.
Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson
Mark Schuler, 704-540-7882
Finance Council Chairperson
Kevin O’Hara, 704-554-6406
St. Ma*hew Columbarium and
Prayer Garden: Call 704-543-7677
x 1025.
COUNSELING & SPIRITUALITY CENTER
Counseling Center: Parishioners in need of
professional counseling may contact one of
the priests or Sr. Eileen McLoughlin at 704543-7677 x 1057 for information and for
counselor referrals.
Spirituality Center: Spiritual direction and
guided retreats for individuals and groups.
Contact Eileen Crusan, trained lay spiritual
director and retreat guide, at 704-543-7677 x
1179.
Social Work Ministry: Sharon Davis of
Catholic Social Services is here as part of
our Family Assist Ministry on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, 2 - 5 p.m. Contact 704-543-7677
x 1018 or [email protected]
Parish Registraon
Welcome to all new families/individuals.
Please register as soon as possible.
Registration forms and a welcome packet
are available in the Church Office or at the
Welcome Center in the Narthex.
Membership is a condition for the reception
of the Sacraments of Baptism,
Reconciliation, First Eucharist,
Confirmation and Marriage. Registration is
also required before the parish can issue a
sponsorship certificate for those asked to be
sacramental sponsors. You must be a
registered, contributing member for at least
three months before a certificate is provided
or MACS voucher is approved.
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FOREVER I WILL SING THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD.
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
DEC. 18 TO 25
SATURDAY
9 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY
5:30 p.m.
(SMEC)
7:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
(GYM)
12:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
MONDAY
7 a.m.
9 a.m.
TUESDAY
7 a.m.
9 a.m.
WEDNESDAY
7 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY
7 a.m.
9 a.m.
FRIDAY
7 a.m.
9 a.m.
SATURDAY
9 a.m.
GOSPEL REFLECTION:
LUKE 1:26-38
+ John Bromirski
By his Family
+ Sal Cioffi
By Katie Mack
+ Lucy Arnold
By her Family
For the People of the Parish
+ Val Gooley
By Phyllis Gooley
+ Frank & Magdalena Dufay
By their daughter Stella
+ Michael Chando Jr.
By Mom & Dad
+ Anthony & Rose Pellino
By The Pellino Family
+ Marcella Cornacchia
By Phyllis Cornacchia &
Ben Selkis Jr.
+ Joseph Marshall
By Kathy Rokes
+ Leon Pie
By his wife Helen
+ Thomas B. Mahoney
By John & Mary Ellen Slattery
+ Barry Wilt
By Penny Sestito
+ Ronald Francisco
By Jane & Gene Francisco
+ David Fear
By his Mother & Father
For the Intentions of
Mary Catherine Surface
By Linda Granzow
+ Jesse Kornahrens
By The Mellett Family
+ Claire Nicholson
By her Children
+ For the Intention of Dan Toole
By Io & Bob Brown
+ Rita & Vincent Graziano
By Rita & Nicholas Bonamo
+ James & Marjory Clinton
By Marjory & Tom Dury
In today's reading
about the
Annunciation, an
angel tells Mary that
she is to be the
mother of Jesus. The
angel recalls the
prophecy to David
that we saw in the
first reading. "The Lord God will give him the throne of
David his father. He will rule over the house of Jacob
forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary
does not understand this great mystery but accepts God's
will humbly: "I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be
done to me . . . ."
There may be times when God will ask of us things we
do not completely understand. Mary's openness to God's
will can help us. We should pray lovingly and gratefully
to Mary for the blessings she helps bring to us.
Mary does not understand all that God was asking of her.
How can we listen to God who speaks to us in different
ways and respond with the same openness as Mary?
READINGS FOR THE
WEEK OF DEC. 18
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
All the Christmas Masses are for
The People of the Parish
SUNDAY
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
8 p.m.
Midnight Mass
7:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Thursday
Friday
Sanctuary & Parish Center
Charlotte Catholic High School
Sanctuary & Parish Center
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary & Parish Center
Sanctuary & Parish Center
No Mass
Saturday
Sunday
Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89;
Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71; Lk 1:5-25
Is 7:10-14; Ps 24; Lk 1:26-38
Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and
Doctor of the Church
Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a; Ps 33; Lk 1:39-45
1 Sm 1:24-28, Sm 2; Lk 1:46-56
Saint John of Kanty, Priest
Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Ps 25; Lk 1:57-66
Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89;
Lk 1:67-79
Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25;
Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
Midnight: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6;
Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
To view the daily readings on your
computer log on to www.usccb.org/nab
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FOURTH S UNDAY OF ADVENT
December 18, 2011
PRAYER INTENTIONS
A PRAYER FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR
ST. MATTHEW COMMUNITY
Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick
members of our St. Matthew parish family and for all who are in need.
Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your
healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness,
make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits. May these special
people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you
for all your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who
believed. Amen.
Confidential Prayer Line: If you would like to have someone prayed for
individually and in a confidential manner, please contact Joan Kelley by
email at [email protected]
THE DEVOTIONAL LIFE AT ST. MATTHEW
The Liturgy of the Hours
in the Eucharisc Chapel
Morning Prayer - Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer - Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Night Prayer - Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Eucharisc Adoraon
Begins after the 9 a.m. Friday Mass and continues until the 9 a.m.
Saturday Mass
Recitaon of the Holy Rosary
After 9 a.m. daily Mass
CENTERING PRAYER GROUP
Centering prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the
Sermon on the Mount, “…but when you pray, go to your inner
room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your
Father who sees in secret, will reward you.”(MT6:6) The method
of centering prayer quiets the mind and allows us to be present to
God as God is present to us. These gatherings are open to all who
are presently engaged in the practice of centering prayer. The regular meetings
take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7 to
8:30 p.m. in NLC 206. If you would like to find out more about this ancient
practice of prayer or for questions about this ongoing group, please contact
Bruce Hassett, 704-641-9041 or Janie Normile, 803-396-8016.
ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
Each week we gather in a spirit of praise and worship through song, prayer,
Scripture reading, teaching and using charismatic gifts. The atmosphere is one
of friendship, love, support and encouragement. Join us every Monday night
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room. For information, contact Barbara
Gardner at [email protected] All are welcome.
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DEATHS
ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO
Frank Brefere, husband of
Josephine Brefere; Bob Clary,
father of Kathy Mathews; Richard
Edgeworth, husband of Ginger
Edgeworth; Carol Gilman, mother
of Greg Gilman; Tom Kennedy,
brother of Gail McInerney;
AND MAY PERPETUAL LIGHT
SHINE UPON THEM.
BAPTISMS
WE WELCOME OUR NEWLY
BAPTIZED MEMBERS:
Kara Mackenzie Bergen
Connor Landry Dyer
Jayde Madison Guevara
Eli Hudson Gustafson
THE MAGNIFICAT
My soul glorifies the Lord and my
spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for
He has been mindful of the humble
state of His servant.
From now on all generations will
call me blessed, for the Mighty One
has done great things for me. Holy
is His name.
His mercy extends to those who fear
Him, from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with
his arm; He has scattered those who
are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from
their thrones but has lifted up the
humble.
He has filled the hungry with good
things but has sent the rich away
empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful to
Abraham and his descendants
forever, even as he said to our
fathers.
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ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
WEEKLY CALENDAR
Sunday, Dec. 18
SMACS Gift Wrapping
RCIA
SPRED Advent Mass
Christmas Food Baskets
Reconciliation for Polish Mass
Polish Mass
Polish Reception
Monday, Dec. 19
Bridge Group
Men’s Prayer Group
RCIA
Men’s Bereavement
CICT
Alive In The Spirit
Finance Council
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Pastoral Council
Thursday, Dec. 22
Friday, Dec. 23
Saturday, Dec. 24
AC - Adoration Chapel
BR - Banquet Room
CR - Conference Room
CH - Choir Room
DMC - Daily Mass Chapel
EC - Education Center
FR - Family Room
G - Gym
GIVE A WONDERFUL GIFT!
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - noon
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
After 12:30 Mass
2 - 3 p.m.
3 - 4:15 p.m.
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
FR
NLC 239/240/241
S
G
AC
S
BR
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
5 - 6 p.m.
7 - 8:30 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.
7 - 9:30 p.m.
7:30 - 9 p.m.
7:30 - 9 p.m.
NLC 234/235
CH
NLC 239/240/241
NLC 119
NLC 132/125
CH
CR
7:30 - 9 p.m.
CR
Church Offices are Closed
Church Offices are Closed
Church Offices are Closed
GA - Gym Annex
NLC - New Life Center
N - Narthex
NS - Nursery
PC - Parish Center
SMCS - St. Matthew Catholic School
S - Sanctuary
PARISH LIBRARY
NLC 102
Open during hours that the building is open unless there is a meeting
scheduled. See the calendar.
ST. MATTHEW GIFT SHOP
NARTHEX/704-927-4313
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and after all weekend
Masses.
Church Offices are closed for the Christmas holidays Dec. 22 through 26.
The clergy and staff extend a very merry Christmas to everyone.
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What could make a person
happier than to know they are
loved by Love itself?
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What could make a person
happier than to know their
Creator forgives their
mistakes and lovingly
welcomes them back?
These are some of the gifts our
special friends receive in SPRED. Our
special friends are persons from age
six to adulthood with mental
challenges or developmental
disabilities. They participate in this
small group faith formation program
accompanied by an adult Catechist
helper.
The SPRED Ministry is growing, and
we need more Catechists to help our
special friends on their faith journey.
We are looking for parishioners over
the age of 21, who want to share their
love of God. There is no specialized
experience required, we provide the
training. For information, contact
SPRED Coordinator Jan Clemens at
704-246-7102.
Join us today at 12:30 for a special
Mass for persons with developmental
disabilities and their families. The
assembly will include St. Matthew
parishioners, special guests from
other parishes and the United
Methodist Adult Residences.
A festive reception for SPRED
families and guests will follow the
Mass.
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GET YOUR CHRISTMAS
GIFTS WRAPPED!
St. Matthew Area Catholic Singles
(SMACS) will wrap Christmas gifts
this Sunday from 8 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. in the Parish Center
Family Room. Bring your items
before Mass begins and they will be
ready when you come out of Mass.
All donations will be presented to
single family parents in the parish
who are in need.
FOURTH S UNDAY OF ADVENT
December 18, 2011
NEWS & EVENTS
2011 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
2011 ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
Dec. 19
Dec. 20
Dec. 22
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Gabriel
St. Mark
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturdays during Advent
4 to 5 p.m.
Wednesdays during Advent
6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE
WOULD YOU LIKE TO
SING FOR CHRISTMAS?
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
8 p.m.
Midnight
What a great way to welcome the
baby Jesus as a family or just by
yourself on Christmas this year!
Come and sing at one of the
following Masses. The only
requirement is to arrive 30 minutes
early in order to go over the
Christmas carols and Mass parts.
Please email Kathy Bartlett,
Director of Liturgical Ministries,
at [email protected] by Dec. 18 if you plan to
sing, along with the number of family members who will
be participating and identify the particular mass: Dec. 24
at 6 p.m., Dec. 25 at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Sanctuary
Parish Center Gym
Charlotte Catholic High School
Sanctuary
Parish Center Gym
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
(Signed for the hearing
impaired. Incense will be used.
Music starts at 11:30 p.m.)
CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
No 5:30 p.m. Mass
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL!
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Parish Center Gym
Sanctuary
Parish Center Gym
Welcome Home For Returning Catholics
…We had to celebrate & rejoice…. He was lost and has
been found! (Luke 15:32)
OPLATKY OR OPLATEK
BLESSED CHRISTMAS WAFERS
Is God calling you or
someone you know
home to the Catholic
Church?
The Eastern European Christmas Eve tradition of sharing
the Oplatek or Christmas wafer at your Christmas eve
Wigilia, Villia, Kucios, “Feliz Navidad” or dinner can be
rekindled. Traditionally, breaking and sharing the
Christmas wafer with family and friends is accomplished
with best wishes and expressions of joy and happiness to
our hearts and homes. Orders will be taken as long as the
supply lasts. Cost is 50¢ per wafer. You can email your
order to April Nosek at [email protected] or
text to 704-207-6954. All proceeds go to the Priest
Retirement Fund.
The Welcome Home
Returning Catholics
Ministry at St. Matthew
is here to help!
Contact:
Julie A. Jahn, Ministry Leader
Cell: 704-560-9202
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NEWS AND EVENTS
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL
TIME OF THE YEAR!!
CARING FOR CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
If you are providing care for an elderly parent, spouse,
extended family member or friend and could use support
and guidance related to your efforts, then we have an
option for you. Join the Caring for Caregivers Support
Group on the second and fourth Wednesday of each
month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in NLC 206. Our next
meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 28.
As the holiday season approaches, many of us
may not be feeling the joy. But you don’t have
to go it alone and just endure the days ahead.
The St. Matthew Counseling Center is here to
help. We have a team that can address a
myriad of issues. A telephone call can put you in touch
with Sr. Eileen McLoughlin, MSBT, at 704-543-7677
x 1057. She will assess your unique situation and assign
a credentialed counselor to get in touch with you and set
up a time to meet.
REMEMBERING YOUR LOVED ONE
A Memorial Mass is celebrated on the fourth
Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. for enrolled
members of our Purgatorial Society and for those who
have died throughout the month. Our next Memorial
Mass is Dec. 28. Please call the Church Office at 704543-7677 if you have lost a loved one during the past
month and would like their name remembered at the
Mass.
We operate on a fee-for-service basis (check or cash) on
a sliding scale based on household income. We do not
accept insurance. Child care is provided free of charge
with an advanced reservation at 704-543-7677 x 1011.
So don’t suffer any longer believing you are alone or
different. Please call and make an appointment today.
We are always here to serve you. You are not alone!
Christians In Career Transition helps the
unemployed or those who are at risk of
losing their jobs with position focusing,
resumes, networking, interviewing and
related skills to help them find work. Check
out our website at http://st-matts.info/cict. Our next
meeting is Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in NLC
132/125. Questions, call Jack Rueckel at 704-341-8449.
VOLUNTEER FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
We are in need of permanent Eucharistic adorers for the
Saturday 2 to 3 a.m. slot and the 3 to 4 a.m. slot. Please
give prayerful consideration to spending one of these
hours with Our Lord. If you would like to commit to one
of these hours or have any questions, please call Joyce
Wigger at 704-752-3645.
HEALING PRAYER SERVICE
RARE OPPORTUNITY
TO ADVERTISE IN
OUR BULLETIN AND
REACH A LARGE
AUDIENCE!
ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT charismatic prayer group, invites
you to join them so that they may be with you in your
illness and pain be it mental, spiritual or physical. All
will pray with you in the name of the Lord Jesus for your
healing. They meet the third Monday of the month. The
next meeting is Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Daily Mass
Chapel. Any questions, email Barbara Gardner at
[email protected]
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MARY’S YES
In the Gospel of Luke, Mary says yes to angel Gabriel,
who asks her to bear God's son. And she does so in
perfect freedom. May we do so in our own lives. God
meets us in myriad ways, through nature, through prayer,
especially through people. God invites us to join Him, he
invites us to follow Him, he invites us to create with
Him. May we have the strength and perseverance to say
“yes” as Mary did.
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Contact Jerry Hudak at 704-543-7677 x 1163 or
[email protected]
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December 18, 2011
NEWS AND EVENTS
Kilimanjaro Adventure
September 2012
Informaon Night
January 23, 2012
7 to 8:30 p.m.
NLC 132/125
RSVP to Deacon Hamrlik,
704-543-7677
Invisible Children is an international non-profit
organization that focuses on the plight of children in the
war-afflicted regions of Uganda. Through education and
innovative economic opportunities, Invisible Children
partners with affected communities and strives to
improve the quality of life for individuals living in
conflict and post-conflict regions.
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2012 The Year of the Dragon
Save The Date: Friday Jan. 13, 2012
Another Knight Out Event
CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL’S INVISIBLE
CHILDREN’S CLUB is partnering with Better World
Books in a book drive to collect great-quality, gently
used books to sell online. The money collected will be
used to rebuild schools and provide scholarships. Please
donate your gently used books to the designated boxes
in the Narthex starting Nov. 26/27 through Dec. 17/18.
ROSARY STATUES
In December, the Knights of Columbus will once again
begin actively rotating the Rosary Statues to
parishioners’ homes. The Knights are currently looking
for two of the statues, Our Lady of Lourdes and Our
Lady of Fatima. If you are still using the statues in your
home, please return them to the Narthex as soon as
possible.
MARCH FOR THE SANCTITY
OF ALL HUMAN LIFE
DEC. 4 BLOOD GIVE-IN RESULTS
Our Blood Give-In on Dec. 4 resulted in 75 productive
units of blood collected. Thanks to all the volunteers and
donors that made this possible. The next Blood Give-In
is Sunday, March 4.
January 22, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary
of Roe v. Wade, which legalized elective
abortion in the United States throughout all nine months
of pregnancy. Since 1973, more than 53 million unborn
babies have been killed, children who could have grown
up to be teachers, nurses, plumbers, priests, scientists,
mothers and fathers.
Please join other pro-life families and participate in a
2012 March for Life:
•
Charlotte March for Life - Jan. 13, 2012.
Contact Tina Witt at 704-846-7361.
•
Raleigh March for Life - Jan. 14, 2012.
Contact NCRTL at 800-392-6275.
•
National March for Life in Washington, DC Jan. 23, 2012. Chartered buses will be leaving
from St. Vincent’s and St. Patrick’s churches on
Jan. 22. For more information, contact Pat
Rodite at 704-541-9744.
CHILDREN’S STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITY
Choose one of the following activities as a way to
further reflect on the Sunday readings:
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Thank you to Happy Sign Surprise and
Hilton Head North Forest Beach House for Rent for
sponsoring ads in this Sunday’s bulletin. Please
patronize our sponsors.
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Mary said "yes" to God's call without knowing
what it would mean. Her story shows that
nothing is impossible with God. Think of one
area of your family life that you think is
impossible. During prayer time this week, ask
God for assistance with that family situation.
Gather with your family and say the Joyful
Mysteries of the Rosary together. Ask Mary to
give you the courage to listen to God as she did.
Each of us has a place in the unfolding story of
our family history. How have you carried on the
story of faith in your family?
Review the Hail Mary with your children. Make
sure they can each say it from memory.
FOLLOW US ON:
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FAITH FORMATION
FAITH FORMATION
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Numbers:
704-541-8362
Class Time Cell – 704-589-0956
Website: stmatthewcatholic.org/faithformation
Life Teen Mass
Life Nights
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION
Upcoming Life Nights
Registration forms for Faith Formation classes are
available at the Welcome Desk, in the Narthex, at the
Church Office or at stmatthewcatholic.org. Registration
is ongoing in the Faith Formation Office. Please register
in person so we can work to get your children into a
session that is still available and works best for your
family.
Dec. 18
Dec. 25
No Life Night
No Life Teen Mass or Life Night
Get your SMLT Gear today!
Hoodies - $20 T-shirts - $10
Great Christmas gifts for your teen!
Stop by the Gift Shop to get one today.
Cash or check accepted.
FAITH FORMATION DATES
Sunday, Dec. 18
Monday, Dec. 19
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Wednesday, Dec. 21
Sundays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
No Class
No Class
No Class
No Class
INTRODUCING Life Teen’s first
ART MINISTRY...
studio819
FIRST EUCHARIST
MANDATORY PARENT
MEETING
“For creation awaits with eager exectation
the revelation of the children of God.”
Parents of students (including
Special Sacraments students) who
will receive the sacrament of First
Eucharist in May must attend a
parent meeting according to the Diocese of Charlotte.
There are three opportunities to attend this meeting held
in the Narthex and Sanctuary:
Romans 8:19
Paint, sketch, sculpt, carve, photo,
mixed media and more!
All parishioners are welcome to submit relevant art pieces
for our first studio819 exhibit coming in March 2012...
Among Women:
Saturday, Jan. 7
10 to 11 a.m.
Mar, Virgin and Mother
Wednesday, Jan. 11
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
All visual art mediums are welcome. Please visit the parish
website or Church Office for an entry form and more
details. All submissions must be brought to the Church
Office or Youth Room by Feb. 12, 2012.
For more information or questions, email
[email protected]
Thursday, Jan. 19
7 to 8 p.m.
Only one parent needs to attend. Your child does not
need to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to renew
and deepen our understanding of the Eucharist. This
celebration lies at the heart of our faith.
CHECK US OUT...
www.stmatthewlifeteen.catholicweb.com
Facebook Group: SMLT
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Rickher
at [email protected]
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December 18, 2011
ST. MATTHEW “YOU”NIVERSITY
*Child care available by reservation only. Call 704-543-7677 x 1011 at least 48 hours in advance for reservations.
The Winter/Spring Semester 2012
St. Matthew “yoUniversity” catalogue and
GIFT Winter Semester 2012 brochure are available at all the
doors of the church starting this weekend. Please be sure to take
one of each home with you. We are now accepting
registrations for both programs!
New Bible Study Beginning!
The Book Club
Catholic Scripture Study
The Book of Hebrews
When: Tuesdays, 10 to 11:45 a.m. (starts Jan. 10)
Where: NLC 203
Fee: $35 (Checks to St. Matthew Church)
Facilitator: Terry DeMao, 704-737-2902,
When: Second Thursday of the month
from 7 to 8 p.m.
Where: NLC 102 Parish Library
For more information, contact Kevin Berent,
[email protected], 704-770-5675 or Jennifer Mattox,
[email protected], 704-846-0359.
Explore the faith-centered, literary works of some of the
greatest theologians and everyday people alike. Come for
friendship and to invigorate your own faith. This semester
we will read a mix of new and old works, both fiction and
nonfiction from a diverse group of authors. Come to one
Book Club session or come to them all!
Jan. 12 - Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ: A Model Theologian
(1918-2008) by Patrick W. Carey
[email protected]
Catholic Scripture Study International is for those
interested in studying Holy Scripture on a deeper level.
Hebrews is written to Jewish converts, who because of
persecutions are tempted to revert back to traditional
Judaism and its Temple-centered worship. The focus is
on the New Covenant, which achieves what the Old
Covenant could not do, free us from sin.
Hebrews consists of 16 lessons. In addition to the written
commentary by Dr. Scott Hahn and Mark Shea, each
lesson has an accompanying video lecture presented by
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, who can be seen on EWTN.
Registration forms will be at the Welcome Desk in the
Narthex of the church or in the Church Office.
Registrations must be completed by Jan. 3. If you have
any questions, please contact Terry DeMao.
New Bible Study Beginning!
Back to Basics: The Gospel of John
When: Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. starts Jan. 11
Where: NLC 203
Presenter: Sr. Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM
The Gospel according to John is quite different in
character from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
To a much greater degree, this Gospel is the product of a
developed theological reflection and grows out of a
different circle and tradition. Join us as we study this late
first century portrait of Jesus and His message.
No registration required. Just come on Jan. 11!
New Study for Young Adults
20s & 30s, Single or Married
The Psalms II: A Study of Prayer
When: Tuesdays, Jan. 24; Feb. 7, 21; Mar. 6, 20; April 10, 24
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: NLC 208
Cost: $15 for the book & study guide or ($7.50 for each)
Facilitator: Rosemary Stanley, 704-931-8311,
[email protected]
This Little Rock Scripture study series continues to explore the
Psalms; specifically the books of the Bible that focus on
prayer. You don't have to have attended our previous session.
This is a great beginner study for those seeking to enrich their
spiritual life and meet others their age in the parish. This is a
video-guided study that includes small group discussion and a
few take-home questions each week for personal review.
Registration is required. For more information or to sign up,
contact Rosemary Stanley.
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ST. MATTHEW “YOU”NIVERSITY
*Child care available by reservation only. Call 704-543-7677 x 1011 at least 48 hours in advance for reservations.
Dynamic Marriage*
When: Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. plus
eight Sundays: Jan. 29 – March 25 (no class on
3/11), 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 per couple for materials
Where: NLC 203
Facilitators: Susan King & Deacon Mark King
Registration deadline is Jan. 16. To register,
contact Susan King at 704-319-2255 or email
[email protected]
Class is limited to 12 couples – so don’t delay!
Are you ready for your marriage to go from good to
great? Mediocre to magnificent? Hurt to healed?
Dynamic Marriage is an eight week, interactive
course where you will discover deeper levels of
emotional and spiritual intimacy, build trust and
openness and recapture the passion and excitement
of falling in love again. In the Dynamic Marriage
class, you learn to make your marriage a priority.
You gain the tools to transform every aspect of your
marriage so you can sustain a happy, fulfilling
relationship that grows stronger every day.
Susan King, mother of three, is a marriage and
family therapist in private practice in Ballantyne.
Ministry of Mothers
Sharing (MOMS)*
When: Eight Wednesdays,
10 a.m. to noon starting Jan. 25
Where: NLC 234/235
Fee: $40 (covers materials)
Contact Amy Rodriguez,
704-845-1481
Pre-Registration is required. To register, email
[email protected]
Our goals are to gather mothers together to form a network
of mutual spiritual support and to provide a small group
experience of learning, praying and ministering to each
other. We will also introduce mothers to opportunities for
personal and spiritual growth in a faith sharing group,
increase communication skills and the use of prayer rituals
in the home.
The Ministry of Mothers Sharing is an eight week peer
ministry using the book MOMS: A Personal Journal. Each
session begins and ends with a prayer ritual designed to
enhance the Christian perspective on each of our weekly
discussion topics.
Quest
When: Thursdays,
Follow the
9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
Sunday
(Starts Jan. 5)
Readings
Where: NLC 102
Contact: Sister Jeanne
Marie Kienast, 704-543-7677 x 1043,
[email protected]
Quest is a new approach to understanding the Sunday
Scripture readings and the way they can impact our
lives in the coming week. This program provides
background for the readings, but more importantly,
enables us to listen to the Lord of the Gospel as well
as the Gospel of the Lord. Our God is a God of
surprises and God’s surprising personal message is
often found in Scripture. The message is part of the
Quest. Registration is required.
Sr. Jeanne Marie Kienast, RSM, facilitates.
Little Rock Bible Study*
When: Thursdays, 9:45 to
11 a.m.
Start Date: Jan. 12
Where: NLC 204
Fee: $15
Registration is required.
Contact: Cris Osborne, 704-488-9955
[email protected]
Spirituality of the Gospels (Seven Sessions)
The four Gospels of the New Testament provide a
rich, multi-dimensional portrait of Jesus Christ.
Each also maps out a unique spiritual path into life
with Him. In Spirituality of the Gospels, the modern
quest for spiritual fulfillment is met with profound
insights from the Gospels and the enduring
examples of saints both ancient and contemporary.
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December 18, 2011
ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH
Winter Semester of GIFT
Growing in Faith and Theology
The planning committee for GIFT is pleased to announce the eight courses to be
offered in the Winter Semester in February 2012. GIFT is a collaborative adult
religious education program sponsored by the following churches: Our Lady of the
Assumption, St. Gabriel, St. John Neumann, St. Mark, St. Matthew, St. Peter,
Queen of the Apostles, St. Luke and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Our upcoming course titles and their instructors include:
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
Stories Jesus Knew, Susan Brady, MA; Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.,
St. Matthew Church, NLC Banquet Room
A Spirituality of Technology: Finding God in the World of Social Media, Mark Bartholet, MA;
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9,16 and 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Church
Saint Benedict and Life According to His Rule, Abbot Placid Solari; Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 21 and 28,
from 7 to 9 p.m., Grace Auditorium, St. Leo Hall At Belmont Abbey College
Tending God’s Garden: Spirituality and Practice for an Ecozoic Age, Sr. Jane Russell, OSF, Ph.D.
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Matthew Church, NLC Banquet Room
Retreat Day, Beholding the Face of God sponsored by GIFT and the Institute for Christian
Spirituality of Seton Hall University; Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
St. Gabriel Church Ministry Center
Gettin' the Word on the WORD (made Flesh, that is…), Fr. Frank Cancro; Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21
and 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Church
CURSO EN ESPAÑOL Fortaleciendo la Fe de los Católicos ante el Proselitismo de los Nuevos
Grupos Religiosos, Padre Gabriel Carvajal-Salazar, Los lunes 6, 13, 20, y 27 de Febrero de
7 – 8:30 p.m., Iglesia San Marcos, Huntersville, NC (no fee for this course)
Eight Things That Make Us Catholic, Sr. Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM; Thursdays, Feb. 2,9, 16 and
23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. John Neumann Church
Courses A,B,C,D,E, F & H are $30 per person (no fee for Course G).
For full course descriptions and to download the registration form, visit
www.stmatthewcatholic.org/faithformation/adult/gift/
To register, drop off or send a completed registration form with a check made payable to GIFT C/O St. Matthew
Church to the parish office in an envelope marked GIFT. For questions, contact Michael Burck at 704-541-8362 x 4.
Back to Basics: Catholicism 101*
When: Monday 7 to 8:15 p.m. or
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.,
Jan. 11 to May 9
Where: NLC 203
Presenter: Sr. Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM
Are you a parent, catechist or parishioner who feels like you need an update on the basic, fundamental beliefs of
Catholicism? We offer a year-long series for adults on the basic tenets of our Roman Catholic faith. Topics for Jan. to
May include Church, the Creed, Sacraments, the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer and Morality. Each week we
will consider a stand-alone topic. Come to one session or come to all! No pre-registration required!
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Opportunities to Share God’s Blessings!
PARISH MEMBERSHIP AND BENEFITS
To be considered an active, participating member of the
parish, and thus eligible for (MACS) tuition assistance
and sacramental sponsor eligibility, St. Matthew Catholic
Church takes into account a family’s or individual’s
ministry involvement and Mass attendance. Since
weekly Mass attendance envelopes are the primary way
we determine if parishioners are regularly attending
Mass, we ask that if you can’t make a contribution on a
given Sunday, that you still place your envelope in the
collection basket so we can record your attendance. If
you are using Faith Direct, then please use the
personalized offertory cards indicating your Mass
attendance.
• E-giving! You can now give a single donation
or sign up for on-going donations through our
electronic giving provider Faith Direct. It’s
easy, safe and environmentally friendly. Simply
scan this code using your smart
phone to enroll online today or visit
www.faithdirect.net using our
church code, NC36.
• Not so tech savvy? You can still
utilize the safety and convenience of Faith
Direct by completing the enrollment form
located at the Welcome Desk. Simply complete
and mail to Faith Direct.
• Consider stock gifts. There may be tax
advantages to you in contributing appreciated
stock. Stock donation forms are available
online at www.charlottediocese.org,
“Opportunities for Giving” tab.
• Gifts directly from your IRA. Congress
extended the deadline through 2011 allowing
up to $100,000 to be donated by individuals age
70 ½ or older, without a tax liability when given
directly from an individual retirement account
(IRA). This method of giving is particularly
beneficial if you do not itemize deductions.
Attendance at Mass is the most meaningful way we
model and live our Catholic faith.
SAFETY TIPS FOR THE CHURCH
Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times. Be
careful with all your valuables while on church property.
It is important to keep your personal belongings with
you. Please take your purse with you when you leave the
pew for any reason.
Also, please do not leave valuables in your car while on
church property. If you must leave valuables in your car,
secure them in the trunk. Remember to keep your car
locked.
Please contact Chief Financial Officer Jane
Balbirnie at (704) 543-7677 x 1046 for further
details on any of these methods of giving. As
always, contact your tax professional to discuss
specific tax implications.
HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES
St. Matthew has many handicapped parking spaces
located throughout the campus. These parking spaces
are clearly denoted with signs. Some spaces, specifically
those in the main circle at the fountain, have large areas
between the spaces to allow for wheelchair access. This
area, clearly marked with white striping, is not for
parking. Please be courteous and respectful of those
individuals using the spaces as needed.
Thank you for your generosity to St. Matthew!
DIOCESAN SUPPORT APPEAL (DSA) 2011
Our parish is counting on every parishioner to fulfill his
or her pledge. The 2011 DSA will come to a close at the
end of December. Please make every effort to complete
your pledge by that time.
Bulletin announcements are due no later than
Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. of the previous week.
Send submissions to [email protected]
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ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Boy Scout Troop of St. Ma*hew would like to thank our parish family for
supporng our annual tree and poinseFa sale.
We also wish to thank those families that purchased poinseFa plants used in the
decoraon of the Altar during the Christmas Season. These plants were donated in the
names of family members and loved ones. Names are listed below. Please see the
memorial sign in the Narthex.
We apologize if any names were inadvertently omi*ed or misspelled.
Anderson & Dimieri Families
Joan Andrews
Catherine Baer
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Baer Sr.
Anne Mattingly & Joseph A. Bajak
Robert & Julie Barton
James F. Bennett
Harold B. Berg Sr.
June Bevering
Pete Blessing
Andy & Alma Buday
James Burke
Jack L. Burke
Watt Burris
Byrne & Huckbody Families
Ron Castellucci
Michael Wette Chando Jr.
Harry Conley
Norbert Coudriet
The Coverston Family
Deceased Members Curcio Family
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davenport
Robert C. Easley
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Falcone Sr.
James & Angie Farrell
John Patrick Feeney
Kenneth & Patricia Flynn
Bruce Forness
Paul Gagnon
Garafano Family
George, Marilyn & Skip Garlick
Nelson Gennari
Joe & Mary Gilene Sr.
Gilbert Gilsdorf
Cheryl Greene & Norma Huntsman
Andrew Gribschaw
Sue Ann & Richard Gridley
Haines & Rembowski Families
Morgan Harper
Kevin M. Henfey
David & Edith Hutchison
Mr. & Mrs. John Illig
Michael & Dolores Jarina
Angeline Kalb
Wilhelmina Kane
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Keaveny
WM & Catherine Kelleher
G. Richard Kreis
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Krystof
Walter Kusnierz & Peter Squillo
Vincent Lanzisera
William Lavender
Maria & Juliana Lavender
Adolph & Alice Leppert
Kazimierz Lesniak
Karen Lingen
Ben G. Lisenba
Jacob Lokey
Edward M. Luisa Jr.
Nancy Majewski, Sister of Dianna
Deceased Members Marrandino Family
Bernie Martinelli
Jack McCabe
Susan McCrary
Mr. & Mrs. Edward McGirr
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Bob McKenna
Margaret McMahon
Joe & Hilda McTighe
Christine Meece
Helen Mueller
Paul & Helene Mulholland
Werner B. Peter
Mary Razzano
Robert Roach Sr.
Buck Schachner
Michael T. Schexnayder
Scholl & Steffes Families
Eddie Smith
Jim & Lynn Surridge
Julio & Roz Tanzini
Donald Tasker
Ralph Tate Jr.
Benedict Tekippe
J. Allen & Lori Thomas
George Troutman
William J. Whalen Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Gordon White
Judith Wiertel
Rory Wilson
Al & Julia Wiskowski
John Yankech
Kazimierz Zawistowicz
Krystyna Zawistowicz
Bill, Clare, Jack
Don, Jan, Rich
All Families
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STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE
What is your definition of a perfect Christmas?
Is receiving an expensive watch or piece of jewelry the perfect gift? Is having the
latest IPhone or MacBook? How about for your children? New IPods with five
zillion gigabytes and the latest and greatest cell phone with limitless texting and calls?
Do you have your priorities in order?
Would our Christmas and the holidays be better for all if we surrounded ourselves with family and friends and enjoyed
good conversation and great memories of years past?
Enjoying the Christmas holidays is not so much the gifts or the food, but laughing together, talking together, having fun
with the children; it’s the strong sense of family and friendship that is a tradition that can be carried on year after year.
Another tradition to carry on is the gift of stewardship. Can we honestly say we are being good stewards, particularly at
this time of year?
Money and worldly possessions should not be the focus of our lives. The Bible says that even if you gain wealth don’t let
money be the center of your life. When your life is about helping others, that’s when God blesses you.
Let us remember that Christmas would not be Christmas without CHRIST.
Our annual Stewardship of Treasure campaign will be held early next month. Please prayerfully consider how you will
share what God has given you.
The Stewardship Committee wishes all of our parishioners a holy and blessed Christmas and New Year for 2012!
OUTSIDE THE PARISH NEWS
Join TEMPLE BETH EL (5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226) for its 15TH ANNUAL COMPARATIVE RELIGION
SERIES. Sessions will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on six successive Tuesday evenings starting Jan. 10, 2012. Religious and
education leaders will offer their perspectives, and respond to your questions on the topic “One God? Yours or Mine …
a Provocative Look at the Concept of God.”
Jan. 10: Rabbi Judy Schindler, Temple Beth El – Welcome and Overview – Jewish perspective
Jan. 17: Mr. John Barringer, Counselor to President Cheney of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints –
Mormon perspective
Jan. 24: Imam John Ederer, Muslim American Society of Charlotte – Islamic perspective
Jan. 31: Reverend James Howell, Myers Park First United Methodist Church – Protestant perspective
Feb. 7: Father Patrick Earl, Saint Peter’s Catholic Church – Catholic perspective
Feb. 14: Ms. Marcy Braverman Goldstein, PhD, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte – Hinduism, a
scholar’s perspective
For more information, please visit www.beth-el.com or call Temple Beth El at 704-366-1948.
The four stages of marriage are: Romance, Disillusionment, Misery and Awakening. Many marriages experience the
first three stages. Those that end in divorce never make it to the fourth. Don’t give up! If your marriage is suffering,
please contact RETROUVAILLE. For confidential information or to register for the next program beginning with a
weekend on March 9 - 11, 2012 call 800-470-2230 or 434-793-0242 or visit the web site at www.retrouvaille.org.
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