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    • November 17 - December 9
      Parish Giving Tree
      Our parish provides this opportunity for parishioners to share the joy of the season with those who are less fortunate. The needs of our homebound parishioners, financially challenged families, and others in need during the holiday are anonymously placed on the tree. Parishioners are then free to choose ornaments and provide the gift indicated. The gifts are to be placed beneath the tree before December 9th.
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    • Tuesday, November 20, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      CHOIR REHEARSAL
      The Weekly gathering of the choir to review repertoire, learn new music, and share fellowship as liturgical musicians
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    • Wednesday, November 21
      Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
      Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the Protoevangelium of James tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless. Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the birth of Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond. It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this. The Eastern Church, however, was quite open to this feast and even somewhat insistent about celebrating it. Even though the feast has no basis in history, it stresses an important truth about Mary: From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God. She herself became a greater temple than any made by hands. God came to dwell in her in a marvelous manner and sanctified her for her unique role in God’s saving work. At the same time, the magnificence of Mary enriches her children. They—we—too are temples of God and sanctified in order that we might enjoy and share in God’s saving work.
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    • Thursday, November 22
      THANKSGIVING DAY
      Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. On October 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was usually the last Thursday and sometimes (two years out of seven, on average) the next to last. The amendment also passed the House, and on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.
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    • Thursday, November 22
      PARISH OFFICE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THANKSGIVING DAY
      The Office will reopen MONDAY, November 26th at 9 am.
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    • Thursday, November 22
      St. Cecelia
      Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence, Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother. The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church. Since the time of the Renaissance she has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small organ. Like any good Christian, Cecilia sang in her heart, and sometimes with her voice. She has become a symbol of the Church’s conviction that good music is an integral part of the liturgy, of greater value to the Church than any other art.
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    • Thursday, November 22, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      Mass of Thanksgiving Day
      Gather with our Parish Community for our Annual Thanksgiving Day Mass.
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    • Thursday, November 22, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
      Because of the National Celebration of Thanksgiving day, ironically, there will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament today.
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    ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT is observed in our parish on Thursdays from Noon until 6 pm.
    The day concludes with Vespers and Benediction at 6 pm.
    All Catholics are invited to join us in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday.

    Religious Education Classes for our Young People at 9:30 am in Fr. Zolcinski Hall. For more information contact the parish office at 570-823-4988.

    The So lemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be observed on Saturday, December 8th.
    • Unlike other holydays that are not obligatory when they fall on a Saturday or a Monday, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is always obligatory because it is the patronal feast of our nation.

    • The Vigil Mass of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION will be on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm. 

    • Mass on the Feast Day will be at 9:00 am

    • The Saturday evening Vigil Masses at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm will not satisfy the Obligation of the Immaculate Conception.


  • Upcoming Gatherings

    FAITH SHARING COMMUNITIES
     
    St. Andre Faith S eekers  will meet with  Jackie Barkus at 6 pm on Monday, December 3in the Fr. Murgas Meeting Room of the Parish Office

    Disciples of the Spirit of Jesus will meet with Sr. Madonna  on Saturday, December 15  at 10:30 am in the Fr. Murgas Meeting Room of the Parish office. There is still room in this group for anyone desiring to join.
     
    Sharers on the Journey with Christ  will meet with Rosemary Shedlock on Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 pm in the home of Elaine Snyder

     
    . PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCILS

    PARISH CATECHETICAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, November 28, 2018

    6:00 p.m.
     
    PARISH LIFE COUNCIL
    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    6:00 pm

    PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF MEETING
    Thursday, December 6, 2018
    1 pm
     
    LITURGICAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, December 6, 2018
    6:00 p.m.
     
    PARISH SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL
    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    6:00 p.m.
     
    PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL
    Thursday, January 17, 2019
    6:00 p.m.
     
    PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    6:00 p.m.
     
    All Administrative Councils will meet at 6:00 pm on Thursdays in the Church for Vespers. Meetings will follow immediately in the Fr. Murgas Room.
     
    PARISH COMMITTEE MEETINGS

    DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
    Monday, December 5, 2018
    6:30 p.m.
    Lower Meeting Room

    TOY BINGO COMMITTEE
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    6:00 pm
    Fr. Murgas Room

    All Parish Committee Meetings take place in the Fr. Murgas Room of the parish office, unless otherwise specified.

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