Bulletin for Sunday, December 11

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WINTHROP FOOD PANTRY This Weekend – December 10th/11th
The Winthrop Food Pantry serves
those in need in our community. They rely on your help and you have never failed them.
Whatever non-perishable food you may bring will be greatly appreciated. We thank you for your thoughtfulness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Through the waters of baptism, we welcome into the Catholic faith Audra Margaret Currier. Please keep little Audra, her parents and godparents in your prayers as she begins her faith journey. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club will hold its Christmas Meeting tomorrow, Monday evening, December 12th, 2011, in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:30pm. The event will begin at 7:00pm. We must limit this meeting to 60 people; therefore, this is a Members Only Event.
Brenda Christopher will assist us in making a beautiful arrangement to take home or give as a gift. Checks payable to WCWC in the amount of $35.00 must be received by the Treasurer, Dina G. Cirone, 7 Walden St., Winthrop, MA.02152, no later than December 6, 2011. Regretfully, we are unable to welcome guests at the door for this event. Should we not meet the 60 person limit within our membership by December 6th, the remaining slots up to 60 will be opened to non-members. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BLUE CHRISTMAS
Blue Christmas is a prayer service for those who have experienced a loss. The content of the service has been chosen to emphasize the peace and hope of the season for everyone, especially for those for whom the usual celebrations and seasonal memories may be a cause of anguish and pain. The service will be held on Tuesday, December 20th, at 7:00pm in the chapel.
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A word about RCIA: RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by which adults “after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God…..By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and…..will receive the sacraments fruitfully”.
The RCIA program includes: people who were never baptized; those baptized in another faith; and those who were baptized Catholic but have never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
If you are interested in the Catholic Faith, or have a friend or relative who may be interested in making this journey of faith, please invite the person to contact Sister Jane at the rectory.
As you can see, our beautiful “Giving Tree” is now in the front of the Church. We would like to encourage all those who are able, to help brighten Christmas for others. We welcome all that can participate in this venture.
Placed on the tree are a number of paper ornaments on which a specific item has been requested. Each ornament was prepared in duplicate and tied together before being placed on the tree. If you would like to help, we ask that before or after Mass you choose an item that you would like to donate and remove the two corresponding attached ornaments from the tree. One paper ornament you will take with you to be placed on the outside of the package. This will enable us to know the contents of the gifts when they are returned, wrapped, to the church and will help us in getting the gift to the correct family. We ask that on the second ornament you print your name and address and place it in the basket next to the tree. In this way, we will know who is responsible for each request removed from the tree.
Please bring the gift, wrapped and labeled with the ornament, back to the tree by Sunday, December 18th.
Immediately after the 10am and the 12noon Masses we will be carrying the gifts from the church to the school cafeteria. We will need a lot of help doing this. Anyone is welcome to stay and help us. This is a good service project for any Confirmation I or II student.
If you would like to help separate and get the gifts ready for the families to pick up, call the religious education office at 617 846-3100. We will begin getting the gifts ready on December 19th between 9:30am and 2:00pm.
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All gifts being donated to the to the Giving Tree are
due back next weekend, December 17th/18th in order to give us a few days to organize and distribute to our families. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
We wish each and every one of you a Blessed and Joyous Christmas.
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First: Alyssa Ofilos and Kevin Sweeney ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sister Jane’s next Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday, December 13th at 11am in the rectory. All are welcome! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FAMILY LITURGY
Every Sunday, the 10am Mass will have a focus on the family with the children in mind. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)
People sharing time, talent and treasure
Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, December 10th/11th, has one intention, our regular Parish Support Collection. We thank you for your generosity.
Prior Week Offertory: $6,077.00 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00 Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish. FYTD Off. :$128,079.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $140,300.00 Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $78,313.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00 CPL: November – $5,333.00 – CPL to date: $38,405.50 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Every Sunday – Family Liturgy – 10am Mass
Every Second Sunday of Month – Food Pantry
First & Fourth Sunday of Month – Swahili Mass – 5pm – chapel Every Monday thru Saturday – Rosary after 9am. Mass – all are welcome
Every Monday Evening – Eucharistic Adoration 6:30-8pm with Divine Mercy Chaplet – 7-7:15pm – chapel – all are welcome Every Wednesday Evening – Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7pm-upper Church
Today – Dec. 4th – Breakfast with Santa – 11am – cafeteria
Dec. 12th – WCWC Mtg. – 7pm – school cafeteria
Dec. 16th – Middle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Dec. 17th – Holiday Concert – 7pm – upper church
Dec. 20th – Blue Christmas – 7:00pm – chapel
Dec. 21st – Finance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
Jan. 4, 2012 – Wed. – Bldg. & Prop. Mtg. – 7pm – rectory ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cardinal O’Malley and Priests Begin Consultation Process on Pastoral Planning
On December 5, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC) met with priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and with those serving in archdiocesan parishes to begin the consultation process regarding the next phase of Pastoral Planning in the archdiocese. As part of their scope, the APPC has developed some principles and preliminary recommendations for strengthening the archdiocese’ s parish-based ministries, evangelization efforts and parish staffing. Further rounds of consultations with archdiocesan and parish leadership will be conducted over the next several months. After receiving input from the consultations, the APPC will then prepare a final recommendation to Cardinal Sean for his decision. We ask your prayers for this important process and invite you to review the planning materials at www.2012Planning.org. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN
St. John the Evangelist School Ocean View Street Entrance December 16th – 7:15pm – 9:30pm Music – Games – TV – Basketball – etc.
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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
The last part of the book of Isaiah contains the words of a prophet who preached after the Jews returned from exile in Babylon. They found their temple destroyed and the city leveled. In today’s reading, the prophet describes how God called him to encourage the people in this desperate time.
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Our second reading comes at the end of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. Just as a parent might give last- minute instructions as their child heads out the door, so Paul has a list of last-minute instructions for these people whom he loves.
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 (John as witness to the light) Question of the Week
Adult: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone Joy?
Child: What could you do for someone this week to make them happy? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cathedral of the Holy Cross Ireland Pilgrimage June 13-23, 2012
Join Father Kevin O’Leary and others from the Archdiocese of Boston on a pilgrimage to Ireland and the celebration of the 50th International Eucharist Congress where Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the closing Mass. Pilgrimage continues with tour of the sacred sites of Ireland including Knock, Galway, Limerick City, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Cork and more. Complete package cost $3,295.00 (twin occupancy). For further details and information, please contact Sofia Syversen at 800 653-0017 or email her at: Canterbury.tours@live.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In your charity, please pray for the souls of Adele Scott, John Snyder Sr., and Michael DeGregorio who were buried from St. John’s this past week and Susan Dirksmeyer who died recently. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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The Light Is On For You
This Advent, on Wednesday, December 21, from 6:30-8:00pm, St. John’s and all the parishes and chapels of the Archdiocese of Boston will be open for individual confessions. The Archdiocese has set up a website, www.TheLightIsOnForYou.org. to help you prepare. It has videos on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, sheets on how to make a good confession, answers to frequently-asked questions and more. Please make plans to come and spread the word of this special outreach of mercy to those you know.
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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE – PRAY THE ROSARY
DECEMBER 11, 2011
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ST. VINCENT dePAUL SOCIETY
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is extremely grateful to all parishioners who faithfully remember the poor as they leave church after Mass. We would ask that those of you who are not aware of the receptacles in the church, please remember us as way to help those in need.
We wish you at this beautiful time of the year a very Merry Christmas and a joyful and Happy New
Year with many blessings. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
All Powerful God, watch over all our dear ones who serve this day in the military.
Hold them safely in the palm of Your hand.
Walk with them in your strength.
Bring comfort when they are troubled;
hope when they are weary. Remind them of our love. Merciful Lord, bring a lasting peace into our midst. Heal our hearts and help all nations find ways to live in harmony so that blood is shed no more.
We ask this in the name of Christ Jesus, Prince of Peace. Amen
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CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
We invite parishioners to contribute for the purchase of the flowers used on the
altars for Christmas. You might want to donate in memory of a loved one. If so, we
ask you to print the name/names of your deceased loved ones and enclose it in an
envelope with your contribution. You may bring/send this to the rectory. Please make sure your check is made payable to St. John’s Parish, designating it is for flowers.
During the Christmas Season, the names of all your loved ones will be remembered and prayed for. All donations should be made no later than the weekend of December 10th/11th.
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DECEMBER 11, 2011
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A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify  to the light. – Jn 1:6-8
Readings for the Week of December 11, 2011
Sunday: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:-8, 19-28
Monday:
38 or Lk 1:39-47
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Is 56:1-3a, 6-8/Jn 5:33-36
Saturday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17
Next Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38
Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-
Zep 3:1-2, 9-13/Mt 21:28-32
Is 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25/Lk 7:18b-23 Is 54:1-10/Lk 7:24-30
Week of Monday, December 12th – Sunday, December 18th
Mon. 9:00 Tues. 9:00 W ed. 9:00 Thur. 9:00 Fri. 9:00 Sat 9:00
Clare R. Donohoe and Marjorie Publicover The Benefactors of the Parish
Carol Harris
Bill Curran
The People of the Parish Francis Sampson
Anthony & Josephine Diorio Grace & Joseph Amico Donald Rossi
4:00 Peter Pellecchia, Jr. 10th Anniversary
Sunday 8:00
10:00 Natale Mulone – 14th Anniversary 12:00 John & M. Evelyn Carver
Mae & Henry Moynihan George L & Anna Moynihan Ruth & Larry Walsh
Joe & Jo Carver
Kathy DeMarco
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HOLIDAY CONCERT
Our parish will host a concert of Advent/Christmas music to be performed by the Choir from All Saints Church in Ashmont. The Concert will take place on Saturday, December 11th at 7pm in our church. There is no cost but there will be a freewill offering to help defray expenses for the Concert. Refreshments will follow the concert in the lower church.
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