Bulletin for Sunday, December 4

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Breakfast with SantaTODAY!!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 4th

11am-12:30pm

St. John’s School Hall

Lincoln St. entrance

    Raffles, entertainment and more!

Adults $6.00 – Children $4.00 – under 2 Free

Santa will be visiting so bring your camera!!

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Through the waters of baptism, we welcome into the Catholic faith:
~Claire Avery Chapman    ~James Patrick Marino
~Margaret Muriel Cusack    ~Marc Robert Marino
~William Thomas Kenty    ~Briella Rose McFarland
~Camden Geoffrey Lounsbury    ~Ella Grace Survilas
Please keep these little ones, their parents and godparents in your prayers as they begin their faith journeys.
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WINTHROP FOOD PANTRY

Next 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.
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Dear Parishioners,
We are so grateful for the generous donation that you recently made to A Woman’s Concern.  Because of your generosity we are able to bless many young women who have chosen life.  So many times we see young women who are feeling very alone.  Your gift not only fills a need but serves as an outward sign that someone does care and supports their decision of life. 
My wish is that all of you could witness the joy on the women’s faces when they receive one of your gifts.  On behalf of the staff and clients of A Woman’s Concern, thank you again for your willingness to partner with us in this life saving work. 
May God bless you and your families.
Joanne McDuffee, Director
AWC Revere Center

 

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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PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE

PRAY THE ROSARY

 

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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We will once again offer to our parishioners the opportunity to purchase a “Holiday Food Package” to be donated to a family in need this Christmas Season.  The price of this Holiday Feast is $30.00 and includes a 4lb. ham and a turkey with all the fixings.
All donations must be turned into Shirley Guthro at the Religious Education Office in the school building by Thursday, December 8th.  Please make check out to St. John’s and label as “Holiday Food Donation”.  If you have any questions or need further information, please give Shirley a call at 617 846-3100.
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Holiday House Tour – Saturday, December 10th

On Saturday, December 10th, six families are opening their professionally-designed, holiday-adorned historic homes in Lynn’s Diamond District for the 2nd annual Holiday House Tour.  To staff the homes and guide tour-goers, volunteers are needed in shifts from 1-3pm or 3-6pm.  Each volunteer will receive 1 free ticket to the tour.  For more information:

http://www.ccab.org/diamond-house-tour/index.html

 

Commitment to Parish Life (CPL)

People sharing time, talent and treasure

Parish Support and Finances
Our Offertory this weekend, December 3rd/4th has one Intention: our regular Parish Support Collection.  The basket will be passed once.  We thank you for your generosity.
Nov. 21Week Offertory:  $5,550 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Nov. 28 Week Offertory:  $5,947 – Budgeted Goal: $6,100.00
Weekly collection funds the day to day operations of the Parish.
FYTD: Nov. 21 $116,032.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $128,100.00
FYTD: Nov. 28 $121,979.00 – Budgeted Offertory: $134,200.00
Our fiscal year to date totals began as of July 1st, 2011
Grand Annual: $76,913.00 – Grand Annual Goal: $90,000.00
CPL: November – $5,333.00 – CPL to date: $38,405.50
Collection for Retired Religious – $4,760.00
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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. 4thBreakfast with Santa – 11am – cafeteria

Dec. 12thWCWC Mtg. – 7pm – school cafeteria

Dec. 16thMiddle School Drop-In – 7:15 – gym
Dec. 20thBlue Christmas – 7:00pm – chapel
Dec. 21stFinance Council Mtg. – 6:30pm – rectory
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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.
Sister Jane’s next Faith Sharing Group will meet on Tuesday, December 13th at 11am in the rectory.  All are welcome!
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On behalf of the retired religious women and men, I thank you for your generous support in the collection for the retired religious.  $4,760.00 was collected.  It is greatly appreciated.
       Sister Jane
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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

First Reading:  Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
This passage from the book of Isaiah begins with God calling upon the prophet to encourage the Jewish people who are exiled in Babylon.  The prophet is to tell them that they will be returning home soon and the road of the return will pass through the dessert.  We will also hear God call the people to proclaim from a mountaintop the goodness of God.
Second Reading:  2 Peter 3:8-14
The second letter of Peter was written nearly 100 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  At an earlier time, Christians had expected the Lord to return in glory quickly.  But by this time, they had lost confidence that the Lord would return at all.  The author doesn’t want people to abandon their hope and gives a positive interpretation to this delay.
Question of the week:
Adult:  With whom could you be more patient this week, as God has been patient with you?
Child:  With whom can you be more patient?
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Letter received from Cross International Catholic Outreach:
On behalf of the poor in developing countries Cross International Catholic Outreach is grateful that you hosted Father Paul Farin on the weekend of August 13-14, 2011.
In light of today’s economic challenges, your parishioners from St. John the Evangelist donated $2,735.00 to the world’s needy and poor.  Please express our deep appreciation for their generous response.
Of every dollar donated, nearly 97 cents goes directly to program services, which means 97 percent of your parish’s gifts will be applied toward Catholic-based ministries.  These ministries provide food, housing, water education, medical care and orphan support, as well as programs to help the poor earn a livelihood so they can lift themselves out of poverty. 
God bless you for hearing the cry of the poor and for responding so generously.
Yours in Christ,
James J. Cavnar, President
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FAMILY LITURGY

Every Sunday, the 10am Mass will have a focus on the family with the children in mind.
 

 

In your charity, please pray for the soul of Adele Scott who was buried from St. John’s this past week.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATON

Mass Schedule

Wednesday, December 7th 4:00pm
Thursday, December 8th 9:00am and 7:00pm
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Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club will hold its Christmas Meeting on 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.
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Cardinal Sean has written a Pastoral Letter on the Sunday Mass to all Catholics in the Archdiocese.  One of Cardinal Sean’s requests in the letter is that every Catholic will reach out to a fellow Catholic that has been away from the Church.  Please read the letter online at:

www.BostonCatholic.org/SundayMassLetter

and share the link with friends and family members.
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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 in the space provided below 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.

NAMES

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Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.  A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

– Mk 1:2b-3

 

Readings for the Week of December 4, 2011
Sunday:            Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8
Monday:            Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday:            Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday:            Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday:            Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Friday:            Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday:            Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday:            Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:6-8, 19-2

 

 
 

Week of Monday, December 5th – Sunday, December 11th

Mon. 9:00 Arthur Gilleo
Tues. 9:00 The Benefactors of the Parish
Wed. 9:00 Carmen & Rosemarie Socci
Vigil of The Immaculate Conception
4:00 Michael A. & Dorothy DeCata and
Ralph DeCata
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Thur. 9:00 Catherine Collotta – 70th Anniversary
7:00 Evelyn & Paul Marks
Fri. 9:00 The People of the Parish
Sat 9:00 James Palladino
Joseph & Margaret Ervolini
Phyllis Walker
Billy Nugent
Frank Ruggiero
 
4:00 Anna Marie Boudrow
Sunday 8:00 Salvatore & Rose Russo
10:00 Anthony Morana
12:00 Martin Crombie – 17th Anniversary
Kathy Sanborn
The Collins Family
Michael & Catherine Ruane
Ralph Anderson
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