THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
6:00 p.m. Choir practice (11:30 choir)
WEDNESDAY, December 30
FRIDAY, January 1 – New Year’s Day-2010
Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
10:00 a.m. Carone family-living & deceased
At Home : Catherine Allen, Charlie Campbell, Josephine Calabro, Frank Carrick, Judy Hall, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Mary Laubenthal, Tim McManus, Al Moeller, Mary Ann Prager, Larry Schwartz, Tyler Zust, James Johnson, Betty Friedlinghaus, Charles Walker, Paul Wingert, Marian Fontaine, Virginia and Tim Deweese, Jake Sterpka, Brian Burson, Margaret Campbell
RCIA – 2009 – 2010….will not meet during the Christmas and New Year holiday, sessions will resume on January 6, 2010.
Office hours: closed the week of Dec. 28th. Regular office hours will resume on Jan. 4, 2010.
YOUNG ADULTS……are reminded that they will meet at Gresso’s the first Thursday in January, 1/7/2010, at 7:00 p.m.
LIVING WITH BENEDICT RETREATS
The Benedictine Monks of St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland welcome men between the ages of 18-45 who wish to discern a monastic vocation to attend “Living with Benedict” weekend retreats scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2010. For more information contact Fr. Gerard, OSB at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
February 27, 2010: Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference at the Ohio Expo Center-Lausche Building. March 6, 2010: Register now to attend the 13th Annual Columbus Diocese’s Catholic Men’s Conference at the Ohio Expo Center-Lausche Building. To register Click on Link: www.columbuscatholicmen.com
LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for Jan. 2-3, 2010 (1st Sunday of the Month)
Extraordinary Ministers are reminded to cleanse the vessels after each Mass
TIME ALTAR SERVER LECTOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER SACRISTAN
4:00 PM Jonathan Engle Don Smeltzer Jim Sauer, Jeanne Sauer, Marissa Campbell
Tim Engle Ann Graf Jennifer Hadden, Frances Melton, open TBD
9:00 AM Nate Gain Annie Ruefle Jack Auer, Christina Badurina, Maria Disabato, Mike Gerlach
Augie & Charlie Collins Brian Collins Bonnie Jones, Amanada Breitfeller, open, open TBD
11:30 AM Anthony Bartholomew Pat Dineen Ashley VanHorn, Donna VanHorn, Sandy Brown
Will Martello, Andy Price open Linnan Duren, Pam Mortimer, David Martello TBD
COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: Jan. 3 – Dave & Marge Smigelski Pray for our men and women in uniform
Collection counters for the 1st Sunday of the month: Don and Rose Hodgson
The MARRIAGE and FAMILY
Take a new look at intimacy by enrolling in an Natural Family Planning workshop, offered through the Marriage and Family Life Office and hosted by St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Westerville. The five-session workshop begins Wednesday evening, January 13, 2010, 7 - 9 pm, and continues on January 27, February 10, March 10, and April 14. The registration is only $60 per couple and includes all instructional materials; financial assistance is available. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Marriage and Family Life Office at (614)241-2560 or FLOMailbox@colsdioc.org
Collections are down by 6.5% from this time last year and last year’s offertory was down 7% from 2007. Please prayerfully consider regularly contributing to St. Mary’s!
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Thank you for your continued support!
At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2010, Bishop Campbell will celebrate mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in observance of the “day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life”. This day of penance and prayer falls on the anniversary of the January 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact the diocesan Office of Social Concerns at 614.241.2540. To find information about the Church’s teaching on pro-life issues, visit the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ website at
Only a few days left to save $20 on your Gala ticket! Tickets purchased before Dec. 31 are only $80! Enjoy an evening of great music, cocktails, food and a fantastic silent auction at the Columbus Athenaeum, Saturday, Jan. 30. Order forms are available at the back of the church under the pictures of Pope Benedict and Bishop Campbell, in the school office and on the St. Mary website. All proceeds go to the St. Mary tuition assistance fund
FEAST of the Holy Family is celebrated on the weekend following Christmas. Let us pray for our families:
Father, help us to live as the Holy Family, united in respect and love. Teach us the sanctity of human love, show us the value of family life, and help us to live in peace. We are united with Jesus, Mary and Joseph because in your great love for us you sent your son to live in this world and to share our human experience. Help us to love each other as you love us, and to be more aware of those families in the world who struggle with poverty, war, and disease. Bring us all to the joy and peace of your eternal home. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Chat, Listen, Learn & Interact. Cool prizes, updated iTtunes, silly pictures, quizzes and more! Stay up-to-date on everything cool and Catholic! (Now accepting fans; parents, too!)
The annual Rally for Life will be on Friday, January 22, 2010, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Statehouse, corner of Broad and High Streets. The rally is open to all ages. For additional information contact Columbus Right to Life at 614.445.8508.
Father Thomas and the parish staff want to thank you for the many kind cards and treats dropped off or mailed this season. May you all have a Happy New Year!