November 19, 2017 Volume 70, No. 47
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ST. MARY CHURCH
CHRISTMAS CARDS, SYMPATHY CARDS: will be available for sale after Masses Nov. 18/19, 25/26. The Christmas cards feature the church and Nativity pieces and the Sympathy cards have some of the iron crosses from the cemetery and the Good Shepherd statue from church. They are all quite nice. Individually, the cards are $2 each. A set of 5 different Christmas cards is $8.00. A set of 4 different Sympathy cards is $7.00.
CHRISTIAN MOTHERS: Christmas Party on Dec. 3rd at 1:30 pm. Lunch: Charlotte Hoff, Karen Messmer, Kathy Hueske, Judy Frederick Entertainment: Gladys Goetz, Suzy Rummel, Rosalie Hunke, Penn Hauck
THANK YOU! to the Christian Mothers who gave a $500 donation to the parish for upgrades to the Social Center. We appreciate your support ladies and your prayers for families and children of the parishes; thanks for your faithfulness!
ST. STEPHEN CHURCH
A CHANGE: December Coffee & Rolls will be on Sunday Dec. 3 to accommodate my schedule (Children’s Mass & Christmas program @ St. Mary on Dec. 17) and to make St. Nicholas’ visit closer to his feast day (Dec. 6). Thanks for adjusting.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Immediately, after you finish your communion duties both of you please take the collection basket, bring it to the sacristy and put it in the bank lock bag that is in the briefcase or on the desk. This part of the guidelines required by the diocese. Thank you.
IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED that we do a “Children’s Collection” like we do at St. Mary. The kids come forward to me after the ushers bring up the offering and drop their envelope, cash or coins into the basket. There are extra boxes of envelopes at the entrance. Let’s start this on December 3.
ANY ONE OUT THERE (male and female) who would like to volunteer to be an usher or lector? Please prayerfully consider offering yourself for the good of the parish and let me know. Thanks.
CHRISTIAN MOTHERS: meeting after Mass, Sunday, Dec. 3.
ST. THOMAS PARISH
ANNUAL BREAKFAST AND RAFFLE: is Sunday, Nov. 19. It promises to be another good breakfast. Thanks everyone for all the “behind the scenes” prep and work.
USHERS: We could use some folks to help usher (male and female); let me know please. Thanks.
PLEASE PRAY for those who are seriously ill, terminally ill or in immediate concern. Jacob Reyles, Craig Kubas, Greg Meyer, Sherry Urlacher, Rosie Weiler, Rachael Axtmann, Ray Pflepsen and all others in need. They appreciate our remembrance in prayer and thought.
JOHNNY’S CAFÉ: will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday from 10:30 – 1:30 for $12.99. They will also deliver but please call (974 4363) before Thursday so they can plan appropriately.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE for Assumption Abbey will be Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Items being sold are fruit cake, assorted Abbey Breads, apple butter, pickled peppers, Table wine sales and tasting, large assortment Gift items including Soap, T-shirts, wine glasses, books, etc.
CARING HEARTS: Our Jr/Sr High School Rel. Ed students will be collecting canned goods for Caring Hearts. Bags will be provided in church Nov. 25/26. Bring the bag with your canned goods to Mass on Dec. 2 or 3 when the students will collect the bags. After Mass on Sat., Dec. 2 the students will also pick up your items (in Richardton) at your home—just leave your porch light on. Thanks for your generous help to “feed the hungry.”
RT BLOOD DRIVE will be held on Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 at the American Legion from 2–7 pm. For an appointment call Judy Roll at 701-974-3438 or go to www.bloodhero.com sponsor code: Richardton. The sponsor will be the Dakota Community Bank, Taylor. Won’t you help someone in need! Happy Thanksgiving!
FROM THE PASTOR:
Sorry that we’ve run out of bulletins on some Sundays @ St. Mary; several weeks ago we started printing more but I usually throw 12-24 and even 30 away each week. Last weekend we did not have extra people at the Masses so I’m not sure what happened. Anyway, know that the Bulletin is also on-line each Monday morning. Go to Assumption Abbey website; click on Welcome and a drop box will appear which has St. Mary Parish on it. Click on that and you will see the bulletin as an option.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday. Mass schedule: St. Mary @ 7:30 a.m. and St. Stephen @ 9:30 a.m. Thank you for making the effort to give thanks to God at Mass; it was gratifying to see so many people at the Masses last year.
Don’t forget: the Communal Reconciliation Service for all 3 parishes will be at St. Mary on Tuesday, November 28 @ 7:00 pm. There will be 4 priests available to hear confessions. I will also be available for confessions these Monday evenings of Advent from 6-7pm: Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Dec. 18.
Friday, December 8 (Immaculate Conception) is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at Sts. Stephen & Thomas on Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm and Friday at St. Mary at 7:30 am and 7:00 pm.
This month we celebrate the feast of St. Cecilia (Nov. 22) who is the patron saint of musicians. We are very fortunate to have good, talented musicians who enhance our worship at all three parishes by giving of their time and talent. Take the time to thank them, give them a pat on the back and even join in the singing! Actually, I am very pleased with how well we sing at all the parishes, especially when no musician is available so thank you for giving your effort. And…the Praise & Worship Choir @ St. Mary (formerly Young Adult Choir) welcomes additional members. They generally sing the 4th Sunday of the month and practice Wednesday evenings from 6:15 – 6:45. Give it a try!!
In this season of giving, don’t forget ND Catholic Charities. Envelopes are in the back of the churches.
As we near, and soon begin, the holy season of Advent, it is difficult to avoid the “Christmas frenzy” of buying, buying and more buying and busy, hectic running around. The Church asks us to celebrate Advent as Advent and Christmas as Christmas (rather than Christmas during Advent and nothing during Christmas!). I would ask that we all make an effort to put a little calm, quiet, and gentleness in our lives (and in the lives of our children/family), and some quiet prayer and reflection.
Maybe make an effort to come to daily Mass once in awhile or make a visit to church and just sit in the quiet for 10 minutes a week; breathe in God’s peace, quiet and calm.
Since Christmas falls on a Monday, the Advent season is very short AND the Mass schedule is full and might be a bit confusing. Check the Mass times and locations below. Obviously, both the Sunday and Christmas (Monday) are mandatory Mass attendance so the Sunday Christmas Eve Mass does NOT “count” for the Sunday Mass. The same situation will occur the following week with Sunday and Monday (Mary, Mother of God—Jan. 1).
Finally, May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump;
may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize;
And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up with more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving; hope to see you in church!
Fr. Thomas, OSB
Nov. 19 St. Thomas Breakfast & Raffle 8:00 – Noon
Nov. 22 No Rel. Ed classes
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving (see above for Mass times)
Nov. 28 Advent Communal Reconciliation Service for all 3 parishes @ St. Mary
Dec. 2 Abbey Open House/Bread Sale 1-4 pm
RHC Craft Fair 11-4 pm
Dec. 3 Advent begins/St. Nick @ St. Stephen
Christian Mothers Christmas Party @ 1:30
St. Ben’s annual Crab Crack on the Prairie at the Elks Club
Dec. 8 Immaculate Conception: Holy Day of Obligation & Patron Saint of St. Mary Parish)
Dec. 10 Christmas Open House, 2-4 pm at St. Luke’s
Dec. 16 St. Mary Church cleaning
Dec. 17 10:00 Children’s Mass @ St. Mary & Rel. Ed. Spaghetti Dinner/Xmas program
Dec. 23/24 Regular Saturday/Sunday Masses @ all parishes
Dec. 24 4:00 pm Xmas eve @ St. Stephen; 10:00 pm Xmas Eve @ St. Mary
Dec. 25 8:00 am Xmas @ St. Thomas; 10:00 am Xmas @ St. Mary