Monday gives us a Holy Day of opportunity in the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast, normally celebrated on December 8, is not allowed to take place of a Sunday in Advent, and so it is moved to the next day, and the obligation to attend Mass that day is lifted. Hence, it is an opportunity for us all to come and enjoy the great gift of Our Lady’s special role in salvation history and her unwavering response to God’s grace. This solemnity was established 311 years ago and is thus older than our nation, which claims Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as the patroness of our land. There are two Masses that day, as regularly scheduled, which we will move to the church in anticipation of larger attendance: 8:30 am and 7 pm.
Jeff Shafier, one of the Outreach Counselors, and his daughters, Abigail and Olivia, are again offering home sewn scarves as a fundraiser for the Whatsoever You Do Outreach Program. The scarves will be available after all Masses on December 14/15. They will be sold for $5.00 each.
As we discovered last year, they are lovely and will make a useful gift, while providing funds for families desperately in need of assistance.
Join in the spirit of giving! Purchase a gift for a mother or child in need for this Christmas. Pick one (or more!) ornaments off the giving tree in the back of church. Purchase the requested gift & place the gift unwrapped with the ornament attached under the tree when you return.
Please place gifts under the tree by December 22. Help make it a special holiday season for the moms & kids at St. Margaret’s House!
We don’t fabricate these stories. They illustrate in stark terms the pain and suffering many people are enduring. Scott has had a shoulder and two knee replacements, four eye surgeries, serious arthritis and deterioration of bones. Although still employment age, he can’t work, much as he wants to. Even covering a small water bill was a blessing for him.
Mark your calendars for the annual showdown between priests and seminarians in the 6th annual Cupertino Classic. Our very own Fr. Terry will be playing in this competitive and fun game at Marian High School in Mishawaka on Wednesday, December 27 at 6:30 pm. We will see you there!