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I hope the first part of Advent has been fruitful for you.  It has been a good opportunity for me to start some practices of reading more in the evening, getting up on time and saying my morning prayers, and trying to clear some more space for Christ’s birth in my daily routines.  Here are some ways that you and I can get the most out of Advent.

In less than 10 days, our church will be filled to the brim with parishioners, family members, old friends & new friends. We will be welcoming people who have not set foot in a church in years. This isn't a time to judge people for how long they've been away from church; this is the time to welcome new faces & to be the face of Christ to them. How do we do this?

In the west entrance way of the church, near the piano, there are over 100 scarves sewn by the Shafier children "with a little help" from their dad, Jeff. $5 each.

For every scarf sold, one will be donated to a local charity. All proceeds go to the "Whatsoever You Do" Outreach Program”.
A big thank you to everyone who has participated in the giving tree! Please be sure to place all gifts under the tree by 8:00 p.m., December 16!
 Reflections on the beauty of our Faith from our parish missionary

This Wednesday [12/12/2018], we celebrate the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a very popular image of Mary, especially among the Hispanic population. Mary revealed herself to a Native Mexican Indian named Juan Diego. She asked for a church to be built in her honor. Juan went to the bishop of the diocese and asked for the church to be built, but the bishop did not believe the request was from Mary.

Thank you to all those that have already supported our Small Things with Great Love capital campaign. We are approaching the $1 million milestone, and in order to reach our goals for the campaign, we need every family's help. If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact the parish office at 574-272-7070.  Thank you again for your support of these needs in our parish. Please say a prayer (or many!) for the boiler to hold strong through this season.

Next session: Sunday, December 9, during Religious Ed
Parish Center, Upper Room

All parents are invited! t when Religious Ed. is in session

 Advent is a time of the year that confused me as a child. We’re getting ready for Jesus to come…but he actually already came! As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to a better understanding of the purpose of the Advent season.

The word advent itself means “to come” or “to arrive”. We can understand this in three senses.

This bulletin needed to be sent in a week earlier due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so I do not have much new information to give you about the campaign in written form.  I will be able to give a little update at Mass itself, as well as on the parish website. Please check to see the most recent reports on our progress. If you would like to verify your pledge or would like to make a new pledge, please reach out to us at the parish office by phone or by stopping in.