Happy 125th Birthday St. John Nepomcuene!
VOICE OF PARTNERSHIP
CYM Ham & Bean Dinner Raffle: Generous Donations so far from: St Elizabeth’s Ladies Group, St Ann’s Altar Sodality, Dahlgren Knights of Columbus, Rapp Brothers Farm, CYM, Nolene Rubenacker, & St. Clement CCW. Thank you!! It’s not too late to put something together for our raffle.
PSR/Adult Bible Study Reminder: There will be no class on November 25 and December 2. We will resume classes on December 9 to begin rehearsing for our Christmas program that will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 pm at St. John the Baptist.
Holy Name meeting at St. John the Baptist will be on Monday, December 3. Refreshments: Father Slawomir Ptak and Deacon Archie Bowers
St. Ann’s Altar Society monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join us on Sunday December, 9 as we will go Christmas Caroling! Let’s meet in front of St. Clement of Rome Church at 3:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Becky Cross
3 Strong Mission Group will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on, Sunday December 9th right after Mass at Piopolis. Everyone from the Partnership is Welcome to attend. We will be having a Christmas Picture background for everyone to get their picture taken for their Christmas Cards…Please feel free to wear your “Ugly Sweaters” and let your inner Clark Griswold come out. Breakfast is by donation
St. Clement of Rome and St. John the Baptist: If you would like a Christmas Memorial for the Needy in the Parish in memory of your loved one(s), please place an envelope marked Christmas Memorial, containing your name and the name of your loved one(s) in the collection basket or mail to the Partnership office by Monday, December 17.
St. John Nepomucene is taking orders for Christmas poinsettias, in memory of a loved one. Envelopes are located in the back of church. Please put envelope in collection basket. If you have questions, please contact Shari or Ruthie Karcher. Deadline will be Sunday, December 2.
Parish Partnership is again a sponsor of the Hamilton County Kid’s Christmas project. Gift information is available at the entrance of each church. Please return wrapped gifts by the weekend of December 15-16. Keep in mind this could be the only gift they will receive this Christmas. Questions, please contact Cindy Rapp, Karen Endicott, or Rachel Hopfinger.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our Partnership: Joe Spruell, Edith Haas, Marie Hopkins, Larry Hunt, Retha Rawls.
Father Ptak will visit sick and homebound with Holy Communion on the Thursday and Friday.
The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal (CSMA): The staffs of ministries funded by CSMA wish you an Advent showered with His love and blessings! We are truly grateful for your continued generosity and support for it is only through working together that we can bring new promises, new dreams and new hopes to those in need at Advent and throughout the year.
Retirement Fund for Religious: Support the Retirement Fund for Religious. A donor writes, “Your flyer touched my heart…seeing the retired religious, such memories surfaced.” Do you remember the sisters, brothers, or religious order priests who made a positive difference in your life? Today many are elderly and need assistance. Their religious communities struggle to meet retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Please give to next week’s collection. Envelopes are located in your envelope packets. Click on link to view more information attached to the bulletin: Religious Retirement
Vocation Corner: On this First Sunday of Advent we are called to prepare our interior life for Jesus’ coming. The birth of Christ wasn’t just something that happened in history 2000 years ago, but must take place every day for us to be true disciples. Our preparation is necessary to receive Jesus and allow Him to flourish within us. The Gospel reminds to beware and not let “that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Our vocation encounter with God needs to occur every day.
The Quilting Ladies would like to thank St. Clement of Rome Ladies for providing them with a wonderful lunch. God Bless you all!
Advent is a time of waiting, longing, and begging. It is a time to pray “Come Lord Jesus. ” We look forward to celebrating the first coming of Jesus at Christmas. We look forward with hope to the second coming of Jesus in His glory. We seek out Jesus here and now in the Mass, when He comes to us in the Eucharist. We seek out Jesus in the people and events of our lives, when He come to us in ordinary ways. Today, as we examine our conscience and confess our sins, we ask Jesus to come to us in His mercy. For Jesus offers us a true experience of salvation here and now through the forgiveness of our sins. Question, what are you seeking out this Advent season? If not Jesus, then what? If so maybe it’s time to have a Examination of Conscience. Good day and God Bless, Deacon Archie. Archie.
This Sunday we begin the new liturgical year of 2019. The Advent wreath holds four candles which are lit, one at a time, on each of the four Sundays of the Advent. Traditionally it is a time of prayer, reflection, penance and waiting for the coming Savior. The purple or violet is the liturgical color of this season. All flowers and extra decorations are taken away to make room for a simple celebration so that when Christmas comes, we can fully enjoy Christ’s coming. There are exceptions to this regulation like the Immaculate Conception or other feasts. In some of our churches the statue of Mary appears next to the Advent wreath to remind us that she played a big role in the plan of salvation. Have a wonderful week and blessed celebration of 125th anniversary of St. John Nepomucene Parish. Fr. Ptak