This past week we had a good turnout for the Penance Service sponsored by St. Mary Parish. All the priests from the cluster were on hand to hear confessions of sixty-plus people. The service ended in about an hour.
Confessions will be at the regular time on Saturdays (3:00-4:00 pm). As we get closer to Christmas, two priests will be available. No confessions will be heard on Christmas eve.
This coming week Deacon Ray will lead us in the Advent Lessons and Carols on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 P.M. in St. Mary church (750 S. Main). All are welcome to come, pray, and sing as we prepare for Christmas and wait for His coming again.
Also in this Advent Season, the Spanish-speaking community will be holding the traditional Posadas (Inns). On consecutive nights people go to one another’s home and reenact St. Luke’s telling of Mary and Joseph’s search for an Inn to lodge in for the night.
Traditionally people walk from house to house in the neighborhood until someone lets them in to a prepared meal.
We will simply meet at various places the week of December 16. You are most welcome to participate. You can find the listing of addresses where we will gather under “Comunidad Hispana” in today’s bulletin or by calling the parish office.
Next Sunday at the 9:30 A.M. Mass we will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance with the 8 people attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). With the support of their sponsors, they will be welcomed into the Catechumenate; a period of intense formation in the Christian Faith within the Catholic Church. Please pray for these candidates, their sponsors, and the RCIA team led by Mr. Jim Griggy.
Also, next Sunday is the final day to bring in your gifts for the Bethlehem Giving Trees. Please bring your wrapped gift to the sacristy for the Akron Pregnancy Center and/or the St. Bernard Hot Meal Program.
People have called with questions about the new Church Envelope system. There are only two changes:
1. Church envelopes will no longer be mailed to your home. A box of envelopes for all of 2014 (including the special collections) will be available for PICK-UP here in the church or in the office. We’ll let you know when they arrive and are available for pick-up.
2. Every envelope in the box will have a number on it, but will no longer have your name and address on it. If you want to write that on every week – knock your socks off! – but we will be recording your contributions by the number on your envelope.
These are the only two changes.
If you regularly contribute by check, you will still be assigned a number in our system. If you like, pick up a box of envelopes and use them for your check. They make our recording easier when you need a yearly IRS statement.
If you used to get envelopes but no longer do, please contact the office so we can explain the change or assign you a box.
This is worth repeating: on the back of this bulletin are local businesses that provide us this weekly bulletin. I am grateful to these sponsors to our parish, I ask you to show them your appreciation by supporting their ventures to our Akron and Catholic communities as often as you are able.
Another method of communication between us is our parish website. Although I’ve been tinkering with it lately (trying to learn), I am grateful to Will Holland who designs and maintains it for the parishioners. Check it out!
A blessed and peaceful Advent, Fr. Dan