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Christian Service Bulletin, Jan. 5th, 2014

Posted by Fred Elias

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh..."  ~Ezekiel 36:26~

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Thank You!  To all those that came to donate blood at the American Red Cross Blood ... Read More »

From Fr. Steve..., Dec. 22nd, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

When I was an associate pastor at Our Lady of Victory, Fr. Ernie Porcari was the pastor.  Fr. Ernie had a nativity set out, not just for Christmas.  Actually, Fr. Ernie had the nativity set out, not just for Christmas, but all year long.  At first, I thought that ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Dec. 22nd, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.  John Wayne, movie actor & director

The nativity story is truly a story about discovering strength in surrendering to the will of God while facing great unknowns.  Joseph's surrender to God is both remarkable and courageous.  It's remarkable, because Joseph chose ... Read More »

Christian Service Bulletin, Dec. 22nd, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

The season of Advent calls us to prepare ourselves in virtues of humility, gratitude, awe, wonder, joy, and reverence for the celebration of the birth of Emmanuel-God with us.  God's son enters the world in utter simplicity: no fanfare, no 'room in the Inn,' born in humble surroundings to people of no ... Read More »

Stewardship Thoughts from Sue, Dec. 22nd, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

The Gospel from Matthew proclaims "Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God with us."  In the Gospel, an Angel informs Joseph in a dream that Mary is with child by the Holy Spirit, and that he should not ... Read More »

Year End Christmas Donations

Posted by Fred Elias

IRA Rollover: Make a Gift through an IRA Charitable Rollover

Normally, a distribution from your IRA is taxed as ordinary income.  However, tax legislation enacted early in 2013 extended throughout 2013 the opportunity under prior law for individuals 70 1/2 or older to make a direct distribution from your ... Read More »

Christian Service Bulletin, Dec. 15th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"The term 'advent' connotes not only an arrival, but also that which is yet to come.  The very word itself expresses a strange interpenetration of the present and the future, of what now exists and what is yet to come, of possession and expectation.  So too, in the liturgy ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Dec. 15th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Today we light the 3rd Advent candle, the pink or rose colored candle representing joy. Where do you find joy?

Our expression of joy can be just as different as where we encounter joy.

Where do you find joy?

As you light the third candle today, think of where ... Read More »

St. Mary Warming Center, Dec. 15th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer at this year's Warming Center.  The response has been so amazing that we do not need to continue sign ups after masses.  There are truly angels among us!  Our overnight shifts were among the first to fill up.  The ... Read More »

Christian Service Bulletin, Dec. 8th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

On December 8 we have traditionally celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  This feast day refers to the belief that Mary was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  We celebrate the "birthday" of Mary on ... Read More »