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Bulletin for the Week of January 8, 2018

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HOLY MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, January 6

5:30 pm Justin Bell (Lois)


Sunday, January 7 – The Epiphany of the Lord

10:00am Parishioners, living & deceased


Monday, January 8

No Mass


Tuesday, January 9

Noon Jack Wagner

Wednesday, January 10

Noon Intentions of the Clay Family

Thursday, January 11

Noon Rosemary Brooks (Family)

Friday, January 12

Noon Charles Snopek (Don & Barb)

Saturday, January 13

5:30 pm Shelia Gasser (Lois Bell)


Sunday, January 14 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:00 am Parishioners, living & deceased

STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT

Offertory last Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,858

250 Club – December 29/#922: No Winner

Coming Events:

Sun., Jan 7 - CCD 8:45am

- Altar Society after Mass

Tues., Jan. 9 - Spirit Sisters in cafeteria at 6:30pm

Wed., Jan. 10 - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

8:00am – 7:00pm

- RCIA 7:15pm

Sun., Jan 14 - CCD 8:45am

Mon., Jan. 15 - No school/Martin Luther King Day

- CWBS 6:30pm-8:30pm

Wed., Jan. 17 - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

8:00am – 7:00pm

- RCIA 7:15pm

Fri., Jan 19 - Day of Prayer & Penance

Sun., Jan 21 - CCD 8:45am

*Adoration is available every Wednesday from 8:00am – 7:00pm unless noted in the bulletin. Please come to adore the Lord.

*Confessions each Wednesday available 5:30pm – 6:30pm

8 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics

1) Increase your Marian Devotion - 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children at Fatima, Portugal. In this most prophetic of all apparitions, Our Lady of Fatima made urgent pleas for mankind to reform themselves and pray her rosary daily, along with other grave messages and warnings with dire consequences for the entire world. Her messages were then authenticated on October 13, 1917 with an undisputed public miracle of biblical proportions, when an estimated 70,000 people were gathered to witness what became known as the Miracle of the Sun. However, Our Lady’s pleas were not heeded, and the last century has seen a widespread of loss of Christian faith, breakdowns in marriages and families, and a rejection of basic morality.The way to turn back to God is the same way that God came to us--through the Blessed Mother. In 2018, commit yourself to increasing your Marian devotion so that she may lead you to deeper conversion to follow God’s will for your life more perfectly, and to increase your faith & trust in Jesus Christ.

2) Make more time for spiritual reading The brilliant St. Athanasius once said, “You will not see anyone who is striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed in his (lack of) progress.” If you want to make progress in your walk with God in 2018, spiritual reading should be high on your list. Your best bet is to stick to the classics written by Catholic saints known for their practical spiritual wisdom- such as Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Therese of Lisieux, and John of the Cross. There are also audio books available for many classic titles. The four Gospels and the letters of St. Peter and St. Paul are also excellent choices for reading, being the very inspired Word of God. If you struggle with finding the time to read, make a list of books you would like to complete in 2018 and pray that God will show you how you can find the time to read them. Maybe it will mean cutting out TV time or slimming back on unnecessary social activities. The time you spend feeding your soul is time better spent.

3) Make good stewardship a lifestylePope Francis has often spoken on the dangers of materialism, even writing an encyclical on the subject, Laudato Si, which calls us to greater justice in how we use the goods of the world. This boils down to one key concept in the life of the Christan: practicing good stewardship over the gifts God has given us. This means good management of our “time, talent, and treasure” for the greater glory of God. As Jesus warned us in His parables, all of His servants will be judged on how they used the graces He gave them. Do we neglect them and spend them selfishly, or are we generous in bulding up God’s kingdom on earth? Prayerfully evaluate how you will spend your time, your talents, and your income in 2018 to see what lifestyle changes you can make that will positively impact your spiritual life. Make it big. God cannot be outdone in generosity!!

4) Share your Catholc faith with othersWith so many people far away from God today (and with more and more people noticing it), the culture is ripe for evangelism. There is a palpable hunger for God and His Truth. Modern Catholics aren’t usually great about sharing their faith with others, but this is something that can change with practice. You don’t have to be obnoxious or overbearing about your faith, just focus on doing simple things like being joyful in your walk with Christ or inviting people to come to Mass with you. Another good idea is to buy some sacramentals in bulk, get them blessed, and hand them out to people as the Holy Spirit leads. If someone you know is going through a difficult time and you hand them a Miraculous Medal or a prayer card out of the stash you always keep handy, it might be for them the touch of God in that moment.

5) Bring back regular penances –Living a penitential life, even outside of Advent and Lent, is the Catholic way of life. All of the Church’s saints performed penances habitually, either internally or externally, great and small, for themselves and for others. Many do not know that Fridays outside of Lent are also days of abstinence and fasting. While the Church law against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent was lifted by the U.S. bishops, it is meant to be substituted with some other form of penance in order to continue to give special reverence to the day of the week on which Our Lord died on the cross. What penitential practice can you do each Friday in 2018? Maybe it is tried-and-true abstinence from meat, or perhaps another practice such as praying the Stations of the Cross, or even acts of service for the less fortunate. Be creative. Remember that penances aren’t meant to be pleasant at first, but the graces that come from them grow sweeter with time.

6) Go an extra day to Holy Mass – Holy Mass is not only the source and summit of our fath, it is the source and summit of our very life. For 2018 think of ways you can arrange your schedule and activities so that you can make it to Holy Mass either an extra day each week, or a few extra days a month. If you have trouble with this due to a packed schedule, pray and ask Our Lord to help you find the time. Maybe it will involve switching a travel route, or leaving for work an hour early or skipping lunch. Most weekday Holy Masses are 30 minutes long. If still impossible with your schedule, try to add time for Adoration, even if just for 15 minutes.

7) Pray the rosary – No Catholic list of New Years’ resolutions would be complete without a daily rosary added in. You can also invite others to pray the rosary with you, teach others how to pray it, or encourage those who don’t pray it daily to do so. Tell them about Our Lady’s Promises to those who pray the rosary. Maybe they don’t know that the rosary is a spiritual weapon that will help them fight all their personal battles.

8) Pick a new saint buddyWhy not begin the tradition of walking along your pilgrimage of faith with a different Catholic saint each year? There are so many of them with unique graces to bestow. Pray about your New Year and the goals you have for your spiritual life, your family, your relationships, your career, etc. Then choose a patron saint whose virtue you would like to emulate in the New Year, and entrust your year to their special intercession. This is a great way to guard against the typical two week lifespan of New Year’s resolutions; with a new saint by your side praying for you, it will be a lot harder for your goals to slip away. There may be a particular saint who you already admire, but to whom you have never prayed or had a devotion. Ask this saint to be your guide for 2018.

(The Catholic Company)

We pray for the sick: Allan Reed, Jeffrey Sowder, Tom Vallandingham, Pat Williams, Kim Garrison, Lyle Lacore, Kim Brooks, Charles Ray Mason, Mary Grable, Eden Carter , Ky Anderson, Mary Grable and Gail Westhoff.

We pray for the homebound and those in care centers: Missy Giles, Rita Feix, Bob Grable, Theresa Martin, Karen Mattingly, Joe & Loni Zaragoza, Glenda Lang, Pete & Janet Cline. Cedar Ridge: Sue Bedford

Grand Haven: Mary Jane Buckler, Ida Cook

We pray for the Church: Pope Francis, Bishop Foys,

Frs. Stoeppel & Williams and all priests, deacons & seminarians and religious.

We pray for our Nation: President Trump, the Congress and our military at home and abroad , and all federal, state and local officials as well as our first responders.

 

 

 

Liturgical Ministers – Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mass

time

Mass Intention

Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

Lector

Rosary Leader

5:30

Shelia Gasser (Lois Bell)

Kate Gasser

Grace Sparks

Camille Hatfield

Mickiee Browing

Mickiee Browning

Mary Ann Perraut

10:00

Parishioners, living and deceased

Corey Wagoner

Cece Boland

Isaac Furnish

Paulette Klein

Kayleigh Evans

Jim Kane

 


 

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 January 2018 20:35 )
 

Bulletin for the Week of January 2, 2018

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HOLY MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, December 30

5:30 pm In Thanksgiving for Dr. Beth & Choir


Sunday, December 31- Feast of the Holy Family

10:00am Parishioners, living & deceased


Monday, January 1

7:00pm Intentions of Jonathan & Jenna Stoss


Tuesday, January 2

Noon David Probus (Stan Lemons)

Wednesday, January 3

Noon Dennis Thompson (KC’s)

Thursday, January 4

Noon Brian Judy (Bob & Sandy Stoss)

Friday, January 5

Noon Nancy Furnish (Jim & Teresa)

Saturday, January 6

5:30 pm Justin Bell (Lois)


Sunday, January 7 –The Epiphany of the Lord

10:00 am Parishioners, living & deceased

STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT

Offertory last Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,669

Christmas Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,558

250 Club – December 22/#406: No Winner

Coming Events:

Sun., Dec. 31 - No CCD

Mon., Jan. 1 - Holy Day Mass at 7:00pm

Wed., Jan. 3 - Adoration 8:00am-7:00pm

- RCIA 7:15 pm

Fri., Jan. 5 - First Friday

Annointing of the Sick

Sun., Jan 7 - CCD 8:45am

- Altar Society after Mass

Prayer to the Holy Family

Most loving Jesus, by Your sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience, and gentleness. You blessed with peace and happiness the family which You chose on earth. In Your mercy look upon my family. We belong to You, for we have received Your many blessings over many years and we entrust ourselves to Your loving care.

Look upon my family in Your loving kindness, preserve us from danger, give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in imitation of Your holy Family, so that having revered You and loved You faithfully on earth, we may praise You eternally in heaven.

Mary dearest Mother, to your intercession we have recourse, knowing that your Divine Son will hear your prayers. Glorious patriarch, Saint Joseph, help us by your powerful prayers and offer our prayers to Jesus through Mary’s hands. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, being subject to Mary and Joseph, You sanctified family life by Your beautiful virtues. Grant that we, with the help of Mary and Joseph, may be taught by the example of Your holy Family, and may after death enjoy its everlasting companionship. Lord Jesus, help us ever to follow the example of Your holy Family, that in the hour of our death Your glorious Virgin Mother together with Saint Joseph may come to meet us, and we may be worthy to be received by You into everlasting joys of heaven. You live and reign forever. Amen.

*Adoration is available every Wednesday from 8:00am – 7:00pm unless noted in the bulletin. Please come to adore the Lord.

*Confessions each Wednesday available 5:30pm – 6:30pm

We pray for the sick: Allan Reed, Jeffrey Sowder, Tom Vallandingham, Pat Williams, Kim Garrison, Lyle Lacore, Kim Brooks, Charles Ray Mason, Mary Grable, Eden Carter , Ky Anderson, Mary Grable and Gail Westhoff.

We pray for the homebound and those in care centers: Missy Giles, Rita Feix, Bob Grable, Theresa Martin, Karen Mattingly, Joe & Loni Zaragoza, Glenda Lang, Pete & Janet Cline. Cedar Ridge: Sue Bedford

Grand Haven: Mary Jane Buckler, Ida Cook

We pray for the Church: Pope Francis, Bishop Foys,

Frs. Stoeppel & Williams and all priests, deacons & seminarians and religious.

We pray for our Nation: President Trump, the Congress and our military at home and abroad , and all federal, state and local officials as well as our first responders.

New Parishioners – Welcome! Please register at the Parish Office, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or pick up a form after Mass – please introduce yourself to Father.

Please remember to save: Box Tops for Education, Ken’s receipts, Snappy Tomato Pizza (Snappy guy on pizza box), aluminum cans. Don’t forget to sign up your Kroger Reward cards and purchase gifts cards from the church office for all your purchases and gift giving needs. These projects all benefit St. Edward School.

Please sell or return your “Knights Cash Madness” tickets.

Don’t Forget your copy of the Lexington Herald as you leave Church! Copies are for sale in the front Nartex. The Altar Society uses all proceeds for buying church items.

For the Sacrament of Baptism, please call Fr. Harry for scheduling.

For the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment to begin Marriage Preparation at least 6 months before your desired wedding date.

Prayer & meditation before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are great ways to spend some special time with Him. Treat Him as you would one of your closest friends, with love & respect. Feel free to tell Him whatever troubles or pleases you (silently or very quietly, silence is key for concentration in this intimate setting.)

You can always pray whatever prayers you’d like. If you prefer, just give our Lord your heartfelt thoughts in medication or reflection. Or, if you are feeling particularly stressed, you can just keep Him company!

In addition to a prayer to a prayer book, you might want to bring along some good spiritual reading or scripture for reflection. The more you learn about our faith through such reading the deeper your experience with our Lord can be in the reflections He can inspire with you through His Spirit.

Don’t feel like you are wasting your time with our Lord if you haven’t said numerous prayers. Just give Vianney, the Cure of Ars once was asked, “What do you say to our Lord in those long visits your pay Him every day?” “I say nothing to Him,” “I look at Him and He looks at me.”

Accepting our Cross - “By accepting the sufferings ‘offered’ by life and allowed by God for our progress and purification, we spare ourselves much harder ones. We need to develop this kind of realism and, once and for all, stop dreaming of a life without suffering our conflict. That is the life of heaven, not earth. We must take up our cross and follow Christ courageously every day; the bitterness of that cross will sooner or later be transformed into sweetness.”

----Fr. Jacques Philleppe

 

 

 

Liturgical Ministers – Sunday, January 7, 2018

Mass

time

Mass Intention

Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

Lector

Rosary Leader

5:30

Justin Bell (Lois)

Madison Jones

Grace Lang

Skylar Hatfield

Pat Perraut

Mickiee Browing

John Schreiber

10:00

Parishioners, living and deceased

Ryan Cabrera

Calvin Heimlich

Resa Heimlich

David Klein

Amanda Aldridge

Edith Castillo

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 January 2018 14:00 )
 

Bulletin for Week of December 18

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HOLY MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, December 16

5:30 pm Isaac Chambers (Mark & Mary A. Perraut)


Sunday, December 17

Third Sunday of Advent

10:00am Parishioners, living & deceased


Monday, December 18 - No Mass


Tuesday, December 19

Noon Intentions of the Clay Family


Wednesday, December 20

Noon Intentions of Joe Henson Family

(Paul & Cheryl Fischer)


Thursday, December 21

Noon Rosemary Brooks (Family)


Friday, December 22

Noon Kellie Christine Anderson (Sherri)


Saturday, December 23

5:30 pm Katherine Price (John Noakes, Jr.)


Sunday, December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:00 am Parishioners, living & deceased

STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT

Offertory last Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,182

250 Club – December 8/#916: AJ & Addie Perraut

Coming Events:

Sunday, Dec. 17 - Church Christmas decorations and

- Crib assembly after mass & decorate.

- Christmas Flower Collection

- No CCD - January 7

Wed., Dec. 20 - No RCIA – January 3

- Penance Service 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thur., Dec. 21 - Parish Council meeting 7:00pm

Dec. 22 – Jan. 1 - Office will be closed

Mon., Jan 1 - Holy Day Mass at 7:00pm

Sunday Mass of Obligation for Dec. 23 & 24:

Saturday, Dec. 23 @ 5:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 24 @ 10:00am

(The 10:00am Sunday Mass does not fulfill your Christmas obligation)

Christmas Mass of Obligation Schedule:

Sunday, December 24: 5:30pm

(The 5:30pm Christmas Mass does not fulfill your Sunday obligation)

Monday, December 25: Midnight & 10:00am

Server sign up sheets are in the sacristy to volunteer for Christmas Masses. Please sign up.

Today we celebrate “Gaudete Sunday,” the Third Sunday of Advent. The Latin word Gaudete means “Rejoice!” We take a short hiatus from the mostly penitential, somber nature of Advent and rejoice in the nearness of the celebration of Christmas. To signal this, rose vestments are worn by the celebrant, instead of typical violet for Advent. One may also note that the third candle on the Advent wreath is rose colored. Rose signifies joy. Thus, today’s second reading calls us to “rejoice always.” Christian joy goes beyond a mere emotion and, therefore, supersedes circumstances. The joy we have in Christ can remain regardless of what challenges we are facing in life. That is because we know God is in control of our circumstances. He is “faithful,” as Paul says. Therefore, we can “rejoice always,” and “in all circumstances give thanks” because we have hope in God. Still, in order to experience the fullness of this joy, the Apostle Paul indicates that we must obey God. We must listen to the Spjirit of God and “refrain for every kind of evil.” We are called to be “perfectly holy.” This is the true path to joy: sanctity. Following God’s will and allowing His grace to transform us leads to true happiness. Let us, therefore, seek Him, trust Him, and obey Him to find the deep joy that can only be found in God.

We pray for the sick: Allan Reed, Jeffrey Sowder, Tom Vallandingham, Pat Williams, Kim Garrison, Lyle Lacore, Henry Henson, Charles Ray Mason, Mary Grable, Eden Carter , Ky Anderson, Mary Grable and Gail Westhoff.

We pray for the homebound and those in care centers: Missy Giles, Rita Feix, Bob Grable, Theresa Martin, Karen Mattingly, Joe & Loni Zaragoza, Glenda Lang, Pete & Janet Cline. Cedar Ridge: Sue Bedford

Grand Haven: Mary Jane Buckler, Ida Cook

We pray for the Church: Pope Francis, Bishop Foys,

Frs. Stoeppel & Williams and all priests, deacons & seminarians and religious.

We pray for our Nation: President Trump, the Congress and our military at home and abroad , and all federal, state and local officials as well as our first responders.

Please pray for the repose of soul of Brian Judy,who was buried on Friday. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Please check out the Altar Society Silent Auction in the rear of the church. (Altar society pays for all the altar supplies, including: bread, wine, candles, linens & more). Please support them. Thank you.

Candy & Cookbooks will be for sale after Masses this weekend. Please support this Parent Club fundraiser. (All parent club income benefits the school). Thank you.

New Parishioners – Welcome! Please register at the Parish Office, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or pick up a form after Mass – please introduce yourself to Father.

Gift Cards

These gift cards are great gifts and the school receives a percentage of the value of the card. Please consider shopping at St. Edward for your gift card needs. If you would like to purchase gift cards, please see Sherri with your list to place your order. Thank you!

Don’t Forget your copy of the Lexington Herald as you leave Church! Copies are for sale in the front Nartex. The Altar Society uses all proceeds for buying church items.

Please remember to save: Box Tops for Education, Ken’s receipts, Snappy Tomato Pizza (Snappy guy on pizza box), aluminum cans. Don’t forget to sign up your Kroger Reward cards and purchase gifts cards from the church office for all your purchases and gift giving needs. These projects all benefit St. Edward School.

Parent’s Club is also having a “Schwans” fundraiser to benefit the school.

 

Liturgical Ministers – Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mass

time

Mass Intention

Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

Lector

Rosary Leader

5:30

Katherine Price

(John Noakes, Jr.)

Camille Hatfield

Skylar Hatfield

Kate Gasser

Debbie Henson

Mickiee Browning

John Schreiber

10:00

Parishioners, living and deceased

Ryan Cabrera

Calvin Heimlich

Resa Heimlich

Edith Castillo

Dan Westhoff

Edith Castillo

 

Please sell or return your “Knights Cash Madness” tickets.

For the Sacrament of Baptism, please call Fr. Harry for scheduling.

For the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment to begin Marriage Preparation at least 6 months before your desired wedding date.

Take time during this Advent season to prepare ourselves by going to confession, attending weekday Masses, spending time with Our Lord at Adoration or just by taking time to pray-- talk to Him. No one loves you more.

*Adoration is available every Wednesday from 8:00am – 7:00pm unless noted in the bulletin. Please come to adore the Lord.

*Confessions each Wednesday available 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Carpenter Needed

Fr. Harry has a few projects in the church that require a skilled carpenter. Please contact him personally if you are willing to offer your services.

Advent Penance Service

During Adoration, visiting Priests will be available on Wednesday, December 20th between 6:00-8:00pm for Confession. The evening will close with Benediction.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 December 2017 14:30 )
 

Bulletin for Week of December 4

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HOLY MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, December 2

5:30 pm Kellie Christine Anderson (Stan Lemons)


Sunday, December 3

First Sunday of Advent

10:00am Parishioners, living & deceased


Monday, December 4 - No Mass


Tuesday, December 5 – No Mass (Priest study day)

Noon Tom Boland Jr. (Family)


Wednesday, December 6

Noon Alvina Hoffman (John Schreiber)


Thursday, December 7

Noon David Gasser (Roger & Brenda)

7:00pm Vigil Mass for the Holy Day

Friday, December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation

Noon Parishioners, living & deceased

6:00pm Shelia Gasser (Kennie & Helen)


Saturday, December 9

5:30 pm David Probus (Parish)


Sunday, December 10 - Second Sunday of Advent

10:00 am Parishioners, living & deceased

STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT

Offertory last Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,768

250 Club - November 11/24 – No Winner #799

Coming Events:

Sunday, Dec. 3 - CCD 8:45am

- Rite of Acceptance RCIA

- Altar Society after Holy Mass

Wed., Dec. 6 - Adoration 8:00am – 7:00pm

- RCIA 7:15pm

Thur., Dec. 7 - Vigil Mass for Holy Day at 7:00pm

Friday, Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculte Conception

Holy day of obligation.

Mass at Noon & 6:00pm

(The Christmas Parade is after Mass @ 7:00pm)

Note: It will be difficult to leave after Mass.

Sun., Dec. 10 - CCD 8:45am

Mon., Dec. 11 - School Board Meeting 7:00pm

Tues., Dec. 12 - Spirit Sisters 6:30pm

Wed., Dec. 13 - Adoration 8:00am – 7:00pm

- RCIA 7:15pm.

Thur., Dec. 14 - School Christmas Program 7:00pm

Friday, Dec. 15 - Rectory Open House 6:00 – 9:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 17 - Church Christmas decorations and

- Crib assembly after mass & decorate.

- Christmas Flower Collection

- CCD 8:45am

Wed., Dec. 20 - No RCIA

- Penance Service 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thur., Dec. 21 - Parish Council meeting 7:00pm

Dec. 22 – Jan. 1 - Office will be closed

Thoughts about ADVENT –

As we head into the Christmas season, Cathloics and other Christians all over the world celebrate Advent. This is a very special time, one in which we await Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. In reflecting on His first coming amoung us as a baby in a stable, we can also use this to focus on His second coming in triumph and glory at the end of time. While we don’t know when Jesus will return, each of us will face our own “end times” at death when we will face our Lord and our Eternal destiny in heaven or hell (with a possible period in Purgatory) in what we call our general judgment.

As such Advent is a good time to take stock of our lives, to make sure, we are prepared to meet Him as He comes by examining our consciences and going to confession whenever possible.

Advent can and should be a joyful time, in a key way. The late John Cardinal O’Connor put it this way after he’d been to confession with an elderly priest who shared with him this wonderful insight on the season: “Now is a moment of grace. Something big is about to happen; something very big. And it’s goint to happen to you. We are about to begin Advent. God has become incarnate in the human condition, for you, personally for you. God has become a little baby in the middle of the sins you have just told me about. You have reason for new and wonderful hope.” His Eminence continued: “I left that confessional feeling hightly excited over the coming of Advent—a very personal excitement over the fact that Christ came to us almost two thousand years ago as one of us, and that He is still coming each day, in each Mass, and in a thousand different ways. And that He would have come if I—if you—were the only person in the world.”

We read often at Christmastime, and certainly during the Epiphany which follows soon afterwards, of the Three Kings who came to visit and adore the Christ child, bearing gifts having followed the star of Bethlehem to the cave where the Holy Family were staying.

In the midst of all the Christmas preparations, think of what you might want to give that little baby who was born in a cave to die on a cross so that you might have Eternal life!

What better gift could we give ourselves and our loved ones that to become more Christian, more loving, more Christ-like, that is to say, to give Him permission as Mother Teresa once suggested, to work within us? What better gift to present to the little baby in that stable in cave outside of Bethlehem?

Take time during this Advent season to prepare ourselves by going to confession, attending weekday Masses, spending time with Our Lord at Adoration or just by taking time to pray-- talk to Him. No one loves you more.

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Sunday, December 24: 10:00am & 5:30pm

Monday, December 25: Midnight & 10:00am

We pray for the sick: Allan Reed, Jeffrey Sowder, Tom Vallandingham, Pat Williams, Kim Garrison, Lyle Lacore, Henry Henson, Charles Ray Mason, Mary Grable, Eden Carter , Ky Anderson & Gail Westhoff.

We pray for the homebound and those in care centers: Missy Giles, Rita Feix, Bob Grable, Theresa Martin, Karen Mattingly, Joe & Loni Zaragoza, Glenda Lang, Pete & Janet Cline. Cedar Ridge: Sue Bedford

Grand Haven: Mary Jane Buckler, Ida Cook

We pray for the Church: Pope Francis, Bishop Foys,

Frs. Stoeppel & Williams and all priests, deacons & seminarians and religious.

We pray for our Nation: President Trump, the Congress and our military at home and abroad , and all federal, state and local officials as well as our first responders.

Thank you to all our parents and parishioners who helped with making candy and preparing for the Christmas Bazaar!! Without your help there is no way we could pull this off. God bless each of you for helping us to raise funds for our school.

 

Liturgical Ministers – Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mass

time

Mass Intention

Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

Lector

Rosary Leader

5:30

David Probus

(Parish)

Grace Lang

Skylar Hatfield

Kate Gasser

Mickiee Browning

Mary Grable

Margaret Reed

10:00

Parishioners, living and deceased

Kaitlin Barry

Olivia Barry

Toby Barry

Polly Ware

David Klein

Dennis Witajewski

 

Fr. Harry would like to invite you to a Rectory Open House on December 15 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

New Parishioners – Welcome! Please register at the Parish Office, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or pick up a form after Mass – please introduce yourself to Father.

*Adoration is available every Wednesday from 8:00am – 7:00pm unless noted in the bulletin. Please come to adore the Lord.

*Confessions each Wednesday available 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Gift Cards

These gift cards are great gifts and the school receives a percentage of the value of the card. Please consider shopping at St. Edward for your gift card needs. If you would like to purchase gift cards, please see Sherri with your list to place your order. Thank you!

Don’t Forget your copy of the Lexington Harold as you leave Church! Copies are for sale in the front Nartex. The Altar Society uses all proceeds for buying church items.

Please remember to save: Box Tops for Education, Ken’s receipts, Snappy Tomato Pizza (Snappy guy on pizza box), aluminum cans. Don’t forget to sign up your Kroger Reward cards and purchase gifts cards from the church office for all your purchases and gift giving needs. These projects all benefit St. Edward School.

Parent’s Club is also having a “Schwans” fundraiser to benefit the school.

For the Sacrament of Baptism, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment.

For the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 December 2017 11:32 )
 

Bulletin for the Week of November 27

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HOLY MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, November 25

5:30pm Bill & Dorothy Curry (Pat & Sean)

Sunday, November 26

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:00am Parishioners, living & deceased

Monday, November 27 - No Mass

Tuesday, November 28

Noon Tom Boland Jr. (Family)

Wednesday, November 29

Noon Isaac Chambers (Kevin Perraut)

Thursday, November 30

Noon Jack Wagoner (Bob & Sandy Stoss)

Friday, December 1

Noon First Friday - Tom Boland (Family)

 

Saturday, December 2

5:30 pm Kelli Christine Anderson (Stan Lemons)


Sunday, December 3 - First Sunday of Advent

10:00 am Parishioners, living & deceased

STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT

Offertory last Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,773

250 Club/November 3 – Winner Chuck Duffy #824

Coming Events:

Sunday, Nov.26 - No CCD

- Knights of Columbus recruitment.

Wed., Nov. 29 - Adoration 8:00am – 7:00pm

. - RCIA 7:15pm

Fri., Dec. 1 - First Friday – Annointing of the Sick Sat., Dec. 2 - Christmas Bazaar 9:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 3 - CCD 8:45am

- Rite of Acceptance RCIA

- Altar Society after Holy Mass

Friday, Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculte Conception

Holy day of obligation.

Sun., Dec.9 - Christmas Flower Collection

Friday, Dec. 15 - Rectory Open House

Sunday, Dec. 17 - Church Christmas decorations and

Crib assembly after mass.

- Retirement for the Religious Collection

We pray for the sick: Allan Reed, Jeffrey Sowder, Tom Vallandingham, Pat Williams, Kim Garrison, Lyle Lacore, Henry Henson, Charles Ray Mason, Mary Grable, Eden Carter , Ky Anderson & Gail Westhoff.

We pray for the homebound and those in care centers: Missy Giles, Rita Feix, Bob Grable, Theresa Martin, Karen Mattingly, Joe & Loni Zaragoza, Glenda Lang, Pete & Janet Cline. Cedar Ridge: Sue Bedford

Grand Haven: Mary Jane Buckler, Ida Cook

We pray for the Church: Pope Francis, Bishop Foys,

Frs. Stoeppel & Williams and all priests, deacons & seminarians and religious.

We pray for our Nation: President Trump and

home and abroad, and all federal, state and local officials as well as our first responders.

The Church really IS the Mystical Body of the Risen Christ. That Body is inseparably joined to the Head. Jesus Christ is alive, he has been raised, and he continues His redemptive mission now through the Church, of which we are members. As we choose to actually live our lives liturgically, not just go through the motions, we can move through life in the flow of the liturgical calendar. We can experience the deeper mystery and meaning of life, now made New in Jesus Christ, the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6,7) Jesus Christ is King! Jesus Christ is meant to become the Lord of our whole lives, and inform the very pattern of how we live them.

 

My Dear Friends in Christ,

As the Season of Advent approaches, Holy Mother Church encourages us to look more earnestly toward the Lord and to let nothing hold us back.  I pray then that each of you, strengthened by God’s grace, may reject any fear that distorts the true image of God and rejoice in the His presence at Holy Mass and in the company of your loved ones.  May this be a time of rest and merriment for you, but may it more importantly be a time of authentic thankfulness for all the blessings we have received.  In doing so, I encourage you to not forget the poor and those who suffer the pain of loneliness and isolation – be available to these, our brothers and sisters in Christ, as you would your own. 

May God bless you always, and keep you in His care.  ~Fr. Harry Settle

Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses for the Holy Day: Dec. 7 (Thur.) Vigil 7:00pm and Dec. 8 (Friday) – Noon & 6:00pm (Christmas Parade is after Mass @ 7:00pm) Note: It will be difficult to leave after Mass.

New Parishioners – Welcome! Please register at the Parish Office, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or pick up a form after Mass – please introduce yourself to Father.

*Adoration is available every Wednesday from 8:00am – 7:00pm unless noted in the bulletin. Please come to adore the Lord.

*Confessions each Wednesday available 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Bishop Foys encourages all the faithful to join him and priests and deacons of the diocese for Solemn Vespers to open the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations in our Diocese at the Cathedral Bascilica of the Assumption on Sunday, November 26 at 3:00pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin following the 10:00 a.m. Mass and condlude with Benediction following Vespers. Confessions will also be heard after the 10:00 a.m. Mass and thru the celebration of Vespers.

2018 offertory envelope boxes that were not picked up were mailed. Thanks for your generosity in using them and your support. If you are not receiving envelopes but would like to, please let me know.

Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017. Times will be from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Gift Cards

These gift cards are great gifts and the school receives a percentage of the value of the card. Please consider shopping at St. Edward for your gift card needs. If you would like to purchase gift cards, please see Sherri with your list to place your order. Thank you!

Do you have any “new or like new” (Christmas, etc.) items that the Altar Society can sell at the Christmas Silent Auction? If so, please drop off at the church office. The Christmas Silent Auction is in mid December. Thank you.

The Food Pantry has asked St. Edward Church to provide 200 boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for the Christmas Baskets they will be making. If you could purchase Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (name brand only), please bring to church or office. Thank you. Deadline is December 1.

Don’t Forget your copy of the Lexington Harold as you leave Church! Copies are for sale in the front Nartex. The Altar Society uses all proceeds for buying church items.

Please remember to save: Box Tops for Education, Ken’s receipts, Snappy Tomato Pizza (Snappy guy on pizza box), aluminum cans. Don’t forget to sign up your Kroger Reward cards and purchase gifts cards from the church office for all your purchases and gift giving needs. These projects all benefit St. Edward School.

Parent’s Club is also having a “Schwans” fundraiser to benefit the school.

For the Sacrament of Baptism, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment.

For the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please call Fr. Harry for an appointment.

~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 seekout Jesus here and now in the Holy Mass, when He comes to us in the Eucharist. We seek out Jesus in the people and events of our lives, when He comes 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.

 

Liturgical Ministers – Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mass

time

Mass Intention

Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

Lector

Rosary Leader

5:30

Kelli Christine Anderson

(Stan Lemons)

Skylar Hatfield

Madison Jones

Camille Hatfield

Pat Perraut

Mickiee Browning

Mary Ann Perraut

10:00

Parishioners, living and deceased

Addison Perraut

AJ Perraut

Avery Barnes

John Merz

Jim Ingram

Ann Witajewski

 


 

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