November 25, 2014

My dear Parishioners:

 The first Sunday in Advent is quickly approaching and the new liturgical years is about to begin.  The great Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord will be here before we realize it.  As a parish family preparing for the Advent/Christmas season, let us remember that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!


Keeping Christ in Christmas is more important today than ever before.  Christianity is being threatened throughout the world and, as Catholic Christians, we must stand up for our newborn King with Faith, Hope and Love.  These cardinal virtues are the very essence of our being as people of good will.


We must exemplify in all our actions during this holiest time of the year our enthusiasm for Jesus Christ.  Remember that Christ was born for one reason and one reason only and that was to die for us on the cross for our salvation.


Show your enthusiasm as a family of good will by participating in all of our parish events leading up to Christmas.  Then enjoy in a spiritual way the twelve days of the Christmas Holiday!


My message today concludes with the schedule of liturgical events as well as other festive information the parish is preparing for you and your family.  Post it in a prominent place in your home.


Merry Christmas on the occasion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ!




Fr. John M. Matejek

 Fr. John M. Matejek



Advent and Christmas 2014


-November 29          Giving Tree Program Starts; Return unwrapped gifts with tags

                               December 14


-November 30          First Sunday of Advent


-December 1-12       Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary

(following 7p mass weeknights, following 6:30p mass Saturday;

following 2p Spanish mass Sunday)


-December 3           St. Catherine’s Advent Penance Service 7p- No 7p Mass that evening;

                              no PSR (K-8) classes; 9th & 10th Grade attend Penance Service


-December 6           Breakfast with St. Nicholas- School Cafeteria


-December 6           B’Tween Life Retreat at Red Top Mountain


-December 8           Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Day of Obligation 

                              Masses 7a, 9a, 5p, 7p Bilingual


-December 10/11      Preschool Christmas Program


-December 11          7pm Bilingual Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe


-December 12          Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


-December 14          Parish School of Religion (PSR) Nativity Program 10:30a in Church


-December 14          Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Celebration- 

                               Procession starts at 1:45p, Mass at 2p


-December 18          St. Catherine of Siena School Christmas Program


-December 19          Church Offices Close at 4p for Christmas holidays, 

                               reopen January 5, 2015


-December 20          Last Confessions before Christmas


-December 21          No Parish School of Religion Classes, 

                              resume week of January 5, 2015


-December 24          No 7am Mass; Last Advent Mass- 9am (Only Daily Mass)

-December 24          Christmas Eve Masses 4p, 6p, 8p Bilingual, Midnight

                                St. Clare Parish Mission 5p and 7p Bilingual

-December 25          Christmas Day Masses 9a and 11a

-December 26          Regular Daily Mass schedule resumes

-December 31           No 7a Mass; 9a Mass (Only Daily Mass)

-January 1              Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God,

                                                 Holy Day of Obligation Masses;

                                                 Dedication of Parish to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

                                              – Wednesday, December 31- Vigil 5p and 7p Bilingual;

                                               -Thursday, January 1- 9a and 11a


         -January 3            Epiphany Spaghetti Dinner and Dance- 7:30-9:30p


         -January 5             Church Offices Reopen


         -January 6              Feast of the Epiphany


        -January 11            The Baptism of the Lord; official end of the Christmas Season; ordinary time begins January 12

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