Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings and welcome to the second week of Advent, the season of hope.
Thank you so very much on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and myself for your compassionate, thoughtful, and kind participation in the Food Drive. Through your kindness and generosity, 1,000+ dry food items and cans were donated and, in addition, 200+ hygiene and health care supplies. We thank you so much. And with the generous monetary gifts, fresh turkeys were given to all our clients. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving and you so compassionately lived out the sacrament of the Eucharist. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society members overwhelming voted last night to do the Thanksgiving Food Drive again next year. Thank you!
As our church season turns from Ordinary Time to the Advent/Christmas season, so does our sanctuary and our church itself. I thank Karyn and Mark McGovern for giving up Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to prepare our church for Advent. Their good work went from the re-design of our sanctuary to changing over our Breaking of the Bread books and all things in between. Thanks Mark and Karyn for your time and successful efforts.
I thank Karyn and our 2016 RCIA graduates for a wonderful Advent service this past Monday evening. It was a wonderful evening and very appropriate and creative for Advent. Our next Advent evening will be on Monday, December 12th, at 7 PM with praying the rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated as well with live music featuring Marian hymns sung and Marian prayers offered. I hope that you will come and pray with us. Next up for our Advent prayer will be our annual Sacrament of Reconciliation prayer service followed by individual confessions on Thursday, December 22nd at 7 PM.
This Thursday, December 8th, is a holy day of obligation, the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Masses will at 8:15 AM with our school children and at 7 PM for all parishioners. This feast celebrates the dogma/doctrine of our church that Mary was conceived without original sin.
Starting tomorrow, December 5th, our daily Mass will return to our Convent for Masses on Monday through Thursday at 7:15 AM. Friday morning Mass at 8:15 AM will continue to be in our church with our students. The first exception will be this Thursday, December 8th, the Holy Day. Mass that morning will be celebrated in our church at 8:15 AM.
I am so happy to be receiving so many compliments on the colors and appearance of our newly painted church. A frequently asked question of me is what is next? The answer is conservation of the four murals that are really in need of a touch up. I am in the process of getting some bids on that project. The carpeting is next. But in the meantime, THANKS TO ALL OUR PARISHIONERS who made our Church painting project a reality. I thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! <\P>
As you can see, our school playground is now a Christmas tree lot with sales beginning last weekend, sponsored by our parish Men's Club. All proceeds from this sale go to our school. Our school budget depends on a successful sale. Please stop in and purchase a tree or a wreath to financially help support our school. Further details such as sales times and days can be found elsewhere in the bulletin. Thank you so much for your participation.
More and more of our parishioners are giving electronically through Give-Central. Feedback that we frequently receive is that folks feel badly or awkward not putting something in the Offertory collection basket during Mass. To alleviate those real feelings, there is now available on all the radiators in our church yellow slips that look exactly like our church envelopes. You can retrieve a slip as you enter church and drop it in the collection basket as it goes through your pew which then appears as if you are putting an envelope in the basket. These slips will be available every weekend. Our Finance Committee has done this in hopes of relieving those awkward feelings as well as a way of encouraging more parishioners to use Give-Central.
Next weekend is the national annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious both women and men. Cardinal Cupich's letter can be found on the back page of our bulletin concerning this annual collection. Most of the monies collected for this fund help furnish medications, nursing care, and other necessities for the aging religious men and women. I thank you for your continued generosity towards this collection. And let us remember our Religious in our prayers.
The Offertory summaries from November 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th can be found on page 2. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for your continued generosity. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Family of St. Matthias. I pray for you everyday.
After the BEARS' receivers dropped 10 footballs last Sunday, a NFL record for a single game, this group will not get any endorsement opportunities from the All State Insurance Company because we know what their mantra is: You are in good hands with Allstate.
I hope you have a good and holy second week of Advent.