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Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, pope says 

VATICAN CITY - No saint was ever known for having a "funeral face," Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile.

Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome's St. Joseph parish, meeting with the sick, with a group of Gypsies, with a first Communion class and with dozens of couples whose newborn babies were baptized in the past year.

"Be joyful as you prepare for Christmas," he told them at Mass, urging as a first step that people thank God each day for the blessings they have been given.

A Christian's Christmas joy has nothing to do with "the consumerism that leads to everyone being anxious Dec. 24 because, 'Oh, I don't have this, I need that' - no, that is not God's joy."
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Parish & Community News

Christmas Mass Schedule

DEC. 24 - Christmas Eve Masses
5:00PM, 7:00PM, Midnight

DEC. 25 - Christmas Day Masses
9:00AM and 11:00AM

DEC. 31 - Mary, Mother of God
7:00PM

JAN. 1 - Mary, Mother of God
9:00AM & 11:00AM

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Penance Service -
There will be a parish penance service Thursday, Dec 18, beginning at 7:00pm Several Priest will be on hand to hear individual confessions following the service.  



FROM THE LITURGY COMMITTEE- Taking Holy Communion to the sick - we at St Christopher's do a lot of this, but can do a lot more. Some parishioners are hesitant to call the rectory because they don't want to be a bother. It is not a bother. Ministers to the Sick find that serving you is a wonderful and rewarding experience. If anyone is interested in helping call Mary Lou Vitrano at 410-643-3125 or e-mail nav@atlanticbb.net
 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS-This is the 19th year of the Knights of Columbus Christmas Baskets.  Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from 10am to 2pm, the Knights of Council #7941 will be distributing about 80 baskets to the ones in need in our community.  We need your help!!!  Envelopes with the Knights of Columbus Box address will be on the sides of the Church. Please give what you can, God Bless, Larry Houck, Grand Knight.

CHRISTMAS opportunities to share with less fortunate folks abound:  Bring a unwrapped toy to the hall for the Schwinky Toy Collection, donate to the KOC Christmas Baskets, and/or drop off outerwear, socks, and blankets, beginning December 18, to the Giving Back Trailer in the K-Mart lot. May the blessings of Advent be yours! 
 

END OF YEAR CHARITABLE DONATIONS - If you are thinking about making additional charitable contributions before the end of this tax year, please consider donating to St. Christopher's Church and/or the St. Christopher's Building Fund. Thank you for your continued generosity in support of our parish.

 

FEED A FAMILY - Thanks all who participated this year.  Those who filled family boxes, the Knights of Coumbus tea, youth and adult volunteers all did their part in passing on blessings to 535 families from Kent Island to Centreville!

 

  GET YOUR TEAMS READY" 

Trivia Norm is back at St. Christopher's, Saturday Night, 6:30pm, January 24, 2015.  $15.00 a person.  Tickets on Sale after Mass from a Brother Knight.  "Be there!!!!" 


 

 


CATHOLIC FAMILY CHRISTMAS PRAYER
 -  May all the days of all the years that God has still in store, be filled with every joy and grace to bless you more and more; may hope of heart and peace of mind beside you ever stay, and that's the golden wish I have for you, this Christmas Day.  "For this day is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." Luke 2:11. Parish Family Life wishes Everyone a Very
Merry Christmas.
   

"PARTICIPATION MATTERS" SERIES- Christmas, Advent -Opening our Hearts:  Could there be any better way to prepare for Christmas than to open the doors of our hearts? Christ is there, knocking, asking to be allowed inside so he can heal us and make us whole again. It's almost shocking to discover that we can please him simply by turning to him and letting him pick us up from where we've fallen and restore us to full friendship with him. Shouldn't we permit Our Lord that pleasure, especially when the only cost is admitting our tremendous need for him, confessing our sins and inviting him back into our hearts, where he belongs?Jesus said to his disciples: "What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your
heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."} 
Matthew 18:12-14  excerpt from www.meditation.regumchristi.org


SAVE THE DATE  - PILGRIMAGE PLANNING - World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia, beginning on September 21st. The preliminary agenda can be found athttp://www.catholicicing.com/Pope Francis is planning on attending.  If you are interested in coordinating a St. Christopher's pilgrimage to the event, contact Catherine Roach @ 410.739.5981.

 

 

 

Donuts After each Sunday Morning mass. In the Parish Hall

 

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERSTo those who are now taking Holy Communion to the Sick - a reminder - please use the Communion log in the chapel sacristy. It only takes a minute - just the date, your name and name of the communicant. Many are serving, but  only 5 different people entered information in the log within the last  two months. Please take the time to do this. It's important that our records show who receives and when. 

 

LECTORS-please provide dates that you are not available to serve during the months of January & February 2015 to Mark Schilling by Monday, December 15. You can email him @birds_whales@mac.com.
Also, there are Lector volunteer signup sheets for the Christmas & New Year's Day Masses in the Priest Sacristy.  

OUTREACHOur Food Bank is in need of canned fruits and hearty soups. Don't forget the poor box!
"And we urge you...help the weak, be patient with all of them....always seek to do good to one another and to all...May the God of peace himself sanctify you
entirely...."(1 Thessalonians 5:14 and 23)

 

HAVEN MINSTRIESThe winter shelter is open!  There are many ways to help, including cooking meals, helping with sign-in or working at the shelter between 6pm and midnight. Volunteer sign-up sheets are posted on our bulletin board in the hall near the Preschool Office. 

 

Check out Our Daily Thread Thrift Shop, located on Thompson Creek Road near Cracker Barrel. It's a great place to find Christmas decorations and gifts!  All proceeds benefit Haven Ministries. Contact Mary Jourdak at 410.643.5766 with any questions or to volunteer

 

    Upcoming Events               

 

DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 2-SCP Closed

JANUARY 12-16 Open House

JANUARY 19-SCP Closed

We would like to thank all of the parents for sending in cookies and helping to make Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. We couldn't not have done it without you!

 

Religious Education

 

Thank you to everyone who helped with this year's Christmas Pageant!
 

Reminder: There will be no CCD the next two Sundays, December 21st and Sunday, December 28th. There will be no Wednesday CCD on Wednesday, December 24th or December 31st. I hope everyone has a blessed and safe Merry Christmas & New Years, see you back on January 4th.



Inclement Weather Reminder: As we head into the winter season, this is a reminder to check the parish website for any weather related closings. We will also send out an e-mail announcement if CCD is cancelled due to inclement weather. If your email has changed please make sure to notify the Religious Ed Office so that we can update our records. You can also call the Religious Ed Office at 410-643-8489 to find out if there will be class. Thank you!

  

 

Upcoming Youth Events

Thank you to all who ordered fruit!

December 21 & 28: No Youth Group
We will return January 4th.

 

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