St. Christopher's Church is dedicated to bringing God's people to Christ through the sacraments of the Catholic church, devotions, prayer, community support and service.
Due to the anticipated inclement weather and concern for the safety of our families, all Religious Education Classes are CANCELLED tomorrow, Sunday, December 8th. God Bless and stay safe.
Weekly Bulletin Information
Mass Schedule & Directions
Parish Calendar of Events
December 9th - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Masses will be at 7:15am, 8:30am & 7:00pm on Monday, December 9th. This IS a Holy Day of Obligation
Penance Service - There will be a parish penance service on Wednesday, Dec 11, beginning at 7:00pm Several Priest will be on hand to hear individual confessions following the service.
Please provide the dates you are not available for the January/February 2014 Lector schedule to Mark Schilling no later than Friday, December 13th. Mark can be reached at (410) email@example.com
Attention Eucharistic Minister:
Please provide the dates you are not available for the January/February 2014 EM schedule to Joe Kline no later than Friday, December 13th. Joe can be reached at (410)643-2972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS CHOIRS NOW FORMING!-Please join the children's choir! We are currently practicing for the Christmas Pageant on December 15th and Christmas Eve Mass. All children K-5th grade are welcome, practices are with Miss Denise and Miss Maryalice in the church Wednesdays 5:30 -6:15.
Student musicians 6th grade and up are invited to join Maryalice for music at the 5:00 mass any Sunday! We will also practice to play for the Christmas Pageant on December 16th and Christmas Eve mass.
The adult choir is also busy learning new music and preparing for Christmas masses! We are looking for all voice parts. The choir is open to all you do not need to be able to read music. Please feel free to join us any Wednesday evening 6:30 - 7:30 in the church - we would love to see you! For more information on any of these choirs please contact Maryalice at email@example.com.
OUR HAVEN SHELTER UPDATE: The Shelter is open at KIUMC - men, women & families are welcome at the shelter. Hrs: 6pm - 6:30am. Three Meals are provided along with a safe warm envirnoment. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR SHIFTS AT THE SHELTER. PLEASE SIGN UP IN THE HALL ENTRACE. Stop in the hall after Mass for more information & buy a raffle for a handmade quilt to benefit the homeless. Please contact Mary Jourdak for further information. firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTREACH FOOD BANK
We often get caught up in pre-Christmas activities....shopping, kids activities, grandchildren excitement.....and somehow forget the SPIRIT of ADVENT. Maybe while you are shopping for food, that you reach forjust one extra can or box for the Food Bank...and while doing so...think for 15 seconds of the coming of Jesus Christ and why he was born through Mary....to teach us to love one another ...and how you will follow that thought throughout this Season and the coming year. Just 15 seconds to think.....
Jesus (Mark 7:6) quoted Isaiah, warning us not to be only surface Christians "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.."(Isa 29:13)
Knights of Columbus Christmas Baskets
Council #7941 are asking for donations for Christmas Baskets to the folks in need in the Kent Island area. Envelopes are available on the sides of the Church, and in the back. Please help if you can. Last year, the Knights made 80 baskets. If you know a family in need, please, contact Larry YHouck 410-643-3789, leave a message
Walking With Purpose Women's Bible Study.
We are off to a great start! It's NOT TO LATE TO REGISTER for those interested in joining us! We offer classes Monday evenings and Thursday mornings.
WOMENS CANDLE LIGHT ADVENT SOCIAL -Monday, December 16th at 7PM in the Parish Hall. Come surround yourself with the warmth of candle light and the Peace of the Advent season. Refreshments will be served. Participate in an ornament exchange (Bring one/Receive One). Cost is Free-Childcare not available.
Helping the Homeless this Holiday Season
Items needed for all ages/both genders: Blankets (new or nearly new), Sleeping Bags, Hats, Gloves, Coats, Sweaters, Thermal Socks, Thermal Underwear, Baby Clothing, Diapers.
Please drop off in the Foyer during the week or weekends up to December 22. Or drop off December 19-22 at the K-Mart Parking lot between 10am-5pm. Volunteers are needed to receive and sort items at the truck in the K-mart lot. More info can be found at www.homelessdrive.com
Parish & Family Life
MATTER SERIES – “FAITH”:
God sent His only Son to respond to humanity's yearning for happiness and to teach us how to satisfy that yearning. God sent His Son into the world to reconcile us with himself, certainly, but he also sent Jesus to show us how to live. The life that Jesus invites us to live is very different from the lifestyle our modern culture invites us to live. During this Advent Season, take some quiet time to ponder if you accepted His invitation to a life of discipline and discipleship? Advent is the time to "get ready" and to build up the hope within our hearts for the promised coming of Jesus Christ!. We are always invited to begin again.
Source: Rediscover Catholicism, A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose at DynamicCatholic.com.
MARRIAGE - We are looking for a married couple to provide information about Retrouvaille and Marriage Encounter for St. Christopher’s. We support marriages that are thriving, as well as, those suffering the intimacy to keep their relationship growing.
MARRIAGE MASS – We want to dedicate a mass to married couples. If you are interested in making this celebration a reality, please come forward to help.
Community Cafe - Coffee, Bagels and Doughnuts - Yeah! They're Back! Celebrate community each Sunday in the ParishCenter for Coffee, Tea, Bagels and Doughnuts following Sunday mass.
Traveling this weekend? Check MassTimes.org to find when Mass is offered at your destination.
Can't find something your looking for? Information posted here comes from ministry leaders. If you don't see the information you're looking for, contact them directly. See Community Life page for a list or call the Rectory.
The Youth Group and Parish Life Committee will be showing the movie "Elf" TONIGHT, December 8 at 6:30 pm in the Hall.
It is free, and ALL are welcome!
If you are interested in participating in the Christmas Pageant this year, please sign up in your child's classroom.
The Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 15th
at 6:30PM. Pre-K through 8th
grade is welcome to participate! If your child would like to participate in the Pageant this year please sign-up in the classroom. For more information call Katie Lewis at 410-643-8489.
NEW Volunteer Opportunities: Are available on the bulletin board in the hall or the Confirmation Pages There are several projects throughout December & January.
Sign-ups First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are still available. First Reconciliation will be held on THREE different Tuesdays, February 4th, 11th, and 18th. Slots are on a first come basis. At this time, Session B - February 11th - 6:00 - 6:45, is full. First Holy Communions are schedule for May 3rd & 10th. Both weekend are still open at this time. If you have not already signed-up, please do so.
DECEMBER 7 - Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
DECEMBER 22 - January 1st - SCP Closed.
Please see our webpage for an important Drop-Off & Pick-up Reminder
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa (Flyer)
Don't be a Grinch! It will be a cinch. Dress in green gear and bring your cheer to our Whoville Celebration for a Merry Grinchmas! Join us for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa on December 7th from 10am - Noon! Tickets: $5 each for ages 2 and over!
Saturday, December 7th; 10 - 12am
Tickets are 5:00 for adults and children over 2
Please remember our Illness Policy: Children are not happy at school when they are not feeling well! Please remember that children MUST be FEVER FREE OR FREE of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
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