Ever find it awkward or embarrassing to acknowledge your Catholic faith—your belief in Jesus? Why does the name Jesus evoke controversy? Our gift to you, the book Jesus Shock! directly asks and answers that question and others, and aims to help us strengthen our faith in Jesus. If you haven't picked up your free copy, they're available in the back of church and the parish office. Our new 3 Cs in Christ—coffee, conversation and contemplation—book discussion group will convene in January and February about Jesus Shock! All are invited!
Friday, December 8 we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation which honors that Mary's own conception was free from sin. Did you know that Mary's parents, Saints Joachim and Anne, are not directly mentioned in the Bible? The Catholic tradition leans on early Christian writers for an outline of Mary's childhood and parents.
All Masses are in church, at 7 and 8am and 7pm. Please join us!
A reminder to join us in church Sunday, December 10 at 3:30pm for our annual parish Christmas concert. Our adult, family and children's choirs—vocal and handbell—have been diligently rehearsing and it's sure to be a beautiful and inspirational homage to the season of Advent and Christmas. Here's a video from last year presentation of the stirring spiritual "Sing Noel."
As you may have heard, our long-time music director Margie Shiel is retiring next summer. Let's all put on a great "audience" show and be there for Margie's last parish Christmas concert.
(We like to avoid conflict and just call them PJs.) Whichever you prefer, our SJS and RE students are combining to share some warmth by collecting and distributing brand-new pajamas to children in need. They're welcoming donations of new, winter-weather pajamas in kids' sizes 2T to 12, and if you would add a book suitable for a bedtime story, all the better. They'll be donated to children of St. Angela Parish.
You can drop the PJs and book–wrapped in Christmas paper and tagged on the outside for size/gender—in the collection bins in the back of church this weekend, or at the parish office to the attention of Patty Collins, our religious ed coordinator
Amid that alphabet-soup of a headline is the savory story of our Missionary Spirit Team and their recent visit to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville.
Let's add some numbers to those letters: On November 18, our volunteers packed more than 54,000 meals (and that is not a misprint) that will feed 149 children for a year! Since the first visit to FMSC in 2014 our helping hands have fed more than 500 children for an entire year. Anyone is welcome to join the MST in their zeal to find opportunities to serve.
All men of the parish (and their friends!) are invited to join us at 7:30pm on Monday, December 11 for our Christmas party. We gather in the school hall and have plenty of pizza and refreshments. Park in the lot, enter through door #3 and head downstairs. Hope to see you!
From Father James, highlighting parish news as well as his Sunday message.
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