Monday, December 29, 2008
Holy Day of Obligation: Mary Mother of God, January 1, 2009 at Noon, Holy Rosary.
Catechism for children and adults: After Mass starting the first Sunday of Lent
Women’s group: First Meeting, January 5, 2009, Monday, 5:15 P.M., Holy Rosary.
Gospel: Jesus is our star and he changes lives and changes hearts.
Airplane: My plane had a faulty magneto lead (from the factory). It is now fixed.
Rosary: Stay after church this Sunday and pray the rosary with us! All are invited.
Thank you: Thanx to Bernie for helping to trim the rectory windows this week.
Thank you: Thanx Joan for organizing the women’s group and prayer cards.
Have a very Happy New year and hope to see you all at mass New Years day at noon…Fr. Scott
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Woman’s Group: The Holy Rosary women’s group plans to have there first meeting very soon. Please contact Joan Reynolds for more information, 842-2257.
Gospel: The gospel is about the presentation of the Lord in the temple. The family unit is important to God and the Holy Family gives us a great example of what we can do in our families to make them stronger and healthier.
Prayer Card: Most people were given a prayer card at mass. Each card has two things to pray for and a saint to look up. Let that saint be your intercessor this year as you pray!
Catechism: Starting the first Sunday of Lent, there will be catechism for children after Mass for about one-half hour. All are invited to listen in.
Rosary: The next rosary will be prayed after Mass January 4th. If you would like to lead one of these monthly rosaries, please sign up in the back of the church.
Thank you: Thank you Joan Reynolds for organizing the pray cards, Christmas bags for the children during the Christmas eve mass, and for getting the woman’s group started. You hard work is greatly appreciated and bearing good fruit!
See you Sunday at 12:30.
Safe travels, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays…Fr. Scott
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Christmas Eve Candlelight Mass: Mass will be at 8:00 P.M. (weather permitting). There will be a communion service if I get stuck in King Salmon. A special treat will be handed out to children during the announcements.
Religious Education: Starting the first Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1st, 2009) and ending at Easter, there will be religious education (for one-half hour) for children after Mass downstairs. All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in helping with the lesson plan, please let me know.
Woman’s Group: There has been a suggestion about getting together a Holy Rosary Woman’s group to meet on Monday’s at 5:15 PM. If you are interested let me know or contact Joan Reynolds at 2257.
Saint Prayer Cards: At the Christmas Eve Mass all will receive a credit card with a name of a saint, a prayer for others, and a prayer for you, i.e. Saint Benedict, say three hail Mary’s for Vocations, say the “glory be” three times for patience. The prayer “credit card” can be kept in your wallet or purse. The idea is to pray daily these prayers and look up the saint on your card and use that saint to intercede for you throughout Lent…the year!
Rosary: There have been leaders chosen to lead the rosary after Mass the first Sunday of every week. If you would like to be on the list of leaders, please sign up in the back of the church.
Gospel: The gospel is about the Nativity. We will be using the readings for Midnight Mass. Quiz your children on the Nativity because there will be questions asked about it during the homily.
Thank you: Thanx to all that helped to set up the Christmas tree, decorations, brought food, and cleaned up! It looks great and smells like Christmas.
Have a Merry Christmas and see you Wednesday, 24 December, at 8:00 P.M. Fr. Scott
Monday, December 15, 2008
Gospel: The story of the annunciation is highlighted in the gospel this Sunday. Annunciation is a word we do not use often. The word pronunciation is more commonly used…pronounce and pronunciation. Announce and annunciation is the way the bible reveals that the Blessed Virgin Mary will bear the Christ Child.
Christmas Decorating: This Sunday please consider staying an hour or so after Mass to set up the Christmas tree (it is ALIVE); new nativity set that our parishioners donated; candles for the candle light mass Christmas eve; white linen, which will replace the purple linen; poinsettias need to be placed around the altar; and Christmas lights, which need to be strung up around the doors. I will bring some snacks!
Christmas Eve Mass: There will be only one Mass during Christmas. It will be Christmas Eve, December 24th, at 8:00 PM. No Mass on Christmas day.
Reconciliation: Please contact me if you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I will also be available before and after Mass this Sunday. I have canceled King Salmon Sunday Mass so I should be available by 11:30 AM this Sunday for reconciliation. Please come early and call me if you are interested. Thank you.
Have a great Advent week and see you Sunday, Fr. Scott
Monday, December 8, 2008
For pictures of the baptism of Josh and Kara, December 7, CLICK HERE.
Christmas Mass: Christmas Mass will be at 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 24th. I will be traveling from King Salmon that evening as well. I have asked Van Air to pick me up at 6:00 P.M. in King Salmon the 24th of December. Please pray for good weather! NOTE: There will be NO mass on Christmas day, December 25th.
Christmas Homily: I will be asking the children to come forward during the homily. I have a magic trick card game that I will use to ask questions about Christmas, i.e. questions about the nativity, Jesus, shepherds, angels, manger, etc.
Gospel: The third week of advent is rose color. It means rejoice. As we shall soon be celebrating the birth of Christ, the coming of the light, let us, like John the Baptist, be witnesses to speak for the light. Let our witness be our joyfulness, our thankful attitude, our love of liberty, and of life lived with integrity and filled with praise!
Confirmation: I have two people I am preparing to be confirmed at Easter, Chris Floresta and Judy (from Clarks Point). Judy wants to convert to Catholicism.
Marriage Preparation: I am also preparing Thomas and Melina for marriage in the Catholic Church. Since they are both married civilly, getting married in the church is called, “convalidation (NOT the renewal of vows, but of consent).” Convalidation is a bit complicated. Here is what Canon 1157 says, “This renewal of consent must be a new act of the will concerning a marriage which the person who is renewing knows or thinks was null from the beginning (this relates to the marriage here and now.” The Catholic Church believes that a marriage is not truly a marriage until it is performed in the church. So if you have not been married in the church, please let me know and we can talk about it.
Christmas Decorating: After Mass the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 21st we will be decorating for the Christmas Eve Mass. I ordered a Christmas tree from Alaska Mill and Feed this year. So, please consider staying after mass and helping to decorate!
Take care and have a wonderful Advent week…Fr. Scott
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Holy Day, Monday, December 8th: This coming Monday is a Holy Day of obligation, the Immaculate Conception. Mass will be at 5:30 Monday evening. Hope to see all of you there!
Baptism and Potluck: This Sunday, December 7th, Josh and Kara will be baptized and celebrate first communion and reconciliation. There will be a potluck afterward. All are invited.
Advent Little Blue Book: There are a few Little Blue Books left in the back of the church. The book consists of a page of prayer for each day during Advent. Please take one home with you.
Christmas Mass Time: The Mass for Christmas will be the same (or similar) to last year. We will celebrate the Christmas Vigil at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, 24 December.
Rosary: After the first Sunday of every month we pray a Rosary (with the exception of this Sunday because of the baptism and the fact that we prayed the rosary last Sunday). I will put a sign up sheet in the back for those who would like to lead the rosary.
Thank You: Thanx to Kristen Clark for leading the rosary last week. It was her first time and she did a great job! Also, thank you Matteo for the beautiful stained glass picture of the Annunciation. Check out the stained glass on the home page by CLICKING HERE!
Heating Fuel Fund: Praying our Rosary the first Sunday of every month for those Archdiocesan parishes who donate money to help pay our fuel bill has really paid off. Last year we collected eleven thousand dollars. This year has been even better. For example Saint Andrews alone contributed eight thousand.
Gospel: Saint John the Baptist is preparing the way for the lord. Angels help to prepare the way as well. The homily this week will give an in depth look at angels in the Catholic Church.
Hospital Visit: I visited Chris Floresta in the Native Hospital this week. He is recovering nicely from the 30 percent burns on his body. Please keep him, his friend Dillon, and their families in your prayers. They still have quite a lot of time left before they will be released from the hospital.
Have a fantastic advent, Fr. Scott