Cover Sheet Church of St. Raphael-Holy Angels 3500 South Broad Street Hamilton, N.J. 08610 Bulletin # 911176 Weekend of December 17 and 18, 2005 Contact Usha @ Ph#609-585-7049 Or Fax#609-585-5876 With any inquiries. Thank you. Page 1 Fourth Sunday of Advent To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven “...a time to be born…” J.J. Hughes, T.R., Clugsten Jr., C.S. Conti,, M.F.Fernandez “...a time to love…”and “...a time to heal…” MASS INTENTIONS Dymphna Agos Monday, December 19, 2005 6:45 a.m. -Anthony Mantuano, Ms.Nancy Brokofsky 8:00 a.m. -George Mraz, Wife & Family 7:00 p.m. -Lou Mauriello, Robert & Carmella Bigelow Tuesday, December 20, 2005 August Angioletti Alice Aquilino Candy Barth Dolly Barbalace Alberta Beforce Vincent Beforce Robert Benson Alex Bencivengo Clare Berger Whitney Bivens Michael Bridge Faye & Shane Briel Nancy Brokofsky John Catana Nicholas Cirillo Anthony Davis Josephine De Marie Josephine Di Santis Jason Dzbenski Anthony Fabrizio Loretta Ferri Helen Finn Doreen Forberg Tony Fratticcioli Rev. J.C. Garrett Jack Garrett Kathy & Robert Gaskill Joy Marie Grietzer John Hartmann Claire Hofmann Paul Hohman Jack Hornyak Anthony Intorelli Fr. Eugene Keenan Michele Kelly Pat Kelly Peter Kernast Jim Kicinski Joseph Krawiec Fran Kujalowicz Michael Kupetsky Anna Kuprian Carrie Laird Heather Nicole Laird Marion Lanzoni Cindy Lins Julia& Lauren Makrancy John Margicin Samuel S. Marrone Ferdinand Mather Sr. Margaret McBride Anna Modica Faye Moore Fred Morelli 6:45 a.m. -Carl Kolczynski,The Kuti Family 8:00 a.m. -Patrick & Kathryn Gallagher, Family 7:00 p.m. -People of the Parish Wednesday,December 21, 2005 6:45 a.m. -Albert Wilcox, Michele&Mark Delpo &Family 8:00 a.m. -Leon Amisson, Wife & Family 7:00 p.m. -Sost & Murphy Families, Dot & Family Thursday, December 22, 2005 6:45 a.m. -Russell Carr, Robert & Antoinette Jablonski 8:00 a.m. -Antonio Milito, Adelina Milito 7:00 p.m. -Ann Galati, Tony & Nancy Galat Friday, December 23, 2005 6:45 a.m. -Al Fischer, Traffic Unit 8:00 a.m. -Rose Fifer, Gail Fleming 7:00 p.m. -Giovanni V.Cammiso,Joseph Serenelli & Anne Parvesse Saturday, December 24, 2005-Christmas Vigil 8:00 a.m. -Robert Szelingoski, Parents -Yvette Langevin, Family -Walter Witucki, Frank & Dolores 4:00 p.m. -Mary & Peter Frascella, Family 5:00 p.m. -Ronald Mattonelli, Marie Mattonelli 6:00 p.m. -Mary Mayernick, Tony & Julie Schujko 8:00 p.m. -The Mount Family,Joan & Chuck 9:00 p.m. - People of the Parish -Karen Struck, Florence Opalski 12:00 a.m. -Phil & Rose Pratico, Daughter Franny Sunday, December 25, 2005 7:30 a.m. - Michele & Clelia Giovanni Di Giacobbe, Daughter & Son-in-law 9:00 a.m. – Willis Bird, Anna Bird & Family - Frank Schwartz Sr., Frank & Dolores -Jack Leahy, Mary Leahy -Louis Siksay, Olga Hornyak 9:30 a.m. - Pat Varchetto, Wife Finita 11:30 a.m. – Tomasso & Maria Costantini & Adalchiso & Bernadina Pontani, Family - Elizabeth & Louis Toth, Madelyn Toth & Family Please Note: There will be no 5pm Mass on Christmas Day. Please refer to our Christmas Schedule on Page 7 and join us in celebration of our Lord’s birth ! Anna Rose Mucci Colleen Murphy Mary Murphy Eleanor Mycock Stanley Myslinski Alfonso Napoleon Clara Napoleon Linda Nasuti Fay Natcher Robert O’Boyle Elizabeth O’Neil Charles Papiez Phyllis Pelke Ray Pental Janet Peterson Rita Pisano Joseph Pizzutti Elaine Ragano Russell Paolini Bunny Posner Regina Procell Raymond Pyontek Rocco Ranalli Carl Reinhardt Jr. June Reinhardt Mary & Louis Revesz Paulette Schmitt Ray Sabat Emily Sears Michael Serenelli Gabriella Fasoli Sizemore Patricia Smith Marilyn Snider Chris Somma Matthew Sutton Carol Szabo Florence Tangery Concetta Testa Dharma Johnson Thamis Katie Thomas Stan Thompson Samuel Trombino Margaret Tylus Hanna Tyrasinski Ann Van Arsdale Jody Veranese Chuck Vickey Irene Von Groten Erwin Weber John Witbeck Helen Wolosyn Frances Womack Jeanette Worthington Martin Zimmerman John Zubricky “...a time to die…’’ Jackie Du Pont, Constance Mate ☼Please see an important note on page 10 of this bulletin regarding our healing list. Thank you. Page 2 December 18th, 2005 O Come Divine Messiah…... Music Notes Pastor’s Notes JESUS IS LORD! Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Throughout Advent, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and the beginning of our redemption. We join with the angels in joyful carols. We send greeting cards to friends with wishes of peace on earth. We give presents to family members as a sign of our love for them- a love made possible by the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus, the desire of our hearts, has come. But now our redeemer wants to come even more deeply into our hearts to reign as Lord. He wants to purify and cleanse us from sin. He wants to bring to light areas in us that need healing and change. We who hail him as King and Lord must allow him to reign in our hearts. Now is the perfect time, with Christmas only days away, to recommit our lives to Jesus and to ask him to establish he reign in us more deeply. Take some time to examine your life. Is Jesus enthroned as Lord of your hearts? Are the signs of his lordshiplove, joy, peace, and kindness- evident in your life? Ask the Spirit to show you any patterns of sin that compromise Jesus’ reign in you. Are there particular situations that bring our anger, hopelessness, or fear? If there are, don’t be ashamed. God shows us these things out of love because he wants to free us from them. He became one of us, and ultimately gave his life for us, so that we could be freed from the burdens of sin. Avail yourself of the grace of the sacrament of reconciliation if you have not done so. Every night this week, this sacrament will be available following the 7:00PM Mass. Let Jesus purify your heart so that you can become a fit dwelling place for him, the King and Lord of all creation. Let us pray: “Lord Jesus, come into my heart today. Bring your purifying fire to cleanse me of sin. Shine your light on me to reveal anything you want to deal with in my life. Make me more like you today, Jesus. I want to be a light for you in the world.” In Jesus and Mary, Father Jeff Kegley Pastor From St. Raphael’s Music Ministry... All choirs will rehearse at their regularly scheduled times as we complete preparations for the Christmas season. See “This week at St. Raphael-Holy Angels” for details. Sunday, Dec. [email protected]:00pm in St. Raphael Church...a concert to celebrate Advent and Christmas with the choirs of St. Raphael Church and Holy Angels Church. Come...pray with us in song...focus on the real meaning of this wondrous season! Refreshments will be served. Our new CD “How Sweet The Sound” is still available for purchase. Limited quantities of “Emmanuel: A Child Is Born” are also available. They make wonderful stocking stuffers and great year round gifts! On behalf of the music ministry, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and encouragement in bringing these CD’s to life! From Holy Angels’ Music Ministry… Please refer to page 7 of this week’s bulletin for our complete Christmas celebration schedule at Holy Angels. A “madrigal choir” will open our Candlelight Mass beginning at 4:45pm on Christmas Eve. Our Christmas Cantata, “Do You Hear What I Hear,” will begin at 8:30pm sharp, also on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, carols will begin at 8:45am. Please arrive early to worship and pray together, sing carols and hear the proclamation of Christ’s birth ! A limited number of Fr. Sam’s Farewell CDs is still available. Consider giving the gift that lasts all year. Sing praises to God at home and in the car. Share the gift of an awesome God with your family and friends. Cost is $15.00 per CD, or $12.50 each for two or more...A special Christmas offer! For rehearsal times and CD purchase, contact : Dawne Mechlinski @ 732-974-2528. St. Raphael-Holy Angels Food Pantry The Food Pantry staff sincerely thanks all of our parishioners who support our ministry throughout the year. Due to your generosity, countless numbers of individuals and families from our local community are served. Because of the high cost of living in this area, many of our visitors, if left unaided, must choose between food and housing, food and medicine, food and heat, etc. Due to the services of our pantry, however, this burden is a little lighter. As the Christmas holiday approaches, please remember in your prayers our neighbors who struggle daily. Our next “Reach Out Saturday” is Saturday, January 7th, and we will need to re-stock our shelves after the busy Christmas distribution. All types of non-perishable food items are always needed, and can be placed in the designated bins that are located at the church entrances (both church locations). Perishable items can be brought to the pantry on “Reach Out Saturdays” between 9am and 11am. Monetary donations are also appreciated and may be deposited the marked boxes inside St. Raphael Church. Page 3 The world in silence waits the day…. St. Raphael’s Altar Candle this week… In memory of Lucas/Cucinotta Families Requested by Marge Cucinotta IN THE WORDS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI Dear Brothers and Sisters! After celebrating the solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception, we enter these days in the evocative atmosphere of preparations for this coming holy Christmas. In the present-day consumer society, this period suffers, unfortunately, a sort of commercial "contamination," which runs the risk of altering its authentic spirit, characterized by recollection, sobriety, a joy that is not exterior but profound. Therefore, it is providential that, as a door of entrance to Christmas, the feast exists of the Mother of Jesus, who better than any one, can guide us to know, love and worship the Son of God made man. Therefore, let us allow her to accompany us; may her sentiments encourage us to predispose ourselves with sincerity of heart and openness of spirit to recognize the Son of God in the Child of Bethlehem, come to earth for our redemption. Let us walk with her in prayer and accept the reiterated invitation addressed to us by the Advent liturgy to remain in expectation, in a vigilant and joyful expectation, as the Lord will not delay: He comes to deliver his people from sin. Continuing a beautiful and consolidated tradition, in many families the crib begins to be prepared, as if to relive with Mary these days full of trepidation that preceded Jesus' birth. To set up the crib at home can be a simple but effective way of presenting the faith and transmitting it to one's children. The manger helps us to contemplate the mystery of God's love who revealed himself in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem cave. St. Francis of Assisi was so overwhelmed by the mystery of the Incarnation, that he wanted to present it again in Greccio with the living manger, thus becoming the initiator of a long popular tradition which still keeps its value for evangelization today. Holy Angels’ Altar Candle this week… In memory of George Muschal Sr. Requested by The Muschal Family PRAYER FOR OUR HOLY FATHER, THE POPE O, Lord God, look with mercy Upon your servant, our Pope, Whom you have chosen to be the Pastor of your people. Grant that, by word and example, He may lead and teach those people Over whom he has been set. We pray, Dear Lord, that our Holy Father, Together with the people committed to his care, May attain to eternal life. Through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. [IN THE WORDS OF HIS HOLINESS, CONTINUED] As our beloved John Paul II did, in a few moments I will also bless the images of the Child Jesus that the children of Rome will place in the crib in their homes. With this gesture, I want to invoke the Lord's help so that all Christian families will prepare to celebrate with faith the forthcoming Christmas feasts. May Mary help us to enter into the genuine spirit of Christmas. The crib can help us, in fact, to understand the secret of the true Christmas, because it speaks of humility and the merciful goodness of Christ, who "though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor" (2 Corinthians 8:9). His poverty enriches those who embrace it and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, as the shepherds, accept in Bethlehem the words of the angel: "And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12). It continues to be a sign also for us, men and women of the 21st century. There is no other Christmas. Page 4 VATICAN CITY, DECEMBER 11, 2005 YOUTH CORNER …... When Hope shall sing it’s triumph…. Religious Education Classes No Religious Education Classes will be From the office of Family Life/Respect Life And Youth & Young Adult Ministry: held Dec. 20th, 21st, 27th or 28th. Overnight Vigil & March for Life- We wish all A Blessed & Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year. Coming Events Dec.18th thru 22nd: Christmas Giving Tree-gift sorting Assistant Teacher needed for Grade 3-Tuesdays, 4 to 5 PM Co-Catechist needed to assist with the Family Centered Program on 1st and 3rd Sundays. Call the Religious Education Office at 585-3848 from 9AM to 12 PM, and 1 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Children’s Liturgy CommitteeWe continue to prepare for our Christmas Liturgy which will take place on Sat. Dec. 24th @ 4:00 pm at St. Raphael Church. Rehearsal for this Liturgy will be on Sat. Dec.17th @ 7:30 pm in the church and all purpose room. Please encourage your child to participate in this liturgy. Our Mission is to assist the Pastor and his assigned clergy, parents and adult members of the parish in the continuous formation of the children/youth liturgical celebrations and related programs for the purpose of evangelizing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Attention: All Altar Servers The parish of St. Raphael– Holy Angel’s would like to thank all of our servers for giving so generously of your time and talent to assist the clergy of our parish in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Once again, this Christmas, we are blessed to be able to have an increased number of Masses at which your prayerful assistance will be needed. We encourage you to call the rectory @  585-7049 and leave a message for Deacon Rich Arcari if you would like to be added to the schedule. May God bless you for serving and remember….”The lord loves a cheerful giver”. The St. Raphael-Holy Angels Life Teen in collaboration with the Diocese of Trenton Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry invites you to witness to the sanctity and dignity of every human life by joining us on a pilgrimage to the National Basilica and our Nation’s Capital for the annual Vigil March for Life. We depart by early afternoon, Sunday Jan.22nd 2006 and return late evening on Monday, Jan.23rd 2006. The cost is $50.00 pp which includes food money, transportation and lodging. We will be staying at St. Bernard’s Church in Riverdale Park, Maryland. The Life Teen Staff will provide the necessary supervision and chaperones for this trip. In addition, we also invite parents to join us and help chaperone. Space is limited and deadline for registration is Jan. 9th or until all seats are taken. For registration forms and more details go to [email protected] or contact Tom Mc Mullin at the rectory by calling 609-585-7049. We also encourage you to visit our website www.hamiltonlifeteen.com. Life Teen—leading teens closer to Christ ! NEW JERSEY RIGHT TO LIFE Is Abortion Merely a Catholic Issue?(Life 1-Number 2)You hear this a lot as a statement-even from many Catholics— especially those who seek to justify their own pro-choice disposition. This statement is a lie but it has been successfully sold to millions. Abortion is not a “Catholic Issue”. It is not a “Christian issue” even. It is not a “religious issue” either. It is an issue that covers all living creatures and that is what our founders recognized in declaring that...All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…Life first cries out in all of nature-the natural law-known to all who have religion or know God. Man in his right opposes the selfish destruction of any and all life-even the lower forms of life-when that destruction serves no purpose but to satisfy man’s pleasure. We feel compassion for wanton killing in nature itself. When we stand for human life at all of it’s stages, we recognize that it is precious and it comes from our Creator. Our rights to tamper with life in any way must never violate Him to whom life belongs. These are of course Catholic and other faiths’ teachings because true faith recognizes our status before our Creator. Abortion is no more a “Catholic” issue than “child abuse” is a Catholic issue. These are both violations of unalienable Rights from God. For more on the New Jersey Right to Life go to: http://njrtl.org/default.asp Page 5 And sadness flee away…. GIVING TREE 2005 We are all now familiar with our parish “ Giving Tree”. This is the last weekend for bringing in your gifts to the lobby of our church, both at St. Raphael and at Holy Angels. Each year during Advent, the parish Religious Education Program sponsors this wonderful, traditional service project. It’s purpose is to provide gifts to needy individuals in our local community. These gifts are distributed to organizations that serve those individuals. We also reach out to those within our own parish and local community who experience difficulty in providing for their families during the holiday season. It is especially at this time that those who are less fortunate experience the urgent need for assistance. Many individuals and families experience hardship because of unemployment, underemployment, illness, etc. AN ADVENT PRAYER Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord Who enlists me in God’s own work for justice. Our parish is blessed and privileged to serve the needs of our community in this way through our Religious Education Program. Some ornaments are still remaining on the trees. If you have not already done so, please take home with you today one or more ornaments, and return them with the designated gift for distribution within our community. Each yellow ornament represents an individual who has been referred to us. The ornaments include information regarding this particular person, including the gender, age, gift suggestions and sizes. These gifts may either be wrapped or placed in gift bags, but it is very important that the ornament be firmly attached to the package. Each ornament represents a particular individual, so we ask that you only take one for those whom you wish to purchase a gift. The green ornaments do not represent a particular individual, but will be used to fill in for those who may not have a gift returned, and for late referrals. These gifts should not be wrapped. Thank You for all you have done and continue to do! Santa’s Helpers will be needed on Monday 12/19 through Wednesday 12/21 between the hours of 9AM & 3:00PM to help with the enormous task of sorting the gifts for distribution. If you have even an hour or two to spare, and would like to assist with this wonderful project, please call 585-3848. Page 6 Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: Peace in the world, Peace in my home, Peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace To bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, Sober reverence for the God who acted there, Heart gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Whose advent I hail. AMEN Dear Savior haste..come, come to earth…. The Church of St. Raphael-Holy Angels 2005 Christmas Schedule St. Raphael-Holy angels music ministry Christmas Concert Sunday, December 18th 2005 7:00 PM @ The Church of St. Raphael -Christmas Eve St. Raphael Church Children’s Pageant @ 3:30 p.m. Children’s Liturgy @ 4:00 p.m. Mass @ 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Musical Prelude @ 11:30 p.m. Midnight Mass @ 12:00 a.m. Holy Angels Church A Christmas Candlelight Mass w/Baroque Music @ 5:00 p.m. Musical Prelude @ 8:30 p.m. Vigil Mass with choir, timpani, horns and flute @ 9:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY St. Raphael Church7 Mass @ 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Holy Angels Church Mass celebrated with choir and trumpet @ 9:00 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation Celebrated every Monday through Friday @ 7:30 p.m. [ after the 7:00 p.m. Mass ] and On Saturday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Page 7 PARISH EVENTS…... Dispel the night and show your face…. The new year is quickly approaching!! Please continue to submit your reservations for our Parish New Year’s Eve dinner dance. Our committee has been working very hard to make this a fun night with the best of food and drink for all. This is an excellent opportunity for us to be together as the wonderful community of St. Raphael-Holy Angels to share in friendship as we welcome a new year of Peace, Hope and Joy. We look forward to seeing you there! ST. RAPHAEL-HOLY ANGELS NEW YEAR’S BINGO TIRED OF THOSE OLD BORING FOOTBALL GAMES? JOIN US FOR NEW YEAR’S BINGO, Sunday, Jan.1st ‘06 @ 8:00 pm in the Parish Center. Doors open @ 6:00 pm and refreshments are available. Admission is just $1.00. ELDERBERRY CLUB The Elderberry Club is open to all seniors of our parish community. We provide activities and trips to help senior citizens utilize their leisure time. Members meet at 1:00 pm in the Parish Center on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. All parishioners 55years and older are welcome to join. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday Jan. 4th @ 1:00 pm. ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY St. Raphael-Holy Angels New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance Saturday Dec. 31,st 2005 In the Parish Center 7:00 pm to 1:00 am Dinner served at 7:30 pm The primary purpose of the Society of the Rosary Altar is to offer praise and honor to the blessed Virgin Mary. This spiritual organization is open to all women of the parish and meetings are held in the Parish Center on the first Monday of each month after the 7:00 pm Mass. We begin praying the Rosary at 6:40 pm. MENU: Salad [each table], Cavatelli w/broccoli, Rigatoni w/vodka sauce, Stuffed Loin of Pork, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Francese, Roast Potatoes & Glazed Carrots Rolls – Butter – Coffee – Tea – Desserts Free Beer, Wine & Soda, B.Y.O.B. Bubbly at Midnight – Continental Breakfast Food catered by ROSA’S RISTORANTE Music by D.J. LOU COSTA JR. Hats – Noisemakers Price $40.00 pp Make checks payable to St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church Let’s ring in the New Year with our priests Fr. Jeff and Fr. Tom For reservations call Rose Crucili @ 609-585-6170 For seating preferences, please let us know when you make your reservations. Tables of 10 preferred -only 350 reservations accepted !!Deadline for reservations is Saturday Dec. 24th 2005 Reservations for non-parishioners are accepted on a limited basis. SOME IMPORTANT NOTICES ! At the request of the Parish Council, beginning Sunday January 1st 2006, only one person, group or ministry at a time may utilize the vestibule of the Churches for fund raising activities. Therefore, before a person, group or ministry would like to utilize these facilities they must clear the request through the rectory at St. Raphael in order to avoid any conflict. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. The Dec.25th Christmas Edition of our Church Bulletin is due in to the publisher by 4:00PM on Monday,Dec.19th. In kind consideration of this deadline, please submit all entries for that week no later than 12:00 noon of the same day by fax, hand delivery or e-mail to:[email protected] We continue to encourage everyone to keep abreast of activities within our parish by visiting our website at Page 8 www.straphael-holyangels.com And bid us hail the dawn of grace... Sacrificial Offering: week ending Dec. 10&11 1st collection $20,536.24 2nd collection $ 4,509.05 Children’s Envelopes $ 107.25 Total $25,152.54 Immaculate Conception [social concerns continued] Volunteers Needed!-Volunteers are still needed to deliver hot nutritious meals to the people in the Greater Trenton/Ewing area who are homebound due to illness. Please join this highly rewarding ministry. Mobile Meals of Trenton/Ewing, 546 Bellevue Ave. Thank you for all your help. Call  695-3483. $ 3,292.30 Thank you for your continued generosity! PTA Lucky Number Calendar Raffle Winning Numbers Community Events… Sunday, December 11—918 Monday, December 12—813 Tuesday, December 13—238 Wednesday, December 14—883 Thursday, December 15—603 Friday, December 16—601 Saturday, December 17—879 New! A 7-week Course On Prayer Are you hungering to meet God in a peaceful silence? Would you like to learn practical ways to pray? St. Veronica’s Office of A.C.T.S. will be offering a 7-week course on Prayer using scripture. The course “ Lord Teach Me How To Pray “ will look into what prayer is, how we can learn to pray in a peaceful silence, how does God speak to us in prayer and how we can become more open to hear Him. It will also offer practical suggestions on how to pray alone or in small groups. Fr. Brendan Williams will be conducting some of the evening classes. Classes begin on Thursday January 12th, 2006 @ 10:30am or 7:30pm at the Spiritual Center located on 670 Hulses Rd. Howell, NJ. A fee of $15.00 pp will cover materials. Registration deadline is Jan. 5th, 2006. For more information or to register, call Pat Irvine @ 732-364-2936. Social Concerns St. Raphael-Holy Angels Volunteers are the best !! Grateful thanks to the 16 people who served more than 367 meals at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen on 11/30/05, and cut countless onions, potatoes, carrots, packaged plastic ware, supervised clothing distribution and helped in several areas wherever they were needed. Special thanks also to our 4 volunteers who shared their heart and time at the 12/05/05 Holiday Party for members of the Hamilton Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group. “Caregetters” and their families were also terrific, making it a fun and caring day for all. 2006 Calendars -Have you started receiving more calendars than you need? Are you getting new CHRISTMAS CARDS from organizations through the mail? Please place your unneeded calendars/cards in the baskets found in the entrance areas to the church. These will be distributed to area nursing homes and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Call Kathy Wooley at 585-4307 for more information. Widows and Widowers Dance-The Mercer County chapter of Widows and Widowers will hold its monthly dance social on Friday December [email protected] 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus on 1451 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ. Refreshments will be served and all widows and widowers are invited to attend. Dance socials are held on the 4th Friday of each month. For more information call Marilyn @ 609-587-8959 or Regina @ 609-585-3453. Second Advent Musical Concert The St. Ann Adult Choir and The Faith Development Center present their Grand Opening Concert “Christmas Carol SingAlong” on Sunday Jan. [email protected] 3:30pm in the Main Sanctuary. The choir will present a variety of solo and sing-along Christmas favorites. Warm your voices and your spirits on the Feast of the Epiphany as we sing sacred and secular Christmas songs. Help us unwrap the gift of our Faith Development Center on this most festive feast day of gift giving. There will be refreshments, and Open House in our newly opened Faith Development Center will also follow. Join us as we prepare for the coming of Christ! More Masses for Simbang Gabi Advent A Filipino Tradition This is a uniquely Filipino custom dating back from the year 1660 and begins 9 nights before Christmas Eve. In the Philippines, families make their way to church in the dark to attend dawn Mass. Vince Gartland will celebrate Mass on Dec.18th @ 7:00pm, and Fr. Nestor Lisondra will celebrate Mass on Dec. 19th— both at St. Ann Church, Lawrenceville. Fr. P.J. Alindogan will celebrate Mass on Dec. 20th @ 7:30pm at St. Anthony in Hightstown. Refreshments will be served. Call Elsa Antiola @ 609-581-9154 for more details. Songs for the Christmas Season Angels Have Wheels -All Medicare recipients should now be aware that if they suffer from conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders, and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair, they maybe eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. Need more information? Call Gregory @ 1-800-810-2877. On Friday, Dec. 30th, St James Church @ 29 East Paul Ave. in Trenton will sponsor the 40 voice Schola Cantorum @ 7:30pm under the direction of Richard M. Loatman. Tickets are available at the door or in advance or by calling 609-393-4403. Cost is $10 regular admission, & $5 for senior citizens & children under 12. Page 9 - This week at SAINT RAPHAEL– HOLY ANGELS Event Location Time Information Tuesday, December 20, 2005 Heaven’s Echo and High School Music Ministry Adult Recreational Volleyball Contemporary Ensemble Bingo St. Raphael’s Parish Gym St. Raphael’s SR Parish Center. 5:30PM 7:30PM 7:45PM 8:00PM Wednesday, December 21, 2005 Cool Kidz for God & Awesome Angels St. Raphael’s 5:30PM — 6:45PM Thursday, December 22, 2005 Afternoon Bells Evening Bells Charismatic Prayer Meeting Adult Choir St. Raphael’s St. Raphael’s St. Raphael’s St. Raphael’s 2:30PM 5:30PM 7:30PM 7:45PM Friday, December 23, 2005 Lucky Number Drawing Bingo SR Parish Center. SR Parish Center. 7:00PM – 8:00PM – Monday, December 19, 2005 Saturday, December 24, 2005 – – – – – – – – 6:45PM 9:30PM 9:30PM 3:45PM 6:45PM 9:15PM Please refer to page 7 of this bulletin to see our complete Christmas Schedule for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Sunday, December 25, 2005 Dear Parishioners, Please keep in mind our new daily weekday Mass schedule which will go into effect on Mon, Dec. 26th 2006. There will be no 6:45am or 8:00am Mass. Instead we will gather daily for  weekday morning liturgy at 7:30am.and again for  weekday evening liturgy at 7:00pm., both at St. Raphael Church. In addition, we want you to know that the names on our “Healing List” will now run on a fourweek basis after which time they will be removed. We ask that you call the Rectory if you would like your name to remain, to be added, or deleted from the list. All the sick are remembered during the Intentions at each Mass. Let us continue to pray for the sick of our Parish. NEW DAILY MASS SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE December 26,2005 Due to the shortage of priest personnel, the following Daily Mass schedule will begin on Monday, Dec. 26th MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7:30 AM & 7:00 PM SATURDAY 8:00 AM As we face the reality of the shortage of priests, please take this opportunity to pray for priestly vocations. P.S.—The 5:00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday re- Page 10 St. Raphael-Holy Angels Prayer Line If you are in need of prayer call 581-3675 or 585-4483.
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