The Pastor’s Corner: Dear Parishioners and Friends, Fourth Sunday Of Advent December 21, 2014 Sunday, December 21; Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8 -12, 14, 16 / Rom 16:25-27 / Lk 1:26-38 4:15 PM 7:30 9:00 10:30 12:00 Noon Cody Scheetz (Saturday) Robert (Dec’d) & Carol (Living) Yeager 61st Wedding Anniversary The People of the Parish Albert Janowiak Franz Muhl Monday, December 22; Late Advent Weekday 1 Sm 1:24-28 / Lk 1:46-56 6:30 Harold Carter 8:00 Lee Brahm, 19th Anniversary Tuesday, December 23; Late Advent Weekday Mal 3:1-4, 23-24; Lk 1:57-66 6:30 Irene Madea 8:00 Walter J. Werner 9:00 Thomas J. Baker, Jr. (School Mass) Wednesday, December 24; Late Advent Weekday Vigil: Is 62:1-5, Acts 13:16-17, 22-2, Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25 / Night: Is 9:16, Ti 2:11-14, Lk 2:1-14 9:00 AM Joseph Kusko 4:15 PM Up Intentions of the Celebrant 4:15 PM PAC Intentions of the Celebrant 6:00 PM UP Intentions of the Celebrant 6:00 PM PAC Intentions of the Celebrant 12:00 Midnight Intentions of the Celebrant Thursday, December 25; Nativity of the Lord Dawn Is 62:11-12, Ti 3:4-7, Lk 2:15-20 / Day Is 52:7-10, Heb 1:1-6, Jn 1:1-18 OR 1:1-5, 9-14 7:30 Intentions of the Celebrant 9:00 Intentions of the Celebrant 10:30 Intentions of the Celebrant Friday, December 26; Saint Stephen, The First Martyr Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 / Mt 10:17-22 9:00 The Borgmann Family, Living Saturday, December 27; Saint John Apostle and Evangelist 1 Jn 1:1-4 / Jn 20:1, 2-8 8:00 Dr. Pasquale Colarusso Sunday, December 28; The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Gn 15:10-6, 21:1-3, Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or Hb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 4:15 PM George Molchany, (Saturday) 24th Anniversary 7:30 Dec’d Members of the Erich Family 9:00 The People of the Parish 10:30 Henry Steffens 12:00 Noon Luis Esteban Perez Olivaries One of the most beautiful Christmas traditions is the manger scene or crèche. In the Church we will soon put out a beautiful crèche which Bishop McShea gave to the Cathedral and reminds us of the humility of our God who became man for the sake of our salvation. The origin of the Christmas crèche comes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Three years before he died St. Francis wanted to celebrate Christmas is a special way. In the town of Grecio, Italy, Francis prepared a manger and brought hay, an ox and a donkey. He stood before the scene and chanted with Gospel “bathed in tears and radiant with joy,” as St. Bonaventure writes. St. Francis then preached to the people of the town and called Jesus the “Babe of Bethlehem.” An eye witness said he saw St. Francis embracing an infant who miraculously appeared in his arms. Some people set up the crèche over a period of weeks as a way to live interiorly the unfolding events of our salvation. The animals are in the stable at the beginning and then the shepherds come. Mary and Joseph arriving on the scene near the time of Christmas Day and the Christ child put in the manger only then. The Magi arrive a few weeks later. No matter how big or small your Christmas manger scene is, may it be a concrete sign of the great love God has for you and inspire you to keep Christ in Christmas as we prepare for the day of His birth. In Christ, Monsignor Baker Sacrificial Giving—WE ARE A STEWARDSHIP PARISH Upcoming Collections Sunday December 20 / 21 – Two Collections Regular Sunday Offering / Debt Reduction Fuel Offering Thursday December 25 – One Collection Christmas Offering Sunday December 27 / 28 – One Collection Regular Sunday Offering Saturday January 1 – One Collection Solemnity of Mary Note: If you are making a payment on your Campaign Pledge, please MAKE SURE YOU PLACE YOUR CONTRIBUTION IN THE BLUE CAMPAIGN ENVELOPE—NOT THE DEBT ENVELOPE. In observance of the Christmas Holiday, the Rectory office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th and Thursday, December 26th. There will be only one Mass at 9 AM on Thursday, December 26th. Page - 226 December 21, 2014 Prepare “room” in the “inn” of your heart for Him. "Do you want to become saints? Here is the secret: confession is the lock; confidence in your confessor is the key. This is how you open heaven’s gates." St. John Bosco In Observance of Epiphany Blessing of Chalk and Holy Water for Home Blessing Saturday, January 3, 2015 4:15 Vigil Mass Sunday, January 4, 2015 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 A.M. 12:00 Noon Confessions will be heard Monday, December 22 3:15 - 4:00 pm Tuesday, December 23 7:00 - 8:00 pm It is our hope that the parishioners of the Cathedral will use this as an opportunity to better prepare themselves for the coming of Christ at Christmas. St. Lucy Eyeglasses Collection This December, Fr. Ezaki and the Youth In Observance of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, special blessings of families will take place after each Mass next weekend, December 27th and December 28th. Group are taking up a collection of eyeglasses in honor of St. Lucy, patron saint of the blind (Feast Day December 13). Place unwanted eyeglasses (prescription glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses, etc.) in the large box in the church vestibule. Glasses (along with cases) will be donated to New Eyes for the Needy, Short Hills, NJ. Ecumenical Soup Kitchen Our next soup kitchen duty is Saturday, December 27th. Give a special gift this year by volunteering to bake casseroles, bake cookies, help serve, or by making a monetary donation to the soup kitchen. To volunteer, please call Heather Schweizer (610) 709-0801. Thank you! Taco Bake: 1 lb. elbow macaroni, 2lbs. ground beef, 1 package dry taco seasoning mix, 2-11 oz. cans Campbell's cheddar cheese soup, 1 - 16 oz. can chopped tomatoes, 1 cup milk. Brown beef and drain. Add taco seasoning, cheese soup, chopped tomatoes with juice, and milk. Stir and add cooked macaroni. Place in foil casserole and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Very simple. The CatholicTV Network, America’s Catholic Television Network®, is now available to cable and satellite providers in our area. Please help provide this upbeat, youthful and exciting Catholic network and a powerful resource to the people of our area and the entire nation. To help, simply visit GetCatholicTV.com as an easy way to petition your cable or satellite provider. If you are unable to access the internet please follow up with a postcard or letter to your provider. Remember the address: GetCatholicTV.com Baskets of Cheer The 4th Degree Assembly of the Cathedral’s Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets for the 5 Baskets of Cheer that will be chanced off on January 17, 2015 at their annual formal dinner. Tickets sales are ending today, December 21st. Upon this Rock, a young adult speaker series sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adults Ministry, invites you to its next event! “What God Has Joined: Equality & The Redefinition of Marriage” will be held Friday, January 16, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Queenship of Mary Parish Gathering Place (1324 Newport Avenue, Northampton). Sara Hulse, Instructor of Theology at Desales University, will present on the topic followed by open discussion. The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.allentowndiocese.org/ youngadults or email Alexa Doncsecz at www.allentowndiocese.org/youngadults. 2014 Contribution Statements To have any donations credited on 2014 contribution statements, checks must be received no later than December 31, 2014. Thank you! “We can certainly call you friends because of the way you care for our retired members,” writes a religious brother. Your gift to last week’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious benefits some 35,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. May God bless you for your generosity! Pa PRAY FOR VOCATIONS NEWS Cathedral Cash makes great stocking stuffers From The Center for Religious Education And helps your parish! December Filling Christmas stockings? Use Cathedral Cash gift cards! The parish buys these cards at a 5% discounted rate and sells them to you at face value. Cathedral Cash gift cards can make your shopping easier and you help the parish with a 5% donation, at no extra cost to you. Use the gift cards for your purchases at the store or give the gift cards to someone special. As a reminder this weekend is the last selling date prior to Christmas. Cathedral Cash will NOT be sold on Thursday, December 25th as the rectory will be closed. Make Cathedral Cash your one stop shopping place for those gift cards that everyone likes to receive. Give the priceless gift evangelization this Christmas! of Visit our Resource Center at the back of the Church to find meaningful gifts to grow faith! Plant a seed for Baby Jesus to “find room” in the hearts of your relatives and friends by selecting from the many CD’s, DVD’s, brochures and books covering a wide range of topics such as relationships, family, spiritual growth and prayer. These dynamically orthodox authors and presenters include: Scott Hahn, Jason Evert, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Fr. Robert Barron, Chris Stefanick, and many more. These life-changing materials have assisted many parishes in planting the seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many souls. Baptismal Bib Sewing help needed! It’s time to make baptismal bibs! We are in need of volunteers to help layout, cut, and sew the bibs. If you like to sew or do crafts this is a great way to help the parish. Contact Deanna at 610-434-9048. 2015 Church Calendars 2015 Church Calendars are available in the vestibule by the generosity of the Robert C. Weir Funeral Home. P.R.E.P. Calendar 21 NO classes Happy and Blessed Christmas! January 2015 4 Classes—Epiphany Miss Shankweiler is looking for an individual to teach 3rd Grade P.R.E.P. on Sunday mornings from 10:10 – 11:45 AM. If you are interested, please contact Miss Shankweiler at 610-432-7655 or [email protected] Save the Date! Vacation Bible School 2015 is scheduled for June 22-26 from 9 am - 12 pm. This year’s theme: “Nazareth, Where Jesus was a Kid.” Registration will be open to children in PreSchool through 4th Grade. Current 7th Graders may use this opportunity to earn service hours for Confirmation! Knights of Columbus Pennsylvania State Scholarship Thanks to the support of the parish in buying COAL (Chance of a Lifetime) raffle tickets from Knights of Columbus Council 14397, children of Brother Knights of our council who are currently high school seniors are eligible to apply for a $3,000 four year college scholarship. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2014. For more information go to www.pakofc.us/index.php/state -programs/youth/scholarships or call Alan Shannon-Breslin at 610-740-0122. Lottery Calendar Try your luck at the newest Women’s Alliance fundraiser: Lottery Calendar. Only 1,000 to be sold and over 150 chances to win! Choose your favorite 3 digit numbers and get your 6 month calendars today. Purchase from any Women’s Alliance Board member or in the vestibule on select Sundays through the end of the year. $20 each with the 5th one free. Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for December That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on their children the precious gift of faith. Page 3 - 226 December 21, 2014 "Interested in what happens at a Catholic seminary? Want to know what our future priests are like and what they think about proclaiming Christ in the world today? Want to help spread the Gospel? Check out the new official blog of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary entitled Seminarian Casual, which can be found atwww.semcasual.org. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia is where the seminarians of the Diocese of Allentown go to receive their education and formation for the priesthood. The seminarians (from the Allentown diocese and others around the country) write on a whole host of topics including movies, seminary life, morality, sports, popular culture, current events, theology, philosophy, etc. St. John Vianney Regional School In faith - celebrating today, embracing tomorrow. To the parishioners who support our school every week, we at Saint John Vianney offer our most sincere gratitude. Please know that you are in our prayers. Saint John Vianney Regional School Catholic education at its best! Visit us and see why. Prayer for the Families of Our Military In the Holy Name of Jesus, I lift up to You, Father, the families of our military. I pray that all will feel Your love and mercy while they are concerned for their loved ones who are away serving our great nation. May they know abundance, being well provided for and well taken care of until their loved ones return home safely. May the peace that passes understanding sustain them in season of separation. Comfort them with your Word, that they might have faith to see their sons, daughters, husbands, and wives returned to them in wholeness and safety. Amen Bustrip to Mt. Airy to see Tributeto“PatsyCline” on Tuesday, February 24. Cost is $65. Includes transportation from St. Joseph the Worker parking lot, Show,Buffetand$20slotplay.Busleave11:30AMand back about 7:30PM. Please make check payable to St. Joseph’s Women’s Guild drop off at church or mail to Sue Mueller, 5211 Wagon Wheel Dr., Schnecksville, PA 18078. (610) 392-2957. Bus fare is reimbursed if cancelled due toweather. Time of Grace Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Madrid, and Avila A Note From the Lehigh Conference of Churches: 6th & Chew Winter Shelter Pope Francis has declared October 25, 2014 to October 15, 2015 the Terestian Jubilee year to celebrate the 500th birthday anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila. Come join others from around our Diocese as we visit these world famous shrines. 11 day pilgrimage departs May 22nd. Trip presentation will be given at 7 pm January 8th at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Center, 1879 Applewood Drive, Orefield , PA 18069. Cost is $3,798. Bus transportation is to and from airport and we will pick up at St. Joe’s and a location in Bethlehem, PA. TBA. Call Deacon Campanell for flyer information at 610-395-0868. Last winter, the very harsh weather showed us that the community needed a bigger and better-equipped facility to ensure that our homeless population would not only have a place to sleep out of the inclement weather but also to ensure that they had the services needed to help them get off the streets into permanent housing. The Emergency Winter Shelter at 6th and Chew Streets is a community response to the need for more space than what is available through our established year-round shelter programs. The Lehigh Conference of Churches is the operating agency for the 6th and Chew Winter Shelter, open from 7PM to 7AM every night from November 1st through April 30th. Guests are provided cots and blankets and access to assistance for their medical and housing needs. Supervisory staff are on duty to assure the safety and well being of all guests. In our first three weeks the shelter has seen over 100 different individuals. We expect that number to only increase as winter approaches. Thank you to our community, churches, partner agencies, donors, friends and staff for their commitment. It is only through your efforts that we make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Volunteers and donations continue to be a need. Please email us at [email protected] or contact us at 610-433-6421 to learn more about how you can become a part of the 6th & Chew Winter Shelter. Some Special Gifts - Source Unknown Here are a few suggestions for special gifts: A firm handshake to a shaky soul A kind word to a lonely person A warm smile to the disheartened A sincere concern for someone troubled A feeling of compassion for the neglected As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’; and when he said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts of the Apostles, 7:55-60) HOLY SAVIOUR CEMETERY/610-866-2372 RESURRECTION CEMETERY/610-395-3819 To arrange for a Christian Burial Page 4 - 226 December 21, 2014 Altar Servers Cathedral Happenings December 22, 2014 through December 28, 2014 (Please remember to sign in when you arrive) Weekday Masses Monday, December 22 8:00 AM C. Pauls/A. Filipos Tuesday, December 23 8:00 AM B. R. DeJesus/S. Veloza Wednesday, December 24 9:00 AM T. Fontanez/N. Santos Thursday, December 25 4:15 PM Up C. Leighton/C. Durishin/ G. Grim/A. Filipos 4:15 PM Down M. Gunkle/N. Gunkle/I. Craig/B. Craig 6:00 PM Up A. Pryblick/B. Christ/C. Christ/M. Dano 6:00 PM Down D. Ganchoso/D. Ganchoso/ J. Ganchoso/B. R. DeJesus 12:00 AM Bishop’s Team 7:30 AM C. Pauls/H. Garcon/R.M. Tomy 9:00 AM N. O’Neill/S. O’Neill/ B. O’Keefe/B. Schweizer Friday, December 26 9:00 AM C. Anderson/S. Anderson (note time change) Saturday, December 27 8:00 AM M. Melchoir/L. Koons Weekend Masses Saturday, December 27 4:15 PM J. Santos/N. Santos/ F. Cinamella/T. Cinamella Sunday, December 28 7:30 AM M. Gunkle/N. Gunkle/T. Fontanez 9:00 AM A. Wursta/D. Ganchos/ D. Ganchoso/J. Ganchoso 10:30 AM C. Carbonetto/B. Carbonetto/ R. M. Tomy/M. Michalak 12:00 PM E. Ward/S. Ntunbane/ T. Ingabire/D.-D. Dushime OUR PARISH BULLETIN NEEDS YOUR HELP It is provided free of charge to our Parish and provides important revenues! Please consider having your business, service, or professional practice recommended to all our Parish families. Please call Jim Finnen this week. Cell: 610-653-2145 Home: 610-838-2238 This is one of the few inexpensive, local advertising opportunities left in our area and our Parish thanks you! Use QR code for more info. about our parish. Page 5 - 226 Sunday, December 21 Vestibule All Masses—WA Lottery Calendar Sales Parish Activity Center /Kitchen 8:30 - 10:00 AM – Set-up PREP Christmas Party 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – PREP Christmas Party Monday, December 22 Msgr. Ott Room 7:30 - 9:30 PM – Knights of Columbus Council #14397 Faculty Lounge 6:30 - 8:00 PM - Girl Scouts Cadette Troop 6783 Tuesday, December 23 Church 10:00 - 11:00 AM – SJVRS Christmas Concert Parish Activity Center 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Boy Scout Troop 74 Msgr. Ott Room 7:00 - 9:00 PM - RCIA Wednesday, December 24 Parish Activity Center 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Cub Scouts Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day—Closed Friday, December 26—Closed Saturday, December 27 Vestibule—WA Lottery Calendar Sales Sunday, December 28 Parish Activity Center / Kitchen 4:00 - 9:00 PM – K o C #14397 Holiday Potluck Vestibule—All Masses—WA Lottery Calendar Sales Let Us Continue to Pray for those who are sick in our parish community James Lawrence, Julie Domonkos, Natalie Schuelz, Jean Sheaks, Ethel Thomas, Gordon L. Gladden, Harriet Jones, The Hentz Family, Joseph Kochan, Katie Hines, Joseph Fryzol, Steve Becsey, Gabriella Snyder, Edward Hillanbrand, Filomena Bachman, Dominic Scotto, Nick Sorrentino, Joyce Clause, Sharon James and family, Mary Altieri, Elizabeth Benko, Michael Skrypczak, Patricia Schuessler, Michelle Gimbert, Anna Janowiak, Veronica Stelzman, Albert Griech, Barbara Vulgaris, Nathan Goodson-Gregg, Mary Cashmore, Rose Frisch, Joseph Kwiatek, Irene Beckwith, Teo Moya, Helen and Frederick Galle, Jennifer Miller, Sharon C., James Nagy, Barbara Lewis, Ned Squires, Fred Jerant, Elizabeth Oranczak, Carmen Rodriguez, Lillian and Walter Cress, Linda Ports, Liberio Obeid, Dan Jones, Bernard Klotz, Johnathan Jones, Joan Holzman, Robert Koch, Martha Cluin, Connie Trach, Larry Wassil, C. June MacNamara, Alex Saavedra, Mae Fredericks, Kara Sorrentino, Maryava Hobin, Dorothy Blose, Judy Eberhard, Susan Schlegel, Glenn Fretz, Mary Iannelli, Stephen Pollack, Felicity Sorrentino, Mae Squires, James O’Donnell, Ruby Richard, Mary Eagan, Randy Krause, Michele, Daniel Heist, Sue Heist, Dr. Joseph Barchini, JoAnn Falatko, Barrie Perilla and Marie Haberern. Please let us know when your loved one is better. Thank you.
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