Weekly Bulletin - Saint William Catholic Church

Parish Office:
750 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: 261-4883
Fax: 261-8729
Web Site www.saintwilliam.org
After Hours Emergencies 261-4883
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014
Director of Operations :
Parish Priests:
Michael J. Mahr, 261-4883
Rev. George Ratzmann, Pastor
Rev. Ronnie Sison
Religious Education:
Rev. Rafal Ligenza
Mary Jane Spirk, Dir. 263-5429
In Active Retirement:
Rev. Arnold D’Achille
Music Ministry:
Gary Robertson, 776-7881
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Parish Deacons:
Russ Grant
Gary C. Ingold
Lina M. Hernandez, Dir. 262-8618
Coordinator of Volunteer Ministers:
Janet Mitchell, Dir. 261-1876
Dominican Sisters: 261-5831
Parish Nurse:
Sr. Christa Cunnignham
Rosanne Rechlin, 262-0338
Sr. Jean Tranel
Bookkeeper & Office Manager
Chris Michael, 261-4883
December 21, 2014
MASSES FOR THE
WEEK
SCHEDULE
MASSES:
Saturday Vigil:
Sunday:
2:45 & 4:30 PM
7:00, 9:00, 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Daily:
8 AM and 12 :10 PM Mon. thru Fri.,
Saturday 8AM Only
CONFESSIONS:
Saturdays 10-11AM
BAPTISMS:
2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Please call the
Parish Office, 261-4883, during pregnancy to
make an appointment for instruction.
NOTICE: Sacramental Preparation - Diocesan regulations require two
continuous years of religious instruction before receiving the Sacraments of
First Communion in Second Grade and the Sacrament of Confirmation in
Tenth Grade. This includes Religious Education, Youth Ministry or a
Diocesan recognized Catholic School plus additional sacramental
preparation classes. These classes are held monthly on a Sunday other than
the Family Faith Formation and additional registration.
MARRIAGE:
For the Sacrament of Matrimony, a required six
month period of preparation, call Francia Stevens,
our wedding coordinator, 821-7916
HOMEBOUND:
Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Holy
Communion to the sick. Please call 262-0338 to
make arrangements.
MINISTRIES
Eucharistic Ministers:
Natural Family Planning:
Readers/Lectors
Respite Ministry:
Small Christian Communities:
Ushers:
Altar Servers
Arimatheans
Richard Sampson
Jack & Angela Connor
Paul French
Mary Lou & Bill Rehring
Joan Szot
Stan Kabala
David Caldwell
Jean Leitton
Rose Goodof
353-6564
597-6262
777-5725
263-5432
261-3632
248-3216
263-3346
513-0910
649-6301
Celebrant
Monday - December 22nd
8:00 † Wanda & Oliver Fratti
Fr. Ligenza
12:10 † The Duggan Family
Fr. Ligenza
Tuesday - December 23rd
8:00 † Nicholas Kopchick &
Fr. Sison
Samuel Eppolito
12:10 † John Thomas
Fr. D’Achille
Wednesday - December 24th
8:00 † Elaine Reiter
Fr. Ratzmann
2:45 † Laura Porter ,Bill &Marie Fr. D’Achille
4:30 † Rev. Richard Cyr
Fr. Ligenza
6:15 † Francis & Marian O’Brien Fr. Sison
10:00 Novena for Life Mass
Fr. Ratzmann
Thursday - December 25th
7:00 † Mary Gerth
Fr. Sison
9:00 † Robert Rust
Fr. Ligenza
11:00 † Jack & Mickie Lambert &
Justin Sherwood
Fr. Ratzmann
Friday - December 26th
8:00 † Helen & Len Bisanz
Fr. Ligenza
Fr. Sison
12:10 † Patricia Duva
Saturday - December 27th
8:00 † Mary Robert
Fr. D’Achille
10:00 Confessions
Ligenza/Ratzmann
2:45 † Catherine Neumann
Fr. Ligenza
4:30 † Daniel Dombrowski
Fr. Ratzmann
Sunday - December 28th
7:00 Int. Chris Fisher
Fr. Ligenza
9:00 † Elsie DeRubbo
Fr. Ratzmann
11:00 † Rose Petrik
Fr. Sison
1:00 † Karin LaFemina
Fr. D’Achille
Call the parish office if you’d like to
know who requested a Mass
ORGANIZATIONS
Alternatives to Abortion:
Bridge Club:
Catholic Charities:
Council of Catholic Women:
Cursillo:
Fatima Prayer Group:
Gift Shop:
Knights of Columbus:
Lay Carmelites:
Respect Life:
Rosary Makers:
Secular Franciscans:
St. Vincent DePaul Society:
777-8343
Anita Gerth
263-8608
Elaine Stanley
455-2655
Suzanne Fleming
436-3746
Gene Venditto
434-6537
JoAnn Stahlman
571-3233
Carolann Rough
398-6824
MaryLynn Stahnke
261-4316
Richard Sampson
353-6564
Jean Leitton
513-0910
Judy Humphrey
261-1123
Fred & Barbara Goduti
261-4810
Marianne LaRusso
352-1509
Bill Roche
678-740-6560
Dianne Kabala
248-1360
This Week at a Glance
Sun. Dec. 21 SDVP Food Sunday
Sun. Dec. 21 Donut Sunday
Sun. Dec. 21 Life Teen Night,6PM
Sun. Dec. 21 Franciscans Meet, 11AM
Tue. Dec. 23 Novena, 6:30 PM
Wed.-Thur. Fri. Parish office closed
THE ALTAR FLOWERS
This week are
donated in memory of
Susanne Scalogna
The Sanctuary Lamp
will burn this week in
memory of
Catherine Neumann
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
December 21, 2014
The 4th Sunday of Advent: Christmas is so close, yet
not quite here. No matter how ready the decorations are,
how beautifully the presents are wrapped or how much we look forward to the
presence of the Christ Child, there’s still those final days and moments until
Christmas morning.
Let the spirit of the season fill you with God’s finest
Graces, the foretaste and promise of what is yet to come. Be confident and
Joyful. Like the prophets of old, you know how good it will be!
Liturgical Publications, Inc.
ANNOUNCING THE START OF THE
DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP
AT ST WILLIAM
EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 3 PM THE HOUR OF MERCY
IN THE PARISH OFFICE CHAPEL
(On all Wednesdays when Parish office is open)
FOR MORE INFORMATION,
CALL MARCIA AT 949-6705
Readings for the week of December 21, 2014
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Next Sunday:
4th Sunday of Advent; 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-12, 14-16 Rom 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38
1 Sm 1:24-28; Lk 1: 46-56
Mal 3: 1-4, 23-24; Lk 1: 57-66
2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-16; Lk 1: 67-79
Vigil: Is 62: 1-5; Acts 13:16-25; Day: Is 52:7-10; Heb 1: 1-6; Jn 1:1-18
St. Stephen, the First Martyr; Acts 6: 8-10, 7: 54-59; Mt 10: 17-22
St. John, Apostle & Evangelist; 1 Jn 1: 1-4; Jn 20: 1a and 2-8
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph; Sir 3: 2-14; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2: 22-40
THIS WEEK WITH YOUR ST. WILLIAM FAMILY:
Welcomed as new parishioners:
Kevin & Margaret Smith; John, Meghan & Ava Harlem; Danielle Fortunato;
Rosalind A. Jureller; Margaret Lynch; Armenito, Grace & Sarah Engracia.
Welcomed into our faith community through Baptism:
Lily Marie Camejo
Pray for the deceased: Alfred Mango
Pray for the sick:
Dave
Kassie Koch
Jacqueline Stamper
Michaeil A. Baviello, Sr.
Hannah Belsinger
Crystal Ratliff
Connie Sullivan
Virginia Hopkins
Maura O’Brien
Max Berlin
Joseph Kuzneski
Debbie Campolo
John Robert Dunleavy
Susan Blohowiak
Hennie Hagen
Joe Richichi
Frank & Louise Myers
Ron & Barbara Sorvino
Diane Davis
Marcia Huseth
Anne Marie Degrego
Florence Stella
Lucille Vallett
Julie Marsch
Marie
Eileen Faherty
Marie Wille
Roland Campbell
John & Dolores Kula
Alana Barone
Bro. Pio Maria
Barbara Cattaneo Sanchez
Marlene Evans
Joseph Syrowik
Nancy Syrowik
P.C.
Andrea Loesch
Joanna Clark
Isabelle Staffeldt
Marma Hortabo
Ada Timblin
Elsie & Ken Moskal
Gloria O’Sullivan
Mary Haestier
Tasha & Brian Lee
George Tyson
Terry Sqpeziale
Margaret Grimes
James Johnston
Grace Utz
Claudia Colarusso
Kathy Grandy
Katie Ronner
Eileen Faherty
George Howlett
Don Gerth
Michael Uzzi
Christopher Randall
Alice
Ann Zimmerman
Patricia Goodall
Suzanne Blouin
JOIN US FOR EXPOSITION
OF THE BLESSED
SACRAMENT
FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
AFTER 12:10 PM MASS &
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
IN THE CHURCH, 9AM—12NOON
ALL OTHER FRIDAYS IN THE SMALL
CHAPEL IN THE PARISH OFFICE,
9AM—12 NOON
Maureen Mackson
Jane Blahnik
Isabel Rivera
Sheila Crehan
Charles Gerk
Madison Hoffman
Lorene Chiancola
Sam Chiancola
Sally Motherway
Bill Fitzgerald
Inge Corbett
Jane Earle
Sally Frazier
Gerri Marsch
Joan Kent
Larry Chance
Frank Caccavo,Jr.
Susan Bailey,
Anne Timlin
Sr. Maria Paulina
Jerry Thirion
Fr. Tom O’Brien
Patrick Fitzgerald
Jeanine Paulson Dolan
Lillian Pooler
Lisa Luthringer
Spencer Nunley
Jacob Moll
Marlene Landstra
Gino Nocera
Rosa Vitiello
Wilkins Vilcin
Chris Ruggiero
Jennifer Dorta
E.V.
Mary Rose Goduti
Victor Buckett
.
Call the parish office if
you know some parishioner who is sick and can
use our prayers.
DONUT SUNDAY
THIS WEEKEND
Join us after the 7:00 & 9:00 AM Mass
for coffee and donuts in the church
hall. Come meet some of your fellow
parishioners!
COME PRAY WITH US - You are invited to stay 15 minutes after the 8AM and 12:10
PM Mass each weekday to pray the rosary with us for your personal intentions and for the
intentions of the Church and for our Country.
The Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the little Meditation Chapel in the parish office and is open dur ing our r egular par ish office hour s, 8:30AM-4:30 PM.
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help - Join us Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the
Ministry Center for this half hour of devotion in honor of our Blessed Mother, including prayer,
rosary and benediction.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy in office chapel each Wednesday at 3:00 PM (when office open)
ST. WILLIAM CATHOLIC
CHURCH
2014 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Monday, Tuesday, Dec. 22nd-23rd:
Bring poinsettias, red and white to decorate
The church; drop off on these days in church hall
Wednesday, December 24th Christmas Eve:
Masses: 2:45, 4:30, 6:15 & 10:00 PM
Children’s Choir at 4: 30 PM Mass
Adult Choir at 10:00 PM Mass
(starts singing at 9:30 PM
Thursday, December 25th:
Christmas Day Masses:
7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 AM
A Blessed Christmas to all
From the Priests and staff of
St. William Parish!!!
Youth Ministry
Dec [email protected]
Life Teen Night
Christmas party
NOT TOO MUCH
LIFE TEEN NEEDS HELP FROM
ST. WILLIAM PARISHIONERS!!
If you have
too much to do,
with God’s help you
will find time to do
it all.
—St. Peter Canisius
Please consider donating a couch, blankets,
beanbags, pillows, musical instruments.
Or
Dinner for about 27 teens on one Sunday
night this coming year! [email protected]
SPREADING OUR JOY!
Attention Youth Ministry families! Bring a wrapped
TOY to place under our Christmas tree in the Ministry
Center Hall between now and December 21st. On Sunday, December 21st , we will be delivering the gifts to
needy kids in Immokalee and celebrating with them. We
will meet at 1:00pm at the Ministry Center and carpool.
Please let us know if you will be participating in this special occasion. Let’s spread our Christmas joy and cheer to those in
need! Contact Lina at 262-8618.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
Nurturing Catholic Traditions at Home
“Not the Same Old (Christmas) Story”
Instead of talking about . . . How much to spend.
Talk about . . . . How much to give.
Instead of talking about . . . Whose “turn” it is to have Christmas
Talk about . . . How to spend time with those who need us most.
Instead of talking about . . . The people you’re dreading seeing at Christmas.
Talk about . . . The people who most need your love.
Upcoming Classes
Family Faith Formation
Wednesday, January 7 – 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 11 – 10:30 AM
Sacrament Preparation
First Reconciliation Family Retreat
Saturday, January 24 - 9:30 AM – Noon
First Reconciliation Rite – Thursday, January 29, 6:00 PM
NO Confir mation class in J anuar y – Attend Life Teen
4th Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:26-38
A thought on the Gospel
Mary said “yes” to God.
When have you said YES to God?
SAINT WILLIAM PARISH
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
EXPLORE THE GOSPEL OF JOHN IN THE HOLY LAND
Thursday mornings, January 8—February 19, 2015
9:15 AM—11:00 AM Saint William Church Hall
Facilitator: Sister Christa Cunningham, O.P. and Team
Into the Heart of God, with Jean Vanier, continues with the second half of the Gospel of St.
John. This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the
heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus. This part of the Gospel is called the Book of Glory. Taking this journey with Jean Vanier and St. John
is an excellent preparation for Lent and living the Paschal Mystery with Jesus.
The Gospel of John is a story of relationship, a mystical account of the love of God poured out through
Jesus. This Gospel emphasizes the love Jesus showed to all in need, and models for Christians the way to
follow Jesus as true disciples. Throughout this journey, Vanier will share the stories of L'Arche, an international community for the mentally handicapped, which he helped found and has ministered to for fifty years.
To register please call Karin Daniels 239-776-7898 or Sister Christa at 239-261-5831.
CATHOLICS WELCOME HOME
Tuesdays 7:00—9:00 p.m.
Session I:
January 6 thru February 17, 2015 Or
Session II: February 24 thru March 31, 2015 Or
Session III: April 7, 2015 thru May 19, 2015
Ministry Center Room 7 Facilitator: Sister Christa and Team
This course is for Catholics who have been away from the Church for some time. For whatever reason you have been away and regardless of the length of time, we invite you to renew your relationship
with the Catholic Church. We will address any questions you may have and, hopefully, will help you feel at
home once again. Please contact the Adult Faith Formation office with any questions about the Catholics
Welcome Home program. Call Sister Christa at 239-261-5831.
Scripture from Scratch Part II: An Overview of the New Testament
Wednesdays, January 14 thru March 4, 2015 9:15am to 11:00am
Ministry Center Hall
Facilitator: Sister Christa Cunningham, O.P.
Scripture From Scratch is an experience of God's word for all Catholic adults who want to know
more about the Bible but don't know where to begin. Previous Bible study is not required or expected;
however, this course will also benefit those who already have Bible experience. The heart of the program consists of lively, information-packed lectures by religious educators Dr. Elizabeth McNamer and Virginia
Smith. Firmly rooted in authentic Catholic biblical scholarship. Scripture From Scratch Part II guides you through
an overview of the New Testament, and finally, an overview of the Gospels. This winter there will be eight New
Testament sessions.
To register please call Karin Daniels 239-776-7898 or Sister Christa at 239-261-5831.
Workbook fee is $15.00 (for anyone who did not purchase a workbook in the Fall).
Welcome to Saint William Parish
If you are visiting or looking for a spiritual home, we welcome you
to Saint William Parish. Please consider registering as a member of our
church family at the Parish Office during business hours. Registration forms
are also available in the Gift Shop in the narthex of the Church after Masses.
Registration is required for participation in the Sacraments of Baptism,
First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage.
SAINT WILLIAM
Reservations required for the St.
William Council of Catholic Women
Friday, January 2nd, Luncheon
Time: 1:PM Cost: $22. payable at the door (cash or check)
E-mail your reservation to: [email protected]
OR call Rita Bates @ 239 649-6741 - you will receive a confirmation
Speaker: Deborah Shea Doyle - “A Unique Look at Egypt”
Photographer Deborah Shea Doyle and her husband lived and worked in Egypt for more than ten years
interacting with the people throughout the country. From this experience she published a book, Faces of
Egypt, of photographs and accompanying text about the ordinary people of Egypt. She found the people to
be gracious, warmhearted and hardworking. She will discuss their local customs and habits as well as the
current political and economic uncertainty facing Egypt today.
Coming by yourself? Don’t know anyone?
Let us know when you make your reservation!
Please make (or cancel) reservations no later than Wednesday, Dec. 31st
LUNCHEON
LOCATION:
Pelican Bay Country Club
707 Gulf Park Drive,
Naples FL 34108
**It’s SEASON!
PLEASE CARPOOL
IF AT ALL
POSSIBLE!
In the hollow of our hearts,
You come to fill the void
With peace, and joy and love.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for the Gift that is You...
The volunteers of the St. William
Gift Shop wish you a Blessed
Christmas
PRO-LIFE CHRISTMAS
CARDS AVAILABLE IN THE
PARISH OFFICE
ALSO KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
MAGNETS AND DECALS
$5 EACH
JANUARY ENVELOPE MAILING
The Diocese of Venice has recently switched all parishes to a common Parishioner Information Software, ParishSoft, which is used to track your contributions,
sacraments, and other census data. While we were able to convert much of our
previous data, there may be some minor glitches due to the number of records
which were transferred.
The envelope mailing for January 2015 is the first to be produced from the new software, so If you do
not receive envelopes by December 29 OR if your information on your envelopes is incorrect (name,
address, etc.), please contact Cathy at (239) 261-4883 or by email at [email protected] We appreciate your patience and cooperation with this transition.
Christopher J. Michael
Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Exciting News! A first-ever Holy Land Pilgrimage—For
Teens and Young Adults— is being planned for Summer
2015. Please join us for an informational meeting on:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
7:00pm in the Church Hall
Fr. George, Fr. Ronnie, Fr. Rafal and Sr. Christa will
share first-hand highlights from their Holy Land trips
and answer any questions you may have.
High school and college students, young adults, and parents are all encouraged to attend and hear about this exciting opportunity!
Light refreshments will be served. Please respond to Cheryl Vignola at 941
-330-6230 or [email protected] for attendance.
BRIDGE!!
First and Third
Wednesday of the
Month
In the Church Hall
Arrive at 9;30;
begin at 10AM
Bring a Partner
For information call Anita at 263-8608
Our church building is
open daily from
7:00 AM—3:30 PM
for private prayer
SIGN UP TO TAKE
UP THE GIFTS
If a Saturday evening or
Sunday Mass has a
special connection for
you—offered for a loved one, an anniversary
or birthday—and you would like to carry the
gifts to the altar in the Offertory Procession,
or if this is just something you would like to
do, be sure to sign up for that Mass ahead
of time in the book located in the Narthex.
You will need to let the ushers know
you are scheduled to bring up the gifts at
least ten minutes before the start of that
Mass. Thank you.
Knight Watch
“In Service to One. In Service to All.”
December 20—21, 2014
When was your best Christmas ever? Was it the one when you
were 7 years old and got a beautiful doll, or was it the one when you
were 12 and got a BB gun. It might have been the one when your Dad
came home from the War or when you received your first pair of long
pants. For a lucky few it might have been when your first child was
born on Christmas morning. It really doesn’t matter what Christmas
was your best, does it. What matters is that you remember it.
There are so many different and wonderful parts to the Christmas
season in Naples. Children have Santa Clause, parents have shopping and parties, grandparents love to gather
the family and cook way too much food. Teenagers begin to soften and attempt to participate in family activities, but not necessarily with your family. It seems that everyone is busy and in a good mood.
Now comes the “buzz kill.” Almost 47% of the worlds population lives in poverty. Don’t beat yourself
up. We do pretty good. Naples is a very charitable place. I mention it only to remind everyone how blessed
we are. Our culture needs the Christmas season. The world needs the Christmas season. Being happy and
kind to others is a good thing. Even if it is only for two weeks.
When was your best Christmas ever? Was if the year you realized that Jesus was born as a real baby. Was
it the year you understood that He was born so He could die for our sins. Maybe it
was the year you really understood the difference between the Christmas season
and the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Maybe it was the year you realized that God loved you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to be born as a
man, so that He could die and you could be saved.
Christmas is all of these things and more. Don’t forget “It’s a Wonderful Life”
or Miracle on 34th St.” or “The Bells of St. Mary”. Whatever your traditions are for
the Christmas season remember them and teach the young their meaning. But never
forget the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ was born that
day. Christmas was the beginning of everything we have today.
Never say “Happy Holidays”, always say proudly, “Merry Christmas.” Keep Christ in
Christmas.
This year it seems that the world needs more prayers than usual. So spend some time
alone, with your partner and with your family to pray that this year is the year we “break
the code.” This is the year we figure out how to make this planet a more peaceful place.
If you have any ideas or comments, please email me at [email protected] . I
will respond to all emails.
Until next week, God Bless Each of You and Your Families,
SK Richard Sampson - 239-353-6564
Join us in Prayer at Planned
Parenthood—Every Monday at 8:00
AM—Call Charlie Dorta for details— 7769680.
Monthly Council Meeting—2nd Tues of the month in
the Ministry Center Hall at 7:30 PM. All Brother Knights
are welcome.
The Fourth Degree Assembly— The Fourth Degree Assembly meets on the fourth
Thursday of the month in the Ministry Center at 6:30 p.m. All visiting Sir Knights are
welcome. The For more information, contact SK Bruce Barone at (239) 262-6628.