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ST. JOHN FISHER CHURCH
BOOTHWYN, PA
REV. ROBERT MCDERMOTT, PASTOR
December 21, 2014
PRAYER BEFORE A MANGER
Lord Jesus, as I kneel before your manger in adoration, let
my first Christmas words be “thank you.”
Thank you, Gift of the Father, for coming to save me from
my sins. Without you I do not know even how to be human.
The characteristics of your human body express the divine
person of God’s Son. And in that wondrous expression,
Lord, you reveal me to myself.
Thank you for that saving revelation in your sacred
humanity. As the Christmas liturgy proclaims, “in Christ
man restores to man the gift of everlasting life.” Thank
you for coming as one like myself to save me from myself.
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE: Our Gospel reading is Luke 1:
26-28, 19-28. Key Passage: Then Mary said, “Behold, I
am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me
according to your word.” Then the angel departed from
her. Adult: How do you open your heart to what God
wants for you? Child: Is there something hard you need
to do this week? What might make it easier?
THANK YOU!
The generosity of the parishioners of Saint John Fisher
Parish has been most evident and edifying in the past
month. The less fortunate know your compassion in the
charity exhibited in the food donations at Thanksgiving,
coat donations and the many contributions for the Advent
Giving Tree recipients. Thank you to those angels who
helped to distribute these gifts including the Holy Saviour
and Saint John Fisher Knights of Columbus Councils as
well as PREP staff and volunteers. Recipients include the
clients of Catholic Social Services in Chester, the
Bernardine Center, St. Katherine Drexel Food Cupboard
and Clothing Center, Andrea’s Attic in Marcus Hook, and
residents of Lutheran Knolls and Parkview Senior Living.
You helped many people have a wonderful Christmas!
CRECHE IN CHURCH
The manger scene of the Nativity this year in the church is
from Holy Saviour Church in Linwood. The beauty of the
figures inspires us
to
look
with
wonder on the
mystery of the
Incarnation. God
the Father gives
us the gift of His
Son who shares
our human nature
so to announce the
full mystery of God’s love for humanity and save us from
sin and death. The Nativity scene in the parish center is
from Immaculate Conception Church in Marcus Hook.
You come as a baby because babies are irresistible and
adorable. You come as a baby because you want our first
impression of God incarnate to be that of one who does
not judge. How I long to be united with you in every way.
May I never be attracted to the allurements and charms
of the world. May I love you always, at every moment, with
all my heart, soul, mind and strength. May the
tenderness, the dependency, and the mercy that you
reveal in your infancy become the hallmarks of my life.
CHRISTMAS GIVING AND
TAX SEASON
During this season of giving,
please don’t forget your parish
community. A gift to Saint
John Fisher by December
31st could also give you a gift –
a
Federal
Income
Tax
deduction. Your thoughtfulness
and generosity will help meet the
needs of the parish and thus be of
benefit
to
all.
For
more
information, call the parish office at
610-485-0441.
2015 CALENDARS
Parish Calendars for 2015 will be available after all
Masses on December 27 and 28. Thank you to the Joseph
A. Ward Funeral Home for donating these calendars for
our parishioners. Please take one after Mass.
PREP CLASSES RESUME JANUARY 6th
There are no PREP classes for the remainder of 2014.
PREP classes will resume on January 6th and 7th. Sunday
School resumes on Sunday, January 11.
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SACRAMENT NEWS
RECONCILIATION
The First Reconciliation Retreat will be held on Monday,
January 5, 2015, at 7:00pm in the church. All First
Penance candidates and their parents must attend.
Rehearsal for First Reconciliation will be on Sunday,
January 18, 2015, at 12:30pm on the church. All must
attend.
First Penance candidates will make the Sacrament of
Reconciliation for the first time on Monday, January 26,
2015, at 7:00pm in the church. All candidates and their
families are asked to be in the church by 6:45pm.
CONFIRMATION
The Blessing of our Confirmation Candidates will be
Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the 9:30am Mass.
Confirmation candidates should sit in the front of the
church. We ask that all parents and sponsors be present.
Meeting for Confirmation Candidates, their parents,
and sponsors will be Monday, February 2, at 7:00pm in
the church. All are expected to attend.
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PARISH FREE THROW CONTEST
The combined councils, #13710 and
#14159, will sponsor the annual
Knights of Columbus Free
Throw Contest. This event
will be held in January 2015.
Exact
dates
will
be
announced in a future bulletin.
This is a great opportunity for
all of our children to show their
athleticism. All children of the
parish are eligible to participate.
Stay tuned for dates!
DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS FOR SALE!
Attention shoppers! Check out our supply of discounted
gift cards! We have American Eagle, The Disney Store,
Build-a-Bear, Gymboree, and more. We are selling $25 gift
cards for $20, $20 cards for $15, and $100 cards for $90.
Stop by the table after Mass and pick one up!
IRELAND TRIP: Join Father Steve Curry in Southern
Ireland from July 21 to August 1, 2015. For more
information, contact Father Curry at 610-519-8693 or
[email protected]
Due to the printer’s Christmas production
schedule, this bulletin was produced earlier than
usual. Consequently, the Sunday collection totals
and Football Mania winners will be listed in an
upcoming bulletin. As always, thank you for your
generosity and consistent financial support of our
parish community.
2014 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS MASSES
Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24
3:30 PM – Concert by Youth Choir and Bell Choir
4:00 PM – Mass
6:00 PM – Concert by Adult Choir
6:30 PM – Mass
8:00 PM – Concert by Holy Saviour
Knights of Columbus Choir
8:30 PM – Mass
Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 AM – Masses
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31
4:00 PM – Mass
New Year’s Day
Thursday, January 1, 2015
10:00 AM – Mass
PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed for the
Christmas holiday on Wednesday, December 24;
Thursday, December 25; and Friday, December 26. The
office will be open on December 27 from 10:00am to noon
and on December 28 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Saint
John Fisher Parish Staff wishes everyone a very merry
Christmas and a happy new year!
SHAWL MINISTRY: Do you have a relative or friend
who is sick? Blessed shawls are available at the Parish
Center. You can also add people to our prayer list by
calling 610-485-0441, ext. 2.
FOOD FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
Hunger doesn’t take a holiday! Please continue to help us
fill our Aid for Friends freezer, which provides meals for
our shut-ins and needy families. It’s easy to freeze your
holiday leftovers! Containers are available in the cabinet
next to the freezer in the Church Hall. If you have any
questions, call the Parish Office at 610-485-0441, ext. 2.
DAY OF PRAYER WITH ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
Come spend a day at the Malvern Retreat house on
Thursday, January 15, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in a day of
prayer with St. Therese, The Little Flower. Retreat director
Brother Joseph Schmidt, FSC, a native of Philadelphia and
former teacher at West Catholic, has been a Christian
Brother ministering for over 60 years as teacher, retreat
presenter, lecturer, spiritual director, and counselor. He
has been a devotee of St. Therese almost all his life and
has written three books about her. He has just returned
after five years of teaching young laity, religious and
seminarians in Kenya. To register for this retreat, please
call the Malvern Retreat House office at 610-644-0400 or
register online at malvernretreat.com.
ST. FRANCIS DESALES CELEBRATES 125 YEARS!
St. Francis de Sales Parish in West Philadelphia is
celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. On Sunday,
January 11, the parish will kick off its year-long celebration
with a Mass at 10:15am, followed by a reception in the
school auditorium. All former de Sales parishioners are
invited to return and share in this parish celebration! Check
for more anniversary events online at desalesschool.net
and sfds-phila.org.
ATTENTION YOUNG SINGLES!
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, located at 3501 Solly
Avenue in NE Philadelphia, is offering a young adult event
entitled “I’m Single and I Know It – What Now?” on
January 14, from 7:00-9:00pm. Join fellow young adults
and dig into the meaning of living the single vocation in
relation to God’s divine plan. For more information or to
register, call 267-350-1830 or 267-350-1831.
UPCOMING MUSICIAN SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve, Wednesday, 12/24
3:30pm
Youth Choir Concert
6:00pm
Adult Choir Concert
8:00pm
HS Knights of Columbus Choir
Christmas Day, Thursday, 12/25
8:00am
Cantor
9:30am
Adult Choir
11:30am Cantor
Saturday, 12/27
Sunday, 12/28
YOUTH CHOIR PRACTICE: Sundays at 12:30 PM in Chapel (Sept. May)
BELL CHOIR: Sundays at 12:30 PM in Church. (Sept. – May)
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR: Rehearsals are every other Tuesday evening
at 6:40 PM.
BEREAVEMENT CHOIR: Sing for funeral Masses. No rehearsals.
MEN’S GATHERING: Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Mondays after the 7:30
AM Mass until noon in the Chapel. Benediction follows at noon.
THE ROSARY AND DIVINE MERCY: Daily after the 7:30 AM Mass
OUR LADY OF 7 SORROWS PRAYER MEETING: In the Chapel on the
first and third Fridays of every month at 10:00 AM
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): Wednesdays at 7:00
PM in the Parish Center
BULLETIN DEADLINE: 5 days before publication. Contact Margie at
610-485-0441, ext. 2, or email items to [email protected]
MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
PARISH COUNCIL: Meets on the first Thursday of the month. Meetings
are not held in July and August.
DANIEL SCULLEY
“Come, good and faithful servant!
Share the joy of your Lord.”
– Matthew 25:21
Please Pray for Our Sick
Frank Monks, Pat Donnelly, Mary Burand, Paul Nappi,
Helen Noonan, Esther O’leary, Diane Porter, Rochelle
Colucci, Louise Borregine, Baby Owen Garwood, Ann
Shippy, Helen Rosinski, Daniel Johnson, Veronica and
Joe Egan, Gina Johnson, Joe Collins, Charlotte Smith,
Sandy Santon, Anna Gaspari, Carolyn Baglione, Joe
Hughes, Diane Singley, Tracey Kunca, Alice DiBianca,
Betty Bicht, Frank Taylor, Iris DiBattista, Eileen
O’Connell, Phil Eiseman, Donna Jones, Phyllis
Herman, Joy Henderson, Carol D’Angelo, Mary
D’Angelo, Michelle D’Angelo, Sam Ritz, Chic Hofmann,
Joanne McGilloway, Katie Doyle, Carol Gaska, Dennis
Kryszan, Mary Ann Dymond, Francis Breen, Denise
Carson, Henry Henrick, Jackie Hughes, Mary Brown,
Helen Brogley, Vincent Pisani, Don and Regina Hilbert,
Ann and Albert Huffnell, May Graves, August Mancini,
Baby Cooper, Judy Giovan, Kevin Neary
Masses for the Week
FINANCE COUNCIL: Meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Fall and spring sessions. Please call the Parish
Office (610-485-0441, ext. 2) for information.
Sat., Dec. 20
Sun., Dec. 21
PARISH FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE: Meetings as needed
ST. JOHN’S ON THE HILL SENIORS: Second and fourth Thursdays at
12:30 PM in the Church Hall
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LADY OF LOURDES COUNCIL 14159:
rd
Board Meeting at 7:00 PM followed by the regular meeting on the 3
Monday of the month
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HOLY SAVIOUR COUNCIL 13710: Officers’
st
Meeting, 1 Monday of the month at 7:00 PM; General membership
rd
meeting, 3 Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Meetings held in Holy
Saviour Rectory Meeting Room. Contact George Spannbauer, GK, at
610-348-5587 for information.
Cantor
Cantor
Cantor
Cantor
“May He Rest in Peace”
WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the Church
5:00pm
8:00am
9:30am
11:30am
Mon., Dec. 22
Tues., Dec. 23
Wed., Dec. 24
Thurs., Dec.25
Fri., Dec. 26
Sat., Dec. 27
Sun., Dec. 28
5:00 PM Margaret Jackson
8:00 AM Elsie and Marty Sweeney
9:30 AM People of the Parish & Visitors
11:30 AM Joseph Hornig
7:30 AM Mary V. Liberato
7:30 AM Mark Pastorius
CHRISTMAS EVE
CHRISTMAS DAY
7:30 AM Tim Hodgson
5:00 PM Anna and Bernard Kravitz
8:00 AM The Dougherty and
Sweeney Families
9:30 AM Janet Kadyszewski
11:30 AM People of the Parish & Visitors
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