Fourth Sunday of Advent December 21, 2014 St. Isidore the Farmer Area Faith Community St. Francis, St. Bridget, St. Malachy, Sacred Heart, Visitation Oratory Fr. Jeremy Kucera, Pastor Cyndi Stifter, Faith Formation Director Address: 508 13th Street North, Benson, MN 56215 Website: www.stisidorethefarmerafc.org E-mail: [email protected] Area Office: 320-842-4271 Fax Number: 320-843-2264 Murdock Office: 320-875-2451 Mondays 8:30 am – 3 pm Fr. Jeremy Kucera Cell#: 507-828-5247 [email protected] Cyndi Stifter: 320-842-4021 Summer Area Office Hours: Monday-Thurs.: 8 am – noon; 1-3:30 pm Fridays: 8 am - noon [email protected] LITURGY SCHEDULE Tuesday, December 23 8:30 am BENSON No Mass in Danvers today + 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 10:00 pm BENSON MURDOCK BENSON DANVERS ++ ++ 9:00 am 9:00 am DEGRAFF CLONTARF + 4:00 pm 6:00 pm DEGRAFF BENSON ++ 8:00 am 10:00 am MURDOCK BENSON + ++ Frank Piechowski Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 + Bub & Marcella Commerford Jim, Anne & Frank Walsh For the People Jay Philstrom Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25 Weekend Masses Saturday, December 27 Sunday, December 28 Special Intention Deann Johnson For the People Kathleen Newell & Mary Ann Knutson Jim Manley Clarence & Celia Carruth Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday, December 27 - 3:00 pm DeGraff; Sundays 9:30 am Benson *** Please note change in Weekend Reconciliation Schedule * Marriage Preparation: Please contact Area Office at least six months ahead of time to plan and prepare for your wedding. If one party has been previously married, the wedding cannot move forward unless an annulment has been granted by the Catholic Church. * Baptism Preparation: Please call Fr. Jeremy Kucera at 507-828-5247 * RCIA: Anyone interested in joining the Catholic Church please call Jack Wagner at 842-9693 or the Area Office for fall registration. * Registration/Moving: To register in a parish or if moving, call Area Office at 842-4271 or Murdock office at 875-2451. Catholic Charities - offering personal, marriage, family and pregnancy counseling 1-866-670-5163. *PASTORAL CARE* If any parishioner or family member is in need of a pastoral care visit and Holy Communion, please call the parish office. Today’s privacy laws do not permit hospitals to contact churches when a patient is in need of a pastoral visit. We are made aware of it only when the individual or their friends and family contact us. We are also not always aware of parishioners that are homebound and would desire a pastoral visit. The Vocation View Mary received and responded to the Lord’s will through the invitation of an angel. Who are God’s messengers in your life? Listen to God speaking to you through them. (Luke 1:26-38) DAILY SCHEDULE Sunday, December 21 Tuesday, December 23 Saturday, December 27 Sunday, December 28 The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Masses in Benson & Murdock Sacred Heart Parish decorating following 8 am Mass - all are invited to help St. Francis Parish decorating following 10 am Mass – all are invited to help 9-10 am Confessions at St. Francis in Benson 7:30 pm Knights of Columbus meeting at St. Francis Church Gathering Space The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Mass in Benson The Holy Rosary will be prayed ½ hour before Masses in Benson & Murdock The Area Office will be closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 for Christmas. 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! If anyone is looking to give money to people in need, especially this Christmas Season (food, toys or clothing) or at any other time, please let Fr. Jeremy know and he will distribute it. Please place monetary donations in the collection plate clearly marked for this purpose. Thank you. The public is invited to the Abbey of the Hills for their second annual Cider & Christmas Sing Along. Hear local talent, as well as join in on some traditional Christmas carols. The event is free to the public and is Sunday Dec 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Abbey of the Hills. Call 605-398-9200 for more information. CHRISTMAS CHOIR AT SACRED HEART: We will have a practice for Christmas Eve Mass today, December 21 following Mass. If you cannot be at practice today, please join us on Christmas Eve! SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC AT SACRED HEART: We will again have special music starting 45 minutes before Christmas Eve Mass - 3:15 pm. Everyone is invited to come early to Mass and enjoy some holiday music! Anyone interested in taking part please contact Marlis Kavanagh at 875-2201 or [email protected] We'd love to have some new voices involved and Christmas is a perfect time to start! Donations for Christmas Decorations You may make a donation in memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving, or for a special intention. Your donation will be used to help buy the flowers, trees, garland, etc. Please place your donation in the collection basket and mark the envelope “church decorations” or you can also drop your donation off at the Area Office. If you are giving the donation in memory of someone, please remember to give us the person’s name so that we can remember them in prayer. Thank you for your generosity. Holy Day Mass Schedule for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Wednesday, December 31 6:00 pm St. Francis, Benson Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:00 am Sacred Heart, Murdock Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound We are always looking for more volunteers who would be able to help out in this ministry to our homebound parishioners. Many are not able to get out, especially in the winter months. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please call the area office. A photo slideshow from the Day for Consecrated Life is on the Diocese of New Ulm’s Web site: www.dnu.org. Over 500 people attended the day-long event, including 60 religious sisters from 12 different communities. Be sure to check out the photos! Scholarships are now available from the Mary Beatrice Hennessy Scholarship Fund. In order to apply you must be a member of St. Francis Parish and now attending or planning to attend a Catholic College or Catholic High School during the 2014-2015 school year. Applications may be picked up in church or at the Area Office. All applications must be received by January 31, 2015. University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers discounts to their online courses for catechists, parents, catechetical leaders, youth ministers and all adults in the Diocese of New Ulm. Courses for Cycle 1 of 2015 include “The Study of the Joy of the Gospel” facilitated by Bryan Reising, director of Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of New Ulm. To sign up, click on https://vlc.udayton.edu/. If you are a new student, scroll to the bottom and click New Student: Create a Profile. If you are a returning student, scroll to the bottom and click Register for a Course. VLCFF also has certificate programs for catechists, youth ministers, social justice committees, and adult faith formation. Scholarships are available for those involved with catechetical ministry, youth ministry, and Catholic schools. Just contact Bryan at 507-233-5324 or e-mail him at [email protected] for further details. Follow Your Heart – A Day of Discernment for Women Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9 a.m-3p.m. This day will examine the spiritual practices that guide us in living a discerning life. Sister Joanne Dehmer, SSND, will lead the day. She has a background in spiritual direction, teaching and pastoral care and will join us from Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event will take place at the Notre Dame Center, 1910 Graham Ave., #217, St. Paul, Minnesota. Register by Wednesday, January 26. Free will offering accepted. Contact Sister Mary Swanson, SSND, [email protected] or 414-305-9011. *Reflections for the weekly readings are part of this bulletin. This publication is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #2129. OUR WEEKLY OFFERING St. Francis - Benson Sacred Heart - Murdock Adult Student Loose Plate Fuel Christmas Thanksgiving Immac. Conception Religious Ret. Votive lights Decorations Danvers Oratory Building Fund Parish Cemetery Food Shelf $2,427.00 $9.00 $137.00 $145.00 $55.00 $8.00 $47.00 $20.00 $33.45 $175.00 $40.00 $2,050.00 $25.00 $558.47 Total $5,729.92 St. Malachy Collection figures will be in next week's bulletin Adult Student Loose Plate Christmas Immaculate Conception Religious Retirement Votive lights Total $995.00 $7.00 $57.00 $10.00 $10.00 $205.00 $63.22 $1,347.22 St. Bridget - DeGraff Adult Student Loose Plate Immaculate Conc. CHD Philippine Mission Christmas Decorations Food Shelf Total St. Francis Building Fund as of 12-18-2014 is $188,818.00 $894.00 $2.00 $103.05 $20.00 $50.00 $100.00 $130.00 $186.00 $1,485.05 Sunday, December 21, 2014 Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Radiant Dawn (O Oriens) Darkness before the dawn O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn) is one of the seven O Antiphons sung or recited at Vespers. In English, it goes: O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. On this, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, fill your heart with anticipation for the coming light of Christ. Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:2527; Luke 1:26-38 (11). “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.” Monday, December 22 Advent weekday: O King of Nations (O Rex Gentium) Radical Mary The Song of Mary, or Magnificat as it is known in Latin, is one of the most ancient Christian hymns, perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. It reflects the strong biblical tradition of justice for the poor and oppressed. It is a song of reversals of power, as all is upended by the true power and glory that is the coming of the Lord. Have your eyes seen the glory? Are you looking in the right places? We pray today: O King of Nations and keystone of the church, come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56 (198). “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” Tuesday, December 23 Feast of John of Kanty, priest; O God-with-us (O Emmanuel) ‘Tis a gift to be simple John Kanty was well known in the city of Kraków for his generosity and compassion toward the poor. He subsisted on what was strictly necessary to sustain his life. He slept little, only on the floor, and ate a spare vegetarian diet. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem and four pilgrimages on foot to Rome carrying his luggage on his back. He died in 1473 at the ripe old age of 83. Guess he knew what he was doing with his life. Do you? Maybe John offers some hints. We pray today: O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God. Today’s readings: Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66 (199). “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me.” Wednesday, December 24 Advent weekday Anticipation, anticipation Perhaps you remember “Anticipation,” Carly Simon’s hit song from 1971, in which she breathlessly awaits the arrival of her date. The song captures the mood of Christmas Eve very well. But unlike a song about a date that might or might not live up to its billing, Christmas Eve always lives up to its promise, because God is faithful in fulfilling promises and God’s promises are forever. As you await the celebration of the birth of the Savior today, what song is in your heart? Today’s readings: Morning: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Luke 1:67-79 (200). “In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us.” Thursday, December 25 Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Do you hear what I hear? Imagine yourself a shepherd minding sheep (and your own business) when suddenly a chorus of angels announces, “A child is born to you this day!” It would get your attention! The Incarnation of Christ means a real child in a real world placed in your care in the shape of those in need. Incarnation means “in flesh,” and even if Jesus is no longer a baby and no longer present physically, he is always present in the flesh of every poor, naked, hungry, lonely, rejected person in this world. We’re not shepherds, but the angels are singing to us, too. Today’s readings: Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (14); Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14 (16). “He has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things.” Friday, December 26 Feast of Stephen, the first martyr Speaking truth to power Saint Stephen was both a martyr and a prophet as he challenged his fellow Jews to stop being “stiff-necked” people who, just as their ancestors had done, resist the Holy Spirit. Such courageous witness changes lives. Saul (later Saint Paul) was a young man present at Stephen’s stoning who started off persecuting the followers of Jesus and ended up leading them. Surely Stephen’s courageous witness helped Saul see the light. Who inspires your faith? Today’s readings: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Matthew 10:17-22 (696). “As they were stoning Stephen, he called out ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ ” Saturday, December 27 Feast of John, apostle, evangelist Treat one another divinely John the Evangelist is sometimes called “John the Divine” because of the sublimity of his vision of Jesus and God’s love. We see it in majestic phrases from his gospel such as “the Word became flesh,” or “God so loved the world,” or “Love one another.” Yet he also portrays Jesus as a warm, tender human being, weeping at a friend’s death or dancing at a wedding. Like John, you paint pictures of Jesus with your words, but more by how you treat others, how you put flesh on your faith by acts of kindness, forgiveness, and the good cheer we offer at Christmastime and, one hopes, all year round. Today’s readings: 1 John 1:1-4; John 20:1a and 2-8 (697). “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” Invest just five minutes a day, and your faith will deepen and grow—a day at a time. ©2014 by TrueQuest Communications. TakeFiveForFaith.com; 800-942-2811; [email protected] All rights reserved. Daily email sign-up and App available online. Art may be subject to additional copyright. Noncommercial reprints permitted with the following credit: Reprinted with permission from TakeFiveForFaith.com. Scripture citations from the New American Bible Revised Edition. Contributors: Alice Camille, Sister Colleen Gibson, S.S.J., Daniel Grippo, Father Larry Janowski, O.F.M., Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M., Jennifer Tomshack, Patrice J. Tuohy, Sister Julie Vieira, I.H.M.
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