December 11, 2016

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

            Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Sherry Propheter, Irma Rhoney, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.

 

DECEMBER

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Wine – In Memory of Minnie and John Colera

By Children and Grandchildren

Hosts – In Memory of

Deceased Members of the Calamunci Family

By Gust Calamunci and Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of December 11th – 17th

In Memory of our Brother Frank Consiglio, Sr.

(Birthday and Anniversary)

By Gerri Mazzurco and Sam Consiglio

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Hosts – In Memory of Agostino “Gus” Pellerino

By Sally Corkery and Ted Bogdan

Sanctuary Light – Week of December 11th – 17th

In Memory of Joseph Giambra, Anniversary

By Children and Grandchildren

MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Nick Sabino

By Phil and Mary Ann Zimmer

By Gust and Dianne Calamunci

In Memory of Josie Marino

By Gust and Dianne Calamunci

 

CHRISTMAS DECORATION FUND

We are once again accepting names in memory of or in honor of loved ones, living and deceased, for our Christmas flowers and decorations. Minimum donation is $15 and we will be purchasing plants to adorn St. John and SS. Peter and Paul Churches during the Christmas season. To place an order, fill out the coupon below. DEADLINE IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 19TH. Any requests received after Monday, December 19th cannot be honored! A special insert in the bulletin of Christmas Day, December 25th will list those remembered.

You may put your coupon with payment in a plain white envelope marked “Christmas Decoration Fund” and place it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office at 508 Cherry St., Jamestown. You can also drop your envelope in the mail slot on the front porch of the rectory (to the left of the front door).

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CHRISTMAS DECORATION FUND

______$15 ENCLOSED

 

In Memory of_________________________________________
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In Honor of___________________________________________
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Purchased by_________________________________________

 

Third Sunday of Advent

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

4:00 (St. John) Walt Roode, Birthday by Family

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

7:15 (SSPP) Marianne and Jeanne de la Cerda by de la Cerda Family

9:00 (St. John) Russ Germaine, Anniversary by Germaine Family

11:00 (SSPP) Charlie Adams, Birthday by Ellen Adams

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

12:10 (SSPP) Sal Calamungi by wife Irene and Family

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

St. Lucy

9:00 (St. John) Nina Palermo, Anniversary by Ron and Kathy DeSantis

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

St. John of the Cross

12:10 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

9:00 (St. John) Michael Welch, Anniversary by Linda and Keith Miller and Family

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

12:10 (SSPP) Lory Muscarella, Jr. by Parents Lory and Angie Muscarella

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

4:00 (St. John) Georgio, Gianna and Maria Marchini by Family

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

Fourth Sunday of Advent

7:15 (SSPP) Patricia (McKeta) Carlson by Family

9:00 (St. John) Pearl and Michael Farnella by Family

11:00 (SSPP) Dr. James A. Scarpino, Anniversary by son Dr. James M. Scarpino and Family

 

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS COOKIE HEAVEN

                This weekend you will think you’ve walked into cookie heaven! The ladies of Court St. Gertrude #92 have been working very hard baking cookies for today’s sale. Stop by the tables at the church entrances and take home something delicious.

The members of Court St. Gertrude #92 thank you for your support!

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, December 4th

            Main Collection                      $10,713.02

            Repair & Maintenance           $  1,893.00

            Total                                       $12,606.02

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

 

 

AGING AND RELIGIOUS NEED YOUR HELP!

            Senior Catholic sisters and brothers and religious order priests have offered their lives in service to others, educating the young, comforting the sick, seeking justice for the oppressed. Today, many are frail, elderly, and in need of assistance. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to furnish medications, nursing care, and other necessities. Please give generously to today’s second collection.

 

ADVENT

 

Each year during the season of Advent and Lent, parishes throughout the country participate in an initiative called, “The Light is on for You,” in which the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is made available at extra times. Here at Holy Apostles, in addition to the regularly scheduled 3:15 PM time every Saturday at St. John Church, Father Dennis will be available for confessions on Wednesday, December 7th at 3:45 PM at St. John Church (prior to the Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception), and on Wednesday, December 14th and Wednesday December 21st at 5:00 PM in the St. Joseph Chapel at SS. Peter and Paul Church.

In addition, we will have an ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE for all of the Jamestown area parishes on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Falconer, following which a number of priests will be available for confessions.

 

 

2016

END OF YEAR STATEMENTS

2016 End of Year Statements will be mailed out in January. If you would like a copy of what you have contributed to Holy Apostles Parish in 2016, call the parish office at 664-5703. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A STATEMENT IN THE PAST, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CALL. It will automatically be mailed to you.

FORGIVENESS

            It’s something we all need to receive and have to give from time to time in every aspect of our lives.  Who among us could say in all honesty and candor that we have not made mistakes, said things we regret, or acted in a way that was just stupid?  It’s painfully obvious from the world in which we live that human beings are not perfect and are regularly in need of forgiveness.  Yet in order to receive it we must be aware of what has put us in the situation and then ask for pardon from those we’ve offended.  Jesus taught about this on many different occasions and made it part of the prayer he taught his disciples in the petition which asks God to “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

During Advent, when we are preparing both for the commemoration of Jesus’ birth and for his second coming, forgiveness is an important consideration in determining how we understand our responsibilities as Catholics and how ready we are to greet him when he comes in glory.  We are blessed to have a ritual form through which we can ask for and receive pardon from our Lord himself for things we have done or neglected to do that compromise our ability to live according to his teachings.  I’m referring, of course, to the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in which we receive absolution from sins that we confess with contrition and the intention to amend our lives.

Although we can “go to confession” at any time throughout the year (parish priests customarily are available each week at a set time and place for those who wish to receive the sacrament), Advent is a particularly appropriate time to do so.  Indeed, the recently introduced practice called “The Light is on for you” expends the regularly scheduled times for confessions during this season.  The days, times, and locations here at Holy Apostles Parish are noted in this bulletin.  As well, it is a custom for parishes located in close proximity to each other to join together for a “Penance Service” during Advent.  Our Service for the greater Jamestown area will take place this Monday, December 12, at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Falconer.

Many people have made it a regular practice to attend such Services and to receive the sacrament afterwards.  If you have never been to a Penance Service I would encourage you to join us.  Even if you do not perceive a need to receive sacramental absolution, gathering together to pray for the grace of forgiveness will strengthen our faith and put us in mind of the Lord’s encouragement to consider how faithful we are to God in our day to day affairs.  It’ s so easy to get caught up in the frenetic activities of this time of year that we often fall into saying and doing things that are contrary to the faith we profess.  A good dose of forgiveness might just be in order, and is even more important than getting all the shopping done and the cards mailed!

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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