PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Bobbi Palmeri, Sherry Propheter, Irma Rhoney, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Sam and Allene Nalbone
By Their Family and
Bennie Cardinale Family
Hosts – In Memory of George Seastedt
By Wife Susan and Family
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Wine – In Memory of Georgio Marchini
By Gust and Dianne Calamunci
Hosts – In Memory of Patricia (McKeta) Carlson
MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Jack Kibler
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).
CHRISTMAS DECORATION FUND
In Memory of:_____________________________________
In Honor of:_______________________________________
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
4:00 (St. John) Philip and Joanna DeSantis by Ron and Kathy DeSantis
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
7:15 (SSPP) Marianne and Jeanne de la Cerda by de la Cerda Family
9:00 (St. John) Mary Mistretta by Mistretta Family
11:00 (SSPP) Rick Andzel, Anniversary by Dad, Mom, Brother, Sisters and Families
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28
12:10 (SSPP) Charlie Adams, Birthday by Ellen Adams
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
9:00 (St. John) Intentions of our Parishioners
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
St. Andrew, Apostle
12:10 (SSPP) Michael Felice by M/M Joseph Trusso, Jr.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
FIRST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction
12:10 (SSPP) Sam Colera by Gust and Dianne Calamunci
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
St. Francis Xavier
4:00 (St. John) James and Catherine Corkery and Family by Sally Corkery
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
Second Sunday of Advent
7:15 (SSPP) Philip and Joanna DeSantis by Ron and Kathy DeSantis
9:00 (St. John) Joseph and Mary Sobera by Jerry Holmes Family
11:00 (SSPP) Dorothy and Richard Olson by Larry and Betty Brown
We would like to welcome into our faith community, through the Sacrament of Baptism, AVA ALEXIS BAGLIA, daughter of Scott and Alexandra (Bishop) Baglia.
May Ava be filled with the Holy Spirit and received into the family of the Church, that she may walk with Christ and grow in the knowledge of His love.
WATCH FOR THE COLLECTION FIGURES
OF NOVEMBER 20TH
IN NEXT WEEKEND’S BULLETIN!
FIRST RECONCILIATION STUDENTS
Please keep the following children in your prayers as they receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation next Saturday, December 3rd: Anna Conley, Maylin Cuifolo, Mia DelPozzo, Evalyn Fessel, Ethan McNally, Karson Milne, Dylan Moore, and Britta Putney. We would also like to recognize Valerien Miller. He received First Reconciliation earlier due to the family moving out of town.
A special Thank You is extended to Valerie Scarpino who prepared these children for the Sacrament.
Each year during the seasons 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.
NEWS FROM CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS
Members of Court St. Gertrude #92 will soon be preparing their plates of scrumptious holiday cookie which will be sold after all Masses at SS. Peter and Paul and St. John Churches on the weekend of December 10th and 11th. A mixed variety, as well as Italian fig cookies will be available in plates of one and two dozen. Anyone wishing to place an advance order should contact Carm Ciancio at 664-5672 by December 7th.
THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR
Did you ever stop to think about the many different calendars by which we order our lives? Wickipedia defines a calendar as “a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes [which] is done by giving names to specific periods of time, typically days, weeks, months and years.” It goes on to note that calendar divisions are customarily synchronized with the cycle of the sun or moon and that the most commonly used calendar is that introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in the sixteenth century.
There are numerous calendar systems, the study of which is fascinating especially of those used for religious purposes. I write this because with the observance of the First Sunday of Advent we are beginning the new liturgical year, the structure of which is built around the commemoration of Jesus’ birth (Christmas) and the celebration of his resurrection (Easter). Just as in the 12 month calendar there are seasons identified by the relationship of the earth’s movement in relationship to the sun, so too in the liturgical calendar there are seasons identified in relationship to these two principal truths of the Christian faith.
The pattern of the Church’s calendar is that of a period of preparation for a feast followed by a period of celebration of the event. There are thus two principal “cycles” of the calendar: Advent-Christmas which we are now beginning and Lent-Easter which occurs during the first quarter of the Gregorian calendar year. The former is determined by a fixed date (December 25) whereas the later is determined by the movement of the moon in relationship to earth and thus varies from year to year.
Although identified by a fixed date, the two seasons of Advent and Christmas vary in length each year, depending on the day of the week on which the 25th occurs and when the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated! However, although determined by the phases of the moon, the seasons of Lent and Easter have a fixed number of weeks. In the interim between these two cycles there occurs the season of Ordinary Time which includes the weeks between the conclusion of the Christmas season and the beginning of Lent, and the weeks following the Easter season and the beginning of Advent. Are you confused yet?
Each of the seasons of the liturgical year has a certain focus on the living of our Christian faith which calls our attention to a particular dimension of our relationship to Christ. Advent, being a preparatory season, has a penitential aspect to it. The Scriptures for the first weeks direct our thoughts to the Second Coming of Christ and the need to prepare ourselves spiritually for the judgment this will bring. What better way to begin the liturgical calendar than with a good examination of conscience.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende