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St. Christopher's Church is dedicated to bringing God's people to Christ through the sacraments of the Catholic church, devotions, prayer, community support and service.  


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1st Sunday of Advent

December 8th - 
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary- Masses will be at 7:15AM, 8:30AM and 7PM on Monday, December 8. This IS a Holy Day of Obligation.


Penance Service -
There will be a parish penance service on Wednesday, Dec 18, beginning at 7:00pm Several Priest will be on hand to hear individual confessions following the service.  



DO YOU LOVE TO SING CHRISTMAS MUSIC?We do too! If you or your children love to sing Christmas Music - come and join us and be a part of the beautiful Christmas masses!  No auditions - just come and join us for practice. CHILDRENS'S CHOIR: 6:00 Thursdays in the church.  Will sing at the 5:00PM mass Christmas Eve Mass. ADULT CHOIR: 7:00 Thursdays in the church.  Will sing at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. TEEN CHOIR & GUITAR GROUP:  Contact Maryalice for more information. Will sing at the 7:00PM Christmas Eve Mass. For more information contact Maryalice


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS-This is the 19th year of the Knights of Columbus Christmas Baskets.  Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from 10am to 2pm, the Knights of Council #7941 will be distributing about 80 baskets to the ones in need in our community.  We need your help!!!  Envelopes with the Knights of Columbus Box address will be on the sides of the Church. Please give what you can, God Bless, Larry Houck, Grand Knight.



YOUTH GROUP FRUIT SALE-The Youth Group will be sponsoring a bulk fruit sale beginning Nov. 8 with pick up at St. Christopher's on Dec. 13 from 8:30-11:00. Fruit makes wonderful Christmas gifts! Order forms available in church hall Nov. 8-Dec. 1. The Youth Group benefits from every box you order! You may download an order form here.   For more info contact Mary Schmidt 410-604-1707 or Thank you for supporting the your of our parish! 



"It has brought peace, a greater faith, and perspective on

        what is truly important"-participant St. Christopher's 


Monday Night December 1st, Lesson 9

        "Balance through Rest"


Thursday Morning December 8th, Lesson 8

       "Balancing in your Schedule"

We are still registering for our new course!  To register for  Keeping in Balance: Creating Order Within  go to (we are on the Community Life Page)  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:; 301-343-8408  or go to


Join us for a morning of fun and yummy treats




· Lots of fun and activities planned!

· Santa will be available for photos!

· Please bring your camera!

Please bring an unwrapped toy which
will be donated to a local charity

Saturday, December 6th; 10:00-12:00

Tickets are $5.00 for adults & children over 2 Children under 2 are free


-The Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their annual Advent Wreath, Candles, Christmas Card and Ornament Sale beginning after all masses, including Saturday evenings, starting Saturday, November 8th and ending Sunday, December 14th.



HAT AND SCARF PROJECTNovember 2-December 14th  -The Ladies Auxiliary will be meeting in the church hall on Sundays, from November 2nd until December 14th between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to knit or crochet scarves and hats for the homeless shelter. Parishioners are welcomed to come and help with this project. Crochet hooks and yarn will be available for those who wish to participate. If anyone has unused or unwanted yarn they wish to donate to this project, please drop it off to the ladies during this time.



If you would like to have your Thanksgiving food blessed, please bring it to the 7:15 or 8:30 AM Mass on Thanksgiving day November  27.


CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Zimmerman for being awarded the Bishop's Medal of Merit on October 26, 2014.  Mr. Zimmerman is a CPA and a long-time member of our parish finance council.  He also assists the parish in preparing our annual report and budget, federal and state tax submissions, and other accounting related tasks.


3RD ANNUAL BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICEat St. Polycarp, 3 pm on Dec. 7.  Service will include hymns, Scriptures and a short reflection by Fr. Tom Flowers, and intercessions.  Worshippers will light memorial candles as the names of deceased loved ones are read aloud.  The service is especially helpful to those who will spend their first Christmas without a loved one. 

Children age 5 and up can join us for a Pajama party with pizza to watch "The Polar Express" movie.  We invite the parents to stay or to Take Some Time to go Christmas shopping, wrap gifts, or simply enjoy a relaxing evening.  Adult supervision will be present throughout. Cost is $5 per child.  You must pre-register for this event.  To register, click the movie picture above or please contact; Celinda Carr (240) 882-4694 or


"PARTICIPATION MATTERS" SERIESLove, As members of a Catholic faith community, we recognize God's unconditional love to be our source of love.  In Jesus' vision of the reign of God, he saw divine love embracing all humanity and honoring the basic equality of each person - this is inclusive love.  Christ's sacrifice - His passion, death and resurrection - inspire us to self-sacrifice in our acts of love for others.  Faith and hope promise us a better future and encourage us to do acts of love for others. (John 13:34-35)


SAVE THE DATE  - PILGRIMAGE PLANNING - World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia, beginning on September 21st. The preliminary agenda can be found at Francis is planning on attending.  If you are interested in coordinating a St. Christopher's pilgrimage to the event, contact Catherine Roach @ 410.739.5981.




Donuts There will be no donuts the weekend of November 30. We will be back the following weekend.




COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FOOD PROGRAM-Feed A Family is celebrating 10 years of service within our local community. Thanks to you and other turkey tag takers, we served 330 families last Thanksgiving. There are many ways to participate, but choosing a tag representing a family is a great first step! You can find our Turkey Tree display in the foyer of the Parish Center. Sign out a tag or two and follow directions on the back of the tag. 



Attention Lectors The new Workbooks for Lectors for the coming liturgical year are available In the Sacristy.  Please pick your copy up as soon as possible.


OUTREACHOur Food Bank is in need of canned fruit, hearty soups, Jelly (we have the peanut butter), and those little boxes of cereal that come in multi-packs (for the backpack kids). 

"(Jesus spoke) You are the light of the world......let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matt 5: 14 and 16)


HAVEN MINSTRIESHaven Ministries Homeless Shelter Opens December 1, 2014 at KIUMC. Volunteers are needed for shifts, meal preparation, food donations and laundry duty. Contact Mary Jourdak at 410.643.5766 with any questions or to volunteer.



Religious Education


 I hope everyone has a blessed & happy Thanksgiving! Just a reminder there will be NO CCD today Sunday, November 30th. Classes will resume Wednesday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 7th



Sign-ups for the Christmas Pageant are now available in all the classrooms. Click here for  Online Registration. The Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 14th at 6:30PM. Pre-K through 8thgrade is welcome to participate! If your child would like to participate in the Pageant this year please sign-up in the classroom. For more information check out the parish website or call Katie Sukley at 410-643-8489.


Confirmation:Reminder: Next weekend, Sunday, December  7thall 8th grade students will be going to Mass together as a class. If your child attends the 8AM session their class will be attending the 9AM Mass. If your child attends the 9:30AM session their class will be attending the 11AM Mass. Students will be dismissed at the end of Mass.


Upcoming Youth Events

November 30: No Youth Group

December 7: GAME NIGHT

December 13: FRUIT PICK UP

December 14: No Youth Group (Christmas Pageant)
     December 21 & 28: No Youth Group


Thanks to everyone that helped with Feed A Family!

The Teen Choir will be singing at 5 pm Mass tonight, then at 6 pm, it will be GAME NIGHT at Youth Group.

The Youth Group's annual Fruit Sale is happening NOW! Orders are due December 1, and pickup will be December 13. We thank you for your support!

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