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Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, pope suggests


 

 

ROME - In the heart of Rome's high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth.

Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary's intercession so that, "in us, your children, grace also will prevail over pride, and we can become merciful like our heavenly Father is merciful."

In the day's Gospel reading, Luke 10:21-24, Jesus praises God the father for having "hidden these things from the wise and the learned ... and revealed them to the childlike." Read More

 

Parish & Community News

Christmas Mass Schedule

DEC. 24 - Christmas Eve Masses
5:00PM, 7:00PM, Midnight

DEC. 25 - Christmas Day Masses
9:00AM and 11:00AM

DEC. 31 - Mary, Mother of God
7:00PM

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


 

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.

CHRISTMAS opportunities to share with less fortunate folks abound:  Bring a unwrapped toy to the hall for the Schwinky Toy Collection, donate to the KOC Christmas Baskets, and/or drop off outerwear, socks, and blankets, beginning December 18, to the Giving Back Trailer in the K-Mart lot. May the blessings of Advent be yours! 


To raise funds for the Knights of Columbus' annual Christmas Basket drive, parishioner, fellow Knight, and local author Kenton Kilgore will be selling and signing copies of his novel,
LOST DOGS, about two pets on Kent Island, in the hall after morning Masses on December 7 and December 14. LOST DOGS is averaging 4.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon, and would be a perfect gift for dog-lovers, teen readers, and fans of science fiction.  Half of the proceeds will go to the Knights so that needy families will be able to enjoy a full Christmas dinner.


 

 


YOUTH GROUP FRUIT SALE
-The Youth Group fruit sale beginning pick up will be at St. Christopher's on Dec. 13 from 8:30-11:00.   For more info contact Mary Schmidt 410-604-1707 or ma4sch@aol.com. Thank you for supporting the your of our parish! 


 


 

Walking with Purpose


 

Candlelight Advent Social

Please join us...

Monday, December 15th at 7:00 pm



 

St. Christopher's Church (Parish Hall) in Chester, MD

Special Guest Speaker: Melissa Overmeyer
"Our Blessed Mother"
 

                                            

Just like Mary with child, as women, we need to prepare our hearts and soul for the Birth of our Savior! Please come and enjoy a beautiful evening in unique feminine fellowship. All WOMEN are welcome! Hors Douvres and Refreshments available. 

 

 

   Upcoming Events               

DECEMBER 18 & 19-Christmas Parties

DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 2-SCP Closed

JANUARY 12-16 Open House

JANUARY 19-SCP Closed

We would like to thank all of the parents for sending in cookies and helping to make Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. We couldn't not have done it without you!



KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LADIES AUXILIARY
-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.


 

"PARTICIPATION MATTERS" SERIES-Christmas,Advent: The third candle is lit on this day along with the first two. It is the Shepherds' candle, reminding that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. .   .   . "What's important to You?"  This can be an easy answer for some and a difficult one for others. As we celebrate the "coming of our King and Savior" during Advent, may you discover your answer to the question, "What's important to You?"  In the quiet of your heart, prepare for Christ's birth with prayer-Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces His glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for His coming.
 
http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/catholic-traditions-for-advent-and-christmas.html


SAVE THE DATE  - PILGRIMAGE PLANNING - World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia, beginning on September 21st. The preliminary agenda can be found athttp://www.catholicicing.com/Pope 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 After each Sunday Morning mass. In the Parish Hall

 

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-Please provide the dates you are not available for the January/February 2015 EM schedule to Joe Kline no later than Friday, December 19th.  Joe can be reached at (410)643-2972 or atjmkline@atlanticbb.net

Also, Sign Up Sheets for all our Christmas Masses and New Year's Day Masses are in the Priest Sacristy.

 

LECTORS-please provide dates that you are not available to serve during the months of January & February 2015 to Mark Schilling by Monday, December 15. You can email him @birds_whales@mac.com.
Also, there are Lector volunteer signup sheets for the Christmas & New Year's Day Masses in the Priest Sacristy.  

OUTREACHThank you for your continued support of our Outreach Program.  Remember in your prayers those who gave their lives defending this country during the attack on Pearl Harbor. And also pray for those men and women today who are ever ready to defend our freedom.

"O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren shield in danger's hour; From rock and tempest, fire and foe, Protect them wheresoe'er they go;"  Excerpt from "Eternal Father" Hymn (1860 by William Whiting)


 

HAVEN MINSTRIESThe winter shelter is open!  There are many ways to help, including cooking meals, helping with sign-in or working at the shelter between 6pm and midnight. Volunteer sign-up sheets are posted on our bulletin board in the hall near the Preschool Office. 

 

Check out Our Daily Thread Thrift Shop, located on Thompson Creek Road near Cracker Barrel. It's a great place to find Christmas decorations and gifts!  All proceeds benefit Haven Ministries. Contact Mary Jourdak at 410.643.5766 with any questions or to volunteer

 

Religious Education

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 atwww.stchristopherski.org or call Katie Sukley at 410-643-8489.


Inclement Weather Reminder: As we head into the winter season, this is a reminder to check the parish website for any weather related closings. We will also send out an e-mail announcement if CCD is cancelled due to inclement weather. If your email has changed please make sure to notify the Religious Ed Office so that we can update our records. You can also call the Religious Ed Office at 410-643-8489 to find out if there will be class. Thank you!

  

 

Upcoming Youth Events

December 13: FRUIT PICK UP

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

 

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