Books will be available in the gathering space this week. We ask that you take an Advent book home and start using it November 30.
There are also Advent books for children and we encourage you to read the book with your children and make the projects a family activity. You will also find a magnet to place in your home as a reminder to keep Christ in Advent and this Christmas season.
2 MANGER FOR THE CHRIST CHILD
ST. MARY’S IS AGAIN PREPARING THE MANGER FOR THE CHRIST CHILD.
For each good deed you perform during Advent, we ask that you place
one piece of string in the basket in the back of church.
That basket will be brought forward with the other gifts during Mass
and the string will then be placed in the manger.
In this way we will prepare a loving place for Jesus to lie, not only in the manger, but also in our hearts.
Suggested good deeds:
Smile at someone who looks sad.
Say “I love you” to your spouse.
Buy a gift for the poor.
Say, “Hello,” to your neighbor.
Say a prayer for those you do not get along with.
Invite a friend to attend Mass with you.
Spend time in front of the tabernacle and pray for someone who has caused you suffering.
3 ANGEL TREE
The Angel Tree
New This Year - - - The Committee would like the donation of stocking stuffers for the bags. Remember that the children we serve are always in need of the basics of life. Suggestions for stuffers would be: Tooth brush, shampoo, brush, comb, body spray, deodorant, school supplies, socks, gloves, underwear, hats, candy. These items are just added to the bags before distribution to the schools.
If you are unable to shop, monetary donations will be accepted, & the committee will do the shopping for you. You may drop the donation in the collection or leave it at the office and mark it “Angel Tree”.
Names will be on the tree after Thanksgiving.
Contact people for this project are:
Mary Ann Magers –466-2685, Kit Kirby – 217-714-2645, and Marian Mattingly – 466-5055.
Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.