ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH

615 Wyandotte - Po Box 364 - Meriden, Kansas 66512

Phone (785) 484-3312 -- E-mail to stalsmer@yahoo.com – Website: www.staloysiusinmeriden.org

Pastor: Fr. Jim Moster Parish Secretary: Samantha Stallbaumer

Fr. Jim Moster email: jmoster@archkck.org

Religious Ed. (K – 5th): Cassy Bevitt

Phone: (785) 484-3312

Religious Ed. (Jr. and Sr. High): Heather Roenne

Office Hours:

9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Baptisms -

Contact Pastor to schedule baptisms and preparatory classes.

Weddings -

Contact the Pastor, preparation for the sacrament takes 6-8 months prior to the wedding date.

Funerals -

Contact Pastor

Confessions -

7:15am – 7:45am Sunday mornings, 8:00am -8:15am Tues./Thurs., or by appointment


First Sunday of Advent: Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming whether in the evening , or at midnight or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'” - Mark 13:33-37

Watching or waiting? Which are we engaged in this Advent? Waiting implies passivity, a tacit acceptance of one's fate. This is not the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel account that begins today that we will read throughout the year. The sacred author propels his Gospel forward. From his language to the images he uses, to his style, Mark encourages us to press forward to the Cross. Watching is an active word. We are to be attentive. All our senses are alert and ready for Jesus to come into our lives and our world. So, which are we? Are our lives about a passive acceptance of events, or are we helping with the building of the Reign of God?

Sunday Prayer for Catholics 2017@ 2016 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, Ill. All rights reserved.

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CALENDAR FOR WEEK OF December 3, 2017


Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 8:10a.m. Rosary

8:30a.m. Mass – Intention for +Ernie Raugewitz

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 NO MORNING MASS

7:00p.m. Holy Day Vigil Mass – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (St. Aloysius)


Friday, Dec 8, 2017 7:00p.m. Holy Day Mass – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (St. Theresa)


Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 2:00-3:00p.m. Confessions at St. Aloysius

4:00-5:00p.m. Confessions at St. Theresa

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 8:00a.m. Mass – Intention for +Michelle Traxler

(Mass Hosted by Sixth and Second Grade Students)

9:15a.m. Religious Education

9:15a.m. First Reconciliation Retreat

To schedule a Mass for a special intention, special occasion or in remembrance of a loved one, contact the office at 484-3312. The usual offering is a $10 Mass stipend that goes to the general fund. No amount is required.

Invited: Thursday’s from 9:30am to 6:30pm is adoration, and you are welcome to come and spend some time in the presence of the Lord whether you sign up for a regular time or just come whenever you can.

We keep in our thoughts and prayers the sick and home bound of our parish, their families and caregivers, especially -- Louise Wykoop (sister to John Heuertz), Rachel Holthaus, Lynn Enneking (Marilyn Kahler's brother), Jim Debacker, Walt Foresman, Bob Hefner , Renee Art, Kathy Askland, Tucker Schreiner, Melvin & Judi Schreiner, Rose Moe, Connie Harper, Gerianne Harrington & Bob Foresman .

St. Aloysius Prayer Warriors (60 plus strong) pray for the needs of others. Prayer requests can be called or texted to Angie Rosebrough (785)231-9343 or emailed to angie.rosebrough@gmail.com.

Contact Angie for more information on how you can join this ministry!

DON'T FORGET - EXTRA INCOME FOR ST. ALOYSIUS

BRING YOUR ALUMINUM CANS TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING FOR RECYCLING!!!

HOW ARE WE DOING? FISCAL YEAR TO DATE 7/1/17- 6/30/18

Weekly Regular/Children/Plate

11/26/17

$1,920.63

YTD Regular Plate -

$60,394.85

Weekly Building Fund

11/26/17

$205.00

YTD Building Fund -

$4,985.00

Weekly other income

11/26/17

$290.00

YTD other income -

$24,055.31

(Does not include extra parochial collections or donations to specific agencies i.e. God's Storehouse etc.)


Total Income

$2,415.63

YTD Income

$89,435.16


Weekly Income Needed

$3,450.00

Income Needed

$75,900.00


Difference

-$1,034.37

Difference

$13,535.16


Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 8:00a.m. (If you are unable to meet your commitment, please find a substitute.)

Lectors:

1) Student 2) Student 3) Student

Eucharistic Ministers:

Dave Hurla, Merlyn Mahoney, Rita Kennedy, Bob and Rose Baker

Usher/Hospitality:

Students

Servers:

Students

Offertory:

Students


God's Storehouse has several requests for used larger items or unusual items. Here is a list of these items:Microwaves(3), Toaster Ovens(2), Mini Ref., 18qt Roasters(3), Vacuums(3), Pots and Pans(3), Bread Maker, Leaf Blower, Small child walker toy, potty chair, Stage 2 car seat, baby mattress, Used Laptop, Woodworking tools(jigsaw, sander, router), recliner, metal detector, air-purifier, steam mop, used gaming systems-Nintendo or Play Station 3, Floor Fan. If you have any of these items contact Nancy Boden at 785-246-2392 or see her after Mass.

BUY TICKETS TODAY for the Road to Rome Raffle. Proceeds benefit the lives and ministries of the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Conrad. More info: Check our bulletin board or go to RoadToRomeRaffle.com

Please return your gifts for The Giving Tree wrapped and with the tags attached to the outside by Sunday, December 10, 2017. Questions contact Bev Schuler at 785-249-2284. THANK YOU!!

Please continue to bring non-parishable food items for God's Storehouse, THANK YOU!

Please extend your congratulations to these 3 Knights for having attained 4th degree status: Bob Fritz, Gary Sutton and Wayne Fletcher

Jim and Linda Cummings would like to invite parishioners to stop by their house and enjoy the Christmas Light Display, please feel free to park and get out and walk around. Their address is 3933 102nd St, Meriden

The Cemetery Board is looking for someone with survey experience to help with a project for the St. Aloysius Cemetery. Contact John Kabus if you or someone you know could help.

Marriage Minute: Advent is very short this year, and it is intended to remind us that the Lord can come when we least expect it. Even if Christ does not return soon, our life could end sooner than we expect. This Advent, live your marriage with no regrets by telling your spouse: *What are you most grateful for about your spouse?* What are you most attracted to ?*What can you forgive in your spouse?* what can you ask for forgiveness? Consider the gift of a more joyful and intentional marriage for Christmas by attending the Every Day in Love Date Night on Jan 13, Register at www.archkck,.or/everyday.

ICARE Mass and Social at Most Pure Heart of Mary(3601 SW 17th St, Topeka) Saturday 12/9, 6-8:30pm.

Blessed, Broken & Shared, Finding GOD in Daily Life: Calling all Parents(or DRE's/Youth Ministers). Come hear Roy Petitfils talk about dealing with Teens when it comes to transgender and same sex attractions issues in today's world. Weds. Dec 6 from 6-7:00pm at Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 2014 NW 46th St. Topeka.

The Retirement Fund for Religious Collection will be next Sunday. Many Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priest served for years in Catholic schools, hospitals and parishes. - often for little to no pay. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious provides funding for medications, nursing care and more. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. Use your envelopes or make note in the memo line of your check, RFR. Thank you!

See the Bulletin Board for more information on the following and other events in the Topeka and Kansas City Area: *DATE NIGHT: Married Couples Night of Recollection, Thurs. Dec 7 6:30-7:30pm St. Peters's (KCMO) *St. Therese's Little Way Retreat Dec 16-17 Information at info@christspeace.com or call 913-773-8255