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<ul><li><p> St. Marys, Avoca St. Patricks, Walnut Father Thomas Dooley, Pastor Rectory Phone: 712-343-6948 </p><p>Jane True, Secretary Parish Hall/Office 712-343-6951 </p><p>Website www.stmarysavoca.org e-mail smpavoca@walnutel.net </p><p>Faceboook - facebook.com/smspchurches Fr. Dooley smpriest@walnutel.net </p><p>Vocations Website VocationsOnline.org </p><p> December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent Todays Scripture </p><p>Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11: The Lord will make the house of David secure forever. </p><p>Romans 16:25-27: The Gospel in now making clear the endless mystery of the ages. </p><p>Luke 16:26-38: The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and bear a son. </p><p>Sunday, December 31: Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12; Luke 2:22-40. </p><p>Mass Schedule for December 26 - January 2, 2018 </p><p>Tues. 12/26 8:30 a.m. Peace Haven, Walnut Melissa Martin Wed. 12/27 10:00 a.m. Elk Horn Nursing Home Janet Freeman Thurs. 12/28 5:45 p.m. St. Marys, Avoca Melissa Martin Fri. 12/29 8:30 a.m. St. Marys, Avoca Robert ONeill Sat. 12/30 5:30 p.m. St. Marys, Avoca Deb Kock Karstens Sun. 12/31 8:00 a.m. St. Marys, Avoca All Parishioners 10:30 a.m. St. Patricks, Walnut Gene Hoffmann Family Mon. 01/01 9:00 a.m. St. Marys, Avoca Robert ONeill </p><p>Normal Weekend Mass Schedule: </p><p>Saturday: 5:30 p.m. St. Marys </p><p>Sunday: 8:00 a.m. St. Marys (1-3-5) </p><p> St. Patricks (2-4) </p><p>Sunday: 10:30 a.m. St. Marys (2-4) </p><p> St. Patricks (1-3-5) </p><p>Reconciliation (Confessions): </p><p>Saturday &amp; Sunday before Mass </p><p>From Father Dooleys Desk </p><p>Dear Parishioners at St. Marys and St. Patricks, </p><p> It is almost time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son </p><p>of Mary. Have you ever wondered why we believe that Jesus is the Son of God? It seems </p><p>rather improbable that the second person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son, would come to be </p><p>one with us. </p><p> If we look at the Sacred Scriptures we see that everything that is said about God the </p><p>Father we can say about God the Son. When Jesus spoke about things He did it was with </p><p>great authority, not like the scribes. He even revealed the unity He shared with the Father </p><p>The Father and I are one. Jn. 10:30. He also revealed that He existed eternally when He </p><p>Spoke, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM. Jn. 8:58. Yes, Jesus is the Son </p><p>of God, the savior of the World. </p><p> We are celebrating more than just a birth, we are rejoicing in the fact that God has </p><p>united us to Himself. By Jesus coming in the flesh we are lifted up and become adopted </p><p>children of our Daddy God. God calls us to an intimate love. God desires that we come to </p><p>share fully in the love of the Blessed Trinity, now through our worship and forever in the life </p><p>to come. Just as the incarnation of the Son took place in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, so </p><p>too at every Mass this incarnation is revealed in the mystery of the Eucharist. Christ is born </p><p>on the altar and offers to become one with us in our receiving of Holy Communion. This is </p><p>the promise to be united now and forever with God. </p><p> It does seem improbable that God would stoop down to our level, but He did. This is </p><p>how much the Father loves us. By assuming our nature in the person of the Son, God lifted us </p><p>up to be one with Him now in the sacrament of the Church and for all eternity. This is the </p><p>reason to have hope, that God loves us and wants to share in the happiness of Heaven. </p><p> Blessings, </p><p> Father Dooley </p><p> QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT </p><p>What do I believe about Jesus as the Son of God? Am I living a faith filled life so to be </p><p>united to God now and for all eternity? How does Jesus change my life? </p><p> ROSARY QUOTE </p><p>To recite the rosary is nothing more than to contemplate with Mary the face of </p><p>Christ. St. John Paul II, pope </p></li><li><p>THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE December 25 - January 1 </p><p>Sunday, December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent * There will be no 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Marys, Avoca. </p><p>* Christmas Eve Mass is at 4:00 p.m. at St. Marys, Avoca. </p><p>Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day </p><p>* Christmas Day Mass is at 9:00 a.m. at St Patricks, Walnut. </p><p>Sunday, December 31 - Feast of the Holy Family </p><p> Monday, January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God </p><p>* Mass is at 9:00 a.m. at St Marys, Avoca. </p><p> UPCOMING EVENTS Family Catechesis #5 is Wednesday, January 3rd beginning with dinner at </p><p> 6:15 p.m. and Formation w/parents from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Child care is provided. </p><p> 2nd Grade RE Class #8 is Sunday, January 7th from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at </p><p> St. Marys. </p><p> High School (9-12) Religious Education Class #12 is Wednesday, January 10th </p><p> beginning with Mass at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Class from 7 - 8 p.m. at </p><p> St. Marys. </p><p>ST. MARYS NATIVITY - Please take time to stop at the altar and view the beautiful </p><p>hand-painted Fontanini Nativity pieces commemorating the Birth of the Christ Child. </p><p>LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC CDS are available for purchase in the entryway of St. </p><p>Marys and St. Patricks. </p><p>FORMED has inspiring movies and video based studies, audio presentations and e-books </p><p>from the Churchs most compelling speakers and authors. FORMED has been call a </p><p>Catholic Netflix. Our parishes have invested in FORMED so each of us might grow in our </p><p>relationship with Jesus Christ and in our desire to share our Faith with others, especially </p><p>those closest to us. All parishioners have free access to FORMED 24/7. To get started </p><p>GO TO: FORMED.org, the Parish Code is R2Z2VN, then create your account. The </p><p>Adult Faith Committee thanks Fr. Dooley for his encouragement. Committee members are </p><p>here to help with FORMED. Contact Nancy Holtz, Lynne Carroll, Cindy Gross, or Mary </p><p>Pearson with questions or for help if needed. </p><p>FORMED PICK OF THE WEEK The Mystery of Christmas by Fr. Larry Richards. </p><p>With humor, compassion, and clarity, Fr. Larry illuminates the true joy of Christmas and </p><p>inspires us to better recognize, receive and respond to Gods immense love for us. </p><p> OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY to Rose Sternberg and her family. Roses sister, Theresa </p><p>Sonntag, died December 18, 2017. </p><p>RADIX is a retreat for 12th graders, held on February 2nd - 4th and March 2nd - 4th beginning </p><p>Friday evening at 6 :00 p.m. until Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas More Center. The retreat </p><p>is created to give you a weekend of reflecting on what your foundations in faith are, and how to </p><p>continue growing in your life with Christ. It is a weekend that is relaxing, prayerful, and fun! For </p><p>more information go to www.dmdiocese.org/radix.cfm. </p><p>FANNING THE FLAME is a new retreat for 9th &amp; 10th graders on Saturday, February 10th at </p><p>the Thomas More Center from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. created to give you a day of discovering how </p><p>God is calling you to sainthood, in particular throught reflection on how the Holy spirit is moving </p><p>in your life and in the lives of your peers. It will be a relaxing Saturday of Faith, fun and friend-</p><p>ship! To register go to www.dmdiocese.org/fanningtheflame.cfm. </p><p>COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM - is responsible for The Good Guys Fund, Travelers Aid </p><p>Program, Angel Tree and other assistance programs. Meetings are 4 times a year. The next </p><p>meeting is Sunday, January 28th at noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, Avoca and the agenda is </p><p>election of new officers. Jane HayesJohnk and Rhonda Hope are going off and Father is looking </p><p>for a representative from each parish. Please contact Father if you are interested. </p><p>KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS &amp; MASSES: Kenneth Suhr, Doris (Jeannie) Mertz, LaVern </p><p>Mertz, Carol Porter, Alice Lamer, Jodi Jacobsen, Betty Markham, Max Klindt, Rachel Mez, Doyle </p><p>Gilland, Helen Dea, Mike DAngelo, Sharon Sorrells, Marie Suhr, Theresa Blum, John OKeefe, </p><p>Janet Doyle Antony, Lori Reinig, Mitch Osborn, Judy Willoughby, Tim Tuel, Robert Stuart, </p><p>Roland McLaughlin, Monica McLaughlin Merryman, James Hoffmann, Bud VanCamp, Cole </p><p>Geraghty, Eleanor Brown, Marcus Upton, Shelly Mattox, Ted Aikman, Dan Noonan, Angela </p><p>Brisbois, Darla Snyder, Ethel Thomas, Gordon Gladdin, Leona Bladt, Lillie Sue Mace, Nathan </p><p>Hall, Nancy Blum, Sherman Snyder, Carol Gubbels. </p><p>TITHES: St. Mary: 12/17 Tithes $1453; Plate $84.00 St. Patrick:12/17 Tithes $565; Plate $91. </p><p> St. Patricks Breakfast: January 14: Judy &amp; Steve Griffin, Donna &amp; Dave Muell. </p><p>Ministry 12/30 SM 5:30 p.m. 12/31 SM 8:00 a.m. 12/31 SP 10:30 a.m Lector JennieMaassen Lector Bernitta Goettsch Lector Judy Griffin </p><p>Comm Carmella Pigneri Comm Robert Prokupek* Comm Cindy Gross </p><p> Deb McCarthy Melody Cordes* Julie Gross </p><p> Nancy Gress Ron Kenkel Randy Sandbothe </p><p>Servers Kaden Schmitz Servers Grace Luna Servers Lane Muell </p><p> Noah Bartunek Henry Luna </p><p> Jordan Bartunek Isabel Luna </p><p>U/G Larry Friederich U/G Andy Messerschmidt U/G Denny Book </p><p> Dave Sternberg Ron Kenkel Nathan Renz </p><p>Gifts Cassie Johnson Family Gifts J. Kenkel/D. Suedkamp Family </p></li></ul>

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