St. Marys, Avoca St. Patricks, Walnut Father Thomas Dooley, Pastor Rectory Phone: 712-343-6948
Jane True, Secretary Parish Hall/Office 712-343-6951
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December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent Todays Scripture
Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11: The Lord will make the house of David secure forever.
Romans 16:25-27: The Gospel in now making clear the endless mystery of the ages.
Luke 16:26-38: The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and bear a son.
Sunday, December 31: Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12; Luke 2:22-40.
Mass Schedule for December 26 - January 2, 2018
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
Normal Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. St. Marys
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. St. Marys (1-3-5)
St. Patricks (2-4)
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. St. Marys (2-4)
St. Patricks (1-3-5)
Saturday & Sunday before Mass
From Father Dooleys Desk
Dear Parishioners at St. Marys and St. Patricks,
It is almost time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son
of Mary. Have you ever wondered why we believe that Jesus is the Son of God? It seems
rather improbable that the second person of the Blessed Trinity, the Son, would come to be
one with us.
If we look at the Sacred Scriptures we see that everything that is said about God the
Father we can say about God the Son. When Jesus spoke about things He did it was with
great authority, not like the scribes. He even revealed the unity He shared with the Father
The Father and I are one. Jn. 10:30. He also revealed that He existed eternally when He
Spoke, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM. Jn. 8:58. Yes, Jesus is the Son
of God, the savior of the World.
We are celebrating more than just a birth, we are rejoicing in the fact that God has
united us to Himself. By Jesus coming in the flesh we are lifted up and become adopted
children of our Daddy God. God calls us to an intimate love. God desires that we come to
share fully in the love of the Blessed Trinity, now through our worship and forever in the life
to come. Just as the incarnation of the Son took place in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, so
too at every Mass this incarnation is revealed in the mystery of the Eucharist. Christ is born
on the altar and offers to become one with us in our receiving of Holy Communion. This is
the promise to be united now and forever with God.
It does seem improbable that God would stoop down to our level, but He did. This is
how much the Father loves us. By assuming our nature in the person of the Son, God lifted us
up to be one with Him now in the sacrament of the Church and for all eternity. This is the
reason to have hope, that God loves us and wants to share in the happiness of Heaven.
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
What do I believe about Jesus as the Son of God? Am I living a faith filled life so to be
united to God now and for all eternity? How does Jesus change my life?
To recite the rosary is nothing more than to contemplate with Mary the face of
Christ. St. John Paul II, pope
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE December 25 - January 1
Sunday, December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent * There will be no 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Marys, Avoca.
* Christmas Eve Mass is at 4:00 p.m. at St. Marys, Avoca.
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
* Christmas Day Mass is at 9:00 a.m. at St Patricks, Walnut.
Sunday, December 31 - Feast of the Holy Family
Monday, January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
* Mass is at 9:00 a.m. at St Marys, Avoca.
UPCOMING EVENTS Family Catechesis #5 is Wednesday, January 3rd beginning with dinner at
6:15 p.m. and Formation w/parents from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Child care is provided.
2nd Grade RE Class #8 is Sunday, January 7th from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at
High School (9-12) Religious Education Class #12 is Wednesday, January 10th
beginning with Mass at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Class from 7 - 8 p.m. at
ST. MARYS NATIVITY - Please take time to stop at the altar and view the beautiful
hand-painted Fontanini Nativity pieces commemorating the Birth of the Christ Child.
LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC CDS are available for purchase in the entryway of St.
Marys and St. Patricks.
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