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  • St. Marys, Avoca St. Patricks, Walnut Father Thomas Dooley, Pastor Rectory Phone: 712-343-6948

    Jane True, Secretary Parish Hall/Office 712-343-6951

    Website www.stmarysavoca.org e-mail smpavoca@walnutel.net

    Faceboook - facebook.com/smspchurches Fr. Dooley smpriest@walnutel.net

    Vocations Website VocationsOnline.org

    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)

    Reconciliation (Confessions):

    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.

    Blessings,

    Father Dooley

    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?

    ROSARY QUOTE

    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

    St. Marys.

    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.

    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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