Saint George Church - A Community of Ministries Page 2 Parish Information 40 Brattle Street, Worcester, MA 01606 phone: 508-853-0183 fax: 508-854-0864 email: office@ saintgeo.com Website: www.saintgeo.com Eucharist Schedule: Vigil (Saturday): 4:00 PM Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 AM Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Baptism: Once a month at 12:30 PM. Call Ruth Viens, Coordinator at 508-852-5658 to make arrangements. Penance: Saturday - 3:15 to 3:45 PM or by appointment. Marriage: Arrangements, including date and time, must be made one year in advance with a priest. One of the couple must have been a registered member of the Parish for at least six months. Anointing of the Sick and Communion Calls: Members of the family should notify the Rectory whenever a parishioner becomes confined at home, in a nursing home, a hospice or in the hospital. Registration: New parishioners are always welcome! Please call Annie Doyle at the Rectory to register. Pastoral Staff: Rev. Ronald Falco, Pastor; Rev. Michael Lavallee, Associate; Norbert Archibald, Deacon Safe Environment Coordinator: Margaret Moynahan Church Office: Joan Koppenal, Secretary Parish Outreach: Ann R. Doyle, Coordinator Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tues. & Thurs.9:00 AM to 4:00 PM closed Fridays Religious Education: 508-852-1784 - Elementary & Junior High: Margaret Moynahan, Coordinator Senior High: Kevin Cusack, Coordinator Confirmation: Susan Pacek, Coordinator Music Ministry: Michael Lizotte, Director 508-854-0459 Bulletin Editor: Joan Koppenal, 508-853-0183 Newsletter Editor: Ruth Viens, 508-852-5658 Parish Mission Statement We, the parish community of Saint George, celebrate the presence of Christ in our lives. Central to our identity and together with the universal Catholic Church, we are nourished and sustained through the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist. We are inspired by the proclamation of the Word and guided by the Holy Spirit. As Catholic Christians, we continually seek to grow in a deeper understanding of our faith, to respect the sanctity of human life, and to respond to what Jesus asks of us in our time by sharing our gifts and partici- pating in parish activities. Eucharist and Prayers for the Sick Financial Information Please: Call to let us know if a family member or November 13/14 2010 neighbor is hospitalized, homebound or ill. We can ar- range to visit and bring Eucharist. Remember that due 4:00 PM: $1367.50 Weekly Total: to HIPAA regulations, unless you allow the hospital or 78 envelopes $9018.56 health care institution to release information and list St. 7:30 AM: $1191.50 313 envelopes, George’s as your religious affiliation, we are not told 58 envelopes 6 Online gifts and cash that you are a patient. We call the area hospitals each 9:00 AM: $2336.56 Repair Fund week to see if any of our parishioners are hospitalized. 74 envelopes $293.00 Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 11:00 AM: $1424.00 11 envelopes, 1 Online 49 envelopes gift Coffee Shop Captain Mail: $2416.00 Air Conditioning 54 envelopes $200.00 December 12, 2010 1 envelope Kevin Cusack: 508-829-6886 Online Giving: $283.00 Fuel Collection (to date) 6 monthly gifts Please join us in the Hall after Mass on $3996.55 Sunday for coffee, donuts and fellowship! Our Weekly Financial Goal is $7,750: This week we Altar Ministries achieved 116.4% of our goal. Thank you for your We are thankful to the Altar Servers and Ministers of generous support. Holy Communion from TEAM B who will serve at our Masses next weekend. Thank you for sharing your time & talents with our Community of Ministries. December 5, 2010: Second Sunday of Advent Page 3 Mass Intentions Parish Calendar Women’s Guild Raffle Tickets on Sale after all Masses Saturday, December 4: Vigil Saturday, December 4: 4:00 PM In memory of Joseph Lobo by family 8:00 PM AA Hall Sunday, December 5 Second Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 5: 7:30 AM For the Community of St. George 8:00 AM Coffee Shop Hall 9:00 AM Memorial for Jeffrey Tagman by 9:00 AM Children’s Liturgy Conf. Rm Carol & Bill Grigas 9:00 AM Toddler Liturgy Hall Religious Education Mass 6:00 PM Religious Ed Gr. 9-10 Center 11:00 AM Memorial for Mary Howard by her 7:00 PM Confirmation Class Center/Hall husband Wayne & family Monday, December 6: Monday, December 6: St. Nicholas 4:00 PM Religious Ed Gr. 1-5 Center 8:00 AM For the peace & happiness of 6:30 PM Religious Ed Gr. 6-8 Center Lorraine Balthazor 8:00 PM Pieta Reception Hall 7:00 PM Pieta Bereavement Mass Tuesday, December 7: Tuesday, December 7: St. Ambrose 10:00 AM Liturgy Committee Rectory 8:00 AM For the departed souls 4:00 PM Religious Ed Gr. 1-5 Center Wednesday, Dec. 8: The Immaculate Conception 6:30 PM Weight Loss Group Center 8:00 AM For our parishioners in need of prayers 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal Church 12:10 PM For those who bring Eucharist to the Wednesday, December 8: sick & homebound 4:00 PM Religious Ed Gr. 1-5 Center 7:00 PM For the expectant families of our parish 6:30 PM Daughter of Isabella Hall Thursday, December 9 : St. Juan Diego 7:00 PM Bible Study Center 8:00 AM Memorial for Cindy Block by her family 7:00 PM Widow/Widowers Center Friday, December 10: St. Francis Xavier Thursday, December 9: 8:00 AM In memory of James Bergin 6:30 PM Family Prayer Church Saturday, December 11: Vigil 7:00 PM Encyclical Reflections Conf. Rm 4:00 PM Memorial for Betty Frew by Virginia Friday, December 10: Keith & Barbara Welch Saturday, December 11: Christmas Pagent 8:00 PM AA Hall Sunday, December 12 Third Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 12: 7:30 AM Month’s Mind for Anne Morrone by 8:00 AM Coffee Shop Hall Linda Mulhearn 9:00 AM Children’s Liturgy Conf. Rm 9:00 AM Memorial for Charles & Adelle Tagman 9:00 AM Toddler Liturgy Hall by Carol Gingas & family 10:00 AM Men’s Club Hall Religious Education Mass 10:15 AM Homeschooling Gathering Conf. Rm 11:00 AM 5th Anniversary for Helen Shea by the 6:00 PM Religious Ed Gr. 9-10 Center Frew family 7:00 PM Confirmation Class Center/Hall We Commend to your Prayers Scripture for the week of December 5, 2010 Eleanor Bagin, sister of our parishioner, Carol Tubridy 5 Sun Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12 May the Angels lead her into Paradise 6 Mon Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26 7 Tue Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14 Electronic Giving 8 Wed Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/ Online Giving is the electronic giving pro- Lk 1:26-38 gram that Saint George’s is using. If you 9 Thu Is 41:13-20/Mt 11:11-15 are interested in making your gift electroni- 10 Fri Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19 cally please e-mail Anne Good at 11 Sat Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13 firstname.lastname@example.org or 12 Sun Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/ email@example.com or call her at 508-869-9982. Mt 11:2-11 Free Donut Tickets for Children’s Liturgy Second Collection The Men’s Club will be offering “Free Donut Tickets” Next weekend, the collection for the Retirement for to all participants to the “Children’s Liturgy” during the Religious will be taken up at all Masses. Please see the 9:00 AM Mass next Sunday. The children will be given the tickets while at the Liturgy to be redeemed Bishop McManus’ letter on page 6 for information after Mass. Best Wishes to our young Catholics. about this important collection. Saint George Church - A Community of Ministries Page 4 Religious Education Pastoral Reflections Peg Moynahan 508-852-1784 My Friends in the Lord Jesus, This is a season of thankfulness and hope. Ad- Celebration of the Eucharist vent celebrates the Church’s thankfulness to God for the birth of Jesus, the beginning of salvation, and for We look forward to seeing all students and families the hope we share for future glory. Thankfulness at the next celebration of the Eucharist for all Reli- and hope are not only themes for the Season of Ad- gious Education students on Sunday, December 5, vent but for our lives as Christians as well. Thankful- at the 9:00 AM Mass. ness and hope are virtues which find a home in the heart of believers. Annual Mass I am thankful for the positive and effective re- to Honor and Remember our Children sponse to the Sharing our Blessings initiative in The Pieta Bereavement Support Group invites any- our parish. I am thankful because the positive re- one who has experienced the loss of a child to join sponse is indicative of the care and concern of our them in a special Mass celebrating the life of their people for our St. George parish. More important child on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 PM at St. George than just meeting our financial needs is the faith of Church. The Pieta group, formed in the Worcester our people which is the real stability of our parish. I Diocese in May, is modeled after a group in the am confident that with the faith of our people we can Archdiocese of Boston. The group meets the second move mountains. It is an exciting time for our parish. Monday of each month in the conference room in St. I am full of hope for the future. As we realisti- George Church hall to offer support to grieving par- cally and faithfully commit ourselves to St. George ents. The meetings are facilitated by bereaved par- parish we will continue to flourish, developing new ents. ministries as new demands and challenges present themselves. Hope is that wonderful virtue that points This Week… us toward a bright tomorrow with the Holy Spirit as Pray for those suffering from illness and their fami- our guide. Thankfulness and hope are virtues which lies, that in their time of trial they will know Christ’s we share as a parish. They are virtues which find a presence in a special way. home in the heart of believers. Fr. Ron Bulletin Deadlines Weekend of Due to the parish A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts grate- Dec. 18/19 Wednesday, Dec. 8 fully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible Dec. 25/26 Monday, Dec. 13 Jan. 2/3 Monday Dec. 20 and accountable manner, shares them in justice Please submit bulletin items by 5:00 PM on the due and love with all, and returns them with increase date. Items can be mailed or faxed to the Rectory or to the Lord. e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please call Joan Koppenal at the Rectory “Saints for Saint George” (508-853-0183). As of November 1, 87 of you have signed up to be “Saints” for Saint George by using Online Giving to Food for Thought manage your donations to our parish. Thank you for Looking to find a gift that will be appreciated by the re- making this decision. cipient and do good for others at the same time? Please consider purchasing Hope for Housing grocery cards for your family members, friends, workplace co- Men’s Club Meeting workers, as appreciation gifts to those who make your The monthly Men’s Club meeting will be held next life a little less difficult, company employees, and to add Sunday, December 12 in the Conference Room after to gift baskets, etc. If you haven’t been participating in HfH because you shop at other supermarkets, this is the 9:00 AM Mass. Men’s Club members and parish your time to support the program at no added cost to staff are welcome to attend. The coffee is on us!!!. you. Together we can help families in great need from becoming homeless. HfH supermarket gift cards are Why not dedicate the first hour of your available in many denominations downstairs after Mass from parish volunteers. A short walk down and two min- families' work week to God? utes of your time will change a family’s life. Thanks. December 5, 2010: Second Sunday of Advent Page 5 Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Family Ministry The Adorers of the Perpetual Adoration Ruth Viens, Coordinator - 508-852-5658 Chapel wish to thank Jesus in the Blessed Email : email@example.com Sacrament for these favors: 1. Grateful for the new job. Family Connection 2. Carolyn’s successful treatment for healing heart & body. As Christmas gets closer, sometimes "rest" can creep to last place on our family's to-do list. There's so much to do and we're so afraid that somehow The Chapel of the Perpetual Eucharist Adoration of Christmas will be less than perfect if we fall short. the Blessed Sacrament needs additional adorers. God certainly wouldn't mind if we just stop, pause, Call Deacon Archie at 508-847-3710 or 508-853-8169. rest and be quiet with him just for a minute and re- to sign up or if you have any questions. member how much he loves us Parish Outreach Annie Doyle - 508-853-0183 x12 Office hours Mon-Tue-Wed 9-5 firstname.lastname@example.org This Advent I look for signs that God is present in my daily life and I see: Barbara and her friend Patty who sewed and embroidered purificators for our altar, I know God is with us in their generosity. The McCarthy Family donated a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner Basket complete with the turkey, I am reminded that God is present as their mom teachers her daughters faith in action. Our Grade 10 Religious Education Students as- sembled gift baskets for St. Vincent De Paul families – Thanksgiving Cards included! Our God is with us in their thoughtfulness. Dick and Linda helped to deliver the Thanksgiv- Dealing with Grief during the Holiday Season ing food donations to St. Joan of Arc, they make Kathy Riley will be this weekend’s guest on the You God visible with their kindness. Are Not Alone broadcast hosted by Jim Kelley on St. George Boy Scout Troop 91 helped to clean Sunday, December 5 from 9 – 10 pm on WCRN the church attic, God is fully alive in their enthusi- 830AM or at www.wcrnradio.com. Having recently asm. received her certificate in grief counseling, Kathy and Jim will discuss her own grief journey and some of So many of you donated Thanksgiving food and the latest ideas about helping someone with be- took home gift requests from the Giving Tree, reavement, especially as we enter the holiday sea- your compassion convinces me that God is here son. among us. Norma continues to recruit and welcome others at the 4PM Mass. God who reaches out to us, is visible in her hospitality. Annual Christmas Food Drive On December 4 and 5 please bring Chris O’Neill continues to help sell grocery cards double-bagged or recyclable bags of to prevent homelessness. Surely God is with us in his faithfulness. non-perishable groceries and place them in the “well” around the altar. Gro- Liz made breads for our homebound parishion- ceries will be distributed to local food pan- ers. God who nourishes us is here in her joyful tries. Please include a seasonal treat. (and delicious) outreach. Thank you. Saint George Church - A Community of Ministries Page 6 A Letter from Our Bishop Thank You My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Daughters of Isabella wish to thank all parishion- ers and guests that helped make our French Meat Next weekend, December 11th and 12th, our par- Pie and Bake Sale a huge success. We wish to ishes will take the annual offering to support The Re- announce the lucky Raffle Winners - Bob Pike won tirement Fund for the Religious. I encourage your generosity in this special collection that assists our the wonderful fruit basket and Ruth Veins was retired religious priests, brothers and sisters who awarded the sleigh filled with delicious imported have offered their lives to the Lord in service to the chocolates. Congratulations! Church. In his 2010 World Day for Consecrated Life address, Sharing our Blessings: Good News Pope Benedict XVI underscored the unique role that We are pleased to announce that our parish received men and women religious play in our spiritual jour- 346 Commitment Forms during Sharing Our Bless- neys: “The very fact of being consecrated makes the ings Commitment Weekend. 167 households said consecrated person a 'bridge' to God for all who en- they would increase their offering, representing an counter him or her.” average increase of 40%. As we reflect on the role that religious have played in Many thanks to all that have participated. If you have the Church, we are reminded of the myriad ways not already made you commitment, Commitment these dedicated women and men serve as bridges of Envelopes are available at all exits. faith. Through their service in Catholic schools and parishes, religious offer a bridge to both academic knowledge and faith formation. Through their corpo- Boy Scout Troop 91 ral works of mercy, religious are bridges of hope, St. George’s Troop 91 collected 500 cans for the serving as instruments of God's love to the poor, the Food Pantry for Thanksgiving. Thank you to every- sick, the lonely, and the oppressed. one who donated. Religious men and women have heeded the call of the Lord by their witness to Gospel values and their commitment to serve those around them. Through Toys for Tots their ministries, they founded Catholic schools and Dear Parishioners, hospitals and launched initiatives that continue to support the most needy among us. In our challeng- The Marines of Detachment 911 along with the Boy ing world, they remain a visible sign of Christ's Scouts of our Parish are once again hosting the An- love. Today, tens of thousands of them are now eld- nual Toys for Tots Drive. Our drop off location is the erly, frail and in need of assistance. Their communi- Brattle Stop Market located at One Brattle, Worces- ties struggle to provide adequate care. ter. Please help us make Christmas dreams come true for as many children as possible. The Retirement Fund for the Religious supports these men and women who continue to shape the Thank you. lives and the faith of millions of Americans. It is im- portant that we offer our thanks to these religious who have influenced us so deeply. This Weekend’s Stewardship Thought Please be generous in this appeal. It represents an We must be good stewards of God’s gifts to us, re- opportunity to bring together our diocesan family in ceiving them gratefully and cultivating them with support of those who have served the Church as well care, lest we be the ones about whom John the Bap- our local communities. I am very grateful for your tist speaks today, cautioning us, “Every tree that support in the past. I ask you to bless our religious does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown with your gift again next weekend. into the fire.” With every prayerful best wish, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ, Women’s Guild Raffle Most Reverend Robert J. McManus Over 10 "Theme Baskets will be offered!!!!! Bishop of Worcester RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold after all Masses 12/4-12/5 and 12/11-12/12. The drawing will be held Pietá 12/12 after the 11:00 AM Mass. St. George Parish benefits from the efforts of the Guild. This raffle is a Is an ongoing support group for bereaved parents. major fundraiser, please support this project - Thank Anyone who has experienced the death of a child is you. welcome to attend. The next meeting will be Decem- ber 13 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Please join us. December 5, 2010: Second Sunday of Advent Page 7 Advent 2010 “God is with us” “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt.28:20 Giving Tree Ornament Distribution Giving Tree Reminder If you were not here last weekend and wish to participate in the Giving Tree, there are ornaments available on the tree for those in need. Please return your gift NEXT weekend December 12, 2010. Please wrap (using a gift bag is best) and label your gift as a toy for a girl or boy (or unisex); clothing for all ages need to be labeled with category (on the or- nament you took), item, size and gender. Please label your gift to identify what is inside. Please remember if you take one of the special request ornaments, it is very important to return the gift, as they are designated for a particular person. These labels are removed by the agency. If gifts are not labeled this way they have to be opened to see what is inside and re-wrapped. All gifts need to be returned by 11:00 a.m. next Sunday so that they can be sorted, bagged and delivered to the agencies. This time is very important as we need to deliver all the gifts Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. If you are going to be away next weekend, please drop your gift off before you go - the Church is open every day. If you are able to help sort and deliver the gifts, please call: Donna Connelly at 508-361-0829. Russian Icon Museum Christmas Schedule 2010 Tuesday, Dec. 7, leaving the Church parking lot at 11:30 AM. If interested please call Liz Woods at Evening of Quiet Reflection & 508-853-2499. Carpooling available. Cost: $5.00. Meditation with Reconciliation Lunch on your own. Monday-December 20 7:00-8:30 PM Advent Discussion December 24 Father Ron will lead a discussion on the Encyclical Vigil Letter of Pope Benedict XVI “Charity in Truth” Mass at 4:00 PM (Caritas in Veritate) Thursday evenings Dec. 9 and Mass at 10:30 PM 16 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Choir Concert at 10:00 PM December 25 Quiet Evening of Prayer and Reflection Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Monday, December 20, 2010 Mass at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. December 26 Advent is a time to quiet our hearts and minds and Holy Family Sunday reflect upon the coming of Christ in our lives. We are Mass at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM living in difficult, challenging times, but Christ’s love is ever present. His light shines upon us, bringing January 1 mercy, peace and hope. We invite you to set this Feast of Mary, Mother of the Lord evening aside for private prayer and reflection. Come 10:00 AM for the hour or for ten minutes, you are welcome. Epiphany Vigil 4:00 PM Come by yourself, bring a friend, start an Advent January 2 family tradition. With candlelight and quiet music, the Epiphany Sunday empty manger awaits the Christ child, Jesus, our Mass at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Redeemer. Come, let us pray. The healing Sacra- ment of Reconciliation will be available. Come, Christmas Pageant experience His love, mercy and peace. Our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the 4:00 PM Mass. All parishioners are invited to attend and help our youth celebrate the Advent season!
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