SECOND COLLECTION –
This collection will be on Sunday, December 15. If you would like to have a Christmas Poinsettia on one of the altars or side
shrines as a memorial to one or more departed loved ones, be sure to include their names along with your donation (PLEASE PRINT SO THAT WE
CAN CORRECTLY SPELL THE NAMES!). A minimum donation of $15 is requested for these Christmas Flower memorials. Their names will be published in the Christmas bulletin.
- the senior class is sponsoring a pancake breakfast today, Sunday, December 8th after both morning Masses. Cost is $5 for Adults and $3 for children 12 & under. There is a family rate available. So come to the dining room and enjoy pancakes and sausage and thank you for supporting the senior class.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE –
The faithful who devoutly visit an image of the Virgin Mother of God of Guadalupe exposed in some church or public oratory, on any of the five preceding Sundays before her feast (Dec. 12) can gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, i.e. Confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Church (one Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be).
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
– December 12 is the great feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is also known as the Madonna of the Americas. As the Rosary and special devotions are prayed in her honor, beginning at 7:30 a.m., you may present a rose before her holy picture (roses will be available in the vestibule).
– Although not as strict as Lent, Advent is a penitential season. There is no mandatory fasting and abstinence most days of Advent, but let us voluntarily take upon ourselves works of penance and charity, so that we prepare in the proper spirit for the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, instead of giving in, as worldlings do, to the dissipation and celebration of the “holiday season.” Be sure to have an Advent wreath in the home, lighting the candle(s) daily and saying the prayer for each week (a suitable time would be just before dinner). Parents of small children, be sure to have small crib or manger, where the children can place straws when they are extra good or make extra sacrifices. They will know that they are preparing a soft place for the Infant Jesus in their hearts.
– to Steve and Holly Eminger, on the Baptism last week of their newborn son Isaac Jogues Clementius!
Would you like to order some of the best holiday toffee you’ve ever had? Sr. Mary Labouré is making it to sell this year and it is available in half-pound or one-pound gift boxes @ $20/lb. No harmful ingredients (except sugar). Order by calling 926-9943 or try a sample available in the bookstore. Thank you for your support of one of our traditional Catholic nuns!
. – monthly meeting will take place this Saturday, December 14, after the 8 a.m. Mass, in Room 226
ST. NICHOLAS VISIT TO THE CHILDREN
– The annual visit to the little ones will take place after both morning Masses today. Parents, have your children be ready to tell St. Nicholas the good deeds they are doing to prepare their hearts for Jesus’ birthday!
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
– Because this feast occurs on the 2nd Sunday of Advent this year, the liturgical laws promulgated by Pope Pius XII direct that its observance be transferred to the following day, December 9. However, the obligation to assist at Mass and to refrain from servile work is NOT transferred. Saturday, December 7, is still a day of fast (those 21-59 years of age must keep the Lenten fast) and complete abstinence from meat (7 years of age and older may not eat any meat), to help us spiritually prepare for this feast. Masses will be at 7 & 10:30 a.m. on December 9. Remember that the Immaculate Conception is the patronal feast of the United States of America, for, on May 13, 1846, at Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore, the twenty-three bishops (at that time) of the United States unanimously adopted a decree choosing the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin as Patroness of the country, and their choice was subsequently approved by Pope Pius IX on February 7, 1847. According to John Shea, History of the Catholic Church in the United States, NY, pp. 28-30, the bishops’ petition for Rome to approve their choice was “to gratify a pious desire pervading the whole United States.” May this same desire pervade our hearts, and as Catholic Americans, let us be greatly devoted to Our Lady under this title.
RAFFLE FOR SUPPORT OF PARISH IN MEXICO -
Mrs. Irene Cram is raffling off a keyboard for the support of Bishop Jose Rodriguez’s parish near Mexico City. Please see her after Mass or call her at 487-4510 to buy a raffle ticket. 20 tickets $10.
MONTHLY MEETINGS –
The usual meetings for the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Knights of the Altar, and Messengers of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary will take place on First Saturday, after the 8 a.m. Mass and 15-minute meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.
2013 Singing Nuns’ Christmas Evermore Concert Series
with the East Valley High School Strolling Strings at the Bing Crosby Theatre December 11th & 12th with shows at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Adults $20 and Senior/Students $16.00 for tickets please call TicketsWest or leave a message at 509-467-0986 x121
CHOIR PRACTICE FOR 10:30 a.m. HIGH MASS ON CHRISTMAS -
20 min. after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15 & 22. All who can sing are welcome to be present!
- Mrs. Irene Cram is looking for someone to help her every Wed. & Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She can pay $10/hr. Please call her at 509-487-4510.
PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES
TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC RESOURCES -
The following websites are recommended for understanding the situation in the Church today:
ST. JOSEPH’S THRIFT STORE
- the BIG sale was a success! A big Thank You to all the wonderful parent and student volunteers, and all
who shopped the sale. We came together to help support St. Michael’s parish and school and to honor St. Joseph. We took in $377.50 in cash,
and used $88.35 in store credit. This was great fun and we are looking forward to doing it again in the future.
ST. JOSEPH’S THRIFT SHOP NEW
hours are Mondays 8 to 9 a.m. & Thursdays 3 to 4 p.m. Contact info: Susan Murry @ 869- 7773.
– The usual meetings for the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Knights of the Altar, and Messengers of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary will take place on First Saturday, after the 8 a.m. Mass and 15-minute meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.
KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR -
Knights of the Altar weekly serving practice will be with Father Bernard on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4 p.m. This practice is
open to members of all ages in the Knights of the Altar organization who need assistance, whether they attend St Michael’s or not.
MORE HELP NEEDED IN ROSARY & SCAPULAR GUILD
– Mrs. Marge Little is appealing again for help in making Rosaries and Scapulars. Please contact her or the Guild Secretary, Mrs. Tiffany Longo, if you can help. Dedicated volunteers, please!
ST. JOSEPH’S WORKSHOP
- is in need of operating funds so that consumables such as nails, screws, sandpaper, and glue can be purchased.
Please consider donating any scrap metal or aluminum cans that you might have cluttering up your yard or garage, to this cause. This is where
our H.S. students learn the skills and art of carpentary, and where some of the projects around the Mount are accomplished. From time to time
these basics need to be purchased or replenished. With your donations of recyclables (or your cash donations) we can make St. Joseph’s Workshop
self-sufficient, and continue teaching our young people skills they will carry with them throughout their lives. For information or scrap metal pickup,
please contact Tim Murry at (509) 475-3853. If you wish to donate cash, you may place it in an envelope marked “St. Joseph’s Workshop” in the
collection basket. Thank you and God bless you!
THANK YOU FOR THE EXERCISE EQUIPEMENT -
thank you to all those who have donated exercise equipment for the gym. We have received several
really nice items and we could use a few more. Please contact John Netzel at 953-0816 for pickup or drop-off info.
- is in desperate need of donations to help supply needed materials to keep the project moving forward. Be sure to mark your donation “Windows Project”.
– For the sake of safety and security, some outlying areas of the Mount have been designated “No Trespassing” zones. Mind the signs and stay away. If someone doesn’t, the sheriff will be called and we will have to press charges against the trespasser.
MONTHLY DAY OF PRAYER AND PENANCE
– Let’s devote our First Friday every month to pray and offer up sacrifices for vocations and for the
perseverance of our priests and religious in their holy vocation. Also, please include the sick and housebound of the parish in this special remembrance as well.
SUNDAY CATECHISM CLASSES
– These classes are available for children who do not attend our school. They take place 9:30-10:20 a.m. on Sundays, beginning September 8th. Please consult the bulletin board for a list of the teachers, places where the classes will be held, and also which Sundays
there will be no class. You must register your child in advance; be sure to pick up a registration form in the vestibule and turn it in to the parish office.
UNIFORM SHOP HOURS CHANGED -
St. Michael’s Academy uniform shop hours are as follows for the month of August: Wednesday and
Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Please call Joanna Gilchrist at 828-2050
ST. PHILOMENA BOOK
– A new illustrated book for children on the life of this great saint was published this year. It is available in our bookstore @ $10 a copy. Poetry by a parishioner and illustrated and published by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Mother of God in Omaha.
“SURSUM CORDA” HYMNS TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
– The Choir at Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha has just released its 4th recording. This CD is available in our bookstore @ $15 each. Recorded in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, it is a collection of inspiring and wellrendered hymns in honor of the Real Presence of Our Lord. You will enjoy it!
FIRST FRIDAY ELECTIVES
- do you have a talent or special trade that you would like to share with the High School students? We are looking for people who can teach one Friday a month. Please help us bring grat classes to our students. Contact Sr. Marie Vianney at 462-4335 for more information or if you have questions.
ST. MICHAEL’S ACADEMY ARCHERY PROGRAM
- is selling Papa Murphy’s discount cards. The cards are $5 and have over $20 worth of savings. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Sr. Maria Kazimiera at ext. 176 or you may purchase from the parish secretary’s office during the week
- SCRIP is available every day M-F and on Sunday mornings after the 8 & 10:30 a.m. Masses. Please buy SCRIP for all your gas and grocery needs. Don’t forget back to school shopping for school shoes and supplies, SCRIP is a great way to take care of those needs.
HOLY ROSARY CEMETERY
– Remember that our cemetery is a sacred place, and was solemnly consecrated by the Bishop (in 1993). Only those who are practicing Catholics are permitted to be buried in the section that was consecrated. When visiting the cemetery, always conduct yourself in a reverent and prayerful spirit.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY CATECHISM CLASSES
- Offered for students who do not attend St. Michael's Academy, these will take place every Sunday 9:30-10:20 am, unless announced otherrwise. Complete schedule and information is on the bulletin board on the 1st floor. If you have not already done so, register your children by contacting the parish secretary.
ST. IGNATIUS LIBRARY SCHEDULE
: due to a current restructure of the library, it will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience.
MARY IMMACULATE QUEEN BOOKSTORE -
MIQ BOOKSTORE HOURS - Regular hours: M-F from 9 am to 4 pm and Sat. 9 am to 1 pm. If you live out of town and are at the Mount on a Sunday and need to obtain religious items that day, please contact the Sisters. (pre-arrangement is preferable; call 509-467-1077).
DRESS CODE FOR MAIN BUILDING –
You are asked to make the consistent effort to observe the dress code in the building. Women and girls, dresses and appropriate top (if need be, carry an extra wraparound dress in the car to use when needed). Men and boys, no shorts or tank tops (carry a pair of sweat pants or the like in the car to use when needed).
TOURS OF MT. ST. MICHAEL
- If you would like a tour please call (509-467-0986) ext.100 to make an appointment. A donation is requested.
POLICY REGARDING CHILDREN AT THE MOUNT -
Parents, as a matter of policy, you must assume responsibility for your children at the Mount outside of school hours. Problems sometimes occur when children go about the Mount unsupervised, including running in the hallways and even sometimes right past the elderly and endangering their safety, (this is a lack of courtesy as well). Any child caught running around or being disruptive will have to stay by the side of one of the religious until they are returned to their parents' supervision.
ST. LOUIS MARIE DE MONTFORT MISSION
- Sunday Mass is offered on the 2nd Sundays of the month in the Tri-Cities area, usually at 6 pm. If you are traveling there, or know traditional Catholics in the area, contact (509) 948-2559 for location information.
ROSARY AT NURSING HOME -
Please come pray the Rosary with the elderly on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month at Royal Park Nursing Home in the activities room (7411 N. Nevada St.) at 2 pm. Any questions, please call Quincy Alderson at 315-9189.
HANDICAPPED PARKING -
As a matter of charity and state law, only those with a valid handicap parking permit may use the designated handicap parking space! Warning stickers will be issued to those who violate this policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
During the 8 & 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays in Rm. 200.
SUNDAY OBLIGATION -
Remember that we are bound under pain of mortal sin to assist at Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, unless a serious reason excuses us. In cases of doubt, check with a priest. It is a venial sin to miss even a small part of Sunday mass. Children should not be permitted to go in and out of church during Mass or even during the sermon. They should use the bathroom ahead of time.
PRO-LIFE ROSARY -
Join the prayerful protest against abortion at Planned Parenthood, 123 E. Indiana Ave, every Friday at noon. The Rosary is prayed at that time.
WELCOME ENVELOPES - CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER?
- You are encouraged to use these handy envelopes in the pews. It is an easy way to update address & telephone information for the parish list, to enclose your offering or to request a box of envelopes.
REMEMBER MT. ST. MICHAEL IN YOUR WILL -
The following wording is suggested, but do clarify it with an attorney or financial planner: "I give, devise and bequeath to the Congrataion of Mary Immaculate Queen, Inc., the sum of ___ dollars (or ____percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate), to be used by said Washington corporation for religious, charitable, or educational purposes."
REGULAR CHOIR SCHEDULE
1st Sunday each month - 8:00 am Congregational High Mass (all sing, lay choir members may go to the choir loft)
2nd Sunday each month - 8:00 am High Mass (Sisters)
3rd Sunday each month - 8:00 am High Mass (Sisters)
4th Sunday each month - 10:30 High Mass (lay choir)
Please note that the lay choir practices at 7pm on the Wednesday beforehand, to prepare for this High Mass. Don't miss practice!
Please see the Dress Code for attendance at Mass at Mount St. Michael.
Our decorum at Holy Mass can give greater honor and glory to Almighty God, give good example and edification to others, and increase our faith and devotion to the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The following are practical examples of the rule of decorum we should observe in church:
• Always dress in a manner appropriate to divine worship.
• Be on time for the start of Mass.
• Upon entering the church, bless yourself with holy water (using the right hand). Genuflect on the right knee in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
• Avoid using the center aisle, especially if Mass has begun. Use the side aisle and fill toward the center.
• The last three pews in the church should be reserved for families with small children and those who may have to leave the church during Mass. Baby toys, food items, gum, and strollers are always inappropriate in church.
• During Communion, please keep the line moving in a pious and orderly manner. Promote piety and prayerful contemplation by folding the hands in a pious manner.
• At the end of Mass, allow the celebrant to leave the altar before exiting the church. Make sure to genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament when leaving.
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