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|Sun., December 10
2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Our Lady of Loretto)
|8:00 a.m.||Pro Populo – High Mass||P. Drahman & R. Ochoa|
|10:30 a.m.||for Jessica Stack (M. Migala)||L. House & J. Welp|
|5:00 p.m.||R.I.P. Rosamond Holmes (C. Holmes)||Mr. St. Victor|
|Mon., December 11
Advent Feria (St. Damasus, Pope & Confessor)
|7:15 a.m.||Distribution of Holy Communion||Mr. M. Zver|
|11:00 a.m.||for her intentions (C. Caron)||L. Macias & J. Lodgard|
|Tues., December 12
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, Patroness of the Americas
|6:40 a.m.||for Diego & Esperanza (F. Vila), followed by Rosary, Presentation of Roses to Our Lady, special devotions||Mr. C. South|
|7:30 p.m.||Holy Hour||R. Cyr, L. House, D. Cyr|
|Wed., December 13
St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr
|6:40 a.m.||in honor of St. Joseph (CMRI)||Mr. P. Sarquilla|
|Thu., December 14
Advent Feria (St. Nicasius, Bishop & Martyr)
|6:40 a.m.||for Lon Migala (M. Migala)||Mr. M. Zver|
|Fri., December 15
Advent Feria (St. Paul of Latros, Confessor COMPLETE ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT
|8:00 a.m.||R.I.P. Rosamond Holmes (C. Holmes)||Bro. Thomas|
|Sat., December 16
Advent Feria (St. Eusebius, Bishop & Martyr)
|8:00 a.m||R.I.P. Rosamond Holmes (T. & T. Drahman)||Mr. M. Strain & Kieran|
|Sun., December 17
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT “Gaudete” (St. Lazarus, Bishop & Confessor)
|8:00 a.m||Pro Populo – High Mass||L. House & M. Ochoa|
|10:30 a.m.||in honor of St. Philomena & for Fr. Anaya (Wagner family)||Z. Gunning & A. Klabenes|
|5:00 p.m.||for the Holy Souls & for the Leighty family (M. Leighty||L. McMahon|
December is the Month of the Holy Infancy.
The family that prays together stays together. A world at prayer is a world at peace.” (Mottoes of Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Rosary Crusade)
“The first step of Satan’s plan for the spiritual destruction of the family is the neglect of family prayer, especially of the Rosary.” (Fr. Casimir)
Prayer for the second Sunday of Advent: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with purified minds. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (two of the purple candles are lit today, and throughout the week).
Singing of Hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”: O come, O come Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear. Refrain: Rejoice, rejoice! O Israel, to thee shall come Emmanuel.
DAILY ADVENT PRAYER
Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen. (Imprimatur, Michael Augustine Corrigan, Archbishop of New York, Feb. 6, 1897)
*SECOND COLLECTION TODAY – This collection will be for Christmas Flowers for the Church. 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!). Their names will be published in the Christmas bulletin. Christmas Flower envelopes are available in the vestibule.
*PRIEST TRAVELS – Fr. Anaya will be taking Fr. Casimir’s place this weekend at Mt. St. Michael. Please extend a welcome to him if you can. Fr. Casimir will be at Fr. Anaya’s parish, St. Mary’s, in Tacoma this weekend.
*ST. NICHOLAS VISIT TO THE CHILDREN – The annual to the little ones will take place after both morning Masses TODAY Sunday, December 10. Parents, have your children be ready to tell St. Nicholas the good deeds they are doing to prepare their hearts for Jesus’ birthday!
*BREAKFAST– the senior class will have a breakfast TODAY Sun., Dec. 10th. $3 for child, $4.50 for adults or $30 for family of 7 or more.
*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).
*FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – December 12 is one of the greatest feasts of Our Lady in the Western Hemisphere, since Our Lady is the “Madonna of the Americas.” Our special devotions this day will consist of Mass at 6:40 a.m., followed by the Rosary at 7:30, with presentation of roses throughout the time of its recitation (roses will be available in
the vestibule or you may bring your own). Special devotions will follow the Rosary. Complimentary Mexican breakfast items will be available in foyer downstairs after the devotions, in celebration of Our Lady’s great feastday!
*CHOIR PRACTICE FOR MIDNIGHT MASS - if you would like to sing for Christmas midnight Mass then you must come to the scheduled practices. Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the choir loft. There will be one other combined practice with the convent after the Singing Nuns concerts. Sr. Kazimieria is directing, but Mr. John Netzel will conduct the practices.
*PILGRIM STATUES – We are blessed to have in our parish “Pilgrim Statues,” i.e. a statue of Our Lord, Our Lady, or of a saint that “makes the rounds,” so to speak from home to home. If you have a special need or intention, invite a pilgrim statue into your home for a special 9-day novena. Novenas of thanksgiving are highly encouraged, too! The statues and the person with whom you can arrange the visit are listed here: Infant of Prague – Susan Murray (869-7773), Our Lady of Fatima – Andrea Green (217-0984), St. Joseph – Ann Parent (499-0386), St. Philomena – Missy Morgan (869-5853).
*ADVENT - Other helpful readings and suggestions for Advent may be found at http:// www.liturgialatina.org/lityear/ and http:// www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic- contributions/catholic-traditions-for-advent-and -christmas.html
*THANK YOU - The Peek family wishes to thank everyone who showed us such kindness and generosity during our stay at the Mount. Your charity has been overwhleming and I can’t even begin to express our gratitude. My children and I leave with many good memories!. A Mass will be offered for everyone who helped us in so many countless ways. With assurance of our prayers, Susan Peek and family. THANK YOU!
Singing Nuns Christmas Concerts will be Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17th; “Bethlehem’s Child”, here at historic Mt. St. Michael. The Saturday and Sunday matinee shows are sold out. There are still a few tickets for the Saturday evening show. Please call Sr. Kazimiera (509) 467-0986 x 121 for other information and tickets. Shuttle services will be available for those not wishing to drive up the hill. Limited parking is available inside Gate 1 in front of the URM corporate offices on Freya. If the parking spaces at URM are filled, please park north or south of Lincoln Road on Julia Street. The service will begin one hour and 15 minutes before the concert. The last pickup will be 15 minutes before the concerts begin.
ST. MICHAEL’S ACADEMY LEGAL NOTICE - “St Michael’s Academy admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.”
Out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament, and in keeping with Christian modesty, please observe the following standards of dress: Women and girls—A suitable hat or veil should be used, that covers at least the crown of the head (I Cor. 11:5, 6, 10). No slacks, no sleeveless, revealing, or low-cut clothing (the Marylike Crusade’s standard is that a dress be not cut more than two fingers’ width below pit of throat). Dresses & skirts should cover knees when you are standing or sitting, and not have long slits in them. Strapless or spaghetti-strap clothing is always sinfully immodest and should never be worn. Please avoid “straight skirts” as well, since they are usually form-fitting and tight.
Men and boys—Suit coat and tie, dress slacks, or other formal attire. Jeans, shorts, “flip-flops,” and other casual attire are inappropriate for church! Be sure to also avoid clothing with logos and/or large lettering, as these can be quite distracting.
We welcome all our guests and visitors, and encourage you to read the blue pamphlet “Welcome to the Traditional Latin Mass” (available in the vestibule). It explains why we must completely avoid the modern Mass and liturgies introduced since Vatican II.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS Online Parish Calendar link –http://goo.gl/CmgWA or Hear from us by Twitter @MSMParish
IMPORTANT NOTICE—any and all checks made payable to the church or academy should be made payable to: St. Michael’s Church. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
FRONT DOORS LOCKED — SECURITY AT THE MOUNT – The front doors of the Mount are now locked daily at 8:30 a.m. during the school week, and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Access to the Mount is available only through the double glass doors once the front doors are locked for the day.
SAFETY FOR CHILDREN AT THE MOUNT – Please be sure to keep your children by your side or within eyesight when they are at the Mount. Although we make all the reasonable efforts we can to have a safe environment for them here, the Mount is nevertheless a big place, and that factor warrants extra awareness and need to supervise.
CHANGE OF PHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESS? We are trying to update the parish phone committee calling list. This list is used to call people when there is a funeral or other important information to tell people of. PLEASE be sure we have your current cell phone and home phone on file so that you can be called in an emergency. Thank you.
LEGAL NOTICE: “St. Michael’s Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.”
ST. MICHAEL'S UNIFORM SHOP will be open on Mondays from 9-12 or by appointment. Please call Joanna Gilchrist at 828-2050.
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 traditional 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.
WARNING – For the sake of safety and security, some outlying areas of the Mount have been designated “No Trespassing” zones. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
FUNDRAISERS THAT REALLY WORK
Besides the main school fundraiser of the Auction each year and SCRIP (are you purchasing as much as you could??!), Amazon Smile and Goodshop are helping with income for the school, too!
Here is how to participate in these two Internet fundraisers that don’t cost you a cent:
At www.goodsearch.com you can sign up to benefit St. Michael’s Academy, earning a penny for each search you make AND by making purchases through this website, too. Just make sure you’re logged in to your Goodsearch account and have designated “St. Michael’s Academy, Spokane, WA” as the non-profit you wish to support. Tip #1: If you click on http://www.goodsearch.com/causes/st-michaels-academy/supporters, you can see exactly how much you’ve earned through your searches and purchases.
Tip #2: You can also see exactly how much everyone else has earned, too!
Tip #3: If you want to stay private, then use initials instead of your full name (some may prefer this).
Tip #4: Make purchases, too. These bring in more than the penny-a-search option, although that also adds up in the long run. At Amazon Smile you can benefit Mt. St. Michael (through “Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen”), just be sure to shop at www.smile.amazon.com, and designate Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen as the beneficiary. Be sure to use your Amazon Smile account, of course. Thank you for your support!
|Dec. 12||OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, Patroness of the Americas, Special Rosary and Devotions after 6:40 a.m. Mass, with presentation of roses to Our Lady’s image. Complimentary Mexican breakfast food after Mass provided in the foyer.|
|Dec. 16||Singing Nun Christmas concert at the Mount – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. showings|
|Dec. 17||Singing Nun Christmas concert at the Mount – 2 p.m. showing|
|Dec. 20||Ember Wednesday – Fast & partial abstinence from meat|
|Dec. 20||Jr. High & High School Christmas Talent Show/Concert at 7:00 p.m.|
|Dec. 21||Grade School Christmas Program; Stranger in the Straw at 7:00 p.m.|
|Dec. 22||Ember Friday – Fast & complete abstinence from meat|
|Dec. 23||Ember Saturday – Fast & partial abstinence from mea|
|Dec. 24||Christmas Eve – fast & abstinence not imposed because of it being a Sunday.
11:15 p.m. – Christmas Eve Carols & Readings, followed by Christ Child Procession at 11:45 p.m.
|Dec. 25||CHRISTMAS DAY – Holyday of Obligation; Masses at Midnight, 8 & 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m. Chanted Vespers at 4:30 p.m.|
December 3, 2017,
|Weekly Budgeted Needs||$6,170.19|
|2017 Total Tithe Collected||$303,549.13|
|YTD Budgeted Needs||$301,349.97|
|Rosary & Scapular Guild||$ 25.00|
|Building Restoration Fund||$ 55.00|
|St. Anthony's Poor Box||$ 573.84|
|Collection for Academy||$765.25|
|Russian Parish||$ 20.00|
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.
Thoughts on Video and Computer Games
(from Love & Logic)
Over the past two decades, video and computer games have become dramatically more fast-paced, realistic, and stimulating. Not long after their introduction, I began to suspect that these games had the same addictive potential as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Today, family therapists and researchers have confirmed my fears. Listed below are some tips for helping your child avoid getting hooked:
- Don’t allow your children to have a computer in their room.
- Allow them to play these games no longer than thirty minutes per day
- If your child becomes sneaky, noncompliant, or defiant about this time limit, remove this privilege.
- Children birth to six should spend no time playing these games, watching videos, or viewing television.
So-called “educational” games, videos, and shows are no substitute for real-life learning activities, involving movement, problem-solving, and human relationships.