Second Sunday of Advent
December 5, 2021
DRE paid position available for St. Mary Religious Education Program
The Director of Religious Education implements the youth religious educational program in cooperation with, and at the of direction of, the Faith Formation Committee and Pastor/PLC. These programs contain catechetical, social, liturgical and service components, in accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Activities include managing program content, staff, budgeting, and coordination with other parish ministries and activities. A copy of the job description is available on the web page. Please contact Deacon Dan if you are interested in the position.
Christmas Cookie Walk/Bake Sale by Ladies of St. Mary is today after Mass, Sunday
Free Will offering fundraiser. Parishioners are asked to bring 1 dozen goodies to donate.
All order forms and payment must be turned in by 9:15 am next Sunday, December 12th. Put your order form and payment in an envelope and put it in the Offertory basket. Order forms are inserted in today’s bulletin. Donating a poinsettia for Christmas is a beautiful way to remember a deceased loved one at Christmas. The list of donors will be in the December 19th bulletin.
Decorating the Church for Christmas
The outside green wreath, the nativity in the Gathering Area and the candles on the window ledges will be put up next Sunday, December 12th. The Church, Altar, and tree will be decorated after Mass on Sunday, December 19th.
Christmas Angel Tree
The tree is located in the Gathering Area again this year to help make a Merry Christmas for families in the community. Please pick an Angel from the tree, sign the list, and purchase a gift. The gifts need to be wrapped with the information Angel taped to the outside and back to church by December 12th . Help will be needed on December 18th 9:00-11:00 am at the Methodist church to distribute the gifts. If you have questions please contact Cindy Gavin 563-299-2522. Thank you!
Fr. Bud Grant will give an Advent presentation entitled “Stewardship of Creation”. Sunday, December 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
St. Andrew Church at 333 W. Lotte St. Blue Grass, IA
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. This is a free presentation.
Reverend Robert "Bud" Grant teaches Environmental Theology, especially from a Thomistic perspective in the Roman Catholic tradition, but also philosophy (esp. Kant and Aristotle). He also teaches Historical Theology, especially IV Century, west, with an emphasis of Saint Ambrose of Milan. In 2014 he was inducted into the academy of Biblioteca Ambrosiana, in Milan, Italy. Father Grant is also the director of the Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan and Sacramental Minister at St. Andrew Parish, Blue Grass, IA.
Tuesday, Dec. 14th at 6pm we will hold our Communal Penance Service. Fathers Bud Grant, James Vrba, Thom Hennen, and Chris Weber will be with us.
Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 6pm is Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Day of Mercy - 12 Hours of Confession and Adoration Event
St. Mary & Mathias Church is sponsoring this event on Thursday, Dec. 16th from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. at 215 W. 8th St. in Muscatine.
Envelopes will be in the Gathering Area next Sunday, Dec. 12th. Please pick your box up so it doesn’t have to be mailed to you. Thank you!
Retirement Fund for Religious
Please be generous in giving to those who have given so much of themselves to serve us and our Church. Use the Dec. 12th Contribution envelope included with your packet.
Catholic Relief Services
Join the Diocese of Davenport CRS Chapter for an Advent Journey with Migrants and Refugees Sunday 5 December 2021, 2 pm. Please register for the Zoom Event by going to Event Giving Page: https://tinyurl.com/2j3u8mfr. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. This event combines prayer, discussion, and information about migrants and refugees. It highlight the Holy Family's experience as migrants and refugees with their journey to Bethlehem, flight to and time in Egypt, and their return to Nazareth. The fall giving event and fundraiser will run through the end of the year. Learn more - https://www.crs.org/get-involved/lead-way/migration. or https://www.crs.org/get-involved/lead-way/hunger.
If you would like help in preparing the Mass and Worship service for your or a loved one’s funeral, please contact Deacon Dan. There is a great booklet available to help with this.
If anyone would like a Home, Farm, Engagement, Pregnancy, or other blessing please contact Deacon Dan. This can be done after Mass or during the week as scheduled.
Significant Dates for St. Mary Advent and the Holidays
Dec. 5th – 2nd Sunday of Advent, Mass at 8:30 am. Cookie Walk by Ladies of St. Mary!
Dec. 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – Mass is at 6:00 pm.
Dec. 12th – 3rd Sunday of Advent. Mass Ministries by RE Grades 5 & 6.
Dec. 14th – Communal Penance Service at 6:00 pm.
Dec. 19th – 4th Sunday of Advent - Decorate Church for Christmas after Mass & put out poinsettias
Dec. 24th Friday Christmas Eve – 6:00 pm Mass
Dec. 25th Saturday Christmas Day – no Mass
Dec. 26th Sunday after Christmas. (Feast of the Holy Family). No RE or Confirmation Classes
Dec. 31st Friday New Year’s Eve – No Mass.
Jan. 1st Saturday New Year’s Day – No Mass
Jan. 2nd Sunday Mass after New Year’s. (Feast of the Epiphany). No RE or Confirmation Classes
A Magical Afternoon with Santa on The Prairie
Celebrate the Christmas season at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland, on Sunday, Dec. 12th from 1-4pm. Visit with Santa Claus, decorate cookies, listen to your favorite Christmas stories and take a hayride. These are just some of the activities that will take place that afternoon. For those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas, you won’t want to miss this magical afternoon at The Prairie. No RSVPs required. Free will offering gladly accepted. Call 563-374-1092 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilton-Durant Ministerial Association Advent Worship Services–Tuesdays 12:10 –12:30 pm
December 7th - United Methodist of Wilton hosts with Pastor Lee preaching
December 14th - Gloria Dei Lutheran of Durant with Pastor Braudt preaching
December 21st - St. Paul's Episcopal of Durant with Pastor Jennings preaching
ADA Report as of 11/23/21
Please consider even a small contribution to our ADA as it benefits both our diocese and our parish! Thank you to those who have pledged or have paid their pledge. Envelopes are still available in the Gathering Area. # of households - 164 # of Pledges - 55 Total paid is $14,567.00. Total Paid is 86%.
Anointing the Sick
Anyone having surgery or experiencing illness may ask for the Rite of Anointing of the Sick. Please contact Father Bud or Deacon Dan prior to the Mass. Father Bud will anoint after Mass. We will find time to serve your needs for these important Sacraments just by asking.
Those requesting the Sacraments of Baptism or Marriage should contact Deacon Dan.
Please contact Colleen Nichols at 563-260-2212 or email@example.com
Gifting to St. Mary
Impact the Church of tomorrow - naming St. Mary as a beneficiary of your retirement plan is an easy way to make a gift that costs you nothing now.
If you are in need of the Sacrament of Reconciliation please send an email to Father Bud. He can make time for appointments either prior to Mass or just afterwards.
St. Mary Website
Do you use it to view the current bulletin if you are unable to attend Mass? Do you use it for the Lay Ministry Schedule? Our website address is always on the front cover of the bulletin. It is www.stmarywilton.org
Protecting God’s Children
To report child abuse contact the Iowa Dept. of Human Services Child Abuse hotline: 800-362-2178 and if it involves clergy or church personnel also notify Alicia Owens, Victim Assistance Coordinator, 563-349-5002; firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 232, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Collection November 28
Offertory $ 980.00
Total $ 2805.00
Building Fund $ 75.00
Lay Mass Ministers December 12
Announcer & 1st Reading Stan Reuter
2nd Reading Jeremy Lies
Eucharistic Ministers Fr. Bud & Dc. Dan
Ushers Fred Grunder, Rick Janney
Servers Jesse Lies, John Grotzky
Gift Bearers Lou Ann Paulsen
December 12, Sunday - Gae Nichols
St. Mary’s Pastoral Leadership
Parish Life Coordinator Office Manager Rel. Ed. Director
Deacon Dan Freeman Wanda Einfeldt Sister Cheryl Demmer
563-320-2462 email@example.com 563-299-6983
Sacramental Priest Rel. Ed. Coordinator
Rev. Robert "Bud" Grant Lynette Fagner
Finance Council Directors/Trustees Liturgy Committee
Joe Kaufman, 563-785-6545 Jim Gavin, 563-506-5112 Jill Brooks
Phil Keese, 563-785-4448 Dennis Sass, 563-732-3737 563-260-5770
Doug Wilson, 563-785-6388
Denise Timmerman, 563-349-3880
Parish Council Ladies of St. Mary’s Cemetery
Jeremiah Costello, Secretary Mary Iossi, President Scott Wolf
563-370-2065 563-349-0537 563-370-3734
Denise Timmerman, Vice President Denise Timmerman, Treasurer
563-349-3880 563-349-3880 Music Coordinator
Ross DeLong, President Amanda Rockow, Secretary Bev Reuter
563-340-3991 563-349-0525 319-321-8524
515-290-9251 Funeral Dinner Coordinator Prayer Chain
Kathy Keese Jean Semsch Colleen Nichols
563-260-4904 563-340-3327 563-260-2212
Scott Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org