To help parishioners prepare for Christmas, it seems wise to publish the schedule now.
Christmas Choral Program
Evening Christmas Mass
||Christmas Day Mass
||8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Latin Mass
(NO Mass at 5:30 p.m.)
Preceding Us to the Father
The parish is asked to pray for the repose of the souls of Myrtle Nunes, Carole Dondlinger, Luis Sison and Richard Becerra. The funeral for Luis Sison is scheduled for Friday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Lady Family Mortuary and for Saturday, December 20th at 10:00 a.m. for Mass in the church. The other funerals have already taken place. Kindly remember the families who grieve, especially Louie Nunes, the son of Myrtle, and Sherry, the wife of Richard. May their souls rest in peace.
Contribution Envelope Boxes
All of the contribution envelope boxes have been placed in the rear of the church. Those who use these or who have electronic deductions will find boxes available. Please take your box home. IF YOU WISH TO BEGIN USING ENVELOPE BOXES OR IF YOUR BOX APPEARS TO BE MISSING, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE.
Father Christopher Dietz on Sabbatical
Father Chris wishes to inform the parishioners that he has gone on sabbatical for six months. He will not be in residence at the Friary off Los Berros Road.
The Music Ministry of Mission San Luis Obispo will present a program of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 p.m. in the Mission church. This is a time of music and scripture readings designed to offer a moment of rest and a pleasant break from the frantic preparations for Christmas. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The concert is free; free-will offerings would be appreciated.
On Monday December 15th, Brother Keith Warner, O.F.M., will present a discussion on the climate debate entitled “Can St. Francis Inspire Care for Creation Today?” This will be a 7:00 p.m. at the Monastery of the Risen Christ.
The 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast is on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in San Francisco. Please call Celine
Souza at 805-929-0115 if you are interested in riding the bus.
Pray for Those in the Military
There are several members of the parish family who are in the military. Please pray for Matthew Owen, Christopher Valine, Nicholas Villegas, Richard (Richie) John III, Jessie Davis Long, James F. Maloney, Antonio P. Ramos, Mitchell Howard, Maria Kuhnes, Nicholas Cabansag, Daniel O’Connell, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine and Grace Anderson.
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and donuts will be available Sunday morning in the hall. Please join your fellow parishioners after the Sunday morning Masses. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
Second Collection—Retired Religious—This Weekend
We all know that there are far fewer nuns and sisters now than when we were growing up. Many of the nuns, sisters and brothers are now retired and elderly. The Church never prepared a proper retirement system for them. Over 80% of retired religious are over 70 with nearly 20,000 having less than 20% of what they need for retirement and healthcare. More than 4,900 need skilled nursing at an average cost of $50,000 per year. The Bishops feel an obligation to assist them as best they can. Therefore, the second collection is taken at this time of year to bring them some joy.
Christmas Cards to Support the Mission in Vietnam
This year the Friars have created a Christmas card that shows some of the 25 young men who are studying to be priests and brothers in our Conventual Franciscan Mission in Vietnam. The purchase of Christmas cards will support the mission efforts in training the future indigenous Friars of Vietnam. Packs of ten cards are being sold for $10.00. See the sample in the rear of the church.
Fruitcakes and Date Nut Cakes
The monks of the Monastery of the Risen Christ are selling fruitcakes and date nut cakes made by the Cameldolese Monks in Big Sur. To inquire about or to purchase items, please call 805-544-1810, visit the monastery at 2308 O’Connor Way in San Luis Obispo or go online at monasteryrisenchrist.com.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc-9;
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23;
Wednesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Thursday: Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19;
Friday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17;
Saturday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29;
Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Therese Lawrence, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, McKenzie Tompkins, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Tyler Borges, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Judy Wedin, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, David Sterling, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Kathy Moritz, Simona Giovando, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Theresa Fulbright, Joan Gaugush, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Wayne Tompkins, Leandro Tompkins, Roger Boggs, Martha Hosier, Lawrence Wedin, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, Art Hanlon, Patrick Matthias, Mary Avila, James Willette, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Anatol Jordan, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Mark Gil Go, Jimmy Harrington, Carla Silva, Jeff Williams, Sr., Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Judy Marine, Sister Carol, Lorinda Toscas Manheimer, Anita Landry, Ray Tezzoli, Betty Waite, Steve Skibinski, Florence Kotlarek, Patty Maechtle, Mary McDonell, Tom Shaffer, Myrna Tuell, Jeannette Scarpelli, Nancy Ochs, Emily Jackson, Bro. Christopher Saidon, Clint Albao, Eric Danilewicz, Madeline Mackie, Sylvia Cazier, Yolanda Ravelo, Carmela Marino and Theresa Ramirez.