From the Pastor

Advent 2017 - 2nd Week of Advent

12-10-2017Fr. Don Kline, V.F.

THE ADVENT CALENDAR

The Advent calendar or Adventhaus began in Scandanavia and Germany, especially in the regions of the Palatinate and Hesse. Its purpose is to help children become aware of the expectancy of Advent. Sometimes the Advent calendar is a picture of a house with 23 small windows and 1 large window that are opened to reveal the tiny religious symbols, icons and pictures behind them. Another variation is to construct a Jacob's Ladder that leads step by step to the day of Christ's birth. Every morning or every evening before bedtime, the child opens a window, behind which appears a star, an angel, a manger or some other picture appropriate to the Advent season. (If there are several children in the family, the privilege of opening the windows rotates from one to another.) An appropriate bible verse can serve as a caption to the picture. On the 23rd, all twenty-three small windows are open; the big window remains closed until Christmas Eve, when it is opened to reveal the Holy Child in the manger. When all the windows are opened, stand the calendar in form of a lamp or window. The light will shine through the paper, giving the little house a Christmas glow.

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Events & Announcements

Eucharistic Adoration - Adorers Needed

Consider spending an hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.

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Path of Our Lord's Passion

Please contact Andy Lambros at 602-867-9171 x307 or alambros@stjoanofarc.com for information on how to purchase commemorative bricks to be used along the Path of the Lord's Passion.

AZ Tax Credit Donations to SVdP

A donation to our St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Joan of Arc using the SB1216 Arizona Tax Credit ($400 for singles and $800 for families) can provide a food box to someone who is hungry or save a family from eviction.

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Informacion para Quinceaneras y Bodas

Contacte con Luz E Mendoza-Gomez 9 meses antes al 480-208-2369 o lemendoza70@hotmail.com.

Ornaments of Remembrance

Small wooden cross ornaments are available in the back of the church for family members to write the name of a deceased loved one on the ornament and put the ornament on the parish Christmas tree.

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“Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest

The Knights of Columbus are having a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest for boys and girls ages 5-14. See the Knights table in the courtyard after Mass for poster paper and instructions. Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each age group (5-7, 8-10, 11-14). Turn in completed posters and registration forms to the collection box located in the church office by Dec 15.

Giving Tree
Dec 9

Stop by the back of the church on Dec 9 and 10 after Mass and bring in your donation the following week on Dec 16 and 17.

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4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Mass Schedule
Dec 23 - Dec 25

There is an obligation for the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Mass.

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Mon, Jan 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Jan 1

Jan 1 is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the U.S. this year. Join us for Mass at 8:30am. *No 6:30pm Mass today.

World Wide Marriage Encounter ( WWME)
Jan 26

"I myself will pasture my sheep: I myself will Give them rest, says the Lord GOD”. As we celebrate Christ the King, let us also learn to serve our spouses by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend.

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