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  • attention....attention religious education
    classes canceled!!!!!

    No classes will be held on Wednesday, December 7th.  We want to give families the opportunity to attend mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the penance service following mass.  Please spread the news to other families.



  • Please consider donating to a medical and special expenses fund for Lilia:
    www.gofundme.com/help-for-lilia-medina



     

     Fr. Steve Sauser
    Fisher of Men
    ______________________________


    Pastor's Note
    CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    The liturgy is the primary way the faithful experience the light of Christ in their lives.  Through service as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, musicians, and other liturgical ministers, Catholics throughout the diocese are enhancing the liturgy and manifesting the love of Christ to others. The Office of Worship extends support to all priests and deacons and serves as a resource center for liturgical ministry materials, ministry formation and consultation. The Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center seeks to further the spiritual and intellectual development of God’s people, offering a variety of retreats and programs. 
     
    Every day, the Diocese of Austin welcomes new members into our Catholic family.  Through youth, young adult, and campus ministries, Catholics throughout Central Texas are sharing the light of Christ with young people as they grow in faith.  Multicultural ministries provide outreach and evangelization to diverse communities within the diocese, ensuring that the Church remains relevant to the needs and concerns of all Catholics. 
     
    At Baptism we receive the gift of our faith. The formation of Catholic faith in our children is continued through the nurturing role of parents and teachers.  Your gift to the CSA provides more than 5,200 children in Catholic schools with the opportunity to practice their faith, study the social teachings of the Church, and encounter Christ.  The CSA also enables the Department of Religious Education and Formation to provide faith education and spiritual formation to parishes, empowering 16,000 parish catechists to be witnesses of Jesus Christ as they educate more than 80,000 children and adults. 
     
    Through baptism, we are all called to holiness and service in the Church.  Those who receive the call to priestly or religious life are a special gift to the Church.  Your prayers and support are essential as they respond to God’s call to preach the Gospel, sanctify God’s people through the Sacraments and draw believers together.  The Catholic Services Appeal funds the education of seminarians and permanent deacon candidates, and provides for the needs of retired priests.  The support that you and I give to the Catholic Services Appeal helps to support the mission of our Diocese in building the Catholic Church of Central Texas.  Our Diocese is one of the fastest growing in the nation and needs our support to build the future of Christian faith. 
     

    STEWARDSHIP

    The faithful are obliged to support the Church in her material needs.  As the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church I ask you to prayerfully consider fulfilling your obligation by tithing 5% of your wages to your parish, 4% to personal charity(s) and 1% to the Diocese. 

    Approximate Household Income Weekly Sacrifice to the Parish
    Per Hour Per Year
    $7.50 $15,000
    $15.00 $30,000
    $25.00 $50,000
    $35.00 $70,000
    5% 7.5% 10%
    $15.00 $22.50 $30.00
    $30.00 $45.00 $60.00
    $50.00 $75.00 $100.00
    $70.00 $105.00 $140.00

    May we always listen carefully to the voice of the Lord and set our heart on what will last forever.  We only fool ourselves if we believe that our possessions will bring us happiness and life.  Instead, “grow rich in the sight of the Lord” and let’s work together to build an Amazing Parish.

    Fr. Steve

  • Calendar

    December 2016
    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    27
    Month View November 27, 2016
    28
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View November 28, 2016
    29
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View November 29, 2016
    30
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View November 30, 2016
    1
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View December 1, 2016
    2
    10:00 Mass at Veterans Nursing Home
    7:00p First Friday Parish Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations, Adoration & Benediction
    Month View December 2, 2016
    3
    8:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st Saturday
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View December 3, 2016
    4
    Second Collection Support our Parish School
    Month View December 4, 2016
    5
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View December 5, 2016
    6
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View December 6, 2016
    7
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View December 7, 2016
    8
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View December 8, 2016
    9
    Month View December 9, 2016
    10
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View December 10, 2016
    11
    8:30p Hospitality Sunday
    Month View December 11, 2016
    • Sunday, December 11, 8:30 PM - 11:00 AM
      Refreshments and fellowship after the 7:30 AM and the 9:15 AM masses
    12
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:15p KC 4th Degree Assembly 1138
    7:00p KC 3rd Degree Council 3444
    7:15p W.O.M.E.N.'s group monthly meeting
    Month View December 12, 2016
    13
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View December 13, 2016
    14
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View December 14, 2016
    15
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View December 15, 2016
    16
    Month View December 16, 2016
    17
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View December 17, 2016
    18
    Month View December 18, 2016
    19
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:30p Baptism Class
    Month View December 19, 2016
    • Monday, December 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      Ave Maria Room
    • Monday, December 19, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Parents and Godparents must attend. Baptismal packets (pick up from office) must be fully completed before parents can register for Sacrament of Baptism. Please be on time. Regina Caeli Room.
    20
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    6:30p KJT #114
    Month View December 20, 2016
    • Tuesday, December 20, 12:30 PM
      No experience necessary. Just bring yarn, needles, hooks, and a willing spirit. Ave Maria Room.
    • Tuesday, December 20, 1:30 PM
      In the Regina Caeli Room
    • Tuesday, December 20, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Come join us!
    • Tuesday, December 20, 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 20, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Anyone interested in joining the Society is welcome to attend. For Additional information or questions regarding the KJT Society, please contact: Terry Simonton at 254-642-0103 or Gene Pavlat at (254)-778-8954.
    21
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View December 21, 2016
    22
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View December 22, 2016
    23
    Month View December 23, 2016
    24
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View December 24, 2016
    25
    Month View December 25, 2016
    26
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View December 26, 2016
    27
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View December 27, 2016
    28
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View December 28, 2016
    29
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View December 29, 2016
    30
    Month View December 30, 2016
    31
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View December 31, 2016


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  •   mass and penance times

    Blessed are those called to the
    Supper of the Lamb!

  •  Make Donations Online

     

    Now you can set up weekly Sunday offerings with one entry for as many weeks as you choose, post donations for second collections, request mass intentions, memorial flowers or any similar type of payment...right from the comfort of your home.  And you can easily change, add or delete any transaction; you are in control!  Any questions?  Contact the office at 254.773.4541.



    USHERS AND GREETERS MINISTRY

    WE NEED YOU!!!!
    A smile, a handshake, a welcome.  That is the job of a greeter/usher.  You're at mass anyway; why not make parishioners and guests feel at home?  This ministry is in great need of new ushers/greeters!  Contact Kenith Bartz at 254-760-3141 to volunteer.




  • OUR CHOIR NEEDS YOU!



    Especially the 5:30pm Saturday and 7:30am Sunday masses.  We hear many beautiful voices coming from pews, so why not move just a little out of your comfort zone?  You'll be welcomed and so appreciated!  Call Jim Mason at 254.913.1259 for more information.



  •  Our Generous Ministries



    KJT Society #114 (Catholic Union of Texas) presented a check for $1500 to St. Mary Catholic School on May 18, 2016.  The funds will be used to provide Catholic education for children of Central Texas.  The donation was a result of KJT/Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries, KJT Home Office Grant Funds and additional funds contributed by KJT Society #114.



  •           ST MARY SCHOOL
                   TRUST FUND   

    Contribute to the School Trust Fund with a special memorial for a loved one, celebrate a milestone event or place your names as benefactors. Bricks are placed by the Blessed Virgin Mary Statue in front of the Parish Hall – they are on the “West” side of the statue.



  •  ST MARY GARDEN MINISTRY

    Join St Mary's Gardens Ministry on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 am, to work in the gardens around the parish buildings and school and the rose garden for the Holy Innocents.  Bring gloves and your favorite garden tools. Call M. Everett or M. Lynch at 721-0931 or just show up for a morning of rewarding work and fellowship.

     



  •   TOTAL CONSECRATION TO
         JESUS THROUGH MARY

    Free book & packet at parish office for Consecration preparation. You can still prepare and arrange a time with your pastor for the special prayers of consecration.