FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m.
NO 9AM MASS
REJOICING IN 100 YEARS OF FAITH & DIVERSITY
DECEMBER 10, 2017
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ________________________________________________________________________________________________
+MASSES FOR THE WEEK+
Saturday, December 9
4:00 p.m. Vilma Borgogelli by the Altar & Rosary Society
Sunday, December 10 - SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
11:00 a.m. Amador Lopez by wife Santy
Monday, December 11 – St. Damasus I, Pope
7:30 a.m. Repose of the Soul of Pope John II - OLV
Tuesday, December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:30 a.m. Friends and relatives of St. Anthony’s parishioners
Wednesday, December 13 – St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
7:30 a.m. In Thanksgiving by Catherine M. Hannings - OLV
Thursday, December 14 – St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Friday, December 15
7:30 a.m. Mary E. Batenhorst - OLV
Saturday, December 16
4:00 p.m. Adriano and Lucy Clarone by Cindy, Joe & family
Sunday, December 17 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:00 a.m. Patrick Hoyson by Kessler & Rukavina Families
11:30 a.m. Juan Liciaga and Milagros Lopez Rivera by Sonia Liciaga
We warmly welcome all who come to St. Anthony for Mass – tourists, visitors, parishioners and friends.
Collections for the weekend of December 9-10: Regular and for the Retirement Fund for Religious. The basket will be passed twice.
Collections for the weekend December 16-17: Regular and for Energy Needs.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated. It enables the preservation, ministry and maintenance of our historic church. It assists us in reaching out to the people of our neighborhood.
A FEW WORDS FROM DEACON DAVE - I would like to offer a special warm welcome to any visitors who join us this weekend as we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent as well as the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Let us all participate with joyful hearts in this special liturgy. Please continue the celebration with us in Drilling Hall after mass. Traditional homemade Hispanic foods will be available for purchase at a very reasonable cost.
John the Baptist calls us this Advent to prepare a way in our lives for the coming of the Lord, our Shepherd, in whom, as Responsorial Psalm says, kindness and truth have met, justice and peace have embraced. This is the one we are called to meet this Advent!
Let us continue to ‘watch’ for the Lord in our midst, knowing we are never alone. Let us listen for voice of the Lord as we continue our Advent preparations. What will we see and hear and do this Advent that will lead us closer to Christ? Watch for the signs!
DO NOT PUT YOUR GUADALUPE RAFFLE TICKETS IN THE COLLECTION TODAY. Please give to the ushers separately.
PARISH EVENTS IN DECEMBER
9 - Practice for Offertory Danza and Dramita at 10am in the church
10 - Guadalupe Mass at 11am [only one Mass this Sunday]
20 - Choirs Practice at 7pm for Christmas Eve Mass
21 – Clean and Decorate church for Christmas at 10am
24 - Mass at 9am in English
Mass at 4pm [bilingual]
25 - Christmas Day Mass at 9am
MASS INTENTIONS FOR 2018 – The Mass Intention Book for 2018 will open the first week of October – Mass requests should be accompanied with a stipend of $15.00. Be aware that we are working with limited weekends and that we will do our best to accommodate your request but sometimes it may not be possible. The Sanctuary Lamps will also be available [$20.00 per month] Thank you for your understanding.
Collection for the weekend of December 2-3: $3122.00.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS COLLECTION this weekend – “Your generous contribution helps us to care for our retired sisters and enables our younger sisters to continue in active ministry,” writes a religious sister. Your gift to today’s collection helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works of their elders! – Please put your donation in the basket the second time it comes around.
Fr. Joe requests drinks for the boys preferring teas, flavored waters, Gatorade or other types of non-soda drinks. (He tries to limit the amount of pop they drink)
Also requested are gift cards the boys might enjoy. Please submit gift cards in an envelope marked Franciscan Center, then place envelope in collection basket.
Fr. Joe tells us there is no need for clothing.
Mother Teresa Home
Cheryl Calire requests paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing soap, Lysol cleaning spray, air freshener, sponges, disposable gloves, swifter pads, toilet cleaner, disposable razors, shaving cream, fabric softener, dryer sheets.
Bath and Body, hair combs, charging cords for android and iphones, slippers with treads, pajamas, bathrobes.
Dish towels, dishwasher soap, Swiffer pads, Glad plastic containers, batteries of all kinds, storage bins.
St. Anthony Youth Group Announcements
Thanks to all our youth who attended the Youth Group Meeting on November 17th for our Drum Circle. A special thanks to Carolyn Zimmermann from Drum 4 Health. It was great to hear all the wonderful instruments. The children and adults had an amazing time!
Fourteen teens spent the night at our Teen Sleepover on November 17-18th. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time and energy. The children had fun playing video and board games, playing basketball, football or just getting to know each other. Everyone enjoyed pizza, cheese fries, snacks and desserts then breakfast in the morning. A special thanks to Gerald Borgogelli for cooking all evening for us!
Thank you to all the youth and adults who attended our Youth Mass on November 19th at 9am. The children processed in line with their new banner, read Scriptures and petitions, and collected money as ushers. The choir led us in beautiful songs. A special thanks to Father Vincent and Deacon Dave! What a wonderful Mass! We are so proud of our children.
As the year comes to an end, we are thankful for our parish family and the love and support for our Youth Group. It was an amazing year. The Youth Car Wash and Halloween fundraisers were a huge success. Our hard working group members continue to raise money toward the Diocesan Youth Convention in March 2018.
We wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Christmas season!
Please mark your calendars with our December events:
December 10, 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta – 11am Mass and Dinner to follow
Youth are invited to participate in La Danza.
Youth volunteers needed to help after Mass in Drilling Hall.
December 29, 2017 Youth Group Meets from 7pm to 9pm in Drilling Hall
Youth Christmas Party
Please note the date change!
If your son or daughter is interested in joining our Youth Group, please see our Youth Group Advisers (Juanita Bauer, Sue Kessler, Nydia Gutowski or Edward Dean) for details or attend an event.
ATTENTION - REGISTERED PARISHIONERS - Please let us know at the parish office of changes of phone numbers and addresses. Give us a call or drop off a note in the collection basket. It is very important for us to have updated information.
SUNDAY TV MASS – For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
+PRAY FOR THE SICK – Remember Clara Szafranski, James Singletery, Gladys Hunter, Jennifer Martin, Carmen Maria Velasquez And Joann Snead.
+PRAY FOR THOSE IN NURSING HOMES – We ask God for comfort and healing for our sick brothers and sisters in nursing homes, including Maria Erazo, and Daniel Lopez FAITH MOMENT REFLECTION - Have you ever successfully completed something you thought you could not do...something you procrastinated about because of fear or difficulty of the task? Maybe speaking in public, or tackling a tough job at work, or giving up something harmful in your life. How did you get started and overcome the procrastination? Our first reading today talks about filling in valleys and leveling mountains to prepare a way for the Lord. These are not simply topographic features, but they are metaphors for the gaps and blocks in our lives that keep us from a relationship with God and others. Fear, mistrust, prejudices, selfishness, bad experiences in the past – these are the kinds of things we must overcome in order to prepare the path God wants us to follow. Living more like Christ is the way toward the "new heaven and new earth" that God has promised. What mountains and valleys are in your way? Today's Faith Moment was provided by Christ the King Seminary. You can listen to Faith Moments on WBEN radio 930 AM, WLOF 101.7 FM, or at www.faithmomentsonline.org.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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