The work of the Social Concerns Committee was unbelievable in organizing and distributing the gifts. It is incredible to watch how well all of the me members of the committee get all of these gifts to the correct school. A special thank you to the CYO members who helped with organization and distribution of the gifts. Several of the members of the Social Concerns committee remarked how impressed they were with the CYO students who worked so diligently helping them with this project. It is amazing all of the many tasks that the CYO members do for our parish family.
This Advent season seems to have been one of fastest moving seasons that I can ever remember. As I reflect on the Advent season I am very thankful for the spiritual growth in our parish family. I am very thankful for all of you incorporating the Advent materials into your daily lives. I once again commend our liturgy committee for working so diligently to find materials that help us grow in our faith. I think that our parish family captures the spirit of the season and the simplicity of the church lends itself so wonderfully to the simplicity of the celebration of the birth of Jesus. There is such a tremendous temptation to be overcome by the materialism of the season so it is such a comfort to have our church to capture the spirit of the season. I am looking forward to the celebration of the Christmas masses. These masses are always so enjoyable and to have the children participate in the liturgy will be one of the great blessings that we receive at the Christmas liturgies. I am also looking forward to the marvelous decorations of our church. The efforts of Colleen Thompson and Maxine Marshall are truly a gift for all of us. If you are traveling to another parish be certain to take the spirit of our parish family with you. I hope you have a safe trip and that you return to us safely. I hope to see many of you at our Christmas liturgies, we always celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior in such a special way.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
This is just a reminder of the Christmas mass schedule: The schedule for Christmas Eve is: 3:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Christmas Day mass schedule is: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. All of the masses are the same and the sermon will encompass the explaining of the crib and the baby Jesus. This is a very special time for us. We usually have many visitors and so I encourage you to welcome all of our visitors to the masses. Christmas is a wonderful time to make our visitors feel welcome in our church.
NEW YEAR MASS SCHEDULE
The mass schedule for New Years is as follows:
Wednesday, December 31 at 5:00 p .m.
Thursday, January 1 at 8:00 a.m.
This is just a reminder that we will not religious education nor confirmation classes on Wednesday, December 24 nor Wednesday, December 31.
DAILY MASS REMINDER
The daily masses will be held at the Saint Francis Worship Center beginning January 5 through February 16. This has been our practice and I do this so that we can save the cost of heating the church.
This is a reminder that the sacrament of reconciliation will be held after all the masses beginning today. The Advent season is a wonderful time for us to examine our lives and see what we need to do to grow in our relationship with Jesus, our family and our parish family. Confessions will be heard until all confessions are finished.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503