Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at 10am. The offertory collection will go to the Ladies of Charity to help with their Christmas baskets. As is customary on Thanksgiving, we will collect canned goods and dry goods for the Mt. Juliet Help Center to be placed in front of the altar. If you are a liturgical minister who is available for the 10am Mass, please sign up at the table between the doors leading into the old church.
The church office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday and will also be closed Nov. 26-27.
The Knights of Columbus have instituted a new program called “The Fifth Sunday Rosary Program.” The Rosary is dedicated to a greater devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary and strengthening the family. For each month that has a 5th Sunday, we will pray the rosary. The next rosary is this Sunday, Nov. 29, following the 5pm Mass in the church. You are encouraged to attend as a family. Rosaries and rosary guides will be available prior to the service.
The St. Stephen Advent/Christmas Concert 2015, featuring scripture and music for Advent and Christmas will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 starting at 7:30pm, following the 6:30pm Mass. Come, share the joy! Refreshments will be served in the old church after the performance.
Our parish mission will take place Dec. 13, 14 and 15, 6:30pm on Sunday and 7pm on Monday and Tuesday. The mission features Jon Leonetti, a Catholic radio host. His presentations are high energy and speak to how to live the Christian life today. The mission is called “Surge of the Heart” and will focus on how to know God, what we are called to be (saints), and how to live the Gospel.
St. Stephen Ministry to Room in the Inn is in need of overnight chaperones from November thru March. St. Stephen hosts homeless individuals every other Tuesday night in the hall of the Holy Family Center in order to save them from cold weather and to provide meals and a comfortable place to sleep. Men who volunteer would be asked to stay overnight with 20 guests to help see to their needs and would be required to stay from 7pm until 6am. Food and a bed will be provided. Any man interested in helping can volunteer by contacting Bob Young at email@example.com or 615-772-6402.
Wish List for Room in the Inn: Socks, razor blades, sweatshirts size 1X and up. Thanks.
A rosary will be said on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30pm in the old chapel to pray for peace. All are welcome.
Please visit the Christmas Wishes Tree in the old church starting the weekend of Nov. 28-29 and take a tag to make Christmas brighter for others. Gifts this year will benefit Catholic Charities, Be a Santa for a Senior, and Haiti Medical Mission. All tags have instructions on how and when to return the items. Any questions, please contact Laura Hooper at 615-804-4192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advent Eucharistic Adoration will begin Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 12am. It will continue until Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7pm followed immediately by the Advent Penance Service. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in self-directed prayer and contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament during the busy holiday season. We need many volunteers, so please sign up early. Sign up online now at www.mysignup. com/40hours. If you prefer to sign up in person, sign-ups will also be held following all Masses the weekend of Nov. 29-30 in the old church.
Our parish religious education programs will once again be collecting cookies (1 lb. or larger bags/boxes) for the Ladies of Charity Christmas baskets. This year they anticipate the need to be about 800 baskets. Help us meet our goal. Put the bag/boxes of cookies in the marked box in the old church or bring to the Religious Education office anytime between now and Dec. 6. Thank you.
Thanks to everyone who signed up last weekend for Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5. Unfortunately, all the tickets were given out. We are at capacity for both time slots and no more tickets are available.