Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24: 4:00pm (Children’s Liturgy); 7:00PM (Music at 6:20pm); 12:00 Midnight (music starts at 11:15pm)
Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25: 10:00am
New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31: 8:30am; 11:00am; 5:00pm
New Year’s Day—Monday, Jan. 1, Feast of Mary Mother of God: 10:00am; 7:00pm
Note: Mass schedule for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Dec. 23-24) will be Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 8:30am. No 11am Mass.
St. Stephen Catholic Community Presents—Catholics Returning Home: In this Christmas season we take time to reflect on Jesus’ birth and on His gift of eternal life. If you have been away from the Catholic Church, welcome back home! We miss you! If you have a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who has been away from the Church, we need your help, please invite them back. To help update Catholics that have been away from regular participation in church life, we will offer a 6-week Catholics Returning Home session starting Jan. 11, 2018. We meet in Room 100 of the Holy Family Center from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more details, take an information card from the poster in the old church. Contact Jerry Marcec, firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-362-7150 to register or for more information.
Our next opportunity to serve the homeless at Loaves and Fishes is Saturday, Dec. 23. We will be doing breakfast and lunch. We need 3-5 volunteers to help with breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 10-14 volunteers to help with lunch from 9:30am to 1pm. Contact Tracey Doering, 615-347-9643, or 615-385-3688. Families welcome (no age excluded) and community service hours can be obtained for this time. Meet at Holy Name Church (521 Woodland St.) in East Nashville. (building behind the church).
All gifts need to be returned and placed under the tree by Sunday, Dec. 17. Questions, contact Laura Hooper at email@example.com or 615-804-4192.
Mark your calendar. Thursday, Dec. 21, 6pm. Help needed to decorate the church for Christmas.
In search of parishioners to become a member of Parish Council. Be “in the know” of everything that is happening in this great parish community of ours! This group meets 6 times annually. If you are interested, want more details, or have questions, please email Suzanne Bingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, to be the 12th Bishop of Nashville. The appointment was publicized at noon in Rome, 5 a.m. central time, on Tuesday November 21, 2017. Bishop-elect Spalding will be ordained a bishop and installed as the Bishop of Nashville on February 2, 2018 at Sagrado Corazon at the Catholic Pastoral Center on McGavock Pike. Bishop-elect Spalding, 52, a native of Fredericktown, KY and a member of a large extended family with roots dating to the earliest days of Catholic life west of the Appalachian Mountains, was ordained to the priesthood on August 3, 1991 at the St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, KY. He is a graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, KY, and St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He received a master of religious studies and a licentiate in canon law from American University in Louvain, Belgium. He is currently pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and Holy Name Parish in Louisville. He has also served as a vicar general for the archdiocese since 2011. He has served a number of other assignments including associate pastor at St. Joseph and chaplain at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, associate pastor at St. Augustine in Lebanon, KY, associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary in Louisville, pastor of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange, KY. He has served as a judge, judicial vicar, and director of the tribunal for the archdiocese.
Each Wednesday during Advent (Dec. 13, and 20), from 7pm to 8pm, we will have a Holy Hour of Adoration. During this time, you will also have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
St. Stephen has a new ministry. We make fleece blankets for those who are seriously ill, injured, confined to either home, hospital or nursing home. They are made prayerfully, blessed and given to express caring and concern from St. Stephen Catholic Community for our parishioners, their immediate family members or their close friends. The following prayer is sewn on each blanket: “May the Risen Christ bless you with HOPE, COURAGE, and PEACE. St. Stephen Catholic Community holds you in prayer and covers you with love.” If you know of someone who would benefit from receiving a Prayer Blanket, call or email Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899 email@example.com; Elaine Bustillos 615-758-8303 firstname.lastname@example.org; Joyce Davis 615-754-6899 Joyce_davis07@comcast.net; Bettyann Tompson 615-883-3422 email@example.com; or Janet Youmans 615-525-3920 firstname.lastname@example.org.