Bulletin for ​December 16 & 17, 2017
Father Federico: stmaryanna@live.com  833-3131          

Parish Office:  st_marys@frontier.com   833-5835

Liturgy Schedule  —  December 18- 25

Monday          8:30 AM       Peace

Tuesday         8:30 AM       Xue Yun Tang - special intention

Wednesday    6:00 PM       Fran White-Boes
Thursday       8:30 AM       Laurence Wiedlocher

Friday            8:30 AM       Clarence Ulrich

Saturday       4:00 PM        Confession

                     5:00 PM        Msgr. Tom MIller

Sunday         9:00 AM        Our Parish Family

                    5:00 PM        Children's Christmas Mass

                     8:30 PM         Carols by Choir

                     9:00 PM         Christmas Midnight Mass

Monday        9:00 AM          Christmas Day Mass


Ministry Schedule -– December 23 & 24

5:00 P.M.

Lector            Holly Wohlwend

Servers          Nicholas Hannan - Katelynne Heinrichs

Euch. Min.      Paul Cairatti - Susan Hoyle - Susan Sheffer

Greeters        Diane Carney Family

9:00 A.M.
Lector            Graciana Helman

Servers          Lacey Crow - Lucas Salazar
Euch. Min.      Terrie Hale - Barbara Smith - Amy Ulrich

Greeters        Susan Bellcher - Kendra Edwards


​Last Weekend's Collection

​Loose             534.39          Building              512.00

Envelopes    4460.00          Education           200.00

Total           4994.39           CHD                   100.00


Please Pray For:
Greg Bearce, Bill Eblen, Tracee Foley, Missy O'Daniel Franklin

Carol Frick, Perry Hazelwood, Charlene Potts, Terry Rueffer

Dick Schaefer, Kay Schaefer, Jack Sherwin, Louise Westbrooks

​​​                   ​Prayerline --  ​Diane Lovell  618-697-5211 (cell)   833-3700 (home)


From the Desk of Father Federico

   The second purple candle is lit, time moves on invincibly towards the completion of our redemption.
    Let’s take our salvation seriously and do not delay our readiness to meet our God.


Christmas Baskets for the Needy
   The Christmas Needy Family lists are posted on the bulletin board at the Church entrance. There are several spaces still available.  Please take time to sign up this weekend — All gifts must be wrapped and clearly labeled and in the church hall (Upper Room) by 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 16.
   Monetary donations can still be mailed to:
          Liz Mandeville
          400 Dixie Lane
          Jonesboro, IL 62952

Or placed in the collection basket at mass labeled (needy families).  Please make out checks to St. Mary’s Needy Fund.  Any questions, call Liz at 573-225-0816.


Christmas Ministry Sign Up Sheets
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters and Servers are needed for our Christmas masses on Christmas Eve (9:00 PM) and Christmas morning (9:00 AM).  Sign-up sheets are at the Church entrance.  Please sign up this weekend if possible.


Christmas Flower Fund
Envelopes for our Christmas Flower Fund are at the entrance of the church.  Please fill out information on the front of the envelope, enclose money and drop in the collection.


Respect Life Corner - Solidarity – Because We Are Yours

“Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far.  On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”   St. John Paul II  
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: How does this challenge you?  How can you join with others to take concrete steps – big or small – to help build a society of solidarity?  Visit Catholic Relief Services (CRS) www.crs.org to learn how college students are living out the call to solidarity.  Loving God, Father of all people, help sensitize us to the suffering of others so that we can overcome indifference and build up a civilization of love and solidarity.


Second Sunday of Advent - December 9-10, 2017
Until Christ returns.  Who shall we be and what shall we do while awaiting this Second Coming?  Surely not standing around being idle.  No — at work!  The Bible readings early in Advent urge us to be at these works:  giving comfort, straightening out pathways (both figurative and real), repenting, living without spot or blemish. 

               • St. Paul asks, what sort of person ought I be?
               • What one act of mercy will I do this week?
               • How does my life point to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Special Collection Proceeds
A special thank you to all those who contributed to the Retired Diocesan Priests Collection. While collection donations have not as yet been received for all parishes, total proceeds as of Nov. 20 are $70,502.54.

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Help Religious Communities
“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 for the Retirement Fund for Religious 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.

Diocesan Christmas Collection – Dec. 24-25
   The 40th Annual Diocesan Christmas Collection will be taken up at all Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  One hundred per cent (100%) of the money collected through this fund stays in our Diocese to help people in need.  Parishes and agencies throughout the diocese request monies from this collection to assist those who are in need with food, clothing, shelter, utility payments, healthcare and medications, funeral and burial expenses, transportation and emergency assistance of all types. 
    Here is a listing of some of the parishes in our area that have requested and received funds from this collection during 2017 to help those in need:

          Daystar Community Program, Cairo
          Hispanic Ministry (southern counties)
          Hospitality House, Vienna
          St. Andrew, Murphysboro
          St. Joseph, Marion
          St. Mary, Anna
          St. Rose of Lima, Metropolis


Please check out the sign-up sheets on the table at the church entrance -- Many options to sign up for