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«Saint Aloysius Catholic Church A parish of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Very Rev. Father John David Byrnes, JCL, JV Pastor 7911 Admiral Peary ...»

Serving God’s People on the Summit since 1838! ~

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Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saint Aloysius Catholic Church

A parish of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Very Rev. Father John David Byrnes, JCL, JV

Pastor

7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630-1515

Rectory / Parish Office 886- 2235 Community Center 886-2388 Faith Education Center 886-2669

Parish Secretary Mrs. Ann Sutton Parish e-mail stals16630@yahoo.com

Parish Website www.saintaloysiuscresson.org Parish FAX 814 -886- 4392 Parish Office Hours Monday – Friday 9 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday Masses Saturdays at 4:00 PM, Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 AM

Celebration of Sacraments:

Saturdays 11:00 – 12:00 Noon, 3:00 - 3:30 PM Penance/Reconciliation ( Confessions ) Anytime by request upon request for the sick or homebound.

Anointing of the Sick by previous arrangement and preparation. Please call the parish.

Infant Baptism Baptism Preparation Process Mrs. Michelle Bossler 886-7719 9 months notice /pre-marital preparation required. Please call the parish.

Marriage Persons interested in becoming Catholic are welcome!

Christian Initiation of Adults Ms. Gaye Boyer 472-7317 Christian Initiation Process Eucharistic Adoration/ Benediction Every Wednesday after 8 AM Mass until 9 PM

Prayer:

Forty Hours Eucharistic Days Celebrated in June / Feast of St. Aloysius, June 21 Rosary for Vocations twenty minutes prior to Sunday Mass Novena of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Every Monday after 8 AM Mass Solemn Novena during Lent

DIRECTORY

Diocesan Tribunal Office, Hollidaysburg Fr. Byrnes 693 – 9485 Father’s e-mail jbyrnes@dioceseaj.org

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FROM THE DESK OF FATHER JOHN:

Dear Parish Family, Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Birth of Christ is near! Here is our parish schedule for the great Solemnity of Christmas…… 2013 Christmas Schedule

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All Altar Servers are to be in the sacristy twenty minutes before the Christmas Masses There will be No Wednesday Eucharistic Adoration on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.

Christmas Decorating / Help Needed We will clean, decorate, place flowers and prepare our church for Christmas on Monday morning, December 23, at 9:00 AM. All are welcome!!!!!

The Beauty of our Christmas Manger - On Christmas, you will notice the renewed beauty of our manger scene! Thank you to our parishioner, Anneliese Klemstine, who has repainted each of our statues in preparation for Christmas! Thank you for this artistic gift which the whole parish can enjoy!!

Christmas Gifts - A reminder to all who serve in the following ministries - ALTAR SERVERS,

READERS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CATECHISTS, ATRIUM, EXTRAORDINARY

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION, ORGANISTS/CHOIR MEMBERS/MUSIC MINISTRY,

USHERS, COLLECTION COUNTERS, LEGION OF MARY, DUSTBUSTERS, PARISH

COUNCIL and ALL COMMITTEES (Liturgy, Life & Family, Stewardship, Maintenance, Christian Service, Evangelization/Education) and FINANCE COUNCIL You are welcome to pick up your Christmas gift from the parish in the sacristy following Mass. You keep our parish vibrant! Thank you for your faithfulness to your ministries and committee work throughout the year!

The Feast of Mary, Mother of God /New Year’s Day - is a holy day of obligation Mass will be celebrated on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday) at 4 PM and on New Year’s Day (Wednesday) at 8 AM and 10:30 AM.

St. Aloysius Parish Christmas Play - The children of the parish will present “ Epiphany” at 6:30 PM Sunday January 5, in our Community Center. All are invited to enjoy this joyful play reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas! Refreshments will follow!!!

Christmas Season Youth Mass - All Religious Education students will attend the Sunday January 5th 10:30 AM YOUTH MASS for the Solemnity of the Epiphany together. All of our children (ALL SAINTS, BISHOP CARROLL, ATRIUM) are invited to be part of this Mass! Religious Education classes resume Sunday January 5.

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS/ SNACK WITH SANTA- Thank you to our dedicated Stewardship Committee and Do-nut workers for planning another outstanding Birthday Party for Jesus –Snack with Santa. All of the children had a great time! Look for their “birthday cards for Jesus” near our Christmas manger!

Steubenville Summer Youth Conference - For our 6th straight year, St. Aloysius Parish will be offering a trip for our teenagers to Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio for the Summer Youth Conference /Retreat on June 20-22, 2014. I, along with Fr. David Rizzo, Kathy Maurer, principal of All Saints Catholic School, and several parents will chaperone the weekend. Our young people have received registration forms.

Registration and a deposit of $50 must be made by Monday, January 6.

I encourage our teenagers to take part in this weekend of fun, faith and spiritual growth. Any questions?

Call me at 886-2235, email jbyrnes@dioceseaj.org or Bob Sutton, Confirmation Director at 814- 505 email rsutton@bguilfoyle.org Adult Altar Servers for Funerals - Our parish is blessed with over 50 children and teenagers who assist us at Mass as Altar Servers. During school days/week days when our young people are unavailable to serve, our funeral Masses are served by Adult Altar Servers. I thank George Voyer and Nancy Saksa who serve in this important ministry and have for several years. It is an important work of mercy.





We are in need of more Adult Altar Servers to help with funerals/weekday Masses. In some parishes, this ministry has been fulfilled by Knights of Columbus and retired members of the parish. Please let me know if you are willing to serve in this important ministry. I will teach you how to serve! Training will be offered after Christmas.

2014 CALENDAR OF PRIZES: The 2014 Calendar of Prizes is now available at the Parish Office. Your donation of $25 per calendar (that’s less than$.07/day) will give you a chance to win the normal daily payout of $30.00. Special dates have a daily payout of $50 - $400! The winner is determined by the first 3 digit daily number drawn at 7:00 PM. This would make a great Christmas gift!! We ask your support for this annual Stewardship project.

THIS WEEK @ ST. ALOYSIUS PARISH

SUNDAY [12/22] 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES (Christmas Break)

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SUNDAY [12/29] 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES (Christmas Break) STEWARDSHIP OF TIME AND TALENT / Liturgical Ministries: Dec. 22-29

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EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: DEC. 24-25 – CHRISTMAS STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE – Dec. 15: Income - $3805.00; Children - $44.00; Loose - $126.10;

Christmas - $115.00 Repairs - $166.10; Expenses - $4840.25 We also paid the parish subsidy ($3,000/month) to All Saints Catholic School.

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL NEWS

Merry Christmas from our All Saints Catholic School family to yours! May the blessings of this sacred season fill your home with love and joy!

Thank you to all who contributed to any of our Advent service projects. We were pleased to donate over $500 to the Mainline Angel Tree fund in memory of our beloved preschool aide, Mrs. Arvilla Bender. A truckload of goods were given to Tomorrow’s Hope, a homeless veteran’s shelter in Coalport. Several boxes of toys were bought and donated to our diocese’s Fulton County Mission toy drive. We appreciate your generosity.

DUSTBUSTERS NEEDED: St. Aloysius Church is in need of volunteers to help with the vacuuming/dusting of the church. Volunteers are scheduled once every three weeks. If you would be able to donate a little of your time to help us or if you would like more information, please contact Ann at the office (886-2235).

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY RETREAT: Following in the Footsteps of Mary, a retreat for young ladies ages 18-29 will be held Jan. 3 (5:30 PM) – Jan. 5 (12 noon) at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, 1872 Munster Rd., Portage. The weekend will consist of prayer, conferences, group discussions, quiet reflection, Holy Mass, and confessions. The retreat is designed for young women who are discerning their vocation and/or to provide an opportunity to pray and grow spiritually. Talks will help us follow Mary’s lead in practicing recollection, docility to the Holy Spirit, humility and charity. Please register by Dec. 30.

Call Mother Jacinta Miryam, SSCJ at 814 505-2290 or email her at sisterjacinta@gmail.com.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION: St. Joseph carried out God’s will and embraced his fatherhood as a stewardship. May you allow God to change your plans in order to fulfill his.

LITURGICAL REFLECTION: Because The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was the first document of the Second Vatican Council, it is not surprising that its opening paragraph deals with the intentions of the Council in general. It states, “It is the goal of this most sacred Council to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to make more responsive to the signs of our times those Church observances which are open to adaptation; to nurture whatever can contribute to the unity of all who believe in Christ; and to strengthen those aspects of the Church which can help summon all mankind into her embrace” CSL Number 1. This is why the Church with the guidance of the Holy Spirit undertook the reform and promotion of the liturgy. The Liturgy Documents Volume I. General Introduction, page xii and page 3. 2013, Diocese of AltoonaJohnstown, Liturgy Office, 925 S. Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 LITURGICAL REFLECTION: CHRISTMAS: The Church is conscious that it must celebrate the saving work of the divine Bridegroom by devoutly recalling it on certain days throughout the course of the year.

This is Christmas Day and the Church recalls the arrival of the Word Made Flesh dwelling among us. Each year on December 25 the Church commemorates the presence of God’s Son in our midst, born a babe in Bethlehem. As promised by God and foretold by the prophets, this is the long-awaited Messiah who brings us salvation. Darkness is scattered; fear is dissolved. The Light has appeared on earth and hearts are filled with joy. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Number 102. 2013. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Liturgy Office, 925 S.

Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

ADVENT BULLETIN INSERTS – THE DIOCESAN PLAN Fourth Sunday of Advent: Professing In Matthew, Joseph is portrayed as one who professes unwavering trust in the angel of the Lord in both word and in deed. Specifically, he follows the command to name the son of Mary Emmanuel and to take Mary into his home. In doing so, he paves the way for the great miracle of “God with us” in the Incarnation of Christ that we eagerly anticipate during these late Advent days.

Professing is the final movement in the diocesan planning process. Both during and at the completion of our



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