December 1, 2012
Happy new year - liturgical new year, that is! We begin our month with the season of Advent, the start of the liturgical year, and end our month by closing the calendar year of 2012. During this time of transition, check out some of the great things that will be going on at St. Alphonsus during the month of December!
Turkey Bingo - Saturday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the parish's annual Turkey Bingo will take place inside the Parish Hall. With only $5 cards to play the entire evening, food for guests, and some great raffles, you are bound to have fun and even possibly take home a turkey or ham for your dinner table.
Weekday Mass - Weekly throughout Advent
Join us for weekday Masses at the following times in Advent: Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.
Advent Adoration - Each Friday in Advent beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Beginning immediately following the 9 a.m. Mass on Fridays and concluding with Benediction just before the 7:30 a.m. Saturday Mass. Look for a signup sheet in the narthex to commit to spending a half hour or full hour with Jesus in Adoration.
"Advent Reflections: Come, Lord Jesus" Series - Tuesday Evenings in Advent (December 4, 11, 18)
Join us for presentations and discussions based on the reflections from Cardinal Dolan’s “Advent Reflections: Come, Lord Jesus” in this three-part series during the Advent season. You are welcome to come to one or all of the sessions.
Advent Decorations throughout Advent
Keeping with our parish traditions, the Arts and Environment Committee will make weekly changes around the narthex and sanctuary.
Parish Crèche throughout Advent
As we journey through the season and focus on different stories in Scripture, look for changes and additions to the parish's Crèche each week when you come to Mass! In front of the Crèche you will also find the traditional donation bucket for contributions to the next piece of the nativity scene.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word - Each Sunday throughout Advent
During the 10:30 a.m. Mass, the children of the parish will have a special opportunity to learn and listen to Scripture with the peers before rejoining the congregation. This is an excellent way for the children to participate during Mass and be back with their families in the pew following the homily.
The Giving Tree - through December 5
Share in Christ’s love for others by selecting a paper ornament or two from the Giving Tree in the narthex and contributing to those in need. Please return your unwrapped gift item to the collection boxes in the narthex by December 2.
FUN PAC’s - Families Unite Now Parents And Children - through Wednesday, December 12
Filled with gifts which encourage family time, FUN PAC’s are presented to families who are clients of the Caring Center. Help out with this service project by donating board games, crafts, cookie mixes/cookie cutters, family appropriate movies, microwave popcorn, etc. Drop off the gifts in the donation boxes in the narthex by Wednesday, December 12.
Women in God's Service (WINGS) - Thursday, December 13, 7 to 8 p.m.
All women of the parish are then welcome to help the WINGS Ministry pack and wrap these special family gifts. The group will meet in the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin room in Weitzel Hall.
WWII Veteran's Dinner - Friday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus are hosting a special dinner inside Parish Hall to honor WWII veterans currently living in the Central Indiana area.
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - Saturday, December 8
Join us for Mass, either the vigil, Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m., or on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 a.m. or 9 a.m.
Middle School Advent Retreat - Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
Middle school youth will spend the weekend preparing for the coming of the Lord. Registration for the retreat is due December 5. Parents are invited to join the youth at the 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and then to stay for an activity until the retreat ends at 11 a.m. Please pray for our youth and find more information about the retreat at ZionsvilleCatholicYouth.com
COFFEE Chat Gathering - Tuesday, December 11, 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The friendly and casual faith formation gathering for adults continues. "COFFEE," Catholics Offering Faithful Friendly Experiences and Examples, presents special book studies with conversational gatherings. Parents are welcome to attend and bring their favorite coffee mug or brewed beverage while building community and growing spiritually. The gatherings take place in the Crucifixion of the Lord room inside Weitzel Hall.
Advent Penance Service - Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this Advent Prayer Service in preparation for celebrating the Nativity of our Lord.
WINGS Ministry - Thursday, December 13, at 7 ap.m.
All women of the parish are invited to help the WINGS ministry the evening of Thursday, December 13 to assemble the FUN PAC's. Stop by the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin room in Weitzel Hall to help pack and wrap the gifts for families.
Young Adult Advent Prayer - Saturday, December 22 at 8 a.m.
The young adults of the parish will be praying with the O Antiphons, a traditional Advent prayer used in the last 7 days before Christmas. The group will meet at 8 a.m. in the Day Chapel and then go for breakfast afterwards. (Young parents, infants and toddlers are welcome, too!)
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: Nativity of the Lord - Tuesday, December 25
Merry Christmas! Join us for Mass on this special celebration of the Nativity of the Lord during one of the following times: Monday, December 24 (vigil): 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 25: 12 a.m. (midnight) and 9:00 a.m.
Healing Service - Wednesday, December 26
Are any members of your family suffering from a physical, mental or spiritual illness? Regardless of whether or not they practice the faith or are even Catholic, they are invited to our Christmas Healing Service at 7 p.m. in the church. There will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 6:30 p.m. before the healing service begins, and after it concludes at about 7:30 p.m. The healing service itself will include a homily, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and a blessing for all of those in need of healing.
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION: Mary, the Mother of God - Tuesday, January 1
Join us in celebrating Mary, the Mother of God at either the vigil Mass on Monday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. or on Tuesday, January 1 at 9 a.m.