eNEWS for 12-01-2019 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the weeks of December 1, 2019 - The first Sunday of Advent
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
This weekend we begin a new year in the church with the First Sunday of Advent, a reset of the Christian liturgical life where we are offered the opportunity to pay attention in a renewed way to the words of Scripture and the sights and sounds of our common prayer. While there is frenzied talk about having fewer days to perform our Christmas shopping rituals post-Thanksgiving, we are still given four Sundays of Advent and the grace to quiet our lives so good listening can occur. May this reflection that I found among parish archives of Advents past encourage you as we begin this holy season together:
In the midst of preparations
the only time to watch is now.
And so we light the candles on our Advent wreath and in its glow,
which pushes back the encircling darkness,
we enter a prayer,
which readies us
for the amazing mystery
of a birth cry.
In the midst of preparations
the only time
Pax Christi News
magazine should be coming to your homes at the end of this week or early next week. Please take a moment to enjoy its contents as another way to prepare for the upcoming liturgical seasons, and/or take advantage of one of the Advent reflection books at entrances one through four, available this weekend.
Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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Thank you for your generosity!
Week of November 17:
Basket Collection 10,825
Online Giving 41,262
Total Week #20 68,468
YTD Actual 946,627
YTD Budget 932,000
YTD Variance 14,627
Other contribution methods include grants from donor-advised funds, stock donations, IRA distributions, payroll deductions, and online bill payments.
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DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK ARTIST NEEDED
Are you creative? Do you enjoy working with photos? Have you put together digital photo books for your family or travels? If those questions describe you… we would love to hear from you! We are looking for a Digital Scrapbook Artist for a project at Pax Christi. This is a great way to promote the beautiful ministry work in our community. For more details contact Melissa Nault, Communications Arts Director,
CHRISTMAS BELL RINGERS -
COME RING THE COLORED BELLS!
Deadline to signup is December 6
Children, grades 1 through 6 are invited to be a bell ringer for the Christmas Eve 2:00pm Family Mass. No experience needed - the bells are color-coded. Rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 10:00am in the chapel. If you can be at the rehearsal and present at 1:15pm on Christmas Eve, please register online below. Deadline is December 6. Come ring the bells!!
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THANKSGIVING DAY MASS AND WEEKEND
Mass Thursday, November 28, 9:00am in the Sanctuary
Please note there is no Mass on Friday, November 29, and the building and parish office will be closed for the day. Also note that there will be no hospitality served at weekend Masses and the nursery will be closed for the entire holiday weekend.
TWELVE BASKETS SHARE THE JOY
Stop by Signup Displays in Dorothy Day Social Hall
Weekends November 30/December 1 and December 7/8 following Mass
The Twelve Baskets Ministry invites you once again to “Share the Joy” this holiday season! As we take time to count our many blessings and give thanks, may we also remember that so many of our brothers and sisters, including children, are living in great need. Here at Pax Christi we have many wonderful opportunities for giving—St. Stephen’s Mens’ Shelter, Blessed Kateri’s Faith Formation Children, Little Earth Seniors, YouthLink, Launch Ministry, and Risen Christ School are returning again. Please stop by to chat with a Twelve Baskets Minister and to see the many creative opportunities to participate. We look forward to another wonderful season of “Sharing the Joy!”
DROP OFF DATE:
Drop off gifts at Pax Christi, at doors one and three in the designated bins, by Sunday, December 15.
BAKE SALE: BAKED GOODS NEEDED
Drop-off: December 6, 4:00–8:00pm or December 7, 7:30–8:45am
Bake Sale: Saturday, December 7, 9:00am–3:00pm
Bake your favorite Christmas treats and bring them to the Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Room 111, in the lower level Friday or Saturday at times posted above. Proceeds will be used to purchase an Air Hockey table for the youth room as well as some large outdoor games for our summer Bible Camp!
Saturday, December 7, 9:00am–3:00pm
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, you’ll find it all at the Pax Christi Holiday Boutique. Fifty quality crafters and artisans will offer unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. There is no fee for this event. Lunch and baked goods available for purchase.
PAX CHRISTI PARISHIONERS ART EXHIBIT
Artist reception, Sunday, December 8 following morning Masses
Stop by and experience amazing artwork by talented Pax Christi parishioners. View paintings, sculpture, oil pastels, photographs, and prints. Meet the artists during the opening reception, have some delicious treats, and engaging conversations. Details will be shared at the exhibit. Exhibit runs through December 15.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Monday, December 9, 8:30am Mass
Since December 8, 2019, is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, December 9, 2019. The obligation to attend Mass, however, does not transfer.
TAKE BACK YOUR HOLIDAYS
Thursday, December 12, 7:00–8:30pm, St. Richard’s Catholic Church
Our neighboring Depression Support Coalition is hosting an important holiday event this December. Holiday expectations, family gatherings, and cultural expectations can be stressful for all of us. How can we celebrate while caring for our minds and emotions? Come to reflect on your experience, and leave having created a personal strategy for your coming holidays. There is no fee to attend. For further information, contact Jolaine Liupakka, Director of Pastoral Care, St. Richard’s, 612-869-2426, or
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 14, at the 5:00pm Mass
Join Pax Christi’s Latino community for a celebration to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. You are welcome to bring flowers to place before Our Blessed Mother in remembrance of those that miraculously marked her appearance. The celebration after Mass includes delicious Mexican food, Mariachi music, and even the breaking of a piñata for the kids.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT CARE CENTERS
Sunday, December 15, 2:00–4:00pm, meet in Room 111
Come join the fun and brighten the day for our senior friends and neighbors. Faith Formation and Care and Support Ministries are joining together to go Christmas caroling and distribute handmade cards at local senior care centers. Creative holiday attire is encouraged! After caroling, we’ll return to Pax Christi for hot chocolate, cookies, and an opportunity for a family photo. RSVP online by December 10 so we can plan for an adequate number of care centers to visit.
SIMBANG GABI: Filipino Catholic Community Mass
Monday, December 16, 7:00–8:30pm, Thomas Merton Chapel RSVP
All are welcome to join the Filipino Catholic Community for evening Mass followed by a traditional Filipino dinner. Please RSVP so we can plan for the dinner -
The Origin and Meaning of Simbang Gabi:
Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn Masses that start on December 16. These Masses are also considered as a novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Simbang Gabi has become one of the most popular Catholic traditions in the Philippines. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among the family members and parishioners but also because it is the time where our faith is intensified. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
SOULCOLLAGE® CARD MAKING
Wednesday, December 18, 6:00–8:30pm RSVP
Originated by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a fun, easy, and creative way to express your inner world. It is a gentle, playful, and often joyful way of exploring your life and your deep self. It’s a creative process that anyone can do. Using intuition, imagination, and your willingness to explore, you will create collage cards that represent various and unique aspects of who you are that can help guide you on a journey of self-discovery. Materials provided.
Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege
OPENING RETREAT: Saturday, January 4, 8:30am–5:00pm
CHOOSE A SESSION: Wednesdays, January 8–February 26, 1:00pm
OR Thursdays, January 9–February 27, 6:00pm
Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege
is an eight-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions five through eight take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all
programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities. Please note that
Faith and Racial Equity
is not for the faint of heart! The module is designed for participants who are willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action. NO FEE: This program is made possible through the generosity of the Catholic Community Foundation.
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on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:57AM