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Dennis Gift Card Program Christmas is right around the corner and gift cards make great stocking stuffers!
Need a gift for the teacher? Buy a gift card! Need a gift for your babysitter? Buy a gift card! That hard to buy for teenager? Buy a gift card!! A gift card is the perfect gift for the person who has everything! Check out gift card websites at, or to see all of the retailers that participate in the program. If we dont have the card you are looking for at the gift card table, place an order its easy! Fill out the form for the cards you want to order, write a check, and your cards will be waiting for you at the next weeks Mass. Need gift cards during the week? Gift cards are available on Thursday mornings in the Parish Center from 8 to 9am and Friday mornings in the faculty lounge from 8 to 9am. If you have any questions or want to place a special order, please contact me at or (815) 836-0661. Thank you for your support of the Scrip program. Denise Salvino

The Giving Tree Starting the weekend of November 17th

Please consider sharing your blessings again this Christmas season with someone in need. Gift tags for those in need will be available on the Giving Tree in the Narthex November 17th. Please select a tag, purchase the item(s) listed, wrap your gift, attach the tag to the gift and place it under the Tree. Gifts must be placed under the Tree by 12 p.m. December 9th so that they may be delivered to the appropriate places by Christmas. Again this year we will be helping those at the Daybreak Shelter, Lambs Fold, Vilaseca Day Care Center and the Guardian Angel Home. As always, thank you for your generosity and supportyour gift may be the only gift someone at one of these organizations receives this Christmas.
Volunteers Needed to help as Wedding Hostess for Rehearsals and Wedding Mass or Ceremony at St. Dennis. Contact Denise Rumchak for more info at 815-474-7629.

November 18, 2012

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 1214 Hamilton Street, Lockport, IL 60441
Phone 815 838-2592 Fax 815 838-2401 E-mail Web - Our Mission Statement St. Dennis is a welcoming, Spirit-led, Catholic Community called to be disciples of Christ, servants of those in need and celebrators of Gods love. WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Saturday 4:30 pm Sunday 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am Daily Monday thru Friday 7:15 am (Changes to daily Mass may occur. View page 2 for all changes.) Glory & Praise Tuesdays 7:00 pm

ST. DENNIS FUNDRAISER SUCCESS CONTINUES Now Gas/Electric bills may be paid through Ambit. Thank you friends of St. Dennis who are participating in our Natural Gas & Electric Fundraising Program through Ambit Energy. Households have seen the savings on monthly statements. St. Dennis is receiving monthly donations averaging over $400 now with 250 service enrollments from Ambit which will continue to grow. To support our Church & save money, visit our website or call parishioner Mario Buonauro 630-464-2900. Have your current gas/electric bill handy.

300 Club Winners for November: $75.00 Deacon Rob Weierman 50.00 Martha Pastre 25.00 Kimberly Bell

Literature for the Soul Book Club

Open to anyone age 16+ who wants to explore literary selections with others from St. Dennis. $2 per session or bring a snack to share. Our next meeting is November 18th in the Parish Office Stalzer Room from 6:30pm 8:30pm. The November selection is Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge and the January selection is Why the Nativity? by David Jeremiah. We always welcome new members! Contact Sue Brody at 815-302-3190.

Dear Family, I would like to bless you and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I as so thankful to God for all your support and love, especially during my time of surgery and recovery. I am thankful for the amazing and beautiful restoration of our church and your generosity to make that possible. I am thankful for your support of our Catholic school and supporting our special funds: the Pioneer Committee Campaign and most recently the Jubilation dinner dance auction. I am so thankful for the wonderful people like yourself who donate your time to volunteer and minister to so many in our parish. I am thankful for my dedicated and joyful staff: Sr. Joanne Vallero, Kathy Provancal, Lisa Smith, Laura Pfeiffer, Colleen Dombrowski, Kym Bruining, Venus Wozniak, Christen Morris, Michelle Pall and Patti Johnson. I am thankful for my brother priests, Fr. Thomson Panakal, Fr. Mark Fracaro and Deacon Rob Weierman for all their work and support they give to me and love they give to each of you. I give thanks to my family and friends who always lift me up. Finally, I am thankful to Jesus and our Blessed Mother for the strength and love they give me each day of my life. Please join us to celebrate a special Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday, November 22nd at 9am in the church. I invite you to bring your bread, food, wine, etc. to be blessed. In the Lords Love, Fr. Jim

Reconciliation: Sat. 3:30-4:15 pm or Appt. Baptism Please call 815 838-2592 ext.123 to register and complete a Baptismal Request form. Marriage Please call 815 838-2592 ext.123 to Register, at least six months in advance.

Parish Office Hours

8:30 am 4:00 pm PASTORAL STAFF
Pastor Rev. James Curtin Associate Pastor Rev. Thomson Panakal Residents Fr. Mark Fracaro Sr. Ellen Thomas, r.c. Pastoral Associates Deacon Rob Weierman Sr. Joanne Vallero, CSJ Faith Formation Director Venus Wozniak Music Director Patti Johnson

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Prepare your family for Advent on Tuesday, Nov 27th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. All ages welcome. Cost per household is $15. Registration required.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

Join us on Monday, Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, as professional actor, Terry Lynch, brings the story of St. Nicholas to life! Enjoyable for all ages. After the presentation, join us in preparing for St. Nicholas feast on Dec. 6th with a craft and blessing. Register at 815-838-2592 x 114. Cost is $5 each or $20 per household. At Home Retreat for Advent Adults are welcome to join Sr. Joanne to make time for Advent on Monday, Dec 3rd at 7 pm in Stalzer Rm. Register at 815-838-2592 x 110. Free.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

SundayCatechesis of GS 9:15am, 5:15pm; Baptism 1pm MondayCatechesis of GS 4:30pm; Exodus 6:30pm TuesdayGlory & Praise 7pm 2nd TuesdayCCW 12pm - Sept., Dec., March & May WednesdayCatechesis of GS 6pm Thursday All Choir Practices; Bible Study 10am; RCIA 7pm Third Thursday Senior Luncheon First FridayHoly Hour 3:30pm SaturdayRCIA 3pm

Healing Prayer
Lorrie Murphy 708 301-5107

Bulletin Editor
Contact the Parish Office

Bulletin Information Center Please send all information by email to Deadline to submit info for the bulletin is 4 pm Friday one week before you want it to appear. NOTE: In subject area, please type St. Dennis Bulletin. All info must now be in MS Word or Publisher document as an attachment. Thank you, Parish Office.

1201 Washington St.Lockport, IL 60441 815 838-4494 PrincipalLisa Smith

November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

Mass Intentions
Saturday, November 17 1:30 pm Wedding of Angela Trotter & Anthony Kendrick 4:30 pm Andrzej Bizub, Birthday Remembrance by family, Jerry Varsek, Birthday Remembrance by Nick & Jeanne Lehner, May, Maurisak & Gubista families by family, Marcella Cargle, Birthday Remembrance by Carol

Please pray for those who are sick or suffering especially Della Kabza, Marty Koleno, Sr. Ellen Thomas, John Climack, Charles Zambuto, John Renzi This Week, the Flame of Faith will burn in memory of Emily Taskay, Anniversary of Death by family


Raphael Ministry Fall Grief Support Sessions: How to Go on after a loved one has died. Sunday mornings Nov 18 at 10:30 am in Parish Office Stalzer Room. Call Parish Office to register or Sr. Joanne at 838-2592 x 110. ALL WELCOME! Believe It or Not-God-Bible Study: Join Deacon Rob on a 4week journey, titled In the Beginning. This will be a unique experience of Fr. Robert Spitzers series on Creation as seen through the Big Bang Theory. You will come away with a better understanding of Romans 8:22. Mondays thru Dec. 3rd 7:00-8:30pm. Narthex. WORD ALIVE! Bible Study: Join us on Thursday Mornings, 10-11:30 am. in Parish Office Stalzer Rm. Upcoming sessions are Nov 29 and Dec 8. Call Sr. Joanne at 815 838 2592 X 110. Glory & Praise Worship & Gatherings will resume again on December 4th on Tuesday eve at 7 pm in the church with Mass of Healing with Fr. Jim Curtin Catholic Council of Women CCW will meet on Tuesday, Dec 11th at noon in Fracaro Hall for our Christmas meeting. Bring a gift for our members raffle. Christmas raffle tics now on available in Parish Office. Please return tickets by Dec 9th. Music Ministry: Holiday happenings! On Friday, Dec 14th the St. Dennis School children will perform The Nutcracker in the Parish Center. On Sunday, December 16th the adult and childrens choirs and chimes will perform a Christmas concert in the church. 2012 Christmas Outreach Program : Adopt A Family Help a family in need this Christmas by Adopting-A-Family or by providing gift cards or cash to the St. Dennis Outreach Program. See information sheet with sign up form in this weeks bulletin insert. 1st Reconciliation & 1st Communion Prep. Parents of children who wish to receive these sacraments this spring must register their child. The first mtg. for parents only is Wed, Dec. 12th, 7pm in church. Prep. evenings with children are: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, April 12 & Rehearsal is April 27th in church. 1st Reconciliation will be on May 3rd & 1st Communion will be May 4th . Registration forms (green) can be found in Narthex, at or call Christen at 838-2592 x 114 or . Nov. 10/11 Collection (356 envelopes) .................... $ 12,410 Weekly Auto Debit (103) ........ 2,850 Monthly Auto Debit-weekly aver. (133) ............ 3,413 Total ........... $ 18,673
*$773 loose cash


Weekly Operating Expenses ..... Christmas Flowers Collection (153) .......... THANK YOU!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

$ 18,606 $ 1,791

Sunday, November 18 7:30 am Rose & Tony Piersanti by Carolyn, Edmund and
Mary Burke by Richard & Angeline Burke 9:15 am Ethel Zwanzig by Linda Pastore, LeRoy Blinstrup by Mike & Cathy Pauly, Ken Pilon by Kims Group Reunion 11:00 am Gene Rodarte by parents, John Pesavento Birthday Remembrance by family, Nicolette Bellos by family

Todays Scripture Readings Dan 12:1-3 Daniels description of the last days Heb 10:11-14, 18 Jesus sacrifice took away all sin. Mark 13:24-32 This world will pass away, but not the words of Jesus.

Please consider using auto debit in which your contribution is automatically withdrawn on a regular basis. Call Kathy at 815 838-2592 ext. 121 to enroll. PARISH CENTER DEBT.....
Giving the Glory to God Renovation: Total Pledged: $332,360 Number of families: 347 Payments received: $264,057

Monday, November 19 7:15 am Joan Carbery, Wedding Anniversary Remembrance by husband Tom

Readings for the Week

Mon: Rv 1:1-4, 2: 1-5, Lk 18: 35-43 Tues: Rv 3: 1-6, 14-22, Lk 19: 1-10 Wed: Rv 4: 1-11, Lk 19: 11-28 Thurs: 1 Cor 1: 3-9, Lk 17: 11-19, Rv 5:1-10/ Lk 19:41-44 Fri: Rv 10: 8-11, Lk 19: 45-48 Sat: Rv 11:4-12, Lk 20:27-40 Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: The world was made for the glory of God. St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things not to increase his glory, but to show forth and to communicate it, for God has no other reason for creation than his love and goodness. HELP NEEDED We are in dire need of Walmart, Gas and Pharmacy gift cards for our families in need in our St. Dennis Outreach program. We are very grateful for any help you can give. Please drop off cards in parish office or collection basket. God Bless you!

$ 10,469
(as of 11/12/12)

Tuesday, November 20 7:15 am Rose Eipers by Verna Konicek Wednesday, November 21 7:15 am Donna Tierney by Jim & family, Angela Costello,
Birthday Remembrance by Nancy, Jim Luebbe by family

This weeks second collection is for Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The Parish Office will be closed at noon on Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of our parishioners, have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day 9:00 am Patricia Zimny by Robert Ropa, Jay Vana by
Linda Pastore, Tom Marchio by Pat & Jerry Levandowski, Joan Carbery by the Robbins family

Friday, November 23 7:15 am St. Dennis Parish Saturday, November 24 1:30 pm Wedding of Natalie Balicki and Issa Alia 4:30 pm Edmund & Claire DaRosa by family, Raymond
Pesavento Months Mind by Teresa & Matt Monos

As we come near to the end of this liturgical year, we are reminded that the end is coming soon. Our Catechism reminds us: Since the Ascension Christ's coming in glory has been imminent, even though 'it is not for you to know times or seasons which the father has fixed by his own authority' (673). As we gather to worship this day, may we always be prepared for the coming of the Lord.
The Churchs love for the a part of her constant tradition (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2444). The Collection for the Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that create lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States. In the last five years, over 36% of CCHDs grants have gone toward advancing education, supporting economic development, and improving housing in low-income neighborhoods. You can help participate in this tradition today. Fight poverty in America. Defend human dignity. Give to the CCHD Collection.

Sunday, November 25 7:30 am Willie Tierney by Jim & family, Lillian Marchio,
Anniv of Death by family, W.H.Rubel Jr. by Rubel family 9:15 am St. Dennis Parish 11:00 am Josephine Suski by Duray family

Prayer Requests
Do you need prayer or know of someone in need of prayer? Contact the parish office at 838-2592 ext. 123 or to add a prayer request to our daily e-mail prayer line.

Praise the Lord!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His loving kindness is everlasting.