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Our Lady of Sorrows Church things from Him, He expects to be thanked.

What a lesson!
From the Pastor’s Desk
The whole country stops this time of the year
My Dear People: and with church services and prayers gives
thanks to God for this country, for our
I am overwhelmed with the birthday cards, families, and for all the blessings of life.
promises of prayers and Masses, cakes,
cookies and gift cards that I received this There will be three Masses on Thanksgiving
past Monday on my birthday. I must say that Day. Fr. Booth will not be here, as he went
due to the quantity of gifts I would lose much to see his parents for Thanksgiving. I
sleep if I tried to personally answer all of the personally feel the need to offer the 6:30 and
good wishes and greetings you have given 10:00 while Fr. Jaya will offer the 7:45 a.m. I
me. How can a priest be so blessed to have feel I cannot thank God enough; He has
such a loving parish?! Permit me to say: literally spoiled me…and this parish has
helped God do it!
“A million thanks to each one
of you who celebrated my It is difficult to believe that for over thirty
birthday in any way.” years this “God-fearing country” has
legalized the killing of the unborn infant.
I love the statement of the lady who saw me Now Congress, in preparing a Senate and a
in the the Chapel of Our Savior: she, from the House bill for government-paid health care
back, thought she would wish me a Happy with our money, actually plans to use our tax
Birthday, but then thought… “I will just stay money to pay for abortions.
right here and pray for him!” Perfect. I love
for people to pray for me. The American Bishops have asked all
Catholics to email or fax a letter to their
The great holiday of Thanksgiving is this senators and representatives objecting to a
week. It is such a reminder of our obligations bill that would have our tax money pay for
in life. We have received such a gift from abortions. All information can be found on
God-to live as long as He lives, and His plan Congress website at www.house.gov and
is that this eternal life be in perfect happiness www.senate.gov. This is so urgent that the
with Him. He has proven Himself to be such mail might be too slow.
a loving and forgiving God, while still being
the One who is King of Justice. Wishing you the best for the holidays with a
God-centered thanksgiving, I am faithfully
Being grateful to one another is like the air in yours,
the tires of our ride through life. We all need
to be appreciated; God “feels” the same way. With prayers and blessings,
The Gospel of St. Luke tells us of the ten Fr. Muller
lepers, nine of whom were healed but did not
go back and thank Jesus. We can almost
hear the emotion in between the lines as
Jesus says to the one who returned to thank
Him:
“Where are the other nine?
Were not ten made clean?”

He knew where they were and He knew He


had cleaned all ten of their leprosy. Jesus
was making a point that when we receive
St. Ann’s Members! Remember our
Christmas Party is on December 2 at 10:30 a.m.
in the Family Life Center. Please bring $10 for
lunch if you have made a reservation. You may
also bring your donation for Father Jaya’s school
at this time.
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Mass Schedule for Thanksgiving Day is:
6:30 a.m. Please remember to bring extra canned goods
7:45 a.m. and nonperishable items for our food baskets for
10:00 a.m. the months of November and December, in the
spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, to help with
families who are in need of food. All food goes to
the Catholic Center of Concern for distribution.
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MASS INTENTIONS
The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held
Monday, November 23 Special Intention on Saturday, December 12, in the Family Life
Don Smith
Center. Seating times will be at 8:00 a.m. or
Theresa Cusimano
Tuesday, November 24 Jim Meehan
10:00 a.m. Tickets will be $6.00 per adult, $4.00
Spec. Int. of Michael Sicola per child, and kids three and under are free.
Raymond Von Hagel Raffle tickets are $0.50. No pictures will be taken
Wednesday, November 25 Kitty La Susa by OLS this year, but families can bring their own
John Holt camera to take pictures with Santa. Come enjoy
Mary Egan food, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, and fellowship
Thursday, November 26 Donors to the OLS School with the OLS community. If you have questions
Foundation or are interested in registration, please contact
Elizabeth Saia Rachel Briese by Friday, December 4, at 215-
Anthony Smeraglia
8455 or rachelbriese@hotmail.com.
Friday, November 27 Lenora Katherine Rose Saia
James A. Reynolds
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Special Intention of Bill Barranco
Saturday, November 28 Special Intention Birmingham Cursillo Community will be
Sue Dominick having our THANKSGIVING ULTREYA on
Pete Giangrosso Tuesday, November 24, starting with Mass at
Sunday, November 29 People of the Parish 6:00 p.m. (note the time change to 6:00 p.m., not
Anthony V. Rosato, Sr. the usual 6:30 p.m.) in the Parish Hall. After
Marvic Lara Mass, we will proceed downstairs for a fun-filled
spiritual evening of dinner, prayer and witness
talk. We will also welcome the new Woman
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS Cursillistas just off the Women’s Cursillo
Tending the needs of others is a gift of service to God Weekend #119. Please bring a pot-luck dish, or
as well as those in need. Imagine that you chose to grocery store item to share. Looking forward to
serve God as a deacon, priest, brother, or sister. seeing you at Thanksgiving Ultreya. DeColores!
What do you think/feel about this choice? (Matthew For more information please contact Patrick
25:31-46) For those in need of the basic necessities of Crabtree at 205-960-3991 or email at
life, may we respond generously as we would to
pcrabtree@crabtreecomputer.com
Christ.
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Please join us on Tuesday,
Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, December
December 1, at 11:00 a.m.
6, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Parish
in the Parish Hall. There
Hall. Breakfast will be served to the donors and
will be Mass, followed by
their families.
lunch and bingo.
Ave Marie Shoppe will be open every Sunday Chapel of Our Savior
until Christmas. Come by and pick up your The Chapel needs permanent Committed
advent candles and wreaths. The first Sunday of Adorers for:
Advent is November 29. Monday at 2:00 a.m. (to share hour)
_______________________________________ Monday at 3:00 p.m. (to share hour)
Tuesday at 3:00 a.m.
OLS Annulment Education and Support Our goal is to have at least two people on each
would like to invite everyone interested in hour. These are the hours needed, but do select
learning more about the Declaration of Nullity, an hour that best fits your schedule. Please call
commonly know as Annulments, to join us Ida Wilker at 879-7040 or Mary Claire Brouillette
Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 871-2909.
in Room 102 of the Family Life Center. This “Through perpetual adoration a parish gives the
event is open to everyone who is interested in King all the love He truly deserves. This is why
learning more about the Declaration of Nullity. If today the liturgy for Christ the King begins with
you are a divorced Catholic, know a divorced this prayer: ‘Worthy is the Lamb to receive
Catholic or just want to learn more about what honor, glory and praise’ (Rev. 5:12).” Fr. John
the Church teaches about Annulments, we Hardon
encourage you to join us and learn more about _______________________________________
the Declaration of Nullity. Anne Marie Verchot,
RCIA Director at Our Lady of Sorrows and a
Diocesan Trained Advocate, will be leading the
meeting. For additional information, contact
David Asbach at 383-5634 or daa28@aol.com or
Anne Marie Verchot at 482-8627 or
verchot@bellsouth.net
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From the Music Director’s Desk: High School Youth Group meets every
Advent season will be starting on Sunday, Sunday night from 7:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. We
November 29. I want to bring to your attention start in the Parish Hall with dinner and then move
some changes in the music. During the four to the FLC youth room for fun and prayer. All
weeks: The Kyrie will be sung, and the high school students are invited.
eucharistic acclamations will be from the “Mass High School PSR and Youth Group will NOT be
of Hope” by B. Farrell (Music Issue Nos. 892, meeting next Sunday, November 29.
895, and 897). We will sing an Advent setting of
the Lamb of God by K. Keil (Today’s Missal No. Middle School Youth Group will meet this
37). Monday night 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the
_______________________________________ Family Life Center youth room. Snacks will be
provided.
Benedictine Sister to lead Advent Retreat
on December 4-6, Sister Therese Haydel, OSB, We will be making a pilgrimage to the Shrine of
will present an Advent Retreat at the Benedictine the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville on
Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman, AL. Retreat Saturday, December 12, with the youth group
presentations will be interspersed with ample from St. Francis Xavier. Check upcoming
time for silence, personal prayer, and liturgical bulletins for more information.
celebration with the monastic community. The PSR class for high school students meets
Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated. It Sunday morning in the FLC youth rooms from
starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Breakfast is provided.
the retreat will end after lunch on Sunday, Please remember to bring your journal.
December 6. The cost is $195.00 per person for
a private room, $175.00 per person for a shared
room. For more information call 256-734-8302.