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St.

Augustine Church, Barberton, OH – December 2, 2018
December 3- 9
Monday, December 3 – St. Francis Xavier, Priest
12:05 John Edward & Mary M. Witt
6:00 Confessions

Tuesday, December 4 – Advent Weekday
8:30 School Mass – All Souls
5:15 Laura Yurchiak

Wednesday, December 5 – Advent Weekday
12:05 Andrew Somercik

Thursday, December 6 – Advent Weekday
12:05 Mary Ann Jenney

Friday, December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
12:05 Michael Jerin Sr.
7:00 Sylvia Funk

Saturday, December 8 – Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary (A Holy
Day of Obligation)
8:30 Helen Kauffman
12:05 Mary Ann Jenney
4:00 Anna Zwick – Anniversary (Fr. Browne)

Sunday, December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent
8:00 Sylvia Stone (Fr. Majikas)
10:30 The People of St. Augustine Church (Fr. Browne)
5:15 Kristine Hornacek (Fr. Browne)

Readings for the Week of December 3
Monday Is 2:1-5, Ps 122:1-2,3-4b,4cd-5,6-7,8-9,Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday Is 11:1-10, Ps 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17, Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday Is 25:6-10a, Ps 23:1-3a,3b-4,5-6, Mt 15:29-37
Thursday Is 26:1-6, Ps 118:1 &8-9,19-21,25-27a,Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday Is 29:17-24;Ps 27:1,4,13-14, Mt 9:27-31
Saturday Gn 3:9-15,20, Ps 98:1,2-3ab,3cd-4,Eph 1:3-6,11-12,Lk 1:26-38
Sunday Bar 5:1-9,Ps 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6, Phil 1:4-6,8-11,Lk 3:1-6

First Sunday of Advent
At this time of the year we become more conscious of our family as we make
preparations for cards, gifts and visits. Today’s gospel warns us not to get “weighted
down” by activity. “Take heed to yourselves” during this Advent and devote yourself to
appreciating the fit of those who are already such an important part of your life. The
greatest gift this season might be the true appreciation of Christ in others.
Barberton Area Community Ministry item for the Month of December is Canned Fruit. All
donations can be placed in the bench in front of the giving tree in the vestibule of the
church. Donations are picked up on Monday mornings. Thank you again for all your
support in helping us serve our brother’s and sister’s in need.

Time, Talent & Treasure
Totals not available see next week’s bulletin

Please pray for our Sick especially: Betty Bartel, Lisa Gnap, Judy Kriston, Anne
Trischan, Shanon Johnson, Stephen Deibel, Joanne Ramsay, William Bedford, Carol
Garman, Chad Trischan, Pat Shemuga, Helene Van Oss, Paula Collins, Alexandra
Kepler, Gary Reed, Barb Shehan, Joe Patterson III, Lowell Potts, Sandra Walters, Bruce
Hartung, Barb Helms, Nicole Hahn, Tom Abbott, Bob & Patty Moses, Kelly Ann Eby,
Kaleigh Shriver, Dick Buehrle, Pauline Nonno, Allen Weidman, Conner Beish, Charlie
Carroll, Katie Marino, Cheryl Jackson, Roy Smith, Vickey Todd, Jean Stemmer, Tara
Ferguson, C.J., Bob Eckert, Paul Moon, James Chalfant, Lori Meese, Sharon Lohan,
Carole Ezell-Bell, Lisa Von Gunten, Julian Gonzalez, Honey Ann Zagar, Paulette
Holland, Carol Newhouse, Carol Grimes, Judy Soltis, Nick Shirey, Mary Zinkovitch, Ed
Brogan, Angela Rollins, John Anzaldi, Gary Morgan, Linda Thatcher, Amy Brickels,
Margaret McConnall, Kathleen Bergreen, Patrick Mullett, Darci, Darlene Stefansky,
Scott Beitel, Nick Antonino & Pam Schlernitzauer

In the October/November envelope packet, you will find an envelope for Christmas
Flowers. A donation to the Flower Fund helps to defray costs of flowers and decorations
in our church during the upcoming Christmas season. For those using Faith Direct, if you
have made a contribution, please drop the names of the intended into the offertory
basket or contact the rectory at 330-745-0011.

The Women of Faith will celebrate St. Nicholas Day with PSR and day school students in our
parish by distributing a St. Nick Holy Card and candy cane to each child and staff member on
12-2-18 (PSR) and on 12-6-18 (day school). In addition, each teacher will receive a sheet with
some information about the life of Nicholas and a prayer to share with the students that day.
ST. NICHOLAS, PRAY FOR US as we prepare for Christmas with generous hearts.

Have you gotten your tag from The Giving Tree yet? If you have not,
pull off a tag or two, there are many price ranges to choose from.
Return your unwrapped gift(s) according to the directions on the tag the
weekend of December 8 & 9. This year we are supporting Embrace Clinic a.k.a.
Community Pregnancy Center, the Elizabeth Ministries and the Peter Marin Center.
For your convenience, gifts can be dropped off at the rectory anytime during regular
business hours before the 7 of December.
During this holiday season, the students of St. Augustine school in grades K-2 are
participating in a service project called the Mitten Tree Project. The purpose of this project is
to collect new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for those individuals within our
community who are in need. These items will decorate our Mitten Tree that is outside of
Room 210, The Kindergarten room. Your contributions should be for children and should not
be wrapped. The Mitten Tree Project will run from December 3 through December 14. The
items collected at the end of these two weeks will be given to those in need at the Christmas
Day Dinner and then donated to the Community Pregnancy Center. This is an opportunity for our students
to help children and families stay warm during these upcoming winter months. Please help. Donations can
be sent over to the school or placed in a box in the vestibule of the church. Thank you for your help in
advance!

Join Deacon Robin Adair as he presents Robert Barron’s “The Pivotal Players” St. Augustine & St.
Benedict, December 5, 12 & 19 in the rectory meeting room from 7-8:30pm. Please contact the
rectory if you are interested in participating. 330-745-0011.

Women of Faith are preparing a mailing list of names and addresses of
parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes or are veterans for our
Christmas card ministry. If you have a friend, neighbor or relative who would
enjoy a card, please call Anne Sweeney at 330-825-6302 and we will be happy
to add his/her name to our list. Names and addresses must be submitted by
December 10, 2018 as the WOF does much of the card-writing at our December 11th meeting.
You may also email names and addresses to amazingaunt66@yahoo.com .

The St. Augustine Advent Communal Reconciliation Service will be on Monday, December 10
at 7:00pm in the church. Numerous priests will be available and you may receive the
sacrament either face-to-face or with a screen in a confessional. All are encouraged to take
part in this special sacrament, please plan accordingly.

The next WOF meeting is set for Tuesday evening, December 11, at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria.
Join us for Christmas card-writing to homebound and nursing home parishioners, family and friends
and local veterans. Other events may include carols, Christmas trivia, a service project for our parishes
Christmas Day Dinner- and cookies, for sure! Bring a friend!

Soup Kitchen Crew ~ Our next Soup Kitchen at the First Presbyterian Church (across from
the Barberton library) is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11 beginning at 2:00 p.m. We
have several guest chefs who will prepare their best soups to share with our guests. The
menu will be rounded out with fresh rolls/butter, bowls of shredded cheese and desserts of
fresh pie. There are tables to be dressed, coffee to make and serving to be done. All parishioners are
welcome. Never been to a soup kitchen? What are you waiting for? It will change your life! For
questions contact Carolyn King @ 330-234-7302.

All are invited Thursday evening December 13 at 7 pm to the School Advent &
Christmas Concert being held in the church! It will be featuring the K-5 students as
well as the school choir. Plan to make this a part of your Christmas celebrating and help us
usher in the sacred season of Christmas!

Bakers...keep those ovens ON! Your sweet treats are needed for the reception
following the Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 13 in the school
cafeteria. If you are able to donate a dozen or two of your favorite holiday
confections, please contact Carolyn King ~ Joyful Hearts Ministry @ 330-
234-7302. Thank YOU!

The December Book Club meeting will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 1pm
in the Rectory Meeting room. Our selection is “In This House of Brede” by author
Rumer Godden and explores a late-in-life religious vocation and its impact on the
woman entering a Benedictine cloistered convent and on the community itself. This
book is a great reminder that God calls us throughout our life and sometimes in
surprising ways! A great read-join us! Call Anne Sweeney (330-825-6302) for additional information.

Join fellow parishioners for a few friendly hands of Euchre, Friday,
December 14 beginning at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Let’s celebrate the
Christmas Season with a party, bring a covered dish or dessert to share,
drinks will be provided.

Due to early deadlines by UPS, all information for the bulletins must be submitted by 9:00am on the
following dates: For December 16 bulleting information must be received by Wednesday, December 5,
for the December 23 bulletin information must be received by Wednesday, December 12 and for the
December 30 bulletin, information must be in by Wednesday, December 19 and finally for the January 6
bulletin information must be received by December 27. Please plan ahead!

Christmas Party Crew ~ Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 22 9:15am when we
will be setting up for this year’s Christmas Dinner/Party in the SAC and prepping some of
the food items. There are lots of things to do from dressing tables to arranging gifts. Come
help us prepare for this event. It will really help to set the tone for this blessed time of year!

This year, we are taking our annual Christmas Dinner for those in need and turning it into a
PARTY, complete with games and entertainment. We are in need of small denomination gift
cards to include as game prizes. $1 $5 $10 certificates from area businesses, like Dollar Tree,
Dollar General, Subway, McDonald’s and the like would be greatly appreciated. Please place
in an envelope with GIFT CARD FOR DINNER clearly written on the outside and drop in the
collection basket or deliver to the Rectory. *Those wishing to help on Christmas Day ~ plan to arrive
any time after 10:00am with doors opening for guests at 1:00 p.m. and prayers beginning at 1:30 p.m. We
will begin clean up at around 2:30 p.m. with doors closing at 3:00 p.m. We are using real china this year
and need willing individuals to wash dishes. What a great way to “pay it forward”! Questions? Call or text
Carolyn King @ 330-234-7302. Thank you in advance for your unending generosity.

We are looking for Prayer Warriors……Someone to pray for our School and PSR students.
All you need to do is choose a set of cards with a child’s name on it, place your name (last
names only) on the cards. For those interested, please call Chris Christoff at 330-472-1557
or email cchristoff07@yahoo.com or stop in the rectory to pick up your prayer cards.
Please consider joining this ministry of prayer for our students, we would like each student
to have their own warrior. Cards will be available around the second week of December.
Last year’s changes in the tax law kept in place several popular and attractive charitable gifting options.
Gifting appreciated stock (held more than 1year) to our parish may allow you to deduct the stock’s full
value and bypass capital gains tax. Also, if you are 70 ½ or older, you may be able to reduce your taxable
income this year with a gift made directly from your IRA to our parish. Talk to your advisors and IRA
administrator for more information and to be sure that a gift is made directly from an IRA to a qualified
charity such as our parish. For questions contact Denise Moore in our parish office at (330) 745-0011 ext
113 or via email at businessmanager2@rrbiznet.com. You are also welcome to contact Mary Lou Ozimek
of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x4070 or via email at
mozimek@catholiccommunity.org.

Things going on around town…..

Loyola Retreat House is hosting an Advent retreat “Mary in Advent: A Preparation for the Feast of
Feasts” This retreat will be offered on December 8-9 and directed by Fr. Paschal Petcavage, OSB. For
more information or to register for this retreat, call 330-896-2315 or visit our website at
LoyolaRetreatHouse.com. Hope you can join us.

A Christmas Concert with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir will take place on Friday, December
12 at 7:00pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Avenue, Cleveland.
The Concert is free and open to all. No tickets or reservations required. Free parking in the
surface lot on Rockwell Avenue, or in the Cathedral Plaza Garage – Rockwell Avenue & E.
Ninth Street. For more information please call 216-696-6525 x 5510 or email
gheisman@dioceseofcleveland.org

This Christmas Season, please keep our servicemen and women in your prayers. May
they experience the protection of the Lord and rely on Him for their strength, peace and
joy!

Attention Lectors & Ushers: Sign-up sheets have been placed in the sacristy and the
vestibule; we are looking for lectors and ushers for the Christmas Masses. Please
prayerfully consider helping us out and sign up as soon as possible.

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