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Third Sunday of Advent
John the Baptist was a man of faith “sent by God to testify to the Light so that all might believe.” Men: when others see you as a brother, husband, son, uncle, stepfather or grandfather what do they learn from you about responsibility, commitment, caring, nurturing and love? Are you a witness to the Light? (Insert graphic 1106-0086) 362 Holy Hours were kept before the Blessed Sacrament this past week. The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that you do not have to do anything. You do not have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All you have to do is be present to the one who is present to you. "Be still and know that I am God." The Holy Hour program welcomes your help. Please call Judy Soltis at 330-212-0926 if you would like to be present.
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Barberton Area Community Ministries item for the Month of December is Potato Products, rice, noodles or box dinners. Please bring your donations when you come to Mass and place them in the bench in front of the giving tree in the vestibule, together we can help those less fortunate. Items will be delivered to BACM on Monday morning.
(Insert Graphic 2404-0088.tif) The next Coffee and Donuts will be served Sunday, December 18 following the 9:00 and 11:00am Masses. Hosts will be Julie & Michael Harris, The Paridon’s & Nancy Bucksar. Springtime of Hope’s - item for the month of December is bar soap. Please place your donations inside the bench in front of the giving tree in the vestibule, items will be picked up on Monday morning. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter. For more information, please contact Greg Meier at 330-289-3987.

St. Augustine will once again host our annual FREE CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER. Setup will be on Friday, December 23 from 9:30 am-1:00 pm. Dinner will be served from 1:003:00 pm on Christmas Day. Cleanup will begin at 3:00. Please keep these times in mind as you consider volunteering. More details later about food donations. Praise God we are able to provide this time of food and fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON! Don’t forget: The Advent Communal Reconciliation Service is this Monday at 7:00 pm in the church. In the Book of Revelation we are challenged to “return to our first love.” There is no better way to acknowledge our desire to grow more deeply in love with our Lord than by receiving this sacrament of mercy. …Prepare ye the way of the Lord! Culture of Life will meet, Tuesday, December 13 following the 5:15 Mass and Benediction. We will meet in Room #103 in the school. For more information contact Lynn Willig at 330-6582642.

(Insert Graphic 2107-0274.tif) Next weekend, December 17 & 18 we will be collecting the gifts for The Giving Tree, please bring unwrapped gifts, with the gift tag attached to mass. Gifts will be delivered to Community Pregnancy Center and Family Promise. Thank you in advance for begin so generous this Christmas Season! May God Bless You! (Insert Graphic 2107-0176.tif) Thank you to the very generous parishioner who has again purchased the annual supply of candles for the Sanctuary Light which burns constantly above the presider chair. Candles for this light are a special blend of wax and must be separate from the regular vigil candles. Thank you again; your generosity is greatly appreciated. (Insert Graphic 2107-0118.tif) 14 Days Until Christmas – and the Saint Monica Gift Shop is open and ready to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Enjoy an additional 10% off purchases up until Christmas. Stop by after Mass to see the many gifts available. (Insert Graphic 1700-0016.tif) The St. Augustine Adult Choir will perform a selection of Christmas Music beginning at 9:15pm on Christmas Eve. Please join us as we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ! (Insert Graphic 1103-0071.tif) For those preparing to have a child baptized in the near future, the next pre-baptism class will be offered on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 beginning at 7:00pm at St. Augustine and Tuesday, April 17 at Immaculate Conception beginning at 7:00pm; should you have any question, please contact St. Augustine at 330-7450011 or Immaculate Conception at 330-753-8429. Please remember to pray for our servicemen and women, both those who are active as well as those who are non-active. May they experience the protection of the Lord and rely on Him for their strength, peace and joy. This weekend, the 2012 Calendars will be distributed. Please take one per family. A very special thank you is extended to Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home and Cox Funeral Home for providing St. Augustine with the beautiful calendars. If you are in need of a financial statement from the parish for Income Tax purposes, please put a Large “X” on your offertory envelope next to your name and a statement will be mailed to your home. All contributions received into the office, postmarked by December 31, 2011 will be considered received for 2011 donations, anything after that will be considered 2012. Thank you!

When you shop this Christmas don't forget about St. Augustine's Amazon partnership. Amazon is the world’s largest online shopping website! If you are planning to shop online, please visit our home page www.staugustinebarberton.org and click on the amazon link under the navigation bar. St. Augustine is currently receiving 6% of purchases. Whether you make purchases early or wait until the last minute, St. Augustine and Amazon have your Christmas shopping connection. Thank you for your participation in our newest year round fundraiser.

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PRAY FOR THE SICK Patrick Blasdel, Patricia Patterson, Karl Bartel, Jennifer Marco, Ruth Barker, Jacob Hurley, Donald Williams, Irene Lyle, Margaret Gardner, Mary White, Margaret Ford, Christopher Melody, Sue Gardner, Christopher Sanchez, Sharon Lohan, Kate Ligas & Albert Roth Holy Cross Akron Cemetery will be hosting a Prayer Service entitled “COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS”, presented by Deacon Tony DeGracia of the Catholic Cemeteries Associate on Monday, December 12 at 10:00am. After losing a loved one, just the thought of the upcoming holidays and what you perceive that others will be expecting from you, can bring on unbearable anxiety. Deacon Tony will discuss options for coping with the holidays for anyone grieving a loss. If you are suffering from the loss of a loved one, or know someone who is, we encourage attending this powerful presentation. For more information, please contact the cemetery office at 330-724-1297. Retired religious need your support. By 2019, it is projected that retired religious will outnumber wage-earning religious by nearly four to one. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps ensure that elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests receive the care they so richly deserve, now and in the future. Please give generously to today’s second collection.

Sunday Offering Faith Direct Offering Total Offerings Saint Vincent De Paul School Support Christmas

(Insert Graphic 1300-0021.tif) Stewardship: Time, Talent & Treasure December 4 $ 11,349 $ 1,792 $ 13,141 $ $ $ 943 574 133

Year to date Income Year to Date Expenses Difference CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Spent to date Amount on Deposit

COMPARATIVE FIGURES ’11-’12 ’10-‘11 $ 731,506 $ 620,286 $ 705,493 $ 676,713 $ 26,013 $ (56,427) $ 1,524,138 $ 77,182

Advent is a time of joy and sacrifice as we prepare for the return of Jesus and celebrate the memory of His birth. As we begin this new liturgical year, we encourage you to sign up with Faith Direct. Stop writing checks and using envelopes. Using Faith Direct saves precious time and money for both you and the Parish, and don’t forget that Christmas is on a Sunday this year! Make the change today by picking up an enrollment form at the parish office or sign up online at www.faithdirect.net, our Parish code is OH278.

(Insert Graphic 1000-0217.tif) December 12-18 Monday, December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe 6:30 Richard Wilsterman 12:05 Joseph Lieberth 7:00 Advent Communal Reconciliation Tuesday, December 13 – St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr 5:15 Eugene Martin Wednesday, December 14 – St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church 6:30 Charles Sr. & Josephine Costanzo – Anniversary 12:05 Helen Kelly Thursday, December 15 – Advent Weekday 6:30 Margaret Burg Friday, December 16 – Advent Weekday 6:30 Fr. Paul J. Cline 12:05 Elio Ciccolini Saturday. December 17 – Late Advent Weekday 8:30 Assuntina Cornacchione McKee & Rosa Cornacchione 4:00 Mike & Katherine Kozarevic Sunday, December 18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent 7:30 Special Intention of Richard & Pat Postek 9:00 Jane Danko Brumbach 11:00 The People of Saint Augustine Parish 5:15 Frank Lovas Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Readings for the Week of December 12 Zec 2:14-17 or Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab, Jdt 13:18bcde,19, Lk 1:26-38 or 1:39-47 Zep 3:1-2,9-13, Ps 34:2-3,6-7,17-18,19 & 23, Mt 21:28-32 Is 45:6b-8,18,21b-25, Ps 85:9ab, & 10, 11-12,13-14, Lk 7:18b-23 Is 54:1-10, Ps 30:2 & 4, 5-6,11-12a & 13b, Lk 7:24-30 Is 56:1-3a,6-8, Ps 67:2-3,5,7-8, Jn 5:33-36 Gn 49:2,8-10, Ps 72:1-2,3-4ab,7-8,17, Mt 1:1-17 2 Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16, Ps 89:2-3,4-5,27,29 (2a), Rm 16:25-27, Lk 1:26-38

The St. Augustine School Car Raffle is in full swing….Would you like to be the next cash prize
winner? To be included in the next drawing, simply sell your 10 raffle tickets and return the stubs and raffle money to the school office or parish rectory. Once you sell 10 tickets, your name is entered into all of the early bird drawings through May 2012. Increase your odds, every time you sell an additional 10 tickets. At present, the car raffle has earned $10,420 for our school. Thank you for your generous support.

A roundtable discussion on "Getting Through the Holiday Season" for those who are divorced, separated or widowed will be held on Monday, December 12 from 7:30-9:00pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary's Convent Building, 1945 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls. Marlene Maruna, a Licensed Independent Social Worker, will facilitate this session. This event is open at no charge to people of all faiths. For information call Frank 330-801-0527 or Sharon 330-612-3635.

Stewardship Corner: Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.