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University Catholic Center December 21st, 2008 Fourth Sunday of Advent

The UCC is on our Christmas Break Schedule—details below!

The 10:30 am Mass today is celebrated for the faithfully departed Advent/Christmas Schedule at the UCC
soul of Joe Rizzo, uncle of Jennifer Kirsch and father of Jinee'
Rizzo (Ph.D. '88). * Sunday, December 21—10:30 am and 8 pm Masses
* Weekdays —UCC Closes for break.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal No daily Mass until January 12th
* Wednesday, December 24th:
Everyone and anyone from age 0 - 100 is invited to participate in 6:00 pm — Family Christmas Eve Mass
the annual UCC Christmas Eve pageant. As you may know, no
9:00 pm — Blue Christmas Mass
prior experience is required (or expected) and you won't have a
single line to memorize or song to sing. We'll be getting organ- * Thursday, December 25th: - No Mass at the UCC
ized and handing out costumes TODAY immediately following * Sunday, December 28th—10:30 am Mass only
the 10:30 am. Mass. The more the merrier! * Thursday, January 1st— No Mass at the UCC
* Sunday, January 4th — 10:30 am and 8 pm Masses
* Sunday, January 11th — 10:30 am and 8 pm Masses
* Monday, January 12th
Building Reopens (9 am to 5 pm)
Daily Mass resumes normal schedule
Living Faith Society!
* Sunday, January 18 — Normal Sunday Mass schedule
* Monday, January 19 — UCC Closed for MLK, No Mass
Now is a great time to sign up to give monthly to the University
Catholic Center! If you love the UCC and want to invest in its
mission, join the Living Faith Society, a group of dedicated bene- Blessings at Home!
factors who support the UCC on a monthly basis. There are many
reasons to donate with your credit/debit card or direct debit: earn The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great
miles, track your financial records more easily, receive instant resource for your homes— “Catholic Blessings and Prayers”.
acknowledgment for your gift, and so on. This book contains various prayers for you to use in your homes,
your “domestic churches”. You can find links to purchase them
As a Living Faith Society member, you will receive the Living
online at under “From the bulle-
Faith Devotional booklet four times a year, in addition to the
University Catholic Center’s newsletter with updates on how tin…”. Check out the book’s Blessing of a Christmas Tree and
your contribution is allowing our students to strengthen their Blessing of a Christmas Manger online at
faith, develop their gifts, and grow into passionate faithful Catho- documents.php listed under “Liturgy”.
lic leaders.

Visit to start your monthly Want to be Confirmed?

gift to the UCC! In May, the UCC will host a special reception
for all Living Faith Society members. Thank you for prayerfully Bishop Aymond will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at
considering a monthly commitment to the UCC! the UCC on Sunday, April 19 at the 8 p.m. Mass. Any students
wishing to be confirmed then should register for weekly classes
that will begin on January 27. Jim Harrington and Deacon John
READINGS FOR THE WEEK will coordinate the gatherings. The on-line confirmation
registration form is found at There is a no
Mon: 1 Sm 1:24-28; Lk 1:46-56 fee, and all registrants will need to provide their baptismal
Tues:Mal 3:1-4,23-24; Lk 1:57-66 certificates. Contact Deacon John for any additional details.
Wed: 2 Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Lk 1:67-79
Is 62:1-5; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Mt 1:1-25
Midnight: Fr. Isaac Hecker, CSP, Founder of the Paulists, pray
Is 9:1-6; Ti 2:11-14 for us!
Dawn Is 62:11-12; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:1-14
Day: Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18
If you are concerned about your own or a loved-one's harmful
Fri: Acts 6:8-10;7-54-59; Mt 10:17-22 use of alcohol or drugs call the Alcohol and Drug Assistance
Sat: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:2-8 Ministry (ADAM) toll free at 1-866-203-4087 for confidential
Sun: Sir 3:2-7,12-14; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2:22-40 help.
Our Gifts to God Week of December 22
Monday Dec 22 — Weekday of Advent
The Numbers: UCC Closed. No Daily Mass
$3,500 $3,011 9 am Mass: “O King of all nations”
Due to the Christmas bulletin schedule,$2,676
the weekly
$3,000 $2,373 $ collection
$2,500 will not be available until after the break.
amFr. Ed
Mass: Tuesday Dec 23 — Opt. Mem of St. John of Kanty
wants $1,580
for Christmas is the UCC’s first $1 million$collection. If UCC Closed. No Daily Mass
good ole’ St. Nick brought something like that to5you,
pm keep
Mass:Fr. “O Emmanuel”
Ed in mind! :-) All information will be posted in January after the
print schedule returns to normal. Thank you for your8 pm Mass: Wednesday Dec 24—Vigil of Christmas
understanding! 6 pm Family Mass Holy Spirit Chapel
11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 9 pm Blue Christmas Mass Holy Spirit Chapel
Other Income:
Thursday Dec 25 — The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
UCC Closed. No Mass.
Do you need a 2008 contribution statement from the UCC? Send
the business office an e-mail at and we’ll Friday Dec 26 —Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr
send one out as soon as the 2008 books are final. UCC Closed. No Daily Mass

Calling All Scrapbookers! Saturday Dec 27—Feast of St. John the Apostle
Do you enjoy scrapbooking? Do you love the UCC? If so, we are
looking for a volunteer to put together a scrapbook to commemo- Sunday Dec 28 —Feast of the Holy Family
rate the 100th Anniversary of Catholic campus ministry at UT. If Mass at 10:30 am
you're interested in taking on this project, please contact Vanessa
Mena at or call her at 512-476-7351 Our normal schedule resumes January 12th, 2009.
View the master calendar online at
Blue Christmas Eve Mass—9:00 pm, December 24th
Prayer Request for Zach
Rather than being a time filled with lights and laughter, gifts Zach Rodriguez is a 9 year old from Pflugerville. Please pray for
topped with red bows and holiday parties where family and Zach as he battles leukemia. Due to complications including
friends feast and engage in light-hearted conversation, for many brain surgery, in just 4 months his insurance is about to reach it’s
people, Christmas is a very lonely, depressing, "blue\ lifetime limit. He still has years of chemo to go. Please pray for
time. Whether grieving the loss of loved ones, other losses, him & if possible donate a monetary gift to the Zach Gift Fund.
feeling alone, wounded or otherwise disconnected from the usual Any size donation would be appreciated. For more information,
holiday festivities, Christmas can be a very difficult time, visit : We encourage you to pray often
especially when it comes to attending Mass. for his recovery and easing of his pain during his treatment.
If you are feeling out of synch this Christmas season, know that
you are not alone. The University Catholic Center invites you to Graduating? Looking for what’s next?
come and bring your life experiences and feelings. You are
welcome and accepted. Catholic 20-Somethings of St. Theresa is a community of those
in their 20’s looking to grow in holiness and their Catholic faith.
December 24, Christmas Eve - 9:00 p.m. Life isn't perfect. If it We are a friendly, active group with a variety of spiritual, social
were, Jesus would not have had to come. and service activities planned throughout the year. Please join us
every Sunday for 5 p.m. Mass and dinner afterward. Meet before
or after Mass in the foyer. To see our calendar, visit
Weekly Reflection Question: and subscribe to the mailing list
Mary says she is the “handmaid of the Lord.” How to receive announcements about upcoming events. For more in-
do you serve or assist the Lord? formation, e-mail Justin Golbabai at or
call Trey Ange at (512)589-4519.

Christmas Flowers Other Young Adult Groups:

UGAP at the UCC—
Please help make our worship space beautiful for Christmas by St. Austin’s —
donating poinsettias or other flowers as a memorial for a loved St. Mary’s Cathedral—(512) 476-6182 Ext. 112 Jen Jones
one. The names of those memorialized will be listed in our bul- St. Louis the King—
letin. Flowers can be brought to the UCC today, December 21 St. Ignatius, Martry — Amy at 512-478-4440
through Tuesday, December 23.