THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25 – JANUARY 2 FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. WE WILL RE-OPEN ON JANUARY 3, 2018!
Last weekend, the Pro-Life Committee introduced the “Make-A-Friend” Tree, that holds the names of many of our friends and parishioners, who are homebound or live in assisted living or nursing homes. Many of these individuals would love to have some company. If you have not done so yet, you are invited to check the tags on our “Make-A-Friend” tree to find someone with common interests. Whether you love reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards or board games, or just love to chat, the idea is to increase our own personal ministries to the homebound by giving them the gift of a weekly visit that they know they can look forward to! You can contact Theresa Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Barrett in the office for more information. All parishioners who sign up to visit the homebound and those in assisted living or nursing homes (vulnerable adults), as well as those who take communion to the homebound, are REQUIRED to attend our VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children (PGC) safe environment training and are subject to a background check. VIRTUS sessions are available here at St. Peter’s today, December 17th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and January 9th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Volunteers must attend one of these sessions or another session offered by the Archdiocese prior to serving in this ministry. You can register for VIRTUS online at http://www.virtusonline.org.
As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Christmas season this weekend, please remember to keep filling your baby bottles for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the First Choice Women’s Center. Remember to bring your baby bottle back by next weekend (December 31).
If you have not signed up to “Make-A-Friend” from the tree in the narthex, please prayerfully consider signing up. Although many of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and many of us enjoy time with our families, those who are living in nursing homes, assisted living centers, or find themselves homebound might not have this luxury and could use some company throughout the year. If you have any questions about this new ministry, please contact Theresa Shane at email@example.com or Michael Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year!
The following is a reminder of this weekend’s Mass schedule. Please remember that the Fourth Sunday of Advent Masses do not fulfill the obligation for Christmas Masses. The Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00pm will focus on the children, and the Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00pm will be preceded with Christmas Carols beginning at 9:30 pm.
Fourth Sunday of Advent Masses:
Saturday, December 23rd 6:00 pm @St. Peter’s
Sunday, Christmas Eve (12/24) 10:00 am (bilingual) @St. Peter’s
Sunday, Christmas Eve (12/24) 2:00 pm @St. Elizabeth’s
Sunday, Christmas Eve (12/24) 4:00 pm @St. Peter’s
Sunday, Christmas Eve (12/24) 10:00 pm @St. Peter’s
Monday, Christmas Day (12/25) 9:00 am @St. Peter’s
Monday, Christmas Day (12/25) 12:00 pm @St. Elizabeth’s
Don’t forget our Advent Penance Service at 7pm. Come & experience the power of the sacrament, which restores us to God’s grace & joins us with him in an intimate friendship. Several priests from our deanery will be available to hear confessions.
Due to a family emergency in Atlanta, Fr. Tim will not be celebrating Mass tomorrow morning (Tuesday, December 12). Morning Prayer and a Rosary will begin at 9:00am.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of preparing your heart for Jesus. Your heart is where Christ wishes to dwell and Advent is the perfect time to make room in it for His presence. On Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00pm, join Fr. Timothy and area priests in the Sanctuary of the Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our Advent Penance Service. The following is a schedule of the remaining Advent Penance Services in our deanery:
Wed, December 13 St. George, Newnan
Thu, December 14 St. Vincent de Paul, Dallas
Mon, December 18 St. Bernadette, Cedartown
Tue, December 19 St. Peter’s, LaGrange
Wed, December 20 OLPH, Carrollton
Select a card or card(s) from the tree in the lobby. Put your name and telephone number on the list next to the name(s) of the child or children you selected. Purchase gift(s) for the child or children you selected. Bring your gifts to Church before or after mass on December 16th or 17th. Gifts will be collected in the Multi-Purpose Room this year. Thanks for making Christmas special for a needy child. If you have questions contact Fern Bergeron 706-885- 9388.
Attention All Bakers! The Annual CCW Cookie Sale will be December 16th and 17th. Please Consider donating cookies for our sale. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Buchino at (706) 402-1539 or Bonnie Barber at (706) 957-0577.
St. Benedict’s simple motto reflects the goal at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit: To serve and contemplate God in all we do. The monks at the Monastery of the Holy spirit believe that work done for the sake of love, as they strive to remain open to the Holy Spirit, is itself a form of prayer. It is in this spirit that the monks produce and offer their handmade food items to you and your loved ones. The monk’s monastic labor at making fruitcake, fudge and biscotti is an important part of their life. Primarily, it helps provide them with the financial means to support themselves. The Knights of Columbus will be selling monastery products in the Papal Hallway following all Masses on the weekends of December 9/10, and December 16/17. At times of celebration, the monks hope you will find their quality handmade food products useful in expressing your love and thoughtfulness to loved ones in your life.