Dec. 4, 2016
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
NEXT SUNDAY'S GOSPEL
Dec. 11, 2016
When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.
Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
LESSONS & CAROLS
Please join the choir at 5:00 pm on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Parish Church for an evening of Scripture readings and Advent/Christmas music .
FAMILY ADVENT CELEBRATION 2016
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop
For more information call :
585-1858 or 582-0674
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America
(Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 6:00 pm (Vigil Mass) (Parish church)
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 8:00 am (Parish church)
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 6:00 pm (Parish church)
A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM...
Paul Convertino, Council 6076 Chairman, Columbus Hope Project. The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all of our parishioners for supporting our fund raiser, The Columbus Hope Foundation ( Spartanburg County Special Olympics ),” Helping Other People Everyday” during our Tootsie Roll drive on November 19th. and 20th. We were able to raise $783.14. It was wonderful to see how everyone came and supported such a worthwhile cause as this. God bless all of you.
8 WAYS TO USE HOLY WATER:
#6 Bless your vegetable garden – It was a common practice in the Middle Ages for people to sprinkle their
vegetable gardens with holy water. In times when people were very dependent on crops for their livelihood, lack of rain or early frosts could be devastating. Using holy water to bless and sanctify the plants that would be used for the family’s sustenance showed their reliance on God’s grace.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
¨ Saturday, Dec. 24 - 4:00 pm - Parish Church
¨ Saturday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 pm - Parish Church
¨ Saturday, Dec. 24 - 10:00 pm - Parish Church
¨ Sunday, Dec. 25 - 9:00 am - Parish Church
St. Paul Institute – an adult faith formation opportunity.
Pivotal Players will begin our study of G.K. Chesterton on Wednesday, December 7. The presentation will be in the conference room of the Parish Center from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. A nursery will be provided if requested. Study guides for the series are not necessary but are available for $25.00 No registration is needed but if you would like a study guide or need the nursery services please contact Norma Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-585-1858.
Youth in grades 8 through 12 We will be at Spartanburg Soup Kitchen 136 South Forest Street on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00am until 1:00pm. Please be there to help with food preparation, serving, and clean up. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater or Santa hat and join us in singing and serving! If you need more information please call 585-1858.
Youth Ministry (Grades 8-12) Join Us for
MOVIE NIGHT - ELF.
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 11.
Wear your favorite Christ-
mas PJ’s. We will enjoy a special
smorgasbord of Buddy’s favorites
from the basic food groups! Come
and bring a friend. We will meet in
the Library of the Parish Center.
MASS AND BENEDICTION
Everyone in grades 8-12 is invited to join us for Mass and Benediction beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 13 in the Historic Church. We will have supper together afterward. Please arrange to be picked up at 8:00 pm.
Piedmont Deanery Youth All youth in grades 8-12 are welcome. Christmas Dance, Friday, December 16 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Music, Snacks, Fellowship. Come and Bring a Friend! Learn a few new dance steps and make a few new friends all in one night! St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Parish Center Gym, 161 North Dean Street, Spartanburg, SC
$5.00 a person
SAVE THE DATES
First Reconciliation Feb. 25, 2017 10am
First Communion May 6, 2017 10am
Confirmation May 24, 2017 7pm
A special Thank You, to the many parishioners, that took the cards for the Angel Tree. All items need to be delivered to the church by December 13th. If you did not pick up a card but would still like to contribute, you can call MaryAnn Riley at 439-3947 for information. Thank you for brightening someone’s holiday.
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Richard Tremmel, Jr.
TSgt. Brandi Tremmel, USAF
Mike Mason, OFS
If you know of someone who is home-bound, in the hospital or a nursing home who would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office at 582-0674.
PRAY FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
· PV2 Collin Vandersommen, USA
· Airman 1st class Alex Quintero, USAF
· SSgt. Joseph Hartranft, USAF
· LCpl. Dylan Simpson, USMC
· Pvt. Drake Needs, USA
· Senior Airman Devin Needs, USAF
· Third Class Petty Officer Darian Needs, USN
· Airman 1st Class Imanol Ortega, USAF
· Col. John Leong, USA
· Cpl. Brandon Ray Pruitt, USMC
· TSgt. Billyjoe Welling, USAF
· Maj. C. S. Lavelle, USAF - ANG
· MSgt. Tyler Loftis, Air Force -NCANG
· Capt. Adam G. Farrar, USA
· Lt. Micah Shute, USN
· SSgt. Chad Michael Campbell. USA
· Ens. Otto A. Quintero, USN
HOLIDAY BULLETIN PUBLISHING SCHEDULE:
· Announcements for Dec. 11 bulletin should be sent by
Monday, Dec. 5.
· Announcements for Dec. 18 bulletin should be sent by
Monday, Dec. 12.
· Announcements for Dec. 25 bulletin should be sent by
Thursday, Dec. 15.
· Announcements for Jan. 1 bulletin should be sent by
Thursday, Dec. 22.
· Announcements for Jan 8 bulletin should be sent by
Tuesday, Dec. 27.
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