THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL
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.”
NEXT SUNDAY'S GOSPEL
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
READ NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS HERE
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 THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY
Here we go a caroling!!!
Monday, December 19, 2016
Meet in the Gym at 10:00 am. We will rehearse before going to two area Nursing Homes. After caroling we will go to Zaxby’s for lunch and then come back to the Church. Please have your ride pick you up at 1:00 pm. Please bring a signed permission slip with you to the event.
Norma Stokes, 864-582-0674, email@example.com
ROCK 'N' BREW BBW 2016 THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who made our event successful. It was a fun evening, full of great food. Thank you to our BBQ pitmasters for sharing your special recipes with us: Duane and Karen Poole-Adams, Patrick McKenna and Kristin Garcia, Faron and Anita Geigley, Tyler and Elizabeth Loftis, John and Meyleen Jeffers, Antonio Ramirez and Tatiana Arteaga, Thanh and Thu Bui, Josh and Gina Strange, Randy and Kristine Rogers, Doug and Jodi Blakeley, and Mike and Lisa Shea. Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that contributed to the event and to the auction: Nations Bakery, Budweiser, The Deli Corner, Big Air, Speed Factory Indoor Karting, Willy Taco, Cribbs Kitchen, Honey Baked Ham Company, Brusters, Barnes and Noble, Chick-fil-A, Fratello's, Gattis, Creative Experiences with Anita Geigley (587-1436), Hand and Stone, Hearts of Clay, Theresa Do, Patti Lanthier, Deb Daly, Mary Hovelsrud, Jeanne Thompson, Charleston
Magazine, YMCA Spartanburg, Hub City Bookstore, Little River Roasting, Krispy Kreme, Outback, City Range, Fuddruckers, Rosemary McLeod Handcrafted Jewelry: mcrosedesigns.com, Ray Rucker: Leader of the Pack Dog Training (1-877-364-7667). We were able to raise $7,647. All money will go towards new flooring in some of the classrooms and new playground equipment. We hope to see everyone again next year! Many Blessings, St. Paul PTO.
AROUND THE CHURCH
YOUTH MINISTRY (GRADES 8-12)
Join Us for MOVIE NIGHT - ELF.
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 11.
Wear your favorite Christmas 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.
ST. PAUL INSTITUTE – an adult faith formation opportunity.
Pivotal Players will continue our study of G.K. Chesterton on Wednesday, December 14. 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 normastokes
@stpaultheapostlespartanburg.org or 864-585-1858.
Piedmont Deanery Youth All youth in grades 8-12 are welcome. 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
There will be no Sunday School on Sunday December 25 and Sunday, January 1, 2017
The Women’s Emmaus will be selling Tiny Saints this weekend after all Masses in time for the Christmas holidays. Come check out the newest additions to our
collection, including Saint Teresa of Calcutta! You may purchase Tiny Saints at any time by contacting Mary Armstrong at (864) 574-5558 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, mark your calendars: the 2017 Women’s Emmaus retreat will be held the weekend of March 24 -26. The applications will be available on the church website soon.
WALK FOR LIFE
On Saturday, January 7, 2017 everyone is invited to attend the Walk for Life in Columbia, South Carolina. This trip is targeted for youth in grades 8 to 12. Youth who are not yet in the eighth grade may attend if accompanied by a parent. We will leave Saint Paul at 9am on a charter bus. Our first stop will be at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church where we will pick up the youth from the Greenville area churches. We will arrive at the Russell House on the campus of USC in Columbia and join the march to the state house. Once we arrive at the state house we will assemble on the steps of the capitol building for the duration of the program. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alveda King and music will be presented by North Greenville University. At 1:15 pm we will join about 500 Catholic youth from all around the state and march to the Township Auditorium for an afternoon of prayer, music, and pro life speakers. The host for the afternoon is Chris Padgett and Bishop Guglielmone will be there for our closing Mass at 4:00 pm (Vigil for January 8).After Mass we will board our bus for Golden Corral Restaurant, 5300 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206 . You may bring a snack with you for midday or bring additional $$ for the concession stand. At 6:30pm we will depart the restaurant and head back to the upstate arriving at SMM at 7:45 pm and at Saint Paul at 8:30 pm. If you would like to take part in this beautiful day, permission slips and $$ are due on Monday, January 2, 2017. You may bring a snack with you for midday or bring additional $$ for the concession stand.
START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT STAND UP FOR LIFE
Dear Parishes of the Greenville Deanery,
The Greenville Deanery of the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW) is hosting a Leadership Workshop to help women of our parishes organize their own Affiliate of the SCCCW or simply join the Greenville Deanery as an Individual Member and join us in our works of mercy as we serve our church and communities. The theme is, “Catholic Women United in Spirituality, Service and Leadership.”
WHERE: Gallivan Hall, St. Mary’s Church Campus,
111 Hampton Avenue, Greenville 29601
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017
TIME: 9:30 A.M.—Registration and Coffee
10:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.—Workshop
These topics will be included in the workshop:
· Embracing Our Past As We Ensure Our Future (The Council of Catholic Women)
· Developing Good Leadership Practices and Skills
· Building a Better Foundation for Membership Growth
· Organizing and Developing New Affiliates
· Finding a “New” Way – What Can We Do Better?
The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (registration at 9:30 am), at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided by the women of the SCCCW Greenville Deanery.
(Also know that the SCCCW presents an annual convention which Bishop Guglielmone attends as the celebrant of the Mass. The next convention will be on March 24-26, 2017, in Columbia, SC.
If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for helping us spread the word of this good news workshop!
God’s Blessings for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Patricia Webb (St. Mary’s Catholic Church)
Corresponding Secretary, SCCCW Greenville Deanery
Publicity, South Carolina Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW)
Kinsley Ann Settle
Rose and Norman
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
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS NEEDED
We are in need of additional Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist at mass. If you feel called to this ministry or would like to have more information, contact Fr. Dave or Deacon Bob. Application forms are also available in the narthex of the church or from the parish office. Please prayerfully consider serving your parish as an Extraordinary
We invite all children of the parish who are in the fifth grade or older to
consider assisting at mass as altar servers. We plan on having server
training in early January. If you would like to serve in this valuable ministry, please pick up an application form in the narthex of the church or from the parish office. For any questions please call Deacon Bob at the parish
St. Paul the Apostle Parish rejoices that Pearl Alessandra Wright, child of Lucas Russell Wright and Juliet Christina Autenzio Wright, has come to new life in the Roman Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Baptism, on November 27, 2016.
SAVE THE DATES
First Reconciliation Feb. 25, 2017 10:00 am
First Communion May 6, 2017 10:00 am
Confirmation May 24, 2017 7:00 pm
HOLIDAY BULLETIN PUBLISHING SCHEDULE:
· 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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