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.
CHRISTMAS SEASON SCHEDULE
The Parish office will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, Dec. 23rd and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 3rd.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -
Thursday, Dec. 22 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Historic Church
Friday, Dec. 23 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Historic Church
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
The Vigil of The Nativity of the Lord:
Saturday, Dec. 24 - 4:00 pm - Parish Church
Saturday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 pm - Parish Church
Saturday, Dec. 24 - 10:00 pm - Parish Church
The Nativity of the Lord:
Sunday, Dec. 25 - 9:00 am - Parish Church
No Mass on Monday, Dec. 26, Tuesday, Dec. 27, Thursday, Dec. 29 or Friday, Dec. 30
NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a holy day of obligation. Please attend one of the following Masses:
Saturday, Dec. 31 - 5:00 pm - Parish Church
Sunday, Jan. 1 - 8:00 am - Parish Church
Sunday, Jan. 1 - 11:00 am - Parish Church
RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin meeting again on MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center conference coom. Join us! This group is for people interested in joining the Catholic Church. Call Norma Stokes for more information 864-582-0674.
MASS AND BENEDICTION
Everyone in grades 8-12 is invited to join us for Mass and Benediction beginning on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 pm 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 begin our study of Michelangelo on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 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 email@example.com or 864-585-1858.
SAINT PAUL YOUTH MINISTRY
(Grades 8-12) SKI TRIP WILL BE HELD ON Monday, January 16, 2017 AT Wolf Ridge, NC. Included in the cost are the bus ride, ski rental and lesson, lift ticket, and lunch. Permission slip and money are due January 6, 2017
Snow Skiing $ 88.00
No Equipment Rental__ $ 73.00
Adult Chaperones (Not Skiing) $ 28.00
Extra items that can be rented. (Advance reservation required )Ski Bib - $15.00 + $10.00
Ski Helmet - $15.00 + $15.00 Deposit
Lockers - $15.00
Ski lessons FREE
SAVE THE DATES
First Reconciliation - Feb. 25, 10:00 am
First Communion - May 6, 10:00 am
Confirmation - May 24, 7:00 pm
HOLIDAY BULLETIN PUBLISHING SCHEDULE:
· Announcements for Jan. 1 bulletin should be sent by Thursday, Dec. 22.
· Announcements for Jan 8 bulletin should be sent by Tuesday, Dec. 27.
· Send announcements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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