VIGIL MASS GOSPEL
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.
David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.
After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile,
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
Now 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.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.
CHRISTMAS MASS GOSPEL
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The Parish office will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, Dec. 23rd and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 3rd.
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
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND NURSERY
There will be no Sunday School on Sunday December 25 and
Sunday, January 1, 2017.
The Nursery will not be available for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
THANK YOU FROM THE YOUTH MINISTRY
Thank You! Youth Ministry at Saint Paul made a profit of $801.00 from the sales of wreaths and trees this year. This money goes to help support our ministry here in our parish. Thank you for your support.
On Friday, Dec. 9th, St. Paul the Apostle School middle school students joined with K4 to reenact Las Posadas, a Mexican tradition which recalls Mary and
Joseph's search for lodging as the birth of our Savior drew near. Then on
Monday, Dec. 12th, 8th grade students presented the story of Our Lady of
Guadalupe in Spanish to K4. Such memorable experiences for all involved!
AROUND THE CHURCH...
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 room. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-585-1858.
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.
ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY
· 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
SAVE THE DATES
Training for Lectors, Altar Servers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be held according to the following schedule. All training will be in the Parish Church. We ask that both new and veteran participants plan on attending. If you want to participate and have not yet signed up, please fill out an application found in the
narthex of the church or from the office.
Lectors - Thursday, January 5, at 7:00 pm
Altar Servers - Saturday, January 7, at 10:30 am
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Thursday, January 12, at 7:00 pm
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
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Saturday, Dec. 24 - Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord
4:00 pm (PC) +Donald & VLucille Clausen
7:00 pm (PC) +Jakob Amann
10:00 pm (PC) +Pedro Chavez & +Tulia Fernandez
Sunday, Dec. 25 - The Nativity of the Lord
9:00 am (PC) +VRichard S. Whitman
Monday Dec. 26
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Wednesday, Dec. 28
8:00 am (HC) Everett Babb - 6th birthday
Thursday, Dec. 29
Friday, Dec. 30 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
Saturday, Dec. 31
5:00 pm (PC) +Heidi Grace Johns-Covil
Sunday, Jan 1 - Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
8:00 am (PC) +Richard S. Whitman
11:00 am (PC) Pro Populo
(HC) Historic Church
(PC) Parish Church
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!