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  • ST. MARY CATHEDRAL LANSING, MICHIGAN

    CHRISTMAS CARDS The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas cards and some related items again this year. We will be sell- ing cards after weekend Masses NEXT week and throughout Advent.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS Last chance! The Religious Ed. class that collects the most items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive wins and gets a prize! Our goal is to collect 100 items total! Please bring in non-perishable food and drop it off in the designated boxes in your child’s Religious Ed. class- room. Thank you and God bless!

    EUCHRE NIGHT - CORRECTION! The euchre party, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, will be moved this month due to the Thanksgiving holi- day. Our next euchre party will be on December 9 in the Parish Hall. As usual, registration begins at 6:30 PM, play starts at 7:00 PM sharp, and it only costs $5 to play. All players must be at least eighteen years old and present at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will also be provided. This will be the last euchre party in 2016.

    ~Fr. B

    Each parish will receive 35% of every dollar received to- ward their goal over the course of the 5-year pledge cam- paign. If any parish exceeds its goal up to 120%, then 65% goes back to the parish. If any parish exceeds 120%, they then receive 100% of all monies received. CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOP- MENT (CCHD) The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human De- velopment (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States. CCHD’s grants improve education, support economic de- velopment, and create affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us continue to defend human dignity and build communities of solidarity. Please give generously to the CCHD Collection. If you came unprepared to make your donation this week- end, next weekend will not be too late. Please use the spe- cial envelope provided in your bi-monthly packet so that you may be given credit for your contribution.

    HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS For the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, Novem- ber 25. The office will reopen on Monday, November 28. There will be only ONE Mass on Thanksgiving Day, at 9am.

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING “There is no other part of the Gospels as visually sugges- tive and dramatically presented as the event of Jesus’ pas- sion. Certainly, the authorities who staged it had no idea that the scene would be remembered for thousands of years. Yet Luke, like his fellow evangelists, narrated the story for the very purpose of passing it on to posterity. One of Luke’s special touches is that here, as throughout his entire Gospel, he emphasizes the lowly and the outsider. Already in the Passion Narrative we have seen Simon the African conscripted into carrying the cross and the wailing women who lined Jesus’ path to Golgotha. Then, following Mark and Matthew, Luke reports the sneering and jeering of lead- ers and soldiers. At the moment of Jesus’ death, Luke’s rendition comes closer to John’s than to Matthew and Mark’s. Depicting Jesus’ willful participation in the drama, Luke records his last words as the trust-filled prayer, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ “Luke’s unique contribution to the passion story comes through the two men crucified with Jesus. Luke weaves this, the third incident of taunting the crucified Jesus, into a final dramatization of the offer of salvation. As the last public response to Jesus during his lifetime, this incident sets up the stark option of acceptance or rejection of the type of kingdom Jesus made present through his life. Jesus is depicted in the weakest, most scandalous depths of his incarnation, dying as an innocent, impotent victim of evil. It is impossible to portray a more profound solidarity with the human condition. “The church has given us a harsh and beautiful icon to contemplate on this Feast of Christ our King. When we plumb its meaning, it reveals God. It shows the God who is with every suffering creature offering compassionate, ever- lasting love, the only salvation that makes a real difference. This feast invites us to meditate on Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. In the first beatitude we hear, ‘Blessed are you poor, yours is the Kingdom of God.’ Only when we appreciate that, will we be ready to celebrate this feast. (Preaching Re- sources: Celebration: Jesus’ Theology on Trial by Sr. Mary McGlone: 11/20/16: p.3.) WITNESS TO HOPE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN As of this Tuesday writing, we have received 148 gifts and pledges totaling $509,700.00 toward our Parish Goal of $557,730.00. Remarkable! Awesome! Thank you. If you are among the others who have not yet made your gift or pledge through St. Mary Cathedral Parish to this ma- jor Capital Campaign, please use the envelope and pledge card found at the end of each pew this weekend so that we can conclude our drive here. St. Mary Cathedral Parish is one of 16 parishes in the pi- lot program for this Campaign. The remaining parishes will be split into two groups and they will work on the appeal to their parishioners either this coming winter/spring, or next summer/fall.

  • CHRIST THE KING November 20, 2016

    SHARED PREGNANCY DRIVE The Knights of Columbus have set up a crib in the back of church for our annual Advent drive to collect items for Shared Pregnancy. As in past years, copies of a list of needed items are in the crib. Please help us help them so they can provide guidance and assistance to women who are experiencing an unexpected or challenging pregnancy. As Mary eagerly anticipated the birth of Jesus, let us bring some peace to the hearts of these struggling parents so they may experience joyful anticipation for their won children.

    Monday, November 21 12:05 +Isabel Cushman by Family Tuesday, November 22 8:00 +M.A. Kromenaker & Family 12:05 Living & Deceased Members of Amble Family 5:15 Special Intention by Rosemary Rowan Wednesday, November 23 8:00 +Francis Umeana by Family 12:05 Leon & Gerry Brohl Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day 9:00 Living & Deceased Members of Sump Family Friday, November 25 12:05 +Joseph Forner by Family Saturday, November 26 8:00 David Williams by Rose Rowan 4:00 +Maxine Eyestone by Jan & Mike Maurer Sunday, November 27 8:30 People of the Parish 11:00 +Donald Novakoski by Mark & Kim Birchmeirer & Family

    PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast this weekend, November 20, following both the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. The cost is by donation.

    OUR WEEKLY COLLECTIONS Weekend of 11/13/16

    Envelopes $5,908.50

    E-Giving $735.00

    Non Envelopes $1,990.44

    Candle $167.44

    Youth $3.00

    Total $8,069.38

    Capital Improvements $429.00

    BOOK OF LIFE As is our custom during the month of November, The Book of Life will be on display near the chapel area of Church. Be sure to write the names of friends and rela- tives whom you would like to have us remember in pray- er during November, the month of Poor Souls.

    CALENDARS Calendars for 2017, provided to parishioners through the generosity of Estes-Leadley Funeral Home and Palmer Bush & Jensen Funeral Home, will be available at church exits NEXT weekend. Please take one per family to as- sure enough for all. Many thanks to the funeral homes for providing these calendars.

    November 27, 2016 +1st Sunday of Advent+

    Isaiah 2: 1-5

    Romans 13: 11-14

    Matthew 24: 37-44

    MUSIC NEWS Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 26 and 27, cantors will be singing down in front of the congrega- tion from the beginning of Mass through the Gospel at each weekend Mass. There are a couple of reasons for this change: The Responsorial Psalm is part of the Litur- gy of the Word. As such, the Psalm should be proclaimed from the ambo whenever possible. Additionally, having the cantor in front of the congregation enables them to better lead all of you in song, which is the primary role of the cantor. If you have any questions, please talk with one of the cantors or our music director, Timothy Costigan, after Mass. Thank you all for your continued great singing!

    The Sanctuary candle burns this week in church

    In Memory of Martin Rademacher

    WEDNESDAY POTLUCK Reminder, there is no Potluck this week. Potluck dinners will resume after the Christmas Holiday. Look to the bul- letin in the weeks to come for updates.

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