COVER SHEET CHURCH NAME:

COVER SHEET
CHURCH NAME:
St. Mary
Bulletin number:
511428
Date of publication:
December 23, 2007
Number of pages transmitted:
4
Special instructions:
Please call Mayra or Beth at 703-836-4100 if you have any questions.
May you have a Blessed and Joyous Christmas! Thank you for all that you do!
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
FOUNDED IN 1795
310 SOUTH ROYAL STREET • ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Rev. Dennis W. Kleinmann, Pastor
Rev. Robert L. Ruskamp, Parochial Vicar
Rev. John C. De Celles, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Jean Claude Atusameso, In Residence
Rectory
310 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 • 703-836-4100 • Fax: 703-549-3605
Website: http://www.saintmaryparish.net
St. Mary’s School (PK-8) - Mrs. Janet Cantwell, Principal (703-549-1646) • Fax: 703-519-0840;
Main Building 400 Green Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Website: http://www.stmarys-alexva.org
Stephens Hall (Jr. High & Registrar) 703-549-3488
St. Mary’s School of Religion (CCD) and CYO - Luis Brown (703-836-5450)
Director of Music - Dr. Charles Saik (703-684-5308)
Sunday Masses:
Saturday Eve Vigil - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 7:00 AM & 8:30 AM, (9:15 AM - Children’s Mass, St. Mary’s School, 400 Green St.),
10:00 AM (Nursery in Lyceum, 313 Duke St.)
11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & (Vespers - Evening Prayer 4:30 PM) 5:00 PM
Weekday Masses:
Monday through Friday - 6:30, 8:00 AM, 12:10 PM
Federal Holidays - 9:00 AM Mass only
Saturday - 8:00 AM only
Novenas and Adoration at the Church:
Miraculous Medal Novena - Monday - noon
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Thursday 12:30 to 7:30 PM
Mother of Perpetual Help Novena and Holy Hour Thursday - 7:30 PM
Nocturnal Adoration - every First Friday,
9 PM to Saturday 6 AM
Holy Hour for Life - every First Saturday following
8:00 AM Mass
Confessions:
Saturday - 4:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday - 7:30 PM (during Holy Hour)
First Saturday - 8:30 AM (during Holy Hour)
Baptisms:
Every Sunday at 2:15 PM. Please call the Rectory
to register in advance and obtain regulations
concerning godparents,etc.
Marriages:
Contact Parish Priest at least six months before
possible wedding date. Couples who are living
together will be asked to live separately during
marriage preparation time.
Project Rachel, post-abortion help
Gabrial Project, pregnancy help
1-888-456-HOPE
1-866-444-3553
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December 23, 2007
MASS INTENTIONS
FROM GREEN TO GOLD
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
6:30
8:00
12:10
5:00
5:00
7:00
12:00
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2007
AM Sal Furlan
AM Special Intention: Elizabeth Copps
PM Vincent J. Rauth, Anniversary
PM (Church) Special Intention: Melissa Dupuy
PM (School) Henrietta Roell
PM Kay Raker
AM Special Intention: Etelvina Duarte
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2007
The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day
8:30 AM Lucia S. Bonicilli
10:00 AM Charles Basila
11:30 PM
Parishioners of St. Mary’s
1:00 PM Eleanor T. Rymond
6:30
8:00
12:10
AM
AM
PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2007
Barbara Victoriano
Rothell Marshall
Henry L. De Buck
6:30
8:00
12:10
AM
AM
PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2007
Stephen Caruso
Barbara Bowen
Sal Furlan
6:30
AM
8:00
12:10
AM
PM
8:00
5:00
AM
PM
7:00
8:30
9:15
10:00
11:30
1:00
5:00
AM
AM
AM
AM
AM
PM
PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2007
Leonor B. de Caycedo, Alberto Caycedo
and Joaquin Caycedo
Stan Malicki
Dorothy Cramer
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2007
Jeffrey McAllister
J. Michael Sutton, Anniversary (Fr. Ruskamp)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2007
Feast of the Holy Family
Parishioners of St. Mary’s (Fr. Kleinmann)
Vincenzo Salvatore Manno (Fr. Ruskamp)
Pauline C. McNamara (Fr. De Celles)
Jarel Cohen (Fr. Kleinmann)
Gregory Underwood (Fr. Ruskamp)
Robert Dotolo (Fr. De Celles)
Phyllis De Loatch (Fr. Kleinmann)
We welcome through the Sacrament of Baptism
Julia Ryan Duvall
Olivia Tate Duvall
Roman Francis Paluso
Clare Virginia White
PLEASE NOTE: St. Mary’s Parish Offices will be closed
December 24th, 25th, and 26th for the Solemnity of the Nativity
of the Lord and lightly staffed for the Octave of Christmas. If
you need the services of a secretary, it is recommended that
you call first to make sure someone will be here to help you.
On this most sacred of days
as we celebrate the birth of
our Lord Jesus Christ and
give thanks to the Father for
this great gift of His Son, we
offer our prayers for all the
people of St. Mary’s and our
guests that you may be
granted a joyous and blessed
Christmas season. May the
grace of the infant Jesus
always be present in your
lives and especially
throughout the New Year.
Merry Christmas,
The Priests of St. Mary’s
Fr. Kleinmann
Fr. Ruskamp
Fr. De Celles
Fr. Jean Claude
Fourth Sunday of Advent
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PRO-LIFE CORNER
ADVENT, CHRISTMAS, AND
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
MASS AND CONFESSION SCHEDULES
Human life must be respected and
protected absolutely from the moment of
conception. From the first moment of his
existence, a human being must be
recognized as having the rights of a person
- among which is the inviolable right of
every innocent being to life. (CCC 2270)
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 5 PM Vigil
Sunday, December 23 at 7, 8:30, 9:15 (School), 10:00,
11:30 AM, 1PM and 5 PM
Monday, December 24, 2007
6:30AM, 8:00AM, and 12:10PM
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, CHRISTMAS
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24 at 5 PM (School), 5 PM, 7 PM, and
12 midnight (Church)
Tuesday, December 25 at 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM,
and 1 PM
There is no 5 PM Mass on Dec. 25.
CONFESSION SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 22
7:00 – 7:30 PM
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 5 PM Vigil
Sunday, December 30, 7, 8:30, 9:15 (School), 10:00,
11:30 AM, 1 PM and 5 PM (For Sunday obligation)
Monday, December 31, 6:30, 8:00AM and 12:10PM.
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
January 1 is a holy day of obligation.
December 31, Holy Hour at 11:00PM precedes midnight
Mass (for Solemnity on 1/1).
Tuesday, January 1, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 AM
and 1:00PM
St. Mary’s priests and staff wish you a holy Advent, a very
blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year.
YOUTH GROUP NIGHTS ~ January 13th and 20th (Not
Jan. 6th): All teens are invited, including new high school
freshmen.
We meet from 7-9 PM in the parish Lyceum
Auditorium. There is always good food, fun times, and great
discussion. Hope to see you there! If you have questions,
please contact Theresa at [email protected] or 703-8364100 extension 13.
SPECIAL WORKCAMP ANNOUNCEMENT: All Adults ~
Please prayerfully consider volunteering as a leader
or contractor for this wonderful outreach ministry for the teens
of our parish (and other area parishes). It will be held in the last
full week of June in Orange, VA. Ideally, we will have leaders
selected within this next month. For Teens ~ please prayerfully
consider your interest in going on the WorkCamp adventure this
June. Stay tuned for the announcement on our upcoming
informational meeting. For any questions (adults or teens),
please contact Theresa at [email protected] or 703-8364100 ext. 13.
WOMEN'S GROUP Night ~ Next January 17 th: For women in
their 20's and 30's, married or single. The night begins at
7:30pm. Please arrive at the church by 7:30pm for the first
fifteen minutes of the parish Holy Hour. By 7:45pm, meet
around the corner at the "white house" at 314 Duke St., next
door to the rectory. Please contact Theresa at
[email protected] or 703-836-4100 ext. 13 if you have any
questions.
Just a gentle reminder that we wish to be good neighbors,
especially during this holiday season. Please do not block any
driveways and please do not park across the sidewalks. It is
important to practice safety when crossing the streets. Please
be mindful of the traffic as you cross.
CARPENTER’S SHELTER: On Jan. 30th we will be serving
dinner to the residents of the shelter Sign up for food donations
in the book in the back of the Church. Thank you!
THRIFT SHOP SHUTTLE: Do you have items you’d like to
donate to charity but don’t have time to take them to the thrift
shop? Saint Mary volunteer Mike Hagerty will pick up your
items (clothing, linens, housewares, non-perishable food), take
them to Christ House, and provide you with a tax receipt—all at
no cost to you. To schedule a pickup, please call Mike at
703.684.5365 or email him at [email protected]
VOCATIONS: “When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the
Lord directed him,”
Are you prayerfully vigilant about
discovering your vocation in Christ? Might he be inviting you to
the priesthood on consecrated life? Call Father Brian Bashista
703.841.2514, or write: [email protected]
December 23, 2007
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READINGS
First Reading -- You will be given this sign: The virgin shall conceive
and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:10-14).
Psalm -- Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory (Psalm 24).
Second Reading -- God has called us to belong to Jesus Christ
(Romans 1:1-7).
Gospel -- The son born of Mary shall be called Jesus, for he will save
his people from their sins. He shall be Emmanuel, which means
"God is with us" (Matthew 1:18-24).
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:1
Sunday:
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk 1:67-79
Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25;
Mt 1:1-25 [18-25]
Midnight: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18
[1-5, 9-14] 1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Mt 10:17-22
1 Jn 1:1-4; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
1 Jn 1:5 — 2:2; Mt 2:13-18
Jn 2:3-11; Lk 2:22-35
Sir 3:2-7, 12-14; Ps 128; Col 3:12-21 [12-17];
Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
Sunday:
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Tuesday: The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Wednesday:
St. Stephen
Thursday:
St. John
Friday:
The Holy Innocents
Saturday:The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas;
St. Thomas Becket
Please pray for all those who are ill, including:
Martha Asuayo
Charmaine Atkenson
Chris Ballard
Joe Barbano
Jeff Becker
Maggie Beirne
David Boitano
Norma R. Brandt
Bethany Burton
Jane Casey
Fr. Charles Chamberlain
C. K. Chung
Liz Clark
Joan Clayton
Holly Coors
Robert Daley
Columbine Delenclos
Dan Doherty
Etelvina Duarte
Nora Edmonds
Betsy Engelken
Anna Gaum
Garret Golubin
Lovanne Graham
Jean Gray
Merle Guidry
Elizabeth Ha
Todd Hansenhn
Bette Jean Heins
Daniel Scott Holden
Rosemary Wolf Hogan
Eleanor Hyde
Mary Jamison
Robert Kloska
Sean P. Kocourek
Joseph Lam
Rhoda Lebowitz
Joe Leonard
Jane Lewis
Thomas Lovely
Marge Madson
Emma T. Matheson
Malcom Matheson, Jr
Mary McDermott
Brendon McLane
Joanne McManus
Joan Melick
Helena (Aileen) Meyer
Mary Miller
Gregory Naile
Monsignor Lawrence R.
Overbaugh
Laura Palmer
Harold Penne
Lauren Pettit
Jill Pfeiffer
Marietta Phillips
John Rachel
Betsy Raposa
Carl Ruthstrom
Eddie Salomns
Elizabeth Shimkus
Mike Slavin
Tony Snow
George Stelluto
Kallie Pansill Suddeth
Graciela Sullivan
Grace Sweeney
Michelle Thorell
George Thomas
New additions to the sick list are in bold print.
Please pray for all the deceased, including
Susan Richardson and Junior Lee Scales.
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HELP WANTED: St. Mary’s School Extended Day Care
Program is in need of caring and reliable instructors for its after
-school program. Patience and a love of children are a must.
Flexible hours, a fun environment, and competitive pay. If
interested, contact Tom Noone at 703.549.3488 ext. 23 or
703.628.2337.
ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: Since 1795 the
decoration of our sanctuary has always been an important
expression of the joyful celebration of Christmas at St. Mary’s
Church. With this rich heritage of more than two centuries in
mind, our decorations will be taking on a more distinctively
historical flavor. In keeping with the Christmas traditions of the
19th century, and our own time-honored customs, the
sanctuary and altar will be adorned with greens, berries, fruits,
and flowers native to Virginia and accented by beautiful
poinsettias (first introduced in Virginia by James and Elizabeth
Monroe in 1811). In that same spirit, more modern decorations
will be less prominent. We pray this design will both give glory
to “our newborn King,” and remind us all of the great gift of
faith in Him that our forebears have handed down to us.
TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
Beginning January 18, 2008, at 7:30pm, St. Mary’s will be
offering the Mass in the “extraordinary form of the Roman
Rite,” on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month. Following
Pope Benedict XVI mandate in Summorum Pontificum (July 7,
2007), this is a response to many parishioners’ requests. This
form of Mass, more popularly known as the “Tridentine Mass”
or the “Traditional Latin Mass,” dates back to the 6th century,
but fell into disuse in 1970 with the introduction of the “New
Order” of the Mass, which is the “ordinary form” we use today.
Please note this celebration will normally be a “Low Mass” with
a schola or cantor.
Following up on his class this past October, Fr. De Celles will
offer a class on the practical aspects of participation in this
Mass on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30pm in the Lyceum. All
are invited to both the Mass(es) and the class.
SERVERS: All those men or boys who are interested in serving
this form of Mass should contact Fr. De Celles as soon as
possible. There is no need to read or speak Latin before your
training.
Anyone interested in attending or serving this form of Mass
might be interested in visiting http://www.sanctamissa.org.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus will be named
Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” The mystery of the
birth of Jesus is supremely a mystery of love. May each
Christmas find us more humble, more holy, more happy and
more full of God.
Your gifts to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul help those
who are poor and suffering to find Emmanuel, for indeed
they come to know that “God is with us.”
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the
Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour
vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my
petition, through the merits of
our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen