A MESSAGE FROM MSGR. CARROLL
On Wednesday, Dec. 10th I began my second week in treatment. The professionals and the staff are very nice and considerate. Some of them are active in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). When I return you will see me at the AA meetings in the Ryan Room.
I miss all of you very much and I wish I could be there to celebrate Christmas with you but that is not going to happen. I have only myself to blame and no one else. Thank you for not asking me any questions.
I am very grateful to our pastoral staff and to Fr. Ed, Fr. Henry, Deacon Luis and the Franciscans for keeping the ship on an even keel. In some way this experience is a gift from a loving God who watches over all of us.
God bless you and keep watchful during Advent.
Love, Fr. Carroll
HOLD ONTO YOUR USED CLOTHING DONATIONS
Sister Christina at Martin de Porres Village will not have another used clothing sale until mid-January. Please hold your sacks of used, serviceable clothing until the middle of January. Do not put them in the House of Hope since donations are received from sources other than OLM parishioners. These other folks will not have seen this notice. Another bulletin notice in January will tell when it is okay to again leave your very much appreciated donations in the House of Hope.
KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS DECALS
The Knights of Columbus are making available in the narthex the decal: Keep Christ in Christmas. It displays the real meaning of Christmas, and because it is magnetic, the decal can be attached to refrigerators and automobiles, thereby spreading the Christmas message.
NEW ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
New Altar Servers Needed ... My Christmas wish is to tell Msgr. Carroll when he returns that we have a new & expanded roster of Altar Servers trained & ready to serve by his side. We have a few new servers to be trained, but we need several more. Please contact me and sign-up to become a new Altar Server, boys and girls 4th grade thru 12th grade are eligible to begin serving. New Altar Server Training Dates: Choose either Sunday, 12/14, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, or Friday, 12/19, 7:00-8:15 pm, meet in the Church Narthex. Contact Brian.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED
Ministers are needed for Christmas Day masses at 9 & 11.
Our Ministry is also looking for Parishioners who wish to become Eucharistic Ministers. We will be conducting a training session on Saturday, December 13th at 9am in the Church. If you are interested please contact Marianne Garibaldi 201-403-4216 or Lori Covello 201-874-7403. Thanks!
CHRISTMAS TURKEY OR HAMS
Donations of frozen turkeys or hams will be gratefully accepted for Martin DePorres and Fr. English Christmas dinners. Donations may be brought to the rectory.
Thank you for you continued generosity! We are always in need of donations of gift cards to Walmart, Target, Pathmark, Stop & Shop and monetary gifts. As Christmas approaches, we try to assist other parishes, families and individuals that may not be as fortunate as we are. If you are interested in donating this season, please contact Melissa Giacoio at firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-838-2393 or donations may be mailed or dropped off at 27 Gravel Hill Road, Kinnelon. If you would like to be added to our "Caring List", please email and we will keep you updated of any needs that arise. We are so fortunate to have your support. Many Thanks!
OLM PARISH MISSION - VIDEO PRESENTATION
WASH YOUR WINDOWS - Talk number three of Sr Danielle's Parish Mission at OLM is now available. To view the talk on your computer CLICK HERE. She is a wonderful speaker with a powerful message.
These are available on the tables in the narthex not only for adults but also for middle school and high school students. There is also an Advent Book for families with Elementary Grade level children. Please take one.
Thank you to those parishioners who have already provided us their e-mail addresses. If you have not provided one yet, or if your e-mail has changed over the past year, please send it to us at email@example.com. Thank you!
There are many opportunities to have Masses offered for parishioners’ intentions. Please call the parish office and pick a date. Mass cards may be picked up or we will gladly mail them.
Check out our new Photo Album page here. More photos will be added in the near future!
For Parish related activities and information please see this week's bulletin here.
PARISH RECONCILIATION DATE
Dec. 17, 7pm, Church. Please join us for our Parish Reconciliation Service this Wed. at 7pm in the Church to prepare our hearts for the Coming of Christ on Christmas Day. Fr. Ed Lambro and Fr. Henry Schreitmueller will be administering the sacrament for our parishioners.
DECK THE HALLS
Volunteers are needed to help decorate the church. Below are the days and times we can use some help, so if you have some time we would greatly appreciate it. Also, this is a great way for confirmation students to earn service hours.
Saturday, 12/22 – 9:00 am - poinsettia delivery & decorating
ADVENT SCRIPTURE STUDY
Msgr. Ryan Room – Mon. 1 to 3pm
December 1, 8, 15, 22
Do you ever find yourself listening to the readings but forgetting what they said? On Monday, December 1st we will begin an Advent Scripture series to study the weekly readings for each Sunday of Advent. Please come and join us in the Msgr. Ryan Room at the church from 1 to 3pm. Just bring your curiosity and a desire to prepare your heart to receive Baby Jesus on Christmas morning. If you have any questions, please call Peggy Tana at 973-838-7265.
SEEKING THE GIFT OF LIFE
A fellow parishioner, Gaetano Caccavale, is in need of a kidney. It is not an easy decision to gift one, but for a person in critical need it is the gift of life. If you or anyone you know would consider becoming a donor please contact Ethel Patino 973-322-5646, firstname.lastname@example.org Expenses paid.
Religious Ed / Youth Ministry
Youth Group Christmas Party
12/13: Open Gym 6-8pm- School Bldg.
12/14: Sophomore confirmation class @ 11:15- School Bldg., Mass to follow
12/20: 2nd Annual Youth Ministry Christmas Party @ 6- 8:30pm- School Bldg
12/27: Open Gym 6-8pm- School Bldg
1/04: Freshman confirmation class @ 11:15- School Bldg., Mass to follow
Thank you for all those who helped make the Alpha retreat happen; we appreciate all
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
The Dates for the 2015-2016 Summer School Program are July 20th – July 31st. Registration will take place in the spring.
CONFIRMATION PROGRAM REGISTRATION:
The Confirmation and Youth Ministry office has started the registration process for the Confirmation Program for the 2014/2015 school year. Students who will be Freshmen or Sophomores this September at a public, private or Catholic school, need to register at this time. If you have not received a registration form in the mail or have any questions about registration, please contact the Confirmation and Youth Ministry Office at 973-283-1212 or email@example.com.
Knights of Columbus
All Catholic men in the Parish are welcome to join the Knights. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Timpanaro or Dave Puccia or talk to any current member of the Knights.
SAVE THE DATE: Beefsteak and Casino Night Winter Fest 2/28/15. SEE THE DETAILS HERE.
Exemplifications and new membership:
Bill Timpanaro, Grand Knight: 973-838-2366
Dave Puccia, Deputy Grand Knight: 973-492-2774
See Parish Website for complete calendar for 2014-2015
12/24: NO MEETING – Merry Christmas!
1/14: Officers at 7:30pm, Business meeting at 8pm - Ryan Room
1/22: Right to Life March
1/28: Social meeting at 8pm in the Ryan Room
2/7: Food Drive
2/11: Officers at 7:30pm, Business meeting at 8pm - Ryan Room
2/25: Social meeting at 8pm in the Ryan Room
2/28: Beefsteak and Casino Night 7pm
It was wonderful greeting over 40 parishioners and friends who attended our Christmas Party on Dec. 8!!
The Ladies' Guild would like to wish all parishioners a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We hope to see some new members next year when we kick off our first meeting on January 12th!
A BIG Thank You to Joyce Kobylarz for donating half the proceeds from her home decor sale to the Ladies Guild!!
$$ LADIES GUILD RAFFLE $$
Thank you to all who purchased Raffle tickets! Congratulations to our November 29th winners:
1st Prize - Msgr. John Carroll - $400
2nd Prize - Janis Kaczka - $300
3rd Prize - Denise Hofbauer - $200 (2nd time winner!)
4th Prize - Teresa at Polski Smak Polish Deli - $100
The next raffle is Sat. Dec. 27 after the 5pm Mass!