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November 23, 2021

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9am Mass on Thanksgiving morning
PLEASE NOTE:  there WILL BE 9:00am Mass on Friday, Nov. 26 (NO Noon Mass)

EARLY BUILDING CLOSINGS
November 24 (Wed): Building CLOSES 8pm
November 25/26 (Thur & Fri): Building CLOSES at 5pm
Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. When we look at the world around us we can see sin & suffering. But as we light the first candle of Advent we see that the light of one candle shines brightly in the darkness.

As we light the candle, we begin our journey to Christmas in anticipation of the day when Christ will return in glory.

To light an Advent candle is to say that God is still Lord of this world, and all will be well, despite the gloom of the evening news.

Teilhard de Chardin once said: "If we blow up the world by nuclear bombs, that will set things back some millions of years, but eventually what Christ promised will come about, not because I wish it, but because God has promised it and, in the resurrection, God has shown that God is powerful enough to deliver on that promise."

A child came for all of us, who was born in a stable. Out of those humble beginnings, a savior was born. Because of that child we believe that love is stronger than fear, peace more enduring than hate, and that darkness will never put out the light. Because of that child, we dare to pray 
that apathy and despair will end. We are a people of hope.

 

Devotionals for Advent, Waiting in Joyful Hope, will be available this weekend after all Masses for anyone who would like a copy
to aid in their spiritual preparation for Christmas.

Red Cross Blood Drive
STA (lower lounge)
Monday, November 29
1:00 to 6:00 pm

redcrossblood.org

Sacristans, Lectors & 
Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion 

met after Mass a few weeks ago and received the updated guideline sheet for their ministry. Lector Workbooks for this new liturgical year were also handed out at that time. Please see or contact Michael (michael@staparish.net) if you were unable to attend that gathering. 

 Learn to Share your Faith
STA will be increasing small groups for resident parishioners in 2022 beginning with a 6- week series in the season of lent.  In preparation for this effort, STA is looking for individuals or married couples willing to participate in a 4-week small group this Advent focused on learning to share the faith. Those who participate this Advent should be open to leading a group in 2022, though no commitment is required at this time.

Please reach out to Phil Stone phil@staparish.net by Friday, November 26 if you are interested or contact the Parish office.
The STA Stewardship Ministry Team has a new bulletin feature ! 
During the next few weeks you can find it in the e-bulletin as well as the print bulletin.

Our annual Advent Food & personal supplies collection, to help Story County residents in need, who are struggling to make ends meet will begin this weekend and end the Fourth Weekend of Advent. Your donation to Mid Iowa Community Action of non-perishable food, as well as personal and household items, helps families and children who would otherwise go without. Donations may left in the baskets under the “Head of Christ” in the STA gathering space. 

Essentials: Condensed soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables & beans, jelly, peanut butter, canned stews, applesauce, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, crackers, cereal and other non-perishable foods. Personal supplies that are in demand: dish soap, cleaning products, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, women’s hygiene articles, toilet paper, laundry soap, as are diapers from size 3 to pull ups, baby formula, bottles, lotion, soap, shampoo, and baby wipes. 

At our communal celebration of Reconciliation we will begin with Adoration and an Examination of Conscience, followed by individual confessions with a priest. Our communal reconciliation reminds us that our sin affects our whole parish and human family and that others will forgive the wrong we’ve done and support us in our journey. Please join us in prayer as we celebrate the gift of God’s forgiveness and love.


New Light

The 4 fluorescent bulbs (2 bulbs are special order items) for the Gathered In The Spirit artwork (installed in 2004) needed to be changed. The last time bulbs had burned out behind the artwork was about 7 years ago. We found not only bulbs, but ballasts as well as wiring and pin holders needing replacement. We took the opportunity to change the rear lighting to one LED fixture as you see in the photo.
to Bob Horton who is one of the senior scientists recognized by USDA with its national Multistate Research Excellence Award for 2021 for his part in the long-running project, “Soil, Water and Environmental Physics to Sustain Ag and Natural Resources.

https://www.agron.iastate.edu/research-department/national-usda-mutistate-research-excellence-award-robert-horton
The annual Worldly Goods Sale to benefit the STA Love Your Neighbor Fund will be in the downtown store on December 4 and 5,  as well as ONLINE, and NOT at STA, again this year.  Look here (and the print bulletin) for details soon. 

All the merchandise is Fair Trade, meaning, the artisans and producers receive fair wages, work in safe conditions, and are not being exploited. There is no child labor. This
sale enables people in Developing Countries to feed, house, clothe, and educate their children using their skills.  SHOP FAIR TRADE!

We ask that those who are willing to help with snow/ice removal, join our “snow team.” To do so all you need to do is send an email to snow@staparish.net. We will add everyone willing to help to a group email. 

Before a significant snow we will send an email to the group to see who can help. 

Even if you don't want to be an active part of the parish snow team, you are MORE THAN WELCOME to show up at the Church during or after a snow, when you are able, to help clear sidewalks and entrances! Snow shovels will always be located at building entrances and salt/ice melt in the hospitality closet. 

Giving envelopes are available at the tables in the prayer garden pathway and across from the elevator. Make checks payable to“STA” place in the Sunday collection basket or parish office.

Across the United States, hundreds of religious communities lack financial resources sufficient to meet the retirement and health-care needs of aging members. Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry.
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