November 30, 2022
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TONIGHT: 6:00pm

The communal celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity to seek God’s infinite love and mercy in a communal setting with other members of our parish family. It is not general absolution which should only be given in grave emergency situations (on the battlefield, in case of imminent death when there is neither time nor available priests for individual confessions, etc.). At a communal celebration of Reconciliation people examine their conscience, express contrition, repent, resolve to avoid sin in the future, confess their sins, support and pray for other penitents and are nourished by the proclamation of the Word and song. 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.

Part of the service is celebrated as a community, but at the center of the service is an opportunity to individually go to the priest for confession, penance and absolution (forgiveness) of sin.

There are people, families and children, in our very community who face hunger every day.  They struggle to make ends meet.  They face difficult choices of a nourishing meal VS  other necessities to live.

Our Advent MICA Food Collection ends the Fourth Weekend of Advent, December 17/18. Food donations may left in the baskets under the “Head of Christ” in the gathering space.  All our donations are brought to the MICA Food Bank to help local people in need - our brothers and sisters.

Essentials:  Condensed soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables, jelly, crackers, cereals, tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, meals in a box, pasta, pasta sauce, canned chili and other non- perishable foods. Non- essentials that are in demand: dish soap, cleaning products, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant, women’ s hygiene articles. Toilet paper and laundry soap are in particular demand, as are diapers from size 3 to pull ups. Other needs include baby formula, bottles, lotion, soap, shampoo, and baby wipes.

"If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom shall become like midday."
                                                                                                                         - Isaiah 58:10

Christmas Flower Donation
You are invited to make a memorial flower donation in memory of a deceased loved one or in celebration of graces received. We kindly ask a minimum donation of $10. Please use the envelopes that are available on the information table (across from the elevator) and on the pick-up table (in the prayer garden pathway). 
Envelopes can be put in the collection or dropped off at the parish office. To be listed in the Sunday bulletin on Christmas Day, donations need to be made before December 15.
How Many Creation Care Team Members does it take to Change a Lightbulb…

Alerted by Bobby LeBlanc that there might be an opportunity for converting to LED lighting in the rectory, three CCT members inspected the current lighting and were impressed to find that most had already been replaced with LEDs (as have a large number at STA). Nonetheless, they found 19 to change (see those changed in the photo) but had the wrong base size for six of them. Fr. Kyle has taken those exchanged for proper size and will bring the answer to “four” by replacing those last six candelabra bulbs. In your own home, you can do the same with one or two people. Be aware that there is a staggering array of LED options – and three different types of candelabra bases – to choose from. You can’t put replaced compact fluorescents in the trash, but there are disposal sites (those in the picture were put in the CF bin in the entry to Lowe’s).

Savings: The replacements for the 75W bulbs used by the CCT, are dimmable, use only 10.5W, have a 13-year life (20X that of the one replaced), and provide 1100 lumens (vs. 1170 lumens from the incandescent). The photographer did just that by himself the next day.
How many parishioners could do the same at their or their parents’ homes this Advent? Please send a note to or if you do so and we’ll keep track anonymously. Get the kids involved!
Goal - 48
Appointments - 62
New Donors - 0
Collected - 47 whole blood and 12 power red
Total collected - 59 units (122% of goal)
23 type-O donors!

Thank you for restocking the blood banks, the patients will be forever grateful to you. 
 Thanks to parishioner Mary Lynch who coordinates the Blood Drives at STA.
The next drive date at STA is 5/15/23.

Note Cards
with our Icon

Full color note cards (blank inside) featuring our icon “Mother of God of Tenderness” are available: 9 cards and envelopes for a donation of $10.

These are available
in the parish office.
Live Stream Videographers
                 Alan Gaul               (backup team)   Zoe Ostrowski     Mariella Vitelli
Columbarium Committee
(L-R) Alan Lynch, Kathy Glatz, Sue Osweiler, Glenn Sibbel, Paula Friederich, 
        Joan Grabenstetter, Ray Murray
                                                           Print Bulletin DEADLINE
3rd Sunday of Advent (Dec 11)          Monday, Dec 5 – 8am
4th Sunday of Advent (Dec 18)          Monday, Dec 12 – 8am
Christmas (Dec 25)                            Wednesday, Dec 14 – 8am
Epiphany (Jan 1)                                Wednesday, Dec 21 - Noon

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Advent Evening Prayer at St. Cecilia
Schedule a midweek prayer break to raise your hearts and voices in the official praise and thanksgiving of the universal Church. St. Cecilia invites you for a sung Evening Prayer (Vespers) from the Liturgy of the Hours every Tuesday of Advent at 5:30pm. Dates are 12/6, 12/13, and 12/20.
“But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”
                        —Isaiah 11:1

As Pope Francis urged in Laudato Si’, one thing we can do as we work to care for creation is to see the beauty already present around us. How often do we see stumps instead of sprouts or seemingly lifeless roots instead of buds? Yes, there are many sobering signs of how our earth is hurting, many “stumps” we can focus our attention on, but this week pray to keep your eyes open for where sprouts and buds are present in the world. As we go into the winter season, chances are we won’t see actual plant sprouts or buds coming up, but pay attention to the news for signs of life and regeneration in the fight against climate change.
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