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Thursday, December 18
7:00 p.m. Bereavement
7:00 p.m. Legion of Mary
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
8:00 p.m. Finance Council

Friday, December 19
9:30 a.m. Zumba
Saturday, December 20
7:00 a.m. Yoga Fitness
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi

Sunday, December 16
7:30 p.m. TMIY

Monday, December 22
9:15 a.m. Senior Exercise
11:00 a.m. Reconciliation
6:30 p.m. Reconciliation
7:30 p.m. Prayer Group

Tuesday, December 23
9:30 a.m. Zumba
11:00 a.m. Reconciliation
3:30 p.m. Children’s Choir
6:30 p.m. Reconciliation
7:15 p.m. Knights of Columbus
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Mass Times

Thursday, December 25
Mass Times

Friday, December 26
11:00 a.m. Widow, Separated, Divorced

Saturday, December 27
7:00 a.m. Yoga Fitness
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi 

Weekly Note

Fr. Damian Zuerlein (December 13-14)  As I write this letter, I have just finished putting up the Christmas tree in my house and decorating it. I always find setting up the Christmas tree a holy moment, but one filled with melancholy and memories because the tree and many of its decorations belonged to my mother. Each ornament holds memories from childhood or, for the newer ornaments, memories of past parishes and friends. The tree itself, a “fake” one, had for years born the name “the pencil tree” – so named by my siblings because it is very narrow. My mother liked it because it did not take up a lot of space in her small living room. With my decorating ended and a glass of wine poured, an email went out to my siblings letting them know that the “pencil tree” was standing once again. Christmas carols were playing quietly in the background when I began to wonder where did this tree thing get its start?

I know that there are lots of stories crediting Martin Luther with bringing the tree into the home for Christmas, but I thought there must be a deeper and older story. I know St. Boniface, a missionary to the German people in the 8th century, cut down an oak tree that was worshipped by the local people. When the gods did not strike Boniface down as they expected, the people converted to Christianity. He helped the Germanic peoples move from worshipping trees to worshipping the God of Jesus Christ. Many of the monks from St. Columbkille’s monasteries did the same with other Germanic tribes. Maybe it had something to do with that?

Here is what I found: By the early Middle Ages, a story began to circulate that when Christ was born in the dead of winter, every tree throughout the world miraculously shook off its ice and snow and produced new shoots of green. About the same time, Christian missionaries preaching to Germanic and Slavic peoples were taking a more relaxed approach to cultural traditions. These missionaries believed that the Incarnation proclaimed Christ's lordship over those natural symbols that had previously been used for the worship of pagan gods. Not only individual human beings, but cultures, symbols, and traditions could be converted. So, to have evergreen garland in your home was no longer seen as a means to worshipping trees.  read more...

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We go forth to love and serve, sharing our God-given gifts with each other and throughout the world. 
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