Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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November 26, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

       Today’s Christ the King Sunday begins the 34th and final Week of Ordinary Time, the last week of the current Church Year.  May the year ahead be one when Jesus Our Savior King will rule our hearts in all that we are about!  Be sure to take a free Blue Book home today for use throughout approaching Advent.

       Cyber Monday brings us to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Buffalo Bob Smith, host of the Howdy Doody Show which we boomers absorbed on Saturday mornings some sixty years ago.  Here in the parish, Nativity Pageant meeting is at 6:00 P.M. at St. James.  Finance Council is at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office, and the Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose Chapel.

  Giving Tuesday, be sure to ROC the Day for Peace of Christ and St. John Neumann by logging on to and making a donation to the parish and school.  Our School Council meets at 4:00 P.M. today at school, and Nativity Pageant Practice again is at 6:00 P.M. at St. James.

  Wednesday is the day we open the Mass Book for 2018.  Masses may be scheduled at the office between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  This evening, the Rosary will be prayed at St. John the Evangelist at 7:00 P.M., and our weekly Community Coffee Hour will take place at St. James from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  And we are now only 7 weeks until the beginning of ChristLife’s “Discovering Christ” segment.  It will surely be the most important program we run all year for our own ongoing continuing education in our faith:  our belief is not just in a Creed but in a Person.  Let’s use these quieter Wednesday evenings of the year to do something about it:  gather for a delicious free dinner, watch a well-done video about Christ whom we are discovering (perhaps for the first time), and have a chance for wonderful conversation about what you saw in the video.  Watch the bulletin for further details, and be sure not to let this opportunity pass you by!

  Thursday, the 350th birthday of writer Jonathan Swift, our little junior biblical thespians have their next Nativity Pageant Practice at St. James at 6:00 P.M.  Then, Evening Prayer (Vespers) will be prayed at St. James at 7:00 P.M.

  Friday is the 75th anniversary of Gas Rationing beginning in the United States.  I wasn’t there (or anywhere) at the time, but it must have been a bummer for anyone without a Chevy Volt.  Being First Friday today, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon just prior to the 12:15 P.M. Mass in St. Ambrose Chapel.

  Saturday, Santa’s Pancake Breakfast is in Dailey Hall from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, and Santa’s Craft Sale will take place simultaneously and extend on into the afternoon.  Meanwhile, our Combined Choir will practice at St. Ambrose at 10:00 A.M.

  Next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent, our Church New Year’s Day.  Calendars will be distributed for you and yours.  Your envelopes for “Buildings & Grounds” and for “Catholic University & Other American Catholic Higher Education Institutions” can be placed in the 2nd collection—and don’t miss Lessons & Carols at 2:00 P.M.!  As a New Year’s resolution, how about joining our great Knights of Columbus Council or Ladies Auxiliary?  More info next weekend.  Pax to all!

                —Father Schrader