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St. Laurence Parish
Jewett at Standish Streets,
Elgin, Illinois 60123
EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION
Saturday - 4:00 PM
Sundays - 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 AM
Daily Mass 8:00 AM Tuesday—Friday
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday from 3:00 - 3:45 PM
Special times upon request
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Marriage Preparation Program required
6 months notice necessary
PASTORAL STAFF
REV. ANDREW MULCAHEY
PASTOR
RECTORY - 226 Orchard St.
e-mail: [email protected]
AFTER HOURS CONTACT:
224 535-8815
PARISH OFFICE - 565 Standish St.
847- 468-6900
Fax 847- 468-6904
Web Site: stlaurencechurchelgin.com
e-mail [email protected]
DEACON, ROBERT PLAZEWSKI
CONNIE SAJTAR, SECRETARY
LINDA HOLLENSTEIN, BOOKKEEPER
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
COORDINATORS
SUE TURAS
JO TRISILLA
DEB KOCH, SECRETARY
847- 468-6900
PARISH COUNCIL
PAMELA KLEIN, CHAIRWOMAN
FINANCE COUNCIL
JOHN SIMKUS, CHAIRMAN
SCHOOL
TRACY WAHL, PRINCIPAL
KATHY LAUDONT, SECRETARY
847-468-6100
Fax 847-468-6104
Web Site: stlaurenceschool.com
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday—Friday
REGISTRATION
All new parishioners are requested
to register through the parish office
Readings for the Week
WEEKDAYS
December 2 - 5, 2014
Tuesday, December 2
8:00 a.m. + Faithful Souls Departed
Wednesday, December 3
8:00 a.m. + Ilva Szopa by Family
Thursday, December 4
8:00 a.m. + Faithful Souls Departed
Friday, December 5
8:00 a.m. + John Hansen by Ann & John Gotter
WEEKEND MASSES
December 6 / 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6
4:00 p.m.
+ Deceased Members of the Greve Family
by Gin Lossau
Sunday, December 7
7:15 a.m.
Mary Jane Plazewski, Birthday Wishes
by Family
8:45 a.m.
+ Clifford Pond by Pat Laird
10:15 a.m. + Mary Gudek by Jane Uszcienski; and
The St. Laurence Parish Family
ALTAR FLOWERS—Families are able to bring
flowers to be placed in front of the Altar in memory of
their loved ones or for a special occasion. A special sign
up book is located on the table at the back of church. You
must sign up in advance.
The church is open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, flowers should
be brought between 3:00 - 3:30 p.m., or delivered to the
parish office at 565 Standish St. on Friday before
11:30 a.m. Please call the office if you have any
questions, 847 468-6900.
F.Y.I.—The sign up sheets for 2015 dates are now in the
book. If there is a special date that you would like to bring
flowers you might want to sign up now.
BAPTISM—Parents are required to meet with
Fr. Andrew before the Sacrament of Baptism will be
celebrated. If you are expecting a baby, please contact
Fr. Andrew before the delivery of your baby. He can be
reached at 224 535-8815. Baptisms are celebrated the 1st
and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 10:15 a.m. Mass.
Monday: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17;
Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a;
Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-6; Mt 9:35 —
10:1, 5a, 6-8
Sunday: Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14; 2 Pt 3:8-14;
Mk 1:1-8
PRAYER LIST—For the strengthening
in faith of all who are afflicted in body,
mind or spirit please pray for: Eleanor Bell,
Patricia Bonacorsi, Kathleen Camarena, Nan
Chovancek, Terry Corcoran, Ben Galaviz,
Andrew Grala, Jerry Gudino, Lowell Haire, Deanna Hejnosz,
Bill & Judy Johnson, Don Johnston, William Kerwin, John G.
Kolakowski, Doris Krumwiede, Pat Laird, Helen & Leonard
Lajter, Sandy Litts, Nancy Lucas, Larry & Marilyn Malsi,
Jackson Marquez, Jerry Martinez, Michael Melvin, Maria
Mercado, Michael Mohawk, June Morris, Bill O’Brien, Betty
Pekofske, Bonnie Penera, Lisa Rednour, Debbie Roerig, Gordy
Schultz, Mike Shannon, Bill Shimshok, Joe & Sharon Slavicek,
Sr. Rosemary Thillen, Rachel Todd, Gil Valencia, Nancy
Volkening, Marilyn Wasinger, Irene Weidner, Kay Wilhelmi,
Dolores Zirfas.
We will be clearing the Prayer List the first weekend of
each month. If you wish to have someone’s name on the
Prayer List we ask that you contact us monthly.
We pray for the repose of the soul of Michael
Edgerton, Husband of Gina Edgerton.
We ask God to keep his family in His care!
BULLETIN NEWS—Due to early Holiday transmission
schedules bulletin notices must be submitted three weeks
early. Thank you.
Stewardship Collection
Eucharistic Minister—December 5, 2014
Sherman Hospital—Anna Gotter
Due to an early transmission schedule the Sunday
collection totals for November 23rd will not be listed this
weekend.
HOLY DAY MASSES
Monday, December 8, 2014 is a Holy Day
of Obligation, the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will be
celebrated at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Our Giving Tree is up.
Thank you to all who were so quick to take
an ornament (gift tag). The gifts should be
returned to church NO LATER than the
weekend of December 13 / 14. If you have
any questions please call the parish office at
847 468-6900.
DRIVERS NEEDED
The Social Action Commission is in need of help
delivering the Giving Tree gifts to various facilities in
Elgin. If you have a little time on Thursday, December
18th at 8:30 a.m. (right after the 8:00 a.m. Mass) and a
van or other large vehicle please consider helping out.
Proof of auto insurance will be required. To volunteer
call Deb at the parish office.
We are decorating the Church for Christmas
on Sunday, December 21st after the 10:15 a.m.
Mass and could use your help! The more
volunteers that we have the quicker the task
can be completed. Please join us in helping
to make the House of the Lord look
beautiful for the holidays.
Please call the parish office to sign up.
Thank you for your generous donations of money and
food to our Thanksgiving Food Basket collection.
Through your generosity we were able to provide 50 food
baskets to families from the Two Rivers Head Start
Program, as well as, 10 food baskets to parish families. A
BIG thanks to the members of the Social Action
Commission for all of their help and to the 8th grade
parents and students of St. Laurence School for packing
and delivering the baskets. Working together we were
able to make Thanksgiving a little more plentiful for
families in need.
Please join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014
from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Eucharist Adoration.
St. Laurence holds the Holy Hour of Eucharist
Adoration and Holy Rosary for Life the first
Thursday of each month.
Dear Parishioners,
We are approaching Christmas and undoubtedly many of you are beginning your Christmas shopping.
We imitate the three kings in our beautiful tradition of giving gifts to our loved ones! But what about Christ?
What will I give to Him?
More than anything else, He would be pleased with receiving our whole-hearted faith, love, and
obedience. This perhaps is the hardest and most valued gift we could give Him.
But for those who are in a position to do more, please read on:
Our church is in need of many things and often these needs take a backseat to more pressing bills, such
as loans, electric, etc. I list these needs to you in the event that you or groups of parish members would like
to present them to the Christ Child this year. If you are able to only contribute for a portion of an item
please know your gift will be greatly appreciated and used towards fulfilling this wish.
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Energy saving LED light bulbs for the Church (roughly $1200) - present bulbs have burned out and are
not as energy efficient nor long-lasting.
Snow catching rubber doormats and new carpet runners (roughly $2500) - present carpets are worn
and salt stained.
Gutter ice melting wires (roughly $) - last year freeze-overs destroyed some gutters creating drainage
and roof damage.
5 Sloan flushometers (roughly $125 each) - for lavatories.
More items to come.
Thank you for your generosity. Please contact me or the parish office if you would like to donate one of
these items.
Fr. Andrew
TRIFECTA TICKETS—Congratulations to the winners
of the November 24th drawing:
$100—Z. McCorkle
$75—M.VanDurme
$50—L. Lamberty
MARKET DAY—The December flyer is the church
narthex. Every purchase helps earn profit for our school!
The holidays are coming, find great gift ideas. Help us to
reach our goal for the year of $2000 in profit! We have
raised $683 so far this school year. Questions, call Missy
Centanni at 847 695-7776 or [email protected]
The Elgin Deanery Council of Catholic Women invite
all the ladies in the parish to An Evening of Prayer on
Tuesday, December 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Chelsea
Room at St. Thomas More Parish, 215 Thomas More Dr.,
Elgin. Fr. Louis Tosto, Deanery Spiritual Advisor, will
lead us in prayer and reflection. Confessions will be heard
following the prayer service. For information, please
email Linda Meyer at [email protected] or call
847 695-9347.
The Social Action Commission will be
holding a Cookie Sale on the weekend of
December 6 / 7. Funds collected will be
sent to the National Council of Catholic
Women-Cross Catholic Outreach Women
Helping Women Campaign.
Please come hungry!
BLOOD DRIVE in cooperation with Heartland Blood
Centers. St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles on
Monday, Dec. 1st from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Visit www.heartlandbc.org/donating perms slips.html. or
call 1-800-786-4483.
Vocations Corner: Growing in Virtue
Tree of Memories
For people who have lost a loved one,
the holidays can be an especially difficult
time. That is why each year for the past 23
years “The Tree of Memories” and the
Tree Lighting Ceremony have been a part
of the holiday season.
This is a non-denominational ceremony so that it
includes all faiths. The way to remember a loved one is
simple. You can choose an ornament you would like to
see on the tree that commemorates your loved one. Your
ornament can be homemade, purchased or an ornament
that is part of your family collection. Each ornament is
registered, numbered, and hung lovingly on the tree. It
remains on the tree throughout the holidays; then is gently
removed, carefully stored and returned to the tree for
holiday seasons to come. We hope you will remember our
“Tree of Memories” during the coming months and invite
you to add an ornament to the Tree in December.
Ornaments may be registered Dec. 1st through Dec. 30th.
Please join us for our Christmas program followed by
light refreshments.
Wait Ross Allanson, Elgin Chapel, 51 Center St.,
Elgin, IL 60120, 847 742-2100 on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
at 2:00 p.m. or at the Algonquin Chapel, 201 S. Main St.,
Algonquin, IL 60102, 847 658-4232 on Saturday, Dec. 6,
2014 at 2:00 p.m.
We Pray for Our Military—
AIR FORCE: Staff Sgt. Eric Charckon, Major Victoria
Cramer, Airman Patrick Schubert, ARMY: Sgt. Daniel J.
Duffy, 1st. Sgt. Eric Case, SPC Jennifer (Clough) Korfmacher,
SPC Charles Korfmacher, 1st. Lt. Thomas Martin, Sgt. Jacob
McDonald, MARINES: Pfc. Patrick Metz, Maj. Michael
Volmer, NAVY: Seaman Apprentice Terrance M. Alexander,
Seaman Recruit Timothy M. Alexander, LCDR Bettina Sauter,
Corpsman Nick Toufexis. May God protect them and return
them safely to their families.
Fr. Keith Romke, Director of Vocations
One of the best ways to grow in holiness and in our ability both to recognize and to follow God’s will, is to strive to
grow in virtue. This of course may seem like an obvious statement, but allow me to explain it a little deeper. Virtue can
be defined as “Habituated good action.” In other words, virtue is a good action that has been chosen and performed over
and over to the point that it becomes habitual or second nature. This then allows us to just naturally act in such a way
that would please God, sometimes without even being all that tempted to turn the wrong way simply because the good
action has been engrained in us. Virtue is a really good thing! Here comes the hard part: performing the actual
habituating! In order for something to become a habit it has to be something that we do over and over and over again.
Thus, growing in virtue begins with saying Yes to God and His will in lots of little things, because it helps us practice
and engrain how to say yes. If on the other hand we frequently let little opportunities to serve or please God go by,
simply because they seem insignificant, guess what we’re in fact doing? We’re habituating saying No. This is never a
good thing. So, if you want to grow in virtue and in your ability to say yes to God’s ultimate plan for your life, begin by
saying yes in little ways today so that you can continue to grow in virtue!
WORD OF LIFE—“The courage and grace shown by
those women who choose life—in the face of fear,
uncertainty, parental or partner intimidation, seemingly
insurmountable odds—make them today’s heroes. They
are joined by the many who counsel, support and nurture
them both before and after the birth of their child. Such
self-giving love...is powerfully transformative of mother,
of child, of families, of cultures.”
—2013-2014 Respect life Program
LIKE A CHILD—
One who aspires to the grace of
God must be pure, with a heart
as innocent as a child’s.
St. Nicholas
What is the Advent Wreath?—
The circular shape of the wreath,
without beginning or end, symbolizes
God the Father and eternal life. The
Advent Wreath traditionally holds
four candles which are lit, one at a
time, on each of the four Sundays of
the Advent season.
During the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple
candle is lit. This candle represents hope or expectation in
anticipation of the coming Messiah.
The second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with
the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and
Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
The third Sunday of Advent the pink or rose-colored
candle is lit. The “Shepherd’s Candle” reminds us of the
Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
The fourth and last purple candle symbolizes Peace
with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message
of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men.”
On Christmas Eve, the white
center candle is
traditionally lit. This candle is call the “Christ Candle”
and represents the life of Christ that has come into the
world.
www.catholic company.com & Christianity.about.com
Religious Education News
Grades Kindergarten through 8th grade Confirmation
meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Our
next class will be on December 3rd.
PERMANENT SUBSTITUTES NEEDED—We find
that we are in need of a few more volunteers to substitute
when our teachers are unable to be at class. We have been
shorthanded the last few weeks. Please contact the parish
office.
OPLATKI—Among people of Slavic ancestry and still
today among many Poles in the United States, the father
of the family solemnly breaks a wafer made of wheat
flour; Oplatki (Polish, �thin wafer’) on Christmas Eve. He
distributes them to those present as a symbol of love and
peace. These pieces are then shared with wishes for luck,
health and happiness. Oplatki is on sale for $2. Please
make sure to purchase early as we are only getting one
shipment.
Marmion’s ABBEY FARMS choose & cut
Christmas Trees. Open everyday 11/22
through 12/23 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thanksgiving
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wreaths and roping, seasonal
store, farm-made donuts & breads.
Visit SANTA on select weekends.
www.ABBEYFARMS.ORG. Abbey Farms,
2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL 60502. Questions please call
630 966-7775.
We encourage our parishioners to support the businesses
using our bulletin. This week we highlight:
Alan M. Polse, D.D.S.
V.C. White, D.D.S., M.S.
2000 Larkin Ave., Suite #102
847 888-8108
Altar Ministry for the Weekend of December 6 / 7
Mass Time
Lector
Altar Server
Eucharistic Minister
4:00 p.m.
Tom Guetschow
Izabella &
Jaden DelRosario
Kay Gotter, Jan Hroback, Barb Miller,
Greg & Lauren Soohov
7:15 a.m.
Dee Reinhardt
Joe Hoberg,
Karen Perez
Vicky Giuliano, Loli Gudino,
Marlene Gurley, Deacon Plazewski
8:45 a.m.
Ron Szopa
Allie Lock,
Joseph Mandarino
Mary Ann Bruneman, Terry Elliott, Bill
Hejnosz, Pam Klein, Jamie Szopa
10:15 a.m.
Larry Smith
Jayda Sanchez,
Max Schaff
Miriam Cuate, Melanie Marcordes, Mike &
Sandi Shannon, Joann Smith
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