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Founded 1867
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Office 630-668-0918

First Sunday of Advent - December 1, 2013

Winfield, IL 60190
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The Spirit of the Lord is upon us, because the Lord has anointed us

~ Our Mission Statement ~

May Saint Nicholas hold the tiller!

to proclaim: Ecce Agnus Dei - Behold the Lamb of God; Behold the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Inspired by Luke 4:18 & John 1:29

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Pastor/Prroco: ....Fr. Tom Cargo/Padre Toms Associate Pastor: Fr. Tomy Chellakandathil CMI Deacon William Nijm from Our Lady of Lebanon - Lombard Secretaries:... Jennifer Kurtyka, Rosa Benavides .......................Ex 0 or 600 Secretaria Hispana: ................................ .Ex601 Director of Finance & Administration: Deborah Birutis .............. Ex616 Business & Facilities Manager: ............................. Aaron Simpson ...Ex603 Music Ministry: Adrienne Rose ....... 653-1489 Msica Espaol: Mara Marquez... 520-0665 Religious Education: ................Office: Ex613 Director: Maureen Brennan .............Ex612 RCIA (Convert Preparation) ...........Ex600 Adult Education & Youth Ministry: Chris Strong...630-673-3982 Grade School: ...........................Office: Ex618 Principal: Mickey Tovey ................Ex618 Phone: 630-668-2625, Fax: 630-668-7176 0S259 Church Street, Winfield, IL 60190 St Vincent de Paul Society .................Ex692 Weekend ....... Saturday (Vigil Mass) 5:00 pm; Sunday 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 am Misa en Espaol ................ Domingo 1:30 pm Weekday .... Mon.-Fri. 7:30 am & Sat. 8:30 am Confessions: ........Saturday: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the Southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. La verdadera historia de Santa Claus comienza con Nicols, que naci en el siglo III en el pueblo de Patara. En ese momento el rea era griego pero ahora est en la costa sur de Turqua. Sus padres ricos, que lo cri para ser un cristiano devoto, murieron en una epidemia, cuando Nicols era todava joven. Obedeciendo a las palabras de Jess a "vender lo que posees y dalo a los pobres", Nicols utilizado toda su herencia para ayudar a los necesitados, los enfermos, y que sufrieron. Dedic su vida a servir a Dios y fue nombrado Obispo de Mira, cuando todava un hombre joven. Obispo Nicols fue conocido por todo el pas por su generosidad a los necesitados, su amor por los nios, y su preocupacin por los marineros y los barcos.

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Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminalsmurderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea, in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church. Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of Saint Nicholas' life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need. One story tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of valuea dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home, providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. And so, Saint Nicholas is a gift-giver. One of the oldest stories showing Saint Nicholas as a protector of children takes place long after his death. The townspeople of Myra were celebrating the good saint on the eve of his feast day when a band of Arab pirates from Crete came into the district. They stole treasures from the Church of Saint Nicholas to take away as booty. As they were leaving town, they snatched a young boy, Basilios, to make into a slave. The emir, or ruler, selected Basilios to be his personal cupbearer. Not knowing the language, Basilios would not understand what the king said to those around him. So, for the next year Basilios waited on the king, bringing his wine in a beautiful golden cup. For Basilios' parents, devastated at the loss of their only child, the year passed slowly, filled with grief. As the next Saint Nicholas' feast day approached, Basilios' mother would not join in the festivity, as it was now a day of tragedy. However, she was persuaded to have a simple observance at homewith quiet prayers for Basilios' safekeeping. Meanwhile, as Basilios was fulfilling his tasks serving the emir, he was suddenly whisked up and away. Saint Nicholas appeared to the terrified boy, blessed him, and set him down at his home back in Myra. Imagine the joy and wonderment when Basilios amazingly appeared before his parents, still holding the king's golden cup. This is the first story told of Saint Nicholas protecting children which became his primary role in the West. In France the story is told of three small children, wandering in their play until lost, lured, and captured and killed by an evil butcher. Saint Nicholas appears and appeals to God to return them to life and to their families (The statue at the back of our Chapel show Saint Nicholas with three children in a basket, they represent this story). Other stories, as well, tell of children who disappeared, were kidnapped, fell into a well, or suffered some other disaster, all to be delivered through the good auspices of Saint Nicholas. These accounts of a child forcibly taken from parents, followed by a time of grieving and despair, then the miraculous return of the child, have profound and universal appeal which makes Nicholas the much valued Guardian of Children. It is no wonder he is the beloved protector and patron saint of children. Another legend says: When all the bishops were gathered together in Nicaea to decide the great question threatening to split the early church, there were many long speeches. Such meetings can be very tiring. It looked as if Bishop Nicholas had dozed off, weary and unable to stay awake. As he slept, Nicholas heard voices calling his name, and, leaving his sleeping body leaning on the table, his soul followed the voices. After traveling a long way, he came to a place in the middle of the sea. A mighty storm raged, putting a ship in great danger. The sails were shredded and the masts were broken as if they were toothpicks. Sailors, clinging to the ship, cried to Nicholas for help. Nicholas raised his hands, the waves calmed and thunder and lightening stopped. The sun came out over a sea once again calm. The grateful sailors thanked God for their rescue. Nicholas blessed the sailors and, returned. He did many kind and generous deeds in secret, expecting nothing in return!

Bajo el emperador romano Diocleciano, que implacablemente persigue a los cristianos, el obispo Nicols sufri por su fe, fue exiliado y encarcelado. Las crceles estaban tan llenas de obispos, sacerdotes y diconos, que no haba espacio para los verdaderos criminales, asesinos, ladrones y salteadores. Despus de su liberacin, Nicols asisti al Concilio de Nicea, AD 325. Muri el 6 de diciembre, AD 343 en Mira y fue enterrado en su iglesia catedral. A travs de los siglos, muchas historias y leyendas que han hablado de la vida de San Nicols y sus hechos. Estas cuentas nos ayuda a entender su carcter extraordinario y por qu es tan querido y venerado como protector y ayuda de los necesitados. Una historia cuenta de un hombre pobre con tres hijas. En aquellos das, el padre de una joven tuvo que ofrecer a maridos anticipados, algo de valorcomo una dote. Lo ms grande la dote, mejor la posibilidad que una mujer joven encontrara un marido bueno. Sin una dote, una mujer tena poca probabilidad que se casara. Las hijas de ese pobre hombre, sin dotes, por lo tanto estaban destinados a ser vendidas como esclavas. Misteriosamente, en tres ocasiones diferentes, una bolsa de oro, apareci en su casa, proporciona las dotes necesarias. Las bolsas de oro, tiradas por una ventana abierta cayeron, se dice en medio o los zapatos a la izquierda dejados antes del incendio que se sequen. De aqu viene la costumbre de colgar las medias de los nios o de poner los zapatos, con la esperanza impaciencia regalos de San Nicols. Y as, San Nicols es un donante de regalos. Una de las historias ms viejas de San Nicols que muestra como el fue el protector de los nios tiene lugar mucho tiempo despus de su muerte. La gente del pueblo de Mira se celebrando el santo en la vspera de su fiesta, cuando una banda de piratas rabes de Creta entr en el distrito. Se robaron los tesoros de la Iglesia de San Nicols para llevar como botn. Al salir de la ciudad, que ellos arrebataron a un joven, Basilios, para que hacerle esclavo. El emir, o gobernante, seleccionado a Basilios para ser su copero personal, porque, al no conocer el idioma, Basilios no podra entender lo que el rey dijo a los que le rodean. As, para el prximo ao Basilios sirvi al rey, trayendo el vino en una copa de oro hermosa. Para los padres Basilios, devastados por la prdida de su nico hijo, el ao pasado poco a poco, lleno de dolor. Cuando la fiesta de San Nicols se acerco, la madre de Basilios no se uniran a la fiesta, como era un da de tragedia. Sin embargo, se junto a la simple observancia en la casa, con la oracin silenciosa para su bienestar de Basilios. Mientras tanto, como Basilios fue el desempeando sus tareas al servicio de emir, fue repentinamente trasladados hacia arriba y afuera. San Nicols, apareci al joven aterrorizado, lo bendijo, y lo sent en su casa de nuevo en Mira. Imagnese la alegra y sorpresa cuando Basilios sorprendentemente apareci ante sus padres, todava con copa de oro del rey. Esta es la primera cuenta de San Nicols proteger a los nios, que se convirti en su papel principal en el oeste. En Francia, la historia es contada de tres nios pequeos, vagando en su juego hasta perderse, atrados, capturado y asesinado por un carnicero mal. San Nicols aparece y hace un llamamiento a Dios para volverles a la vida y a sus familias. Y as, San Nicols es el patrono y protector de los nios. (La estatua en la parte posterior de la capilla de San Nicols muestran con tres nios en una cesta que representa esta historia). Otras historias, adems, hablan de nios desaparecidos, fueron secuestrados, cay en un pozo, o sufrieron algn otro desastre, todo para ser entregados a travs de los buenos oficios de San Nicols. Estas cuentas tienen un profundo y atractivo universal otorga gran valor a Nicols como el Guardin de los Nios. No es de extraar que l es el protector querido y santo patrn de los nios. Otra leyenda dice: "Cuando todos los obispos se reunieron en Nicea para decidir la gran cuestin que amenaza con dividir a la iglesia primitiva, haba muchos discursos largos. Tales reuniones pueden ser muy agotador. Pareca como si el obispo Nicholas se haba quedado dormido, cansado e incapaz de permanecer despierto. "Mientras dorma, Nicholas oy voces que piden su nombre, y, dejando su cuerpo dormido apoyado en la mesa, sigui las voces. Despus de recorrer un largo camino, lleg a un lugar en el medio del mar. Una poderosa tormenta arreciaba, poner un barco en un gran peligro. Las velas fueron triturados y los mstiles rotos como si fueran palillos de dientes. Los marineros, aferrndose a la nave, clamaron a Nicholas en busca de ayuda. "Nicholas alz las manos, las olas se calmaron y los truenos y relmpagos se detuvieron. Sali el sol sobre un mar en calma de nuevo. Los marineros agradecidos gracias a Dios por su rescate. Nicholas bendijo a los marineros y, regres...." l hizo muchos actos compasivos y generosos en secreto, sin esperar nada a cambio!

Readings for the Week Monday: Is 4:2-6 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 11:1-10 Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Rom 15:4-9 Mt 3:1-12

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, November 30
8:30 a.m. Catherine & Thomas Ennis & Family (Cathy Johnston)
Vigil for the First Sunday of Advent 5:00 p.m. Anita Wilke (Rita Wilke) Arnold Pins (James Higgins) Joseph Scala (Amy & Jason Scala) Barthel Kissel (Noel & Maryette Rao) Jolita Grazulyte Birutis (St. John the Baptist) Michael J. Sitarz (Joe & Rose Szczepaniak)

Confession Schedule Horario de Confesiones

Saturday, November 30, 2013 3:30 p.m., Fr Tomy Saturday, December 7, 2013 3:30 p.m., Fr Tom Cargo Please pray for

Sunday, December 1, First Sunday of Advent 7:30 a.m. Joseph & Ethel Bialek (The Hanlock Family) 9:30 a.m. Toni Lawrentz (Ron Lawrentz) 11:30 a.m. Mass for the Parishioners 1:30 p.m. Jose Blanco (The Blanco Family) Salvador Flores (La Familia Flores) Arturo Cruz (La Familia Flores) Marcelo Campos (Hermalinda & Roberto Campos)

Monday, December 2
7:30 a.m. Msgr. Vincent Cloos (St. John the Baptist Parish)

Tuesday, December 3
7:30 a.m. Catherine & George Triner & Family (Cathy Johnston)

Wednesday, December 4
7:30 a.m. Father Marty Kirk (Chuck & Lois Kirk) 1:40 p.m. School Mass Richard Mailloux (Jeannene Mailloux)

Avice Atkinson
who passed away on November 17, 2013 Our sympathies are extended to all of her family and friends. Please pray for

Thursday, December 5
7:30 a.m. John F. Brennan & Family (Cathy Johnston)

Friday, December 6
7:30 a.m. Our Parish All Souls

Saturday, December 7

8:30 a.m. CCW Living & Deceased Members (CCW)

Vigil for the Second Sunday of Advent

Colleen Rauch
who passed away on November 1, 2013 Our sympathies are extended to all of her family and friends.
Please mark your calendars-Christmas Cantata,

Monday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Chapel. All are welcome. O Come Let Us Adore Him Eucharist Adoration is in
need of a Committed Eucharist Adorer for the 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (Wednesday) hour. Please consider this time with the Lord a gift to you! Blessing abound! Call Mary-630-668-1307 or Sylvia-646-620-4922. P.S. Subs always available!

5:00 p.m. Cosgrove & Miller Families (Colette Miller) John William Brennan & Family (Cathy Johnston) Joyce Milder (Jayne & Tony Altimari) Arnold Pins (James Higgins) John J.Daly, Jr. (Mike & Beth Reedy & Family) Jolita Birutis (The Staff of St. Johns School) Sunday, December 8, Second Sunday of Advent 7:30 a.m. Rose Marecek-Anniversary of Death (Betty Marecek) 9:30 a.m. Toni Lawrentz (Ron Lawrentz) 11:30 a.m. John J. & Kathleen Dooley (Mary LHotta) 1:30 p.m. Mass for the Parishioners MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PRAY THE ROSARY WITH FELLOW PARISHIONERS EVERY SUNDAY FOLLOWING 7:30 A.M. MASS

Adoration & First Friday Rosary

December 6 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Adoration and Rosary concludes with Benediction.

Our Sanctuary Lamps

This Week Burn in Memory/Honor of:

Old Chapel Joseph, Timothy & Randy Lambert New Church Michael James Clifford

Mark Your Calendar - for Upcoming Dates Advent & Christmas & New Years
Cantata Service: Monday, Dec 9, 7:30 pm, Chapel Advent Taize: Thursday, Dec 19, 7:30 pm, Chapel

Please pray for our sick

Stella Barone Fr. John Barrett Harold Bingo Besch James Bestler Margaret Birt Brian Burke Josephine Calalbrese Lisa Cicero Kathy Connor Jewel Ann Curtis Joann Eggebrecht Patrocinia Fernandez Gregory Figiel John Flanigan, Jr. Dolores Gabriel Gregory Garlt Gary Gillmeister Joe Grabowski Dawn Grant Destin Green Jennifer Hammerschmidt Bonnie Hansen Rich Harwood John Heitzler Joy Henczel Elder Hernandez Tom Janczy Bill Johnson Dr. William Johnston Brandon Karimi Ken Kasnicka Carter Kettner Frank Krause Korrin Kupris Kara Ladd Rose Marie Lambert John Lechowicz Dolores Lewandowski Nancy Liden Laurie Linke Sandra Linke Winnie Lyne Beth Majerczyk Ursula Makowijczuk John Maltese Linda Marczewski Jan Masters Alex McCall Peggy Murphy Becky Neal Johnny Neal Alex Novak Lesley (Tobin) Nygaard Joan Pacer Judy Pakula Josie Pasciak Owen Payton Bane Petrov Cathy Enders Poss Elly Ransum Mary Rauch Alicia Ricciardi Connie Enders Risch Cooper Rojas Katherine Rose Casmir Ruta Lillian Salek Nathan Schram Father John Sebahar Sven Segerlund Bea Serwach Carolyn Sesvold John Shannon Cathy Slipkevych Rosemary Sumang Mary Tarchala Virg Tobin Jim Toman Emily Vanco Paul Vasich William White Lexie Youngberg Larry Zengri

Immaculate Conception: This year the Feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on Sunday, December 8. The Second Sunday of Advent takes precedence over the Feast Day, so there is NO Holy Day of Obligation this year, but the feast will be celebrated on Monday, December 9 at 7:30 am Advent Reconciliation: Confessions during Adoration: Tuesdays, Dec 10 & 17,3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sacristy of the Chapel Parish Advent Penance Service: Wednesday, Dec 18, 7:00 pm, Chapel. We have invited several outside priests to assist us with confessions. NO CONFESSIONS CHRISTMAS EVE Grade School Christmas Concert: Tuesday, Dec 17, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve: NO 7:30 a.m. Morning Mass Christmas Vigil Masses: 4:00 pm Childrens Mass - Church 4:00 pm Mass - Chapel 6:30 pm 10:00 pm Christmas Mass at Night Christmas Day: 7:30 am 9:30 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm Misa en Espaol Parish offices will be closed from Christmas Eve at 2:00 pm, December 24 and will reopen Monday, December 30 Solemnity of the Mother of God Holy Day of Obligation New Years Eve: Tuesday, December 31, 5:00 pm - Church, Vigil for New Years 5:00 pm- Misa en Espaol - Chapel New Years Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:30 am 9:30 am Parish offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 31 and on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Christmas Flower Offering Envelopes are in your November/December contribution envelope packet. These envelopes give you the opportunity to remember your loved ones at Christmas with flowers in the Church and Chapel. Please limit your intentions to three. The names will be published in the bulletin, so please print clearly. Please return these flower envelopes as soon as possible; we hope to print the names in the December 22 bulletin. Attn: Ushers for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Masses If you would like to serve as an usher at any of the Christmas Eve or Christmas Masses, please sign up on the sheet located on the ushers room door.

Calendario de Servicios en Espaol del Adviento y la Navidad

La Solemnidad de Nuestra Seora de Guadalupe el 12 de diciembre Maanitas 6:00 AM-Capilla Canciones a la Virgen 6:00 PM - Iglesia Misa de la Virgen de Guadalupe 7:00 PM-Iglesia Fiesta despus Servicio de Penitencia: 7:00 PM el 18 de diciembre - la Capilla Fiesta de la Navidad: el 25 de diciembre 1:30 PM Misa en la Iglesia Solemnidad de la Madre de Dios: Misa de la Vigilia: 5 PM el 31 de diciembre - la Capilla


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Soon, our parishes will be conducting the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR). I urge you to join with me in offering this appeal your prayerful and vocal support. Your efforts are vital to its success. Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the RFR in 1988 to address the profound lack of retirement funding among religious communities. Despite ongoing generosity to the annual collection, numerous communities continue to struggle to provide adequate care for their senior members. Financial distributions from the RFR offer supplemental support for bolstering retirement savings and for meeting such day-to-day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. Many of us may recall a sister, brother, or religious order priest whose life and witness had a profound impact on our own vocation. In thanksgiving for this personand for the many contributions senior women and men religious have made to our Church and worldI ask for your assistance. As St. Paul reminds us, So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith (Gal 6:10). God bless you,

Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers!

Today, we are thanking the following volunteers who are Greeters at our Masses:
We are so very grateful for their time and talent!

Joan Ackermann Larry Fitzpatrick Karla Flanagan Marty Flanagan Donna Gabriel Jeanne Hess Jennifer Joseph Tom Joseph Bill Kellens Mary Kellens Joan Kotvan

Helen Lutzenkirchen Claudine Moscinski Lisa Muehlfelt James Paulissen Lorraine Paulissen Susan Schanowski Pat Smolucha Stan Smolucha Mary Spatz David Vann Glenn Zayner

Christmas Eve Family Mass

Want to add something to your familys Christmas Eve traditions? Looking to put more Christ in Christmas for your children? Here is a wonderful opportunity. Participate in our . . . Annual Christmas Eve Family Mass Children ages 4 to 10 reenact the Christmas Gospel, complete with animals, angels and shepherds. And teens & tweens are our lectors. This all happens during the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass in Church. Interested? Auditions are on Saturday, December 7th at 10:30 a.m. in the Church. Practices continue on December 14th , and dress rehearsal is on the 21st . All are at 10:30 a.m. in the Church and last one hour. Costumes are required, but there are lots to borrow and simple, no-sew ideas are provided. Your memories will last a lifetime.

Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet Next Sunday there will be a second collection for the Retirement for the Religious. Envelopes for this collection are in your packet of contribution envelopes. Please be as generous as possible.

WHEN YOU HAVE A CAR TO DONATE, YOU AUTO THINK St. Vincent de Paul! When you hear those radio ads encouraging the donation of your used car, please keep in mind that your car will most likely NOT be given to someone who can use it. Such cars are usually sold at auction or dismantled for the resale of their parts. That may serve the profit-purposes of a charitable organization. Yet its not very practical for people who have serious transportation needs, but cant afford to buy a car. On the other hand, when you donate your car to St. Vincent de Paul, once we have determined that it is safe and functional, we put it directly into the hands of a needy person or family so it can be used to drive to work, to go on family errands, or to meet the many other practical needs for getting around. We have no paper-work complications. And we have no large management salaries or administrative costs to pay. We simply serve the needy. So when youre ready to surrender your car, keep St. Vincent de Paul first on your list of options. Call 630-293-9755. Well pick up the car and get it into the hands of someone who can really use it.

ADVENT Lets approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush. Anonymous

Bulletin Copy Due Dates-If you are submitting an article for the church bulletin, please note the change in due dates due to our publishers holiday schedule.
Bulletin Date December 8 December 15 December 22 December 29 January 5 Copy Due Date November 27, by noon December 5, by noon December 10, by noon December 16, by noon December 18, by noon

Exploring the Sacred Day of Reflection

Slowing Down Advent & Finding God Within
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013

St. John the Baptist

Invites you, our volunteers to a day of relaxation and spiritual uplifting! 0S233 Church Street, Winfield, IL 60190 Join Sr. Clarita Schumacher and Susan Tutaj for a day of personal reflection, prayer, sharing and time to rest with the Sacred. Cost: $10 includes lunch. Please make check payable to St. John the Baptist Parish
Exploring the Sacred: Slowing Down Advent and Finding God Within Registration Deadline: December 2, 2013
Name: Address: City/State/Zip Phone (Day) Phone (Cell) Church Exploring the Sacred Slowing Down Advent

Questions? Maureen Brennan 630-682-4400 X 612 Enclosed is my payment of $10 payable to St. John the Baptist Parish Drop off at School, Religious Education or Parish Office

Reflections with Chris Strong

Based on the Advent Booklet,

The Joy in the Waiting*

by Alice Camille

Our Advent Wreath Candles

will burn this year in MemoryHonor of those to whom our refurbished stations of the Cross have been dedicated to.

Tu e s d a y , D e c e m b e r 3 & Tu e s d a y , D e c e m b e r 1 0

7:00 p.m. Sebahar Hall

Light Refreshments served during the Presentation
People make the holiday what they are! Gathering is the style of the season: Christmas concerts, school pageants, carol singing, office parties, parish retreats, relatives visiting. It is time to make new friends while keeping tabs on the old! It is also a season of waiting and anticipation! And, at the core of it all, we are about Coming home to Bethlehem. *This 24-page booklet will be sold for $1 after Masses

The first weeks Advent Candle burns in Memory of

Mary Kalitzky

We are ever grateful for your loving generosity and sharing in the Ministries of Serving the Lord here at St. John the Baptist.

Sacrificial Giving
Parish Collections


The Wish Trees are Up!

As in years past, there will be a variety of tags on the trees to choose from. Please look closely at the date on the tags; each organization has a different deadline. In order that small items do not get lost, do not place gift cards under the trees. Instead, turn these in at the parish office. Those groups or individuals who would like to volunteer to bring the gifts after Mass downstairs to the storage room in Sebahar Hall can contact Karen Tsaparis at 630-917-0565 or email. I would also welcome any volunteers who are available to help with the delivery of the gifts. Thank you.

October 27$21,679.03 November 3..$24,225.11 November 10$17,998.54 November 17$22,901.91 If you seek perfection, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will then have treasure in heaven.
(Matthew 19:21)

Our church is seeking to reach and help many people. The money you are giving is being invested wisely in people ministries. Please help us support the weekly needs of $26,312. Thank you for your generosity.

St. Vincent de Paul Donation Drive @ St. John the Baptist Saturday, December 7 & December 8
The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in our parking lot the weekend of December 7 & 8. Our volunteers will be waiting for you at the truck to help you unload. Please have all your donations bagged or boxed. No hangers, please. We will accept: Clothing, shoes, linens & books in good or bad condition. Unusable clothing, shoes, linens & even books generate income for the needy because they are sold for rags or in bulk. THERE IS A SPECIAL NEED FOR COATS & OTHER WINTER CLOTHING. Small housewares (toasters, blenders, mixers, etc.) Electronics! SVDP Thrift shops are now electronic recycling centers! We can take small electronics & computers at clothing drives. For larger item donations, please call for a home pick-up. ONLY FLAT SCREEN TVS ACCEPTED. No console TVs or large TVs. Your donations go to the SVDP Thrift Shops where much of our donations are given away free to needy families in the community. Some are sold at reasonable prices at the thrift shops so that needy families can shop with dignity. Proceeds from the thrift shops go into a general assistance fund from which St. Vincent de Paul Conferences at the church level help folks with rent, mortgage or utility assistance. If you have any large items, bicycles or furniture you would like to donate, you can call 630-231-4658 to schedule a pickup at your home. Thank you to everyone at St. Johns for helping us help others!

St. John the Baptists Knights of Columbus

Advent Friday Fish Fry Fridays, December 6, 13*, and 20

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sebahar Hall

Adults: $8

Kids: $4

Seniors: $7

Fish Fry dinner includes: breaded cod, bread, coleslaw, potato & a drink. Beer & wine (Cash bar) Salad options for vegetarians. Pizza or Mac & cheese available for kids
All proceeds to benefit the Knights of Columbus Charities including the new Ronald McDonald Charity House in Winfield *Pro Life Sponsor

December Music Schedule

5:00 p.m. (Sat.)-Bell Choir , 2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:30 a.m. (Sun.)-Classic Ensemble 9:30 a.m. (Sun.)-Contemporary Band 11:30 a.m. (Sun.)-Adult Choir

~Society of St. Vincent de Paul 630-231-4658

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

Hot buttermilk pancakes, link sausage, golden hash browns, country fresh eggs, fresh roasted coffee, and juice. Hungry? Get energized with a good breakfast before preparing your house for the Christmas Season.

CATHOLICS FOR LIFE "May the dignity of man according to the Creator's plan be spread." Christmas is also for the unborn. The Savior has come also for the children yet living in their mothers wombs. The Gospel message is addressed also to our youngest brothers and sisters. In fact, we can say it is addressed especially to them, because they are the most helpless. (Fr Frank Pavone, Priests for Life)

Where: When:

SJB School Hall December 1st 8-11am

The proceeds go to support important parish work done by your own Knights of Columbus. The Knights provide over 65 million hours of donated volunteer time across the U.S. each year, all for the betterment of our Catholic Faith Communities. Invite some friends, bring a group, support the parish, have a cup of coffee on us.

Childrens Stewardship Corner

Here are just a few of the offerings to God from the youths of St. Johns; Courtney, Alexa, Emily, Julia, Ana, Brady, Melanie, Dayanara, Dora, Jenny, Jahiro, Ailish, Kailey, Norby, Ryan, Brody, Keira, Alyssa, Zachary, Jack, Suyapa & Avaall donated money to the church this week. Ava was in a concert. Keira helped an injured friend by carrying their books. Kailey helped a friend do geography homework. Ailish gave her dad a birthday present. Brady helped someone get onto the computer at school. Alexa gave her dad a birthday present. Ana is thankful for a family together all the time. Talents of St. Johns youths are: singing in a choir, basketball, baking a birthday cake, playing the violin, math and Irish dancing. Gifts from the youth's envelopes for November 17, 2013 was $38.74 Gather the Children Ministry is looking for . . . Men, Women, & Children, at least 11 years old -Guitarists , -A Coordinator Call RE, 630-682-4400 X 613, or Kara Ladd, 630-876-4534 (call or text) OPERATION ANDREW DINNERS These dinners with Bishop Conlon are open to all men who are high school age or older. The evening begins at 6pm and ends by 8pm. Participants will have the chance to have dinner with Bishop Conlon and Fr. Burke, hear a vocation story, ask questions and meet other young men interested in knowing more about the priesthood. Please contact your pastor or RSVP to Fr. Burke at or (815 8344004) if you are interested in coming to the next Andrew Dinner: December 10, 2013, Sts. Peter & Paul, Naperville

Heroin Awareness
The deadly drug heroin is affecting our community, our families, and ourselves. Find out how you can be involved by learning the causes and the consequences from heroin. A conference will be held to bring awareness and offer resource help. Guest Speakers will include: Addiction Counselors from Cadence Health & Alexian Brothers, DG Counseling, Bartlett Countryside Funeral Home, DuPage Coroners, Bartlett & Carol Stream Police Depts., Reformed Heroin Addicts, Father Michael Pawlowicz from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Conference Locations: -- Corpus Christi in Carol Stream

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Day of Recollection. On Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.7:30 p.m., join Fr. John Belmonte & the Dominican Sisters for time away with the Lord. The day includes a Spiritual Conference, Adoration, Vespers & Rosary, and Dinner & Discussion with the sisters. Open to single Catholic women ages 17-30. A $10 donation is requested. Lake Shore Campus, Ignatius House, 6314 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.
For more information or to RSVP by December 1st, contact: Sr. Cecilia Joseph, 815-409-2278 or

on Sunday, December 8, 3-5 p.m. -- In Spanish at St. Mary's, West Chicago, Sunday, January 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Peoples Resource Center

announces . . .

A Gavin Coyle Christmas BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Sunday, December 8 3:00 p.m.
North Central College Pfeiffer Hall 310 E. Benton, Naperville $30/ticket (To purchase, go to and click on the Dec 8 calendar, Songs of the Season) Volunteer Opportunities Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is recruiting volunteers for a once a week shifts: Eucharistic Ministers for daily & Sunday communion, in the gift shop and transporting patients in wheelchairs. For more information, contact the Marianjoy volunteer office, 630-909-7400

St. John the Baptist Church Ornaments

For Sale In Parish Office $35.00 ea Great Christmas Gift!

To place an order, please contact Erica Cabrera at Limited availability!

Youth Ministry (High School)

For information, contact Chris Strong at

Having Surgery?
Give one of our priests a call PRIOR to your surgery, so that anointing can be given at a time when you are less stressed. Call the parish office at 630-6680918, ext. 600, and set a time to come in BEFORE your surgery for anointing.

All meetings are 6:30p-8p in the Youth Ministry Center above the garages at the parish offices. Next meetings: 12/1; 12/15; 1/5; 1/19

Hospital Visits
Our priests are available to make hospital visits. Because of HIPAA Laws the Hospital does not notify churches when parishioners are there. Please notify the Saint Johns Parish Office when a loved one is there giving us the name and room number. We want to do our best to minister to all the Hospitalized!

Please Pray for those who defend our Nation, those who serve in Active Duty
Pvt James Luigi Akin SRA Francis Beifuss Lt John Berg Sgt Melissa Brooker Lt Deandra Carbone CMR Nicholas Carbone Pvt Timothy Conley SA Dakota Enders AF3C John L. Enders Sgt Andrew Fairbairn Pv2 Nicholas Gorman Sgt Pamela Gray A1C Seth Kelley LCpl David Lawless Senior Airman Felicia K. McDonald GSMC (SW/SS) Timothy A. Newell ABHAA Sean Phillips Lt Col George Pohlmann A1C Alejandro Luis Sanchez AN Michael Schieve Captain Jim Smolucha Captain Mike Smolucha SPC Thomas Stanhope

Wedding Information
Getting married? Give us a ring! Please contact one of the parish priests as soon as you become engaged and at least six months before the wedding date. Catholics need to be attending church every Sunday.

Parishioners who are homebound and wish to receive communion, please call the parish office at 630-668-0918, Ext. 600, and we will pass your name to the coordinator for Homebound Ministry.

Parish Registration
New Parishioner Registrations are held in Sebahar Hall (lower level of the Church) generally following the 7:30 & 9:30 a.m. Masses. Upcoming scheduled dates are as follows:

Lost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found basket in the entry way to the parish office.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Parish Calendar
Please see the on line calendar at: or on the kiosk of the narthex of the Church.

Area Open Houses Meet Montini Thursday, December 12 8:30 a.m.

Marmion Academy Hosts Scholarship Qualifying Entrance Exam. On Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 a.m., Marmion Academy High School, Aurora, is hosting its Scholarship Qualifying Entrance Exam for 8th grade boys. Must complete application prior to exam. Visit or call the Admissions Department at 630-897-6936 for information. Tutors Needed for 1st-8th Grade Volunteers are needed to help children in First Grade through Eighth Grade who are struggling in school. Please call Tom Masterson at: 630-653-4818

Bulletin Articles
Submissions are due by noon on Thurs., 10 days prior to the Sunday on which you wish the article to appear. (Holidays may change due dates for articles because of publishing demands). Include the name and phone number of the person submitting the article. Please email as an attachment using Microsoft Word or Publisher, please do not include article in the body of the email. Email to: or

Catholic Inquiry
Anyone interested in becoming Catholic, please call the parish office for information: 630-668-0918, ext. 600.

Help Our School Clip Box Tops!

Please drop off your clipped Box Tops in the entryway to the parish office. There is always a collection box there. All profits are benefitting programs for St. John the Baptist school. Questions, contact Robin Hafertepe at: Thank you!

Pulpit Announcements
Must be submitted with a contact name and phone number, by 9 a.m. on Tuesday prior to the Sunday you wish the announcement made. The parish office has final approval on all bulletin articles and pulpit announcements.

Visit Our Parish Website, for: Copy of the bulletin Ministries Schedule Volunteer Opportunities! If you would like to volunteer your time and/or talent, you might be interested in looking through our parish Ministries directory, a booklet that lists all the ministries at St. Johns. Please contact Deborah Birutis in the parish office, ext. 616.

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Prayers of the Faithful

If you or someone in your family is sick and would like to be mentioned in the Prayers of the Faithful, please call the parish secretary at 630-6680918, ext. 600, to add your name to the list.

Parish Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Grade School Mass Wed. 1:40 pm

Holy Days of Obligation, All Souls & Ash Wednesday To be announced with each Special Day Eucharistic Adoration ~ Tues. from 8 a.m. - Wed 7:15 a.m. & First Fridays - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Baptisms
1st Sunday of the Month First Baptism Rituals starting at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Parents and god-parents are encouraged to attend Baptism Preparation Classes several months before your baby is born. Godparents are to be practicing Catholics!

Spiritual Preparation begins at least SIX MONTHS in advance. Please do not make reservations until you meet with a priest.

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Confesiones los Sbados 3:30-4:30 pm Bautizos Las Platicas Pre-bautismales son requeridas antes de fijar la fecha del Bautismo. Favor de inscribirse con dos a tres meses de anticipo. Bautizos normalmente 4 Domingo del Mes Bodas Preparacin Espiritual empieza por lo menos con SEIS MESES de anticipo. No haga preparaciones para su Celebracin antes de reunirse con el prroco. Adoracin del Santsimo los Martes 8 am a Mircoles 7:15 am

Requisitos Sacramentales

Sacramento de los Enfermos y Visitas de la Comunin: Llame a la oficina Quince Aos y Presentaciones Llame a la oficina de la Secretaria Hispana. Quince Aeras necesitan ser miembros de la Parroquia y cumplieron Educacin Religiosa de 7 y 8 grados. Secretaria Hispana Para hablar con la secretaria hispana, llame al Rosa Benavides, extensin 601 Lunes, Martes y Jueves 8:00 AM a 2:00 PM, o Mirella Hernndez, extensin 601 los Sbados 9:00 AM a 11:00 AM y Domingo 1/2 hora despus de la Misa en espaol.

BULLETIN NUMBER: 339 CHURCH NAME & ADDRESS: St. John the Baptist 233 Church Street Winfield, IL 60190 PHONE: 630-668-0918, ext. 600 or 601 CONTACT PERSON Jennifer Kurtyka Rosa Benavides

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SUNDAY DATE OF BULLETIN: December 1, 2013, First Sunday of Advent

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