Please join the choir and the youth of our parish as they join together to provide the parish an evening of Christmas music and joy. This event will put even the grumpiest of us in a festive mood. The choir has been practicing very hard to make this a special event for all of us.
On behalf of all the community, I extend my appreciation and thanks to all the adults and children choir members and their teachers, who dedicated long time and efforts in choir practices with great passion and joy in order to offer to you a nice and colorful bouquet of Christmas Carols and songs. Christmas donations and giving are appreciated in support of the choir and faith formation needs and equipment.
Please show your support for their efforts. The youngest of us will also be part of the program – our Faith Formation youngsters who will include a brief play and songs. A very special thank you to the choir director, Krista Abbott, Abouna and Gary Schwery, for putting this program together and making it work -- not an easy task but the rewards are great. A special thanks to Tom and Mary Boldt who will donate the pizzas for all of us to share. You will not want to miss it! This evening of music and cheer and pizza has become a holiday tradition.
Make it a tradition for your family. EVERYONE WELCOME!
Hosted by the Holy Family Society
Every December the Church opens its doors for Santa and his elves and all the youth of our parish. Throughout the year, these "elves" are busy searching stores for the best sales so that every child that comes receives a wonderful gift from Santa. These elves work tirelessly shopping, wrapping, sorting each year so that our children have a great time and remembrance of the day and Holy Family. The Holy Family Society makes breakfast for everyone that day and all proceeds go to the Church. If you can help these elves with a donation to help purchase these gifts, it would be very much appreciated. These children are the future of our church and we need to build great memories for them. Please help these volunteers as they make this a very special Santa Day!
In the Maronite Calendar, the month of December features the Feast of Saint Barbara on Monday, December 4. This feast is celebrated in a distinguished way. In the homeland, they celebrate it by wearing special clothing to celebrate how Saint Barbara was clothed by the Christian Community under persecution, to protect her from the persecution of her father a Roman pagan governor in Baalbek Lebanon. The Catholic references on Saint Barbara story is the following: Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr.
Accounts place her in the 3rd century in Nicomedia, present-site Turkey or in Heliopolis of Phoenicia Lebanon, Baalbek (or Baalbeck / Baalback), present-day Lebanon. There is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome's martyrology. Her name can be traced to the 7th century, and veneration of her was common, especially in the East, from the 9th century. Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the General Roman Calendar in the 1969 revision, though not from the Catholic Church's list of saints.
Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower. As one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of armorers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. Many of the thirteen miracles in a 15th-century French version of her story turn on the security she offered that her devotees would not die without making confession and receiving extreme unction.
Faith Formation has resumed. All children of school age are welcome to join. Children in second grade must attend in order to make their First Communion. Thank you once again to our faculty for their dedication and support of this program which is essential for our youth and the future of our parish. Please fill out a form outside the Church Office and/or contact program director Gary Schwery at (651-252-8066) for more detailed information or to sign your child up. Please register as soon as possible. Check Calendar for dates and times classes are held. Please note, no class during MEA week.
All high school seniors and current students pursing a higher education are eligible up to a $500 scholarship. This scholarship is available through the Holy Family Men’s Club who is sponsoring members of our community who are seeking post high school programs. The criteria is clearly defined in the application form and all who meet the criteria are welcome to apply.
Application Forms Available in the Church Narthex or Church Office.
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 9:00 am
Saturday 4:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 am
Tuesday through Saturday 1:00 PM - 5:00 pm
Faith Formation for children:
Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 6:30 PM - 8:00 pm
For additional information,
please consult the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages.
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