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70th Anniversary

St. Ambrose Parish Holy Family Mission, Mereta December 18, 2011 Fourth Sunday of Advent

D ea c o n A l la n L a nge

F r. Ch i nn a Pa gid el a

D eac o n D a n S h a n n ah a n

St. Ambrose Mass Times: Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday 7:30 & 9:00 am Weekday Mass: 6 pm Monday Tue - Fri 8:00 am Confession: Saturday 5:00 pm 1st Saturdays: 9:00 am Mass with Adoration and Benediction 3rd Saturday of every 3rd Month 9 am Mass of Anointing Rosary is prayed before each Mass.

Parish Office 325-651-7551 Fax Number 325-651-6605 Parish Hall 325-651-7649 Mission Phone 325-468-3101 email: saint_ambrose@zipnet.us Web Site: www.saint-ambrose.org Mailing Address: P.O. Box 228 Wall, Texas 76957

Holy Family Mass Time: Sunday 10:45 am Rosary is prayed before Sunday Masses.

LITURGIES Mon. Tues. Wed. Thr. Fri.

Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 23

6:00 pm 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am

No Mass In Thanksgiving for Rain +Alex Halfmann by Geraldine Halfmann +Good Health for Betsy Spence by Family +Avenelle Wilde by Family

DECEMBER 24TH — CHRISTMAS EVE MASS SCHEDULE: 5:40 pm: Prelude Music for Youth Mass at St. Ambrose 6:00 pm: Youth Christmas Vigil Mass at St. Ambrose — For the Youth 10:30 pm: Christmas Carols at St. Ambrose 11:00 pm: Midnight Mass at St. Ambrose — For the Parish

† Daily Gospel Readings Sun. Lk. 1:38 Mon. Lk. 1:5-25 Tues. Lk. 1:26-38 Wed. Lk. 1:39-45

DECEMBER 25TH — CHRISTMAS DAY MASS SCHEDULE 8:00 am: Christmas Day Mass at St. Ambrose — For the Parish 9:45 am: Christmas Day Mass at Holy Family — For the Parish (CCD Students will participate at this Mass.)

Sunday, Dec. 18 Deadline to bring gifts for the Family Shelter and Pregnancy Help Center of the Concho Valley. (Gifts will be delivered Monday, Dec. 19th.) 10:00-11:00: Elementary CCD Classes 10:00-11:00: Adult Faith Formation 11:00-11:30: All children participating in the youth Christmas Mass will have a rehearsal in the Church. All Youth Choir members and musicians performing before the Youth Christmas Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24th are asked to arrive at 5:30 pm. After the prelude music, performers may take their places for the Mass.

Holy Family: 9:30-10:30 — 9th Grade CCD Class Monday, Dec. 19 7:00 pm: Choir practice Tuesday, Dec. 20 6:30 pm: Penance Service at Sacred Heart Cathedral

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE Wednesday, Dec. 21

6:30 pm

St. Ambrose

All CCD students are encouraged to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation with their parents. (No CCD classes.) Thursday, Dec. 22

4th Sunday of Advent

6:30 pm

Holy Family

Thr.

Lk. 1:46-56

Fri.

Lk. 1:57-66

Sat.

Lk. 1:67-79

Sun. Jn. 1:1-18

Dec. 16-24: 7:30 pm — Las Posadas at Holy Family, a reminder of the birth of Jesus. Anyone wishing to host a Posadas in their home, either in Spanish or English, should contact Sylvia Chappa. On Wed., Dec. 21 the Las Posadas will begin at 6:00 pm followed by a Christmas party for all CCD students. Fr. Chinna and Staff sends Christmas Greetings and New Year Wishes! May Jesus be reborn in your heart and life during Christmas 2011 and everyday of the New Year 2012. May He readiate His presence from within you as sharing agape love, unconditional forgiveness, humble service, compassionate heart and overflowing generosity. May the Holy Babe of Bethlehem bless you with health in body and soul and grant you a peaceful and blessed New year. I assure you of my special prayers during my Christmas Holy Masses and every day in the New Year. May Christ come to you this Christmas with the gift of Love, the blessing of Hope, the promise of Peace and enrich your life in the New Year. Fr. Chinna

Key Passage: When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife. (Matthew 1:24) Adult: Whom do you find it difficult to welcome in your life? What can you do to overcome that? Child: What could you do this week to make someone feel welcome, as Joseph welcomed Mary? Reprinted with permission from Heritage of Faith, Published by Twenty-Third Publications.


YOUTH CORNER Thanks to all of you who participated with the Christmas Story on Wednesday night. We especially appreciate Johnnie Mae Stice and the Youth Choir for assisting us with the music and Dolores Gully and Jean Wilde for helping with costumes. And, of course all of you who attended. As always we are blessed when we have the opportunity to work with your kids. Don’t forget that we have a Penance Service on Wednesday, Dec. 21st. We will not be having a separate service for the students as we have in the past; therefore, we ask that the CCD students attend along with your parents and family. We also want to thank you all for your generosity with the Youth Group’s charity project. The rewards are endless when we help those less fortunate than ourselves. With this weekend being the end of Advent we wish you all a very happy Christmas season. May the peace of Christ and our Mother Mary be with you all. ~Dcn Dan and Phyllis

A great big thank-you goes out to all those who participated in giving to the Family Shelter and the Pregnancy Help Center of the Concho Valley May God bless you for your love and generosity!

Adoration Chapel St. Margaret’s Church on Sundays 6:00-7:00 pm:

December 18 Laverne Hoelscher Noemi Hoelscher December 25 Pat Woehl

During this week let us pray especially for our Diocesan Seminarian:

Sam Mattiesen

UPCOMING EVENTS Dec. 29: 5:00 pm — St. Ambrose/Holy Family assigned time to pray the Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood. Dec. 31: 7:00 pm-12:30 am — A New Year’s Eve Celebration at St. Ambrose Parish Hall sponsored by the Wall KC’s. Live band: R U Ready. $10/person. Everyone is welcome!!! Jan. 2: CDA will meet beginning with Rosary at 6:00 pm. Hostesses: LaVerne Schniers, Mary Ann Lewis, Ruby Matschek, Diana Michalik, Brenda Lehr, Deanna Lehr, Wanda Lange, Brenda Breeden, Tammy Matschek. Jan. 5: Knights of Columbus will meet beginning with Rosary at 6:45 pm, followed by meeting at 7:00 pm. SPECIAL NOTES: Christmas flowers will arrive at St. Ambrose on Wednesday, December 21, at 9:30 am. We will then decorate the church. Anyone wishing to help is welcome to come join us. ~Decorating Committee and Charlene Wilde (651-6873). If you know of someone who is homebound and needs to have Communion taken to them during this Christmas season, please contact the Parish Office. If you did not receive your 70th Anniversary Christmas Ornament you may pick it up in the Parish Office. Each family receives one free ornament. Additional ornaments are $10 each. If you would like to give a gift that serves forever and endows an economically poor child in India with an education, please contact: Mission Fund, P.O. Box 353, Wall, TX 76957. There will be make-up sessions in January for those who missed the Altar Server Training classes or the Lector Training session. The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, December 26. Diocesan 50th Anniversary books are available in the Parish Office @ $20 each. MASS SCHEDULE FOR SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD Saturday, Dec. 31: 6:00 pm at St. Ambrose Sunday, Jan. 1:

9:00 am at St. Ambrose 11:00 am at Holy Family

HISTORY CORNER: Msgr. James Plagens was ordained at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 18, 1965.

Dear Fr. Chinna and kind parishioners of St. Ambrose: It gave me great joy to be with all of you, priests, deacons, sisters and hundreds of good people from St. Ambrose in Wall to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our beautiful church. What a wonderful and joyful celebration! I will always remember that special evening. From my sharing with you and listening to you, I can see that all of you have very special memories of this holy place, and how Christ through the Church has truly been the center of your lives for so many years. I sincerely thank all of you for your kindness and hospitality. I appreciate all that was done to prepare our beautiful liturgy and then to take part in the festivities of the evening as we enjoyed some delicious food. The good food at Wall never stops! Your servant in Christ and Mary, Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI

Please note: Contact ROSA MARTINEZ @ 656-7140 to add or remove a person from the Prayer List. Prayer List: Tony Aguirre, Nick Bartosh, John Paul Basquez, Emily Beach, Terri Jost Beach, Bobby Biedermann, Martha Lynn Block, Maryah Bonilla, Della Braden, Ernest Braden, Tommy Braden, Evelyn Bubenik, Wesley Bump, Theresa Cain, Judy Cate, Mario Chavez, Henry Cruz, Ross Dutton, Megan Fauley, Ann Feist, Kervin Frysak, Adeline Fuchs, Lazaro Galindo, Ginger Jo Gerngross, James Glass, Marvin Goetz, Anita & Inocente Gonzales, Gloria Guevara, Martha Gully, Wilbert Gully, Estella Guzman, Glenn Halfmann, Kevin Halfmann, Sutton Ross Halfmann, Janet Harris, Diandra Hirt, Marcel Kalina, Victoria Kalina, Florine Kellermeier, Kash Kelso, Matthew Kerry, Mick Kissko, Tony Knox, Jonathan Leach, Stephanie Lindsey, Antonio Martinez, James Michalewicz, Cindy McCoy, McCall Miller, Earlene Wilde Mokry, Gina Muelstein, Keith Nally, Margie Nunez, Enriqueta Ornelas, Lillian Pagel, Linda Patton, Lance Pepper, Lane Pepper, Gary Peters, Clarence Plagens, Lori Potter, Bacilia & Domingo Ramirez, Armando Reyes, Donnia Robles, Toni Rojo, Joe Saldaña, Donna Schwertner, Jeff Sefcik, Wayne Smetana, Chuck Sonnenberg, Betsy Spencer, Mike St. Clair, Connie Stoneburner, Joe Torres, Laura S. Torres, Christy Thomson, Mark Tully, Lindy Walker, Presley Weishuhn, Pete Wilde, Caden Williams, Mickey Wright, Terri Young, Fr. Joseph Choutapalli’s Sister, Mary.


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