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MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, December 15
7:00pm - James Gambort, Jr.

Tuesday December 16
8:00am - Joseph and Margaret
Ruskowski

Wednesday, December 17
8:00am - Mass for the People

Thursday, December 18
8:00am - Margaret Murnane

Friday, December 19
8:00am - Eleanor Modziewski

Saturday, December 20
5:00pm - Jordan and Rose Bruno

Sunday, December 21
8:00am - Pasquale Triboletti
10:00am - Slavin and Lawn Families
 
BUY A MEMORIAL BRICK
CITY DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE
with the opportunity for individual Confession

Sunday, December 21 at 3pm - St. Elizabeth Church.
This is an excellent way for us to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Nativity of
Our Lord.


A PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Amen.
                                                                                           -Henri Nouwen


THE GIVING TREE

Once again at St. Thomas we will be collecting gifts for patients at the Delaware Psychiatric Center. These
folks are often forgotten so your participation is greatly appreciated. Look for the tree near St. Joseph’s
Altar. Please take as many tags as you like and return your unwrapped gifts by Sunday, December 14. This
will allow time for the gifts to be distributed to hospital patients by Christmas. Thank you so much!

DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON YOUTUBE PAGE
Did you know that the Diocese of Wilmington has a YouTube Channel? On it, you can see homilies on religious liberty and other topics from Bishop Malooly and other priests of our diocese, features on some of the ministries of Catholic Charities, and more.  Check it out at youtube.com/dioceseofwilm.

VOCATION REFLECTION
Through the ministry of priests, deacons and religious women and men, the Lord brings glad tidings to the poor, proclaims liberty to captives and announces His favor to all who would follow in His ways. Is God calling you to serve His people through a religious vocation? If you think so, please call or write Father David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113 or vocations@cdow.org). Be sure to visit our website: www.CalledByTheLord.com!

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Marriage Moments: Don’t let the chaos that often accompanies the rush to Christmas disturb your calm and your love. If you find you’ve spoken harshly or impatiently to your spouse or child, ask God for increased peace and your spouse or child for forgiveness.

Parenting Pointers
: “Children benefit from our ‘presence’ more than our ‘presents’”. (Susan Vogt, Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference). During this Advent ponder the tone that time with your family will take during this time before Christmas.