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Forgot to get a bulletin this week? Don't worry, you can read it online just click the Weekly Bulletin image below for the complete bulletin. We have also listed a number of highlighted bulletin announcements below for your convenience.

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(Updated 12/16/17)

Regular  Mass Schedule

St. Christine's
Church
Weekdays: 9:00 AM
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 & 11:30 AM

Confessions:
Wednesdays During Lent 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 4 to 4:45 PM (church)


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Please help our parish by collecting your papers, newspapers, catalogs, old mail, fliers, envelopes and other paper items.

Please note that no cardboard, plastics and metals can be accepted.

Deposit your papers in the recycling bin in the parking lot and help us to save the environment while supporting your parish. Thank You!

Advent Candles and Prayer Booklets are available for purchase in the foyer of the church after all the Masses this weekend. Candle Sets are $5 each Prayer booklets are $1 each.

Please Consider Using St. Christine's Secure and Convenient Online Giving or Online Giving's Quick Give Programs

You can support Saint Christine’s Parish on a regular basis by signing up for Online Giving. By giving your weekly contribution on a recurring electronic basis, you help our parish more accurately forecast our finances. This method is a safe, secure and dependable means of giving for you and our parish and it is more convenient for you. Learn more about setting up an Online Giving account.

Not quite ready to create an account but would like to support the parish? Consider using "Quick Give" to make a one time online gift/donation using your credit card. Learn more about Quick Give.

 

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~ Highlighted Parish News ~
(If you don't see what you're looking for in the highlights below please check the complete bulletin )

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

As we listen to today’s Gospel, we heard about John the Baptist. His entire life and mission were caught up in preparing the world for the Messiah. He may not have known when the Messiah would come but John felt within himself a call from God to prepare God’s way.

John did this by preaching...by calling people to repent and turn back to God and also by Baptism marked with water. So strong was John’s acceptance of God’s call that he gave up his life for God when he was beheaded.

The picture of John baptizing in the Jordan should call to mind our own Baptism. During the rite of Baptism as the priest or deacon places sacred oil on our heads, we hear the words: “As Christ was anointed priest, prophet and king, so may you live always as a member of His body sharing everlasting life.” When you and I were baptized, when we became members of God’s family, we received a call similar to John’s call. To us was given the vocation to live as followers of the Lord in our world wherever God plants us. You and I are to sanctify our environment by the way we live our life. When we do that we show to others the presence of God.

As committed followers of Christ, you and I are to act for Him in our own corner of the world. This may not lead to our martyrdom as it did for John but there will be the daily dying to self that takes place when you and I strive to be forgiving and loving people. When you and I speak a kind word, when we refrain from racism and discrimination, when we feed the needy, when we reach out to someone who otherwise would be spending Christmas alone, we are living our faith...we are inviting Christ to walk among us as we live out our mission, our vocation. Like John, may you and I be faithful witnesses serving Christ in all we say and do.

God bless you. Father Tom

SUNDAY MORNING - December 24th
On Sunday, December 24th, Mass will be celebrated in the morning at 9:00 am only. Masses will not be celebrated at 7:00 am or 11:30 am.

Christmas Collection
Next week, there will be a diocese-wide collection to benefit the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust which cares for the needs of our 590 priests. Our priests are always there for us, they share Christ’s good news, perform good works and build communities of good faith. Your support helps care for their health and well-being in retirement. You can learn more about the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust and make a gift online at clergytrust.org. Follow us on Facebook@ClergyTrust. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES
The Christmas season is a time of memories especially of our beloved deceased family and friends. Christmas Flower envelopes for donations in memory of them have been placed at the entrances of the church. Please print clearly the names on the back of the envelope and return the envelope with your donation in the collection basket or to the rectory. You may also make a Christmas Flower donation on our website by clicking the On-Line Giving icon and follow directions on Quick Give. A Novena in remembrance of our deceased family and friends will take place at the 9:00 am Mass on Monday, January 8th and continue through Thursday, January 18th.

CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERTS
St. Christine’s Choirs will present two pre-liturgy concerts on Christmas Eve. The Choristers (Children’s Choir) will sing Christmas carols at 5:30 pm and the Adult Choir will sing Christmas songs at 8:30 pm in the Church. Please join us for this special musical celebration of the birth of Jesus given by our wonderful and very talented Choirs.

GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION
Your Grand Annual envelopes may be placed in the collections baskets or mailed directly to the rectory throughout the year. Funds from this collection help to pay our weekly bills. Each family is asked to contribute $350. However, what one gives is your choice and no one should give beyond their means. If you did not receive an envelope in the mail, you will find envelopes on the ushers’ tables. Thank you for your generosity and support of our parish.

GOAL: $100,000     RECEIVED: $103,300

Last Weekend's Offertory Collection
Budgeted Goal: $9,800
Received: $7,327
Online Giving: $2,740
Total: $10,067

You gave $ 3,753 in the special second collection to help
defray the cost of heating the Church, hall and rectory
during the winter months. Thank you for your generosity.

 ~ Thanks to all our Online Giving subscribers. ~
~ Please Consider our Online Giving Program ~

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education Classes will meet this week on Dec 17th through Dec. 19th as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 17 - All classes will meet as scheduled.
Monday, Dec. 18 - Grades 1 -5 will meet as scheduled. Grade 8 will meet at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 19 - Grades 1 5 NO CCD - Grade 7 will meet at 6:30 pm

There will be NO CCD on Wednesday and Thursday, December 20th and 21st

All classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Grade 9 Confirmation Retreats
Each student must attend one of these retreats on their assigned evening. The following classes will meet on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm:

January 4: Mrs. Maurano, Mrs. Cullivan, Mrs. Bursaw, Mrs. Scanlan, Mrs. Rowell
January 18: Mrs. DeGiacomo, Mrs. McGonagle, Mrs. Goodwin/Mrs. Julian, Mr. Dunderdale

No 9th grade teachers have to attend these retreats.

Click on the Weekly Bulletin link above to read all CCD Announcements.

MARSHFIELD FOOD PANTRY
At Christmas, the Marshfield Food Pantry tries to do something special to help families in need. Donations of canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, muffin and pie crusts mixes are needed to help families enjoy the holidays. The Food Pantry is located at Library Plaza and is open to accept donations of food on Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 12 noon and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. All monetary donations will purchase food items and may be sent directly to the Marshfield Food Pantry at P.O. Box 1097, Marshfield, MA 02050. Thanks.

SOWING SEEDS
Sowing Seeds welcomes donations of newer jackets, sweaters and warm clothing. Always needed are diapers for babies and toddlers as well as baby wipes Drivers are urgently needed to transport patients to medical appointments both locally and in Boston. To take advantage of this volunteer opportunity, please call Sowing Seeds at 781-837-3337. The Clothing Bank is located on the corner of Route 139 and School Street and is open from 10:00 am to 12 noon to distribute and receive donations. Thank you for your help.

Are You Going Away For The Winter?
All Ministers who volunteer at Saint Christine’s need to fill out an annual Cori Form. (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Teachers, Greeters, Ushers, Choir members, etc.) If you
will be away for several weeks or months this winter, please fill out a Cori Form before you leave. Please stop by the rectory for just a few minutes to fill out your form.

VOCATIONS: We pray that women and men called to be messengers of God as priests, deacons, sisters and brothers will proclaim the good news of salvation.

REFLECTION: What gives you joy the week before Christmas?

BULLETIN: We sincerely thank all of our advertisers who have placed ads in our bulletin. Please support the businesses that advertise in our parish bulletin as their ads help to defray the cost of the bulletin.

FACEBOOK!
Saint Christine’s now has a Facebook page. We will use the Face Book page to post parish news, events, CCD cancellations, photos and more but we need your help. Visit www.facebook.com/stchristinesmarshfield and “LIKE” our page to help spread the word. We’re new to Facebook so please bear with us as we get up to speed with social media. You can also link to our Facebook page whereever you see the Facebook logo on our site.

Read the Complete Bulletin for all Parish News


IMPORTANT PARISH NOTICES

CCD & PARKING LOT REMINDER!!
Please exercise extreme caution in our church parking lot while dropping off and picking up children from classes. Please drive slowly in the parking lot and refrain from using cell phones. Children move quickly and your full attention is needed.

REMINDER: The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times of emergency.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
Please check your schedules to see if/when you are assigned. If you unable to serve your assigned Mass, it is important that you call a substitute to serve for you.

CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
If classes are cancelled due to weather, notification will be available on Channels 5, and 7. Please tune into these stations or log onto their websites. Additionally, cancellations will be announced on WATD radio (95.9). Please note that if Marshfield Schools are closed, Saint Christine’s CCD classes are also cancelled.

All children in Grades 1 through 3 must have a parent or another adult accompany them to and from class each week. Parents must sign children out before they are released from their class.

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