Worship

Forty-nine Years and Counting

Mine has been an eventful year (plus a few months) at this parish! I can honestly write that it has not ever been dull. Parishioners have continued to be supportive and helpful—incredibly so, and I am grateful. I am especially enjoying the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee in action. They are detail-oriented, committed and hard working—all…

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12 Days of Christmas

Dear Parishioners, Once again we gather to celebrate Christmas. For some 2,000 years Christians have remembered the Incarnation as well as the Parousia. Through great persecution as well as peace we have remembered the coming of Jesus into our world. I am always amazed at the creativity utilized to profess our faith. Sometimes the meaning…

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Waiting

Dear Parishioners, We come to the Fourth Sunday of Advent expectedly waiting. Christians around the world are waiting. Are we waiting for family to come home, for gifts under the tree, for abundant Christmas decorations? Those may be outward symbols of our waiting, but our anticipation at this time of year is for The Nativity…

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Creation of “Mary’s Alcove!”

Dear Fellow Parishioners: In the spirit of the Advent season, the prophet Isaiah has proclaimed “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” Centuries later, John the Baptist continued Isaiah’s message (see Isaiah 11 and 35 for the full texts) inviting all to get ready for the coming of our Lord and Savior.…

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Immaculate Conception of Mary

We will celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Thursday, December 8th with Masses at 9:00am and 6:30pm. This is a holy day of obligation. The Immaculate Conception of Mary celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, free from original sin. If you can help liturgically, please contact Mychael at mjones@stedwardschurch.org.

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Advent Reconciliation

Our Advent Reconciliation Services include private confessions. Please join us on Tuesday, December 13th at 11:00am and 7:00pm (come early for our 6:30pm Mass that evening).

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Liturgical Ministers Needed

We are in need of liturgical ministers (especially Eucharistic ministers and lectors) on December 8th, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please contact our Liturgist, Mychael Jones, at mjones@stedwardschurch.org or call 952-835-7101 x204 if you can help. If training is needed, Mychael will work with you.

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Join Our Festival Choir!

You are invited to join our Festival Choir for Christmas. This group sings with our regular adult choir at the 10:30am Mass on Christmas Day. There are just three more rehearsals—Dec. 6, 15 & 22 at 7:00pm—each just thirty minutes. Even if you can’t make all of them we would still love to have you…

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Our Advent Journey has Begun

Dear Fellow Parishioners: Our Advent journey has begun! This penitential season offers us four weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming Christmas celebration. I encourage you to take advantage of some of the opportunities presented in this bulletin. For now, here is the latest version of “Pastor Tidbits”: 1. This past Sunday I preached on…

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Parishioners, There has been a public debate as to whether “happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas” should be used during the month of December and for an appropriate period of time following December 25th. This time frame also coincides with acceptable time to turn on Christmas lights, purchase holiday decorations, and attend holiday parties and…

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