St. Mary’s Church Schedules Blood Drive November 29

St. Mary’s of Dorrance is a welcoming church. The pastor of St. Mary’s is Reverend Joseph Evanko, and Rev. Jeffrey Tudgay, Reverend Assistant Pastor. The weekend Mass schedule is Saturday at 5:30 p. m. and Sunday at 9 a. m.

The office will be closed Friday, November 27. In case of emergency call 474-6315 and follow the prompts for emergency.

Reminder: Religious Education Students do not have class next weekend, November 29, Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy time with your family!

Father Jeff will be scheduling Altar Server Classes in the near future for new servers and a refresher class for current servers. Please call the parish office to sign up for the new server class or for more information..

Confirmation Classes-Eighth grade has class Dec 6 or 7. Classes are held in St. Jude School on Sundays: 10:10 to 11:20 a. m. or Mondays: 6:30 to 7:40 p. m. Please attend on your scheduled day. Pam 474-6315 ext 228.

Students are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve program before 4p.m. Mass. To sign up please return the sheet in last week’s Family Envelope or call the parish office.

St. Mary’s Parish will have our semi-annual blood drive on Sunday, November 29 from 8:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. Your time is valuable -help reduce your wait time by scheduling your appointment on the sheets in the back of the Church or call 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule your appointment and for more information. Be sure to bring your photo ID or Red Cross card.

Advent, which comes from the Latin word for “arrival” or “coming,” is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of the Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord. Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of penance and preparation for the great Christmas feast. The liturgical color of the season is purple, a sign of penance, which is also used during Lent. Our Advent Penance Evening is Tuesday, December 22 from 6-7 p. m.

Our parish is continuing with the tradition of a Home Made Wreath of donated greens. Please bring your cuttings (not large branches) to the Church by Friday, November 27. Greens may be placed on the side porch.

The next Saint Theresa’s Guild meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p. m. in the social hall. The ladies will be setting up for the Children’s Christmas Party. Please notice this meeting is a week early.

The Altar & Rosary Society is selling Christmas rolls. Pre-paid orders are due by December 13. The profit from their fundraisers is used to pay for hosts, wine, linens, and other liturgical expenses.