Mass Schedule – Advent II (December 8, 2014)
08, Conception of the BVM
09, St. Ambrose, Bp. of Milan
13, St. Lucy
+ The early Roman lists of martyrs commemorate Lucy, virgin and martyr, on 13 December, and her name appears in the Roman Liturgy as an example of those who have gone before us, in whose company we join in giving thanks and praise to God. Aside from this, little is known of her, except that she lived in Syracuse in Sicily, and probably died around 304. Her name, which means “light,” probably accounts for the story that her eyes were put out and her eyesight miraculously restored, and may be connected with the fact that her feast occurs near the time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the nights are longest. In Sweden and elsewhere, the day is observed by having one of the daughters of the house dress in a white robe with a crown of lighted candles and go singing from room to room (presumably followed by an adult with a fire extinguisher) early in the morning when it is still dark to awaken the other family members and to offer them St. Lucy’s Cakes and hot coffee. Ember Wednesday (of the winter season) is defined as the Wednesday after Lucy’s Day.
+ Children’s Celebration of St. Lucy, December 13, 10:00 a.m. — Noon. Ann Southwell will lead a morning of baking with the assistance of our children. Activities will be age appropriate and plenty of work for everyone including our older kids will be rolling and cutting the cookies and helping our youngest children with cookie decoration.
+ All Saints Men’s Group will meets each Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in undercroft.
+ After Monday, December 8, the Monday Morning Bible Study begins its Christmas break. The Monday Morning Bible Study will resume Monday, January 5, 2015 and continue the study of “The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread” by Richard Booker. Booker’s book looks closely at the theme of the blood covenant which God made with Abraham and its fruition in Jesus Christ. It demonstrates in clear language how the Old and New Testaments tell one complete story. For further information contact Priscilla King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ This coming Wednesday, December 10, is our last Agape & Christian Education for 2014. I hope you all can come out as well as bring a friend. Agape & Christian Education will return on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
+The Holy Communion is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
+All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.