Announcements:

Saint Vincent de Paul Needs : See Below

      Each week the St. Vincent de Paul Society distributes food to the needy. To supplement the first Sunday food collection, they regularly replenish the food bank. Each week they will let you know what item to add to your grocery list. This will help the community food bank run by our St. Vincent de Paul Society contribute in feeding the hungry.
       These week’s items are: Breakfast Cereal and /or Top Ramen Noodles. There is a box in the vestibule. Please put your contribution there and stay tuned for next week’s item


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Firewood for Those in Need

      A very generous parishioner (a former Mt. Shasta native now living in Oakland) has two cords of fire wood to be donated to a needy family, a single mom or a senior. If you know of someone who could use this firewood, please call Kevin at (530) 925-8033.

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Christmas Mass Traditions

       Next to Easter, Christmas is the holiest day of the year. Christmas Day begins in a very special way with a nighttime Mass. Having this first of the Christmas Masses at night (traditionally at midnight) is an old custom in the Church and is full of significance.
      In the first place it corresponds with the traditional belief that Christ was born at midnight.
      Secondly, from the darkness around us, we are reminded of the spiritual darkness in the world which only Christ the Light can dispel.
       The second Christmas Mass is traditionally celebrated at dawn. Sacred Scripture draws a parallel between Christ and the sun; as the sun begins to rise over the darkness of the land, it calls to mind how Jesus, the Light of the World, dispelled the darkness of sin and death at His birth.
       On Christmas Day - the King’s Mass: The final Christmas Mass is celebrated in the fullness of daylight, signifying that the promised Son of God has now been revealed to the whole world.
       Please join us in song and celebration at any of our Christmas Mass celebrations!

Shout for joy
the whole earth,
and everything within.
Rejoice!
For Light has come into the world!

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