Praying For A Blessed Advent For Everyone.
|PORT Sigh Up
|CHRISTMAS MASSES:||Dec 24: 5:00PM/9:00 PM/Midnight
Dec 25: 10:00 AM
|Mary, Mother of God: Vigil Mass||Dec 31: 5:00 PM|
|Mary, Mother of God: Mass||Jan 1: 10:00 AM|
|Three Kings' Party after all Masses||
Jan 4: Please bring an unwrapped gift for an infant: age 1 month - 2 years
|Confirmation Class||Jan 5: 6:30-8:30pm in the Youth Group Room|
|PORT at St Jerome||Jan 7-14|
|55 Alive AARP Driving Class||
Jan 13, 14: 9:00 AM
"Tis the Season"!
Christmas season is not over on Christmas Day---or even New Year's Day. For us, as Catholics, the Christmas season BEGINS with Evening Prayer I (for those familiar with Liturgy of the Hours) on December 24. At St Jerome, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM is the first Mass of the Christmas Season. Midnight Mass is the first Mass of Christmas Day. The Season, according to the Ordo of the Church, does not conclude until the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated. This occurs on Janurary 11 this year. With Evening Prayer I, on January 11, Ordinary Time begins.
Within the Christmas Season Epiphany is celebrated. On this day, January 4, in keeping with the tradition of the Three Kings bringing gifts to the infant Jesus we are requesting parishioners bring an unwrapped infant gift( for infant- 2 year old) to be shared with the needy babies of our community. There will be a Three Kings Party after all masses that weekend.
January 13, 14
9:00 AM- 12 noon
Please call Fran( 757-877-5021) for information and to register
Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver's license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment.
Below is a beautiful letter from St. Stephen, our sister parish in Croatia, on the occasion of the Feast of St. Jerome.
Dear priest, parish associates and brothers and sisters in Christ!
On behalf of the parish of St. Stephen I, pope and martyr whose feast
our parish just Today officially celebrated in the solemn Eucharistic
celebration I congratulate you the feast of your patron, Saint.
Jerome - Presbyter. Through the intercession of your holy patron, who
is remembered for the overwhelming love and devotion to Scripture, we
refer to the Lord, prayer for you, that in your hearts within burn
same love for His Word, that getting to know the Word of God, you
intimately learn to know Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and Our
life. to give you the feeling that you are participants in the life of
Christ and fellow heirs in His eternal glory. With God's abundant
your sister parish pastor
don Mili Plenkovic,
Another way to strengthen our knowledge on the Catholic faith is reading the conversion stories of people from other faiths; Christian or otherwise. What are the rich elements of our faith that compelled others join the Catholic Church? These conversion stories highlight some of the basic elements that we should all be familiar. Here are just a few: 1) the early Christians and church fathers followed the Apostolic teachings and traditions for hundreds of years before the Bible became canonized and even longer before it was widely available in print, 2) the church is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), faith without works is dead (James 2:17), 3) we will be judged by our works (Roman 2, Matthew 15 & 16, Revelations 20 & 22, and more) and 4) approaching the altar for Communion is our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 6:51). These are just a few examples of our Catholic beliefs. A great source of conversion stories can be found at on The Journey Home on EWTN TV or radio or the Coming Home Network at chnetwork.org.