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St. Dominic Catholic Church
303 West Main Street, Springfield, KY 40069

Parish Office: (859) 336-3569  |  Priest Residence: (859) 336-9322  |  Dominic Closet: (859) 805-1225
Fax: (859) 336-3549 : Email: stdom@bellsouth.net  |  Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
School Website: www.stdominicelem.org

Rev. Trumie C. Elliott, Pastor

Weekend Masses: Saturday @ 4:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.  |  Weekday Masses: See below for this week’s Mass schedule
Spanish Masses: Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.  |  Confessions: Saturday 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. or anytime by request

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Mission Statement of St. Dominic Church

As members of St Dominic Church, we are called through our baptism to give witness to the presence of the Holy Trinity by accepting the Gospel message of Jesus Christ as part of our daily lives. Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel; to teach and share our faith; and to show the love of God to all through our daily lives.

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December 8th, Second Sunday of Advent

WONDERS The normal response to a surprise is amazement, gratitude, and delight. By definition, we don’t anticipate surprises. Their occurrence reminds us that we cannot always guess or shape the future. Granted, we do what we can do; we attend to the daily tasks, as we must. For grace is surely here in the mundane, and God is in the details. But God is in the happy surprises, too.

Today’s readings are filled with startling developments. We hear the clarion cry of one of those rare prophets announcing the coming of the Lord. Isaiah proclaims startling, surprising images of the nearly impossible reconciliation of opposites: calf and lion, leopard and young goat, child and serpent. Isaiah’s vision sees all of these creatures living in harmony. This is Eden again; this is paradise. It is God’s surprise and promise.
Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

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MASSES FOR THE WEEK : Dec. 9-15, 2013

Monday: Immaculate Conception
8:30 a.m. Gail Simms Ogburn
Tuesday: Advent Weekday
5:30 p.m. Omia Kelty
Wednesday: Advent Weekday
8:30 a.m. Mary Katherine O’Nan
Thursday: Our Lady of Guadalupe
8:30 a.m. (not 5:30 p.m.) Charlie, Christine & Phil Hamilton
Friday: St. Lucy
8:30 a.m. Tommy “Flea” Fenwick
Saturday: St. John of the Cross
8:30 a.m. Simeon Montgomery
4:30 p.m. For the Parish
Sunday: Third Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. Dickie Taylor & Jane Coulter
10:30 a.m. Jimmy & Brownie Clements
Spanish Mass @ 2 p.m.
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$$ Weekly Collections $$
December 1, 2013

  • Sunday Collection: $5,719.00
  • During the Week: $495.00
  • Automatic Withdrawal: $11,383.32
  • Total Received: $17,597.32

**Tithing amount needed weekly for the 2013/2014 budget: $15,113.00

Fiscal Year TITHING Contribution Summary
(July 1, 2013 – To Date)

  • Tithing Contributions: $332,998.01
  • Tithing Budget: $332,486.00
  • Overage/ Shortage: $512.01
  • Annual Budget: $785,876.00

**These figures reflect only the Sunday collections as part of the Parish Budget. It does not indicate the budget or income of St. Dominic School or other parish organizations.

  • Weekly St. D Capital Campaign Contributions: $2,330.00
  • Weekly Arch. BFOH Campaign Contributions: $540.00
  • Capital Campaign Building Fund Loan Balance: $923,123.98
  • Amount of Monthly Payment: $15,066.64

**Amount of Campaign Contributions needed weekly to meet monthly payment: $3,477.00 (based on 52 weeks)
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Advent Liturgical Roles

Weekday Lectors
Mon. Betty Carol Barber
Tues. Reba Hamilton
Wed. Mary Ann Hale
Thurs. Perry Carrico (8:30 a.m.)
Fri. School
Sat. Rita Rust Weekday

Eucharistic Ministers
Mon. Reba Hamilton
Tues. Katie Simms
Wed. Belle Sutton
Thurs. Shirley Barber (8:30 a.m.)
Fri. School
Sat. Fabian Cambron

Altar Caretakers for DECEMBER
Mary Lou Robertson (wk. 1), Ann Grigsby (wk. 2) Rita Clements (wk. 3), Colette Hill (wk. 4)  *If you are unable to fulfill the week for which you are assigned, please switch with another caretaker.

Euch. Min. to the Sick & Homebound for DECEMBER
Beverly/David Sagrecy (Group A), Belle Sutton (Group B/East Wing), John Boyd Reed (Group B/West Wing), Betty Lou Montgomery (Group C)

Weekend Eucharistic Ministers for DECEMBER
4:30 p.m. John & Rita Cecconi, Richard & Agnes Keene
8:30 a.m. Maura Walker, Martha Ann Hardin Ben Smith, Jana Jones
10:30 a.m. David & Beverly Sagrecy Wassie Parrott, Fabian Cambron

Weekend Ushers for DECEMBER
4:30 p.m. Patrick & Daniel Downs Paul Borders, Steve Kelly
8:30 a.m. Tom Cambron, Kalan Hood Eugene & Kenny Graves
10:30 a.m. Joe Paul & Chris Brady Michael & William Hale

Weekend Gift Bearers
4:30 p.m. Mike Vize, Bailey Settles
8:30 a.m. Rita Kay Taylor & Family
10:30 a.m. Mackenzie, Hayden & Sarah Beth Dean

Weekend Mass Greeters
4:30 p.m. Jason & Sara Buckman & Family
8:30 a.m. Martha Ann Hardin, Betty Sue Devine
10:30 a.m. Margaret & Abby Coulter

Weekend Lectors
4:30 p.m. Bobby Brady, Kenny Begley
8:30 a.m. Peter Boone, Joyce Boone
10:30 a.m. Anne Margaret Taylor, Belle Sutton

Weekend Servers
4:30 p.m. Olivia Spaulding, Josh Curtsinger Joey Libby, Madeline Borders
8:30 a.m. Ben Taylor, Jami Taylor Fran Taylor, Landon Taylor
10:30 a.m. Luke Abell, Noah Abell Josh Burkhead, Logan Wilson

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Mon: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38
Tues: Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13; Mt 18:12-14
Wed: Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30
Thurs: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Jdt 13:18bcde, 19; Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47, or any readings from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nos. 707-712
Fri: Is 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19
Sat: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Sun: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Ps 146:6-10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11

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GOD’S WORD TODAY

John the Baptist’s cry reaches out to us on this Second Sunday of Advent: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” How do we recognize the way of the Lord? Isaiah gives us a glimpse of this way. When this reading is proclaimed at Mass today, allow the richness of its imagery to transport you to God’s holy mountain, where we catch sight of the way of the Lord. This reading is the very definition of the way of peace and justice that is the kingdom of God. Once again, we must express our sadness and lament the fact that our weary world seems to be so far from the way of the Lord. Justice is not something that floats ““out there,” waiting for some prophetic types to address it. Injustice occurs in our families, in our companies, in our churches, and in our relationships. Let today’s scriptures inspire us to recognize the injustice that surrounds us and to do something to address it. Come, Emmanuel!  — From Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright © J. S. Paluch

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Condolences

Our condolences in Christ to Betty Ann Mattingly for the loss of her brother, Mike Montgomery. Please remember to lift this family in prayer.

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REMEMBER TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:

U.S. Military, Mark Koester, Bruce Burkhead, Patricia O’Bryan, Joe David Clements, Mike Vize, Eunice Ballard, Carol Carrico, Lenny Carrico, Kenny Corbett, Ann Walker, Jonie Cambron, Patrick Buckler, Ora Spalding, Nora Smith, Doris Coulter, Charlotte Buckman, Charles Smith, Madeline Keene, Kathleen Pinkston, Vicki Lawson, Brooklyn Disselkamp, Tony Clements, Colin Patrick Walker, Carl Thomas Brady, Joe Charles O’Bryan, Ann Taylor Sims, Barbara Wheatley, Johnny Parker, Fanny Rudd, JoAnn Cambron, Joey Smith, Clara Mae Blandford, Garland & Patsy Fenwick, Perry Carrico, Dennis Pinkston, Gail Smith, Cassie Robinson, Juanita Reed, Terri Hill, Delena McMichael, Janet Boone, Parker Thompson, & Charlotte Russell.

Let us also pray for our own parish members and others, who are in assisted living or nursing homes, especially: J.W. Bradshaw, Mary Terrell, Lydia Robards, Catherine Spalding, Ruth Burns, Joe Cambron, Lloyd & Betty Jane Haydon, Bear Keene, Fred & Rita Edelen, Dorothy Kays & Geraldine Pinkston.

Our church always prays for and cares for our sick sisters and brothers at home, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. If any who are sick want to ask in faith for the church’s prayers, the Sacrament of the Sick or Holy Communion, please do not hesitate to call our parish office to let Fr. Pepper and our ministers to the sick and homebound know your need. You are always in our hearts, minds and prayers as we celebrate the Eucharist at St. Dominic.

 

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

“Outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace” is the often-memorized definition of sacrament, but through four decades of reform we have rediscovered the power of sacrament to bestow grace by reshaping our lives as individuals and communities. Not so long ago, most people were not attentive to the nature of sacrament as an act of the Church, a power that flows from the Body of Christ. Fifty years ago, we were inclined to see a sacrament as an encounter between Christ and an individual.

Today, we see that definition does not go far enough. God’s grace is not a trickle, but a gushing torrent washing over the whole Church. Like a photographer pulling back the camera for a broader picture, today we are not only interested in the person who is being baptized, reconciled, or anointed. We think about how celebrating a sacrament transforms a community. We think about the grace given by Christ to the community that baptizes or marries or ordains or confirms. Sacraments are for the good of the community. Even when it appears to be a private, hidden moment, as in individual confession, a sacrament is always for the sake of the whole body, always more than “meets the eye.” -Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

 

Stewardship Reflection

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Hospitality is a pillar of stewardship and evangelization. Our parish will project a welcoming environment, if we are welcoming. Being good stewards requires us to know one another. Do we take time to greet and meet those around us at Mass each Sunday?

School News

GRADE Assessment for PreK thru 2nd grades is Tuesday – Thursday. The Washington Co. Band Christmas Concert comes to St. Dominic at 1 PM on Thursday. Friday is Christmas Spirit Day. Students may wear Christmas colors or Christmas-themed top with non-uniform pants—FREE—no $1 dress down cost. Our annual Christmas program is Dec. 18. Performances are 9:30 AM, 12:45 PM and 7 PM. Please join us.

 

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MEETINGS, EVENTS, REMINDERS & MEMOS

K4J: Sunday, December 8th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the church basement. Children will make Christmas crafts for the first hour. At 3:00 p.m., we will carpool to Sansbury to deliver the crafts and sing Christmas carols. Each family needs to bring a batch of cookies or brownies.

St. D Athletics Pancakes with Santa: Sun., Dec. 15th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Dominic Parish Community Center/Gym, Adult breakfast: $6, Child breakfast: $3, Take-out: $6

Parish Reconciliation/Penance Service for Advent: Go ahead and mark your calendars to attend!! We will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a communal penance service here at St. Dominic at 6:30 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 16 in preparation for Christmas. After a brief celebration of the Word of God and prayer, several priests will be available for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

St. D Christmas Program: St. Dominic School students, under the direction of music teacher, Mrs. Jill Reed, will celebrate the Spirit of Christmas in “A Christmas to Believe In.” Join us for any of the three performance times on Wed., Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. (Dress Rehearsal), 12:45 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Midnight Mass Intentions: Please use the white envelopes in the pews to submit names for Midnight Mass Intentions. Envelopes need to be returned to the Parish Office by Thurs., Dec. 17th.

Youth Group will have a Christmas party on Thursday, December 19th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the church basement. All members need to bring their favorite appetizer or dessert and a $10 Christmas gift for our “Santa Game.” Gifts for the migrant children can be dropped off at the parish office any time, but must be turned in by December 19th.

Choir Rehearsal: We are gearing up for Christmas! Come sing with us! Next rehearsal will be on 12/11 @ 6:30 p.m. – church basement.

Catholic High School Placement Test: Sat., Dec. 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Taking the Placement Test at the Catholic high school you plan to attend is a required step for incoming freshmen. It is also necessary for many tuition assistance programs. Please bring $10 to cover the cost of testing, two #2 pencils, and your elementary school code.

Scrip News: Needing gift cards for your own personal use or as a gift? If you purchase a gift card for $25 that’s what it is worth. There are no hidden fees. Order forms and envelopes can be found attached to the back of the pew in the entryway of church. Put your order form & check in an ENVELOPE and drop it in the collection basket. You will be contacted once orders have been fulfilled. ONE MORE ORDER WILL BE TAKEN UP BEFORE CHRISTMAS & gift cards will be returned to you before the holidays! BUT ORDERS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY 9 A.M. ON TUESDAY, DEC. 10th. Contact Theresa Mattingly at 336-3730 should you have any questions.

Facebook: Stay in touch “LIKE” St. Dominic Catholic Church on FB. Look for the one with the profile picture of our church. 389 “LIKES” to date.

Mid-Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine will perform on Sun., Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Catharine Hall @ St. Catharine College; and Sun., Dec 15, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon; For more information, or tickets for reserved seating, contact Susan Spalding 859-336-9232.

St. Dominic New Year’s Eve Dance: Put on your dancing shoes & celebrate bringing in the New Year with us!! Consider dressing in the style of your favorite decade! We will have lots of good food, drink, & a DJ for dancing! Save the date and we will see you there! Must be 21 to attend. Ticket sale locations will be announced closer to date. $35 per person/$50 per couple. Proceeds benefit St. D School.

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