News and Information:
End of Year Giving
As we quickly come to the end of another calendar year, we invite you to please consider making a year-end contribution to the parish. If your gift is made by December 31, 2017 you'll be able to take advantage of a full year tax deduction. This year is even more important as your year-end giving will help us put to rest our "mortgage debt." We are so close to having it paid down and could most certainly do it by January with a little help from your year-end giving. Thanks for all of your support and considering this great chance to make us "mortgage debt" free.
God Bless, Fr. Jason Gries
Thank You From Deacon Bob's Family
The Family of Deacon Bob would like to thank his many friends for memorials, flowers, Masses, cards, and food. Thank you especially to Bishop Gerald Gettlefinger , Fathers Jason Gries, and Tom Metzger, the concelebrants and all the priests and deacons who made the Liturgy so beautiful. Thanks also to the choir, organist, and servers, and all those involved in preparing and serving the delicious meal. May God Bless you.
Schnucks "Bags 4 My Cause" Program
We have some very exciting news! The Schnucks Supermarket located at 3700 First Ave. has chosen Holy Redeemer Catholic School as the latest beneficiary of the Schnuck’s – Bags 4 My Cause program! This means for the entire month of December, every time the reusable Giving bag with the message “Giving is in the Bag” is purchased at the First Avenue Schnuck’s we receive $1! This is truly a great opportunity for us and an easy way for you to show your support for our school! Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few Giving bags! And remember to spread the word – the more bags purchased, the bigger donation to Holy Redeemer School. For more information about the Schnucks – Bags 4 My Cause program, visit schnucks.bags4mycause.com.
Join the Choir for Christmas
Any youth interested in singing at the 4PM Christmas Eve service, practices will be:
* Thursday Dec 21st 5:15-6:15.
You need to attend at least on rehearsal in order to sing on Christmas Eve. Contact Hannah Brasher - email@example.com if you have any questions.
Adult Christmas Choir - If you would like to join the choir for Christmas, you have the opportunity to join us for the 11:30PM and/or the 9AM Christmas Day Mass. Practice schedule is as follows:
Advent Prayer Straw
Parishioners are asked to weekly take pieces of Advent prayer "straw" provided in baskets in the narthex. Please pray over the theme presented on the straw during the Advent season and then bring it back to church each week or on the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 23 and 24 weekend). You can deposit the straw in the manger in the narthex. This straw will then be transferred to our manger in the church. Our prayers will provide a rich bedding for the baby Jesus at Christmas.
Fr. Jason Gries
Breakfast with Santa
Make plans to come to the cafeteria after the 9:00am Mass on December 17, 2017 for Breakfast with Santa. The Knights of Columbus are cooking breakfast. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there with cookies and candy canes. Bring your Christmas lists and join in the fun!
Pictures with Santa will be available.
Please No Parking
We received a telephone call from the manager of Rulers. They have requested that the parishioners do not use the area behind the store - back door and dumpster area - for parking on Saturday evening Mass or Sunday morning Mass. They receive deliveries while Mass is in session. There have been several times when either cars have come close to being hit or the deliveries were unable to be made.
Also - as we now have only the 2 weekend Masses, we will working towards finding additional available parking. If you are of good health, please consider helping us by parking in the 4th ave parking lot, or along the road on 4th ave, and then walking to Mass from there. This will help us as we transition. Thank You.
The Friendship Tree
The ‘Friendship Tree’ will be in the Narthex of Church from Dec 16th– Dec. 24th. . It bears on its branches the names and addresses of many of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are shut-ins, nursing homes residents, or grieving the loss of a loved one. Please take a name and reach out this season by sending them a special Christmas card with a caring note. Please include the tag with the Christmas card.
Advent Individual Reconciliation
Fr. Chris Forler, Fr. Zach Etienne, and Fr. Jason Gries are offering individual Advent Reconciliation opportunities:
Sunday, December 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Good Shepherd
Fr. Jason is also offering last minute opportunities before Christmas:
December 20th, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
December 21st, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
Don’t delay the sooner the burden is lightened, the easier the journey.
Parish Youth Christmas Program
With this week of Family sharing and Thanksgiving, the realization of the Children’s Christmas Program and the Christmas Mass with Children is nearly upon us. If you are between the ages of 2 and 18, I invite you to participate in this spirit-filled endeavor and ask that you complete the sign-up sheets in the Narthex. As with any Parish Community activity, the Young-At-Heart are asked and encouraged to assist in making success a realization. Please complete the sign-up sheets, allowing us to share your gifts and talents with the Parish Family. Rehearsal dates are December 2nd, 9th, 16th from 9:30 AM -11:00 AM. Watch for updates as practice locations will change weekly. If you have any questions, contact Doug in the Parish Office, 424-8344x306, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW LoveEd Program for Parents and Kids
LoveEd helps empower parents to teach both the theology and science of human sexuality within the context of God's plan for love and life. It helps young people discover the beauty and the purpose of their sexuality, which is fully articulated in Catholic teaching. And it helps parishes and schools equip parents to teach their children not just the facts of life, but the meaning of life. Click here to learn more. Click here to download the registration form.
From Holy Redeemer School
Second grade had a very special November. The students received their first reconciliation. They felt blessed to receive God's grace and many can't wait for their second reconciliation. They even completed advice columns for children scared to receive reconciliation. In math we have been focusing on learning how to subtract two-digit numbers, and why borrowing works. Over Thanksgiving break, students finished chapter books an d we are preparing to write book reviews. For some students that was their first chapter book! We are looking forward to preparing for Jesus during the Advent Season!
Fourth grade has an exciting ending to our first semester coming up later this month! We have just begun reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and are going to be focusing on setting and plot during our reading. We are also using our imaginations to create fictional Christmas stories filled with many interesting adjectives and descriptions. We can't wait to showcase our final projects by visiting first grade to present our work! In math, we are working hard at fractions by finding equivalent fractions as well as adding and subtracting them. In science, we are getting ready to study the phases of the moon and its impact on the Earth. In social studies, we will be finishing our study of the French and Indian War and beginning our work on American Revolution and its effect on the people who are living in the land that is now Indiana. In religion, we are preparing for Christmas by going on a Holy Heroes Advent Adventure and participating in a Math-A-Thon to raise money for the children at St. Jude Children's Hospital. While it is bittersweet to already be wrapping up our first semester together, I know great things are coming up during second semester!
Advent Candles and Wreaths
For those who are looking for Advent Candles or Wreaths, The candles are $4.00 and brass wreath is $6. They are now available in the Parish Office.
Desserts for the Homeless
The Community Involvement Commission will be collecting desserts for United Caring Shelter. Please bring desserts to the Parish Office on the Tuesday before the 4th Wednesday of each month. October 24th will be the next day of collections. Please drop off dessert donations in the parish office.
Are you in need of a Prayer Shawl?
If you are in need of a prayer shawl or lap blanket please contact me or the parish office and we. Will make arrangements to get one to you. Remember, shawls and blankets go to anyone that needs them. The recipient does not need to be a Holy Redeemer parishioner, catholic or even live in Evansville.
Also, please remember to keep in prayer all of those who are recipients of these visual aids, proof that they our cared about and proof of God's Love. ❤
Collecting Eye Glasses
In both vestibules of the church, there are boxes for the collection of used eyeglasses. In connection with the Lions Club, Cole Stein a Boy Scout at St. Benedict’s is collecting eye glasses for Recycle for Sight as his Eagle Scout project. Please bring your used glasses to help this worthy cause.