Epiphany Celebration!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Epiphany Celebration!

Students learned about how other cultures celebrate Epiphany by visiting different stations. They decorated ‘Kings Day’ donuts, made New Year Blessing for their homes, listened to The Legend of Old Befana, and more! It was a great morning and we are thankful for everyone who came!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Jan. 19 at 5:30pm

registration has been closed for this event. We can’t wait to see who will be coming to dinner Saturday, Jan. 19!

 

All parishioners over the age of 21, singles or couples, are invited to dinner on Saturday, January 19th at 6pm. Each host will set a table to 4-6 guest at their home and provide a main entree and beverages. Each guest will be asked to bring a portion of the meal (starch; salad or vegetable; dessert) for 6-8 people.

No guest will know where (s)he is eating until the dinner guest arrives at the host’s home. Guest will report t the Parish Center at 5:30pm the evening of Jan. 19th to receive their assigned host.

Bad weather backup date is Jan. 26th!

Holy Day Mass Times

 

Jan. 1st the Feast of Mary Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times for Oskaloosa (SMO) and Pella (SMP) are below.

Dec. 31st Vigil Mass – 6pm SMO

Jan. 1 – 8am SMO, 10:30am SMP

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.” Rev. 12:1-2

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve Masses, Dec. 24th 

  • 3:30pm SMP
  • 6pm SMO
  • 8:30pm SMO
  • 11pm SMP

Christmas Day Mass, Dec. 25th

  • 9am SMO

 

A Christmas Day Prayer

Praise to You, Lord God!

You have become one of us.
You have become a human being,
while still retaining all your power and holiness as God!

You, O Lord, made the journey of the unborn child.
By being an embryo, a fetus, and a newborn,
you joined all unborn and newborn children to you!

From the beginning of history, O Lord,
You were the Creator of every human life.
Now, with Christmas,
You join Yourself in an unthinkable way with the life You created.

Let this Christmas, O God,
fill all of us with awe and wonder
at how close human life is to You.
Cleanse the world of all that tarnishes
and rejects this gift.
Purify our hearts of all that fears this gift.

Let our Christmas joy be the joy of welcoming every human life!

Amen!

Immaculate Conception Mass Times

Vigil Mass – Friday, Dec. 7th at 6pm, SMO

            No 5pm Adoration on Friday, Dec. 7th.  

Holy Day Mass – Saturday, Dec. 8th

            8am, SMO

            12:15PM, SMP

            SMO Confession will be held from 10-11am.

Saturday night Mass at 5pm, SMP can also fulfill one’s Holy Day obligation. However, Saturday night Mass cannot fulfill one’s Holy Day and Sunday obligation. One must attend a Mass for the Holy Day and a Mass for Sunday.   

Advent by Candlelight

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT DINNER
Please join us on Tuesday, December 4 for our annual Advent-by Candlelight dinner. This is a time to gather socially with other women
of the church and the community.

We will have a fellowship time starting at 6:00 with dinner to
be served at 6:30 pm. Please feel free to bring your favorite wine or
beer. Please consider hosting a table. Tables will be set for 8 people.
You will be responsible for the table decoration, which needs to
include candles or some sort of lighting.

Hostesses may decorate tables on the evening of December
3 from 5:00 – 6:30. You will be responsible to collect money from
the guests at your table. Table service will be provided. Chargers
may be used. PLEASE DO NOT BRING OWN DISHES. Please contact
Debbie Blunt at (641) 660-1937 or by email at Debbie.Blunt@musco.com
to reserve a table.

If you don’t want to host a table, but would like to attend,
please contact Debbie and she will place you at a table.

A short program will follow the meal. The meal will be Bacon Wrapped
Seasoned Slice Pork Loin, Parslied Red Potatoes, Green bean casserole,
and brownies. The cost will be $12 per plate