We spend hours getting ready for Christmas. We shop. We decorate. We wrap. We clean. We cook. We make plans to travel. We must not forget to make time to take care of our spiritual preparation. The soul can always use a little sprucing up! For your convenience during Advent, in addition to the normal Saturday confession time, our priests will be hearing confessions on Wednesday afternoons.
ADVENT CONFESSION TIMES
Please note that the priest must leave the confessional on Saturdays at 4:30 in order to properly prepare for the 5:00 Mass.
SEE'S CANDY SALE
Those who ordered See's Candy from the Knights of Columbus can pick their candy up after the 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses on either December 15 or December 22. Thank you to all who supported the fundraiser.
ADULT FORMATION SUNDAY CLASSES
Our Ongoing Adult Formation classes are completed until after the Christmas holidays. Thank you to all who have participated. Your participation and feedback are crucial to the success of this program. After the holidays we will have a series of presentations on Pope Francis' just released Apostolic Exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel). Over the months Pope Francis has revealed his fresh vision of the Church's role in bits and pieces: a homily here, a press conference there, an occasional conversation related by a third party. In this new document the Pope offers a much more complete look at his approach to the Church's primary mission of evangelization in the modern world. It is a remarkable and radical document, one that ranges widely and challenges complacency at every level. It critiques the over-centralization of Church bureaucracy, poor preaching, and excessive emphasis on doctrine to the neglect of pastoral concerns, while encouraging pastoral creativity and openness, even calling for a much needed "pastoral conversion: in his own papal ministry. This document is historic and sets the tone for the Church for the future. Ongoing Adult Formation restarts after the New Year and meets Sunday mornings after the 8:30 Mass and ends in time for the 11:00 Mass
A NEW CATHEDRAL HAPPENING!
"The Cathedral Players" is the Cathedral of the Incarnation's new theatre group! Auditions for our first musical, Nunsense, will be held from 1-6:00 p.m. in the Fleming Center on Sunday, December 15. We will hold an open casting call for 5 female roles. Callbacks will be held on Monday, December 16 from 7-9:00 p.m.
Please prepare a verse and chorus of an up-tempo song and a ballad in musical theatre style. An accompanist will be provided. Please have music clearly marked and in the correct key. A CD/tape player will be available for those that have prepared tracks. A dance audition is required. You will learn a musical theatre style combination and a short tap combination as well.
Rehearsals will be at the Cathedral on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday and Tuesday evenings from January 18 through February 27. Performances are February 28 & March 1 at 8:00 p.m., and March 2 at 2:00 p.m. as well as March 7 & 8 at 8:00 p.m. and March 9 at 2:00 p.m. Please email Kevin F. Raymond at KFRaymond@cathedralnashville.org or call 428-8794 with any questions. Visit www.CathedralPlayers.org for more information!
FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
- Classes resume today and meet next Sunday, December 15. There are NO classes on December 22 and 29.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE MASS:
- Would your child in grade 1-6 like to participate? If so, grab a flyer from the vestibule rack. Forms due by DECEMBER 9! Questions? Rbaskin@cathedralnashville.org
- We are collecting laundry detergent and toilet paper this Sunday and next Sunday for North Nashville Outreach. Collection boxes are on the 1st and 2nd floors of St. Albert Hall. Thank you for your support!
- Save the Date! The RE program will provide meals for our Room in the Inn program on January 28, 2014. We will need volunteers to bring food and help set up and clean up.
Second Annual Neri Nights Christmas party tonight at the home of the Fraziers. All high schoolers welcome! Need directions or transportation? Email Robin at email@example.com
We will be collecting warm socks for Room in the Inn. Please be generous! Neri Nights will not meet the rest of 2013. Our next meeting is January 5, 2014.
THE BIBLE AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
CONTINUES WEDNESDAY, December 11
Joan Watson, Assistant Director for the Office of Catechetics at Aquinas College, continues her Bible Study, "The Bible & the Blessed Virgin Mary" this Wednesday night and December 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Fleming Center.
Follow us on Facebook by joining the Cathedral Young Adults Facebook Group.
- CLICK HERE to download the December-early January calendar.
For more information about the Young Adult Group CLICK HERE and enter your email address at the bottom of the website page to join our email listserve for the latest news and updates.
Take Care of You
Body: Replace sugary holiday breakfast treats with a giant fruit salad.
Mind: Simplify. Hang on to a few traditions and be open to creating new ones.
Spirit: Gather a group to go Christmas caroling to homebound residents. Bring along a basket of fruit or some
healthy, holiday treats.
Green: Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers & bulk storage.
We are now in the 2nd month of the 2013-2014 season, and we have, so far, been blessed with a few generous donors. We would like to thank the following for donating food during the month of November:
- Breakfast donated by Kimberly Forrest; Bobbie O'Neill, the Cathedral Women's Group; DayNa Schuette; Matthew Parriott
- Lunches provided by Jennifer Falco, Estie Harris, Liz Thompson
- Dinner provided by Rod and Sharon Connor; Bobbie O'Neill, the Cathedral Women's Group; Mark O'Neill, the Knights of Columbus; and an anonymous donor
- We also recognize Janet Lancaster for the very generous donation she
made to the clothes closet last week
We appreciate all of our volunteers over this past month, but we still have 3 and half months to go. The Cathedral RITI program still needs men's underwear: boxers (all sizes), T-shirts, socks (desperately needed), slightly used clothing, shoes, jackets or coats.
If you are interested in joining the above donors, please contact Joji Javier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-580-7181.
THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN
Except at the Cathedral
Readings for the Week of December 8
|| Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12
|| Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26- 38
||Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
||Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30
||Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
||Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19
|| Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
||Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11
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Cathedral Christmas Service Projects
SPONSORED BY CATHOLIC CHARITIES
WHEN TO ADOPT: Adopt a Star(s) on
WHEN TO RETURN GIFTS: All gifts must be returned by next weekend, December 14 & 15, or earlier
TREE LOCATION: The Christmas Wish Tree is in the connector between the church and St. Albert Hall
COORDINATOR: Judy Wolfsberger, 269-7247 or email@example.com.
Room in the Inn
WHO NEEDS YOUR HELP: For the past 16+ years our Cathedral family has been giving our guests a Christmas present. Our present is a backpack filled with warm winter items. Plan to participate in this wonderful opportunity to make someone's holiday a little more joyful!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: The backpacks cost approximately $75 to purchase and fill. If you and your family would like to sponsor a backpack, please place a check for any amount in the collection basket. Make the check out to "Cathedral of the Incarnation" and write "Project BackPack" in the memo line.
WHEN TO VOLUNTEER: We expect to assemble the backpacks next Sunday, December 15 after 8:30 Mass in the Fleming Center.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Filling backpacks that include hat & gloves, socks, long johns, toiletries, shirts, Christmas Cards, and little surprises.
COORDINATORS: Shawn Curley, firstname.lastname@example.org and Kathy Hall, email@example.com
SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
WHO YOU ARE HELPING: Catholic Charities North Nashville Outreach Mission
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Collect and donate laundry detergent and toilet paper
WHERE TO BRING DONATIONS: Collection sites in Religious Education classrooms in St. Albert Hall
WHEN TO BRING: December 8 & 15
COORDINATOR: Robin Baskin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Room In The Inn
COLLECTION FOR CHILDREN OF THE HOMELESS
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Collect and donate toys or gift cards that will be given to the Room In The Inn
WHO YOU ARE HELPING: Christmas for Children of the Homeless at RITI. Clients of Room In The Inn can use gift cards to purchase gifts for their family members or choose from a donated toy to give to a family member.
WHERE TO BRING DONATIONS: Large gift wrapped boxes located in the Narthex.
WHEN TO BRING DONATIONS: December 8 & 15
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: To help gather the donated items and load into coordinator's car for delivery to the Room In The Inn Campus.
COORDINATOR: Sara Jane Williams, email@example.com
Thank you to all parishioners at the Cathedral who help us to give love and service to our
community this Christmas season!
ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER
CATHEDRAL is set-up to offer EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for your parish offerings. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this program and to download the application form. You may also contact Lori Reddick in the parish office 327-2330 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CATHEDRAL WEBSITE E-MAIL LIST
Sign up for our e-mail list. This is the list Father Steiner uses to
send out updates, reminders and thoughts he wants to pass on. You
can subscribe from any page on the website and unsubscribe at any time
Father Steiner is the only one with access to this list.
register in the parish or to let us know of a change of address,
kindly pick up a census card at one of the vestibule racks, complete
it and drop it in the Sunday collection basket. Or you may CLICK HERE
to register or send updated information.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS IN THE DIOCESAN COMMUNITY
HOLY LAND GIFT SALE NEXT WEEKEND
On the weekend of December 14 & 15 Khader and Mary Abu Sada, a Catholic couple from the Holy Land, will be here to market olive wood hand carved religious articles made by Christian artisans in the Holy Land.
All proceeds will go directly to the Christian families and the artisans who are working in this type of hand carvings in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
They will display all kinds of olive wood religious art , e.g. Nativity scenes, Crucifixes, figures, rosaries, etc., which are unique and not usually found in religious stores. These crafts make wonderful gifts for all occasions especially for Christmas. The price range is from $5 to $700. Checks and credit cards are welcome.
Help our brothers and sisters in the Land by purchasing some of these religious goods. Buying one piece will help prevent Christians from leaving the Holy Land.
ROOM IN THE INN BENEFIT CONCERT
The Concert Chorale of Nashville presents Handel's Messiah benefiting the Room In The Inn Ministry on Sunday December 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at St Henry Catholic Church Highway 70 in Bellevue directed by Miss Sherry Hill Kelly. ADMISSION PRICE: Love offering for Room In The Inn. Several "Angels" will be contributing an additional $15 for each person who attends, so you get to help a great cause just by coming and enjoying beautiful music! For further information or if you are interested in becoming an "Angel" call Joie Murray at 615 403-8017.
WANT TO LEAVE A LEGACY TO THE CATHEDRAL?
Please look at the Catholic Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Is the church or parish in your will?
Many people struggle with
concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, etc.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES offers individual, couple, and family
counseling. If you or anyone you know is interested in these services,
call Catholic Social Service at 352-3087 X 226 for more information.
We Believe - every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on WNQM (1300 on
your AM dial). The TV version of We Believe
airs at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday on Nashville
Cable Channel 19.
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CHURCH ON THE WEB
The Bible: www.usccb.org/bible/index.cfm
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Vocations within the Diocese: www.nashvillepriest.com
United States Bishops: www.usccb.org
Vatican & Pope: www.vatican.va
Vatican Information Service: visnews-en.blogspot.com
Catholic News Service: www.catholicnews.com
Catholic News & Encyclopedia: www.NewAdvent.com
Young Adult online magazine: www.bustedhalo.com
Catholic Charities of Tennessee: www.cctenn.org
Catholic Business League: www.catholicbusinessleague.org