Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, December 8
"Holy Day of Obligation"
Masses at 12:10 & 5:30 pm
Meaning of Advent Candles Catholic
Lighting these Advent candles each week symbolizes the proximity of Jesus’ coming, hence each candle has its own special symbol and meaning.
Week 1: Purple Advent Candle, Hope
The first candle lit on the first week of Advent is a purple candle, this candle represents hope. In the first week of Advent, we recall the Prophet Isaiah, who anticipated the birth of Jesus. This first candle also represents the anticipation of the arrival of the Messiah.
The color purple has been significant in the Catholic Church for years, and it remains to be the color of the priest’s vestments during the advent and lenten season. This color may also symbolize the waiting and longing for the coming of Christ.
Week 2: Purple Advent Candle, Faith
The second candle to be lit is also a purple candle. This candle symbolizes faith and the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. It calls you out to prepare the way of the Lord.
Week 3: Pink Advent Candle, Joy
The next and third candle to be lit is the pink candle, which represents Joy. This candle reminds us that Jesus coming is near as we reach the middle point of Advent. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday, which symbolizes the nearness of Christ’s coming.
Week 4: Purple Advent Candle, Peace
On the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, the last candle is lit, which is purple. This candle represents peace and reminds us of the importance of Peace as the true savior of the world is coming.
November - We Remember Our Blessed Dead . . .
"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."
During the month of November, we remember those who have gone before us. Our Book of Remembrance will be placed in the Church Entrance. The names you inscribe will be remembered in paryer by the parish throughout the mouth.
Deceased Members October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022:
Ruth E. Holweger October 3, 2021
Robert L. Schneider October 20, 2021
William Dohman November 6, 2021
Ronald L. Pruett, Sr November 8, 2021
Donald J. Evenson January 28, 2022
Karen Mondry February 9. 2022
Peggy Pruett April 17, 2022
DeWayne J. Janzen April 27, 2022
Brian Passa June 20, 2022
David L. Straus June 29, 2022
Mark your calendars:
Our Christmas Program for the Sunday school students will be Sunday, December 11th promptly follwing the 10:30 Mass.
The 10:30 Mass will also be a Chilcren's Mass.
God bless, Jen Fetsch
St. Mary's Church Bulletin
The Jesse Tree displayed at the church front entrance near the new elevator the weekend of November 26-27, One board with request gift slips is next to the tree and another next to the chapel.
The Social Concerns Committee selected the following organizations to help this Christmas:
Christmas Cookie Walk - Bakers
Please think of our Social Concerns Cookie Walk when you are doing your Christmas baking. We are looking for decorated Christmas cookies and specialty items.
If tou are baking and don't have room to store them, call Virginia Esslinger at (218) 779-7342 to make arrangements to bring them down early.
Christmas Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 17
St. Mary's Catholic Church - Social Hall
216 Belmont Road, Grand Forks, ND
Cookies / baked goods selling for $9.00/pound
Advent Penance Services
"Prepare the way for the Lord!"
St. Mary's Church and ECC & Preschool has joined Giving Hearts 2023. We are hoping to be able to buy new playground equipment for our children. The equipment we have now is suited more for school aged children and served its purpose when our school was open but just is not safe for our little ones. If you would like to donate please go to Giving Hearts Day and click on the red DONATE. Also, remember Giving Hearts on
Start donating now by clicking on the link below:
St. Mary's Open Meeting
Slides from Sunday, November 13, 2022
Part One: Eucharistic Revival
Part Two: Diocesan Synod
Part Three: Sanctuary Restoration
Funerals - Volunteers needed to assist with serving at funerals. Please contact Amy Elbert at (701) 741-6887 if you are available to serve with this ministry.
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BINGO at St. Anne's Senior Living the 3rd Tuesday each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month it is Tuesday, November 15. Some of the residents need assistance and we serve a light lunch. I you think you'd like to help with this ministry, please call Terry Moen at (701) 741-5569 to volunteer.
In a memo issued September 23rd, Bishop Folda permitted parishes in the diocese to reinstate the reception of Holy Communion under both forms.
We will return to providing the Precious Blood at Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation beginning Tuesday, November 1st (All Saints’ Day). Please remember that receiving from the Chalice is, as always, completely voluntary. Please contact Fr. Gross with any questions.
The Rosary is prayed at St. Mary's before Masses on the following days:
- 5 p.m. on Saturdays
- 8 a.m. on Sundays
- 7:30 a.m. Thursdays & Fridays
Rosaries prayed before Masses during November will have the special intentions of:
All Desceased Parish Members, Family and Friends
Please join us to pray the rosary or pray the rosary on your own or with family and friend..
First Fridays, Eucharistic Adoration
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Come and spend time with Jesus.
Confessions will be available:
Confessions are in the Reconciliation Room in the Sacristy. [until further notice while making appropriate arrangements that allow for both social distancing and confidentiality.]
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to Noon
Office will be CLOSED
Monday, December 26
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