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December 17, 2017

Coffee  & Donuts – Today we will have Coffee and Donuts after the  10am Mass in the downstairs social hall.  Please join us.

2nd Collection Next Sunday – New Building Fund – We are beginning a monthly collection for a new Building Fund.  The purpose of this fund will be to support the maintenance and development of all property under the care of Mater Dei.  This collection will be taken on the fourth Sunday of each month beginning Sunday, December 24.

Illegal Street Parking Behind the Church – It was brought to our attention that vehicles are being parked illegally in the alley behind St. Lawrence.  Please show consideration for our neighbors by obeying the parking signs.  Remember, if legal parking spaces are filled there is parking available which is accessed via Academy Alley just south of State Street.  See the sign in the back of the church for which spaces we are permitted to use.  Thank you for cooperating.

No Vespers – Sunday, December 24 – We will not have Vespers and Benediction on Sunday, December 24.  The next Vespers Sunday will be January 14, 2018.

 Rectory Purchased – On November 10 we closed on a Rectory.  Information about this was mailed to all registered parishioners last week.  If for some reason you did not receive this information  please take a brochure as you leave church today.  Father Eichman is happy to answer any questions concerning this purchase.

Sung Mass—Feast of St. Stephen – We will have a 10am Sung Mass on Tuesday, December 26 for the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr.  We will also have are regular 7:10am Low Mass.

 Bishop Gainer Visit – 100th Anniversary of St Lawrence –On Tuesday, April 24, at 7pm Bishop Gainer will offer a Pontifical High Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of St. Lawrence Church in April of 1918.  More details about this Mass and 100th anniversary celebration will be coming.

 Adult Convert / Adult Confirmation – Any adults interested in coming into the Catholic Church or receiving the sacrament of Confirmation and those interested in brushing up on their Faith: Adult Catechism classes will be every other week at 7pm in the social hall.  Next class will be on Thursday, December 21.

 2018 FSSP Calendars – 2018 FSSP Calendars are now available in the back of the church for $15 per calendar while supplies last.

 Online Giving – You are now able to visit our website to make a one time gift to Mater Dei or to set up recurring monthly offerings for both the General Fund and the Building Fund.  Visit and click “Donate.”

RB’s Barbershop – Benefits Mater Dei – Mater Dei parishioner, Robert Walk, has generously offered that anyone who mentions Mater Dei during their haircut with him will have their payment go straight back to Mater Dei.  Robert, who goes by “RB,” is the owner/sole barber at RB’s Barbershop in Marysville, PA at 111 Valley St. Ext.  Walk-ins are preferred.  Hours can be found at the shop’s Facebook page: Phone: 717 – 576 – 8205

Christmas Season Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

  • 8 am        Low Mass
  • 10 am       Sung Mass

Christmas, Monday, December 25

  • 12 am       Sung Mass  –  Carols beginning at 11:30pm
  • 8 am        Low Mass
  • 10 am       Sung Mass  –  Choristers Singing

Feast of St Stephen, Tuesday, December 26

  • 7:10 am Low Mass
  • 10 am Sung Mass

Sunday, December 31

  • 8 am Low Mass
  • 10 am Solemn High Mass*

Octave of the Nativity, Monday, January 1

  • 8 am Low Mass
  • 10 am Solemn High Mass*

Vigil of Epiphany, Friday, January 5

  • Regular Mass Schedule
  • Blessing of Epiphany Water after 6:30 pm Mass

Epiphany, Saturday, January 6

  • 8 am Exposition & Benediction
  • 9 am Solemn High Mass*

* Confessions will be heard before Mass, but not during Mass.