The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday, December 8
Masses at 9:00am and 12:00pm
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the solemn dogma defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854. As Our Lady Immaculately Conceived is the patroness of the United States of America, this is a holy day of obligation in the United States. Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed on December 8, 1854: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." — Catechism of the Catholic Church
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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2018
Christmas Eve Masses
Main Church – Youth Choir
Crypt – Organist & Cantor
Gym – Praise Band /String Ensemble
Main Church – Organist & Cantor
Gym – Organist & Cantor
Main Church Only – Adult Choir
Musical Prelude at 9:30pm
Christmas Day Masses
Main Church Only
No Confessions on Saturday, December 29
No Lauds from December 24 – January 2
Holy Cross Lancers for Life
The Moorestown Knights of Columbus are assisting Father Chris Colavito, Chaplain at Holy Cross Preparatory Academy (formely Holy Cross High School) in sending pro-life students to the March for Life in Washington, DC next month. The cost is $2500 to take one busload of 50 students. Father does not charge the students or the school for this trip. He will personally cover any balance not covered by donations. If you can help, please make your check payable to K of C Council 1082 and write “Lancers for Life” on the memo line. Mail your check by December 20th to George Tower, 40 Revere Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08057. Thank you for your generosity.
Do You Know a Caregiver?
Jesus gave us a new commandment: “love one another as I have loved you..." (Jn 13:34). On the night before the Last Supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, a lesson for them and for us in caring for and loving each other. Caregivers put this commandment into action every hour of every day. The demand on the caregiver for loving patience and dedication is extreme. St. Francis de Sales suggests that, "the measure of love is to love without measure. May God continue to bless all caregivers in their daily challenges and strengthen their capacity to care for their loved one – “with love without measure.”
How does the caregiver do all that is necessary and still find time for their personal well being - spiritual, emotional, and physical health?
When requested, a parishioner will visit the caregiver and their loved one, bringing Holy Communion, prayer, and spiritual support, as well as news of parish life, and perhaps a little laughter.
For more information please call Jim Cassidy or Jane McCorkell : 856-235-2374
New monthly collection - Baby Items Needed
1st Way of Burlington Co. will be collecting a variety of items for those moms that have chosen life for their babies. There will be a play pen set up in the vestibule of the church to collect the donations. This collection will take place on the 4th Sunday of every month - the next collection will be on December 22/23. We especially need Enfamil formula, diapers especially size 5 and 6, wipes, shampoos, and newborn clothing. Thank you for helping those whom have chosen Life!!!
"Do whatever He tells you" - John 2:5