ADVENT & LENT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Pope Francis shares his vision for the church in the book "The Church of Mercy". Join us for some or all of the dates listed below. Contact Charles Hunt, 946-3287 or email@example.com for more information.
Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm in the school ATR
Cost: $15.00 includes book & discussion guide
Advent Dates/Part 1
Fridays on December 4, 11 & 18
Lent Dates/Part 2
Fridays on February 19, 26, & March 4
Preregistration is required by October 30
SORRY! ADVENT TEA IS SOLD OUT! We can only take reservations for existing tables.
"Count Your Blessings" is the theme for this year's Advent Tea. Join the ladies of our parish on November 29 at 2:00PM for this relaxing, faith filled event. Details are available by clicking "more" below.
OUR TOWN & ALL AROUND BOOKS ON SALE NOW!
Still only $28!
Available in the Parish
Office. Make check out to:
Lake County Right To Life. They make great Christmas Gifts!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY—CHURCH & OFFICE RENOVATION
When the Rooted in Faith campaign began in 2013, we committed to utilize a portion of the funds raised to renovate the church’s worship space. The time has come to begin work on upgrading the chairs, refurbishing pews, painting walls, etc. We also need to plan for future building improvements. Anyone interested in becoming part of a committee to help guide these renovations is asked to submit your name and contact information to David Rossetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-554-8283 by October 1 or contact the Parish Office, Attn: David Rossetti.
For additional information about St. Justin Martyr Church construction, please refer to Domus Ecclesiae document by clicking "more" below
BUILT OF LIVING STONE
Along with Domus Ecclesia, learn more about the Construction of Church Buildings by clicking "more" below
BECOME a PRAYER PARTNER with our Confirmation candidates. Please pick up a picture of your prayer partner from the bulletin board in the gallery. Your prayers will be encouraging to our candidate throughout the year. The instructions are attached to your prayer partner. Our next session is on December 6, 2015.
FRESH Faith 2016
Our next FRESH Faith session will take place on December 6 following 5:00PM Mass
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Readings for the Week of November 15, 2015
Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32
Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44
Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR PRESCHOOL
Sunday, December 13, 10:30-1:00pm
Our preschool offers the following programs:
P-3 Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00-10:45am
P-4 Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
St. Justin Martyr Preschool provides a creative learning environment for young children. Education research indicates that these early years are crucial for learning and, in fact, form the basis for future learning. Interaction with other children and adults, in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, promotes the healthy development of each child. Learning experiences and play activities encourage spiritual, intellectual, social, language and physical development.
SJM Preschool goals are to:
Foster a warm Catholic Christian environment
Develop effective attitudes and values for life
Encourage academic growth through a sound curriculum and a strong instructional program
Become aware that he/she is a child of God and grow in His love.
Pamphlet with more information and registration form are available by clicking "more" below.
HELPING HANDS THANKSGIVING NEEDS
It’s Almost Time for Thanksgiving
Again this year we will be distributing Thanksgiving Food Baskets to our sisters and brothers in need. We would like to start early in our collection of the following food items to ensure we can accommodate this year’s growing need for assistance.
Items needed for this year’s Thanksgiving Baskets:
Turkeys (frozen) Stuffing Mix
Sweet Potatoes (cans)
Gravy (jars or cans) Pumpkin Pies (frozen)
Nonperishable items can be placed in the SVDP baskets in the church gallery. Perishable frozen items should be dropped off in the Parish Office. Grocery store gift cards are greatly appreciated.
Thank you and may God bless you!
VOCATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS
Vocations at the Crossroads
The following parishioners are scheduled to receive the cross during the month of November:
Week of November 7-8: Sue & Ray Yahner
Week of November 14-15: Chuck & Gerrie Sellers
Week of November 21-22: Michelle Tryon
Week of November 28-29: Tom & Kathy McCoy
If anyone cannot make their week, please call Loretta Vanagas at 942-7396. Thank you to all who pray in this special way for vocations. We are in need of those to pray in December. Please call the parish office, 946-1177 or 942-7396. The traveling bag may either be picked up at the parish office over the weekend or received during the mass you plan on attending.
FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE
What’s Francis Saying Now?
Short Messages (Tweets) from Pope Francis
+ Faith is our response to God’s love, it is finding a safe support in God, it is entering into communion with the mystery of a love which surpasses us and surrounds us.
+ God gives grace abundantly to all, but especially to the poor.
Year of Mercy
What is the Year of Mercy? It is a time of mercy, beginning on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, and lasting the entire liturgical year to November 20, 2016. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbor. With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy. In his Angelus on January 11, 2015, he stated: “There is so much need of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth! We are living in the age of mercy, this is the age of mercy”. Then, in his 2015 Lenten Message, the Holy Father expressed: “How greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!” Go to Vatican’s website www.news.va/en and click on the Year of Mercy banner for a wealth of information.
Advent Meditation Booklets for Adults
Prepare the way of the Lord by using A WORLD AWAITS: Daily Reflections for Advent. This helpful booklet is drawn from the works of the famous Christian writer, C.S. Lewis. Follow Lewis in this booklet of daily Advent reflections, and your celebration of Christmas will never be the same. Copies can be found in the vestibule for only $1.00.
Advent Calendars for Children
A wonderful way for our children to take spiritual steps closer toward Christmas is by using an Advent Calendar. The daily prayers and suggestions will help your child find the true meaning in Christmas. Advent Calendars are available in the church office for only $1.00.
LITURGICAL MINISTER MORNING OF REFLECTION
We will hold a Liturgical Minister’s Morning of Reflection on Saturday, December 5 from 8:30-11:45am. This is for all Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers and Music Ministers. Information is in your schedule packet.
Schedules for Winter are available in the Gallery. You can also download it below.
PRE-BAPTISM CLASS, DECEMBER 2, 2015
From 7:00-9:30pm in the Andrew Trubisky Room of the school. Participation is required for BOTH parents who are planning to have their first child baptized. Please call the Parish Office to register, 946-1177 by December 2, 2015 or e-mail the Parish Office, email@example.com
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Thank you to all those who donated to the Ministry, your donations keep our Ministry going!
Do you like to knit or crochet? Would you like to learn to knit or crochet? Our Prayer Shawl Ministry makes shawls and lap pads for those in need due to emotional or physical difficulties.
If you need more information call the Parish Office, 440-946-1177. Prayer Shawls are always available for pick up at the office. Forms are in the Parish Office or the Gallery.
ELEMENTARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FORMS
Welcome students and parents!
St. Justin Martyr Parish is committed to the support of families seeking Catholic education and to the support of
the Catholic schools providing the opportunity for Catholic education. We will financially support active parish
families by paying the parish subsidy for the school and by offering needs-based tuition grants to help families
afford Catholic education. You do not need to leave SJM Parish to attend another Catholic school.
All students attending Catholic Elementary Schools are required to fill out the Catholic Elementary School Enrollment Form and return to St. Justin Martyr Parish Office.
Please click "more" below for the following information:
+Parish Enrollment Form
+PSAS Student Aid Form
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
Whether you have been a donor in the past, have missed a few years, or have never given, your participation at any level, small or large, will have a profound impact. and needy.
Please give your financial support to the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal.
Click on "more" below to find out more information and to make your donation.
Pope Paul VI wrote “…from the very way in which the celebration (of the Mass) is organized, the Church should be seen to consist of different orders and ministries.” This tells us that we need to hear the voice of God calling us to serve in many different ways during the celebration of Mass. We are in need of lectors at all Masses. If you are able to speak clear and loud and would like to proclaim the Word, please contact the parish office 946-1177 or Fr. Kevin for more information. Training sessions will be held.
PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES
Minutes from the most recent Parish Council Meetings can be viewed by clicking on "more" below.
Needed: Eucharistic Adorers
Monday: Marge, 946-8989
Tuesday: 5:00, 7:00PM Carolyn, 951-4686
Wednesday: 11:00 PM, Carole, 951-0280
Thursday: Noon,10:00 & 11:00 PM, Sue, 488-1962
Friday: Loretta, 942-7396
Questions? Call Marion, 975-8208
There will no Eucharistic Adoration when Willoughby-Eastlake schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Electronic Funds Direct Deposit (EFS)
You now have the opportunity to have your weekly church support done monthly electronically, direct from your bank to ours. We will do this draw monthly and apply funds as you indicate below. For those of you who opt for this service, we hope you find it convenient, easy, and a way to keep track of your donations. Follow the instructions on the form below, filling in the necessary information, and advising the application of funds. Return this form in a sealed envelope to the Parish Business Office either in person, through the collection, or mail. Also note that, as this program only covers weekly church support. Continue to use the other Holy Day and special collection envelopes with regular cash or check donations. Call the Office if you have any questions. Thank you.
HOMEWARD BOUND MINISTRY MONTHLY PRAYER SERVICE
Is there someone in your life who may want to return to the Catholic Church? Do you have a loved one who no longer comes to church? Homeward Bound Ministry is a group of parishioners who prays for and helps those seeking to return. God leads everyone to union with Him and His Church and we need to ask God to grace those who are estranged from the Church for whatever reason.
In this spirit, the Homeward Bound Ministry invites you to gather and pray the Rosary the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the church’s Blessed Sacrament chapel. The prayer session will only be a half hour, but with many, we feel our prayers will be heard. We know that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
If you would like the Homeward Bound team members to pray for any of your loved ones to return home, please write their names on the cards in the gallery, and put it in the mailbox.
for more information please contact Ron, 440-942-2887 or DREe-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children in grades 1-8 who attend public schools are expected to participate in PSR classes. Classes are held weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm through the school year in the parish's school building. If you have questions regarding SJM PSR,please contact the Religious Education Office at 946-3287 or email@example.com.
All forms for PSR are located on the website above under "Parish Forms"
DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Most Reverend Richard Lennon is pleased again to share the annual financial statements of the Central Administration Office of the Diocese of Cleveland. Please click "more" below to view the report.
Those involved in PSR (teachers), CYO (Coaches), Youth, Teen and SMM-SJM volunteering for four or more hours a month, or more than once a month with children at our parish and school, need to participate in the program.
Go online to: http://www.clevelandchildprotection.org/website/virtus.html or click the link below to register for the class you wish to attend.
Coming into the Church the RCIA way
All are welcome to find out more about our faith. Please call Charlie Hunt, 946-3287, as meeting times vary.
RCIA/Evangelization—Familiar with Christ
As each invited person becomes familiar with the parish community, he or she will become familiar with Christ as well. The person you have invited will be more connected to Christ than before you extended your invitation. You may be gently encouraging some to return to the practice of their faith after many years. They come back because you care and ask. You may be inviting others to embrace faith for the first time. In fact, some people may have lived in your neighborhood for many years and yet have never been invited to your parish for any reason. They come because you care and you ask. Practicing these seven steps will make you parish a WELCOME place. In addition, your own spirituality will be more authentic because you have chosen to put it into action by learning how to effectively ask and really invite someone else to share your faith (From Effectively ASK and really INIVITE, PNCEA).
PARISH FACILITIES MEETING UPDATE
The Parish Facilities Meeting was attended by about 60 parishioners. The Powerpoint Presentation is below by clicking "more"
Funeral Ministry Needs Volunteers
If you would still like to join this ministry contact Beth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-946-1177.
We are looking for parishioners that are willing to give up a small amount of time, so we as a parish can better meet the needs of grieving families.
We need positions of Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, greeters, typists, card senders, and on rare occasions severs and hosts.
NEW members are most welcome. If you would like to join to funeral ministry, contact Beth at the parish office, 440-946-1177.
Many gift cards are available for purchase in the Parish Office. Buying a gift card benefits our SJM Guardian Angel Fund. Purchase your holiday gift cards here at St. Justin and help our school children. The form is available by clicking on the link.
Are You Over 25?
If you are over the age of 25 and still living at home with your parents, please register as an adult by filling out the form below and returning it to the Parish Office or in the Collection basket. THANKS!
STEWARDSHIP FINANCIAL NEWSLETTER 2014
A copy is attached.