CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE AND MAGNETS and Free Book and CD for Advent
GIVING TREE: OLP will again sponsor a Christmas Giving Tree to support the efforts of the St. Francis Outreach Center in McArthur, Ohio. St. Francis establishes a store for the needy and allows invited guests to select from the donated gifts. Ornaments will be color coordinated by the child's age range and gender with suggested gift ideas. Please note that any gift requiring batteries should include those batteries with additional batteries provided and please refrain from donating toys of a violent nature. Please place your new unwrapped gift at the base of the trees in the Gathering Space. The "sleigh" will be departing OLP on Sunday December 15th immediately following the start of the 11:30 a.m. mass. If you have any questions please contact Caroline Gulla at 614-738-0722. CHRISTMAS MAGNETS: keep Christ in Christmas Magnets will be available from the Knights of Columbus in the Gathering Space through the Christmas season for $3.00 each. FREE BOOK AND CD FOR ADVENT: Be sure to take a copy of ROME SWEET HOME home today. Scott and Kimberly Hahn have spoken all over the world about their conversion to the Catholic Church. This book tells the story of their incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Their conversion story and love for the Church has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of lukewarm Catholics and brought them back into active participation in the Church. Also, look for the CD SET ALL AFIRE--WHY THE CHURCH STILL MATTERS.
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Men's Scripture Sharing, Dec 10
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Dec 13
Leisure Club Christmas Luncheon---exact time to be determined, Dec 19
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Jan 10
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Jan 17
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RCIA NEWS: What is the Rite of Acceptance? Why are RCIA participants dismissed in the middle of Mass?
The Rite of Acceptance was celebrated at Our Lady of Peace on Sunday, December 1---the First Sunday of Advent---during the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Candidates and catechumens were declaring their intention to enter into a formal relationship with the Church, learning its ways and participating in its lifestyle. The Church, in turn, accepts their commitment and pledges its support throughout the person's journey of faith. Please welcome these individuals and keep them in your prayers as they continue their faith journey towards full initiation in the Church. Those attending 10 a.m. Mass from Advent to Easter Vigil will now see adult candidates and catechumens dismissed at the end of the Liturgy of the Word. At the Easter Vigil those ready will join us at the Table of the Eucharist for the first time. The parish is not sending them out because they are "unworthy" to stay for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but because God's Word is their primary food during his period. The RCIA participants depart with an RCIA facilitator to discuss the Mass readings and to experience more fully the impact of the Scriptures in their lives. This time is known as "Breaking Open the Word." During the dismissal the parish community is invited to pray for the candidates and catechumens, and to help transition them to a caring parish community. Please introduce yourself to our catechumens or candidates and offer your assistance in their faith journey.
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