December 10, 2023
Second Sunday of Advent
Comfort. Imagine it—perfect, unending comfort.
Not the temporal comforts of a home-cooked meal, or the nearness of a trusted friend,
but true serenity, peace, security: comfort.
This is God’s gift to us, one that is worth the work of softening those rough places, worth the effort of wrestling each obstacle on the road to glory. This is the comfort that is what waits for us and for all God’s children.
Do we believe it is there?
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SERVICE
SUNDAY, DEC. 10th at 6:00 PM
THE EMPORIUM ALLIANCE CHURCH
Guest Speaker: Dr. Andy Spore. Free will offerings will be given to the Cameron County Ministerial Association,
and Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Cameron County Food Bank.
Following service, light refreshments will be served.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
NEXT WEEKEND….COOKIES & CONFESSION!
Saturday, Dec. 16th following 4:00 PM Mass,
we’ll have a special opportunity for CONFESSIONS with a guest priest.
Also following this mass, the
HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE will take place.
Stop down in O’Connell Hall to purchase some
homemade holiday cookies…only $9.00 a dozen! All proceeds go towards the new floor in O'Connell Hall.
CAMERON COUNTY CHRISTMAS GIVING PROGRAM
The Christmas Giving Crib now has Gingerbread Tags available!
If you would like to help make a child's Christmas bright, you can pick up a Gingerbread Tag,
which includes information & instructions.
Please return UNWRAPPED GIFTS with the GINGERBREAD TAG securely attached,
to the right side alcove area of the church.
Please call Darlene Vogt 814-486-1683 with any questions, or for pickup.
Drop-off deadline is Dec. 8th.
ST. MARK HOLIDAY COOKIES:
Fundraiser for O’Connell Hall Floor
We’re asking parishioners to donate at least two dozen of your favorite holiday cookies,
to be dropped off at O’Connell Hall, Sat., Dec. 16th prior to 4:00 PM Mass.
After Sat. evening Mass (and on Sun., Dec. 17th if there are any cookies remaining),
the Hall will be opened to everyone for a Holiday Cookie Sale.
$9 per dozen.
Please bring your donation cookies in a non-returnable container.
You may also want to bring a container to take your cookie choices home with you!
Our CSA project this upcoming year is new O’Connell Hall & kitchen floors. This is an expensive undertaking.
Through the extreme generosity of an anonymous donor, they will MATCH your donation!
Complete your CSA pledge and beyond.
Every CSA dollar now stays here towards the O’Connell Hall floor.
If you prefer not to go thru CSA, put an envelope marked “O’Connell Hall Floor” in the collection basket or drop it at the rectory.
Donations from visitors are welcome!