Express Announcements ~ 20 December 2015

* This weekend, our Parish Christmas Collection will support the Creche Orphanage in Bethlehem, Palestine; the Oblate Sisters’ mission school St. Joseph’s School in Gabis, Namibia; and our Fredericksburg Family Counseling Center of Catholic Charities. Thank you for your generosity!

* Vigil Masses, Christmas Eve: 4 and 6:30pm (Church and Holy Cross), 8:30pm (Church), Carols concert at 11pm leading up to Midnight Mass.

* Masses for Christmas: 12am, 7am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm, all in the Church.

* Please note that there will be no confessions on Saturday, December 26. The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25, and from

* Already it is only two weeks before we begin Bishop Barron’s 6-week series with Fr. Don on The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (please see p. 7) on January 5!! The Study Guide for the program costs $20. Fr. Don needs to know if you are coming for planning purposes. RSVP by 4:30pm on DECEMBER 31:call the office or email him frrooney@stmaryfred.org by and let us know you will join us.

We wish everyone a safe and joyful Christmas holiday – may this celebration fill us with a deep and abiding sense of the nearness of God with us, and bring healing and peace to our families and to our world. Merry Christmas!