December 29, 2013 January 5, 2014
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11,
Colossians 3:12-21 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Matthew 2:1-12
Mass Intentions for the Week
Week of December 28/29
Saturday 9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Joey Francisco
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Michael Hardie
11:00 a.m. Anthony Donofrio
French Mass 1:00 p.m. Claire Chalhoub
5:00 p.m. People of the Parish
Monday 9:00 a.m. Fr. Mario A. Rodriguez
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Theresa Eng
Holy Day Vigil 5:00 p.m. John W. Lynch, Jr.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. People of the Parish
Thursday NO MASS
Friday 7:00 a.m. Silvia Barrera
12:00 noon Rosalia Ebner
Next Weekend January 4/5
Saturday 9:00 a.m. Chua Bun Cio
Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m. Ken Baylot
Sunday 8:30 a.m. People of the Parish
11:00 a.m. Msgr. Paul Reynolds
5:00 p.m. The Harrington Family
Visitation of the Sick
Please keep us informed of anyone admitted to the hospital or who is homebound so that we can be attentive to his or her spiritual needs. The privacy act no longer allows hospitals to notify the parish so it is imperative that a family member or close friend of the family contacts the parish office. The priests and deacons visit the sick regularly and Extraordinary Ministers bring Communion to the sick on weekends if requested. Please call the office at 7/416-0002.
Honduras Missionaries Needed!
Are you looking to do something adventurous this summer? Want to serve God and your brothers & sisters in Christ? Are you ready for a life-changing trip? MOQ will be going on their 10th Missionary Trip to Honduras, July 5-13, 2014. This is a parish mission, which means that we are looking for both adults & teens with a parent to come also. Please contact Mary Taylor at 7/448-3897 or Patti Di Rito at 7/845-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feast of the Holy Family
Joseph’s obedience to God was not a one-time thing. His attention to the angel’s warning kept Jesus from being murdered by Herod and led to the fufillment of the prophecy that the Messiah wiould be a Nazorean. Fidelity to God’s will assures the best use of my talents, too!
2013 Financial Statements
A statement of financial contributions to Mary Our Queen for 2013 will automatically be sent to all parishioners. You will receive a separate statement from the Archdiocese for the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. The statement from the St. Vincent de Paul Society will also be included with your parish statement. Statements will be mailed prior to the last week of January.
Organizations & Activities
Nomination for Woman of the Year
Deadline: January 10
(Ballot Box on Welcome Desk in Narthex)
Annual Coat & Blanket Drive
The St. Vincent de Paul annual Coat & Blanket Drive will take place January 1-15. Please bring your donations of new or gently worn coats, jackets & sweaters of all sizes to the collection bin in the stair well. Many families in our community struggle with utility bills during the winter months, & consequently, go without heat in their homes. Your donations of gently-used blankets, sleeping bags and comforters will be most appreciated by your Norcross neighbors.
Important Confirmation Session: Candidate/Parent and Sponsor session will be held Saturday, January 11, 8:00–11:30 a.m. All Confirmation candidates and parent(s) must attend. If your Confirmation sponsor lives in the Atlanta area, he/she should also attend. Breakfast will be provided.
New Bible Class: Wednesday, January 15, 7:15-8:15 p.m. The Books of Wisdom in the Old Testament will be studied during this 10-week period. No cost & no registration necessary. Please bring your Bible each Wednesday night.
The Monthly Class on Prayer, led by Deacon Stone, will meet at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, January 6 in Room 202/203. The subject of this class will be “The History of the Rosary.” All are invited.
Additional Ushers Needed for all masses, especially the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this ministry. A training class will be held following the 5:00 p.m. mass on January 25 & the 8:30 a.m. mass on January 26. Please call the office to register for one of these classes. We need YOU!
Children’s Nursery Needs Movies!
Please consider donating age-appropriate DVD’s (ages 1-5).
Resolutions for 2014
I’ll improve my stewardship of prayer by having an unhurried talk with God each day.
I’ll improve my stewardship of faith by reading good religious literature.
I’ll improve my stewardship of life by practicing the presence of God and living the teachings of Christ wherever I may be – whatever I may be doing – always remembering my final accountability.
I’ll improve my stewardship of time by eliminating the trivial and concentrating on the important.
I’ll improve my stewardship of activities by using them more effectively for God and my fellow human beings.
I’ll improve my stewardship of possessions by setting aside a meaningful percentage of my income and prayerfully dedicating it to the work of God’s Kingdom on earth.
National Migration Week
“Out of the Darkness”
National Migration Week 2014 will take place January 5-11. Migrants & particularly the most vulnerable migrants: children, the undocumented, refugees & victims of human trafficking, often find themselves existing in a kind of figurative darkness where their options remain limited and their ability to live out their lives in its fullness severely restricted. It is our call as the Church to bring the light of Christ to these populations, banish the darkness & help to bring them from the margins of society to its center. This requires prayer & an active presence in the public square to demand that protections are provided to those who need them most.
Riverside Chamber Players Return
Save the Date: The acclaimed Riverside Chamber Players will be performing here again on Sunday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m. Come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music in the intimate setting of Mary Our Queen. Tickets will be sold at the door: $15/person, $10/+55 and students free. Checks may be made out to MOQ. A wine and cheese reception will follow in Kiernan Hall at which time you will be able to speak with the performers.
Please Pray for an Increase in Vocations
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday, December 29
4:00 p.m. Teen Music Rehearsal
Monday, December 30
Parish Office Closed
Tuesday, December 31
Parish Office Closed
Wednesday, January 1
Parish Office Closed
Friday, January 3
6:30 a.m. Men’s Spiritual Fellowship
9:00 a.m. Adoration Begins
Saturday, January 4
9:00 a.m. Mass & Close of Adoration
9:30 a.m. First Saturday Devotions
New Year’s Holy Day Schedule
December 31, 2013
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
(A Holy Day of Obligation)
January 1, 2014
Mary Our Queen Counseling Center
Jane Dausner, M.S., L.S.C.W. (770/713-5156), a licensed therapist, is subcontracted to staff the parish Counseling Center. Patti Di Rito (770/845-1646) provides counseling services at Mary Our Queen for the Holy Family Counseling Center. They both are available for children, adolescents, parents, individuals, couples and family counseling in Room 104 of the Trinity Building. Please contact Jane or Patti direct for further information and/or an appointment.
Newcomers Please Stop By!
After mass you are invited to stop at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex where the ushers are available to answer questions you may have regarding Mary Our Queen. Coffee is served most Sundays in Kiernan Hall between the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. masses. Come join us and get acquainted with your new parishioner friends.
Altar flowers may be dedicated in memory of someone or in celebration of a special occasion. By doing so, you help defray the weekly expense for the parish. Envelopes for these donations can be found on the table in the Narthex. Special thanks to those who made donations to help with the Christmas decorations.
Father Dye “Shares” His Sabbatical “Again”
If you missed it the first time, mark your calendar now for Tues., Jan.14. Father Dye will speak about and show pictures of his six-month sabbatical. While in Rome during the time of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the election of Pope Francis, Father will share his once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In addition, he will relate memories of his “500-mile walk” on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Bring an hors d’oeuvre and/or a bottle of wine for a social at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by this extraordinary, not-to-be-missed presentation at 7:30 p.m.