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ST. BENEDICT, RIDGELY           
www.beparish.com
ST. ELIZABETH, DENTON
DECEMBER
31/JANUARY 1, 2017
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
A REFLECTION  ON THE  SCRIPTURES
CHRISTIAN  FORMATION
MASS SCHEDULE  & INTENTIONS   

LIFE  IN THE  PARISH  FAMILY
Sunday, January 1

Saturday, December 31
4:30

In
“Mother  of  God”  or  theotokos—the  bearer  of  God.  This  “job/task”  gives  her  a special
place  in  the  whole  Christian  family.  Without  her  “yes,”  God’s  entire  plan  would  have
been  different.  But  before,  during  and  afterward,  she  is  very  much  a human mother,
though  containing  in  her  womb  that which all of creation could not contain. Today we
honor her for her task well done and for all her motherly  care.

the year 431 the Council of Ephesus gave the Blessed Virgin Mary the proud title of

There  will  be  NO  Religious Ed. or RCIA classes this Sunday, January 1st.
Enjoy the celebration of New Year’s with your families.  Classes will resume next
Sunday, January 8th

5:10pm
St. Elizabeth

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!!
Collection  –

CONFESSIONS
5:30p.m. St. Elizabeth

·
·

2nd
YM  Spaghetti  Dinner  Ticket  Sales  –

Solemnity  of Mary
with our January Super Sunday

breakfast.  
PARISH  AND  FAMILY LIFE

after
Mass
NO   Religious   Education/RCIA   Classes   –

Brianna Nicole  Freeman
Sunday, January 1, 2017

WE REMEMBER   +
WE CELEBRATE   +
WE BELIEVE
·

Celebrating  A  Birthday  This  Week:    Philomena  Cirillo  (1-15), Debbie Winn (1-
15),   Al   McCullough   (1-18),  John  Beatty  (1-19),  Chris  Powell  (1-19),  Michelle
Rogers  (1-19),  Audrey  Schirmer  (1-19),  Skip  Gunther  (1-21),  Joan  Dent  (1-22),
Antonio Hernandez-Castro  (1-22), Judy Klug (1-22)

Christmas
Monday, January 2

Break

SOLEMNITY  OF MARY,
THE  HOLY MOTHER  OF GOD

The first reading and psalm today takes account not only of the
solemnity, but of the day; it is a blessing upon the year and on
all  of  us.  Why  should  we,  on  this  first  day  of  the  civil year,
contemplate  the  Blessed  Virgin Mary in her role as the Mother
of
the answer is clear. At the start of this year we see Mary in her
role  as  witness,  "keeping"  all  the  things  that  were  happening
around her and "reflecting" upon her life as evidence of all that
God
and the like, what we really need to do is to recognize the work
of  God  in  our  lives,  to keep these things in our hearts and to
live them out to the full. Today is also the world day of prayer
for  peace,  a  cause  that  the  Virgin,  who  saw  her  son  die  a
violent death, is surely glad to have share her day.

PARISH  OFFICES  CLOSED
Tuesday, January 3

·
7:15a.m. St. Benedict
Debbie  Poitras

Adult Bible Study –
Wednesday, January 4

·
7pm –
RR

We pray for the repose
and father of Emmy Brown, Christopher Brown, Stacia Corwin and Crystal Sparks.
A  Mass  of  Christian  Burial  will  be  celebrated  on  Monday,  January  2,  2017  at
11:00a.m.  at St. Elizabeth  Church, Denton.   

of the soul of James Brown, husband of Sandra Brown

8:30am St. Benedict
The People  of the Parish

God,  the Theotokos? If we understand the Christmas story,
·
Knights  of  Columbus  Meeting  –
7:30p.m.  –
11:15am

St. Elizabeth
John Draper

Hall  
Thursday, January 5

had  done.  For  all  our  interest  in  New  Year's  resolutions

YOUTH  MINISTRY  NEWS  
Mark  your  calendars  for  the  annual  Youth  Ministry  Spaghetti  Dinner on
Saturday, January 21st

weekend,  
maximum.
All  youth  in  grades 6-12 are asked to help.
4pm, we will be setting up the hall, decorating, and preparing food.
January  21st
contact   Kathryn   Belmonte   at   kathryn.belmonte@gmail.com
volunteer.

Adult Bible Study –
Friday, January 6

·
9:30a.m.  –
RR
Tuesday, January 3

9:00a.m. FLC Chapel
NO MASS or COMMUNION  SERVICE

from 5-8pm.
Ticket sales will begin after all masses this
·
First    Friday    Benediction    –

after    9am
SE Church

December  31/January  1.    Cost  is  $8  per  person  with  a  $30  family
Dinner  includes  spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverages and dessert.

Communion  Service –
Saturday, January 7

Wednesday, January 4
On Friday, January
20th
beginning
at

9:00a.m. St. Elizabeth
NO MASS or COMMUNION  SERVICE  

·
·

NO First Saturday Mass or Confessions
YM  Spaghetti  Dinner  Ticket  Sales  –

by
Glenn CJ Byer, MA SLD

On Saturday,
from  2pm-8pm,  we'll  be  preparing,  serving, and cleaning up.

after
© 2003, OCP. All rights reserved.

Please
if   you   are  able  to

Mass
Sunday, January 8

Thursday, January 5

The  following  are  the  last  sentences  from  Pope  Benedict  XVI's  first  encyclical,
Caritas  Est,  issued  on  Christmas  2005.  They serve as a prayer to the Blessed Virgin
which is very appropriate  for today and the year ahead:

Deus

9:00a.m. FLC Chapel
COMMUNION   SERVICE   

·
·

2nd
YM  Spaghetti  Dinner  Ticket  Sales  –
Masses

Collection  –
Building  & Maintenance  

AROUND  THE  DIOCESE  AND  COMMUNITY
“Behold the Gift” –

Due  to  inclement  weather  on  the  original  date,  the  12th
Pageant, “Behold the Gift”, sponsored by the Ridgely-area churches, has been re-
scheduled for
the  Ridgely  Town  Hall.

part of the season of Christmas.  We all get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle
of the secular Christmas season.  This pageant offers some time to celebrate the
TRUE  meaning  of  Christmas.  The  pageant  includes  the  proclamation  of  the story
of  our  Lord's  birth  accompanied  by  live  re-enactment  by  costumed  actors  and
animals.  Christmas carols, led by the Pageant Choir and musicians, are dispersed
throughout  the  reading  of  scripture.    The  audience  is  encouraged  to sing along.  
Following  the  show,  there  will  be  a  reception  with hot chocolate and cookies in
Town Hall.   

after
Friday, January 6
A Live Nativity Pageant  ~ NEW  DATE!!!   

Holy Mary, Mother of God, you have given
the world its true light, Jesus,  your Son—

9:00a.m. St. Elizabeth
COMMUNION   SERVICE   

Annual  Live  Nativity

·
·

Super Sunday Breakfast –
Religious  Education/RCIA

9:30a.m.  –

Hall  
10:10-

Classes
10:45a.m.  
Youth Ministry Gathering  –

the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely to God's call
and thus became a wellspring of the goodness
which flows forth from him.
Show us Jesus.  
Lead us to him.
Teach us to know
so that we too can become capable
of true love and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.
AMEN.  

next Sunday, January 8, 2017  at 5:00pm on the green next to

Saturday, January 7
NO FIRST  SATURDAY  MASS

January 8th is the Feast of the Epiphany and is still a

·
·

6-8pm  –
Ecumenical     Living     Nativity     Pageant    –
“Behold  the  Gift”  –

Hall  
4:30 –
5:10pm
St. Elizabeth

CONFESSIONS
5:30p.m. St. Elizabeth

5pm  –
Green  next  to
Ridgely  Town Hall  
and love him,
Claudette  Davis

REMEMBERING  IN PRAYER
Alex Wood
Fr. Larry Kozak
Fred Simms

THIS WEEK…
Patricia Brady
Pat Brown
Naomi Mary Schmidt

Sunday, January 8, 2017
THE  EPIPHANY  OF THE  LORD  

7:15a.m. St. Benedict

Jean Kern
Doris Sharp
Noreen Flohr
Marcie Barry

Philomena Carroll-Stendardo
Mike & Marie Smithmyer
Wayne Marquess
Marge Remaniak

Marie  Derr

TRUSTEE  ELECTIONS
In compliance with church and civil law, the election of
on the first Sunday of each year.  Therefore, elections for trustees will take place on the
weekend of January 7 & 8 in the sacristy after all masses. Current trustees are:
St. Elizabeth
Kenny  Wood.    
f  you  would  like  to  nominate  someone  to  fulfill  the  responsibility  of I
parish Trustee other than those listed above, you will also have the opportunity to write-
in your choice on the prepared ballot.    

St. Martin’s House has an immediate need for volunteer drivers who can
commit to at least a half day a week or every other week to assist residents
getting to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and a variety of other
needs.

8:30am St. Benedict
The People  of the Parish

parish trustees
is to take place
11:15am
St. Elizabeth

Ted Selby
Jane Cade
Helen Vogt

Jack Wheatley
Jackie Long
Henry Ventura, Jr.

House  vehicles  will be available for the transportation.
If you live in the

James  Rouse
TABERNACLE  LIGHT INTENTIONS

:  Paul Fountain
and
Kris Nelson
and St. Benedict:  Steve Fleegle
and

area  and  would  like  to  help  St.  Martin’s  Ministries,  please  call  Heidi  at
2537 ext 107.

410-634-
DECEMBER 31
JANUARY 13

VOCATION  REFLECTIONS  
Parents:  we  don’t  know  much about the hidden
life  of  Jesus  as  He  grew  up  under  the  loving
care of Joseph and Mary.  What we do know is
that   both   Joseph   and   Mary   trusted  firmly
God’s promises.  Do you have a daughter or son
that   God   might   be   calling   to   priesthood   or
religious life?  If so, how are you modeling trust
in  God  for them?  Watching a child discern and
respond to any kind of vocation is always an act
of faith.  If you think your daughter or son might
have   a   religious   vocation   and   would   like  to
speak  about  it, please call or write Father Norm

SB Church:  ________________________
SE Church: ________________________
FLC Chapel: _______________________

SAINTS  PETER  & PAUL CAR RAFFLE  TICKETS  ON SALE  NOW
Take a chance to win a new car and support Sts. Peter & Paul
Catholic School at the same time!  For the cost of $10/
$50 for 6 tickets, you can take a chance to win a 2017 Nissan
Juke (vehicle donated by Dave & Peggy Wilson and the Preston
Automotive   Group).      Contact   Marie   Freeman   at   the   Parish
Office to obtain tickets.  The drawing will be held on March 25,
2017 at the Sabre Spirit Celebration.   Need not be present to win.    

SOCIAL MINISTRIES  
MARCH FOR  LIFE  & YOUTH  MASS and RALLY

The  Annual  March  for  Life  will  take  place  in  Washington,  D.C. on Friday, January 27,
2017.    Although  our  parish will not be contracting a bus for this year’s March, we do
have  7  tickets  available  for  anyone  who  wishes  to  attend  the  Mass  &  Rally  for  Life
(which    will    be    held    prior    to    the    March    at    the    Verizon    Center)    Visit
www.youthrallyandmassforlife.org
contact  Lori  Parks  in  the  Parish  Office  by  no  later  than  January  10th
reserve  one  of  the  available  tickets for the Rally.  Tickets will be distributed on a first
come, firstserve basis and families  with youth are given priority.  

ticket or
in

THANK  YOU  FOR  YOUR  GIFT OF
STEWARDSHIP  BACK  TO THE  LORD  

Weekend of December 24 & 25, 2016
Envelopes
Loose
TOTAL OFFERTORY
Weekly Budget
Surplus(Above

$ 3,748.00
$ 2,265.00
$

for  more  details  about  the  Rally  &  Mass.    Please
if  you  wish  to

6,013.00
4,810.00

LITURGY

$
$

MAGNIFICAT  SUBSCRIPTIONS
Magnificat is a monthly publication which contains daily
and weekend mass prayers and readings, morning and
evening   prayer,   meditations,   spiritual   writings   and
essays on the saints
. Magnificat subscriptions are currently
available through the parish office. The one-year subscription
will begin with the May, 2016 issue at the cost of $34.95 per
subscription
subscription on your own).  Our parish will be receiving some
complimentary  copies  of  the  Magnificat  booklets  for  Lent.  
Look  for  them  at  the  entrances  of  the  churches  in  late

Budget)    
1,203.00

CATHOLIC  LOBBY  NIGHT  
Mark  your  calendar  for  the  33rd
8:00p.m.!
the  great  work  and  the  Good  News  of  the  Church  in  Maryland  lived  out  through the
works   of   our   ministries,   charities,   hospitals,   schools,   parishes   and   communities.
The  event  begins  at  St.  John  Neumann  Mission  Church  (620  N.  Bestgate  Rd.)  from
3:00-4:30  p.m.  with  briefings  from  the  Maryland  Catholic  Conference  lobbyists  on  the
relevant issues considered by the General Assembly from a faith perspective.
will be provided to take you to downtown Annapolis where you can meet your legislators
from  5:00-6:30  p.m.  Then,  join  us  at  a  6:30-8:00p.m.  reception  (catered  by  the  Iron
Rooster)  in the Miller Office Building on Rowe Blvd. for all the members of the General
Assembly, the Maryland bishops and other Church
are     free,     but     registration     is     required:     www.MdCatholic.org/LobbyNight

February 15, 2017
3-8pm

Carroll,    Diocesan    Director    of    Priestly    and
Religious     Vocations
vocations@cdow.org.      Be   sure   to   visit   our
website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

2nd
Christmas

Collection –

annual  “Catholics in Annapolis” on Feb. 15 from 3:00-
Meet  your  legislators  and  build  a  positive  relationship  with  them by sharing

at     302-573-3113
or

$
$
$ 6,062.35

6,562,48

Poor Box
2016 Walk for the Well of It

124.75

PILGRIMAGE to Malta and Southern Italy
Fr.  Mike  Gallagher,  October  16-26,  2017.  Walk
in  the  footsteps  of  St.  Paul  (MALTA),  visit  the
Isle  of  Capri,  Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and see
Pope  Francis  in  Rome.  For  details,  call  Caroline
at

with
(which is a $10 savings off the cost of ordering a

2016
If you use offertory envelopes and would like
to receive a statement  of your 2016
contributions for tax purposes, please
contact Marie Freeman  to request a copy:

TAX LETTERS  
Shuttles
Offertory

February.    The  deadline  to  subscribe
March 10, 2017. For more details please contact Lori Parks
410-634-2253  or lparks@beparish.com.   

through  the  parish  is
in the Parish Office at

1-800-334-5425
www.syversentouring.com/gallagher.

or
go
to

410-634-2253
mfreeman@beparish.com.

x. 12
leaders.  The event and reception
or