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1 Welcome to the faith community of ST. FRANCIS DE SALES LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent We, the community of St. Francis de Sales Parish, seek to LIVE JESUS through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit by ministering to the needs of our brothers and sisters through Word, Worship, Education and Service. Preaching of St John the Baptist, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, PRAYER & WORSHIP Mass of Anticipation: Saturday, 5:15 p.m. Sunday Mass: 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. (English); 5:00 p.m. (Spanish) Daily Mass: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:00 a.m. School Mass: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. (During School Year) Communion Service: Thursday, 7:00 a.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Reconciliation: Saturday, 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. (Bilingual); or by appointment PARISH OFFICE Hours: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; Tuesdays Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; Sundays, 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Address: 148 W. Main Street, Lake Geneva, WI Phone: (262) Fax: (262) Parish Web Site: PARISH SCHOOL Address: 130 W. Main Street, Lake Geneva, WI Phone: (262) Fax: (262)

2 PLEASE PRAY FOR Nathan Rittenbacher Joan Roell Diane Ponzo William Lily Tess Adams Thomas Potjeau Kelly Hughbanks Tami Irwin Jim Mansky Tony Ascolani Sam Scott William Burke Carol Peck Tom Peck Mary Dade Anthony Ferrini Kiera Marion Donner Germaine Clifford (Dr.) Katarzyna Zaremba David Lou Rogers Wayne Rogers David Squire Jill Logterman Joan Huntress Bill Smarslik Lisa Amburgey CARING FOR THE ALTAR 12/5-12/10 Nancy Lazzaroni 12/12-12/17 Kathie Murray COUNTING CONTRIBUTIONS 12/5 TEAM 6 12/12 TEAM 1 Patricia Catarello Donna Anderson Beau Roddy Family Nancy Allen Eleanor Gerald Melissa Butts Robert Haimann Dennis Butek Nancy Rittenbocker Les Malsch AnneMarie Janikowski Lucille Morales Connie Cambell Bronte Aitken Bev Schorsch Mary Ann Cherney Matt Merkt Benjamin Evan Schramm Nathan Moro & Family Nancy Hrdlicka Ed Muisenga Tom Lasorda Anne Chant Matt Scheffler READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Is 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Lk 5:17-26 Tuesday: Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13; Mt 18:12-14 Wednesday: Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30 Thursday: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38 Friday: Is 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19 Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Ps 146:6-10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 IN LOVING MEMORY Born to eternal rest Joseph Ahlgren ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD, AND MAY PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHECK PRESENTATION Your Knights of Columbus Council 1647 will be presenting a check, earned by our parishioners and Knights at Farm Technology Days this past July, to Fr. Jim and the Project 2017 Committee at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. We invite everyone to meet in the Parish Center for the check presentation. This will also be the last Knight s of Columbus Sunday breakfast until May of 2017 because the Masses will be held in the Parish Center during our church renovation. Please join us at this historic event. Thank you to all who have made this possible. FIRST SATURDAY, December 3, :00 a.m. All Parishioners 5:15 p.m. Rita Leahy, Patrick & Dolores Brady and Alan McBride SUNDAY, December 4, :30 a.m. Irene & Dan Kavanaugh 9:00 a.m. Eleanor Gorski and Dan Samyn (School Mass) 10:30 a.m. Rodica Burce and Health Intentions of AnneMarie Janikowski 5:00 p.m. All Parishioners (Spanish Mass) MONDAY, December 5, :00 a.m. Elyse Pesola TUESDAY, December 6, :00 a.m. Fr. Theodore Schmitt WEDNESDAY, December 7, :00 a.m. Robert Huck THURSDAY, December 8, :00 a.m. All Parishioners 9:00 a.m. Del Krohn and Adele Disabato FRIDAY, December 9, :00 a.m. Jerome Peplinski SATURDAY, December 10, :00 a.m. Health Intentions of Blake Friese 5:15 p.m. Arthur & Frances Bung, Tom Geldermann, Antonio Guillen, Jose Guillen and Maria Gonzalez SUNDAY, December 11, :30 a.m. Deceased Members of the George Leedle Family and Timothy King 9:00 a.m. Richard Lewandowski, Peter Petrouski and Patricia Otten 10:30 a.m. Bobby Ruzicka, Don Corboy and Janina Zygmud 5:00 p.m. All Parishioners (Spanish Mass)

3 FROM THE PASTOR S DESK Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Francis de Sales Parish, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! (Matthew 3:1-2) The Advent Season is a time to prepare for our encounter with Christ. In today s Gospel, John the Baptist instructed the people to prepare the way through repentance, and they flocked to him to be washed clean from their sins. Advent reminds us that Christ comes into our lives in many ways: through the Word of God proclaimed, through the Sacraments, and through works of justice and charity. To prepare our hearts to meet our Lord, we need to be cleansed of our sins and failings. There are many things at work in our lives which hold us back from deepening our faith: selfishness, indifference, dishonesty, false pride, lust, greed, etc. From time to time, we need to examine our consciences, confess our sins, and experience God s forgiveness. On Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m., there will be an Advent Reconciliation Service with the opportunity for individual confession here at Saint Francis de Sales Church. Please take advantage this opportunity, or consult the bulletin for regularly scheduled opportunities for confession. Prepare the way of the Lord! God s Blessings, Fr. Jim Schuerman Queridos Miembros de la Parroquia de San Francisco de Sales, En aquel tiempo, comenzó Juan el Bautista a predicar en el desierto de Judea, diciendo: Arrepiéntanse, porque el Reino de Dios está cerca. (Mateo 3, 1-2) El tiempo de Adviento es un tiempo para preparar para nuestro encuentro con el Señor. En el Evangelio de hoy, Juan el Bautista enseñaba a la gente a preparar el camino por medio del arrepentimiento, y la gente le acercaba para recibir el bautismo para el perdón de los pecados. Adviento nos recuerda que Cristo viene a nosotros de muchas maneras: por la Palabra de Dios proclamada, por los Sacramentos, y por obras de justicia y caridad. Para preparar nuestros corazones para recibir el Señor, necesitamos una limpieza de nuestros pecados y errores. Hay muchas cosas en nuestras vidas que impiden el crecimiento espiritual: el egoísmo, las mentiras, el orgullo falso, la impureza, la codicia, etc. Debemos de examinar nuestras consciencias, confesar nuestros pecados, y experimentar el perdón de Dios. El domingo, 11 de diciembre a las 2:00 PM, hay un Servicio de Reconciliación con confesiones individuas en la Iglesia de San Francisco de Sales de Lake Geneva. Si no se puede asistir el domingo, favor de consultar el boletín para el horario de confesiones. Aprovéchense de estas oportunidades de gracia! Preparen el camino del Señor! Que Dios los bendiga, Padre Jim Schuerman BAKE SALE Catholic Daughters will be hosting a bake sale after all Masses on Dec. 11. BULLETIN SUBMISSIONS All bulletin submissions must be ed to or submitted in writing to the parish office. Thank you! CATHOLIC DAUGHTER NEWS The Catholic Daughters held their 92nd anniversary dinner at Anthony s restaurant. Rita Leahy was honored posthumously for her 60 years of membership and devoted service. Kathy Vorpagel joined us as we honored her mother. Our next meeting will be Dec. 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Please plan to join us. Please call Lois Maywald, regent, with any questions. WELCOME Do you know someone who has been away from church awhile? Why not invite them to come with you to Mass next Sunday, Maybe they have been waiting for you to ask them. THANK YOU Dear Friends at St. Francis Parish & School, Many, many thanks for your GENEROUS donations to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry this fall! We are so appreciative of all you do - know that you help feed so many families in our community. Every month we have about 150 families come to us for food - we are THANKFUL for your partnership in caring for them. Sincerely, Lake Geneva Food Pantry Staff EMMAUS WOMEN S RETREAT Looking for a gift idea for that special woman in your life? Does she seem to have everything? Consider giving her the chance to attend the Emmaus retreat in February. There are gift certificates available for purchase in the parish office. The retreat is scheduled for Feb at St. Pat s School in Elkhorn. The cost is $75. If you have further questions, please contact Sandra Cruz or Nancy Lazzaroni

4 St. Francis de Sales Parish School Home and School Association Presents ADVENT BREAKFAST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall 8:00am-12:30pm BREAKFAST Treat the whole family to a delicious breakfast buffet, including fresh-from-the-griddle pancakes, fluffy scrambled eggs, potatoes, farm-fresh bacon, sausage and beverage. $7.00 Adults * $6.00 Senior Citizens * $5.00 Children 4-12 yrs.* Under 4 yrs. free BAKE SHOPPE These delicious homemade goodies are loved by all. Mouthwatering assortments of cookies, pies, breads, cakes, and other treats will be featured, all homemade with lots of TLC by the many talented bakers of St. Francis de Sales. POINSETTIA SALE A winter tradition available in two popular sizes to fulfill your decorating needs home or office. Evergreen wreaths will also be available in 24 or 40 sizes. Pre-ordering is available. HOLIDAY RAFFLE Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $ Thanks to our wonderful donors we have the following prizes to offer: Beats by Dre Donated by the Fasano Family; American Girl Doll- Samantha with Outfits & Book Donated by the Greenberg Family; Lego Package Donated by the Lynch Family; $200 Cash Donated by a Friend of St. Francis de Sales School; Polaroid Camera Package Donated by the Frazier Family PLEASE JOIN US!! ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE Sunday, Dec. 11 2:00 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Church Please mark your calendar. The parish Advent reconciliation service for individual confessions will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 in church. Don t miss this opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas! Individual confessions are available at St. Francis de Sales parish at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. PRAYER LIST UPDATE We are updating the prayer list of those who are sick. If you would like your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list, please contact the parish office by Jan. 1 at or (262) Only 300 tickets sold! Tickets available beginning December 2. Purchase after any weekend Mass in the Parish Center, or during the week in the Parish Office Feast of St. Francis de Sales REVERSE RAFFLE $10,000 GRAND PRIZE! (Many other prizes) Cost $100 per ticket Drawing to be held on JANUARY 24, 2017 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Pasta dinner 6:00 p.m. Celebration on Wells 422 Wells St. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Benefiting St. Francis de Sales Parish

5 Are you ready to take the challenge? Please join Fr. Jim in the Chapel after the 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning Mass on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 to take the One % Challenge to Get to Know Jesus. The One % Challenge was developed by the Evangelical Catholic in collaboration with our Milwaukee Archdiocese: The One % Challenge is to help you to get to know Jesus by taking one percent of your day (15 minutes) to pray with Scripture for 30 days. We hope to see you there! THANK YOU Thank you to Pam Lenon and her crew from Gardenscapes for the planting, care and upkeep of the gardens at SFDS. This generous donation adds so much to the beauty of our church and grounds. Your work is greatly appreciated! THE WEEK AHEAD DEC. 4 TO DEC. 11 Sun 8:00-12:00 Advent Breakfast 9:00 REP Gr. 5K-5 9:00 School Mass 6:30 Life Teen Mon 6:00 Spanish RCIA 6:30 Home & School 7:00 Church Renovation Meeting 7:00 Emmaus Women (English) Tues 7:30-7:00 Adoration 5:30 Rosary 6:30 RCIA 6:30 Finance Wed 10:00 Bible Study 11:15 Shepherds of Christ 6:00 REP Gr :30 Buildings & Grounds Thurs 7:00 Chorale 7:00 Hispanic Ministry Fri 6:00 Emmaus Women (Spanish) 6:00 Liturgical Dancers 7:00 Legion of Mary Sat 9:30 AA 7:00 Emmaus Men Sun Catholic Daughters Bake Sale After Masses KC Breakfast 9:00 REP Gr. 5K-5 12:00 Baptisms 2:00 Communal Reconciliation Service 5:30 Vigil for Our Lady of Guadalupe 6:30 Confirmation Class CHRISTMAS MEMORIALS As we end a month of remembering those who have gone before us in faith, another opportunity to remember our loved ones appears. During the seasons of Advent and Christmas, many of us are reminded of those who are no longer with us. If you would like to remember a loved one this Christmas Season, please consider offering a Memorial in their honor. Your donation will go toward the cost of our seasonal church decorations. If you would like to remember your loved ones, please complete the form below and return it to the parish office, along with your donation, no later than Monday, Dec. 19. THANK YOU!! The names of those remembered will be published in a special bulletin in the beginning of January. Yes, I wish to make a Christmas Memorial Donation in memory of: Donation offered by:

6 PROJECT 2017 RENOVATION TEAM Your Project 2017 Renovation Team has been working together since January, Meeting once or twice a month as a group, (and sometimes more for specific meetings with contractors, getting bids, and researching options) a lot has been accomplished! This group has worked so well together as there are many talented individuals who all bring something to the table. Methodically working through the various aspects of the renovation, we have split into subgroups, each specializing in different facets of the project. As we get ready to close the church to start the actual construction process right after Christmas, we are working hard on coordinating all of the various contractors and subs to ensure that we complete the project by Holy Week, 2017! If at any time you have questions or want to get involved, please feel free to reach out to any one of us. Pictured (top row left to right): Matt Huml, Daryl Braun, Katie Alder, Phil Hall, Fr. Jim Schuerman, Ken Etten, Kathie Murray. (Front row left to right): Mary Huml, Rose Lemke, Fran Zappitelli, Laura Zappitelli, Martha Cucco, Michael Deane (not pictured Nick Vorpagel. Photo credit Veronica Anne Photography Would you like to volunteer to help over the next few months? We could use some extra people to help organize the sacristy to prepare it for painting/new carpeting, move things to parish center to get it set up for Mass, and more! If you have some extra time, please contact Martha Cucco at GENEROUS HEARTS Our appeal is still going strong and we re hoping that all our parishioners respond with their prayers and new gift of treasure. We simply ask that continue your commitment going forward. The program is 7 weeks, but your new gift will allow us to target our parish initiatives, such as to continue to enhanced existing ministries and develop new ones for youth and adults that promote everyday stewardship. We will keep you well informed on our progress over the next several months.. To pledge, please visit GenerousHearts.WeConnect.com or text Generous to Thank you for your generosity. PRAYER TO ASK GOD TO FOSTER APPRECIATION FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE God, you created us in your image to love you and your children. When we sinned, you sent your Son to save us. Please instill in us an appreciation for the sanctity of all life from natural conception to natural death. Enlighten us to work for justice for the poor. Motivate us to feed the hungry. Inspire us to protect the threatened life of the unborn. Strengthen us to bring comfort to the infirm. Teach us to treat the aging with dignity and respect. Holy Spirit, comfort those who regret their abortion, counsel those who are considering ending the life of their unborn baby and convert the abortionist. Bring us to the joy of your everlasting life through Christ Our Lord. Amen

7 THE FINAL RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE MILLION HOURS OF VOLUNTEERING CHALLENGE! Wow, it is unbelievable how generous our parishioners are with their volunteering. Some give an hour here or 1/2 hour there and some give hundreds of hours but what matters is that we give whatever we can. We volunteer wherever there is a need. We take care of the Altar, take Communion to the home bound, work on the renovation, watch children so someone can see a doctor, give eye screening tests, fund raising for missions, sing in our choirs, volunteer at libraries and museums, coach teams, count church collections, Bible Study, bingo at a nursing home, jail ministry, hospital volunteering, fun fair and the list goes on and on. If you have ever asked yourself, Is there something I can do? Look at the list, none of these require special training. What they require is YOU. If all of the volunteers in the world quit for one day, can you imagine the impact that it would have. As I was totaling up the hours for the final count, there was a surprise visitor from our cluster parish, St. Catherine s in Sharon. The Hispanic community from this small church handed me a list of thousands of hours that they had volunteered over this past year. This was just what we needed along with some other last minute submissions to top off our wine chalice to bring our total to 500,000 hours! This is an amazing number of hours full of spirit and generosity. We have a lot to be proud of here at St. Francis. The school and the church together with open hearts have provided children and adults, who are willing to give and make our parish as Father said in last Sunday s Bulletin, the special place that it is! Thank You AMAZONSMILE Start With a Smile at smile.amazon.com/ch/ for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to St Francis de Sales Congregation. Stewardship Treasure Giving Period & Method Actual Goal Over/ (Under) Weekend of November 27 Envelope 5,866 7,971 (2,105) Offertory 2,353 2,721 (368) Elect. Fund 2,915 2,973 (58) OnLine (sfdslg.org) 647 1,000 (353) Total 11,781 14,665 (2,884) Year to Date (07/01/16 to 11/27/16) Envelope 156, ,908 (23,349) Offertory 63,055 59,865 3,190 Elect. Fund 22,622 21,540 1,082 OnLine (sfdslg.org) 31,363 22,000 9,363 Total 273, ,314 (9,715) Other Weekend Giving Capital Campaign 40 Angel Fund 60 Human Concerns Please consider OnLine giving by navigating to clicking on the DONATE icon and signing up today! PROJECT 2017 GIVING Pledges to Date: $2,077,359 Payments Received: $926, TH ANNIVERSARY A special committee is working on a St. Francis de Sales commemorative book for our parish s 175th anniversary next year. We are gathering historical photos and memorabilia from our church. If you have anything that you could share, please bring it to the parish office. We can scan items and get them right back to you.

8 FAITH WITH A FACE LISA PARKER Although Lisa has lived in a few different places, two things have been a constant: She has always cared for others and has always been very active in her parish. Moving to Lake Geneva 15 years ago from Fresno, California, she has been a Eucharistic Minister (both at SFDS and at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center) for 12 years. She has also trained new Eucharistic Ministers, been a greeter, and has been an SFDS wedding coordinator for six years. Currently she is a member of the Chorale, the Arimatheans, a founding member of the wonderful Wednesday Bible Study, a Eucharistic Minister, and an RCIA Coordinator! Lisa lived in California for about 5 years. While there she worked as an LPN in a chemical dependency unit at Cedar Vista hospital. She also taught 9th and 10th grade students at the San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School. During this time period she did volunteer work in the Pastoral Care Department at St. Agnes Medical Center as a Eucharistic Minister. Before moving to California to be near her ailing parents, she worked for 3 years as a LPN at a local clinic with fellow parishioners, Dr. Alabarca and Mary Koehler. But nursing was not her first career... Before going to school for nursing, she lived in Williams Bay and was a Director of Youth Ministry and Director of Religious Education at St. Andrew s Parish in Delavan for 10 years. She designed and directed their Confirmation retreats, beginning there as a volunteer catechist. After 7 years of study at Cardinal Stritch and Alverno, she earned a Multilevel Certificate in Youth Ministry and Religious Studies. As a parishioner of St. Andrew s, she volunteered as a catechist, led the Youth Choir for 8 years and was a member of the Archdiocesan RENEW Core Team. If that wasn t enough, she was also the Parish Festival Chairperson! At another point in her life she lived in Twin Lakes for 5 years, was a member of St. John s and founded a large ecumenical bible study that met at St. John s called The Lost and Found Department. Lisa is the proud mother of five grown children and has twelve grandchildren that fill her life with joy. She is professionally retired, but not retired from life. What are her hobbies? Reading good books, writing children s poetry and other poetry. I actually had one poem published. I love music, scripture, people, dogs, babies and travel. A few years back I bought a small motor home and drove 7,000 miles by myself. It was awesome! What does Lisa love about SFDS? Our vibrant faith community. We really do live our mission statement! Any of us who work with Lisa in any of these ministries are well aware of her high energy and love for what she does. What drives her? I have always felt called to bring the Good News. I am most alive when I share my faith... It hasn't impacted my life, it IS my life! Thank you, Lisa, for all that you have done and continue to do for others. We are lucky that God has sent you to St. Francis de Sales parish to share your many gifts! SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS Surviving the Holidays An Evening for Divorced and Separated Monday, Dec. 12; 6:30 p.m. St. William Parish Waukesha Parish Hall The holiday season has begun. This might be your first holiday after your separation or divorce, or maybe it s the 2nd, 3rd, or beyond. Join us for an evening of support and friendship while gaining tools to enable you to not only survive the coming holidays, but also to face them with a measure of peace and assurance. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend but registration is needed by Thursday, Dec. 8. Contact Cindy Bergland, Director of Adult and Family Ministry/Human Concerns for more information or to register for this event. or (262) ext. 213.

9 PARISH LIBRARY NEWS Check out these NEW additions to the library: The Christmas Journey: A modern retelling of the Nativity story by best-selling author Donna VanLiere The Christmas Shoes: A universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives. Humility of Heart: Fr. Cajetan da Bergamo has assembled in this incomparable Catholic classic every conceivable motive for us to practice the virtue of humility. 15 Days of Prayer with Saint Francis de Sales: Contains a brief biography of the saint, a guide to creating a format for prayer and retreat, and 15 meditation sessions with focus points and reflection guides. NEW DVDS Christmas for a Dollar: The most meaningful gifts come from the heart. Inspired by a true story! The Nativity Story The Christmas Shoes NEW books for children The Friendly Beast-Tomie Depoala A Gift from Saint Francis: The First Crèche St. Nicholas - The Wonder Worker Celebrate the Season! Twelve Short Stories for Advent and Christmas NEW CD: The Christmas Story-Through the Eyes of the Friendly Beasts Includes a Bonus video of The Friendly Beasts YOU NOW HAVE A CHOICE! Did you know your child could attend Catholic Central High School tuition free? What is the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) you ask? The WPCP allows families to receive a voucher from the state of Wisconsin to enroll their children in a private, or religious school tuition free. What Wisconsin families are eligible to apply for a voucher? Residents of the state of Wisconsin, outside of the Milwaukee and Racine Unified school districts, with a family income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive a voucher to attend a private or religious school through the WPCP. CATHOLIC FUNERALS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS From the Sacramental Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Continued from last week ) Other Questions 32. May persons pre-plan their funerals? Yes. It is important that people plan their funeral and make clear their wishes ahead of time. In this way, they can be sure that the funeral rites will reflect their Catholic faith. Such planning, is also the best way to avoid heavier financial burdens later. Additionally, it is wise to share with relatives one s desires for the funeral. It follows that the family or those charged with arranging a funeral ought to respect the wishes of the deceased regarding their funeral rites. 33. May a person donate organs? The donation of one s organs has become commonplace and is commendable. The donation of the entire body for scientific study is also permitted. In these instances, the proper disposition of the body is to be done according to accepted practices. 34. How can the funeral of a loved one affect faith? The Christian faith in life after death becomes more real for us when a loved one dies. We continue to pray for the deceased as we did for them during life on earth. Planning and participating in the funeral rites can deepen our own faith and hope in the life to come. The prayers and scripture readings we choose speak to life everlasting, where we shall see one another again. 35. Can bequests be made for Mass intentions so a parish will benefit? Because of their commitment to a beloved parish, may people choose to name the parish in their last will and testament. They also wish to remain connected to the faith community by being remembered in prayer. Too frequently, however, the wording in their wills defeats their good intentions. When a bequest is made to a parish for the offering of Masses (For example, I bequeath to St. Francis de Sales Parish $5,000 for Masses to be said for my intentions. ), the entire amount must be set aside for Mass offerings (totaling 500 Masses). None of the bequest may go toward support of the parish and its programs or ministry because Mass offerings are given to the priest who celebrates the Mass, not to the parish. 36. How should bequests to parishes be made? If donors want the parish to benefit from their generosity, they should word their wills so that the bequest is clearly directed to the parish itself. They may also request that their intention be remembered in Masses, but such a request must be separate from the amount of their bequest to the parish. 37. What about Mass intentions for the deceased? Praying for the deceased is an important act of faith and connects us to those who have preceded us in death. We may wish to request a Mass be offered for a loved one s intention, or we may wish to specify a small amount in our will for a Mass to be offered for our own intention. It is an important to remember, however, that every Sunday and holy day, the pastor offers the Mass for the People for the intentions of living and deceased members of the parish. Thus, even in death, parishioners are remembered at these Masses. For further information, contact: Archdiocese of Milwaukee

10 KID POWER SFDS is fortunate to have kids from both our grade school and our religious ed program as part of our wonderful volunteer force. Kids and teens participate as altar servers, readers, greeters, Choir of Angels choir members, Christmas Choir members, Contemporary Choir members, cantors, and more. They help those in our community by conducting food drives, baby item drives, and bringing cheer to nursing homes. They help with parish and school fundraisers and events such as the KC breakfast, the Advent Breakfast, Irishfest, the Chili cookoff, the Fall Festival and more. They participate by volunteering to clean the church, change over the hymnals seasonally, stuff and collate mailings, and come with their families to help decorate the church for Christmas and Easter. Several high school students traveled last summer on a mission trip to build housing for the poor in Harlan, Kentucky. They have very busy schedules with sports and academics but manage to find the time to earn community service hours...sometimes having to get up very early on a Sunday morning! Their compassion and enthusiasm is inspiring! If you happen to see one of our kids helping out, please let them know how much they are appreciated. They are the future of our parish! F IND U S ON FACEBOOK! We have two Facebook pages all aimed at keeping you informed and connected: St. Francis de Sales Lake Geneva and St. Francis de Sales Parish School. Find us and Like us! Links available on the parish web site (sfdslg.org). ST. FRANCIS DE SALES WEBSITE Have you seen our website? Hear a weekly audio message from Father Jim, get the scoop on SFDS events, put in a prayer request, check the calendar, view volunteer opportunities and more! And while you are there, please sign up for our newsletter! All ways to keep you informed with cost efficiency for our parish! sfdslg.org Dec Dec. 11 Greeters Ushers Readers Communion Altar Servers Saturday, 5:15 p.m. Helene Churchill Shirley Zientarski Gene Bulla George Melcher Wilbur Metz Natalie Dunn Natalie Dunn Gwen Faust Marcie Hollmann Monica Serna Isabella Peetz - 1 Brandon Fain - 2 Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Arlene Breuninger Barbara Giovannoni Carole Nevin Jeanette Polyock Roland Freund Budd Humphrey Irene Humphrey Don Voit Maureen Redmer Katie Alder Elaine Johnson Jeanne McCarron Bridget Payne Rita Popelka Maureen Redmer Bernie Williams Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Maureen Allenstein Louella Rogers Charles Robinson Kristin Olson Daniel Derrick Ann Desecki Corrine Haimann Michelle Luba Nancy Mancuso Lois Maywald Diane Read Andrew Olson - 1 Teagan Hale - 2 Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Jeanette Goldsmith Terry Quinn Harry Quinn Robert Weidner Linda Contant Therese O'Grady Linda Contant Nancy Corboy Pat Cramer Richard McCarthy Therese O'Grady Donna Smith Riley Wernquist - 1 Erin Hensler - 2

11 PASTORAL STAFF Pastor Fr. Jim Schuerman (262) Weekend Presider Fr. Tom Fait (262) Parish Secretary Judie Weeks (262) Director of Liturgy & Music Michael Deane (262) Director of Religious Education Katie Ploch (262) Seminarian Intern John Baumgardner Deacon Alvaro Dominquez (262) CATHOLIC SCHOOLS St. Francis de Sales Parish School Principal Eric Gallagher (262) Catholic Central High School Principal David Wieters (262) x 222 PARISH TRUSTEES Daryl Braun (262) Tom Murray (312) ON THE WEB Parish Website: Like us on Facebook: St. Francis de Sales Lake Geneva PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS Troy Weis (262) Maureen Redmer (262) Daniel von Rabenau (773) Millie McCormick (630) Maria Guadalupe Duran (262) Kathleen Dobbler (262) Mary Ferrini (262) Lois Maywald (262) Greg Desecki (262) AnneMarie Janikowski (262) Martha Cucco (262) Sandra Cruz (262) SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Immediately after the engagement and before any date is set for the wedding, the couple is asked to make an appointment with the priest. Six months is the normal time required for preparation. SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Please call the parish office at (262) for Baptismal preparation/registration. SPANISH CELEBRATIONS Bautismos en Espanol: Para bautismos en Espanol por favor comuniquese con Esmeralda Perez Sanchez: (262) Platicas bautismales: Cada cuarto sabado del mes. Quinceaneras, presentaciones y bodas: Comuniquese con Antonia Mata:

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