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Saturday, December 20
8:15 am
† Paul G. Gorski
4:00 pm
† Angeline Koukal
Sunday, December 21
7:00 am
Deceased Members of the Zemaites Family
8:30 am
† Laura & Alfred D'Angelo
10:30 am
Lucas A. Johnson
12:30 pm
† Nayo & Victoria Garcia
5:00 pm
Parishioners
Monday, December 22
8:15 am
† Sr. Lupita Barajas
Tuesday, December 23
8:15 am
Judy Wagner
6:00 pm
† Shawn McGrath
Wednesday, December 24
8:15 am
† Robert Woodrow
4:00 pm
† Albert R. Manriquez
4:00 pm
Living & Deceased Members of the Lavelle, Dragotti & Pavlak Families
6:00 pm
† Donna & Ferdinand Kanhai
11:00 pm
† Cindy McDonnell
Thursday, December 25
8:30 am
† Frank Montuoro
10:30 am
Parishioners
Friday, December 26
8:15 am
Mrs. Elaine Sullivan
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Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM (Closed from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM)
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from Fr. Chad King on December 21, 2014

Help Wanted: Altar Guild Help

Volunteers are needed to help clean the church on Saturdays, once every 6 weeks as part of a team rotation. It’s a great opportunity for students in need of service hours!

Volunteers are also needed to help wash the altar linens. This is a one month commitment, but you may share the duties with a friend.

Please call the Parish Office at 480-893-8770. Thank You!

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Grief Support

Dec 8, 2014 (6:30p - 8:00p)

Corpus Christi offers a grief support program open to everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. That includes all of us. This is a safe environment where people listen without judgment when expressing your sadness. Expressing experienced grief helps to heal oneself in a positive way.

Give yourself permission to grieve. God gave us tears. The tears to help us heal.

We are please to be able to offer three separate sessions, each of which will meet for four weeks in the St. Vincent de Paul room of the Parish Center:

Session 3: Mondays, Dec 8, 15, & 22 6:30-8:00pm

The support we give is never more than the support we receive. You are welcome to come to any one or all of the sessions. Contact the Church Office and leave your name and phone number to sign-up for the session(s) you would like to attend.

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A Christmas Evening Novena Mass: The History of “Simbang Gabi”

Dec 15, 2014 to Dec 23, 2014 (6:30p)

Misa al canto del gallo (shortened and corrupted into "Misa De Gallo") has been a Catholic Tradition from the Spanish times in the early part of the Christianization of the Philippine archipelago. It is through this early dawn novena mass in honor of Mary preparing for the birth of her Son Jesus that helped (and continues to help) in the evangelization of the Filipino people.

It is called Misa al canto del gallo (gallo means rooster) because at the rooster's crow (at that time there were no alarm clocks) the people come to the church for the novena Mass in preparation for the birth of Jesus. It is also called "Misa de Aguinaldo (Aguinaldo means gift) in gratitude to God for the gift of faith in Christ. Thus the terms Misa al canto del gallo and Misa de Aguinaldo are used interchangeably.

As this tradition became rooted in the Philippines Church, church attendance filled the churches to overflowing capacity for the Misa de Aguinaldo, it was necessary to have other novena masses in the evening (Gabi means evening) thus "Simbang Gabi" was born. Originally, the early dawn masses were also known as "Simbang Gabi" because they started when it was still dark.

The development of Simbang Gabi in preparation for Christmas was a blessing because the faithful, who could not make it to the early dawn novena mass, still had a chance to complete the whole nine days of the novena in the evening mass. This offshoot tradition of Misa al canto del gallo was gladly welcomed and embraced by the faithful. The positive response was a resounding success in parish churches in the Philippines.

Most of all, the ambiance became more alive and festive because after the dawn Eucharistic celebration the faithful continued to celebrate and look for something to eat around the vicinity. Thus along the church patio, many vendors came to sell their fresh and steamed hot native foods and delicacies from their stoves while Christmas songs are aired through the PA system of the church. This spontaneous development of a food and music celebration after the Aguinaldo and Simbang Gabi culminate on Midnight Mass of December 24. After the Midnight Mass all members of the family faithfully gather around the table to celebrate their "Noche Buena" where good food is awaiting them.

The Misa de Aguinaldo and Simbang Gabi make Christmas not only a festive celebration, but spiritually nourishing as well because of the novena Masses. These wholesome practices become an avenue for evangelization of the faithful. In these celebrations we honor Mary in our nine days of prayerful preparation for Christmas and in the process, Mary leads us and keeps us closer to her Son Jesus.

Once again, Corpus Christi Parish will be having a Christmas Evening Novena Mass Dec 15-23 at 6:30pm each evening. There is no better way to celebrate the Birth of Jesus than to prepare for it through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

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Poinsettias for Sale

Dec 21, 2014 to Dec 20, 2014

Women’s Sodality will be selling Poinsettia Plants after all the Masses next weekend Dec 20/21. This will be the ONLY weekend for sales!

[ Women's Sodality Advent/Christmas ]

Christmas Mass Times

Dec 25, 2014

Christmas Eve - Wed, Dec 24 -
4:00pm in the Church, 4:00pm in the Parish Center, 6:00pm in the Church, 11:00pm in the Church

Christmas Day - Thu, Dec 25
8:30am in the Church, 10:30am in the Church

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Holy Day of Obligation: Thu, Jan 1

Jan 1, 2015

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mass times:
Wed, Dec 31 4:00pm
Thu, Jan 1 8:30am, 10:30am

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St. Gerard Circle: Monthly Meeting

Jan 9, 2015 (9:00a - 11:30a)

Topic: Becoming Minimalistic and Declutter with Kids by Joshua Becker

Join us in the new year as we welcome author Joshua Becker. Joshua’s website, Becoming Minimalist, inspires people around the world to find more life by owning less stuff. The website is visited by over 600,000 readers each month. He is the best-selling author of Simplify and Clutterfree with Kids. As one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement, Joshua's story has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Success Magazine, and the CBS Evening News. Currently, he is working on a new Reality Television Series focusing on the minimalist lifestyle. But mostly, he is passionate about helping people rediscover life, freedom, and fulfillment through Jesus' teaching on money and possessions.

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Corpus Christi Baby Bottle Drive

Jan 10, 2015

Bottles distributed Jan 10/11
Return full bottles Feb 7/8

Your support provides:
Free Ultrasounds
Free Pregnancy Tests
Low Cost Women’s Exams
Direct Aid to Mothers
Counseling and Education
and more!

Your sacrificial gift, large or small, can give new life to a child. Life Choices has been providing quality Catholic women’s healthcare in the Diocese since 1986. Thank you for over 500 lives saved from abortion last year!

[ Respect Life ]

Annual Mass for Life

Jan 20, 2015 (6:00p)

[ Respect Life ]

“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” Women’s Retreat

Feb 13, 2015 to Feb 15, 2015

at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, Phoenix

The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and is comprised of guided meditations, personal reflection, Mass, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction.

Take some time to step out of your hectic schedule to examine your life, your relationship with God, and your relationship with others! Discover the richness of your faith in an atmosphere of prayer and silence.

For more information, please contact Terri Hofmann at 480-247-6961 or tmh@hofmann84.com.

[ Around the Diocese Retreat ]

5th Annual Phoenix Catholic Women's Conference

Feb 21, 2015

"That which is True, Beautiful and Good"

at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

Speakers include: Leah Darrow, Leila Miller and Ruth Ristow
Please join us for a Spirit-filled day!
New this year: Breakout Session for young Catholic ladies ages 16-22 years old!
Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Tickets now available!
Cost: Early bird tickets: $50
After Thu, Jan 15: $60
Young Catholic Ladies (16-22): $25

For more information call Roberta at 602-471-1944 or visit pdccw.com.
Hosted by the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

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