The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle – Dec. 21: There will be a (Said) Eucharist celebrating this important feast on Friday, December 21 at 12:15 p.m.
Hanging of the Greens – Dec. 23: Please plan to join us on Sunday, December 23 immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist to help hang the greens and decorate and prepare the Church for the upcoming Christmas season.
Parish Wide Caroling – Sunday Dec. 23: All parishioners are invited to participate in St. John’s Christmas Caroling on Sunday Dec. 23. After the Hanging of the Greens on that Sunday, we will have a casual lunch in the parish hall (the church will provide the food). Once everyone has finished lunch, we will go to a few nursing homes and maybe to some of our shut-ins to be a blessing to them through the ministry of music. We will then return to the parish hall for a time of fellowship with “Christmas Goodies” brought by parishioners. If you would like to bring a treat, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board above the coffee pot in the parish hall.
Dec. 24 — Family Mass of Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Mass at 10:30 p.m. (Carols at 10:30, Mass at 11:00 with incense)
Dec. 25 — Said Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ at noon
Dec. 26 — Said Eucharist for the Feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr at noon
Dec. 27 — Said Eucharist for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist at noon
Dec. 28 — Eucharist for the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem at noon
The Feast of St. John/ 130th Anniversary: Sunday, December 30, will be a festive day in the life of our parish. We will be celebrating not only the feast day of our patron saint, St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, but also the 130 Anniversary of our parish. We will have one Eucharist that morning at 10:30 a.m. at which Henry Rogers (son of Matthew and Bettis Rogers) will be baptized. Then after the Eucharist, we will continue our celebration of Christmas and the Feast of St. John with our annual Tamale Dinner and sing Christmas carols. Please make plans to join us to celebrate this important day in our parish’s history and invite your friends!
Jan. 1 — Said Eucharist for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of our Lord at noon
Jan. 6 — Eucharist for the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord at 8:00 and 10:30 (incense at 10:30)
2019 Annual Parish Meeting: The annual parish meeting will be held Sunday, January 20. This is a very important meeting which all members should make every effort to attend! We will elect new vestry members, present the budget for the year, and discuss all of the exciting things happening in the life of the parish. There will be only one Eucharist that morning at 10:30 a.m. We will then have a pot-luck lunch which will be followed by the annual meeting.
2019 Diocesan Men’s Conference: Next year’s Diocese of Fort Worth Men’s Conference will be held on February 8-9, at The Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul in Arlington. The conference leader this year will be Christopher West and his presentation is entitled “Our Bodies Proclaim the Gospel: An Introduction to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.” Friday evening begins with Eucharist at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an open address by Christopher West which is open to both men and women. The conference for men on Saturday is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contact Fr. Michael if you are interested in going. For more details see the announcement on both bulletin boards in the parish hall.
St. Gabriel’s Conference – Jan. 31-Feb. 3: When you want to really learn Spanish, you go to an immersion program in Mexico or Spain. When you want to really learn French, you go to France. And when you want to learn the Faith, you go to an immersion program called the St. Gabriel’s Conference (the adult version of St. Michael’s Conference) for ages 20 and up. This is an immersive community of formation in the Anglican tradition of the catholic faith, meeting in conference for study, fellowship, and worship.
The conference begins on Thursday evening, January 31, at Camp Crucis in Granbury. It is arranged so that the typical attendee will only need to take Friday off from work. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be occupied with praying the Daily Offices, Solemn High Mass, classes, devotions, group discussions, fun, food, fellowship, and more. The all-inclusive cost is $199.
Registration is now open. You can learn more at stgabrielsw.org and download the registration form there. Send it in with a deposit of $75 by January 22. If you are interested in going, please see Fr. Michael.