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Advent Season 
As we enter the Advent Season this weekend, we also enter a new liturgical year that differs from our calendar year.  Our church year or the church liturgical calendar starts with Advent. The Advent season starts a season of anticipation, hope and longing for the Savior’s coming, at Christmas and his glorious second coming.  It is a time of prayer, penance and preparation, a time to deepen our thanks and anticipation of our Savior’s coming to bring light into darkness

New Parish Council Members
Congratulations to Emily Schumacher, Brandon Grosserode, and Tom Lammers on being elected to the OLMC parish council.  My thanks to them for their willingness to serve on the parish council and the generosity of their time in doing so. 

I would also like to express my thanks to outgoing council members Christina Kivett and Stan Schapmann.  Thank you for your service!  I would like to mention my thanks to Christina as well for her continued efforts as the Kindergarten teacher in our Religious Education program.  I am also glad that Stan remains as a Trustee of the parish, along with Marilyn Hansen, and thus will still be involved with the parish council as a trustee.  I am encouraged and grateful for our parish council members and trustees, that give of their time in service to the parish.     Fr. Pat

Retirement Fund for Religious
-There will be a Special Collection on Dec. 11 & 12 for the Religious Retirement Fund. From the National Religious Retirement office: “Give in gratitude. A donor to the Retirement Fund for Religious writes, ‘I still remember the lessons the sisters gave us and how they instilled in us the love of our faith.’ Show your thanks for the prayerful service of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. Your gift to this collection helps provide care, medicine, and more.  Please be generous.”

Rural Central Deanery Scolarship
The Rural Central Deanery is again offering a $200 scholarship to a Senior Catholic girl. The winner of the deanery scholarship will be eligible to compete for the $500 scholarship offered by the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW). Application forms have been sent to the guidance counselors of the high schools and the president of the local Catholic women’s organizations within the RC Deanery. Please encourage your senior girls to apply for this scholarship. The applications must be postmarked by Jan 15, 2021 and need to be sent to: Barb Wurdinger, 84542  564th Ave. Stanton, NE 68779. Applications received with a postmark after January 15th will not be considered