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VOL. 3 DECEMBER 17-18, 2011  ISSUE 50 Welcome to Good Shepherd Chapel Fourth Sunday
VOL. 3 DECEMBER 17-18, 2011  ISSUE 50
Welcome to Good Shepherd Chapel
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Scripture
Pastoral Council
Executive Board
- I will fix a place for my people Israel; (2 Samuel 10)
- I will give you rest from all your enemies. (2 Samuel 11)
- For you have said, “My kindness is established forever” (Psalm 89:3)
(COL) JEFF LEPAK, PRESIDENT
jeffrey.john.lepak@us.army.mil
HERMAN GONZALEZ, VICE-P
- To him who can strengthen you, according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus
Christ, (Romans 16:25)
- May it be done to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)
herman.gonzalez1962@gmail.com
LOREN SIMPSON, SECRETARY
simpsgm@knology.net
TINA RABY, FINANCIAL ADVISOR
gritstwo@yahoo.com
Reflection
- Are you able to say without reservation, “be it done to me according to your word?”
- How is it possible to act with so much faith?
Pastor: Fr. Joseph Lea
(267) 243-5861
Co-Pastor: Fr. Aniekwe
(706) 791-4307
NCOIC: SSG. Clarence Slaugh-
ter
(706) 791-4308
Deacons:
When is this simplicity of spirit possible that recognizes of the gifts of Jesus and the
correct path to follow?
Each of us has his own path to tread and it is more beautiful if it is offered by God. It is foolishness to want
another one, and we incur pointless suffering if we insist on things that do not exist or on paths not made for
us.
To accept the Kingdom of Heaven within us means to accept the vocation that God prepares for us through
the reality in which we live. 1
- George Foster (706) 860-
1 Carretto, Carlo, The Desert in the City, Translated by Barbara Wall, (New York, William Collins Sons &
2379
Cos. Ltd.) 1979, p.57.
- Mike Marchek (706) 855-
Retrieved from For the Ride Home by Ted Bergh, ParishVision Llc 2011 © Visit ParishVision.org.
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- David Kriegel
(706) 869-
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Food Drive for Those in Need
PLC: Lola Rivera (706)-993-
1816
stmichaelparish@ymail.com
RE Coordinator: Sherry
Wodicka
(706) 726-0651
swodicka24@gmail.com
Help us collect TONS of food by donating food this month for those individuals and
families less fortunate in the Augusta area! The Knights of Columbus are collecting
non-perishable food items this month to donate to the Catholic Social Services.
Please, place your donations in the collection box located in the social room. Contact
the Grand Knight Allen Larson if you have any question. Thank you for your support
and charity!
Music Director: Sonia Rivera
(706) 627-0637
MCCW: Kim Besel
mccwfg@yahoo.com
Knights of Columbus: Allen
Larson
larsonlair05@hughes.net
larsonlair05@hughes.net
NEW YEAR’S EVE
MIDNIGHT MASS
New Year’s Eve
Family
Midnight Mass
Youth Ministry: Nisa Vera
nisa_vera@yahoo.com
EME: Judy Kriegel,
(706) 869-
and PARTY!!
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Altar Servers: Alex Besel
adbesel@gmail.com, (706)855-
9275
12AM
Lectors: Tom Dean, (706)860-
6946
Ushers: Ron Shannon
706-868-5960
Flowers Ministry: Fran Simpson
francespsimpson123@yahoo.com
BICENTENNIAL CHAPEL
Brainard Ave 25063
Welcome Sunday: Adriana Gramer
adriclanger@gmail.com
Editor: Lola Rivera (443) 223-1125
Join Us!!!
lolarivera@ymail.com
Start the year on the right foot! Father
Joseph will celebrate a Midnight Mass on
New Year’s Eve at the Bicentennial
Chapel located in Brainard Ave 25603.
Right after Mass we will have some music,
food and drinks to celebrate the New Year
2012!! Come and join us as we celebrate
the New Year. In order to purchase enough
party supplies and drinks, we ask you to
sign up for this celebration. Signing up
sheets are placed in the activity room for
your convenience. The deadline to sign up
for this event is December 23rd, 2011.
Parish Staff and Ministries

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Page 2 In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia
Page 2 In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia
Page 2 In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia
Page 2 In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia
Page 2 In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia

In this picture (left) Mrs. JoAnn Capozzoli (CYM Coordinator), Triana Rivera, Reyes Rivera, Cecilia Besel, Alex Besel, Mary Besel, Bobby Besel and Nisa Vera (CYM

Alex Besel, Mary Besel, Bobby Besel and Nisa Vera (CYM St. Michael’s Youth Ministry vis- ited
Alex Besel, Mary Besel, Bobby Besel and Nisa Vera (CYM St. Michael’s Youth Ministry vis- ited
Alex Besel, Mary Besel, Bobby Besel and Nisa Vera (CYM St. Michael’s Youth Ministry vis- ited

St. Michael’s Youth Ministry vis- ited the VA Medical Center uptown Augusta last Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 7pm. For over an hour, six youths and five adults visited several units within the medical cen- ter to share cherished songs of the Christmas season. The youth group, directed by Mrs. Capozzoli, caroled and distributed 204 Christmas gifts bags with candy, which were previ- ously wrapped at their last meeting. The Veterans enjoyed the sound of Christmas carols from the sweet voices of St. Michael’s Youth Minis- try as they sang along to these cher- ished melodies . For many years, the CYM is de- voted to serve our Veterans, a tradi- tion that fills our hearts with love and compassion. God bless our Veterans! For further details on youth activi- ties, please contact Nisa Vera, nisa_vera@yahoo.com or call (706)

589-1071.

Steve & Maisy Rozic Dec 16, 46th Anniversary

May God continue to bless you.

Wedding Anniversary & Marriage Vow Renewal

Send us an email if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary next month, lolarivera@ymail.com. We also encour- age you to let us know if you would like to renew your marriage vows at Mass, at least two weeks in advance. Requests can be submitted at: stmichaelpar- ish@ymail.com

Survey Going On Now!

St. Michael’s is conducting a survey at this moment to rediscover this parish as a community of faith, grace, and service. We need to know how you feel and how we can meet your needs. Your input will help us improve our mission. This is sur- vey per household. Please visit our web- site to complete your survey. Your input is very important to us. Please contact the PLC if you need a copy of this sur- vey. Thanks for your continued support! http://stmichaelparishfg.blogspot.com/

continued support! http://stmichaelparishfg.blogspot.com/ Confessions/ Reconciliation Private confessions at St.

Confessions/ Reconciliation

Private confessions at St. Michael’s are available for you before Mass on Saturdays 4pm and Sundays at 8am in the confessional box located in the Blessed

Sacrament Chapel, but also face-to-face and by ap- pointment at your convenience. Confessions are available in

Spanish when Father Joseph celebrates mass.

Volunteer Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to coordinate the following ministries:

Evangelization Please, contact Lola Rivera if you are interested in coordi- nating this ministry, or if you need more information @ stmichaelparish@ymail.com.

PLC’s Office Hours

The Parish Life Coordinator is available to assist you the following days:

MonWedFri 8am to 12pm.

After hours assistance only by appointment at (706) 993-

1816.

Military

Archdiocese

Do you need to request sacra- mental information? Visit the Military Archdiocese website to inquire any sacramental information you may need at http://www.milarch.org

Choir Rehearsals

Choir practices are on Thurs- days in Building 13, located in the Religious Education Complex. Children: 6:30-7:15pm Adults: 7:30-8:30pm Singers and musicians are welcomed! Contact Sonia Rivera at (706) 627-0637

YOUTH MASS

welcomed! Contact Sonia Rivera at (706) 627-0637 YOUTH MASS Adoration on Wednesday Join us for adoration
welcomed! Contact Sonia Rivera at (706) 627-0637 YOUTH MASS Adoration on Wednesday Join us for adoration

Adoration on

Wednesday

Join us for adoration this coming Wednesday at 18:30pm. We meet every week to spend and dedicate an hour in Eucharistic Ado- ration. This is a great way to increase your faith and help you with your prayer life.

an hour in Eucharistic Ado- ration. This is a great way to increase your faith and
an hour in Eucharistic Ado- ration. This is a great way to increase your faith and
an hour in Eucharistic Ado- ration. This is a great way to increase your faith and
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Page 3 & MINISTRIES NEWS Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW) Altar Servers Training!!! There will

Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW)

Altar Servers Training!!!

There will be Altar Server Training session on January 7. from Noon - 1300 at Good Shep- herd Chapel. All current and new servers must attend. A schedule will be drawn up and dis- tributed at that time. For more information please contact Alex Besel at adbe- sel@gmail.com or (706) 855-9275.

Alex Besel at adbe- sel@gmail.com or (706) 855-9275. Welcome Sunday will be celebrated the last Weekend

Welcome Sunday will be celebrated the last Weekend of January!!!

Please, contact the Welcome Sunday Coordinator for more information, Adriana Gramer at adriclanger@gmail.com

EME, Lectors and Ushers Schedule

The new schedule for Lectors, EMEs and Ushers has been mailed. The Schedule can also be found on the St. Mi- chael's Website and Facebook page. A copy is also posted on the bulletin board and the rear of the Chapel.

Families Wanted

Our Parish is looking for families who would like to bring up the gifts at each mass. Please contact Ron Shannon at ronshannon@hotmail.com if you are interested.

New to our Parish?

Please take a minute and fill out our registration form. You can find these forms in the counter located in the social room. You may give the form to the Parish Life Coordina- tor, or to the chaplain assistant on duty. You can also download the form from our website if this is more con- venient for you, and send it to stmichaelpar- ish@ymail.com. Welcome!

24 Dec – Christmas Children Mass, 4pm Saturday 24 Dec 5pm Mass — CANCELED 24

24 DecChristmas Children Mass, 4pm

Saturday 24 Dec 5pm MassCANCELED

24 DecChristmas Midnight Mass, 12am

Sunday 25 Dec 8:30am MassCANCELED

25

DecChristmas Mass 10am

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Dec- New Years’s Eve Mass, 5pm

New Year’s Eve Midnight Mass, 12am

Faith Study The MCCW faith study is taking off for Christmas. Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 9 in Building 13 at 9:00 am. Childcare is available, but you must sign up in advance. Contact Tina Raby at mccwfg@yahoo.com for more information.

Hygiene Items and Laundry Soap Needed! We are still collecting hygiene items and laundry soap for Catholic Social Services, our designated charity. They really need items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. and small bottles of laundry detergent to hand out to homeless and jobless families and individuals in the Augusta area. Please help us support those who so desperately need it in our very own community. We will have a box in the back hallway where you can deposit your gifts. Thank you!!

Knights of Columbus

you can deposit your gifts. Thank you!! Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting Please know that our

Monthly Meeting Please know that our next meeting will be on Tuesday December 20th, 2011 in Bldg. 13 at 1830. Social and the meeting starts at 1900 hours. Contact the Grand Knight Al Larson at larsonlair05@hughes.net if you have any question.

Christmas Cards Orders This weekend will be the last weekend that Knights of Columbus will be taking orders for “Keep Christ in Christmas” cards. Please support this program as 100 percent of the profits support local charities. Thank you for your support.

Free Throw Championship! The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is open to all boys and girls in the

age as of Janu-

community, ages 10 to 14 . Proof of Age is determined by the contestants

ary 1, 2012. Entry forms with parental consent is also required. Each contestant can com- pete in all levels .(Council level, District level, Regional level, and State level. The council

. Entry forms can

be obtained by calling POC : Bill Holt @ 706 793 3354. Also forms should on

the table

level will be on Jan 7 2012 at Hephzibah High School gym at 1:00 pm

in the rear of the chapel where the KofC board is located on the left side when leaving the auditorium.

Access Parish updates, Council meetings minutes, current newsletters, and more

http://stmichaelparishfg.blogspot.com/

Catholic Youth Ministry Outreach

CYM is asking you to donate toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorants, and combs, and also white tube socks for men and women, as well as, underwear in all sizes, white preferred. Please place all goods and toiletry items in the collection box located in the social room. Contact us if you have any question. Thank you!

social room. Contact us if you have any question. Thank you! Our Parish celebrated a Spanish
social room. Contact us if you have any question. Thank you! Our Parish celebrated a Spanish

Our Parish celebrated a Spanish Mass last Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4pm in honor of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day. The celebration started with a video at 3:35pm that explained the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which led to more than nine million natives to convert to Christianity. Father Joseph Lea celebrated the Mass in Spanish with a local Deacon Rey Morales who delighted the 68 attendees with a beautiful homily. St. Michael’s Choir’s performance harmonized and accompanied the celebration with Spanish songs typical of this festivity. We would like to give our special thanks to Deacon Morales, the Choir (musicians and singers), ushers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and altar servers. Thank you also to Sherry Wodicka, Laura Pizzi, Maria Colon and Noemi Maya for setting/ cleaning up. This was a successful 2011 Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day! THANK YOU!!!

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we hum- bly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hostby the Divine Power of God - thrust into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

LITURGICAL LIFE

Weekend Masses Saturday 17:00 Sunday 08:30 & 10:00

Daily Mass Mon, Wed, Thurs. 11:30 Mon-Friday DDEAMC 11:45

Reconciliation

Saturday 16:00

Sunday 08:00

Rosary

Saturday 16:30

Sunday 08:00

Communion (Sick/ Homebound):

Deacon George Foster

Weddings Deacon George Foster

Baptisms Deacon Mike Marchek

Liturgy Deacon David Kriegel

Adoration

Wednesday 18:30

Religious Education (RE) Sunday 11:30 (RSO and RE Complex)

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PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY Please remember in your prayers all those who are deployed, their
PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY
Please remember in your prayers all those who are deployed, their families and friends during their
deployments. If your love one is one of them, or you know any deployed military personnel send us his
or her name, so we can include it in our daily prayers. Send your prayer request to
lolarivera@ymail.com.
Susan Wersal
SSG Carl W. Thompson
SFC Nathan Varner
CW2 Clarence W. Raby, III
COL William Walker
HM1 Genell Cody
SrA James Varner
PRAY FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
Please pray for our expectant mothers and their babies. If you are a member of St. Michael’s Parish and
expecting a baby, or have a friend or relative who is a expecting a baby, please send us her name to add it to
our list @ lolarivera@ymail.com.
Kirsten Fontimayor
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
ADULTS PROGRAMS
Coffee and Theology
Bible Study
Coffee and Theology is a religious
education for adults that meets on
Sundays at 11:30am at the RSO
Bld. 29601. Contact Tom Dean
(706) 860-6946 if you have any
question.
St. Michael’s Bible Study is on
Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
activity room. We are studying
a Bible Study on the Books of
Hebrews.
CHILDREN PROGRAMS
CCD Registration
CCD registration is open
throughout the year. Please
know that in order to receive
the Holy Sacrament of First
Communion or Confirma-
tion, children need to attend
Religious Education as re-
quired. Contact Sherry if you
have questions.
Volunteers Needed
We are in need of several Catechists and
substitute teachers to help with the CCD
program, grades Pre-K through High
School. Co-Teachers and assistants are
needed too!! Anyone interested in volunteer-
ing to teach Religious Education this year,
please contact Sherry Wodicka @
Swodicka24@gmail.com or (706) 592-6478.
December’s Calendar
Dec 24 @ 4pm Children Mass
Christmas break from Dec 18-Jan 1
Classes resume on January 8th.
break from Dec 18-Jan 1 Classes resume on January 8th. The Beatitudes: “Blessed are the Pure

The Beatitudes: “Blessed are the Pure in Heart”

In the Sixth Beautitude Jesus Says that the Pure in Heart will See God The Beatitudes are a collection of promises recorded in the book of Matthew. They present seven differ- ent attitudes of the heart that come with a promise of blessing. Jesus spoke these promises in His Ser- mon on the Mount, to a multitude of followers who needed more than just physical healing and deliver- ance. Jesus was giving them an opportunity to seek an intimate relationship with God through a right heart. Each beatitude, which simply means supreme blessedness, begins with the phrase “blessed are.” These words im- ply that whoever participates in that right heart attitude will benefit from being in a perpetual state of receiving God's favor. It was this continual blessing that Jesus knew was going to fulfill the needs of His followers. The sixth beatitude is for those who are pure in heart. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (5:8)

The heart represents the inner man. It is referred to as the “seat of thought and emotion,” the center of the character of the individual. God, through King Solomon, warned His people to guard their hearts. The New Living Translation states: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23) It is out of the heart that sin and obedience, rebellion and submission, hatred and love can all come. God was instructing His people to watch what enters into the heart, because what comes out of it can either make or break one's destiny in Him. A heart that is seared by sin, or bent on rebellion, or even clouded with doubt, cannot openly receive all that God has to offer. And a heart that is closed to Him will not only miss out on His blessing, but also will not be able to fulfill the things that He wants to do through them. Those who keep their hearts pure have the promise of seeing God, that is, the promise of truly knowing and under- standing who He is and what He wants to accomplish through them. To them,

God will reveal Himself and make His presence known. They will be a vessel that He can use to draw others to Himself. They will benefit from seeing the hand of God move in the lives of those to whom they minister. They will see the sick healed, the lost saved, the broken restored. All of these are evidences of the power of God, and those who endeavor to keep themselves in right standing with God will be a witness to His presence at work in their lives. Written by Amy Miller. Retrieved from http://www.sharefaith.com

Stewardship

Attendance: 504

Offering: $1,740.09

Desig. Offering: $735.38