Welcome to The Church of the Presentation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Set as a beacon on a hill to surrounding Maplewood and the east side of St. Paul, the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a center of Catholic faith and life since 1946. Our parish continues to be a vibrant place of worship, education, and outreach to the community. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate God’s many gifts and strive to bring the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the world around us.
The Church reminds us “Advent is a time of waiting, conversion, and hope.” But these are not just abstract realities: they are presented to us during Advent in the persons of St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. John is the last of the prophets, calling people to conversion. Mary is the advent women, pregnant with hope. They both provide a real-life response to God’s call to be ready in our expectation. Walking with Mary and John during this liturgical season of Advent, we receive the greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Please join us during this season as we reflect on what it means to wait in joyful hope and prepare our hearts for something great! May this season of Advent and Christmas bring great joy and peace to you and your loved ones.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Benny Mekkatt, cfic
ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2016
Novena for the immaculate Conception
November 29 thru December 7
(Prayed at the end of all weekday and weekend Masses)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
(Holy Day of Obligation)
Thursday, December 8
8:45 am & 7:00 pm Masses
Parish Penance Service
(with Individual Confession)
Monday, December 12, 7:00 pm
Addition Individual Confessions
Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
(Preceded by 1/2 hour of Christmas Carols)
Saturday, December 24
4:00 pm Vigil Mass
10:00 pm Midnight Mass (with incense)
Sunday, December 25
9:30 am Christmas Mass
VATICAN EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES EXHIBIT
DECEMBER 10 & 11
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be hosting the Vatican International Exhibit of the Eucharist Miracles of the World. This photographic exhibit includes 126 historically documented
Eucharistic miracles that have occurred in various countries
since the Last Supper. They are visible proof of Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. The Exhibit is free of charge and includes children and youth activities. Invite your family and friends! Don’t miss this rare opportunity.
Do you know Jesus’ blood type? Look for the display from Tixtla, Mexico to find out the answer.
Dates and times:
Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Kenney Hall
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