1621 University Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413

OPLATKI - The breaking and sharing of Oplatki with each other on Christmas Eve is a traditional Polish custom. We wish each other good health and happiness during the Christmas Season and throughout the New Year. Though this is a Polish tradition, it is a beautiful practice that can be used by everyone because of the significance of the action - joy and peace to all. Oplatki is available:

          Convent (back door) evenings.
          Church sacristy after Mass.
          Rectory (Parish Office - side door)
              Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
              Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
ENGLISH ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD MEMBERS please remember to bring items for the Cancer Home to the December 9 meeting. Items currently needed are: paper products, toilet tissue, facial tissue, individual cream soups, juices (no citrus), individual puddings, jellos and Vaseline lotion.
CHRISTMAS BASKETS - We are now collecting Items for the Christmas food boxes. - We will need food for the baskets and we can use gifts for adults and children - clothes, toys, games, etc. Any money received will be used to buy hams, potatoes, bread and other items for the baskets. Thanks!!
DO YOU HAVE BIG PACKAGES TO WRAP?? We have red plastic bags for only 50 cents each. The bags are great for those "big" gifts that are hard to wrap. Call or stop by the Rectory during office hours - 612-789-7238.
SLAVIC HOLIDAY - Christmas in Early Poland & Russia at Holy Cross. On Friday, December 20, at 8:00 p.m. in Holy Cross Church, the "Rose Ensemble" will present their holiday concert. Tickets are $20 ($12 for students, seniors & limited means). To purchase tickets contact the Rose Ensemble office at 651-225-4340.
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                                                    Calendar of dates:

   Dec. 2 to Dec. 18 - Toy Drive. Please feel welcome to bring a new, unwrapped toy to school between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The toys will be given to East Side Neighborhood Services for distribution.
   December 9, 16 and 20 - 10:00 a.m. Advent wreath prayer service. Please join us.
   December 10 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The 6th, 7th and 8th grades will be caroling at Catholic Eldercare.


Saturday, December 7
  CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Bake & Craft Sale, Coffee & Donuts, Pierogi, Santa's Secret Shop, Raffles and more in Kolbe Center after 4:30 p.m. Mass.
Today, December 8
  CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Bake & Craft Sale, Coffee & Donuts, Pierogi, Santa's Secret Shop, Raffles Santa Claus, and more in Kolbe Center after all morning Mass.

 Sign up for Jesse Tree symbols at doors of Church.
 Library open after 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Monday, December 9
 English Rosary Guild Meeting 7:00 p.m. in Kolbe Hall. Refreshments by Rose 107.
 English Holy Name Meeting 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Room.
Wednesday, December 11
 CCD, Confirmation classes 6:30-7:45 p.m. in school.
 Adult Choir 7:00 p.m. in Church.
Thursday, December 12
 AA & Alanon 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Hall.
Friday, December 13
 Mass and Devotions in Polish 7:00 p.m. in Church.
Saturday, December 14
 Polish School 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in school.
Sunday, December 15
 Pick up Jesse Tree symbols in the Sacristy.
 Sunday School/Nursery during 10:00 a.m. Mass.
 Library open after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA Women's Guild will hold their Christmas Craft and Bake Sale in the Atrium of Catholic Eldercare, 817 Main Street N.E., on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will include a variety of home-baked goods and craft items.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH, the historic French church overlooking Riverplace in Minneapolis, will hold its Annual Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This Sale will feature French Pies (Tourtieres), Hot Meat Pie wedges, baked goods, crafts, Annie's Attic, self-guided tours and raffles.
YE OLD TYME CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Newman Center, 1201-5th St. S.E., Minneapolis on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday December 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Homemade soups and sandwiches, great bargains from Grannies' Attic and the Country Store.