Bulletin: First Sunday of Advent 12/3/23


39 West 200 South, Kanab UT 84741

Office: (435) 644-3414 [Please leave a message and we will respond as quickly as possible]


WEBSITE: kanabcatholicchurch.org

Sacramental Minister Rev. Richard T. Sherman, Kanab, UT

SATURDAY VIGIL MASS  5:30 PM (Suspended Indefinitely)




NOTE: If you have a sacramental emergency after parish office hours, please call 435-673-2604 for assistance.

BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!  Your 2024 Offering Envelopes are available in the gathering space.

St. Christopher’s 2024 Calendars are available in the gathering space.

Intermountain Catholic Newspaper Renewal. The cost is still ONLY $30 for the whole year!  You can just slip your money to Fr. Rick and he’ll make the rest happen.

Social Hour after Sunday Mass – Coffee, juice and bagels or muffins are served up along with some fabulous conversation.

Our next OPEN-DOOR SATURDAY is December 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM-Noon.  If you have friends or relatives that are interested in the Catholic faith, or are thinking of returning to the Church, please tell them about us and have them stop by. We would love to meet with them!  OPEN DOOR is scheduled every first and third Saturday of the month.

FINANCIAL REPORT:  November 26, 2023; Offertory: $974; Mail in donations: $65. CCHD: $25. Thank You!!

You can also donate on-line at kanabcatholicchurch.org

Diocesan Development Drive –.  Our parish goal this year is $8,800 and we have now paid in $8207 with an additional $147 pledged: 95%. 16 out of a total 60 households have participated.  We only have $593 to go. Thank you!

PRAY FOR HEALING: Eva Montelongo, Doug Ingram, Msgr. Francis Mannion, Msgr./Terry Moore, Victims of Natural Disasters, Warfare Casualties. Our Wounded Veterans.  If you have specific prayer requests, please leave us a phone message or send us an email.  We will get your intentions on the list.  We also remember all the sick and infirm at our daily Masses.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Thursday from 4 to 5:00 PM.

Community Rosary:  After the Monday morning Mass

Blow Out Deals!  While enjoying your refreshments after Mass don’t forget to check out our spacious religious gift section in Vollmer Hall.  See also some incredible close out deals.  Christmas is a comin’. 

Visit the Library.  Also in Vollmer Hall, you can check out our wide array of religious books to suit the needs of our most discerning and religiously curious people in the community.

Your OTHER Best Side:  Seniors 60 years and older are invited to receive a FREE professional portrait provided by Stacy Cox Photography.  Your photo shoot will happen on Monday, December 4, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kane County Active Living Center, 172 E. 100 N. here in Kanab.  And remember, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!

Diocesan Advent Retreat

All are invited to attend the Diocesan Advent Retreat, scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Parish. This year the retreat will be held both in-person and livestream.

The English Session is scheduled from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – with Reverend Gabriel Mosher, O.P.

The Spanish Session is scheduled from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – with Reverend Rogelio Felix-Rosas.

Please join us in the social hall at 9:00 AM and 12:30 for big screen viewing!  Coffee and heart healthy treats will be provided.

Diocesan Development Drive:  Did you notice?!!  Only $593 to go!!!

How to Heal a Broken Heart – “Ultimately healing is not fixing, it is an ongoing encounter with God’s love which brings us into wholeness and communion.”  Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT.  Check it out from chastity.com .


Homily Reflection:

Is. 63:17   “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?”

Recall a time or two when you felt like God had just let you wander off on your own without paying heed to your petitions for help?  How did you eventually realize that God was with you, but had allowed your faith and heart to be strengthened in the perceived void?  How have you shared these experiences with others?

When might you have felt like God had just let our nation just drift and wander without any noticeable corrective to our situation?  How did you maintain your faith in God’s perpetual presence and how might you have encouraged others to trust in God’s care even when He seems absent?

1 Corinthians 1:4  – Paul is expressing his deep gratitude for the people of Corinth: “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,”

Recall a moment when you were overcome with gratitude to God for other Christians in your life.

When might someone have told you that you had been a gift from God for them?  How did you respond to that amazing declaration?

Mk. 13:36  “May (the Lord) not come suddenly and find you sleeping.”

If the Lord should come back today, in what ways would He find you wide awake and doing His work?

How might we in the United States be judged as a nation if the Lord should return today?


“If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.”  St. Francis of Assisi