Once again we enter the season of Advent, the time during which we prepare for Christmas. The hectic pace of our lives seems to increase each year; especially with the passing of the Thanksgiving holiday. Yet the liturgical year gives us the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the significance of what and whom we will celebrate at Christmas and throughout the Christmas season.
Advent season has three dimensions. It is the season to prepare for Christmas; when we remember Christ’s first coming long ago; to celebrate Christ in our hearts today; and to wait in joyful expectation as we ponder our belief in Christ’s second coming in glory at the end of time. Unfortunately though; the meaning of Christmas becomes spiritually empty if we do not let our hearts be formed by the profound realities of waiting, expectation, repentance and hope during this season of Advent. So let us take the time to nurture the spirit and to think about Jesus and His miraculous coming, His challenging message, and His love for us. To assist with this; I invite you to attend one of our Advent Retreats offered on December 8th and December 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme for this retreat is “Come Away to the Manger”. It is an excellent opportunity to nurture the spirit in preparation for Christmas.
Thinking of a way to honor the memory of a loved one this Christmas? We are currently accepting donations and memorial contributions for our Christmas flowers that are displayed in Church. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, please put your donation in an envelope, mark it ‘Christmas Flower Memorial Donation’ and include the names of your loved one(s). These names will be attached to the flower arrangement and a list of the names will be included in the Christmas bulletin. The suggested donation is $15 for each tag. Please have donations and memorials submitted to the parish office by December 19, 2018.
Welcome New Parishioner
Please join me in welcoming Aurelia Zydzik to our parish family. We are blessed to have her as a part of our worship community and extend to her our prayers, love, and support.
We wish to congratulate Michelle Burhite on the occasion of receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist at the 8:00 a.m. Mass, and Ren Amelia Frederick on the occasion of her Baptism at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Both celebrations took place on November 25th. May our heavenly Father fill them with His love and peace as they grow in their union with Him.
– Fr. Steve Garner