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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

CONFESSIONS–8:30-10:00 AM & 7:00-8:00 PM

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MASS

Thursday, December 24, 2015–12:00 PM Blessing of Food Baskets

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES

3:45 PM   Nativity Play

4:00 PM  Children’s Mass

4:15 PM    Mass-St. Gabriel Hall

7:00 PM Christmas Vigil

10:00 PM Christmas Vigil

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES

8:00 AM  Christmas Mass

10:00 AM Christmas Mass

 

 


Pastor’s Corner – Nov. 29, 2015

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Are you Martha or are you Mary? The word Advent is from the Latin term, Adventus, meaning “coming,” and it is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. The Advent season brings together a penitential spirit, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, and a joyful theme of preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

The Advent season is a precious gift that many of us (myself included), hurriedly “unwrap” at the last minute, if at all. Similar to Martha in the Gospel of Luke, who was “burdened with much serving,” we often dash through Advent lovingly attentive to the needs of our families and friends, yet we neglect to take the time to wonder about the Mystery of the Incarnation. Despite our best intentions, we often find difficulty in putting our daily responsibilities aside “..to sit beside the Lord at his feet” as Mary did.

As we enter this Advent season, do we most resemble Martha or Mary? This year our Advent theme is “Wonder.” Our hope is to encourage you to find the time to wonder about the significance of Jesus’ coming. The theme for the First Week of Advent is: “Jesus is coming—are we prepared?” During the Second Week of Advent we will reflect on the theme: “Let us make ready the way of the Lord.” On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, we hope to inspire you to: “Rejoice and make a difference.” Finally, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our expectation is that we all will answer the call to be “Missionary Disciples.” Each week during Advent, a symbol will be distributed after mass as a reminder to reflect upon our weekly Advent themes. In addition, every Wednesday evening, following the Peace Mass, we will feed you both physically (a night off from cooking!), and spiritually, by means of an Advent Reflection Program from Bishop Robert Barron.

“Jesus is coming—are we prepared?” During this Advent season, let us learn from the models of both Martha and Mary. Like Martha, let us be “othercentered,” looking to serve the needs of our brothers and sisters, (as I write, our “Marthas” of Hope and Help Outreach are preparing tags for the Giving Tree). Then, like Mary, let us put our “to-do” lists and chores aside to pray, read Scripture, reflect, and truly experience the wonder of Jesus’ birth.

Thank you all so much for welcoming me in my new position!

Joanne Kelly, Director of Faith Formation