Advent is Here

 

Dear Friends,

 

We begin this holy season of Advent preparing to recall Jesus’ first coming at Bethlehem, anticipating His final coming at the end of time, and joyfully receiving Him now in Confession, Holy Communion, personal prayer and loving sacrifices for our neighbors, especially those in need.  May these short weeks of joyful anticipation be enriched by our remaining focused on Jesus Christ: born in Bethlehem, died on Calvary, risen gloriously and who will return in power. 

 

In these frenetic days of preparation, may we take our cue from Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Saint John the Baptist, who announced His coming.  There is no purpose, rhyme or reason to our activities and preparations unless we place our hearts into the crib of Bethlehem to be joined with Jesus’.  Having the heart of Jesus within us, will not only bring us His light, peace and joy but strengthen us to share these with one another and our fragile world, which desperately needs rebirth in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 

 

Your priests will gather for the annual Day of Sanctification with Archbishop Chaput at the Seminary tomorrow.  Please pray for us as we pray for you.  Later this week, Friday, December 8, we celebrate the amazing feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady, who is the patroness of our country and the principal patroness of our Archdiocese.  She, the Mother of God, was preserved by a singular grace of God from all sin from her conception, preparing her for her participation in God’s plan for our redemption.  It is a holy day of obligation and we will have our usual schedule of 

 

Masses for your convenience: 6:30, 9 am; 12:05 and

7pm.

 

During these Advent weeks, it is a special blessing and privilege for your priests to assist in the hearing of confessions in many different parishes and for priests to come here to help with the hearing of confessions.      Of course, it involves many days and nights. I can testify that it is a truly remarkable gift for us to share the mercy and healing of God in such a personal way.  Please be sure that getting to confession is tops on your      to-do list this Advent.

 

We continue to rejoice in the many gifts of God so evident in the faith life of our parish family.  We give thanks for our many wonderful parish staff persons and countless volunteers who help let the light of Christ shine brilliantly.  There will be plenty of opportunity this weekend to learn much about Discovering Christ, a seven week series that will truly touch you at the core of your being.  Check out the Narthex information table and consider signing yourself up.

 

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

 

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