As Christmas Approaches

Dear Friends,

Today is the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Next weekend will be the First Sunday of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year.

Our readings this weekend move us from the prophet Daniel’s glorious vision of Christ’s universal dominion, to the Book of Revelation attesting the faithful witness of Jesus as savior who makes us into a kingdom, priests for God, and finally to the Gospel of John with Jesus before Pilate testifying to the truth which sets us free. We know that Jesus’ crown is of thorns not gold and His throne is the Cross. Through His ultimate sacrifice of laying down His life for our sakes, we have access to the mercy, forgiveness and healing of our almighty God and Father.

Acknowledging Jesus as King, as Lord, involves conversion, courage, determination, and a willingness to do with our lives what He did with His. It is easy to say Jesus is Lord, He is King, but surrendering our wills, minds, hearts and bodies so that He truly is our personal Lord requires sacrifice along with surrender. When Jesus is truly first in our lives ~ Lord of everything in our lives, then we truly know that peace which He alone gives. May we surrender and cling to Jesus, to Jesus alone.

This Wednesday evening, 6:30 pm we will gather near the front entrance of Church for our first Tree Lighting and Blessing. There will be singing of carols, a blessing and lighting, cookies and hot chocolate for all. It will be an opportunity to gather as a parish family, to reflect on the light of Christ and to share the gift of His light with others. Hope you will be there.

Monday, December 3, all the priests will gather with Archbishop Chaput at the Seminary for the annual Day of Sanctification. Initiated by Saint John Paul II, it is a day priests devote to prayer and reflection, striving to grow closer to Christ. You might say it is a mini-retreat. We depend on your good prayers and ask all of you to pray for all our priests.

As we are getting ready for Advent, and the inevitable onslaught of Christmas preparations, may we t

ravel towards Christmas, gently and joyfully sharing Jesus by wishing all those we encounter a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

God bless you, God love you, gratefully,

Monsignor McCulken

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