We begin this weekend another Liturgical Year on this First Sunday of Advent. In our Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday, we pray, “Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and for you I wait all the day.” Worthy sentiments any time of the year but most notable for the beginning of Advent. Advent is a time of expectant waiting, of longing for God who has come to us at Bethlehem and who will return at the end of time. Of course, He continues to come to us now in the mystery of His Sacraments, especially in Communion and Confession.
I wish to point out the final part of that quote for our reflection as well. “…and for you I wait all the day.” Are we really willing and ready to wait all the day for the Lord? Our lives are frenetic. We try to multi-task. We have obligations and responsibilities that exceed the available time in a day. What are we to do? Advent is the invitation to re-evaluate all that we are about, all that we are doing; and to prioritize ourselves, our time, and our relationships. If we do not put God first every day, then we are losing out. When God is first then He helps us through everything else. Let’s begin right away. Perhaps placing our crèche, our Nativity set, out this week in a prominent place in our homes will help keep us focused that this season is all about Jesus Christ and His gift to us. You are invited to bring your Nativity set to our Sacred Music Concert on Saturday, December 8, 7pm to have it blessed.
As we begin a new year, allow me to introduce the newest member of our parish staff ~ Mary Kate McGuigan. Mary Kate just graduated last May from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelors in Theology. She has had many experiences leading small groups, doing service ministries and working with parish ministries. Her official title is Ministry Development Director. We are asking her to get to know our parish family members as well as our varied ministries and to seek ways to connect parishioners with appropriate ministries so that they might share their time and talent. Mary Kate will be a presence at our weekend Masses. She will also offer assistance to our Youth Ministry efforts assisting Matt Kirsch with our outreach to the youth. Please be sure to offer her a warm Saint Eleanor welcome.
This weekend, members of our ChristLife Team will be speaking before the Masses about their experience with ChristLife and will be available in the narthex with information and materials for you to take home. Our next series, Discovering Christ, is set to begin in January. This is an awesome 7-week faith series focused on Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. It even includes dinner. Please sign up to participate. It will change your life beautifully.
God bless you, God love you,