Congratulations to our 59 Second Graders from the School and Religious Education Program. They made their First Reconciliation
on November 11th at a special service in the church. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they now begin their reparation for First Communion which will be this Spring. The most important part of their preparation is their attendance at mass each week with their families.
Our Parish Reconciliation Service will be on Monday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the church as part of our Advent Mission. Fr. Brian Kerr will be our Presider and Preacher for the evening service. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this celebration of God’s great love and mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (We also have the usual Confession times each week on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.) Join us again then on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. for Mass and an inspiring message from our Advent Speaker, Fr. Brian Kerr. Please take advantage of these opportunities to step back from all the busyness of the season to prepare for the Feast of Christmas.
This weekend the Season of Advent officially begins. The word “Advent” means “coming”. Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year, and encompasses the span of time from the Four Sundays before Christmas until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The liturgical color for this season is purple, but usually a deep purple as opposed to the lighter, red-violet shade of purple associated with Lent. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater, both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ’s birth, and for the time when Christ will come again. Let us use this time to patiently wait and prepare our hearts for Christ to enter into our lives a deeper way this Christmas.