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The Season of Advent 

From the Pastor...

On Sunday, December 3, we began a new liturgical year with the season of Advent.  This wonderful, yet too often, overlooked, season affords us the opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ.  As the season of Advent begins, we are reminded that there are three comings of Christ we celebrate: [1] his coming into human history at Bethlehem, [2] his coming at the end of human history, [3] and his coming into our hearts.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we do not know the day or the hour when the Lord of the House is coming – therefore, we must be alert.  Let us take time during this wonderful season of preparation to make ourselves ready for the coming of Christ, not only at Christmas, but for all eternity.  During this Advent season, let us welcome the radiant light which is the Lord, Jesus Christ – Emmanuel, into our hearts and into our homes.


 In addition to Christ himself, two people stand as a hallmark of the Advent season – The Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptizer.  The icon of John the Forerunner depicts him as the adult prophet who is preparing the world for the coming of Jesus Christ. Illustrated in his camel hair coat and leather belt and with his wild hair, he also holds the scroll announcing to “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  May the image of Saint John during advent challenge us to work to prepare the way of the Lord.


This year, we will be again using the Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation I & II at our Sunday celebrations during the Advent season.  These are designed to be used during times of reconciliation and penance and are particularly fitting during the Advent and Lenten seasons.  As we heed the call of the Baptizer and prepare the way for the Lord, we are all in need of preparing our hearts, which in most cases, calls for repentance and change of heart.  May these Eucharistic Prayers not merely serve to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, but may they serve to transform our hearts into a loving dwelling place for Emmanuel – God with Us.


This year, we have the shortest Advent season possible.  While many think of the season as having four weeks, there are actually only four Sundays, with the last Sunday, as it is this year, possibly being Christmas Eve as well.  As each Sunday is a day of obligation, we will not be altering the Sunday Mass schedule for the 4th Sunday of Advent.  However, to allow for the Church to be prepared for Christmas, and still allow Advent to be Advent, the Masses for the Sunday (4:00pm Saturday, 9:00 & 11:30am Sunday) will be in the Family Life Center (FLC), along with the morning Masses on Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21,  The Church will be open for Christmas Masses beginning at 2:30pm on Sunday, December 24.  A reminder that the Christmas Mass schedule is 4:00pm and 6:00pm on December 24 and 12:00am and 10:00am on December 25.  And yes – Midnight Mass starts at Midnight.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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