ADVENT: TIME OF PREPARATION AND SEASON OF HOPE
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
4:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM in Church
4:00 PM: Live-Streaming: Family Life Center
CHRISTMAS DAY 10:00 AM
Saturday, December 26........No Mass
Sunday, December 27.......No 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM only
SOLEMNITY OF MARY, Jan. 1, 10:00 AM
ADVENT MESSAGES FROM FATHER TERRY
The first Sunday of Advent begins a new Liturgical Year. Sunday liturgies are divided into three-year cycles while weekday liturgies are divided into two year cycles. Thus we begin the Year of Grace 2021 which is the cycle B-I, that is Sunday Cycle B, and weekday Cycle 1. I think most of us would agree that the year 2020 was not really a great year, and we are happy to see it end. And so we are hopeful that 2021 will be better. May we all be willing to do our part to make our little corner of the world better for everyone else who lives in it.
Advent 2020 is going to be an unusual Advent, that much we know for sure. With the COVID virus present we have all slowed down a bit, since this is way beyond our control. So let’s try to make the best of it. As we slowdown in our material preparations, may we speed up in our spiritual preparation. May we find more time for our relatives and friends and God, renewing lost time, time that was lost on shopping for material things that are really not important. We all need to realize that relationships are all that matters as we journey though time.
No doubt Christmas will be different this year than in the past due to the COVID-19 virus. As difficult as this may be, there are two silver linings that I can see. First, offer any inconveniences up, no matter how great or small, for people in Haiti and other third world countries who celebrate every Christmas this way, who know no other way. Second, emphasize the pure spiritual meaning of Christmas with discussion and prayer with the limited family members that you do have at home this year. Pray for those suffering from COVID-19 and pray for the success of the vaccine and for a quick end to this virus.
Fr. Terry Hazel
Living and Praying Advent
The “Little Blue Books” with daily reflections for a more meaningful Advent and Christmas Season are available at the church doors. The cost is $1.00 per book.