Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ:
"Rejoice in the Lord always; the Lord is near!" (Phil. 4:4-5) Our Masses for this Third Sunday of Advent begin with this antiphon and continue with the light-ing of the rose colored candle on our Advent wreath. May we continue to prepare the way for the Lord and to wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord Jesus both on His Birthday and in glory at the end of time. "Come Lord Jesus!"
Many thanks for all of the beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts under the "Giving Tree" this weekend. Your generosity will help to brighten Christmas morning for many needy children and adults.
This past week all registered parishioner households on our mailing list should have received a Christmas Gift Envelope set. This included a schedule of Christmas Confes-sions and Masses as well as a Christmas Gift envelope and a Poinsettia Flower envelope. You are invited to memorialize your Poinsettia Flower offering by writing the name of the person(s) remembered on the envelope. These envelopes will be placed in our Nativity scene in front of the altar on Christ-mas Eve and remain there throughout the Christmas Season. Thank you to all who help to provide our beautiful Christmas decorations!
The Annual Christmas Raffle will take place next Saturday immediately following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Consid-er purchasing a ticket yourself, or going-in with friends. And remember, your chances are much greater than with the lot-tery, "but you’ve got to be in it to win it." Tickets are still available at the Parish Center front lobby. Good luck!
This weekend we will bless our outdoor Christmas Manger scene on the front lawn. May all who pass by on Route 231 be filled with the joy, peace, and love that Jesus promises to all who welcome Him into their hearts.
Please take a moment to consult the schedule for Advent Confessions and Christmas Masses. Plan ahead and consider extending an invitation to a family member, neigh-bor, or friend who may need some encouragement to come back to Church this Christmas. What better time to "Come Home for Christmas" -- the Birthday of Our Savior!
Finally, prayerful Best Wishes and Congratulations to our Bishop, William F. Murphy, on his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood this coming week.
God bless you, and remember "Jesus Is The Reason for The Season." Keep Christ in your Christmas!
Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin