Third Sunday of Advent - December 16, 2018
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 lighting 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!”
Thank you to all who made last weekend’s Breakfast with Santa such a success. Everyone had a wonderful time! And thanks to all our young people who made Christmas Wreaths and delivered poinsettias to the homebound. And, this Sunday, at the 9:15 Family Mass, we will bless our Baby Jesus figures from our own Nativity sets from home. The children will present the Nativity Pageant followed by Hospitality in the Lower Hall. The children's’ crying room in the back of the church has been transformed into a winter wonderland and our Christmas wreaths and outdoor Nativity Scene are all out and shining brightly.“ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Remember that we have Advent Confessions immediately following the 12:15 daily Mass. We will also offer extended opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation next Saturday, December 22nd from 3:00 until 5:00pm and 7:00—8:00p.m. (No Confessions Christmas Eve).
The Annual Parish Raffle is underway with the prize growing daily. Consider purchasing a ticket yourself, or going-in with friends.
Grand Prize - 25% of proceeds of ticket sales
2nd Prize - 15% of proceeds of ticket sales
3rd Prize - 10% of proceeds of ticket sales
The big drawing takes place next Saturday, December 22nd
immediately following the 5:00 pm Mass.
Also customary are the very large number of persons participating at the first Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00p.m. I will be most grateful for a larger than usual turnout of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Ushers.This also goes for Midnight Mass and for the 11:00 and 12:30 Masses on Christmas Day which are always full. My thanks for whatever sacrifices are made to help minister to our Parish Family!
Thanks also for your faithful financial stewardship to our Parish Family. Your generosity in our weekend offertory collections, numerous fundraisers, and the Catholic Ministries Appeal all demonstrate your loyalty to our Parish and to our Diocese. These sacrifices do not go unnoticed . I am truly humbled by your generosity and by your love for Our Lord and His Church
“Jesus Is The Reason for The Season.”
Keep Christ in your Christmas!
Monsignor Bob Clerkin