- 11/28 – Titus 2:1-10 – Do I care what people think of me? Do I care for the right reasons? Does my behavior give my family, friends, or co-workers reason to think that Jesus can change their lives?
- 11/29 – Titus 2:11-15 and Titus 3:1-8 – Paul says that the grace of God trains us “to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly” (Titus 2:11-12). Where is God’s grace trying to train you right now?
- 11/30 – Titus 3:9-15 – What has especially impressed me about this month’s readings? How has God used them to speak to me? What points do I want to keep in mind as I enter into this Advent season?
- 12/1 – Isaiah 40:1-11 – How has God come in power into my life? Have I ever felt I was in exile from God? What message of comfort do I hear in today’s reading?
- 12/2 – Isaiah 40:12-31 – Have I ever gazed at the stars and been filled with awe at the one who made them? What are my greatest hopes? What has God done to fulfill my hopes?
- 12/3 – Isaiah 41 – What terms does God use to address me? Maggot? Friend? Beloved? What do my fears reveal about my relationship with God? What do my hopes reveal about my relationship With God?
- 12/4 – Isaiah 42 – Do I see God doing things around me but not understand their significance? Do I hear God’s word without getting the message? What might I do to shed my distraction and confusion?
We begin Advent with the prophet that brought the message to the first centuries BC. Read and listen!
As we look forward to the beginning of a new liturgical year, we look at the season of Advent as a time of preparation and expectation.
There are those around in our community, however, that have little to prepare for or expect.
As we approach this new liturgical year and this penitential season, let us re-new our efforts to provide for those in need: We shall begin our food drive collection, our mitten tree collections, blankets, and various other ways to lend a hand.
Please look with anticipation to this new liturgical year with the hope and peace of Christ, and see how much you can give of yourself this upcoming preparatory season. Thank you.
On Sunday, November 28th, the First Sunday in Advent, we will be holding the blessing of Opłatki (Christmas Wafers), our Advent Wreath, and our Jesse Tree prior to Holy Mass.
A word about the special mass scheduled for this Friday evening –
In years past, we had placed our parish concerns before the Lord within the prayers of Holy Mass. Since each Sunday Mass is specifically celebrated for the congregation, this intention is more focused.
We are facing once again some uncertainty is our near future: financially, organizationally, and ministerially. In years past, we have presented these concerns before the Lord, especially those of our financial needs, and He has been faithful. The despair and uncertainty were erased and we were able to carry on in His overwhelming grace.
Facing these uncertain times for our parish, as well as many other concerns as a nation and world, it is time, once again, to kneel before the Lord as a parish family to make these petitions. As The Lord has been faithful in those other times we have placed our concerns before Him, there is no reason to expect Him not to heed our pleas, and He will show us what lies ahead. If there are changes to be made, we must be courageous enough to accept them and apply them.
In whatever resolution to our payers that will come from our communal time together, we must truly believe that it is His Will for us.
Let us gather this coming Friday evening, November 12th and place ourselves within the presence and mercy of our gracious Lord. Holy Mass is scheduled for 6:30 pm.
On Veterans’ Day, observed this coming week, we pause to give thanks for those who had given in their time in service to our country. We rejoice that they had had a successful campaign and are here living with us. Although some may be disabled, we give great thanks to all those who had survived their tour of duty and had ensured for us the freedom we live each day.
There is one thing we could consider: in the list of those receiving Christmas cards from us, perhaps we include one to:
A Recovering Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Hospital