Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice…Indeed, the Lord is near.” These words come from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:4- 5) in which he encouraged the Philippians to rejoice because of the grace of God that was working through them especially in their faith and their spirit of generosity. This passage from Scripture is also the entrance antiphon for today’s Mass. Attached to every Mass setting is an antiphon (a Scriptural passage) for the opening entrance and the communion procession which can be sung. We often replace these with hymns. This Third Sunday of Advent has come to have a joyful, expectant tone, as if waiting for the birth of a child. This is also why the color pink or rose is used in the Advent wreath and sometimes the liturgical vestments. We pray that a spirit of joy in the Lord will infuse our hearts this season.
I wish to point out that Aggie Howard, our parish business manager, is leaving in January. She will be gone for three months in Florida, helping her son take care of his daughter. Aggie plans on returning in April but, in the meantime, we are looking for someone who can fill in for Aggie on a temporary basis. There is an advertisement in today’s bulletin regarding her job and duties. Please contact me if you know someone who might be able to fill this position.
May God bless you this week!
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist