Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We begin our Advent Season today in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. The word “Advent” means “arrival” or a “coming.” In Advent, we focus our intention on the fact that God arrived in this world in a substantial way, taking on flesh. The incarnation is one of the great mysteries of our faith. God became a human being, conceived in the womb of Mary, and was born, learned to walk and talk. He was like us in all things but sin. Therefore, we can approach a savior who knows us in all of our weaknesses. We might use this brief season to concentrate encountering Christ in our day to day activities, the scripture we read but most especially in the sacrament of the Eucharist – where Jesus is substantially present to us, body, blood, soul and divinity, and not just in a spiritual way. Ask the Lord when you receive Him in the Eucharist to strengthen you to endure the challenges of life with peace and wisdom. The Lord can certainly do this for us.
Please see the rest of the bulletin for the Christmas Mass schedule.
This coming Saturday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is not only a holy day of obligation for all Catholics but also the patronal feast of our country. We have Mass at Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 7th and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8th at St. John the Baptist. At Sacred Heart, three individuals will be coming into the Catholic Church, with one being baptized. It should be a festive occasion. May Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us and our country.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem