Dear Parishioners,

We begin our Advent season this weekend. Advent is a time to remember the first coming of Jesus and to prepare for His second coming. Unfortunately our society, especially our retail stores, have hijacked our spiritual celebration. Our holy day has become a holiday. May we keep our focus on the true meaning of this season – that God sent His Son to be our Savior to save us from the power of darkness and bring us the power of His love.  May you spend some quiet time to reflect and prepare for the great feast of Christmas. May the hustle and bustle of this season fade quietly into a peaceful awareness that God loved the world so much that He gave us His only begotten Son. May the coming weeks see a visit to confession, more time in prayer and Scripture and even a few daily Masses.

This Friday we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is probably the best feast day that is most misunderstood. Many think that this is how Mary got pregnant. It is not. It is our belief that Mary was conceived without original sin, a privilege given to her for she was to be the mother of God. Thus her conception was immaculate – free from any stain of sin. On this feast day, let us bring to mind that Mary is a gift from God for He gave His mother to be our mother. This feast is a holy day of obligation and you can find the Mass Schedule on page 5 of this week’s bulletin.

As a reminder, the monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, December 6, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, December 4, from 2:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,