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November 28/29 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

I do hope that you and your family had a Blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. Mine was delightful. I have enjoyed my friends, Dr. George and his wife Pat, celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with me. I also welcomed my Norbertine priest friends and others to my table where we gave thanks to Almighty God for His many Blessings to us. With Thanksgiving we begin our preparation for the Great Feast of Christmas, and thus this weekend is the First Sunday of Advent. Our readings this year are from the “C” cycle and Luke’s gospel begins this new Liturgical year by reminding us to be prepared so that we are not caught by surprise. We are reminded at the beginning of this Advent season that “No one is promised tomorrow” so remain vigilant, prepared and pray for God’s grace.

Please note that we as Catholics have a wonderful Sacrament that enables us to be well prepared for the coming of the Lord, the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. Our Parish celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is this Wednesday at 1 pm and 7 pm in the evening. Our young First Reconciliation and Eucharist children will make their first confession at the 7 pm service. All are welcome at both the 1 pm and 7 pm celebrations, and I have provided for a large number of priests to be here to serve you. Perhaps it has be a long, long, long time since you have gone to confession - open your heart and let the grace of God come in. I can guarantee you that not one of the priests who will be here will ever embarrass you, chide you, or make you uncomfortable in any way - as a matter of fact, I can guarantee you that after making your confession and receiving the GRACE of Christ you will feel like a new person. Why not plan to attend and go to confession? That is this WEDNESDAY AT 1 PM AND 7 PM.

PARISH CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 3 PM - 7 PM. This is our 5th Annual Christmas Open House - all are invited, all are welcome. Come and see the new Parish House Kitchen, tour the rectory, see the pastor’s private quarters, enjoy some food and drink, and begin the celebration of Christmas.

RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS COLLECTION, DECEMBER 12 & 13. This coming weekend we once again ask your support for the collection that helps the religious sisters, priests and brothers who for so many years worked in educating us in the way of the faith. As rising costs of medical care and other expenses increase, they continue to need our support. Please be generous in next week’s collection, envelopes are available for your use.

Oremus Pro Invicem,
Father Tom

Related link: 11.29.09 Church Bulletin

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