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December 4/5: From the Pastor's Desk

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we meet our Advent person, John the Baptist, who calls people to “repent” and change their lives. He offered them a sign of their change of life in the symbolism of Baptism. In the Baptism of Jesus, a new “Sacrament” is established whereby we are made children of God and heirs of heaven. This weekend through the Sacrament of Baptism we welcome into the family of God Adeline Peterson, the newborn daughter of John and Kari Peterson. It is always special when we offer this Sacrament to our parish families.

Please keep in mind that this Wednesday, December 8th, is a Holy Day of Obligation and Masses that day will be at 8 am and 7 pm. On this feast we as Church celebrate the dogma that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without sin (Original Sin) by virtue of the fact that God had chosen her to be His mother. Mary is seen as the new Eve and her son, Jesus, as the new Adam. On this feast we consider the contrast between the choices that Eve and Mary made, and the impact these choices have on our life. Eve and Mary were both created without original sin. Eve’s choice was to be like God, but Mary’s choice was to be the servant (handmaid) of God. As Mary is the new Eve, so Jesus was the new Adam. What our first parents, Adam and Eve, lost for us, Jesus regained. He stays in intimate contact with us through His presence in the Eucharist, and it is through Jesus that we have become the sons and daughters of the Father and heirs to the kingdom of God. With this in mind, let us approach the altar with humility and gratitude that we have been found worthy of so great a gift.

Looking ahead, please keep in mind that Christmas Eve is Saturday, December 24th, and our Christmas Mass schedule for that day is 4 pm (which will not be announced in the press or on the phone if you call the parish, so please note this), 6:30 pm and 10 pm choir carols program with Mass beginning at 10:30 pm. Mass on Sunday, December 25, will be at 9 am. On Friday, December 31st, Mass will be at 6 pm. On Saturday, New Year’s Day, Mass will be at 4 pm, Sunday, January 2nd, Masses will be at 8 am and 10 am. You may also want to mark on your calendar that I will be gone from the parish from Monday, January 3rd, and will not return until Friday afternoon, January 7th. There will be no Masses here that week. I will be at St. Norbert Abbey on retreat and Chapter with my Norbertine Community. Please note that in an emergency I can be reached any time through my cell phone (920)619-7844.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 12.5.10 Church Bulletin

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