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Pastor’s Pen, December 1

Today we step into a new liturgical year as we begin the season of Advent.  This is a shortened Advent, just 24 days since Christmas falls on Wednesday.  No doubt these weeks will fly by.  I hope you will use The Little Blue Book, with the reflections based on the Sunday Gospels for Cycle A.  Take six minutes a day, as it says on the introductory page, for quiet prayer and reading.  The book provides the framework to enjoy one of the Church’s oldest traditions of prayer called lectio divina – sacred reading.  Step out of the busyness of these days to make your spiritual preparation for Christmas.  Be sure to read about the order of angels on  Thursday this week.  Set your Advent wreath in a prominent place as a focal point for this holy season, and light the first candle. Additionally, sign  up online for Your Best Advent Ever to get daily emails  from Dynamic Catholic.  O Come O Come Emmanuel!

There is Eucharistic Adoration this Friday, beginning after 6:30am Mass and concluding with Benediction at 5pm.  What a holy way to begin Advent, in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Make some time Friday to stop by the Sacred Heart Room for some quiet prayer.  Among your prayer intentions, ask God’s blessings on our parish in this next phase of our Listening Campaign, That We May Be Healed.

The annual Flower Fund Envelope is in your December packet of envelopes.  Please drop it in the regular collection this month. Your generous gift in memory of loved ones will enhance our sanctuary for Christmas and the coming months.  Thanks!  For your year-end giving, please consider your parish first.  Your generous stewardship makes such a difference in our parish. Be a steward of prayer, for our 2nd graders making their First Reconciliation this week and next.  Today we begin using the new Breaking Bread hymnals.  Please use tender loving care with the book to last the next 52 weeks.

Advent peace to you,

          Fr. Joe



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