This Sunday we enter into the liturgical Season of Advent. It is a joyful and reflective season helping us to spiritually prepare for Christmas, the celebration of God’s incarnation and dwelling among us. Our Parish Advent Penance Service will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 17th at 7:00 pm. Additional seasonal Confessions will also be heard on all Wednesdays of Advent, Dec. 5, 12, 19, at 5:30-6:00 pm in the church’s crying room (face-to-face). At the same time the Eucharistic Adoration will continue in the Divine Mercy Chapel. All are welcome to stay for the Benediction at 6:10 pm, followed by the evening Mass at 6:15 pm. We will also add Confessions on Sundays of Advent from 9:30-9:50 am, both in the chapel and in the crying room.
This year we introduce a new Advent custom at our church, the lighting of the Advent Wreath Candles. At each Advent Sunday Mass individuals representing various parish societies and ministries will walk with church liturgical ministers in the entrance procession to the wreath and light the number of candles corresponding to the Advent week. I encourage families to also consider lighting small Advent wreaths at home, especially at the time of family prayers or meals.
Next Family Mass will be celebrated at the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, Dec. 16th. Faith Formation Confessions will be celebrated on the same day from 9:00-9:45 am in the crying room and the chapel. Following the Family Mass all are invited to the Parish Center for a social and an Advent-Christmas play performed by our Faith Formation children titled “12 Days of Christmas”.
All are invited to our first Brunch with Santa with Christmas Raffle this Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass. Great prices await those who bought lucky tickets. A great time awaits all.
To proactively help prevent spreading cold and flu at our church, we will suspend distributing of Holy Communion under the form of the Precious Blood starting this Sunday until Palm Sunday. The Catholic Church believes and teaches that Jesus Christ is fully present in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the consecrated Host received at Holy Communion at Mass and He remains really sacramentally present in the tabernacle at church during the week. Also, during the above mentioned time period our parish priests will not be shaking hands with parishioners after Masses or at the Sign of Peace before Holy Communion. People in the pews may choose to refrain from shaking hands at the Sign of Peace before Holy Communion and exchange the sign in a different way.