Pastor’s Note 12/1/2019

Last year we started a new Advent custom at our church; the lighting of the Advent Wreath Candles.  During 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. 

   The St. Faustina: Love and Mercy movie tickets are still available at local theaters or online for one more showing on Monday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm; I strongly recommend seeing the
movie to all Catholics.

   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 into the human race.  Advent Penance Service will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 16th at 7:00 pm.  Additional seasonal Confessions will also be heard on all Wednesdays of Advent: Dec. 4th, 11th, and 18th, 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. 

   St. Nick Nite will be held on Sat., Dec. 7th 5pm – 8 pm!  It is our parish’s largest and most important annual fundraising event. Great prizes await those who bought lucky tickets. Great times and a lot of fun awaits all. Thank you for supporting our parish. 
   Over 50 people have already registered for the Divine Mercy Cenacle and more will be coming.  We now offer six study groups on different days ready for any adult to join in.  See more details and the registration form on page 4. 
  Please mark your calendars for a special Healing Mass with Anointing of the Sick on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday, Dec. 12th, at 6:30 pm at church. 

   To proactively help prevent spreading cold and flu at our church, we will suspend the distribution 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; in addition, 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.
  People in the pews may choose to refrain from shaking hands at the Sign of Peace at Mass
before Holy Communion and exchange the sign in a different way. 

Happy Advent,

Fr. Matt

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Dec. 24th – 4:00 pm Christmas Vigil Mass with homily for children

Dec. 24th – 9:00 pm Christmas Vigil Mass

Dec. 25th – 7:30 am Christmas Morning Mass

Dec. 25th – 10:00 am Christmas Day Mass