Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Nov 24, 2019

The season of Advent begins next weekend, and I remind you to arrive early for Mass if you would like to join in some quiet time (during an often hectic season), praying the rosary before Mass throughout the four weeks of Advent.  New parishioners will be lighting the Advent Wreath each week at Mass, and we will have various Advent reflection books available next weekend for home use.  There are Advent supplies (wreathes, candles, and calendars) still available in the narthex this weekend.  Information is also available in this bulletin about the Blessing of Oplatki (Christmas wafers) next Sunday in the school chapel at 2:00 PM.

      Our Gift Card program generates a lot of cash (from the vendors–not you!) to help pay our monthly mortgage.  If you are planning to use Gift Cards as Christmas presents or stocking stuffers this year, please consider using the order form in the bulletin this weekend to purchase them.  Forms are also available on our website and at the gift card table after Mass.  It is important to note that gift card orders are due in the Parish Office by this Monday 25 November to ensure Christmas delivery. Katie’s Ladies are offering chances on their Gift Card Tree (with a value of over $500) after Masses through 15 December.  Thanks to the various parish groups (and parishioners) who are helping us make our mortgage payment each month.

This week, as a nation, we are invited to turn to God and give thanks for all that we have—life itself, liberty, and so many other blessings.  We do so humbly, cognizant of the war and violence afflicting so many areas of our planet—including our own country.  You are invited to express that deep gratitude during our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 AM.  As a sign of thanksgiving, please bring some food for the food bank when you come to Mass that day.  The Thanksgiving Mass collection will be for the work of the Religious Coalition among the poor right here in Frederick.

Fr. Keith

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