The year 2020 has certainly been a year that surprised us. And as “pandemic fatigue” sets in, there is a temptation to let down our guard. But as our Advent theme reminds us this year, “Now is the Time” to maintain our commitment to social-distancing and good hygiene until a vaccine allows us eventually to be free of masks. As a faith community, “Now is the Time” to also open our hearts and minds more fully to the presence of God. Consider allowing Advent to be that time for you and your family.
One way to do this is by making a commitment to regular prayer during Advent. We have mailed the “Little Blue Book” to all registered households to support your daily prayer at home. You might also prepare the scripture readings as a family before participating in Mass each weekend. Joining in the rosary before Mass during Advent may also open up some meditative space in your life for God.
We offer a blessing of expectant parents twice each year during weekend Mass. Please alert family members and friends who may want to share in this blessing at the 11:00 AM Mass next Sunday—and register with pastoral associate Brian McCrohan in the Parish Office this week if you plan to attend.
On the Saturdays of December (starting next weekend) we are welcoming many of our younger members to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. We thank their parents who have helped prepare them for this sacrament, and we pray that these children may learn (especially through our example) to share the forgiveness they receive from God generously with others in the events of daily life.
A prayer service for lighting the Advent Wreath at home is included on a bulletin insert this week to assist your family in remembering the “reason for the season.” And don’t forget: if you want to use gift cards this year as Christmas gifts, orders are due in the parish office by this Monday 30 November.