The season of Advent will begin next weekend, and I remind you to arrive early if you would like to join in some quiet time, praying the rosary before Mass throughout the four weeks of Advent. Because we currently have only about 1/3 of our normal attendance at Mass, we decided to mail out the Advent “Little Blue Books” for your use in prayer at home (in place of our normal Christmas mailing.)
Our Gift Card program generates income (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 (or on our website) to purchase them. It is important to note that gift card orders are due in the Parish Office by Monday 30 November to ensure Christmas delivery.
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 this even in the midst of a pandemic—with special thanks that a vaccine is on the way! You are invited to express that 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 collection that day will be for the work of the Religious Coalition among the poor right here in Frederick. And don’t forget to sign up for Mass…
Each year at Christmastime we reach out to assist low income families in the area around Saint Gregory the Great Church in inner city Baltimore. We are planning to assist 150 families with gift cards for dinner and gifts. Our sign-up process has begun, and I invite you to connect with another family in this way during the holiday season, living out our mission statement of “giving selflessly.”
This week we welcome Rachel Murtha to the Parish Office to work with Kathy Tolino for a few weeks (before she retires.) Welcome, Rachel!