Second Sunday of Advent

Dec 10, 2023

The Feast of the Epiphany (celebrated after Christmas) highlights the world-wide availability of Jesus to people beyond his Jewish roots, represented by the visit of the three Magi from a far-off land.  This was the inspiration for our narthex flag display, and so you can use the bulletin insert donation form this weekend if you would like to add the flag of your heritage to our collection. That focus continues in our new Epiphany tradition: “Dinner Around the World.”  On Saturday 6 January we will feature the cuisine, culture and customs of various regions of the world (represented each year by different countries.)  Please sign up in the narthex by 31 December.

       A regional opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas is scheduled for Tuesday 19 December at Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church in Urbana.  There will be both an afternoon and an evening session, and all the regional priests will be available for confession.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available each Saturday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 PM in our own church.

       The Knights of Columbus “Pew Screw Crew” takes an annual look under all of the pews in the church (especially the kneelers) and tighten and replace all the hardware.  This just happened again at the end of November, and so we thank the following Knights for serving our parish in this way:  Bob Knievel, Brian Woerner, David Baldwin, James Tubman, Serge Bellanton, and Jonas Rebeiro.  You guys are great!

       A number of items can be memorialized in our new Memorial Garden, so please use the donation form if you would like to support this project.  Some of the items have been donated already, and so the form will be updated in the bulletin and on our website.  And to secure a spot for yourself and/or loved ones (using the current parishioner pre-construction discount), make sure you complete the “sign up for more information” form on our parish website by 31 December.

Fr. Keith

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