Advent is a wonderful season, the beginning of the new church year and a season of waiting and preparation. We prepared our hearts and our minds for the coming of Jesus. During the next several weeks we wait in patience. This Advent time is one of remembering the Advent of the Old Testament people—-the waiting for the Savior to come into the world. We, in our time, call to mind the anticipation of that event, especially in the readings from the prophet Isaiah, the proclamation of John the Baptist,& in the preparation of Mary giving birth to the Savior. But for us today, we are also an Advent people. We wait in patience for the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of time. We wait in joyful hope for that event. The candles of our wreath are signs to us of these weeks of preparation, in which our hearts prepare to be more open to, & aware of, that Final Coming of Jesus in Glory! Do we have that joyful hope? Is patience a part of our everyday Advent lives? What will we do during the next weeks to have our souls ready when the Lord comes? We have many opportunities to deepen your relationship with Jesus and welcome Him more readily into your life. See our bulletin for further details.
It is that time of year again where we are called to give to the Annual Catholic Services Appeal. This is a contribution that we, as a Parish, make to the Diocese. If we do not collect enough funds the monies will have to come from our operating budget. For many years we have been blessed and fulfilled our obligation to the Diocese thanks to your generosity. Please help us once again fill this need and serve our Parish and great Springfield Diocese. All Parishoners should have received information in the mail. Please send that back with the envelope provided or leave in the weekly collection with a note marked as funds for the Appeal.