September 30, 2018

Prep and Religious Education Programs

Just a Thought                                                                                     December 9th – 10th

Our Responsorial Psalm this week-end gives us a line worth repeating as we go about the rush and hectic pace prior to Christmas; “The Lord has done great things for us, we are glad indeed. “What a thought to carry in our hearts as we go day by day, aware that in every second, of every moment, our Lord is doing great things for and with us.  All he asks is that we do our part. The readings of Advent help us recall not only how God was with and helped His people of the past, but how very present He is to you and me, right here, right now.  This time of remembering the coming of Jesus is meant to stir our faith, to feel His love and as St. Paul reminds us in the second reading, ‘the One who began a good work in us will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.’ The word Emanuel, ‘God with us.’ In each of our lives are the words a comfort or perhaps a threat?  Pause and reflect on your life, have there been times we did or said things we regret?  God was there.  Have we not been the person He created us to be? God sees that.  Have we hurt those we love by words or deed? God listens and sees all.  Advent a time of preparation, a time perhaps for confession, a return to church and sacrament. Let’s truly make Christmas 2018 a celebration of the Jesus within you and me.  Let’s strive to see Him in every person, every action, hear Him in our thoughts, our words, share Him with those we love, spend more time in prayer, and in doing for others.  Then my dear friends, make time for YOU, allow Jesus to hold you, to hug you, to love you and to thank you for loving Him.  In the quiet after Communion, spend a minute or two thinking of WHO you have received, then live that day, that week aware of his Presence within you and then help Jesus reach others who may have fallen away from church and sacrament. Be His instrument to bring them ‘home for Christmas’.  Saturday, we remembered our Blessed Mother on the Feast of her Immaculate Conception, this Wednesday is the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.  Pray to Mary for our country, our world that this Advent will truly be for us, and for all God’s people, a true celebration of ‘God with us. ‘God bless you and your families and God bless America

 

BEREAVEMENT GROUP

Meeting, Monday, December 10th @ 7PM in the hall.

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