During Advent we prepare for Christ’s coming in three ways: as an infant who came into this world over two thousand years ago, as our Lord and Savior coming into our hearts right here and now, and as the Son of Man who will come into this world again at the end of time. We do not know when the last of these will occur, so this season is a good opportunity to focus on preparing our hearts for Jesus now, perhaps by looking for his face in those we encounter.
As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, we do acts of goodness toward our brothers and sisters, especially those less fortunate. St. Bernardine Parish again wants to organize a project which will help the homeless – a giving tree project. You can find the tree in the church next to the south exit. On attached cards, you will find exact items which are needed. Please take one or more cards and bring your gift to the church. Volunteers from Housing Forward will take them and distribute to the homeless.
Traditionally, we order Advent and Christmas Season Booklets titled “The Little Blue Book.” It invites us to offer six minutes a day to reflect on the Scripture in the Advent and Christmas seasons. It is a pretty “easy to do” challenge. Please feel free to take one booklet per family. Booklets are available at each entrance to the church.
Our preparation for Christmas is a process with occurs in small steps toward the feast. One very important step is our participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation when we ask God for forgiveness and healing. The Advent Reconciliation Service will take place on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm. in the church. All are welcome.
St. Bernardine Parish is blessed to have two RCIA members who are looking for full communion with the Catholic Church. At the beginning of 10:30 Mass today, we will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance of our RCIA members, Jessie Babcock and Sarah Brooker. Please keep our RCIA program and our catechumens in your prayers.
At the exits of the church you will find Catholic calendars for AD 2019, compliments of Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home. Big thanks to director, Kevin Harnett, for his generous gift to our parishioners.
The Advent wreath has been blessed, and we have started the journey towards Christmas. May God bless all of us in this holy season.