As we enter the second week of Advent, we are invited to reflect on how we are prepared for the Lord’s coming. Are there mountains and other obstacles in our path that block our way to holiness? Are there valleys and deserts that bring us low and leave us weak? We turn to God to receive the grace to overcome our troubles and pitfalls and allow us to ready our hearts for Jesus.
Next Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th, the Third Week of Advent, I would like to invite you to bring to the church for traditional blessing the Christ figurines from your home nativity sets. This is an old Roman custom of blessing the Christ Jesus figurines, called Bambinelli. It symbolizes the unity between liturgical actions here at church and traditions in our families where the nativity scenes are very commonly set up. This year I hope to bless even more Bambinelli than last year.
If you have not yet participated in the Giving Tree Advent Project, it is not too late. There are still cards on the tree. Please take one or more cards, and bring your gift to the church. It may make the life of the homeless who benefit from this project more human and just joyful. Volunteers from Housing Forward will take them and distribute to the homeless.
Last weekend our second collection was taken for Christmas flowers. We collected $1,216.00. Thank you for your generosity.
This weekend the second collection is for the Retired Religious. Your gift supports their necessities such as medications and nursing care. Please be generous.
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.
May God bless all of us for two more weeks of Advent, our joyful preparation for Christmas.