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  •        Pastors Homily

     
    First Sunday of Advent
    Pluck the String of Hope
    November 27th/28th
     
    We welcome you here today as we begin the Holy Season of Advent.  The word:  “Advent” means to “Come to.”  We focus on two Comings of Christ; His Second Coming at the end of the world and His Historical coming at that First Christmas.  Sandwiched between these two comings is the present.  We can add to this the coming of God in the present moment.  We will listen to or sing:  “O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel…”  That title Emmanuel means:  “God with us.”

    Advent calls us to watch and wait.  The lighting of the Advent Wreath at the conclusion of the Prayer of the Faithful highlights the direction of watching and waiting for the Coming of the Lord.  The Advent Wreath highlights the theme of hope; we see that word hung on the church column.  Advent calls us to new beginnings.  With New Beginnings, there is hope.  We can pray; Lord please shine the light of hope into my life.

    In the nineteenth century painting entitled:  “Hope,” the artist portrays a woman with bandaged eyes.  She is unable to see ahead of herself.  In her hands is a harp with broken strings; representing her shattered dreams and expectations.  Immediately, beneath the woman is a globe representing the world that is pitted against her.  Still, one string on the harp remains intact.  It is the string of hope.  She plucks this string of hope triumphantly, sending a beautiful melody floating over that hostile world and filling the dark night with bright shining stars.

    Over the years, the artist received many letters from persons who saw the painting and identified with the woman whose future seems as dark as the night.  One woman said that when her life had become unbearable, and she was ready to end it all, she saw that wonderful painting quite by chance.  In her own words, “It inspired me to strike the string of hope within my soul – and I was able to face the world and try again.”

    All of us have our forms of darkness:  the death of a loved one, illness, unemployment, difficult family relationships, financial problems etc… In the midst of the darkness, we are each called to light the candle of hope.  St. Francis of Assisi said:  “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the Light of a single candle.”  So in the midst of your darkness; light the candle of hope. There is always the hope of a New Beginning.  There is always hope that help is on the way.  There is always hope that in time everything will work out for the best for God is with us as Emmanuel.

    In prayer, we receive the light of hope; take home with you a Blue Advent book.  Feel free to take an extra book for someone else who may not be able to come to church.  Advent books are at the exits of our church.  Also, please take a tag off the Giving Tree by the Blessed Mother’s Altar to buy a gift for a needy child at Christmas.  In this way you share the light of hope with another.  Everyone hopes to be loved.

    Together let us pluck the string of hope; let us light the candle of hope.
  • Altar & Rosary

    The Altar & Rosary Society are looking for new members please see their page for more information.

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  • ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY ?

    With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus and increasing recommendations to avoid crowds and take proper safety precautions, we wanted to remind you that we have options in place now that you can use today. This option is an ideal way to support the parish and our mission should you elect to stay home and worship.

    Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the church. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions. It also enables our church to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient.

    Online Giving Parishioner Benefits
    Secure and confidential. No need to share payment information with the church office.
    Efficient. Set up direct withdrawals from your checking, savings account or a credit card.
    Simple. Start, stop and change your contributions at any time.
    Convenient. No need to write a check or have cash available.
    Remote flexibility. You can give from virtually anywhere anytime.

    Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and Offering Envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in weekly offertory.

     

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  • Sick & Hospitalized

    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially :

    Ryan Amato, Rondell Atwater, 
    Kathy Bartosek, The Baileys Family, Matthew Balli, Joyce Bican,

    Chester Betliskey, 
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bonnie Donovan, James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Bobbie Deccola, Joseph Deccola,   Katherine Dolniar, Betty Domorasky, Shelley Forbes,  Joan Gorris,
    Kristin Hill, Liz Humar,
    Jacob Jackson, Millie Jasany,
    Chris Jackson,  Marcedia Johnson,
    The Jorski Family, Stanley  Loszak, Stefania Loszak, Grant Kaurich,
    Patti Kicielinski, Richard Kwiatkowski, Eleanor Peshek, Tom Konkoly, Sharon Krzynowek, 
    Amy Latawiec, Richard Leonard, Barbie Lister, 
    Ann Marie Medve, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, Keenan Montgomery,
    Joe Morrish, Donna Murrin,
    Dorsel Nicholas, Diane Nicholas,  Louis Novak, Art Novotny,
    Patricia Rhine, Joel Rivera,
    Bob Seneff Jr., Karen Seneff,
    Norman Seneff, Robert L. Seneff

    Tony Seneff, Earl Sheets,
    Ileen Skiba, 
    Margaret Slechta,
    Chuck Slusarczyk,
    Nancy Slusarczyk, Russ Smith,

    Peggy Snyder, Kellie Span, Baarbara Sposet, Michael Sposet, Elaine Stack, Robert Stack, Marilyn Siwek,
    Toni Suchy, Marlene Wesley,

    Betty Wilson, Jerome Wisniewski, Greg Wisniewski and
    Carl Zelenskas.