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     We welcome you to 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 sing, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel…”  That title “Emmanuel” means “God with Us”.


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


    St. John the Baptist stands before us, inviting us to “Prepare the Way of the Lord.”  Christmas emphasizes that Christ was born as Our Savior to save us from our sins.  We meet our Savior in the Sacrament of Penance as we go to confession.


    We are all familiar with the Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.  Just like Ebenezer Scrooge, we are called to think over our lives and our relationships and hopefully, like Ebenezer Scrooge, we too can be awakened to a new transformation in us, in our relationships and in our situations.  During Advent, we highlight God’s Coming to us.  Ideally, this inspires us to come back more fully again to God.


    The secular year begins on January 1, 2019.  Our liturgical New Year began the weekend of December 1st & 2nd with the celebration of the first Sunday of Advent.  The good news is there is always hope for new beginning.  God wishes to begin new works in all of us.  God wishes us to be renewed through His Mercy and Love.


    Let us avail ourselves to the opportunities to “Prepare the Way of the Lord.”  Leave church with hope that Our Savior comes to us to renew us, our relationships and our situations.  With the early church, we pray “Maranatha”, “Come Lord Jesus!” 

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      Please remember in your prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially
    Mary Adams, Sierra Adams,
    Ronnie Bellomy, Mary Ann Betliskey, Tony Betliskey,  Pat Colburn,
    Donna Czyzynski, Corrine Dawe, Joseph Deccola, Carole Dlouhy, Joan Gorris,
    Barb Herdering, Richard Hejl,
    Kristin Hill, Ethan Jackson,
    Jacob Jackson, Millie Jasany,
    Tracy Johnson, Pearl Kliment,
    Judy Landolph, Bishop Richard Lennon, Barbie Lister, Deborah Malinowski,
    Erin Mangan, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Geri Milton,
    Nikki Milton, Donna Murrin,
    Louis Novac, Art Novotny, Fred Pickle, John Pocius, Joel Rivera, Sue Seda, Earl Sheets, Margaret Slechta,
    Elaine Stack, Rev. John Tezie, Ed Vitigoj,
    Robert Wagner, & Greg Wisniewski.
                For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
                For Our Loved Ones who have died that they rest in eternal peace in heaven.