Friday, December 6, 2013

Preparing for Christmas

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for good attendance at our Thanksgiving Day Mass and our youth group who served as lectors, greeters, ushers, and choir. They were very impressive in carrying out their duties in a very professional manner. At the end of Mass, they distributed small loaves of bread they baked earlier in the week. In the U.S. Navy, we would say “Bravo Zulu” which is the signal meaning “Well Done.”

In case you were away last weekend, you missed seeing our new Advent Wreath. I am very grateful to our Sodality and Knights of Columbus. Their generous donations made it possible to purchase this lovely symbol of the season as we prepare for Christmas.

Speaking about Advent and Christmas, I realize much energy and time is being spent in shopping and decorating. But don’t forget the most important decorating of all – that of your soul. This can best be done through prayer and the sacrament of Penance. If we want Jesus to enter into our hearts, we should make them as inviting as possible.

- Fr. Carl