It is appropriate that we end the year on a note of thanksgiving. There are three community ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in our area this week at which we can give thanks to God for the blessings we have received. I encourage you to attend one. The schedule can be found in this bulletin. We will also be have a Thanksgiving Day Mass for Good Shepherd Catholic Community on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Aurora. Please bring a canned or dry food item to be donated to our local food pantry. My father died the day after Thanksgiving Day seven years ago; I will be remembering him and my Mom and thanking God for the love they showed me when I celebrate the Mass.
Next Sunday the new liturgical year begins as we enter the Season of Advent. Advent is a time when we prepare for the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior and for His Second Coming. One way to help us prepare is to receive the gift mercy that God offers us in the Sacrament of Penance. This Advent I will be available for individual confessions at additional times than the usual schedule that is posted on the front page of the weekly bulletin. The following are the dates, times and places where I will be available for Confessions during the Advent Season.
St. Michael Church, Union Springs Dec. 2, 9 & 16 from 3:00p.m. – 3:45p.m.
St. Patrick Church, Aurora Dec. 2, 9 & 16 from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.
St. Patrick Church, Moravia Every Sunday from 8:00a.m. – 8:20a.m. (the usual time) and Dec. 21 from 6:00p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry Dec. 1 from 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m. (the usual First Friday time) and
Dec. 5 & Dec. 19 from 6:30 – 7:30p.m.
During Advent we are called to prepare our hearts and minds to receive our Savior. Taking time for daily prayer and time to reflect on God’s Word in the scriptures can help us to be open to the love that God has in store for us. To assist you we will have available in our churches The Magnificat Advent Companion. It contains daily prayers and reflections as well as prayers for the blessing of an Advent Wreath and blessing of a Christmas Tree, praying the O Antiphons and other devotional prayers and reflections. We also will have available the December , issue of The Word Among Us with contains the Mass readings and prayers for each day.