Repentance is clearly a key aspect in our preparation to receive the Lord Jesus into our lives. Repentance of our sins and reconciliation with our God and God’s people helps us to experience more fully God’s love and opens our hearts ever wider to the One who brings us healing, life and peace.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Advent season can help us to be more open to recognizing and receiving the Lord when he comes into our midst. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is scheduled for various times in each times at of our churches this Advent. Christmas is quickly approaching, but you still have time to receive the grace of the sacrament. I encourage you to take the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas. Below you will find the times and places the Sacrament will be offered. If none of the times works please call the parish office and make an appointment with me.
Jesus is always offering us the gift of forgiveness. As you finish filling out your Christmas gift list, consider giving the gift of forgiveness. If you need to be reconciled with anyone you have hurt or anyone who has hurt you, reach out to them during this season with the offer of contrition or forgiveness that can lead to healing. The healing of broken relationships can make us whole and help us to receive the mercy of God and growth in personal holiness.
Also, as we journey through the season of Advent consider inviting family and friends to come to church with you, especially anyone who might have drifted away from the practice of their faith or have been alienated from the faith or the parish for whatever reason. Your invitation might be the incentive they need to come back to church, and the Mercy and Love of God.
As we reflect on the gift of Christ as we approach Christmas, may we remember to share our gifts and blessings with others through our support of the Catholic Ministry Appeal. The following is a report of the progress of the 2019/2020 appeal as of November 28. I thank all of you who have given or made your pledge so far in support of the diocesan ministries. So far 67 parishioners have pledged or given $19,478 or 51.968 % of our parish goal of $37,686. If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to support this year’s appeal, I ask you to please consider doing so before the year ends. Your contribution helps support the many diocesan ministries that support our parish. If you wish you can make a pledge and pay in installments until May 31, 2020. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.
Consider giving a fruit basket for Christmas. The youth will be making and selling three size baskets for: $10.00, $15.00, and $27.50. You may want to buy one for yourself or your family, or give one as a gift for that hard to buy for person. You may also wish to donate a basket. Donated baskets will be delivered to people in our parishes who are in hospitals, or are housebound, and to the local food pantries. A donated basket would be a beautiful way to tell them that the parish community cares for and remembers them. This week we will be making the baskets on Friday and Saturday so final orders for December 14/15 must be received at the parish office by Monday, Dec. 9th. You will still be able to order baskets next weekend for the pick-up date of December 21/22. The baskets you order can be picked up after Mass at the church where you placed your order. Please consider supporting this worthwhile project, it benefits so many people of all ages.
If you took tags from the Giving Tree they need to be returned next weekend, December 14/15 Thank you for your generosity!
This year we are once again planning a Good Shepherd Catholic Community Epiphany Celebration. It will be held at Dugan’s Country Grill, 3228 NY Route 34B, on Sunday, January 5. We will start at 4:00 p.m. with cocktails and dinner at 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you there. Make sure you make a reservation.
May God bless you, Father Bill