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Second Sunday of Advent.

In the season of Advent the Sunday gospel readings about the ministry of John the Baptist remind us of our need to repent of our sins. Repentance is clearly a key aspect in our preparation to receive the Lord Jesus into our lives. But, the major emphasis in the season of Advent is on waiting with joyful expectation to receive Our Savior. We are called to a deeper openness, receptivity, to the gift of God’s love and presence in 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

Posted by Fr. Bill on December 10, 2017

The Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Advent season can help us to be more open to receiving the Lord when he comes into our midst.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation was are scheduled for various times in each times at of our churches this Advent but Christmas is quickly approaching, but  you still have opportunities 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 remaining times and places the Sacrament will be offered. If none of the times works please call the parish office and make an appointment.

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 grow 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 of God.

CMA Report:  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 2017/2018 appeal as of December 4.  I thank all those who have given or made your pledge so far in support of the diocesan ministries.  So far 109 parishioners have pledged or given $30,115 or 85.64% of our parish goal of $35, 165.  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 parishes. If you wish you can make a pledge and pay in installments until May 30, 2018. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.

Fruit Basket Project:  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 Thursday and Friday so final orders must be received at the parish office by Monday, Dec. 11th.  Ordered baskets can be picked up after Mass at the church where you placed your order next weekend, December 16/17..   Please consider supporting this worthwhile project, it benefits so many people of all ages.  

Gifts for the Giving Tree:  If you took tags from the Giving Tree they need to be returned this week.  The gifts for the OLOL tree need to be returned to the Parish Office no later than Monday, Dec. 11.  If you took tags from the Trees at St. Patrick, Moravia, St. Patrick, Aurora and St. Michael, Union Springs must return to the church or parish office the gifts by next weekend, Dec. 16/17.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

Sacrament of Penance May God bless you, Father Bill

 

St. Michael Church, Union Springs Dec. 9 & 16 from 3:00p.m. – 3:45p.m.

St. Patrick Church, Aurora Dec. 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. 19 from 6:30 – 7:30p.m.

 

Words from our Pastor

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