Today we wrap up our annual Stewardship appeal. A huge thank you to all who filled out a pledge card, volunteered for a ministry or offered their talents in the service of our beautiful parish. It’s never too late to consider your gift to your parish so, if you missed last weekend, I invite you to act today. Thanks too, to our dedicated finance council members who helped us at Masses for three weeks, moving us along the process. We are blessed indeed.
Advent has begun. A new liturgical year begins today in our church. There are four Advent Sundays and then Christmas. Advent is our time as Catholics to get ready for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. In fact, we need to be alert and focus on Christmas for what it is, and not what the world has turned it into. So, you better watch out! The tinsel of the world can be very seductive so - don’t forget that it’s all about Jesus.
How awesome it is that God became man! How much He must love us that He did that! How important we must be to Him that He took on our human condition! How great it is that He then taught us how to live! How can we not be touched by such great love?
Let’s pray more this Advent. Let’s stop complaining, criticizing and judging. Let’s be more helpful and humble. Let’s give and forgive. Let’s make sure that the birth of Jesus made a difference and that the difference is clearly visible in each one of us.
I invite you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. Tuesday, December 17th is our Penance Celebration. Please put it on your calendar and come as a family and remember that a good Advent makes a great Christmas. God bless you.