Happy Advent! The Israelites before Christ waited for a savior to come into the world, and, in a way, we wait too. Look at this line from the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading: “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?” (Is 63:16). Could we not today ask that same question?
God came into this world when he took on flesh 2,000 years ago. But he needs to come again into the world, and he needs to come more fully. By ‘more fully,’ I mean he needs to come more completely into our lives. We do not know Christ as well as we ought. We do not love him as much as we could. Advent is a time to deepen our love and knowledge of Jesus—to allow him to come into the world.
Jesus intends to come again, which means he intends for us to have a better relationship with him. This is why he tells us to watch in the Gospel. Be on the lookout this Advent season!
Last Christmas we gave out free copies of Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. I would like to give out another gift this year, but, after discussing it with the Pastoral Council, we thought it would be most advantageous to give you the free book at the beginning of Advent, to help your spiritual journey. The book is Jesus Shock! by Peter Kreeft. Kreeft is a theologian and professor at Boston College. He has written a number of books and is insightful, substantial, and easy to read. I hope you enjoy this book, and that it prompts you to read more. Learning about our faith and about Christ is so important. Greater knowledge can lead to a more mature love. I hope you fall more in love with Jesus this Advent, and that this little book is a means to facilitate that.
The Missionary Spirit Team will be in the Ahearn Activity Center this weekend after all the Masses until noon on Sunday collecting new, wrapped gifts for the Christmas Sharing Program. The gifts will be delivered to Casa Catalina where Sister Jolene will distribute them to families in need.
School Board will meet on Monday to continue our discussion of advancing our school, and Knights of Columbus will meet on Wednesday at St. John Brebeuf. The Friendship Club will have their Christmas Party on Thursday at 11:30am.
Friday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation where we celebrate the truth that Mary, from the beginning of creation, was conceived without original sin. Masses—7am, 8:30am, and 7pm—will be in the church that day.
On Saturday, December 9th is the Mother's Club Christmas Craft fair. Also that day in the gym is the Crèche Walk. Thank you to Gail Kasper for organizing the display of nativity sets.
Finally, we have three oriental rugs in the sanctuary of our church: the largest one in the middle, and two smaller ones—one in front of the tabernacle and one behind the altar. These rugs could be potentially beautiful, but they are in need of cleaning. This is not a cheap procedure, so if you could help us clean these rugs, we would be most appreciative. Please email or call if you are able to assist us in making our liturgical space even more beautiful.
Yours in Christ,