'Tis the Advent Season

Dear Parishioners,

Happy first Sunday of Advent.  Life is busy.  Do you notice whenever you ask someone how he or she is doing, the response is often, "I'm doing well…just busy." Advent, though it should be a peaceful and focused time, is a particularly busy time of year.  Added to the busyness is a sense of anxiousness and impatience. 

With that in mind, I'd like to share with you a prayer/poem by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.


Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything

To reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way

To something unknown,

Something new,

And yet it is the law of all progress

That it is made by passing through some stages of instability,

And that it may take a very long time.


And so I think it is with you.

Your ideas mature gradually.

Let them grow,

Let them shape themselves,

Without undue haste.

Don't try to force them on

As though you could be today

What time will make you tomorrow.


Only God could say

What this new spirit gradually forming within you

Will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing

That his hand is leading you,

And accept the anxiety

Of feeling yourself

In suspense

And incomplete.

'Tis the season of penance services! On Monday I will hear confessions at St. Patrick's High School, then on Wednesday at Notre Dame College Prep.  (By the way, our own parish's penance service is Monday, December 17th at 1:30pm and 7pm; St. Juliana School's is Wednesday the 19th). 

School Board will meet this Monday, December 3rd at 7pm.  My Tuesday Theology Talk this week at 7pm in the parish center chapel will be on the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please stop in the church for Eucharistic Adoration this Friday from 9am-5:45pm. And see inside the bulletin the 2018 Parish Annual Report. 

'Tis the season of Christmas parties! The Friendship Club hosts its Christmas party on Thursday, December 6th at 11:30am at Fairway Banquets near TAM golf course.  That afternoon we have our school staff and parish staff Christmas party.  I'm so grateful to all the staff here at the parish and the teachers and administrators in school for their dedication.  We wouldn't be here as a parish without them.  They are not only hard workers, they are great people, and I'm blessed to have them in the parish and part of my life!

Saturday, December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.  It's a little bit tricky this year since the feast falls on a Saturday.  Because the 5pm Mass on Saturday the 8th counts for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (and we have to attend two separate Masses, one for IC and one for Sunday; that is, we can't attend Saturday 5pm and have it count for both obligations), we will offer a vigil Mass on Friday, December 7th at 7pm.  So, the Immaculate Conception Masses will be Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 7am and 8:30am.  Thank you for attending Mass to honor our Blessed Mother!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. James

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