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The Pastor’s Corner

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We need Advent                      

        

            This year, perhaps more than in other years, we need Advent. After a contentious political campaign that may even have divided families, we need a space where we can get our bearings, renew our bonds with one another and renew our faith in the Lord.

            Advent is such a space. After a hectic November, we need to find that quiet time to prepare our lives for a rebirth of the Lord and His Gospel in our lives.

            We all know how easily Advent can get lost. How many times have we begun the Advent season with great intentions and then the multiple demands of Christmas preparations have swallowed the hallowed time of Advent and we are then glad the holiday season is over. We are all aware of the salutary custom of letting Advent truly be Advent with its simple austerity and then celebrating Christmas for twelve days after Christmas. That provided a healthier and less exhausting rhythm to the Christmas season.

            Our culture reverses that with the result that Christmas is over for many people on December 26th. It is hard to change a culture. But we can try to retrieve Advent by perhaps spending some time each week in the Adoration Chapel or finding time at home to turn our thoughts to the multiple ways that the Lord comes into our life today.

            One of our guides through the Sundays of the Advent season this year is the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. He spent his life in the royal court and saw firsthand the corruption all around him. But he held out the hope that things can change, that a Messiah will come. Whatever problems we have, let us recognize that the Messiah has come. He comes to you and to me with healing and a different future. Let us recognize Him when he comes.

            Let Advent be Advent.

            

                                                In Our Lord

                                                Father Stan Krempa

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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2016

CONFESSIONS at SACRED HEART

TUESDAY – DECEMBER 20 PENANCE SERVICE – 7:30pm (novena prayers in private)

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY – DECEMBER 21-23 9am and 7pm

(Friday at 7pm is the last opportunity for Confessions at Sacred Heart)

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES at SACRED HEART

CHRISTMAS EVE

(8:30am morning mass as scheduled)

4:30pm LESSONS AND CAROLS
5:00pm FAMILY VIGIL MASS

7:30pm SPANISH MASS

9:15pm LESSONS AND CAROLS
10:00pm SOLEMN MASS OF CHRISTMAS

 

CHRISTMAS DAY 

7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15am

 (no 2:30pm Spanish Mass and no 5:30pm Mass)

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

(8:30am morning mass as scheduled)

5:30pm VIGIL MASS

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY

7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15am

2:30pm SPANISH MASS

5:30pm

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