november 27, 2022
This is the First Week of Advent, the beginning of the Church year. Advent is the immediate preparation time for the coming of the Lord at Christmas, it is also an opportunity of us to prepare for the coming of the Lord at the end of days. Jesus is returning, Jesus is coming; this glorious season focuses our hearts and minds on the wonderful fact.
If we are honest, this is a challenging time of year as well. We are preparing of the celebrations of Christmas and all that entails in twenty-first century America: gifts, decorating, parties, cookies, food and the like. Sometimes Advent seems like a treadmill as we move towards Christmas day. The Church invites us to take time – even in our busyness – to pray and reflect on this glorious season.
Here at St. Paul VI Parish we can take time with the Little Blue Book – our Advent reflection book. The reflections in that book take about six minute a day that allows us to reflect on the readings and the season.
We are also going to have weekly Bible Study on Mondays, at 7:00 pm in the OLMC parish center in the big room. Our topic will be “Learning and Praying over the Christmas Scriptures.”
Other dates to think about this Advent. On December 18, we will have a glorious celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Blessed Sacrament Church at noon. The Mass will have wonderful music and will be followed by a Mexican Fiesta in the Church basement. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
On December 8, at Mount Carmel after the 6:00 pm Mass we will be having a tree lighting and some cocoa, carols and cookies.
Thank you for all you do for our parish.