Education & Evangelization
Advent, Mercy and Compassion
Advent is here – a time of preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Many preparations are going on in our Parish. Our young religious education students are studying for their First Penance, First Communion or Confirmation. How are we as a Parish preparing to welcome them? Equally important, how are we as a Parish preparing to welcome the parents and family members of these children so they are encouraged as young families to be here with us each Sunday?
Advent, like being a disciple, calls us to a firmer conviction and deeper commitment. Jesus calls us also, in equal measure, to mercy and compassion. Advent and the coming of Christmas are complimentary to these thoughts. We are in a season of having mercy towards others and expression our compassion for our fellow man.
We have some generous parishioners, along with our dedicated St. Vincent de Paul volunteers, who are working to put smiles into families who don't have much this year. Our Compassion Ministry has consistently worked hard to provide warm, thoughtful receptions to help families following funerals here at the Parish.
While reflecting on all this, I want to tell a few more good things. You will notice this year we have some Christmas lights on church – thanks to the donation of the service by one of our parishioners. Our Men's Club and Pat Harmon, through her beautiful quilt making, raised $960 more for the parking lot! Joan Murphy won the quilt drawing, having bought tickets each Sunday in her compassion to help out. The rain has pushed back work on the parking lot most likely until after Christmas, so we don't interfere with the Mass schedule.
We are at the Advent of not only Christmas, but the Advent of our children in their religious education, the advent of a new year in our Parish and advent of the rest of our lives in faith, deed and action.
Let us remember the words of St. Paul (15:4-9), "think in harmony with one another; with one voice glorify God; welcome one another as Christ welcomed you."
Blessings from your humble servant,
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