Parish News for the Month of December

 New Mass Schedule Effective October 1st

Mon, Tues, Thurs &  Fri—7:00AM & 9:00AM
Wed. & Sat.—9:00AM

Upcoming Events

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00 AM
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:00 PM
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00 PM
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the opportunity for Individual Confession

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00 PM

Readings for the Week

Readings for the Week of December 10, 2017
Sunday: Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12,
      13-14 [8]/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8
Monday: Is 35:1-10/Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12,
     13-14 [Is 35:4f]/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a,
     10ab/Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 [15:9d]/Lk 1:26-38
     or Lk 1:39-47
Wednesday: Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8
     and 10 [1]/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday: Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11,
     12-13ab [8]/Mt 11:11-15
Friday: Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4
     and 6 [cf. Jn 8:12]/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80:2ac
     and 3b, 15-16, 18-19 [4]/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/Lk 1:46-48,
     49-50, 53-54 [Is 61:10b]/1 Thes 5:16-24/
     Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

From the Pastor's Desk

     The Season of Advent has only three full weeks this year. Christmas Eve is on a Sunday and that means that the fourth week is only a short few hours. This reality makes the Gospel message of the last number of weeks powerful- because time is running out. Or, perhaps, through the eyes of faith, “Time is running to God.”
     Our Church Calendar gives us a sense of being a little behind. Our First Reading speaks to that reality. Jerusalem is in captivity, far from their holy temple, far from feeling any “comfort” or any sense of being cared for. We hear the Prophet shouting to the alienated what he himself has heard and what God is going to do.
     We can easily read into the First Reading an error. It sounds as if we should straighten our roads and level valleys that our Shepherd will be pleased and we will finally be holy. It sounds more like work than comfort.
     The Psalm that we pray today places the emphasis on what the Lord always does. So Advent is a time for our coming closer to God and God already being closer to us than we have expected. During these days, we pray to notice how God has drawn close to us- because He has!