Letter for December 1, 2013
1st Sunday of Advent
Happy New Year everyone...or more accurately Happy
Advent. The 4 weeks we prepare spiritually for the feast
of Christmas. The Christmas season officially begins
with the 4pm Mass on December 24th and continues
thru the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12th.
There is a wisdom in the Church to slowdown and enjoy
each season at a time. I know it’s hard not to get caught
up in the “Merry Christmas” already - 3 days after
Thanksgiving. Fasting before the Feasting makes
sense. Praying a little more to prepare room for Him.
Making a good Confession to “Clear Him a clean path”.
In between visits to the malls, maybe a visit to Jesus in
our Chapel, spending a little more time in Church by attending
an extra Mass during the week. Note we’ve
added an extra Mass; 5:30pm Monday - Friday and extra
Confessions daily Monday - Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm
in addition to 9am to 10am Friday and 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Of Other Things:
This weekend there will be a 2nd collection for Typhoon
Haiyan Relief in the Philippines. Please be generous!
An estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from the
worst Typhoon/Hurricane ever recorded in history.
Next weekend a 2nd collection will be taken up to benefit
Retired Religious. Remember the Religious Sisters that
taught you in Grade school? She is most probably now
needing medical care at their Motherhouse and needs
our help. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Lastly, any young man discerning the possibility of the
priesthood and is between the ages of 17 - 44 there will
be a “Come & See” weekend at Borromeo Seminary on
December 6 - 8. Call Fr. Mike McCandless @ 440 943-
7660 or myself @ 330 896-2345 if interested in attending.
God Bless You All,
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