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Advent

11-29-2020Fr. John Barbella

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! As often happens this time of year, bulletin deadlines required me to write this column before Thanksgiving, so I can’t tell you how mine went. I can tell you that I was looking forward to it, even though it will be a smaller gathering than usual this year.

Today we begin the holy season of Advent. While it’s easy to think of Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas, it’s really much more than that. The word Advent means ‘coming,’ and Advent is indeed a time to get ready for the coming of Christ.

As Catholics, Advent makes us think about not just one– but two–of Christ’s comings. While we are certainly getting ready to celebrate His first coming at Christmas, Advent also reminds us to get ready for His Second coming on Judgement Day. Indeed, it is that Second Coming that is the main focus of today’s readings. In the Gospel Jesus tells us to be ready for His Second Coming. He reminds us that we don’t know when it will be, so we should be ready for it all the time.

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Upcoming Events

Divine Mercy Prayer Group

Add Wed, Dec 2 - Wed, Dec 30 @ 7:00 PM (weekly)

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group will resume meeting for prayer, Scripture readings & Reflection. You are invited to join us every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Parish Meeting Room.

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First Saturday Devotion

Add Sat, Dec 5 @ 8:30 AM

On Sat, Dec 5, at 8:30am in the church, we will have our First Saturday Devotion, which includes Rosary, reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, some pro-life prayers, and Confessions at 9:00am.

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Knights of Columbus Meeting

Add Mon, Dec 7 @ 7:30 PM (every first Monday of the month)

We will be meeting the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30pm in Mercy Hall until further notice.

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