The Pastor's Desk
Stewardship: Advent II - This weekend we light the second Advent candle and the Gospel turns to John the Baptist, one of the primary figures of Advent, What an entrance he makes as he appears preaching fire and brimstone! He reminds us of the urgency of Advent and the radical transformation of our lives to which Advent calls us once again. John's preaching is meant to prepare us for the One our heart has always been waiting for. Our observance of Advent, like every other liturgical season, is meant to change us to have an effect upon our lives and the way we live as followers of Christ and members of the Church. When Christmas arrives, we should be able to look back and see how we are different from when Advent began. This transformation is the essence of John the Baptist's preaching, This is how we "Prepare the way of the Lord".The Solemnity of Immaculate Conception - is usually celebrated on December 8, but because it falls on an Advent Sunday this year, it has been moved to tomorrow, December 9. It is NOT a holy day of obligation this year. Masses will be celebrated at 7 am and 9 am as usual on MondayA happy and fruitful Advent to all!
Peace and all good things!Fr. John