A Message from Father John, December 8, 2013
We are celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Advent. How has God been a part of your preparation for Christmas? It is never too late to involve God!
It was mentioned last week in the bulletin that the Obligation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is lifted this year. We will still celebrate Mass on Monday, December 9 at 8:45 AM.
Some things to note for your Advent & Christmas Planning. Along with Saturday Confessions at 9:00 AM we will have a Communal Penance Service next Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM. There will be 4 priests helping with this service.
Christmas Mass Schedule is the same as last year. Christmas Eve Mass, 4:00 PM at both St. Mary & St. Francis, 6:00 PM at St. Mary. Christmas Day, 10:00 AM at St. Mary.
Remember the Advent Concert next Sunday. New start time at 1:00 PM. No driving in the dark and you will be home for the Packer Game! A great way to help celebrate Advent!
Today at the 10:00 AM Mass we enrolled our Confirmation Candidates. They are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation next Fall. They were each given a gift of the "Catholic Youth Bible" from St. Mary's Press. We were blessed this year to have Msgr. Smits Council #2066 of the Knights of Columbus purchase these Bibles (they are nearly $25 each) for our Candidates as well as those from St. Augustine & St. John - nearly 40 Bibles. Thank you to the local Knights of Columbus for this very generous and worthwhile gift!
Fr John Anderson