Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cool Advent Readings: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Desert towards to blooming: Monday, December 5th, 2016

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John the Baptist, Desert and Repentance: 2nd Sunday of Advent Time

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This 2nd weekend of Advent listen to John the Baptist
·      John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
·      That is a great text for each of us today during Advent
John the Baptist was the bridge between all prophets before him, and leading to Jesus Christ
Where did John the Baptist live: the desert
·      Think of how many people in the Bible lived in the desert
o   Moses
o   Israelites
o   Elijah
o   Jesus Christ
Do you know that Jesus said this too? 
·      His first words in Mark is: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Reform your life: repent!
·      Confession on Tuesday night with other priests
·      4 weeks to make good decisions and goals
·      Stop focusing on you
·      Think that “It is my life”…focus on “this is not my life”
·      My life is to be given to other people
o   Spouse
o   Children
o   Church
o   God
o   Jesus Christ
Mission: Reform Your Life
·      Tuesday evening at 7:00pm
o   Aly with a talk, praise and worship
o   Eucharistic Adoration
o   Confession
o   “Repent!”
·      Wednesday
o   Continue to reform your life
o   Volunteer opportunities: servers, sacristans, lectors, music
o   Free books
o   Conversation
o   Nic Davidson

Parish Bulletin Article: "Advent Mission: Reform your Life and Repent!": 12-4-16

             I am excited for our Advent Mission, which is on the way!
            We will begin on Tuesday (December 6th) evening with a new speaker for us—Aly Schissel.  She is a wonderful gal who has both musical and speaking skills.  She works in Duluth with Fr. Mike Schmitz and even performs with her own band for praise and worship music.
            She will give her talk at 7:00pm.  After her presentation we will have time for Eucharistic Adoration, confessions (with four diocese priests) and prayer.  It should be a powerful event as we spend time with Jesus Christ.
            Wednesday evening (December 7th) will begin at 7:00pm with a vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We will continue our mission with pizza, free Dynamic Catholic books, “small missions” to sign up for volunteering at our church and conclude the evening with a second cool presentation from Nic Davidson.
            Our third day (December 8th) will simply offer the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  The morning Mass will be at 8:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas for our parishioners and school students.  The last Mass will be in the evening at St. Columban at 5:00pm.
            As we walk together through four weeks of Advent, please enjoy our mission for learning, praying, confessing, reading, signing and eating!

            God Bless!