Saturday, December 16, 2017

Parish Bulletin Article: "Seven days to Christmas!": 12-17-17

            Only seven days until Christmas Eve!
We had some fun events last weekend.  We had a tasty brunch at St. Columban with a craft and baked sale after their Mass.  Then, after Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas we had a delicious lunch with spaghetti and our St. Thomas Aquinas School students sang a few songs to prepare themselves for their concert later that week.
Please continue to discern and pray for stewardship—time, talent and treasure—as Advent is a perfect time to get ready for Christmas.
I mentioned last weekend as a way to support St. Thomas Aquinas.  To our parishioners there, I asked if we could together shovel the sidewalks around our parish and school.  If we can have 10-15 parishioners, we could save money through your time instead of paying with a contract to someone else.  We can take another step forward together with our family.
For all parishioners, please come on Tuesday evening for worship, prayer, and confession at St. Thomas Aquinas.  We will have a wonderful time towards the last days to prepare your heart for Christmas.
Finally, I am proud of all of you.  I am pleased that all of us are continuing to grow with conversations, relationships, and community events.  Let’s keep building our whole family as this shows depth to walk together with both Advent and our friendship with Jesus Christ.

God Bless!  

Knights of Columbus' Music and Thoughts

On Thursday, December 14th, our Knights of Columbus' brothers and their family members gathered together.  They asked me to walk through some ideas as we get ready for Christmas.

Listen to this talk and music here.

Students getting ready for Jesus: Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Some verses for your back pocket: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Running
“They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles' wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.”

Lives, jobs, missions, vocations

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves. 
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Our Lady's Visitations: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Our Lady’s visitation to Elizabeth
·      After the annunciation
·      Visited Elizabeth—who too was pregnant
o   “When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe
·      December 9th, 1531 visited Juan Diego
·      Visited for a whole culture
·      8 million people were converted to Jesus Christ
And where are we now?
·      Advent—13 days!
·      How does Our Lady visit you?


Friendship: Monday, December 11th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. 
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.” 
·      Friendship!
·      Who are your friends?
·      They were also clever
·      Several times Jesus affirmed such intuition and creativity
Spiritual and physical
·      Spiritual: “As for you, your sins are forgiven." 
·      Physical: “Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise and walk'? 
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." 


The Bible as a Library...check it out in Advent: 2nd Sunday in Advent

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

The Bible is the best book in the whole world
·      Most copies, most read, best author
·      Interesting to me why it isn’t on secular “Non-Fiction Lists”
In Advent, our readings through the liturgy is organized amazingly throughout the Scriptures
·      Kind of like a librarian organizing all the books
·      Our Church has organized different books within the Bible to hone into the season
For instance, we listened to the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark
·      “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.

A voice of one crying out in the desert:

"Prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight his paths."
·      Prepare the way of the Lord…historical time and that is where we are in Advent
Isaiah
·      Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.”
·      Sins are expiated: atonement!  Forgiveness!
As we walk through the last 16/15 days before Christmas, God gives us comfort, tenderly, proclamation
·      Confession is our way to receive physically and spiritually comfort, tenderly, service and forgiveness
·      I will be serving for confessions in Orr: Tuesday, and Cook: next Sunday
·      Confessions: Normal times, call

·      Big event will be on Tuesday, 19th and my brothers are doing this for you