FROM THE PASTOR...MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas, the celebration of love coming into the world in the person of Jesus Christ. One of the ways we prepare is through the CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION. As in previous years we will be having ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES throughout the Northern Deanery. Below, you will find the completed schedule of the services:
December 12 St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM
December 13 Good Shepherd, St. College at 7:00 PM
December 14 Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM
December 15 Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM
December 18 OLV at 2:00 PM
Please take note that Fr. Antony and I will be out attending all the services. Therefore, our presence at the rectory over those times will be very limited. Please keep us and all priests in your prayers at this time, one of the busiest times for us in the year.
As we prepare for the season of Christmas, I came across a passage written by Henri J.M. Nouwen, again a well noted spiritual writer. Under the title, CHOOSE THE JOY, Henri writes,
People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose
not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more
than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They point
each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the
hidden but real presence of God. The discover that there are people who heal each other’s
wounds, forgive each other’s offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of
community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the
full manifestation of God’s glory.
Every moment of each day I have the chance to choose between cynicism and joy. Every
thought I have can be cynical or joyful. Every word I speak can be cynical or joyful. Every
action can be cynical or joyful. Increasingly I am aware of all these possible choices, and
increasingly I discover that every choice for joy in turn reveals more joy and offers more
reason to make life a true celebration in the house of the Father.
The pastor’s question – what choice will I make - to be joyful and a light bearer or to be cynical and a bearer of darkness this new coming year?
Below you will find the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE. It is a little different from past year’s schedules, so please take note.
DEC. 24 No 9:00 AM Saturday morning Mass
No 9:45 AM confessions
4:00 PM Mass in the gym and church
6:30 PM Mass in the church
10:00 PM Mass in the church
DEC. 25 Mass at 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon. Due to Christmas Day being on a Sunday, I thought it
would be beneficial to keep the regular Sunday schedule.
FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY, again, since it fall on a Sunday, we will have our regular weekend schedule – 4:00 pm on Saturday, 7:30, 9:30 AM and 12:00 Noon on Sunday.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Actual children's versions of Christmas Carols:
"...sleep in heavenly peas";
"Joy to the world, the Savior rains";
"This is he whom Sears of old...";
"Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o'er the plane";
"While shepherds washed their socks by night