FROM THE PASTOR...MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, it really is hard to believe when I write these words, but this weekend we begin the SEASON OF ADVENT. We are once again preparing for the birth of Our Lord Jesus. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. But I guess the saying is true, “The older you get the faster years go by.” As we prepare for the birth of Jesus within our hearts I came across another passage from Fr. Demetrius Dumm’s book, A Mystical Portrait of Jesus that might help all of us on our journey to Christmas. He writes, “The whole purpose of the coming of Jesus into our world is, therefore, to make known the Father (John 1:18). We can say that, as a general rule, God has a ‘bad press.’ He is blamed for almost everything that we find hard to accept. Most of all, I think, he is blamed for making us fragile and mortal human beings. However, when we see his own Son taking on that fragility and mortality and making it an instrument of his LOVING (my emphasis), we conclude that God’s love can be victorious in our lives also.” Jesus came into the world to show us God’s love and remind us that we are his children, weak and sinful at times, yet forgiven and made strong through the Spirit. I pray that over the next 4 weeks of preparation we may come to know God’s love for us in a very deep and personal way, leading us to a Christmas Day full of gratitude and praise for such a wonderful God.
And for your information, please mark on your calendars December 18th at 2:00 PM. That is the time and date of our ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE. The other Penance Services being held in our Deanery can be found elsewhere in the bulletin.
I would like to take this time to thank all those who made our ANNUAL BAZZAR such a huge success. I was so happy to see so many families come and enjoy the crafts, the food, the children’s games and the many activities that were present. As a pastor, it is always heartwarming to see his parish playing together, laughing together and just enjoying being a parish family. I thank Chris Kirkpatrick and Deacon Dave for organizing and leading this successful fundraiser for the church. And my thanks to the following people who chaired the various booths. Crafts: Joy Stauffer, Pat Lutz; Food/Kitchen Deacon Dave; Theme Baskets: Margaret Kowalski, Mary Grunthaner, Pat Hopkins; Baked Goods: Pat Gawryla and Betsi Clark; Silent Auction: Margaret Roof and Dave Stauffer; Children’s Games: Todd and Julie Hershbine; New and Recycled toys, games: Pat Gawryla and Karen Anstett. It is too early to report how much was made; as soon as we pay the bills, etc. I will let the parish know. But until that time, thanks so much for supporting this family event for the parish.
With some recent donations, we once again have gone over last year’s ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL totals. As of this writing we have collected $234,271.74 in pledges which is $2,023.19 over last year’s final total. I am very grateful to all families who donated to the Appeal, for it not only helps our parish with all over goal monies coming back to the parish, but it also helps many families in our Diocese through the outreach the churches give. Thank you so much for your kindness and goodness. Just a reminder, it is not too late to contribute to this Appeal. There are envelopes in the Baptistery for anyone who still would like to contribute to this wonderful cause.
SEASONAL HUMOR ONCE AGAIN – “Thanksgiving Dinner on the run.” A woman called the Butterball Hotline to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, "I don't know, it's still running around outside."