Here we are at the end of the Advent Season and there is one more week to prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ! If you haven’t yet, please take some time in the quiet of the church or the Lumen Christi Adoration Chapel to be with our Lord Jesus and to thank Him. Thank Him for the gift of eternal life, of His love, mercy, peace, and joy.
Spend some time just being in His presence and meditate on the beautiful Scriptures of His Nativity and Infancy. Today we hear about Joseph not being afraid but doing quickly what the Lord asked of him. St. Joseph, please help us to respond generously to what God calls us to do.
On Wednesday, December 21, we will host a Parish Penance Service. Priests from around Savannah will be available to hear Confessions. Please come and take advantage of this beautiful Sacrament to prepare your heart and soul to receive the Lord Jesus when he comes to you.
An update on the invitation cards: 200 cards were taken from the pews and the narthex and I hope distributed! One person told us that they approached someone and they responded beautifully! Many people develop a habit of coming or not coming to church on Sunday. Most people stop coming not because they are upset or angry but because they simply get out of the habit for some reason or another (kids sports, moving to new homes or cities, covid, etc…).
Let’s invite them to come back and develop the good habit of worshiping God with His family on the Lord’s Day! If there is anything keeping them from coming back, please encourage them to contact me and we can speak about it. Our lives can be complicated and as pastor, as spiritual father, I want to know how I can assist people in coming back into our family, our community as we give thanks to God and worship Him. We want as many people as possible to know, walk, experience, and live in the JOY of the Lord, the joy of knowing and being in a relationship with Him!
Cards are in the narthex and in the pews that you can take to hand out to people inviting them home to church on Sunday and on Christmas. Please take a few and pray about those to who you might want to give them and invite.
Many blessings upon you and your families! May the Joy of the Lord fill you hearts this last week of Advent!
~ Fr. Daniel Firmin