Happy New Year!
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Today marks the 1st Sunday of the New Liturgical Year for us! We begin every New Liturgical Year with these 4 weeks of Advent anxiously awaiting to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25th at Christmas! Here are a few ways we are marking this New Liturgical Year.
Advent Parish Mission
One of the blessings of the “Forming Disciples, Leading All to Christ” program is the ability to expand our Evangelization efforts in the parish. We are blessed to be able to bring in Matt Fradd as our Advent Parish Mission speaker on December 11-14, 2019. He is a young, dynamic speaker, author, and apologist for our Catholic Faith (www.mattfradd.com). These days he will lead us in exploring ways we can allow our Catholic Faith to inform our life more and more. Come and invite your friends! Please be on the lookout for more information!
New Confession Times
This Advent, beginning Monday, December 2nd, we will expand the opportunities to receive the Lord’s Mercy through the Sacrament of Confession, Reconciliation. Our normal times are Wednesday, 5:00 – 6:00 PM and Saturday, 3:45 – 4:45 PM. We will be adding the following times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:45 – 8:15 AM. The priest who is celebrating the 8:30 AM mass will be in the confessional for 30 minutes those days. With these added times, we will make this Sacrament of the Lord’s love and mercy available every day of the week except for Sundays which is a total of 4 hours. I urge you to take advantage of this Sacrament! If you haven’t been in a while, that is okay, the priest will walk you through it. If you can’t remember the Act of Contrition, that is okay, it is printed on the top of the kneeler or the priest will lead you through it.
We will also have a Parish Penance Service on December 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM. There will be six priests available to hear confessions.
The Second Vatican Council exhorted us to retain some of the Latin language in our vernacular liturgies (Sacrosanctum Concilium 36.1). Certain prayers in the liturgy have always been given pride of place over others when sung (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Pater Noster, and Angus Dei). Each 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, we sing the Latin (and Greek) prayers: Kyrie Eleison (Lord have Mercy…), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy…), and the Angus Dei (Lamb of God…). Beginning this Sunday, we will be adding another prayer the Council Fathers emphasized, the Pater Noster (Our Father…). The notation can be found in the back cover of your hymnal. It will be a stumbling beginning, but when we all get on the same page, it will be as beautiful as the other parts. Please be patient. Again, this will only be for the celebrations of mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
A Blessed Advent to you and your families!
God Bless you all!
~ Fr. Daniel Firmin