First Sunday of Advent

The holy Season of Advent begins this weekend. During Advent, we reflect upon both the coming of Christ at the end of time as well as his very humble entrance into our history, his birth in Bethlehem.  As we meditate upon these events, we are encouraged to prepare our hearts to receive Christ as he comes to us each day.  We are also invited to reflect upon how we reveal Christ to all whom we encounter daily.  Our kind words, thoughtful actions, and selfless giving witness to others that Christ indeed lives among us, that Emmanuel, “God-with-us,” is truly in our midst.  In today’s Gospel we hear the words: “Be watchful!  Be alert!”  Let us be watchful and alert to the presence of Christ in the people and events of our lives this week.

Please take note of the Advent schedule, the dates of the Communal Penance Liturgies, and the article regarding the Advent Giving Tree in today’s bulletin. There are several opportunities for prayer, enrichment, outreach, and coming together as community this Advent.  Consider participating in a couple of them and mark your calendars now in order to make them a priority this Advent Season.

As I mentioned in a previous article, a contract was signed with Beyer Roofing to replace the flat roof on both the east and west sides of the church.  The project was completed on November 20.  The cost was $11,868.00 of which $11,000 was withdrawn from the parish Savings Account designated for buildings and grounds.

Please mark December 17 on your calendar.  On that Sunday, proceeds from the K of C Breakfast are designated for Saint John Paul II Parish.  Please support the K of C and thank them for their generosity.

Many people take part in charitable giving at this time of the year; some even give an “end of the year” donation to the Church. Why not consider Saint John Paul II Parish?  If you are in a position to make an end of the year donation, there are a few things on our “wish list” that need attention but for which we really don’t have adequate funds in our operating expenses or budget this year.  Some of them are:

·         Refinishing the gold plating inside several of the gold and silver cups used for Holy Communion that have become worn over time
·         Painting the inside of the church
·         Purchasing a new sign for the church

Blessings on your Advent Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ