Advent has dawned upon us and we are always surprised by its coming so soon after our Thanksgiving celebrations with family. Our parish family is celebrating many family-centered activities this year and we cordially invite you to participate in as many as you can:
Saturday, December 2: Lunch with Santa, after the Parade, in the school cafeteria
Saturday, December 9: 9:00am Advent Mass and Breakfast with Father Damian with a JMT Puppet Show about Christmas to follow
Wednesday, December 13: Caroling at Lutheran Crossings: 6:30pm. All families are invited to carol for the residents there as we engage with them and exchange the spirit of Christmas in song and fellowship
Sunday, December 25: The Tableaux: We need angels, shepherds, and the Magi to help us recreate the Gospel proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’ birth at the 10:30 AM Mass on Christmas morning.
Our last RE class before Christmas will be Monday and Tuesday, December 4 and 5 and all are invited to attend at 4:10pm in the Main Church as our fifth graders enact the Living Nativity. We conclude early in December so that our families may fully engage in the spirit of Advent and Christmas through our Family Catechesis at this time.
From our parish home to yours, have a Blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year filled with promise and hope.
A Prayer for the Christmas Season
Loving Father, help us to remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children. And Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’s sake. Amen. ( Robert Louis Stevenson)
Dr. Linda M. Dix, Director of Religious Education