***CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES***
Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th
5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 12 midnight
Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Message for Advent 2014,
While the calendar year begins on January 1st, the Church’s year starts with the Season of Advent. Advent has a twofold nature: we look forward to Christ’s second coming and we recall His first coming at Bethlehem. Advent is a season of joyful expectation. There is, however, a growing discomfort among many people with the commercialization of Christmas, a sense that we have forgotten the true meaning of the season. In order to recapture the “reason for the Season of Christmas” we are invited to approach Advent in a spirit of humble prayer. The following are some suggestions to help us throughout the Advent Season:
➢ If you put up a Nativity scene during Advent, wait until Christmas Eve to place the figure of the baby Jesus in the scene. Invite the youngest family member to have this honour. Do not introduce the Magi until after Christmas. Set them at a distance from the Nativity scene and move them a little closer to the manger each day leading up to Epiphany.
➢ Prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. The sacrament is available every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, December 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our Parish Penance Celebration will be held on Thursday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. with several priests available for individual Confession.
➢ Pray the rosary or another family prayer before the Nativity scene each evening.
➢ If you send cards, make this a family celebration rather than an obligation. Each card could contain a hand-written, personal note and be signed by all family members.
➢ Simplify the gift-giving process.
➢ Assist “Holy Cross Helps” or another charitable organization.
With my love and prayers,
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