We welcome you to our parishes as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Mass on Christmas Eve will be at Saint Patrick’s at 5 p.m. with carols beginning at 4:40 p.m. Masses on Christmas Day will be at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Patrick’s and 10:30 a.m. at Saint Luke’s. May you have a blessed Christmas!
ADVENT AND CONFESSIONS
This year, Advent begins on Dec 3rd and continues through December 24th that is also Christmas Eve. During this time, along with the whole Church, we do our annual preparations for Christmas, that day on which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Church calls Advent “a period of devout and expectant delight” and rightly so. So we prepare with decorations, baking, shopping and visiting friend and family. We also prepare our hearts and souls with some fasting and by using the Sacrament of Penance. Besides the regular times for confessions, there will also be the following extra times:
- 12/12 Tue. 9-10am — St Luke’s
- 12/17 Sun. 2-3pm Communal Penance — St Luke’s
- 12/18 Sun. 7-8pm Communal Penance — St Patrick’s
- 12/19 Tue. 4:30-5:30pm — St Luke’s
- 12/20 Tue. 3:30-4:30pm — St Patrick’s
DIRECTIONS FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
Catholics believe that when we receive Holy Communion, we are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, we must make sure that we are always properly prepared before coming forward. Following the ancient practice of the Church, those who are to receive Holy Communion must fulfill three requirements: They must be baptized, they must believe what the Catholic Church teaches, and they must be free of serious sin. During the distribution of Holy Communion, those practicing Catholics who meet the above requirements may come forward. Catholics not prepared to receive Holy Communion may either be seated, or they may come forward for a blessing. Visitors from other Christian faiths and those who have not been baptized or who belong to non-Christian religions may either be seated during the distribution of Holy Communion, or they may come forward for a blessing. To receive a blessing, come forward with your arms crossed over your chest.
Deacon Greg Kendra recently led the Diocesan retreat for Deacon’s and their wives this past October. He is a great evangelist, speaker, and blog writer who is spreading the Word much like Bishop Barron. He is one of the key contributors on the Catholic, Aleteia website started by Elizabeth Scalia, the wife of the recently deceased Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia. Have a look!!