We Are Almost There!

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. 
May it be done to me according to your word.”

We are almost there! We have made it to the end of the Advent season and soon, very soon, we will celebrate our Lord’s Nativity. I hope this Advent season has been a fruitful and holy time. Remember when I said this was a penitential season. We were asked to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our savior Jesus Christ. How did we do? 

I know for many people, this season can be hard. Add on all that is going on in our world and more specifically, in our homes, it can be a challenge to have a joyful vision of this year. However, no matter what is going on in our world and in our community, we still have a reason for joy, and that, my friends, is found in the most amazing mystery of all ... That God, the Big Guy, became small, became one of us, became a child.

We hear the wonderful story of the Annunciation today. No doubt, Mary was asked something that none of us could possibly comprehend; however, through faith, she joyfully accepted the will of God for her.

My prayer for you all this final week of Advent is to look to Mary. Mary did not dwell on things outside of her control; rather, with humility and devotion, she accepted what was before her. May we do the same!

Finally, you all should have noticed the Christmas Mass schedule by now. We are doubling all the Masses, meaning there will be Mass both in the church and in the new Parish Life building. Please note, masks are required in the latter.

One final request. Even though I have only been here since July, I have only met a fraction of our parish family. I understand the fear that has come with the season; however with so many Masses and opportunities, especially having a mask-required option (in the PLB), consider this the time to come back. Tell your friends! Christ our Lord is coming soon!

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