Fr. Mike’s Communication for Nov 28, 2021

1st Sunday of Advent
November  28, 2021

People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

~ Luke 21:26-27

Brothers and Sisters,

After God looked upon the world and all he created, he thought: good. Yet, when gazing upon humanity, the Lord proclaimed: very good. Because we know our Lord doesn’t make mistakes, on some level, we understand this creation proclamation wasn’t an error. And we’ve been told that even despite our sinfulness, we humans are intrinsically very good –– so why is this so hard to believe?

We struggle with our essential goodness because of pride and selfishness. In other words, the brokenness brought on by sin. Sin causes us to do and believe all the wrong things; we are sinful, unlovable people, separated from God. This line of thought can leave us overwhelmed, thinking our relationship with God is irreconcilable. NONSENSE! God, will never give up on us. Our God is active, a loving Creator who continually offers us restoration and healing.

Our Scripture readings remind us to be vigilant and ready for the Lord. When we lack confidence or become discouraged, ask God for the gift of faith. Remember, as a theological virtue, faith is a gift, and when we accept it, we affirm God, His kingdom, and the truth of His decree – that our world is indeed good, and even more than that, we are good; too!

Each week during Advent, we will focus on one aspect in which God’s healing is at work – and what the Lord is offering to those who seek healing. Though we are entering a season of waiting, we never have to wait on our Lord to act; God is waiting on us to cooperate so he can lavish us in grace and mercy. Will you take your Creator up on this offer?

Avail yourself of God’s healing – and the many opportunities the parish offers to assist in obtaining this healing from the Lord this Advent. Including increased opportunities for Reconciliation and the support available at our ongoing ministries like Celebrate Recovery, Bereavement Support Group, and Stephen Ministry.

Join us for a Festival of Praise with Speaker and Author Meg Hunter-Kilmer, highlighting the goodness present in the lives of saints and families with children; join us for a Family Holy Hour perfect for all ages. Choose forgiveness and restoration for yourself and one another at a very special Healing Mass with Father Ambrose. And finally, acknowledge God’s presence amid our pain in a safe place at our Blue Christmas Prayer Service. Find the details about these Advent offerings and a few more at, and please consider inviting a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker to join you for these opportunities. Please know of my prayers for you and your families. That you may experience God’s abundant goodness and mercy here at OLPH this Advent so you can welcome Christmas unburdened with joyful hearts!

Some considerations:

  • On Saturday, December 4th, trained teams will provide individual prayer using the Unbound Model of prayer at The Church of the Resurrection’s School in Ellicott City. Unbound Prayer is based on five scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want to receive healing. If you would like to schedule an appointment or want more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dan or Peggy Gahagan by Monday, November 29th at
  • Year of the Eucharist Exhibit with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, DECEMBER 11-19The exhibit displayed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (Crofton) features the International Miracles of the Eucharist and a 1st class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

  • Christmas with the Chosen | The Messengers –The Chosen has created a special episode about the birth of Christ through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

  • On December 8, we honor Mary, our Mother! The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic feast celebrating Mary’s conception without sin. OLPH welcomes you to join us for Mass, Dec 7, 5 pm, outdoors near the Harrison Hall landing, and Wednesday, Dec 8:15 am & 7 pm.
  • Playbook for the Spiritual Life: Ignatius’ 14 Rules for DiscernmentSt Ignatius of Loyola gave us 14 Rules to show us how becoming aware, understanding, and taking action in our spiritual lives makes all the difference in whether we grow or fizzle. And Fr Timothy Gallagher and Coach Mike Gutelius are here to help us apply those rules to our real lives. Access Playbook for the Spiritual Life, visit

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Rev. Michael S. Triplett