2nd Sunday of Advent I 06 December 2020
“Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.” -Isaiah 40:1
Brothers and Sisters,
As John the Baptist called the faithful to make preparations for the coming of the Savior, our parish continues to make-ready and call others to open themselves to the presence of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, the time is now for us to make personal connections with our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, extending the hope of healing and the promise that God knows and cares for us on a personal level. I often find myself in a place of awe by your response to the needs of our parish and the community. As we shared last weekend, 205 families were assisted with a Thanksgiving meal, this week your generosity funded our Advent Giving Tree program with $5015 worth of gift cards, and next weekend we look forward to the collection of Boxes for Baltimore to support our SALT Ministry friends.
Today marks the second week of Advent. As we turn our attention to preparation and peace, I encourage you to keep your focus on Advent with eyes and hearts open to the beauty of God that is all around us. Take time to recognize and marvel in the wonders and graces of our God, who continues to draw near. I remain in prayer for you and for God’s peace in your life.
Some of the key considerations for this week:
- “Sign up” for Mass for December 12-13; register here.
- Our Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception include Monday, December 7 at 7 pm, and Tuesday, December 8, at 8:15 am and 5 pm. There is no signup for these liturgies, as is the practice with daily Mass.
- This Friday, December 11, a holy hour will be dedicated to our Sisters in the Lord at 7 pm. Mothers are encouraged to come with their children and praise the Lord with Scripture and Song. On Friday, December 18, the 7 pm hour will be offered, particularly for our Brothers in the Lord.
- Blue Christmas Prayer Service on Monday, December 14 at 7 pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
In the Lord,
Rev. Michael S. Triplett