This is “Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday” marking the mid-way point of Advent. Our prayers today at Mass set a tone of joyful expectation for the celebration of the Lord’s birth at Christmas and for His second coming. We rejoice with donuts after the 9:30 CLOW Mass.
Congratulations to the 23 young people who celebrated the Sacrament of Penance for the first time on Saturday (10). Another group of the same size will make their first Reconciliation on Wednesday (14). Please keep these families in your prayers as they now begin preparation for first Holy Communion in the spring.
We had a great Breakfast with Santa last Sunday. Many thanks to Jack O’Malley for spearheading the event and for Scout Troop 758 for cooking a great breakfast. I also want to acknowledge the support of Laryessa Worthington from the parish staff. We have revived another parish tradition!
In preparation for Christmas we gave the church a bath/shower. Recently, the church’s exterior was power washed. Hopefully, you notice the difference.
Relics of saints have been honored and venerated in the Catholic tradition from the beginning. Until the Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in 313, the church literally was underground. Mass was secretly celebrated in homes and in Rome, Mass was often celebrated in catacombs where the early Christian martyrs were buried. When the church emerged from the underground, it maintained its veneration of the martyrs by inserting a saint’s relic in every altar. This tradition continues today. There is a 1st class relic (physical remains) of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton imbedded in our altar. Over the years, the parish has collected relics which have resided in a shoe box in the pastor’s office. This past Thursday, we honored our relics by placing them in a special drawer that has been built into our altar. We celebrate our faith literally on the shoulders and lives of those who have gone before us.
Know of someone looking for a church-home? Ever thought about being Catholic? There will be an inquiry session on Wednesday, January 11th @ 7PM for any one curious about the Catholic faith. For further info contact Sarah Jarzembowski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Dawn Houchens whose funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday (9th).
Have a Good Week!
- Blessing of the Bambinelli: Bring the Baby Jesus from your nativity set to Mass next weekend for a special blessing.
- Seton will again host Winter Relief from February 6-11. See this handout for more information.