We are always learning. No matter our age, our academic degrees, or credentials, there is always something that is beyond our knowledge. Maybe it is a field or area which you have never studied, or perhaps that one subject that you just couldn’t master. I think nowhere do we encounter this more than in the matters of our faith, because “God’s ways are not our ways.” Heaven is beyond our perception, and God is bigger than we are.
This weekend, however, we give thanks for the gift of holy wisdom: “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate.” (Wisdom 6:12-14)
Wisdom is of God; it is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that is bestowed sacramentally in Confirmation. We have certainly been confronted this year with difficult situations, and we continue to pray for God’s wisdom—holy wisdom—to help us to discern what is right and just, what is prudent and life-giving for ourselves and for our world. The parable of the wise and the foolish virgins also reminds us about the importance of being thoughtful and deliberate as we face the challenges of our lives. Let Sunday’s Psalm response express your hunger for the things of God above all else: “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, my God” (Psalm 63:2).
Congratulations to Sean Jackson who will be receiving the Ad Altere Dei (To the Altar of God) emblem from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting at the 5:30pm Mass this Sunday!
So far we have received 214 bags for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Christmas giving programs begin this weekend. Details and important dates for Gift Cards for Kids, Marian House, Adopt-A-Family, Saint Gregory’s and Christmas Dinners are in the bulletin and on the Parish website. Click on the link here for more information.
Advent begins Sunday, November 29. Where has the time flown? Advent wreaths and candles are available on the table in the Narthex. They can be picked up at weekend Masses or Mondays and Wednesdays between 9am and 4pm.
Thank you for your continued generosity toward the offertory and for your response to the stewardship campaign! If you haven’t had an opportunity to respond, please send in your card so that we can start planning for the year ahead. Your contributions make it possible for us to pay our bills. Please continue to send in your envelopes or sign up for online giving through GiveCentral.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid
I encourage you to sign up for weekend Masses through the parish website or FaceBook page. The link is available after the 9:30 Mass each Sunday UNTIL Wednesday evenings at 10:00pm. We are seeing an increase in walk-ins to Masses as of late. If you come to Mass without signing up, we cannot guarantee you a seat. Don’t forget to wear your mask, use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and keep your social distance as you approach the Main Entrance of the Church!
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon—Thurs at 9:00am and Sunday at 9:30am) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.
Have a good week!