December Newsletter

Mass Schedule
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel

December 7: (Second Sunday of Advent)
Bishop Janet Sunderland
December 14: (Third Sunday of Advent)
Bishop Cliff Kroski
December 21: (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Bishop Janet Sunderland
December 25: (Christmas Day)
Bishops Kroski & Sunderland
December 28: (Feast of the Holy Family)
Bishop Cliff Kroski

Initiation to Order of Cleric

On Sunday, December 7th, Matthew Copple and Calvin Ennis will be initiated into the Minor Order of Cleric. This is the first Order that Matthew and Calvin will receive as they progress to the Order of Priesthood. Congratulations, Matthew and Calvin.

Community Christmas party

Make plans to attend our community’s Christmas party at Janet and Cliff’s (7732 Campbell St.) on Sunday, December 14th starting at 5 pm. Kathy and Valorie are helping coordinate food, so please check with either of them to find out what you can bring. Cliff and Janet will supply Polish sausage, mulled wine, and Figgie Pudding.

Reflection

The Second Sunday of Advent welcomes John the Baptist. Isaiah writes, “A voice cries out in the desert. Prepare the way of the Lord.” Isaiah also proclaims, “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain shall be made low.” Mark’s Gospel relates John proclaiming a baptism of transformation and telling people, ”One mightier than I is coming after me.”

As we plan for Christmas with our to-do lists, how are we preparing the way of the Lord?

Advent’s Third Sunday has Isaiah’s famous passage, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings, heal, proclaim liberty and release to prisoners.” The Gospel of John echoes Mark’s gospel from the previous week. John the Baptist promises “One who is coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” John promises a new life and a new baptism from the promised Messiah.

The last Sunday of Advent presents us with a reading from the Second Book of Samuel. The prophet Nathan tells King David that his lineage and house will endure forever. From the family of David the promised Messiah will be born. Luke’s Gospel tells the story of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Mary is told that her son “will be given the throne of David, his father, and his kingdom will have no end.”

The expectation and prophecies are fulfilled as we celebrate Christmas amid light, carols, joy, and the proclamation from Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,” The gospel reminds us, “Do not be afraid.”
The last Sunday of December celebrates the Holy Family and reminds us that all families are called to holiness and wholeness.

As we journey through these Sundays of Advent and celebrate the Christmas season, let us know that the joy, hope, love and light promised, has truly been fulfilled.

Peace and Merry Christmas,
+ Cliff and Janet

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