Dear sisters and brothers,
Maybe it’s because it’s such a short season, or perhaps it’s because it can be such a hopeful time, or perhaps it’s because I can always use a little refocusing in my life on what’s really important and lasting (God, heaven, Jesus, things like that), but I do enjoy Advent. As I continue to get to know you and settle in, I encourage each of you to spend some time in silent prayer this Advent, before the Blessed Sacrament, if you can. Invite Jesus to come; to come and prepare your heart to receive Him ever more fruitfully this Christmas, to come with His mercy, to come with His healing power, to come and bring us home to heaven. In the midst of all our other preparations this December, like shopping and decorating, it’s amazing how spending a little time preparing for what is most important can transform everything else that we do.
That being said, there is a lot going on throughout our parishes right now. I am looking forward to the Christmas sing along at St. Robert’s on December 15. While I can’t play the accordion like Fr. Gordon, I may try my hand at singing a song, and I am looking forward to Fr. Anthony’s famous drum solo.
One important “activity” that Fr. Anthony and I have added this Advent is extra times for confession. If you are looking for a special Christmas gift for me, then know that the best gift you can give me is to go to the sacrament of confession, especially if it’s been over a year. Whether you go to confession here or at another parish, Go. One of the great joys in my life is seeing people open their hearts and receive God’s mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. See the bulletin for all the times.
May God bless you and your family abundantly this week.
– Fr. Jon