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Letter of Father Lester, 11-26-21

Beloved Parishioners and Friends,

“God walks into your soul with silent step. God comes to you more than you go to Him. Never will his coming be what you expect and yet never will it disappoint. The more you respond to his gentle pressure, the greater will be your freedom.”
~ ~ ~ Ven. Fulton Sheen

How was your Thanksgiving dinner and celebration? I hope that you had a great time with your family and loved ones. Thanksgiving is over but let us continue to live our life as a Thanksgiving and a Blessing to others. We move ahead to the start of the new Liturgical Year on the First Sunday of Advent. A blessing of the Advent wreath will take place at the beginning of the weekend masses. The first candle represents FAITH, and we are invited to examine our personal relationship with the Lord, and our knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith.

Starting on the first Sunday of Advent, and continuing through the winter months, there will be a 4pm mass on Sundays at St. Anthony church to give another opportunity to attend, especially for those who cannot make it to the Saturday vigil mass.

Let it be our mission this Advent to invite our brothers and sisters who have not been to church to join us in this spiritual preparation for the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Aside from attending Sunday masses, consider the weekday mass, adoration of the blessed sacrament, confession and the recitation of the Holy Rosary before mass.

On December 8, Wednesday, we will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the closing of the year of St. Joseph. This is a Holy Day of Obligation and we are offering a different mass schedule for you to have the opportunity to participate. Mass will be at 8:30am and 5:30pm in Mt. Shasta, and at 12noon in McCloud.

May we continue to pray for one another and to reach out through a phone call, email or sending a card or text to our fellow parishioners.

Love and Prayers,
Fr. Lester

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A Prayer for Safekeeping

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Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of St. Joseph

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Readings for November 28th, 2021

The Lord will fulfill his promises to Israel and Judah:
In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: “The LORD our justice.”
Excerpt From the First Reading:
Jeremiah 33:14-16

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"Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press

Paul encourages the Thessalonians to be holy and to please God.
Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts...
Excerpt taken From the Second Reading:
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2

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Reflections on the "First Sunday of Advent "Catholic Culture"

Jesus teaches His disciples to be vigilant so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes in glory.
Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.
  Excerpt taken from the Gospel of
Luke 21:25-28,34-36

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