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December 16th ✙ 3rd Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 16th, 2018

        THERE IS A CLEAR NOTE of rejoicing in today's liturgy. (This is known as Gaudete Sunday. The word Gaudete means rejoice.) The basis for this rejoicing is the nearness of the Lord. As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the Lord is very near us. Indeed, He is in our midst.
        Lord, by your presence you turn our sorrow into joy. Lord have mercy.
       You turn our fear into trust. Christ, have mercy.
       You turn our indifference into love. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY: ✟ Michael Elliott, by Ann Campana
TUESDAY: Healing of Gail Nicoletti, by Jan Dusik
WEDNESDAY: Healing of Linda Valenzuela, by Jan Dusik
FRIDAY: ✟ Paul & Frances Aiello, by John Aiello

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Prayer List....

Jarman Mudd Joe Bonchonsky
John Del' Amico Charles Ely
Ann Montgomery Joe Spini
Barbara Entwisle Kitty Lyons
Marilyn Brickett Robert & Cathy Neptune
Lori Wise Ed Flynn
Janet Renon Steve Smith
Esther Aw Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado
Linda Sanchez Susan Ruth Reuter
Vicky Potter Joanna Woody Jones
Margaret DeBortoli Barbara J. Furgason
Jim Mathews Taylor Cardoza
Patti Summers Sue Ackermanr
Lou Bonneville Carol Neely
Sarah Bryan Tom Kraemer
John McAvoy Elizabeth Carter

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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossoni, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy

Kristen Chapman; USAF

Sean Eastis, USMC Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF Nickolaus Swanson
.SSG Trevor Oxman

Brian Tucker

Major Mark Correa, US Army Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Nick Kenndy, USN James Chapman Seamus Weston Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr. Roy Walters    


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There is a clear note of joy in today's liturgy.
Joy is a blend of laughter and tears.
It consists of having a love affair with life.
It is having a heart aglow with warmth for all one's companions on the road of life.
It is looking for the happiness that comes in small packages,
knowing that big packages are few and far between.
It is making the most of the present, enjoying what is at hand right now.
Joy is love bubbling over into life. And it can coexist with pain.
Joy is the flag we fly when Christ, the Prince of Peace, has taken up residence in our hearts.

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The Joy of Gaudete Sunday

        This day takes its common name from the first word of the Introit, “Gaudete in Domino Semper,” which is Latin for the introduction of Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
         If joy is a gift from the Lord, then the Lord Himself is our first and greatest gift, and the only one that will never tarnish or break or fade. Gaudete – said “Gow-DAY-tay” – Sunday reminds us that the gift has not yet arrived, but it’s very near.
         To be happy is good, yet joy is something more. It’s another thing, something which does not depend on external motivations, or on passing issues: it is more profound. It is a gift.

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Rejoice Always

     In this week's first reading, we hear this note of joy and eager hope from the prophet Zephaniah. Here he offers a lyric vision of Israel's future: "Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!"
      Paul teaches that active happiness should be the most distinctive characteristic of a Christian. We have absolutely no reason for despair. We know that whatever happens to us, our biography will have a happy ending. We will share God's joy forever. People should be able to ask us, "Why are you always so upbeat?" Faith gives us the right answer.

Shout for Joy, O Daughter Zion! 

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This Week's Gospel

     John the Baptist makes both an act of humility and of hope for a coming superior. Sandals were the most common and least valuable possessions. They were thongs made of animal skin or plant fiber. They consisted in a flat sole tied to the foot with straps.
      It was the duty of a slave to tie these straps for a superior. John pictures the "one who is to come'' as so great that the Baptist finds himself unfit to be even His slave.

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Advent Candles

     During Advent, we reflect on and anticipate God’s incredible love for us. God came down to earth. God became human. God lived among us and modeled love each day. We know, through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ, that our daily life is not separate from our faith. Our whole life—every thought and action—can manifest love in our world.
      During Advent, we are invited to learn and grow in love each and every day. In small and big ways, in everything we do, think or say we are challenged to know and live love. Indeed, we are invited to be part of a revolution of love and tenderness— transforming the world through love.

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Additional Study Guides!

          1. *** Scott Hahn's commentaries can be found here

          2. *** from "Our Sunday Readings"
              downloadble commentary

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here! or image below(for larger version)

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