Mass Theme

December 15th ✙ Third Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 15th, 2019

        IN TODAY'S GOSPEL we see Jesus at work:
enabling the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk.
        It is a marvelous display of compassion for suffering humanity. In this Eucharist we encounter the same compassionate Jesus. .
       Let us not be afraid to let Him see our wounds and handicaps..
       Lord, you open our eyes to see the signs of your presence in the world. Lord, have mercy.
       You open our ears to hear your word. Christ, have mercy.
       You open our hearts to show compassion towards those who suffer. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, December 16th: ✟ Francis & Bertha Ackerman
TUESDAY, December 17th: Intentions of Oralee Floria, by Jan Dusik
WEDNESDAY, December 18th : Intentions of Fr. Lawrence
FRIDAY, December 20th:✟ Michael Taff, by Carolyn Connolly

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St. Nicholas

       Children all over the world know him and love him. In Germany, he’s Kriss Kringle. In France, he’s Pere Noel. British children call him Father Christmas. Of course, you know him as Santa Claus. He’s got another name, you know. It’s an ancient one that goes back hundreds of years. It's one of the very first names people called him: St. Nicholas.
        Sometime in the fourth century a man named Nicholas was elected bishop of Myra, now called Mugla in southwestern Turkey. After his death he was buried in his cathedral. These two sentences tell all that we know for sure about St. Nicholas. Yet from ancient times Nicholas has been among the most celebrated saints.
       Somehow during the sixth century, a cult of Nicholas’s devotees grew extensively throughout the East. And in the ninth century a fictitious biography spread his following westward to Europe. When Muslims invaded Myra in 1087, Nicholas’s body was taken surreptitiously to Bari, Italy.
       Pope Urban II presided at the ceremony that enshrined his relics in a newly constructed church. From that time St. Nicholas has been universally venerated. For example, it is said that in the Middle Ages he was the saint most frequently depicted in art, second only to the Virgin Mary.
       Today this saint is about whom we have so few facts durably maintains his worldwide popularity.

St. Nicholas (Click this link or image above for more info)

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Reflections

A Reed in the Wind

John the Baptist was no reed swaying in the wind.
A reed swaying in the wind is a symbol of those who are easily influenced,
who go along with whatever is popular, and who have no convictions of their own.
But the humble reed can teach us something.
The fact that it is light means that it is at the mercy of every wind that blows.
But it has great strength too.
The greatest storm cannot uproot it.
Even when giant oaks come crashing down,
the slender reed still stands secure.
Lord teach us that there is strength in weakness and suppleness, and
give us the wisdom to know when to bend and when to stand firm.

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Why is the 3rd Sunday of Advent known as Gaudete Sunday?

Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass, which is:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
This is a quotation from Philippians 4:4-5:
and in Latin, the first word of the antiphon is Gaudete.
Advent is the season of preparing for the arrival of the Lord Jesus. Thus it is appropriate to rejoice as we see the goal of the season is approaching:
“The Lord is near.”

What is the appropriate color for this day?

In this mass the color violet or rose is used.The rose color reminds us of the color of the sky at the very brink of morning, when the sun is just beginning to come up. The horizon takes a pale rose color that gradually gets redder and brighter as the sun rises.
Life for faithful Christians is like a long sunrise, and death is the entrance into the bright, everlasting day of eternal life.

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Pray 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:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano,Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army

Nick Kennedy, USN

Commander Michael Quigley,US Navy James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

Amen.

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