Mass Theme

December 1st ✙ 1st Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 1st, 2019

       TODAY WE HONOR CHRIST, as our King. And we honor Him best by helping to spread his Kingdom. Our sins are a blight on our service of Christ. But Christ, who forgave the repentant thief, will forgive us too. Let us, then, with confidence call to mind our need for forgiveness.
       Lord Jesus, you help us to spread your Kingdom by making peace with others. Lord, have mercy.
        You help us to spread your Kingdom by forgiving others. Christ, have mercy.
        Lord, you help us to spread your Kingdom by caring about others. Lord, have mercy.

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

What is Advent and the Advent Wreath

ADVENT is a Latin word meaning the coming or arrival.
The season of Advent is a time to prepare to celebrate the three arrivals of Christ:
1) His lowly birth in the past.
2) His mysterious coming to the Christian community in the present.
3) His promised return as our judge at the end of time.
An ADVENT WREATH is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted,
representing the four weeks of Advent.
Ideally three candles are purple and one is rose.
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time.
The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, or the Sunday of Rejoicing
because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when the preparation is now half over and we are close to Christmas.
The lighting of the Advent candles represents the promise of the coming of Jesus, the light of the world.

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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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Prayer List

Your prayers are requested for these Parishioners and Friends

Angie Pigoni Barbara Entsisle
Oralee Floria Marilyn Birkett
Barbara Crownover Lori Wise
Barbara J. Ferguson Janet Renon
Penny Davis Jim Mathews
Marian Bryant Sarah Bryan
Randy Bertolucci John McAvoy
Ted Lockett Joe Bonchonsky
Jean Marie Sylwanowicz Joe Spini
Nellie del Nero Kitty Lyons
Sandy Zan Ed Flynn
Rebecca Weston Robert & Cathy Neptune
Lyn Lockett Steve Smith
Rita Heikura Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado
John Dell'Amico  

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Reflections

The Gospel of Matthew - Cycle A

       The book of Matthew is the first Gospel (an account of Jesus’ life and ministry) in the New Testament. In Matthew, Jesus teaches people what it means to be part of His kingdom, the “kingdom of heaven.”
       He is betrayed and crucified. He rises again and commissions His disciples to spread the good news.
        Matthew seems to have written this Gospel to a Christian audience who was either Jewish or highly familiar with the Jewish religion. Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah (Mt 1:1), the promised descendant of King David who would bring God’s kingdom to earth and establish a time of peace and justice.
        Matthew quotes the Old Testament extensively, and places special emphasis on Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecies— which would have been important to a Jewish audience. Matthew tells us the story of Jesus with an emphasis on His role as Messiah, or Christ.
        Matthew is a phenomenal work of literature, arranged in a way that presents Jesus as the ultimate Jewish hero: the Messianic son of David, the prophet who surpasses Moses, and the seed of Abraham that blesses all the nation.

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EncirclingPrayer

       In today's second reading,
we heard St. Paul say: "Let your
armour be the Lord." Hence, we might pray as follows:
Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near; keep danger afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep hope within; keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near; keep darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within; keep strife without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep love within; keep hate without.
Amen

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Welcome to Year A

       The start of a new liturgical year, beginning this weekend also marks the transition from one lectionary cycle (A, B, or C) to the next. We have just finished with cycle C.
       These cycles are a result of the Second Vatican Council, which ordered a change in the Sunday readings at Mass so that Catholics would become more familiar with the text of the Bible. As a result we now have a three-year cycle of readings built around readings from the three synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
        This liturgical year the readings will focus on the Gospel of Matthew.

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Welcoming Advent

      Advent is a joyful time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
      Following the Lord’s Prayer, we hear: “... as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” This prayer reminds us that we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience—the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives, the return of Christ in glory at the end of time.
       This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of the hope that God promises us as we prepare for the feast of Christmas.

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