Mass Theme

December 8th ✙ 2nd Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 8th, 2019

       IN TODAY'S LITURGY we hear again the lonely voice of John the Baptist exhorting us to prepare a way for the Lord.
       Let us create a space in our minds and hearts so that the Lord can come to us in this Eucharist. John began his mission with a call to repentance. We begin the mass with the same call.
        Lord Jesus, you came to heal the contrite. Lord, have mercy.
       You came to call sinners to repentance. Christ, have mercy.
        You plead for us at the right hand of the Father. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, December 9th: ✟ Ruth Roth by the Altar Society
TUESDAY, December 10th: Safe Travels for Cynthia Penaranda
WEDNESDAY, December 11th : Anniversary of Alvin & Maria Garcia and Intentions of Fr. Patrick
FRIDAY, December 13th: ✟ Gerald & Marge Butler by Bill Ackerman

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St. Matthew

       Little is known about St. Matthew, except that he was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector, which was a hated profession during the time of Christ.
        According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and asked, "Follow me." With this simple call, Matthew became a disciple of Christ.
        From Matthew we know of the many doings of Christ and the message Christ spread of salvation for all people who come to God through Him. The Gospel account of Matthew tells the same story as that found in the other three Gospels, so scholars are certain of its authenticity.
        His book is the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament. Many years following the death of Christ, around 41 and 50 AD, Matthew wrote his gospel account. He wrote the book in Aramaic in the hope that his account would convince his fellow people that Jesus was the Messiah and that His kingdom had been fulfilled in a spiritual way. It was an important message at a time when almost everyone was expecting the return of a militant messiah brandishing a sword.
        It is thought he departed for other lands to escape persecution sometime after 42 AD. According to various legends he fled to Parthia and Persia, or Ethiopia. Nothing is recorded of Matthew's passing. We do not know how he died, if his death was natural or if he was martyred.
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Saint Matthew

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Reflections

The Bird of Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chilliest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Emily Dickinson

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Was St. Nicholas Real?

Yes, St. Nicholas (270-343) was the Bishop of Myra (now Demre in southwest Turkey).
He was imprisoned during
Emperor Diocletian’s persecution (303-305) and attended
the first ecumenical council at Nicaea. Famous for his
pastoral care, the many legendary stories of his charitable
deeds became the basis for the figure of Santa Claus.

Why do we call Jesus "Christ"?

“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name but a title.
It comes from the Greek “Christos” which means “Anointed One.” Ancient Jews enthroned their kings in a ceremony by anointing them with oil. This anointing distinguished the king as being the one chosen by God to deliver Israel form its’ enemies. So in calling Jesus “Christ,” Christians affirm not only his Lordship over all creation, but also his mission as Savior and the promised Messiah of the Jews.

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

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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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