The Second Sunday of Advent

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and forever! 

Advent is such a wonderful liturgical season.  In these brief four weeks, we are treated to a feast of Sacred Scripture that can inspire each of us as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord. 

In today’s First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11) we hear about a place being prepared in the desert, a place where the glory of the Lord will be revealed.  In the Gospel (St. Mark 1:1-8), it is St. John the Baptist who appears in the desert announcing the coming of the Lord and calls forth a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 

 The Holy Season of Advent is the time to look deep into the dry places within our hearts, our own interior desert, and to seek transformation by a good Sacramental Confession.  Advent is a penitential time, a time to go to the Sacrament of Penance and be spiritually renewed.  Confession is good for your soul, and best of all, it is free of charge!  Go to Confession soon!  Afterwards, treat yourselves to a nice big pizza in celebration! 

Advent is a joyful season of Penance.  That is why the proper liturgical color is always violet.  I urge you all to go to Confession this holy Advent time.  Advent is brief, so do not put it off! 

Monday, December 8th, is the beautiful Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mary Immaculate is the Patroness of the United States of America!  We celebrate our belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without inheriting any stain of Original Sin.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation!  All Catholics must attend Holy Mass to honor our Blessed Mother.  Just think how lucky we are to have Mary Immaculate as our Heavenly Mother.  She loves all her children on earth!

Friday, December 12th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas.  The Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, raised this special day to a Feast for both North and South America.  Our Blessed Mother came to our continent beginning on December 9th through December 12 in the year 1531, on Tepeyac Hill, outside Mexico City, to St. Juan Diego.  For the rest of his life, St. Juan Diego lived as a hermit, telling all the wonders of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s miraculous intercessions. 

The Hispanic Communities around the Diocese of Norwich hold a special celebration at St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich.  All are most very welcome to celebrate the wonders of the Blessed Mother’s Mass with Bishop Cote on Friday night, beginning at 7 PM in the Cathedral.  A joyous Mexican Fiesta follows Mass in the Cathedral Hall.  Our Lady is the Mother of the Americas!  Celebrate this Advent time.

                                                                         Peaceful Advent Days! 
Father Jim 
                                                                        The Priests sing "Pie Jesu"


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