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Fr. Tom’s Letters

 

Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.

 

 

 

 

November 27, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Welcome to Advent and a new Church year. Advent marks a new beginning, a time of preparation, and a time of alertness. As a new beginning, Advent suggest initiative and renewal. As a time of preparation, Advent allows us to get ready for Christmas. As a time of alertness, Advent encourages us to be watchful for all that is happening around us.

This is a full Advent season. As Christmas occurs on a Sunday, we will enjoy the four full weeks of Advent. Christmas will arrive on schedule and we anticipate a joyful and hopefully peaceful Christmas season. This year, we cannot afford to miss Advent by getting rushed into the Christmas spirit.

As I come to the beginning of Advent as the pastor of St. Anne’s, I want to be alert to the need for initiative and renewal that Advent affords us as a faith community. Being alert, I believe this Advent Season is a time for initiative and renewal regarding our parish’s fidelity to our faith obligation of attending Sunday Mass. The four Sundays of Advent give us an excellent opportunity for this parish renewal.

In terms of initiative, some parents of school aged children have shown great initiative in returning the Family Mass for 10:30AM in the St. Francis Ministry Center. Young families are especially encouraged to attend this Mass during the Advent season. Second grade First Communion parents recently met and we spoke about preparation for these great First Communion Masses in the spring. The surest way to prepare a child for First Holy Communion is to bring them to Mass during the Sundays of Advent. There is no better way! The Family Mass is another opportunity to do that with other young families. Perhaps during the Advent season we will outgrow the space in the St. Francis Ministry Center and need to move to a larger space.

Last Sunday, more than 1100 persons gathered for Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King. This included about 50 persons who attended the Special Needs Respite Mass on Saturday evening in the St. Francis Ministry Center. The return of this Mass is another expression of renewal and recommitment to Sunday Mass. Those who attended the Respite Mass were delighted to be together once again. The weekend celebrations of the Solemnity of Christ the King reflected on the magnificent words of Jesus in the gospel, when hanging on the Cross, among his final words, Jesus says to his criminal companion at Crucifixion, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”

My friends, my Advent hope and prayer is that we at St. Anne’s will use this Advent Season to encourage one another and join with one another at Sunday Mass. This is the time of year of invitation, a time of gathering, a time of being together. Let’s do all those things during these Sundays of Advent. Have the Advent spirit to pray with friends and neighbors at Mass for a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

For the second graders, there is no better preparation for First Holy Communion than to attend Mass. For a preparation for Christmas, there is no better way to get ready for Christmas than to attend Sunday Mass. Please join us.

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ADDITIONAL ADVENT NOTES

1. There will be weeknight evening Advent Masses at 7:00PM from Monday to Thursday.

2. There is an Advent Invitation for Prayer, Reflection, and Conversation on Monday, December 5 and, Monday, December 12 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Additional information is in the bulletin.

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FR. RUDY CELEBRATION

Father Rudy is celebrating 40 years of priesthood this year. He will celebrate at his parish Good Shepherd next Sunday, December 4 at the 12:00 Noon Mass. All St. Anne’s parishioners are invited to celebrate with Fr. Rudy. Fr. Rudy served as Associate Pastor at St. Anne’s for 15 years and has many wonderful friendships with the parishioners of St. Anne. Congratulations Fr. Rudy!

Blessed and peaceful Advent to all!

Fr. Tom