Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
December 1, 2013
From your Pastor,
As we enter into this Advent season, for the most part, we are preparing for Christmas and all that it entails. We may ask ourselves then, what is the purpose of the Advent season and do we still need it? Yes, we still need the season of Advent. Many of us will remember the slogan several years ago: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” In a nutshell, that is the purpose of the Advent Season - to keep our thoughts focused on Jesus. Just think, if the Blessed Virgin Mary did not say ”Yes”, there would be no Jesus, no Christmas, no Good Friday, no Easter Sunday, and no Ascension. Mary’s “Yes” and God the Father’s love for mankind changed each of our lives for the better, by sending His Son.
I know the trend now is to simply say “Happy Holidays”, but that is not what the season is about. Every Christmas card we send out should be a religious one. If not, please include a “Wishing you a Blessed Christmas” greeting. With every special food basket or gift that you send, include “Merry Christmas” with your thoughts. Don’t forget the reason for the season is Jesus. So, in the next four weeks, let us make a special effort to keep focused on Jesus. Then each of us can truly celebrate the meaning of Christmas. It is not about a Happy Holiday - it is about Jesus.
I also want to let you know about the Christmas Mass schedule for this year. There is an important change in it. Due to many parishioners asking for an earlier Midnight Mass, I have scheduled it for 9 p.m. this year. Many of our parishioners are elderly and not able to attend Mass at a later time. They don’t feel comfortable coming out that late at night. I have also noticed that the attendance for the traditional Midnight Mass keeps getting smaller. So the Masses on Christmas Eve (December 24th) will be held at 5:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day will be held at 10:00 a.m. As a point of reference, I have also checked the Vatican Website and noticed their Christmas Eve Mass is at 10:00 p.m. again this year, as it has been for the past several years. Have a Great Advent season by keeping focused on Jesus.
God Bless and have a great week.