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Little Flower Church invites you to our Epiphany Party!
Sunday, January 6, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Parish Center

Bring something to share!
Families with last names:
A-G: Drinks  |  H-N: Vegetable or Salad  |  O-T: Side Dish or Starch  |  U-Z: Dessert

The parish will provide chicken as the entree and a King Cake.
Saturday, January 12

All men of the parish are invited and encouraged to bring a friend, brother, son or neighbor for this monthly opportunity for faith, food and fellowship!
A long time ago you both said "I Do". It's time now to say "We Will", by continuing to Love & Honor each other. What a better way to do that by refreshing your love on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Be careful, you might just start holding hands again. Discover the love that never went away.

Christmas is about welcoming Jesus into our lives in the manner that He truly deserves.  Two-thousand some years ago, the Christ child was not received as He merited, simply because no one knew who He was except Joseph and Mary.  We, however, call Him Lord, and it is our turn to give Him the welcome He deserves. Yet, as we discussed hospitality last week, we must recall that we welcome Jesus in a special way through our neighbor: "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Mt. 25:40).  Let us thank God for the way He reveals himself to us through our neighbors, including family, friends, and so much more. May we truly bring Jesus into our home through the way we love each other as we love Jesus Christ.

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
Family Mass: 
    4:00 p.m. - Nativity Pageant and Children’s Choir prelude
    4:30 p.m. - Mass
Vigil Mass, 7:00 p.m.
Vigil Mass, 10:00 p.m.

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

Morning Mass,  9:30 a.m.
 Reflections on the beauty of our Faith from our parish missionary

Once upon a time, there was a man. This man wanted to understand better the coming of Jesus to earth on Christmas.

So he called together a group of people to a cave. Some people brought sheep, donkeys, and cows, and each person dressed themselves. One as Mary, one as Joseph, and several shepherds, with a baby to be the Christ Child.

Our Lady of the Road Drop-in Center of the Catholic Worker is offering a Christmas dinner for all who are in need of a meal on Christmas Day.
 
We need lots of help to feed as many as 100 people.  Will you join us in the privilege and the blessing of feeding the hungry to celebrate God With Us?
 

In about a week, we are going to experience many more worshipers in our church.  They are here to praise God with their families because this is or was their home.  We must be ready to receive them well, as God would have us do. Hospitality is a biblical virtue.  We can find it especially in the story of Abraham and Sarah welcoming the three guests who are journeying past their camp in Genesis 18.  We are told "the Lord" is visiting Abraham and then these men are described. There is a beautiful explanation of this encounter from the website www.TheologyOfWork.org that I wish to offer you here in my own summary:

I hope the first part of Advent has been fruitful for you.  It has been a good opportunity for me to start some practices of reading more in the evening, getting up on time and saying my morning prayers, and trying to clear some more space for Christ’s birth in my daily routines.  Here are some ways that you and I can get the most out of Advent.