Please remember in prayer this week our second graders, who will have First Reconciliation on Saturday. Our youngsters are ready for a wonderful sacrament.
The best way to prepare for Christmas doesn't involve baking, decorating or shopping. If you haven't taken part yet in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent, please make this your preparation and your gift to the Lord. We have many extra times for confessions before Christmas here in our parish, and our neighboring parishes also have opportunities. If it has been a long time, you will be warmly welcomed. If you have forgotten the prayers, pick up a pamphlet in the rack in the back church vestibule or just tell the priest that you have forgotten the prayers. If you come to the Lord with a humble spirit, you will find great healing and joy in this sacrament.
Reconciliation times at St. Therese, Little Flower
Friday, Dec. 20: noon-1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated December 9 — 8:30 a.m. Mass
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated December 12 — 8:30 a.m. Mass
December 8 is, of course, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is a holy day of obligation in our country and the patronal feast day of our diocese. However, since December 8 falls on a Sunday of Advent this year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday, December 9, and it will not be a holy day of obligation. We will maintain our regular 8:30 a.m. Mass time on Monday morning.
We have a group of teens offering a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning this weekend, trying to raise money for a mission trip during the summer in upstate New York. It is good to see our young people active in the Church and offering a week of their summer vacation serving the poor. Please support them if you can.
Advent is our time to prepare to meet the Lord. There is a type of preparation which is far more important than shopping and wrapping and decorating ... spiritual preparation. We will have a parish Penance Service on Saturday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. Several priests will be here to help with the sacrament. This is our chance to confess our sin before the Lord and to receive a new start with the great gift of absolution. I can't imagine a better way to prepare for Christmas. If you have been away from this sacrament for a long time or have forgotten the prayers, please don't let that discourage you. We will have pamphlets in the church which include the format, and we will have friendly priests who are happy to lead you.