This week we are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In keeping with our Covenant with Grace Lutheran Church, we will meet there on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm for a joint prayer service. All are invited and bring a friend. We are having a special “Couples Dinner” with the proceeds to go toward Malachi’s Playground. It will be February 2nd. Check the bulletin for details.
While the family wishes to remain anonymous, we are grateful to the school family who donated and had installed the new fence around Immaculata School. It is beautiful. Thank you!!
This Sunday we begin the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. For many Sundays in this lectionary cycle (Cycle C), our readings will be taken from the Gospel of Luke. Occasionally, however, we will read from John's Gospel. This is true of today's Gospel reading, which describes the beginning of Jesus' ministry and his first miracle.
As we continue to celebrate this great feast of Christmas, on behalf of the Friars I would like to thank you for your many cards and gifts. It all comes together this weekend as we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. We are grateful to be a part of the family of Immaculate Conception and are grateful for all of you. May this New Year fill you with many choice blessings. Let me use this time as well to thank all of you who are involved in many of our ministries here. Often the ministry that you are involved in can seem to go unnoticed. Yes, you are noticed and appreciated more then you realize. So, as we bring this year to a close, a big THANK YOU to all of you. God bless you!!
Reflect, today, upon your own family life. Some families are strong in virtue, some struggle with basic communication. Some are faithful day in and day out, some are broken and deeply wounded. No matter the case, know that God wants to enter more deeply into your family life just as it is right now.
Our Advent journey has come to an end with this 4th Sunday of Advent. Monday will be Christmas eve. On behalf of the Friars and staff here at Immaculate Conception, let me wish each of you a very Blessed and Happy Christmas. May the newborn Jesus find a welcome home in your heart and your homes. Be assured of our prayers for all of you during this holy season of Christmas.
Bounty of Bethlehem will be held Christmas day in our school gym. If you will be alone for Christmas or just want to celebrate with others, please join us for dinner. We would love to have you. On this 4th Sunday of Advent, Mary is a model and symbol of the Church. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God's plan for salvation as we welcome Jesus Christ.
Our Advent Penance Service will be Monday, December 17th at 7:00pm. We will as usual have several priests joining us to celebrate with you the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance.
A big thank you to all involved in putting together our parish pictorial directory. If you had your picture taken and have not picked up your directory, please do so at the parish office. For those interested, we do have some extra ones that can be purchased for $10. These too are at the office.
The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.
The Advent season is a good time for us to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here at Immaculate we will have our Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 17th at 7:00. Other penance services in the vicariate can be found elsewhere in the bulletin.
Thank you to all who purchased gifts and brought them to church last weekend. What a beautiful sight to see the wrapped gifts surrounding the sanctuary. Each of them a gift of love for those less fortunate. John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by repentance and reform of our lives. Again, Monday, December 17th for our Penance Service.