As we celebrate this Christmas day, may the birth of Jesus remind each of us of just how much God loves us. May the spirit of that first Christmas live in the hearts of all of you. On behalf of the Friars and Staff, a very blessed Christmas season to all.
Allow me to use this opportunity to say Thank You to all who so generously give of your time and talents in the numerous ministries here at Immaculate Conception. As well, Thank You for your generous support over this past year with the gift of your treasures. God has truly blessed us as a parish community.
When we open ourselves to embrace the Jesus within us, reaching out to those we meet daily becomes a joy and a blessing. It invites us to be His witness and make the Gospel message come alive.
St. Francis has arrived! Our new statue will be placed shortly in the church. In the meantime, it will find a place by our Christmas crèche, which was a gift St. Francis gave to us, the Church and world.
Hope you can find sometime this week to visit the St. Teresa of Calcutta display in the church. What a blessing it is for us to have this within the week of Christmas. Did you know that if you take a clean piece of cloth, touch it to the relic, that cloth then becomes a third-class relic? Often people will bring a new white handkerchief to use for this purpose.
With all our Christmas Masses next weekend and Bounty of Bethlehem, let us not forget that the Methodist Church across the street will also be celebrating services. Let us not take their parking spots from them. This is not just at Christmas, but all year long. Please, let us keep good terms with our Methodist neighbors.
Grace Lutheran has successfully made the move to our garage and we are now officially called The Good Samaritan Attic. It will be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon, and on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm. There are a variety of items currently at the Attic to help those in need. Another project of working as one with Grace Lutheran Church.
Looking for something good to read or as a gift for someone you care about? I would recommend The Gospel of Joy by Pope Francis. This letter will be the basis of a new program that we will be launching in 2017 here at Immaculate Conception. Get on board now!
Next Saturday at the 5:00 Mass we will officially welcome the relics of St. Teresa of Calcutta as well as a display of her life. Plan on making some time to visit the display that will be in the main church.
St. Francis has arrived! Our new statue will be placed shortly in the church. Working on a stand now.
Monday, December 5th will be our parish Advent Penance Service, a time to make peace with God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As in the past, several priests will be available to celebrate this sacrament with us. Avail yourself of this beautiful sacrament.
Also, this week, on December 8th, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary, under this title, is the patroness of our parish as well as our nation and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. See this bulletin for the schedule of Masses.
If you are unable to attend the 1:30 Spanish Mass next weekend in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, come and join others as the statue of Our Lady processes through the streets of Hendersonville. A map and details is inserted. While this is great for everyone, it is especially wonderful for our children.
Happy New Year! The Church today on this First Sunday of Advent begins a new liturgical year. Today is more than four weeks until Christmas, it is an invitation to journey as a Church through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us together walk this journey together as true witnesses of Jesus Christ in unity and love.
Next Monday, December 5th will be our parish Advent Penance Service, a time to make peace with God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As in the past, several priests will be available to celebrate this sacrament with us. Avail yourself of this beautiful sacrament.
Thank you to all who joined us in prayer at Trinity Presbyterian as well as on Thanksgiving morning here at our church. Wonderful to see so many of you joining together in gratitude for God’s many gifts.