We’re closing in on the last days of Advent, the final moments before Christmas.
‘Tis the Season … of last minute shopping, numerous parties, long lines at the mall, not enough time to bake all those cookies or wrap the gifts; our nerves are on edge, our patience is at an end, and we are just tired out!’
Why not spend this week focusing on Jesus and let the rest go.
That tiny baby in the manger is the mighty God
who brings peace, joy and love to all.
2 MANGER FOR THE CHRIST CHILD
Halfway through Advent – have you missed it?
It’s halfway through Advent and we really wanted to make this a reflective and calm season, preparing for your birth and pondering how you came into this world in such a humble way. But it’s so busy and we’re distracted and sometimes even short-tempered with those we love the most. Where are You in THAT?
We become discouraged and wish we could start over. But when contemplating Your birth in a bed of straw, it’s a mess in that stable and our lives are a little messy, too. You came into a humble place and that humility is often where we live our lives - feeling guilty or distracted and wishing we were a better person. But if we stop thinking of ourselves and focus on You, You are there, waiting to love us, even though we have so many unfulfilled good intentions about prayer, so many desires of how to change this fleeting Advent season. We can begin Advent today and make this season deeper by making room in our hearts for You.
Help me take just a moment before getting out of bed in the morning and feel the empty place in my own life so often filled with busyness. Come, Lord Jesus. Come into that dark and lonely spot in my heart. You know what our needs are more than we do. Let us feel your love. It’s not too late. You are waiting to enter our lives today. Help us to open our heart in these remaining days.
THANK YOU, JESUS.
3 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
It can be as easy as stopping at one of our Religious Display cases in the gathering space. We have many items that would make a special gift for a friend or a loved one. Many items come in quantities and would make great hobby gifts or stocking stuffers. Just ask for help at the parish office.
St. Mary’s Altar Society has cookbooks on sale for $12.00 ea.
Please remember our bulletin advertisers as you shop this Christmas Season.
You will find the perfect gift if you just turn your bulletin over!