|Pastors Desk |
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - As we prepare for
the crowds that will join us for the Eucharist on Christma--guests from out of
town or other parishes, college students and other young adult--it is important
to remember what we are doing and why we are doing it.
When you become
distracted, disoriented, depressed or dazed by the all the details and demands
Christmas can bring, take a minute to breath--deepl--and remember the words of
the angelic messenger announcing the birth of Christ, 'Do not be afraid; for
behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the city f David, a savior has been born for you who is Christ and
Lord" (Lk. 2:10-11).
In the spirit of Christmas we find JOY.
In the light of Christmas, we find HOPE. In the hush of
Christmas we find PEACE. At the heart of Christmas we find
LOVE. I commend you and those you love to the care and
protection of Mary Immaculate, the patron of our parish and our nation. Merry
CHRISTMAS LITURGY SCHEDULE
The Nativity of the Lord
Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Vigil Masses – 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Mass at Night – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Mass at Dawn – 8:30 a.m.
Mass During the Day – 11:00 a.m.
(“The faithful may participate fully in more than one Mass on Christmas,
including the sharing of Holy Communion.”)
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Saturday, December 27 – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 28– 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Octave Day of Christmas - Mary, Mother of God
Wednesday, December 31 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Families Always Matter, a
yearlong campaign to affirm families in their relationship with God, the church
and each other, in the Diocese of Erie launched December 1, 2014. Please visit
the website at www.ErieRCD.org/fam.htm and help to promote this important
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Key Passage: "Mary said,
'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your
word.' Then the angel departed from her". (Luke 1:38)
Take a "prayer time" of ten minutes ... ask God if there is something God would
like to say to you ... and LISTEN. How do you open your heart
to what God wants for you?
Child: Is there something hard
you need to do this week? What might make it easier?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Two thousand years ago, the young
woman named Mary responded as the perfect steward to an extraordinary call. She
first wrestled with the complexities given to her by the Angel Gabriel and while
uncertain of all it implied for her own future, ultimately said, simply and
directly: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according
to your word”. Does faith or fear motivate your stewardship and Sacrificial