Monday, December 8, 2008

Announcements: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Dear Holy Rosary Parishioners, here are a few announcements:

For pictures of the baptism of Josh and Kara, December 7, CLICK HERE.

Christmas Mass: Christmas Mass will be at 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 24th. I will be traveling from King Salmon that evening as well. I have asked Van Air to pick me up at 6:00 P.M. in King Salmon the 24th of December. Please pray for good weather! NOTE: There will be NO mass on Christmas day, December 25th.

Christmas Homily: I will be asking the children to come forward during the homily. I have a magic trick card game that I will use to ask questions about Christmas, i.e. questions about the nativity, Jesus, shepherds, angels, manger, etc.

Gospel: The third week of advent is rose color. It means rejoice. As we shall soon be celebrating the birth of Christ, the coming of the light, let us, like John the Baptist, be witnesses to speak for the light. Let our witness be our joyfulness, our thankful attitude, our love of liberty, and of life lived with integrity and filled with praise!

Confirmation: I have two people I am preparing to be confirmed at Easter, Chris Floresta and Judy (from Clarks Point). Judy wants to convert to Catholicism.

Marriage Preparation: I am also preparing Thomas and Melina for marriage in the Catholic Church. Since they are both married civilly, getting married in the church is called, “convalidation (NOT the renewal of vows, but of consent).” Convalidation is a bit complicated. Here is what Canon 1157 says, “This renewal of consent must be a new act of the will concerning a marriage which the person who is renewing knows or thinks was null from the beginning (this relates to the marriage here and now.” The Catholic Church believes that a marriage is not truly a marriage until it is performed in the church. So if you have not been married in the church, please let me know and we can talk about it.

Christmas Decorating: After Mass the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 21st we will be decorating for the Christmas Eve Mass. I ordered a Christmas tree from Alaska Mill and Feed this year. So, please consider staying after mass and helping to decorate!

Take care and have a wonderful Advent week…Fr. Scott

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