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Father's Reflections First Sunday of Advent

Dec 1, 2017

Dear St. Paul Family,

This is the first Sunday of Advent and today we begin a new liturgical year.  May this time of preparation before Christmas not get too bogged down in worldly matters, but may we all be lifted up to focus on the more important matters...primarily our relationship with Jesus.  Let us always make sure to focus on Jesus and always make him the number one priority in our lives.  This is the shortest the Advent season can possibly be since the 4th Sunday of Advent is on December 24th this year.  So let’s make the best of it.  If you want the Best Advent Ever, consider going to DYNAMICCATHOLIC.COM/ADVENT17 and consider signing up for the Dynamic Catholic daily Advent e-mail program to help you in your daily Advent prayer and reflection.

You will notice in the bulletin this week the schedule of the area Advent Communal Penance services.  You are invited to attend one of them to prepare your heart, mind, and soul for Christmas.  Our Advent Communal Penance Service here at St. Paul will take place on Wednesday, December 6th, at 6:30pm.  We will have several priests available to hear confessions.

This Friday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryThis is a Holy Day of Obligation, and holds the same obligation for us as Catholics to attend Mass as on Sunday.  We will have two Masses on Friday at 7:30am and 6:30pm.  The times are also listed in the Mass schedule in this bulletin.   Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States.  Let’s join together in prayer for this feast and pray for our nation, our parish, and our families.

Next weekend, December 9 & 10, is our annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious and Diocesan Priests.  This year’s collection will again also include the retired priests of the Green Bay Diocese.  We currently have more retired, or senior priests, than we do have administratively active priests, therefore, we have fewer priests to pay into the priests’ retirement fund.  Please note on the envelope for this collection that you will find in this week’s bulletin where you would like your contributions allocated.  Please be as generous as you can in helping our retired priests and religious who have given so much of their lives in service to us, the members of the Church.

Have a Great 1st Week of Advent!

Blessings,
Fr. Andy