Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent always seems to arrive quickly and pass quickly. As a Liturgical Time it often must compete with an overarching anticipated Christmas Time, at least outside of church. I encourage you to make a resolution this week to observe Advent in a spiritual and practical way. Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight (cf. Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, n. 39). A spiritual resolution may be to unite with the whole Church in waiting for the coming of the Lord. This can take place by reading the book of the Prophet Isaiah, the Prophet of Advent, who prepares us for the coming of Christ. Pray more frequently the Holy Rosary with Mary, who above all is the sign of Faith to the Church as she awaited the birth of the Savior. Make a good Advent Confession during the first days of Advent. Spent time with Jesus in the blessed Sacrament (Monday, Tuesday & Friday 7a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Chapel and on Thursdays 10 a.m. -6p.m. in the Church) During this time we have an additional availability for the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation 7:30 AM – 8:45 A.M. Tuesdays & Fridays. Our observance of Advent will be much more fruitful if we invest in it spiritually. A practical resolution may include delaying the playing of Christmas carols and decorating for Christmas at least until Christmas Day is near. When everything sounds and looks like Christmas, it difficult to keep to the Advent Time of expectation. Let us pray for one another that we have a blessed Advent!
As the Advent season approaches, please be generous with our parish, the Church needs everyone’s Economic help to cover all the expenses. Also continue helping us to 2021 Diocesan Annual Campaign we need to collect $9,800.00 to reach the Parish goal.
Thank you so very much for all your goodness and generosity to Saint Benedict Parish in so many ways.
God bless you,
Father Jose Elias