Parish News - Christmas Confessions and Lessons & Carols

 

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Make this your ADVENT PREPARATION.

Christmas Confessions and Lessons & Carols

Our Parish will celebrate ADVENT with Christmas Confessions on Monday, December 11 at 4:00pm and the annual presentation of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30pm in Church.   All are invited!

There are five Confessors scheduled for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Christmas.

The presentation Lessons & Carols is an opportunity to hear the promise and fulfillment of the Word of God in the Sacred Scriptures.  It is also a time to recognize the poverty and simplicity into which Jesus, the Christ Child, was born.

Our Parish Patron, Saint Francis of Assisi, prepared a manger inside a cave with live animals, ox and donkey.  He wanted everyone to experience how the Christ Child came into the world in poverty and simplicity.  Radically devoted to the virtue of poverty, he wanted to recreate this great event to contrast with the greed and materialism prevalent at that time in Italy.  He had visited the place of Christ’s birth on a pilgrimage and wanted us to see the Child Jesus born into the world in poverty, humility, and simplicity.   Saint Francis founded a new Religious Order, Franciscans, to imitate these virtues.

Our prayer is that this story may inspire you to see your home Nativity Set as more than just a pretty Christmas decoration. It is a historic Catholic tradition that invites us to meditate on the Charism of humility, poverty and simplicity.

Saint Bonaventure, a follower and contemporary of Saint Francis of Assisi, has given us an account of the night of the live Franciscan Nativity Scene.

 It happened in the third year before his death, that in order to excite the inhabitants of the village of Greccio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus, Francis determined to keep it with all possible solemnity.

Lest he should be accused of lightness or novelty, he obtained the permission of the sovereign Pontiff. Then he prepared a manger with hay; he brought an ox and an ass to the scene.  The people were summoned and ran with anticipation; the forest resounded with their own voice; that venerable night was made glorious by many, brilliant lights and sonorous psalms of praise.”

Father Richard York, Pastor

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Jeanette Lindish, Director of Evangelization