Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on December 6, 2020
Take notice, if you have not already done so, of the beautiful outdoor Advent wreath in our courtyard. With limited numbers allowed physically in church, here is an opportunity for individuals and families to drive by or walk by and reflect on the Advent wreath and how it helps us recall the true meaning of the Advent and Christmas Seasons. We light the candles on our wreath and pray with the entire Church. Emmanuel, of the O Antiphons, has come. God has come… and will come again. Be watchful, alert, and as we hear on this second Sunday of Advent, be prepared to greet him when he comes again.
The idea of the outdoor wreath came from our seasonal planning committee. The creation and set-up were done by Larry Wardzala who works in our church and decorates it so beautifully for the liturgical seasons. Thank you to all!
This Tuesday, December 8, the church remembers Mary, our Blessed Mother, under the title of the Immaculate Conception. The words, “Immaculate Conception,” refer to Mary’s birth, not Jesus’. The miracle of Jesus’ virginal conception was preceded by the miracle of Mary’s Immaculate Conception.
While Holy Days have been dispensed this year due to Covid-19, it is still a day worth remembering and reflecting on at home. From the moment of her birth, the Virgin Mary was prepared to give her assent to God’s great plan. She was not selfish or absorbed in others’ opinions. She used her free will to serve God. How do we use our free will to serve God? God is more powerful than we are and has proven it over the course of time, miracle upon miracle.
I ask all to keep something in mind as we prepare to celebrate Christmas under the seating limitations and the need for registration for Masses. Not everyone will be able to attend in-person Christmas Mass. However, you can also watch Mass live-streamed from St. Giles, together with your families at home. Keep in mind that there is a Christmas season, an eight-day liturgical opportunity from Christmas Day until January 1, in which you can attend Mass during that time as well. Consider now how you might use the time we have during the entire octave of eight days, to celebrate as a parish family our Savior’s birth. Just some food for thought to begin thinking about now.
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Have a blessed week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish