Christmas Letter from Father Raul Nov. 22, 2016
The Feast of Christ the King (November 20th) is the culmination of the Liturgical Year. The Church calendar (Liturgical Year) starts with the season of Advent. As the word, “Adventus” means “coming”, Advent entails preparing to remember Christ’s first coming (Christmas) and preparing for His second coming (“Parousia”).
Advent preparations are both external and internal. Here in our parish, we offer opportunities to have a truly fruitful Christmas celebration. We hope you will avail yourselves of this great opportunity to be refreshed, be renewed and to start a new liturgical year and celebrate our being “”Corpus Christi” – the Body of Christ.
Penitential Services (Confessions) are a worthwhile preparation for Christmas – have a clean heart and a clear conscience where Jesus can come and be born again in each of us on Christmas. Aside from our regular schedule for Reconciliation – Saturdays 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Parish communal celebration of Penance – Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm. There are some families whose children are receiving the sacrament of First Reconciliation and we appreciate the support provided by the parishioners.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 pm during Advent (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21) in all churches in the diocese; also included is the schedule of Penitential Services in the Northwest Parishes for your reference.
May all the blessings of the Christ Child be yours this Christmas and may His Divine Presence enrich your life throughout the New Year.
Yours at the service of the Lord and His people,
Rev. Raul A. Ranola, Pastor