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Rosary is held one half hour before Daily Mass

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The Solemnity 
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Parish Mission Begins
Homilies by Father George Elliott 
Angel Tree Begins
3:00 to 3:30 Confession
4pm Mass

7am Mass
9am Mass
10 to 10:55 Faith Formation
11am Mass
1:00 Discipleship Group for Young Men  
5:30 EDGE
5:30 Life TEEN

11am Mass
Noon  Book Club  
1pm Mission Talk
7pm Mission Talk
Topic:  Acts Two:  The Parish Gathered Around Our Lady

9am Mass
10am Choir Practice
1:00 Mission Talk
4:30  Live Nativity and Children's Choir
5:30 St. Cecelia's Choir practice
6:30 Adult Choir Practice
7pm Mission Talk
Topic:  Who's in Charge Here?  How to Make Mary your Queen and Jesus Your King. 

9am Mass
After Mass, Eucharistic Adoration 
3:20 Close of Eucharistic Adoration
4pm Mass Anticipation of Holy Day
4pm Faith Formation

9am Mass
11am Mass
6pm Mass
Pot Luck Supper (See bulletin for details)

No Mass

Angel Tree Collection Begins  
3:00 to 3:30 Confessions
4pm Mass

7am Mass
9am Mass
10am Faith Formation (K-5)
10 to 10:30 Sunday Faith Formation Parent Meeting
11am Mass

First Reading                                  Isaiah 11:1-10
A descendent of Jesse will usher in a time of peace.

Responsorial Psalm                 Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17
The Messiah will bring justice and peace to the nations.

Second Reading                             Romans 15:4-9
Both Jews and Gentiles glorify God for the salvation found in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading                         Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance.

   In this week's Gospel Reading and next week's, our Advent preparation for Christmas invites us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. In this week's Gospel, Matthew describes the work and preaching of John the Baptist.

  John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets of Israel, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. In fact, the description of John found in this reading is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In this reading, John directs a particularly pointed call to repentance to the Pharisees and Sadducees, parties within the Jewish community of the first century.

  John marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have practiced ritual washings for similar purposes, and John's baptism may have been related to the practices of the Essenes, a Jewish sect of the first century. John's baptism can be understood as an anticipation of Christian baptism. In this passage, John himself alludes to the difference between his baptism and the one yet to come: “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11).

  In this reading, John makes very clear that his relationship to the Messiah yet to come (Jesus) is one of service and subservience: “. . . the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals” (Matthew 3:11). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, today's passage is followed by Jesus' baptism by John, an event that is attested to in all four of the Gospels and appears to have been the start of Jesus' public ministry. John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus in the first century, we, too, are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by our repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives, as John did, the coming of the Lord.
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Chapter Two
The Experiences and Challenges of Families

Excerpt from Amoris Laetitia


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47.The Fathers also called particular attention to “families of persons with special needs, where the unexpected challenge of dealing with a disability can upset a family’s equilibrium, desires and expectations… Families who lovingly accept the difficult trial of a child with special needs are greatly to be admired. They render the Church and society an invaluable witness of faithfulness to the gift of life.  

  In these situations, the family can discover, together with the Christian community, new approaches, new ways of acting, a different way of understanding and identifying with others, by welcoming and caring for the mystery of the frailty of human life. People with disabilities are a gift for the family and an opportunity to grow in love, mutual aid and unity… If the family, in the light of the faith, accepts the presence of persons with special needs, they will be able to recognize and ensure the quality and value of every human life, with its proper needs, rights and opportunities. This approach will promote care and services on behalf of these disadvantaged persons and will encourage people to draw near to them and provide affection at every stage of their life”.33 Here I would stress that dedication and concern shown to migrants and to persons with special needs alike is a sign of the Spirit. Both situations are paradigmatic: they serve as a test of our commitment to show mercy in welcoming others and to help the
vulnerable to be fully a part of our communities.

32 Relatio Synodi 2015, 24.38
33 Ibid., 21
 The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of December 2016

 Universal: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.  

(See also Apostleship of Prayer International Website)

Second Sunday of Advent

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

November 20, 2016
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Office Hours:  8am to 4:30pm  Monday - Thursday 
                         8am to 1             Friday
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence. ​
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of December are:

  3. Francis Xavier, Memorial
  4. Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday
  6. Nicholas, Opt. Mem.
  7. Ambrose, Memorial
  8. Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feastday of the United States of America , Solemnity
  9. Juan Diego (USA), Opt. Mem.
  11. Third Sunday of Advent, Sunday
  12. Our Lady of Guadalupe (USA), Feast
  13. Lucy, Memorial
  14. John of the Cross, Memorial
  18. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday
  21. Peter Canisius, Opt. Mem.
  23. John of Kanty, Opt. Mem.
  24. Christmas Eve, Sunday
  25. Christmas, Solemnity
  26. Stephen, Feast
  27. John, Feast
  28. Holy Innocents, Feast
  29. Thomas Becket, Opt. Mem.
  30. Holy Family, Feast
  31. Sylvester I, Opt. Mem.​

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospels for the Sundays in December are taken from St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 1 of the readings.

December 4th - 2nd Sunday in Advent

The Gospel is about St. John the Baptist proclaiming repentance.

December 11th -3rd Sunday in Advent

Jesus talks to the followers of John the Baptist telling them to "Go back and tell John what you hear and see".

December 18th - 4th Sunday in Advent

The Gospel is about the revelation to St. Joseph of Mary's virginal conception.

December 25th - Christmas

This Gospel recounts the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. ​
   ^ Catholic Culture.org
The Month of December Saints' Feast Days
November 27, 2016
First Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent