I reminded everyone in my homily on the First Sunday of Advent that the penance during this season centered on joy and rejoicing. It is meant to be different from the season of Lent, which centers on fasting and acts of penance. During Advent there is joy in preparing our hearts to receive the Lord anew as we begin a new year. This might be something new for some Catholics, as joy is not a word that some think of when celebrating Confession. Yet the end result of confessing our sins is always the absolution of ALL our sins. That is what brings joy.
Our Advent Penance Service is on demand for your viewing (parish YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website), and there are two more evenings for confessions after viewing the penance service. Monday, two priests are available 6:00-7:30 pm, and Wednesday, five priests are available 6:00-7:30 pm. Welcoming hosts will be present to guide everyone for confessions.
Hospitality is central to any Christian community, and we invite all parishioners to be a welcoming Christ-like spirit to everyone we encounter at our Christmas Masses. There are a number of hurting people whose stories we do not know, and it can make a huge difference when Christians welcome, smile, greet and celebrate Christmas well. We look forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Masses this coming weekend.
Peace in Christ,