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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of December 7th - Second Week of Advent

Do you know about the Seven “Cs” that we use to get ourselves prepared for the Spirit of Christmas? Let’s see now….we have: Christmas Cards, Christmas Carols, Christmas Cookies, Christmas Candy, Christmas Candles, the Christmas Crib, and oh yes, Christmas Confession! During this time of year we have lots of traditions that tend to come out at our church and at home. All of these help bring more meaning and joy to our holiday season. They draw us closer as a family and as a parish church. They also reinforce our bond with God. So, what better way than adding Christmas Confession to our “to do” list? In Advent we are called to truly open our hearts to Christ. As John the Baptist would say, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” There is no better way than to look over this past year, examine who we are, where we have been, and to confess our failure and sin and so be forgiven. Only in this way can we truly receive a Savior! Going to confession is an essential part of our Catholic Christian faith in Christ. In fact, in order to maintain our Catholic status, every Catholic must confess their mortal sins at least once a year. It’s sort of like renewing the sticker on your license plate or renewing you driver’s license so you can continue to journey with God. Everyone here has a spiritual license plate and spiritual car from which we travel, so please take time to be renewed again so you may travel far! You will notice in our bulletin several opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in both our parishes and in the St. Cloud Area. All of the St. Cloud area priests have agreed to help each other out at these services. There is an Advent Communal Penance and Reconciliation Service near you! Here at St. Peter and St. Paul we have scheduled two services: At St. Paul’s it will be Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30 pm. and at St. Peter’s our service will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 pm. At both of these services, I have scheduled 12 different confessor/priests, so there should be plenty of time for everyone to receive the sacrament without waiting long. God bless all of you as we continue our journey toward this wonderful holiday we call Christmas! Fr. LeRoy

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