I hope your Advent season is going fine. Advent is all about praying and listening and watching and waiting and preparing our minds and hearts to receive our Lord and Savior on Christmas Day! So, here is hoping the rest of your Advent Season goes well! If you have not done so already, consider receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this coming week. It’s not too late! All during Advent, we have had Advent Penance Services in our parishes offered throughout the St. Cloud area. I believe Holy Spirit still has one on Sunday, December 20th at 3:30 pm and St. Mary’s Cathedral also has one on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6:30 pm. I, along with a host of other priests will be helping out, so please come join us.
Also, as part of our ongoing commitment to evangelization, about every other year we offer a free gift to all our parishioners and to anyone who wishes to have one. This year, we have a two-fold gift which we will be handing out after all our services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 1) We are giving everyone a small pin with a nice message on it and along with this comes a refrigerator magnet reminding us of our parish Mass times and schedules during the year. 2) With the help of some very generous donators, we are also giving a free book entitled, “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly. Matthew Kelly is a renowned Catholic lay evangelist who wants us to get excited about our Catholic Faith and relationship with Jesus. He is a very interesting author and his book is well worth reading! Again, we will be handing out these items this coming week after all our Christmas Services so please pick yours up free of charge! Who knows, it just might stir something up inside that will change your understanding of our Lord and why our Catholic Church and faith is so vital to us! In the meantime, I hope to see you at our holiday services during this holy season.