Week of December 4, 2016
We are in the midst of the Advent season already. My, how time flies! The word, “Advent” (as many of you know) means “coming.” This is in reference to the “Coming of the Lord” as Lord and Savior of our life. Jesus comes to us in many ways: He comes to us in our past at this birth, he comes to us in our present through the events and people who surround us, and he promised to come to us in our future at his second coming to save us from this world of darkness and sin. John the Baptist is the main figure in many of our gospel readings who really embodies the spirit of the Advent Season as he challenges us to, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths…”
In my mind there is no better way to “prepare” for Christ than to be reconciled with God and invite His forgiveness and peace into our life. After all, isn’t this what it means to truly receive our Savior? You will notice in our bulletin several opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation within our St. Cloud area. All of us St. Cloud area priests have agreed to help each other out at these services to help make your experience of God’s forgiveness both meaningful and convenient. Please check the various times and places for these service in our bulletin and see which one best fits you.
For St. Peter and St. Paul we have scheduled two great opportunities or services: At St. Paul our Advent Reconciliation Service will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM. At St. Peter our service will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 PM. In both of these services, I have scheduled several confessor/priests so there should be plenty of time for everyone to receive the sacrament without waiting too long. May God bless all of you as you continue your Advent journey in preparation for our Savior’s birth and as you do so with humble and contrite heart!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl