Bulletin for the week of November 26th, 2006.
A sincere welcome to those who are new among us. We hope you find a warm and welcoming faith-home with us. Please introduce yourself after Mass and call the Rectory to register.
THE ADVENT SEASON BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY:
But Advent is about more than a change of colour and different music. Next Sunday’s church bulletin will include an insert that tries to capture that “more”. We hope you find time to read it and, even better, to discuss it with family members, neighbours, friends. That is a form of faith formation so readily available, yet so little used.
That sort of discussion could be part of our parish advent experience. That is what our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) would like to see happen. Instead of keeping Advent neatly locked up in the church-building Advent is meant to be an important element of our Christian life. And obviously we live most of our Christian life not in a church building, but at home, at work, at places of entertainment.
Is it important to observe Advent? If we want to keep Christmas really Christian, then the best thing may be to keep the lid on “Christmassy things” in the next few weeks and observe the Advent season the best we can. Of course, society’s pressure to jump the gun on Christmas is immense. But we can give it a try to keep things in perspective.
This year Advent is short. The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 24, coinciding with Christmas Eve. That causes some problems for the scheduling of Masses for December 23, 24, 25. More about that later.
ADVENT WREATH / CANDLES:
Material to make an Advent wreath will be available at church next Sunday. So will the Advent wreath candles. Take some extra time at church next Sunday to get into the Advent mood.
THE NEW “LIVING WITH CHRIST” SUNDAY MISSALS:
As a general rule, their use during mass should be very limited. It is not a good practice to follow the presider and the reader in their prayers and readings. Imagine, going to a play where everybody brought a copy of the play and followed the actors.
Of course, that presupposes that the presider and the reader speak their text clearly and audibly. Let us work on that instead of bringing out the missals during Mass. Naturally, for those who have difficulty hearing, it is entirely appropriate to use the Missals. But for the rest of us, let us leave the Missals aside and listen attentively, that makes for better participation. And that is what we are aiming for.
So why do we have Missals at all? Precisely for the purposes that Bishop Lahey suggests. We encourage that you buy one for ($5.00) and that you use it at home. In that case you can prepare for Sunday Mass, go back over last Sunday’s readings and--what’s more--you find a rich selection of prayers (starting on page 527) that can be used for prayer time at home. So there is lots of use for it.
SOME INTERESTING REFLECTIONS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS S AN INSERT TO THE BULLETIN:
HAVE A SAY IN OUR PARISH…….LET’S TAKE IT:
We have a joint PPC for both O.L.V. and St. Malachy. Each of our two parishes has its own 6 Wardens.
This year, for both parishes we need two nominations to fill the two vacancies. Please let us hear from you if you are willing or if you know of someone capable and willing to serve either O.L.V. or St. Malachy parishes in this capacity.
WE ARE RUNNING LOW ON SERVERS OR ASSISTANTS TO THE PRESIDER:
MUCH WORK DONE IN THE HALL; AND WELL DONE:
So Lewis and Raymond went to work (it was more work than was anticipated at first), and they fixed it all up nicely. But that made the hall look so pitiful compared to the corner they had worked on that they figured they might as well do the entire hall. So they did. And it looks great! Many thanks to our two experts for their initiative and work. Much appreciated.
COOKBOOK FUND RAISER - DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31st TO SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES
OLV CHRISTMAS TEA WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 02nd, FROM 2:00 TO 4:00 PM:
PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY:
KIDS, DO YOU LIKE TO SING?
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