With the lighting of the third candle of our Advent wreath, we are half way to the celebration of Christmas! In Advent, we wear purple and now the third Sunday of Advent, we are closer to Christmas, so we are filled with hope!!! The Church’s color for hope is white. So when you mix purple with white you get rose! Father is not wearing the pink vestments but the rose color vestments and we are filled with hope because Christmas is near! Being half way there, it is a good opportunity to ask ourselves how our preparation for Christmas is going thus far. Have we been able to spend a little more time in prayer, or helping some of the less fortunate around us? Another way of preparing for Christmas is to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this great Sacrament we experience God’s mercy and love and prepare our hearts to celebrate with joy the birth of Christ at Christmas! Besides our normal Saturday confessions, we will have opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament on Monday Dec. 19th, after the 8am Mass, from 4-5pm and our Advent Penance Service at 7pm. We invite you to celebrate the Sacrament as a great way to prepare for Christmas and to receive the Lord in our hearts with joy.
For now, we continue our walk with the Lord.