DECEMBER 15, 2019
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
GAUDETE SUNDAY: In the Sacred Liturgy of the Catholic Church, this Sunday is named Gaudete Sunday. The name is derived from the introit antiphon appointed for this day, Gaudete in Domino Semper. Rejoice in the Lord always… (The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians 4:4-6). As many know, at the 11.00 Mass each Sunday our schola, after the singing of the processional hymn, chants the introit. We will hear them sing today: Rejoice in the Lord always.
The color appointed for this day is rose. It is the color of the Advent candle and the color of the vesture. It is the color of the dawn and reminds us that soon Christmas Day will be here. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
May the remaining days of Advent be for us all, days of grace and mercy.
TREE LIGHTING: Last Friday, December 6th (the Feast of St. Nicholas), we celebrated our tree lighting. First, we all enjoyed a potluck supper in Monsignor Costa Hall. Then we went up to the Church for prayer and at exactly 8.15PM all the lights came on. The trees and nativity scene were illuminated. How lovely do the grounds look in the evening when we pass and see all the lights. The two shrines of Our Lady, all the trees and the Nativity scene, as well as the statue of St. Paul are all illuminated. We pray this will be an annual tradition. Thank you, Grand Knight, Don Cavanaugh and all our knights and squires who put so much effort into this endeavor. It is my fond hope that the Holy Infant will not be stolen from the manger this year, as has happened before. The Holy Infant is more securely anchored to the manger and the creche itself is moved a little further from the road which has made vandalism less likely to occur. The last time the Holy Infant was stolen, a kind parishioner immediately came forward to replace the Divine Infant with an even more beautiful one. That kind gentleman has moved to Florida, but I am sure any number of kind parishioners would come forward to express their love for God.
SATURDAY EVENING MASS: As many know, the time of the Saturday afternoon Mass has been changed to 4PM. Although only two Saturday’s have elapsed since the change, there has already been an increase in attendance at that Mass. Although no Mass schedule can completely meet everyone’s preference, particularly in a one priest parish, this seems to have been a change for the better. My heart goes out to those few who must work on a Saturday. However, there are three Masses here on Sunday.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda