Friday, Dec. 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we honor our Blessed Mother.

It is observed as a Holy Day of Obligation.

A special Mass is being added to the schedule to help you fulfill your sacred obligation.

Mass times are 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

There will also be a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Symbols of Advent: The Wreath

Advent begins tomorrow, December 3.

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the wreath is blessed by a parent or another member of the family; see below. As you light the candles each day, follow along with the prayers and readings at Facebook.com/SaintPaulLighthousePoint.

Week 1 ~ Hope
Purple Candle: Prophet’s Candle                            
Symbol:
Hope
Reminds Us: Jesus is coming
Verse: Romans 15:1-13
Prayer: O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and gran that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces.
Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.

Feeding the Hungry at the Holidays

Our Food Pantry Ministry is supported by many of our parishioners on an ongoing basis.

During the Advent season we are giving all of you the opportunity to shower us with much-needed food, which will be brought into the homes of our poorest neighbors.

Bags will be available at the Church exits this weekend and next, so they may be returned and food distributed in time for Christmas.

Thank you!

Thanksgiving Folk Mass & Lunch

Let us make Thanksgiving Day, November 23, a very special day of celebration and thanksgiving to God for countless blessings.

The youth of our parish will help prepare for and participate in the Mass at 11 a.m. The music preference of our youth is folk, which will be coupled with our organ and choir.

Following Mass, the annual Thanksgiving lunch will be served by the Youth Group in the Parish Hall. No one is excluded from this meal, which is intended for those who are alone or elderly.

Let us share this day as a parish family. Spread the word!

People Who Deserve Our Thanks

As we approach the Holy Seasons of Thanksgiving and Advent, we appeal to all parishioners and visitors to reflect on your involvement in your Church regarding your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure.

Bob, Ray, Dawn, Michael and Ernesto take turns opening the church and setting up for Mass every morning. Linda and her helpers collect all the food donations every Friday and feed the poor at Saint Laurence Homeless Day Shelter. Stephanie collects bags of food for the food pantry. Robert visits prisons to spend time consoling and praying with inmates. Every Saturday, Susanne, Ernesto and Alex vacuum, clean and arrange the church and chapel for the weekend services. Frankie selects and arranges the flowers. Marie launders the linens. Ginette cleans and restocks the Vigil candleholders every Wednesday. The choir spends hours every Thursday night preparing for the weekend liturgies. Donna oversees and provides food for all occasions.

These stories are examples of the Time and Talent given by the real people of our church. They receive no payment for their efforts; they do it simply for the glory of God. There are many more people who are example s of ministry in our church. Don’t feel left out; your church needs your talents also, so please offer your service. Thanks to all.